6:15 PM: With the return of Todd Hoffner, Minnesota State football players refused to practice Wednesday as a show of support for coach Aaron Keen. Keen had replaced Hoffner after he was fired last year amid child pornography allegations, but an arbitrator ruled that Hoffner should be re-hired.
6:00 PM: Georgia Southern sophomore defensive end Deonte Dempsey was arrested after allegedly biting a police officer during a drug bust in Statesboro on Tuesday. Dempsey had to be subdued with a Taser and has since been suspended indefinitely from the team.
5:45 PM: A local animal rights group is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to arrests in the Sunday night shooting deaths of two horses in a pasture in Canton Township, Ohio. One of the horses was a therapy horse for a 19-year-old woman with severe autism & epilepsy.
4:45 PM: Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett has been named head coach of Canada's team at next month's IIHF World Championships in Minsk, Belarus. New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer & Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice have also been named to Canada's staff.
3:30 PM: To help celebrate Wrigley Field's 100th anniversary season, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be wearing Kansas City Packers throwback uniforms for next Wednesday's game against the Chicago Cubs. The Packers were the team the Cubs played at Wrigley on April 23, 1914.
3:15 PM: A tax placed on Illinois strip clubs that would help fund rape crisis centers in the state raised about $380,000 in 2013, short of the $1 million tax supporters said it would raise when the tax was passed in 2012.
3:00 PM: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News tweets: "(Patriots coach) Bill Belichick turns 62 today. I'm sure Jets fans will be wishing him a Happy Birthday."
2:45 PM: TV coverage times have been announced for the two Chick-Fil-A Kickoff games at the Georgia Dome. Boise State vs. Ole Miss on Thursday August 28 starts at 8 pm ET on ESPN, and Alabama vs. West Virginia on Saturday August 30 starts at 3:30 pm ET on ABC & ESPN2.
2:30 PM: Former Minnesota State football coach Todd Hoffner returned to coach the Mavericks on Wednesday. An arbitrator ruled last Friday that Hoffner was improperly fired last August when he was charged but later cleared of child pornography charges.
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