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Hawaii Removes Gib Arnold as Men’s Basketball Coach

iStock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — The University of Hawaii has ousted men’s head basketball coach Gib Arnold. The move was the result of an NCAA investigation that centers on a document that was altered to benefit a player being admitted, according to ESPN.

Assistant Brandyn Akana also has been removed from the coaching staff.

“These painful but critical steps are being taken in an effort to strengthen our athletics program and to do right by our student athletes and students in general,” said Hawaii athletic director Ben Jay in a statement. “We appreciate the work of Gib and Brandyn and wish them both the best in the future.”

During his four-year tenure at Hawaii, Arnold compiled a record of 72-55, including 20-11 last season.

I do know we have never paid any players or recruits, never committed any academic fraud, never had an off-court issue involving domestic violence or criminal behavior,” Arnold said in a statement on Wednesday. “We ran a program the people of Hawaii could be proud of.

Assistant head coach Benjy Taylor will take over on an interim basis.

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Jaguars Place CB Alan Ball on Injured Reserve

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Jacksonville Jaguars starting cornerback Alan Ball was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a biceps injury.

The seven-year NFL veteran suffered the injury against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7.

In seven starts this season, Ball had 22 tackles and one interception. The Jaguars defense is ranked 25th overall in the NFL.

Ball was originally selected out of Illinois by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL draft. In five seasons with Dallas, he had 104 tackles, one forced fumble, three interceptions, and a half-sack. He spent the 2012 season with the Houston Texans.

To replace Ball on the 53-man roster, the Jaguars signed cornerback Tommie Campbell.

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Jaguars Place CB Alan Ball on Injured Reserve

iStock/Thinkstock(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) — Jacksonville Jaguars starting cornerback Alan Ball was placed on injured reserve Wednesday because of a biceps injury.

The seven-year NFL veteran suffered the injury against the Cleveland Browns in Week 7.

In seven starts this season, Ball had 22 tackles and one interception. The Jaguars defense is ranked 25th overall in the NFL.

Ball was originally selected out of Illinois by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round of the 2007 NFL draft. In five seasons with Dallas, he had 104 tackles, one forced fumble, three interceptions, and a half-sack. He spent the 2012 season with the Houston Texans.

To replace Ball on the 53-man roster, the Jaguars signed cornerback Tommie Campbell.

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Saints Prepare for Panthers

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) — The New Orleans Saints will travel to Carolina to take on the Panthers Thursday night.

New Orleans is coming off a surprising 44-23 win over the Packers on Sunday and are tied for first in the NFC South.

“Anytime you’re playing in the division, it’s always an important game,” Saints head coach Sean Payton said on Tuesday. “Playing on the road in the division makes it that much more important.”

New Orleans has still yet to get a win on the road (0-4), but Saints right tackle Zach Strief remains positive.

“You look at how we’ve lost three of those four road games and you say, ‘We made some critical errors at the end,'” Strief said. “It’s not that we were getting dominated on the road.”

The Saints are averaging 28.4 points per game, while Carolina has been held to 20.9.

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Lakers’ Julius Randle Breaks Leg

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle broke his leg midway through the fourth quarter in Tuesday night’s 108-90 loss to the Rockets.

Team doctors said that Randle suffered a broken tibia and his return this season is in question.

“It is heartbreaking, because I saw him all summer,” coach Byron Scott said. “I saw the work that he was putting in. I saw the progression that he was making, the steps that he was taking to get better. And his first game, he goes down.”

“I don’t think anybody in that locker room is happy about the way we played, but we’re even more saddened about the fact that we lost one of our young guys,” he continued.

“I just told him to stay strong,” Scott added. “Adversity tests the true character of a man. This is some adversity that we’re facing with a young guy being out, and obviously, it’s something that he’s facing. I feel for him. I feel extremely bad for him. He was kind of crying, and I just told him to stay strong and that it’s going to make him a better basketball player.”

