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Report: FAU to hire Charlie Partridge as new head football coach

By John Evenson

The Florida Atlantic Owls are all set to hire Charlie Partridge as their new head football coach according to Dieter Kurtenbach of the Sun Sentinel, and the Plantation native could accept the offer as early as Sunday.

Partridge would be coming off the role of Arkansas' associate head coach this past season, and spent the previous five seasons before that at Wisconsin. He has a strong reputation for recruiting South Florida talent, which would be a strong point for the Owls heading into their second season in Conference U.S.A.

Partridge would replace Carl Pelini as permanent head coach, who resigned mid-season after allegations surfaced of illegal drug use.

Report: FAU to hire Charlie Partridge as new head football coach

Saturday, December 14 2013, 11:49 PM EST

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Ray Rice can play football again, as soon as he finds a new team.

The Ravens running back has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones decided commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHLZ') demonstrated abuse of discretion by altering Rice's two-game suspension after video surfaced of him punching his fiancee, who's now his wife. Jones ordered the suspension vacated immediately, allowing Rice to sign with any NFL team.

Rice was released by the Ravens before Goodell extended the suspension.


CLEVELAND (AP) -- Johnny Manziel (man-ZEHL') says he tried to avoid an altercation with a fan who was "very aggressive" when the Browns quarterback was approached in the lobby of his apartment building last week. Speaking on Friday for the first time since the incident, Manziel says Chris Gonos was "very intoxicated" when he confronted the quarterback. Police responded to the 2:30 a.m. skirmish.

According to a police report, Chris Gonos told police he was assaulted by "Johnny Football and his entourage."

Manziel didn't have any marks on his face and would not say if he threw any punches. He added he does not have an entourage.


UNDATED (AP) -- The Oklahoma City Thunder will have point guard Russell Westbrook back in the lineup for tonight's game against the New York Knicks.

The three-time All-Star hasn't played since breaking a bone in his right hand against the Clippers in the second game of the season.

The Thunder come off a victory against Utah but are just 4-12 this season.

Meanwhile, the Knicks will play without Carmelo Anthony because of a back spasms.

The Thunder-Knicks game is one of 12 on tonight's NBA slate. The schedule includes a showdown of two of the hottest teams in the league as Portland hosts Memphis.

The Trail Blazers take a nine-game winning streak into the battle of division leaders. That's helped them build a 12-3 record, good for the top spot in the Northwest Division. The Grizzlies are tied for the best record in the league at 13-2, which puts them atop the Southwest Division. They've yet to lose a game in nine meetings with Western Conference rivals.

Toronto is the other 13-2 team in the league and the Atlantic Division leader take a six-game winning streak into its home game against Dallas.

Golden State has won seven in a row as the Warriors prepare to visit Charlotte.

In afternoon play:

-- Jimmy Butler scored 22 points and Derrick Rose added 21 as Chicago rallied for a 109-102 win over Boston. The Bulls outscored the Celtics 24-11 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. Pau Gasol (POW guh-SAWL') scored 15 to go with 15 rebounds while Joakim (JOH'-kihm) Noah had 15 points and 14 boards for Chicago. Jared Sullinger had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who have lost six of seven.


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A search is underway for Ohio State defensive tackle Kosta Karageorge, whose family has reported him missing. The 22-year-old left his apartment, then uncharacteristically missed two practices and didn't check in.

Sophia Karageorge says her brother apparently was upset, and roommates say he went for a walk, dressed in all black.

His sister says he didn't take his wallet or motorcycle. She says he has a history of sports-related concussions, including one a month ago. The family is concerned that he might have become disoriented.


UNDATED (AP) -- Just one thing stands between No. 9 UCLA and the Pac-12 title game -- Stanford. The Bruins and the Cardinal are meeting in the Rose Bowl right now with UCLA needing a win to clinch the Pac-12 South title and a meeting with Oregon for the conference championship.

Should UCLA fail to win the game, the division title and conference championship game berth will go to the winner of No. 12 Arizona and 13th-ranked Arizona State. The Wildcats and Sun Devils have matching 9-2 records and will be playing for the oldest rivalry trophy in college football at the same time as the UCLA-Stanford game.

In top-25 finals:

-- Brandon Doughty threw a Conference USA-record eight touchdown passes to lead Western Kentucky to a 67-66 overtime win over previously unbeaten and No. 19-ranked Marshall. Doughty's last scoring pass was followed by a game-winning 2-point conversion pass to Willie McNeal. Marshall's Rakeem Cato had seven touchdown passes but threw four interceptions. Marshall dropped to 11-1 and likely lost its chance to earn a place in the New Year's bowls.


UNDATED (AP) --The holiday college basketball spotlight continues to shine on the Bahamas, where three more games involving top 25 teams take place today and tonight.

The title game of the eight-team Battle 4 Atlantis pits second-ranked Wisconsin against Oklahoma. The Badgers take a 5-0 mark into the championship game. The Sooners have built a 4-1 record with some tough defense. They've held each of their opponents under 40 percent shooting.

No. 5 North Carolina takes on 18th-ranked Florida in the tournament's fifth-place game. The Tar Heels take a 4-1 mark into the meeting, while the Gators will be trying to put together a winning streak for the first time this season after alternating wins and losses in their first five games.

No. 22 UCLA will be trying to snap a two-game losing streak when it faces UAB in the seventh-place game.

In top 25 finals:

-- No. 11 Kansas got 24 points from Perry Ellis in an 82-67 win over Tennessee in the Orlando Classic semifinal. The Jayhawks improved to 4-1, marking the 10th time they've started with that record or better in coach Bill Self's 12 seasons with the program.

-- No. 16 Ohio State topped James Madison 73-56 as D'Angelo Russell scored 14 points and Sam Thompson added 13. Amir Williams had seven points and nine rebounds for the Buckeyes.

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