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6:00 PM: Tennessee Volunteers football coach Butch Jones said that freshman RB Jalen Hurd will play in the Taxslayer Bowl despite being cited for underage drinking on December 3: "We've handled that internally and we'll continue to handle that. That's a few weeks old. It's just like raising your children."

5:45 PM: Former New York Yankees teammates Derek Jeter & Hideki Matsui are scheduled to take part in a March 21 baseball charity event at the Tokyo dome to benefit the children of the 2011 Japan earthquake & tsunami.

5:30 PM: Injured Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Witherspoon took to Twitter on Thursday to call out the New Orleans Saints and their fans before Sunday's game: "The Aints are way too sorry to have our names in their mouth! Our team will be bringing a broom to the bayou!"

5:15 PM: In a press conference with his new Detroit Lions team Thursday, former New York Jets cornerback Josh Thomas said that $12,000 worth of items were stolen from his rental car including his Jets iPad playbook & his passport.

5:00 PM: Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has been suspended from Thursday's game against the Sacramento Kings after he pushed Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum in the back during a dunk attempt in Wednesday's game.

4:45 PM: An Alabama appeals court on Thursday refused to dismiss murder charges against Joyce Garrard, who is accused of forcing her 9-year-old granddaughter to run until she collapsed and died as punishment for eating candy.

4:30 PM: The Golden State Warriors say center Andrew Bogut will be out indefinitely after undergoing platelet-rich plasma therapy on his injured right knee.

4:15 PM: After speaking to The Hockey News about the financial problems in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, Lada Tolyatti player Jeff Glass was waived by the team on Thursday.

4:00 PM: World Cup skier Tina Maze tweets a "selfie" of herself and fellow skiers Lara Gut & Lindsey Vonn during Thursday's press conference at Val d'Isere, France.

3:45 PM: Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton says he wants to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns after being involved in a car accident last week: "But at the end of the day, I won't jeopardize what we have an opportunity to do just because my selfishness to say, 'Oooh, I'm a tough man.'"

3:30 PM: New Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini said about hopes for success with the Penguins: "I know one thing - putting head coach in front of my name isn't going to win us football games." Pelini also said his new YSU job was "not a stepping stone" to another program.

3:15 PM: The principal at a Paterson, New Jersey elementary school has been reassigned after a school announcement sign with misspellings was left up for over a week.

3:00 PM: The Oklahoma City Barons, the Edmonton Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate, announced it will be ceasing operations at the end of the season.

2:45 PM: Liverpool soccer player Mario Balotelli was suspended one match & fined 25,000 pounds ($39,168) by the FA for posting an Instagram image of Super Mario that included the words "jumps like a black man and grabs coins like a Jew".

2:30 PM: SportsNet reports that along with NHL players, two NHL referees were diagnosed with the mumps last month but have since returned to the ice.

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