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Last Update on January 26, 2015 23:19 GMT


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The Rams took the first step toward lame-duck status in St. Louis and a possible move back to the West Coast. The team notified the city's Convention and Visitors Commission they intend to shift to a year-to-year lease agreement for use of the Edward Jones Dome.

The CVC, which operates the dome, confirmed the move Monday. The Rams referred comments to the CVC.

Rams billionaire owner Stan Kroenke (KRAHN'-kee) is part of a joint venture that announced plans earlier this month for an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs. Any move would be subject to approval by the NFL and its owners. The NFL has already said no moves would be made in time for next season.


ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL. Woodson will turn 39 in October. He was eligible to be a free agent in March.

In other NFL news:

-- The Buffalo Bills have hired former Bears offensive coordinator Aaron Kromer as an offensive line coach while adding five others to coach Rex Ryan's staff. The Bills also hired Michael Hamlin as a special teams quality control coach, Sanjay Lal as wide receivers coach, Anthony Lynn as a running backs coach, D'Anton Lynn as a defensive assistant and Chris Palmer as a senior offensive assistant.


UNDATED (AP) -- The College Football Playoff is not interested in ESPN's suggestion to move next season's semifinals from New Year's Eve to Saturday, Jan. 2.

The Sports Business Journal first reported high-ranking ESPN executives had talked to College Football Playoff officials about switching the dates for the 2016 semifinals.

College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock and ESPN acknowledged having discussions about a one-time schedule shift in separate statements to The Associated Press.

The College Football Playoff semifinals are scheduled to be played on New Year's Eve eight times during a 12-year contract with ESPN.

In another playoff note, Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long will serve another season as the chairman of the College Football Playoff selection committee.


DETROIT (AP) -- Relief pitcher Al Alburquerque and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract for $1,725,000. He was Detroit's last player available for arbitration. The 28-year-old right-hander was 3-1 with a 2.51 earned run average in 72 games last year for the AL Central champions.

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Right-hander Bud Norris has agreed to an $8.8 million, one-year contract with Baltimore, and infielder Ryan Flaherty settled with the Orioles on a one-year deal for just under $1.1 million. Norris, who turns 30 on March 2, was 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA in 28 starts last season. The 28-year-old Flaherty hit .221 with seven homers and 32 runs batted in in 312 plate appearances last year, when he made $512,500. At one time or another he played all four infield positions, left field and right field.

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds have agreed to a four-year contract with All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco (mehz-uh-RAH'-koh), leaving them with two players in salary arbitration. Mesoraco made $525,000 last season, when he took over as the starter and led all major league catchers in homers with 25 and RBIs, 80.

Third baseman Todd Frazier and closer Aroldis Chapman, also all-stars last season, remain in arbitration.


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kobe Bryant is probably done for the season. The veteran is scheduled to have shoulder surgery on Wednesday after suffering a torn rotator cuff in a game last week against New Orleans. The Lakers say they'll announce a timetable for Bryant's recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott says Kobe "is probably not going to play" again this season.

Bryant's torn rotator cuff is likely his third straight season-ending injury. He missed the 2013 playoffs with a torn Achilles tendon, and he played just six games last season before breaking a bone near his left knee.


UNDATED (AP) -- The prediction of heavy snowfall in the New York area has caused the NBA to postpone two games this evening. Wiped out are the Portland at Brooklyn and Sacramento at New York games. The Kings-Knicks game will now be played on March 3 while the Nets will face the Blazers on April 6.

A check of the remaining games shows Philadelphia's 76ers on the road in New Orleans, the Thunder back home for a game with Minnesota, the Magic visiting Southwest leader Memphis, the Jazz entertaining the Celtics and the Nuggets in L.A. playing the Clippers.


UNDATED (AP) -- The top three spots in the men's Associated Press Top-25 poll remain the same as in last week's poll. That means Kentucky is No. 1 with Virginia second and Gonzaga (gahn-ZAG'-uh) third. Moving into fourth this week is Duke with Wisconsin fifth.

Both Kentucky and Virginia remain unbeaten, each with a record of 19-0. In the voting the Wildcats got 64 of the first place votes with the Cavaliers getting the remaining one.

This week's second-five in the men's poll consists of Arizona, Villanova, Notre Dame, Kansas and Louisville.

The women's top five is like the men's in that the top three teams are the same as last week. Number 1 is South Carolina with Connecticut second and Baylor third. Completing the first five are Notre Dame and Maryland.

In the voting South Carolina got 27 of the first place votes and UConn the remaining eight.

The second five features Tennessee, Oregon State, Louisville, Florida State and Kentucky.


UNDATED (AP) -- Two games are on the men's Top-25 schedule this evening with ninth-ranked Iowa State the highest ranked team in action. The 15th-ranked Cyclones are home to 19th-ranked Texas. Iowa State is 14-4 on the season while the Longhorns are 14-5. In the Big 12, the Cyclones are 4-2 while Texas checks in at 3-3.

The only other game has 13th-ranked North Carolina playing host to Syracuse.


UNDATED (AP) -- A person familiar with the move tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings have released center Mike Richards. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Kings had not announced the decision. Richards was a standout for the Flyers when he was acquired by the Kings, but his scoring has dropped every year since, from 18 goals in 2011-12 to just five halfway through this season.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on injured reserve retroactive to Jan. 21 and say he'll be out of action for the next four to six weeks with a groin injury. Bobrovsky was selected to play in his first NHL All-Star game prior to the injury. He has a 16-15-2 record with a 2.85 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout in 33 games this season.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) -- The surprising New York Islanders are starting the second half on a down note as top-line forward Kyle Okposo will be sidelined six to eight weeks because of an undisclosed upper-body injury. Okposo is second on the club with 44 points -- one fewer than All-Star John Tavares. He has 14 goals, including four against Pittsburgh on Jan. 16.


Scores & Schedules

January 26, 2015 08:11 GMT


Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 25 At Glendale, Ariz.

Team Irvin 32, Team Carter 28

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1 At Glendale, Ariz.

New England vs. Seattle, 6:30 p.m. (NBC)


Sunday's Games

Miami 96, Chicago 84

Cleveland 108, Oklahoma City 98

L.A. Clippers 120, Phoenix 100

New Orleans 109, Dallas 106

Atlanta 112, Minnesota 100

Indiana 106, Orlando 99

San Antonio 101, Milwaukee 95

Toronto 114, Detroit 110

Golden State 114, Boston 111

Washington 117, Denver 115, OT

Houston 99, L.A. Lakers 87

Monday's Games

Portland at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m.

Sacramento at New York, 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia at New Orleans, 8 p.m.

Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.

Orlando at Memphis, 8 p.m.

Boston at Utah, 9 p.m.

Denver at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.


Sunday's Game

Team Toews 17, Team Foligno 12

Monday's Games

No games scheduled