Monday, December 18, 2017
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Two Tide offensive players out for season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 1 Alabama has lost wide receiver DeAndrew White and running back Dee Hart for the season.

Coach Nick Saban said Monday that both will have knee surgery after injuries sustained during Saturday's victory against Mississippi.

White has eight catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yarder against Michigan in the opener. He was hurt on the Crimson Tide's first drive.

Hart was injured after fielding a fourth-quarter punt. He was a top recruit in 2011 but was sidelined last season after a knee injury during the summer.

Receiver Chris Black, running back Jalston Fowler and reserve safety Jarrick Williams are also expected to be out for the season with injuries.

KENTUCKY: Sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith is out indefinitely with a torn left ankle ligament that will require surgery. Smith injured his ankle on the second play of Saturday night's 38-17 loss to South Carolina. He had missed the previous game at Florida with a separated shoulder. Wildcats coach Joker Phillips said freshmen Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles will split duty for Saturday's SEC game against No. 20 Mississippi State.

MISSOURI: Offensive lineman Elvis Fisher is expected to return this week against Vanderbilt after missing three games with a strained right knee ligament.

OHIO STATE: Tailback Jordan Hall has a torn PCL in his knee, the Columbus Dispatch reported, and coach Urban Meyer said he was doubtful for Saturday's game against Nebraska. … Meyer said he believes the school sent a tape to the Big Ten office which appears to show a Michigan State player gouging at the eyes of Buckeyes defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins on Saturday.

STILLWAGON JAILED: Jim Stillwagon, a former two-time Ohio State All-American nose tackle, is suspected of a road rage incident spanning about 14 miles, police in Ohio said. The College Hall of Famer, 63, was jailed on a felonious assault charge and had bond set at $350,000 in Delaware, north of Columbus. Police said Stillwagon, on a motorcycle, shot at a pickup on a highway ramp and later struck the driver with a handgun, causing it to fire a bullet that grazed the man's head. Police said the victim, 41, was treated at a hospital and checked out. Stillwagon helped the Buckeyes win the 1968 national championship and was All-America in 1969 and '70.

EX-BLUE DEVIL SPEAKS: Former Duke and current New Orleans Hornets player Lance Thomas said he does not think he violated NCAA rules when he purchased nearly $100,000 in diamond jewelry during his college career. Thomas also indicated a willingness to speak with the NCAA about the purchase, which spawned a lawsuit by a New York jeweler — and an inquiry, by Duke and the NCAA, of whether Thomas violated NCAA rules. "I'm still working on that, but I'll eventually speak to them," Thomas said. Thomas settled the lawsuit which claimed he owed nearly $68,000 to Rafaello & Co. for a purchase made during Duke's 2009-10 national title season. However, he said some legal details still must be worked out, after which he expects to be more willing to meet with the NCAA and comment publicly.

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