NAIA Championship Rings

Southern Oregon University won its first NAIA national trophy in football this past season. Now the school is looking for some help getting championship rings to go with it. Unlike in NCAA Division I, NAIA does not pay for championship rings. So Southern Oregon is not only hitting up its donors to try to cover the approximately $37,000 it will cost for 150 rings at $250 apiece, it also set up a page on its athletic website where anybody can make a donation. "Especially being a state school, there's not a lot of extra money going around," associated athletic director Bobby Heiken said. "We had to attack it as a fundraiser." Heiken said SOU has already raised about $14,000. The Raiders beat Marian College 55-31 to win the NAIA championship. (AP) January 28, 2015

Stewart Back With Swagger

Stewart Back With Swagger Walking without a limp for the first time in 18 months, Tony Stewart declared himself pain-free and never more eager to start a season. After a tumultuous two seasons that affected him both physically and mentally, the three-time NASCAR champion said his troubles are behind him and he finally feels like the old Smoke again. His chance to prove it begins next month at Daytona International Speedway. That's where Stewart will climb back into his No. 14 Chevrolet for the first time since November, when his 15-year winning streak in the Sprint Cup Series came to an end. He failed to win a race last year for the first time since his 1999 rookie season. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – January 28, 2015

Woods Is Ready To Play

tigerwoodsjan2015Tiger Woods is in Scottsdale, Arizona, for this weekend's Phoenix Open, his first event of the year. While meeting reporters he talked about how he lost a front tooth recently when in Italy to celebrate girlfriend Lindsey Vonn's breaking of a World Cup Alpine skiing record.

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Mariners Sign Veteran Outfielders

mariners logo5Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jack Zduriencik announced today the club signed veteran outfielders Endy Chavez and Franklin Gutierrez to minor league contracts with invitations to Major League Spring Training.

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Patriots Owner Makes Strong Defense Of Team

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made a strong defense Monday night of his team's actions and integrity regarding the NFL's investigation into under-inflated footballs being used in the AFC championship game. At times sounding angry, Kraft said he expected an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules. "I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots did nothing wrong in this process that was in violation of NFL rules," Kraft said at the team's first media availability in Arizona. Kraft also said it "bothers me greatly" that the reputations and integrity of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have been "called into question, and by association our team." He added that in 15 years together with Belichick and Brady, they had never lied to him. CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) – January 27, 2015