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Syracuse QB Culpepper cancer-free

(AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Rex Culpepper is back. The smile on his face said it all.

The redshirt sophomore quarterback had his first full workout with Syracuse on Friday after overcoming testicular cancer. He said he broke down and cried when he was told he was cancer-free a week ago at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

"When they took my IV out, it was magical," Culpepper said. "To finally walk out of there, I couldn't put it into words. I can't even describe the euphoria."


NCAA settles CTE lawsuit in Texas

DALLAS (AP) The NCAA settled a lawsuit Friday with the family of a former University of Texas football player that accused the organization of being responsible for his brain injuries and death decades after his playing career.

The lawsuit in Dallas was settled after three days of trial. A court administrator confirmed the settlement but said no terms were released.


A's prospect Murray set to lead Oklahoma

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Billy Beane will watch Oklahoma football this fall with great interest in the Sooners quarterback: Kyler Murray will be a member of the Oakland Athletics as soon as his college career is complete.

A's manager Bob Melvin, an admittedly superstitious guy, might close his eyes and cross his fingers the prized prospect stays healthy before switching sports.


Wake bans top QB Hinton, TE Cole 3 games

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Wake Forest has suspended projected starting quarterback Kendall Hinton and tight end Thomas Cole for the first three games of the season.

The team announced the suspension Thursday, saying it was for a violation of team rules. The team didn't publicly specify the nature of the violation.


Terps seek external review in OL's death

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) The University of Maryland has asked an external group to review whether proper protocol was followed in the treatment and care of offensive lineman Jordan McNair, who was hospitalized after a team workout and died two weeks later.

McNair died Wednesday. He was 19.


Texas Tech dismisses Shorts after arrest

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) Texas Tech wide receiver Quan Shorts has been kicked off the Red Raiders squad after Lubbock police arrested him on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

A Lubbock Police Department statement says officers were at an apartment complex as part of an ongoing investigation Thursday afternoon when Shorts, who's 21, was arrested. Details of what prompted his arrest haven't been disclosed.


NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers

College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school.

The NCAA Division I Council approved the change effective Oct. 15 on Wednesday. The council also decided that D-I football players will be allowed to play in up to four games in a season without losing a year of eligibility if they can no longer play because of injuries "or other factors."


Cal LB Fatilua has serious spinal injury

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) California incoming freshman linebacker Chris Fatilua has suffered a serious spinal cord injury.

Fatilua's family issued a statement through the school on Tuesday. The family says the injury stemmed from an accident Monday afternoon in San Diego and that Fatilua's long-term prognosis is unknown.


Touted QB Johnson headed to Northwestern

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) Former Clemson quarterback and highly touted recruit Hunter Johnson is transferring to Northwestern.

Johnson will have to sit out this season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and have three years of eligibility left. Northwestern has senior Clayton Thorson coming back from a knee injury and set to start at quarterback this season.


Iowa TE Fant preps for increased role

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Despite setting records last fall, Iowa tight end Noah Fant went largely unnoticed outside of the Big Ten West.

That shouldn't be the case in 2018.

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