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Ex-Baylor DE's rape conviction reversed

FILE - In this March, 1, 2017 file photo, former Baylor football player Sam Ukwuachu leaves the 10th Court of Appeals following arguments in Waco, Texas. An appeals court has overturned the conviction of the former Baylor football player whose case helped give rise to the sexual assault scandal that engulfed the nation's largest Baptist school. The Texas 10th Court of Appeals said in a ruling Wednesday, March, 22, 2017, that text messages should not have been excluded from the testimony in Sam Ukwuachu's 2015 trial. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP, File)

DALLAS (AP) An appeals court overturned the conviction of a former Baylor football player whose sexual assault case helped ignite a scandal that engulfed the nation's largest Baptist school.

The Texas 10th Court of Appeals said in a ruling Wednesday that text messages between the accuser and friend should not have been excluded from the testimony in Sam Ukwuachu's 2015 trial in Waco. The court ordered that a new trial be held for the former standout defensive end for the Bears.

The accuser exchanged text messages with a friend before and after the offense. But the trial court two years ago allowed testimony based only on the texts that came afterward, in which the accuser told her friend that Ukwuachu raped her.


Deliberations resume in Spanier trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Jurors have resumed deliberations in the child endangerment trial of former Penn State president Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yur).

The panel deliberated for six hours Thursday without reaching a verdict but did ask the judge for a couple of legal clarifications.


NCAA could keep title games out of N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The NCAA will start deciding on locations for its upcoming championships next week and has indicated it will leave North Carolina out of that process if the state hasn't changed a law that limits LGBT rights by that time.

In a statement Thursday, exactly one year to the day after the law was passed, the sports organization said its committees will begin picking championship sites for 2018-22 and will announce those decisions April 18. The statement also noted that "once the sites are selected by the committee, those decisions are final."


Ex-'Bama WR sues Lane Kiffin for fraud

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) Former Alabama receiver Antonio "A.C." Carter has filed a fraud suit against Florida Atlantic, coach Lane Kiffin and the state of Florida.

The lawsuit accuses Kiffin and the school of offering him a job to get him to help sign a "coveted prospect," and then going back on repeated assurances that the job was his.


Kizer hopes for best spot, not high pick

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Former Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer is more interested in landing in the right situation than being taken high in the NFL draft.

"The number means absolutely nothing. I just want to be put into the right position that's going to allow me to win," Kizer said Thursday after working out for NFL personnel during Notre Dame's pro day.


Sooners QB Mayfield: I made a 'mistake'

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Baker Mayfield is trying his best to move on from his arrest in Arkansas last month.

The problem is the Oklahoma quarterback doesn't know what the consequences will be.


Kentucky gives Stoops 2-year extension

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky has signed John Calipari and Mark Stoops to two-year contract extensions, keeping Calipari as its men's basketball coach through 2024 and Stoops with the football program through 2022.

Calipari's base salary increases $500,000 to $7.75 million next season and rises to $8 million annually for each year after under the amended deal. The extension announced Wednesday includes a compensation review in June 2022 to compare it to other coaches' contracts and allows for a new amendment to be negotiated. Calipari would also be paid $5 million for each year if Kentucky terminates the contract.


Ex-Baylor TE arrested for sexual assault

WACO, Texas (AP) A former Baylor football player has been arrested after a grand jury indicted him on three second-degree felony sexual assault counts arising from a 2013 incident while he was with the Bears.

The Waco Tribune-Herald ( ) reports former tight end Tre'Von Armstead was arrested Wednesday near his hometown of Port Arthur. The McLennan County grand jury handed down the indictment last week but it remained sealed until Wednesday.


$208.7M scholarship settlement given OK

About 40,000 college football and basketball players will not need to submit a claim to receive a portion of the $208.7 million the NCAA will pay to settle a federal class-action lawsuit that claimed the value of their athletic scholarships was illegally capped.

U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken in California gave preliminary approval Tuesday to the settlement that was agreed upon by the NCAA and plaintiffs in February. Hagens Berman, the law firm representing plaintiffs, says each eligible person will receive approximately $6,500 and it can begin mailing notice to class members by July.


Judge dismisses suit against KU player

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) A judge dismissed a lawsuit against the University of Kansas by parents of two former rowers who allege they were sexually assaulted by a Jayhawk football player in a campus dorm.

Douglas County District Judge B. Kay Hoff ruled, among other things, that the former rowers have left the university and no longer face an immediate threat of harm, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.

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