Oklahoma’s Mayfield takes Manning Award as nation’s top QB

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In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield throws a pass during the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against TCU in Arlington, Texas. Mayfield says one of his top priorities as he prepares for the NFL draft is to allay concerns about his character. “People will have their guesses and their opinions on my character, but anyone that’s actually sat down and talked to me knows that I don’t have any character issues, any off-the-field issues,” Mayfield said Thursday evening, Jan. 18, during a conference call after named the 2017 Manning Award winner. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield says one of his top priorities as he prepares for the NFL draft is to allay concerns about his character.

Hunter scores 17 points, No. 2 Virginia beats Ga Tech 64-48

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Virginia center Jack Salt (33) and Georgia Tech forward Abdoulaye Gueye (34) battle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — De’Andre Hunter scored 17 points and No. 2 Virginia won its ninth straight game, 64-48 over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

LeBron, Curry are captains, to draft NBA All-Star Game teams

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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry, left, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

NEW YORK (AP) — Team LeBron against Team Stephen is the NBA’s new All-Star matchup.

AP source: Baseball players reject pitch clock, mound limits

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In this March 3, 2015, file photo, Detroit Tigers pitcher Kyle Lobstein, left, delivers his first pitch of the second inning to Baltimore Orioles' Matt Tulasosopo as the clock, background, counts down during a spring training exhibition baseball game in Lakeland, Fla. Major League Baseball has proposed the use of 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The players’ association rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games.

Mets finalize 1-year deal with 1B Adrian Gonzalez

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In this Aug. 18, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez smiles after catching a Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler line drive in the eighth inning of a baseball game, in Detroit. Free agent first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and the New York Mets have finalized a one-year contract for the $545,000 major league minimum. The 35-year-old batted .242 for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season, when he was limited to 71 games because of a herniated disk in his back. A five--time All-Star, Gonzalez has a .288 career average with 311 home runs in 14 major league seasons.(AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez vows to have a quiet voice with the New York Mets.

MLS extends deal with Southern New Hampshire University

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In this June 17, 2017, file photo, FC Dallas' Tesho Akindele, left, and Vancouver Whitecaps' Tim Parker vie for the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, British Columbia. Major League Soccer has extended a partnership with Southern New Hampshire University that helps the league’s players and employees to pursue their college degrees. FC Dallas forward Tesho Akindele completed his bachelor’s degree and will soon begin work toward a master’s in finance. On Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, the league announced that it is extending the partnership, which started in 2015, through 2020. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Tesho Akindele realizes a career as a soccer player can be fleeting at best.

European soccer weekend: What to watch in the main leagues

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A Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 file photo showing Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacting during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Villarreal at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. Real Madrid returns home to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to face its disgruntled fans in a match against Deportivo La Coruna in Spain this upcoming weekend. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)

What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:

Jon Rahm shoots 62, takes CareerBuilder Challenge lead

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Jon Rahm watches his tee shot on the fourth hole during first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge golf tournament at La Quinta Country Club Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, in La Quinta, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Jon Rahm’s soaring 5-iron settled 5 feet away to set up an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole at La Quinta Country Club.

Garcia shoots 66 to share clubhouse lead at Singapore Open

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, photo, Spain's Sergio Garcia practices for the Singapore Open golf tournament in Singapore. Garcia kicked off his 2018 season in style on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, shooting a 5-under 66 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Singapore Open. (Kyodo News via AP)

SINGAPORE (AP) — Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.

Hot and bothered: Temperatures rise, seeds fall in Australia

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts after defeating France's Gael Monfils during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — On a day when shade was a valuable commodity in the searing heat at Melbourne Park, Roger Federer played it cool at the Australian Open.

WTA signs lucrative 10-year deal to move finals to China

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Russia's Maria Sharapova waves after defeating Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The WTA has signed a long-term deal to move its season-ending WTA Finals to Shenzhen, China, in 2019 and will increase total prize money to $14 million, double the previous purse.

GoDaddy to sponsor Danica Patrick in ‘Danica Double’

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In this Feb. 22, 2015, file photo, driver Danica Patrick greets fans as she is introduced before the start of the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. GoDaddy tells The Associated Press it is partnering with Patrick as she closes her career with the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

The original “GoDaddy Girl” is back with sponsorship intact to push forward with her “Danica Double.”

Robert Yates’ lifetime dedication to NASCAR to be honored

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In this May 24, 2017, file photo, former team owner Robert Yates, left, is congratulated by Winston Kelley, right, executive director of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, after being named as a member of the class of 2018 during an announcement at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C. Yates was in a grueling fight with liver cancer when he was elected last May following a vote at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. When his name was announced, he was mobbed by supporters thrilled for another tribute for one of NASCAR's stalwarts. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It took four times on the ballot for Robert Yates to be elected to NASCAR’s Hall of Fame. When he finally received enough votes, the championship-winning car owner and engine builder burst into tears.

South cleans up after unusually intense storm that killed 15

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A group of adults and children enjoy an afternoon of sledding and snowboarding on a hill on the campus of Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. A winter storm blanketed Winston-Salem and other cities in North Carolina with snow. (AP Photo/Skip Foreman)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Southerners shoveled, scraped and plowed their way Thursday out of a snowy deep freeze that caused a standstill across much of a region accustomed to mild winters.

Prosecutor: Parents starved kids until they stopped growing

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Louise Anna Turpin, far left, with attorney Jeff Moore, second from left, and her husband David Allen Turpin, listen to attorney, David Macher, as they appear in court for their arraignment in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. The parents of 13 siblings who were allegedly held in captivity in their family's Southern California home were charged Thursday with committing years of torture and abuse that left their children malnourished, undersized and with cognitive impairments. (Frederic J. Brown/Pool Photo via AP)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A California couple tortured a dozen of their children for years, starving them to the point that their growth was stunted, chaining them to their beds for months at a time and forbidding them from showering more than once a year or using the toilet, a prosecutor said Thursday.

‘Tourniquet Killer’ executed in Texas for 1992 strangling

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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas carried out the nation’s first execution of 2018 Thursday evening, giving lethal injection to a man who became known as Houston’s “Tourniquet Killer” because of his signature murder technique on four female victims.

Helicopter with Zimbabwe opposition leader crashes, kills 5

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In this Oct. 16, 2009, file photo, shows Senior Zimbabwean MDC opposition official Roy Bennett, left, and his wife Heather, relax at a friends home in Mutare about 200 km east of Harare, Zimbabwe, following his release from prison. A fiery helicopter crash killed Bennett and his wife, while on holiday in a remote part of the U.S. state of New Mexico, authorities said Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018.

RATON, N.M. (AP) — A group of prominent friends, including a key Zimbabwean opposition leader and a Texas-based investor and philanthropist, was heading to a ranch in the U.S. state of New Mexico when their helicopter crashed and burned in a remote area, killing five people aboard.

New Mexico Democrats wrestle with questions of diversity

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Senate majority leader Peter Wirth addresses the Senate chambers on the first day of the New Mexico Legislature at the New Mexico Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Juan Labreche)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Senate Democrats made history this week by electing a second woman to the chamber’s majority leadership team amid the #metoo movement and the growing political power of women.

New Mexico spending plan overlooks environment agency

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — An advocacy group for environmental protection in New Mexico is highlighting the need to restore funding for the state’s lead environmental agency.

Arts startup Meow Wolf joins entertainment venture in Nevada

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico-based startup company for immersive art installations known as Meow Wolf announced Thursday a new retail and entertainment venture slated for Las Vegas.

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