Hall of Famer James Worthy, who was drafted by the Lakers in 1983 and suffered the same injury during his rookie season, gave some encouraging word to Randle.

“I had the same injury as @J30_RANDLE – he’ll recover fine. #StayStrong,” Worthy tweeted following Randle’s injury.

The Lakers drafted Randle in the first round with the seventh pick this year.

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NCAA: Gurley Must Sit Two More Games

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Georgia running back Todd Gurley must sit out two more games for taking more than $3,000 from multiple parties for autographs, the NCAA ruled on Wednesday.

Gurley has already sat out two games and is eligible to return on Nov. 15 against Auburn.

The University issued a statement on Wednesday and said that they plan to appeal the decision “immediately.”

Gurley was indefinitely suspended Oct. 9 while the school investigated allegations that he received improper benefits for his autograph.

The Bulldogs (6-1) have won both games without Gurley and will take on Florida on Saturday.

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NCAA: Gurley Must Sit Two More Games

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Georgia running back Todd Gurley must sit out two more games for taking more than $3,000 from multiple parties for autographs, the NCAA ruled on Wednesday.

Gurley has already sat out two games and is eligible to return on Nov. 15 against Auburn.

The University issued a statement on Wednesday and said that they plan to appeal the decision “immediately.”

Gurley was indefinitely suspended Oct. 9 while the school investigated allegations that he received improper benefits for his autograph.

The Bulldogs (6-1) have won both games without Gurley and will take on Florida on Saturday.

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First College Football Playoff Rankings Announced

iStock/Thinkstock(GRAPEVINE, Texas) — The first College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night.

Mississippi State, Florida State, Auburn, and Mississippi were the top four teams in the first-ever rankings, which were determined by a 12-member selection committee.

These rankings will come out for the next seven weeks. The final ranking will determine which teams will play in the four-team playoff that will ultimately decide this season’s champion.

“It was extremely difficult, more difficult than any of us had expected having gone through our mock selections before,” Arkansas athletic director and committee chairman Jeff Long said. “There are 18 one-loss teams in FBS at this point in time, and the difference between many of them is very slim.”

Oregon, Alabama, TCU, Michigan State, Kansas State, and Notre Dame round out the top ten.

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ESPN: Hornets Agree to 4-Year Extension with Walker

Christopher Trottman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Guard Kemba Walker agreed to a four-year, $48 million extension with the Charlotte Hornets that will begin during the 2015-16 season, according to ESPN.com.

The deal stops Walker from becoming a restricted free agent in July.

The 24-year-old Walker, who Charlotte selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 draft, averaged 17.7 points and a career high 4.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game last season.

The re-signing of Walker marks another big move for the Hornets, who signed guard Lance Stephenson to a three-year, $28 million deal this summer.

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Rams Acquire Barron in Deadline Deal with Bucs

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers traded safety Mark Barron to the St. Louis Rams Tuesday.

The Rams sent a fourth and sixth-round pick to Tampa in exchange for the 25-year-old Barron before the 4 p.m. trade deadline, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Barron, selected by the Bucs with the 7th overall pick in the 2012 Draft, had 49 tackles this season for Tampa — good for second-best on the team. But it was reported that Barron would sometimes struggle with the defensive system implemented by new head coach Lovie Smith.

Barron helps the Rams which lost safety Rodney McLeod to a knee injury in the team’s loss to Kansas City Sunday.

The Buccaneers also sent 27-year-old linebacker Jonathan Casillas to the New England Patriots in exchange for a fifth and sixth-round pick, according to Schefter.

“We have a lot of respect for Jonathan and Mark as players,” Bucs general manager Jason Licht said in a release. “We appreciate their hard work and what they did for us here. In some of these cases with trades, we find a partner where they feel that their services are needed more there than they are here. That’s the case here. We wish them the best and nothing but the best. They’ve been great program guys here for (Head Coach) Lovie (Smith) and myself. Hope nothing but the best for them in the future.”

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