The traditional signing day Wednesday merely padded Oregon's already stellar recruiting class, the best in school history.,GETTING DEFENSIVE: Washington capped its recruiting class by landing two of the top defensive players on the West Coast.,Washington had seemed to be the favorite for Heimuli for most of the recruiting period, but his Menlo-Atherton team advancing to the state title game in California impacted his ability to make a decision in time for the December signing period.,The abrupt departure of new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury after 34 days shook up the Trojans' recruiting class and led to the departure of receiver commit Bru McCoy, who spurned USC for Texas.,The day had an international flavor with the Utes bringing in 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Bamidele Olaseni, a native of London who played last year for Garden City Community College in Kansas, and fellow 6-foot-7 offensive lineman Luke Felix-Fualalo, a former rugby player in Australia who played last year for prep powerhouse Mater Dei in California.

Sam Ficken has appeared in five games with the Rams over the last two seasons.,He has appeared in four regular-season games over the past two seasons — with the Rams as an injury replacement for Greg Zuerlein, and in Los Angeles’ playoff loss last season to Atlanta.,Ficken was cut by the Rams on Oct. 3 — a few days before Los Angeles played at Seattle, a game in which Cairo Santos kicked for the Rams — making him an immediate free agent and available to be signed now.,Ficken was cut after missing a 28-yard field goal late in the Rams’ eventual 38-31 win, after which coach Sean McVay said, according to the Los Angeles Times, “When we get a chance to go up 13 in a game that’s been back and forth, those are plays that we have to be able to make, and make them consistently.”,Seattle is likely to bring in another kicker for competition as it did last season when Seattle signed Jason Myers in January and then signed Janikowski in April.

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From a state championship team and an individual state champion, to an undefeated season culminated in a classic setting, to a Division 1 commitment and a 2,000 point scorer, the 2018 local high school sports season will likely go down as one of the most memorable years of all time in Chautauqua County.,After beating Fredonia on a two-run home run by Cam Hawkins in the seventh inning for the league title, in Fredonia, the Lady Thunderbirds kept on rolling all the way through the sectional playoffs, then claiming a Far West Regional win and eventually, a Class C state title.,When the Section VI girls basketball playoff brackets were released, Dunkirk and Fredonia fans could only dream of a Class B1 title game at Buffalo State between the two longtime rivals.,Brocton baseball makes first ever trip to state final four

The 2018 varsity baseball season started with more questions than answers for the Brocton Bulldogs, who entered the year without a clear head coach and with many talented players without experience playing in big games.,After a Section VI Class D title, the Bulldogs won in the Far West Regional game to earn a spot as one of the four state finalists, and a chance to play on the minor league field of the New York Mets’ minor league team in Binghamton. read more

In a blockbuster trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and three prospects.,Others think the Reds won the trade by getting productive players in exchange for a struggling pitcher.,MORE: Dodgers get better of blockbuster deal simply by getting rid of Puig

The Reds got rid of an overpaid pitcher, who only notched one win against 14 losses last year, and got two productive and entertaining players.,Unloading him not only got rid of his bloated contract but got in return proven players who can help the Reds win immediately.,MORE: The Reds won the trade with the Dodgers read more

NORMAN – Oklahoma guard Taylor Robertson was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Week for the fourth time this season, the league office announced on Wednesday.,Robertson knocked down 11 3-pointers in two games last week, posting a .550 clip (11-of-20) from 3-point range.,Robertson finished with 23 points in OU’s game against the top-ranked Huskies, the most points scored by an individual player against UConn this season.,Robertson is the first Sooner to win Big 12 Freshman of the Week honors four times before the start of conference play.,Oklahoma has won 11 Big 12 Freshman of the Week awards over the last two seasons.

In a blockbuster trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and three prospects.,Others think the Reds won the trade by getting productive players in exchange for a struggling pitcher.,MORE: Dodgers get better of blockbuster deal simply by getting rid of Puig

The Reds got rid of an overpaid pitcher, who only notched one win against 14 losses last year, and got two productive and entertaining players.,Unloading him not only got rid of his bloated contract but got in return proven players who can help the Reds win immediately.,MORE: The Reds won the trade with the Dodgers read more

In a blockbuster trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and three prospects.,Others think the Reds won the trade by getting productive players in exchange for a struggling pitcher.,MORE: Dodgers get better of blockbuster deal simply by getting rid of Puig

The Reds got rid of an overpaid pitcher, who only notched one win against 14 losses last year, and got two productive and entertaining players.,Unloading him not only got rid of his bloated contract but got in return proven players who can help the Reds win immediately.,MORE: The Reds won the trade with the Dodgers read more

In a blockbuster trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and three prospects.,Others think the Reds won the trade by getting productive players in exchange for a struggling pitcher.,MORE: Dodgers get better of blockbuster deal simply by getting rid of Puig

The Reds got rid of an overpaid pitcher, who only notched one win against 14 losses last year, and got two productive and entertaining players.,Unloading him not only got rid of his bloated contract but got in return proven players who can help the Reds win immediately.,MORE: The Reds won the trade with the Dodgers read more

In a blockbuster trade, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp and Alex Wood to the Cincinnati Reds for Homer Bailey and three prospects.,Others think the Reds won the trade by getting productive players in exchange for a struggling pitcher.,MORE: Dodgers get better of blockbuster deal simply by getting rid of Puig

The Reds got rid of an overpaid pitcher, who only notched one win against 14 losses last year, and got two productive and entertaining players.,Unloading him not only got rid of his bloated contract but got in return proven players who can help the Reds win immediately.,MORE: The Reds won the trade with the Dodgers read more