Reports: Fournette out against A&M

Published Nov. 24, 2016

LSU running back Leonard Fournette will miss tonight's regular-season finale at Texas A&M because of his lingering ankle injury, according to multiple reports Wednesday.

Fournette did not travel with the team to College Station, according to the Advocate in Baton Rouge. It will be the fourth of 11 games he has missed this season.

Fournette was reportedly prepared to sit out last week's home game against Florida, but he apparently talked his way into the lineup after a pregame scuffle between the teams. He rushed for 40 yards on 12 carries in a 16-10 loss, but he appeared to be far less than 100 percent.

Fournette first injured his ankle in the preseason but played through it in the season opener against Wisconsin. He sat out the following week against Jacksonville State, then re-injured his ankle against Auburn on Sept. 24 and sat out two additional games.

LSU interim coach Ed Orgeron said Wednesday morning that Fournette was "day-to-day" and a "game-time decision."

D-III PLAYER FACES MURDER CHARGE: A player at Division III Maryville (Tenn.) College faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl. Knox County Sheriff's Office officials announced that William Riley Gaul, a freshman wide receiver, was arrested late Tuesday in connection with the death of Emma Walker. Officials said Gaul was being held at the Knox County Jail on $750,000 bond. Sheriff's officials said Walker was found dead of a gunshot wound inside her house Monday morning. Officials said evidence at the scene indicted Gaul fired shots into her bedroom from outside the house while she slept.

Basketball: UK romps

LEXINGTON, Ky. — As top-ranked Kentucky develops in small steps, the oncourt relationship between Malik Monk and De'Aaron is off and running.

Monk scored 23 and Fox had 16 points and 11 assists to propel the Wildcats to a 101-70 rout of Cleveland State that was impressive on several fronts.

With leading scorer Isaiah Briscoe sidelined by a back injury, the freshman duo picked up the slack and did it quickly, helping Kentucky (5-0) roll to a 16-2 lead that was never threatened in its first game this season as the nation's No. 1 team. They combined for 31 first-half points alone, with 19 from Monk, whose 4-for-4 start from long range and 8-of-12 shooting overall helped him match his career scoring best set last week against Michigan State.

No. 2 'NOVA 63, CHARLESTON 47: Josh Hart had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Kris Jenkins scored 11 for the host Wildcats (6-0). Jenkins, who hit the title-winning shot to beat North Carolina at the buzzer in April, was held out of the starting lineup by coach Jay Wright because he missed a class. But the senior forward came in just three minutes into the game and played 28 minutes, shooting 4-of-7 from the field.

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No. 6 DUKE 88, WILLIAM & MARY 67: Freshman Frank Jackson scored 19 and Grayson Allen added 17 to help the host Blue Devils (5-1) win their third straight. In other news, Wendell Carter, a 6-10 forward from Pace Academy (Georgia) and the top uncommitted prospect at No. 3 in the ESPN 2017 recruiting rankings, has committed to the Blue Devils. He chose them over Georgia, Georgia Tech and Harvard.