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Wisconsin football players catch 450-pound shark days before Orange Bowl win

You can’t do this at every bowl destination. Wisconsin’s football team landed in Miami for the Orange Bowl earlier in the week, and between practices and team outings, a few teammates had the chance to schedule some deep-sea fishing.

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Members of Wisconsin’s football team went fishing somewhere near Miami this week and caught a 450-pound hammerhead shark. The Badgers’ Twitter account posted a photo of the impressive catch Wednesday.

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The Badgers’ Orange Bowl gift bag included a PlayStation 4, wireless headphones, a 39-inch television and more, but none of the gadgets compare to a huge hammerhead. 

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Wisconsin went on to defeat Miami 34-24 on Saturday night.

Beloved sports broadcasting legend Dick Enberg dies

Beloved Hall of Fame sports broadcaster Dick Enberg, whose exuberant “Oh my!” calls resonated with fans, died Thursday, his wife and daughter confirmed to The San Diego Union-Tribune.

He was 82.

Enberg was a versatile broadcaster, covering 10 Super Bowls, 28 Wimbledon tennis tournaments and eight NCAA basketball title games when he was the play-by-play voice of UCLA during its dynasty in the 1960s and ’70s, the Union Tribune reported.

His last full-time job was as the television voice of baseball’s San Diego Padres. He retired from that position in 2016 after calling games for seven years. He also called games on radio for the California Angels and the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams.

Enberg worked for NBC, CBS and ESPN, and his “Oh, my!” call became a legendary punctuation mark after a dramatic play.

He won the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award (2015), the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Rozelle Award (1999) and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Gowdy Award (1995).

Enberg's daughter, Nicole, said the family became concerned when he didn't arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday, ESPN reported. 

Enberg was found dead at his home in La Jolla, a San Diego neighborhood, with his bags packed. The family said it believes he had a heart attack, but is awaiting official word, ESPN reported.

“I’m heartbroken,” former Padres broadcast booth partner Mark Grant told the Union-Tribune. “It’s so sad. I thought Dick was the type of guy who was going to live until he was 100, going on the circuit, talking to everybody about baseball and football and tennis.”

Enberg joined NBC Sports in 1975 and worked for the network for 25 years. He was paired for many years with former Los Angeles Rams football star Merlin Olsen. He is the only person to win Emmy Awards as a sportscaster, a writer and a producer, ESPN reported.

Enberg also was a game show host, working as the emcee for the sports-oriented “Sports Challenge” from 1971 to 1979. The show pitted athletes from different teams in a quiz show format.

Recently, Enberg began hosting a podcast called “Sound of Success,” interviewing stars such as Billie Jean King, Bill Walton, Johnny Bench and Steve Kerr.

He told the Union-Tribune earlier this week that he hoped to lure NBA legend Magic Johnson, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and actor Jack Nicholson to his online show.

“At the very top of the list,” he said, “is Serena Williams.”

Ex-wife of NBA star Lorenzen Wright charged in connection to his murder

The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright was arrested in California and charged with first-degree murder Friday night.

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Sherra Wright-Robinson was arrested in her Riverside, California, home Friday. Jail records show she was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside at 9:28 p.m. PT. No charges are listed.

Wright-Robinson was indicted and arrested for conspiracy, criminal attempted first degree & first degree urder in the death of Wright, police said.

Deborah Marion, Wright's mother, said authorities told her Wright-Robinson would be charged with first-degree murder, the same charge that was filed against Billy Ray Turner, who was arrested on Dec. 5.

Wright starred at the University of Memphis and was drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers as the seventh overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. He played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings and Cleveland Cavaliers before retiring in 2009.

The former NBA star was last seen alive on July 18, 2010 when he left Wright-Robinson’s home. The next day, police received a phone call from Wright's cell phone, but it was interrupted by gunfire, according to Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

Wright's body was later discovered on July 28, 2010, in a field near Hacks Cross and Winchester. The then 34-year-old was shot multiple times. 

Investigators found the alleged murder weapon in a lake near Walnut, Mississippi, on Nov. 9, 2017.

Titans, Vols players offer support to bullying victim who made heartbreaking viral video

When a boy from the Knoxville, Tennessee, area was revealed to be a victim of bullying, players for the Tennessee Titans and Vols football teams decided to step up.

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A video went viral Friday afternoon of a Knoxville boy detailing the bullying he had endured at school.

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University of Tennessee sophomore receiver Tyler Byrd and freshman quarterback Jarrett Guarantano both pledged to visit the boy and offer support.

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker responded with his own video and invited the boy and his family to an upcoming game.

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– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

WATCH: The Army-Navy national anthem in the snow was one to remember

When it came to the Army-Navy college football game on Saturday, there was no doubt what the national anthem was going to look like in terms of participation, but the addition of snow to the equation made the moment that much more memorable.

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>> PHOTOS: Army beats Navy 14-13

The rendition by the West Point and U.S. Naval Academy glee clubs was a hit on social media, with many Twitter users saying the performance gave them "goosebumps” and “chills.”

Other commenters took the opportunity to call out the NFL players who have been kneeling in protest of racial inequality as the anthem is performed before games.

Army went on to win Saturday's game 14-13.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Oklahoma RB Rodney Anderson denies rape allegation

Documents show a woman filed a protective order that accuses starting University of Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson of rape.

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The order accuses Anderson of driving a woman home from a bar and attacking her while she was blacked out. No charges have been filed.

His attorney released a statement denying the allegations: 

"Mr. Anderson first learned of (the woman’s) request for a civil protective order late yesterday evening. Mr. Anderson is shocked and disturbed by (the woman’s) claims. The allegations are patently false. Mr. Anderson did not, nor would he ever, force himself on any woman," the statement began.

"There are undoubtedly true victims of sexual assault, for whom Mr. Anderson carries a tremendous amount of compassion. However, there are those accused of sexual assault which they unequivocally did not commit – as is the case for Mr. Anderson. It is incumbent on our community to reserve judgment and to treat this allegation on its own merit. We are confident that when authorities have all of the information surrounding this circumstance, Mr. Anderson will be completely exonerated of any wrongdoing, and he looks forward to the conclusion of this investigation so he can focus on his obligations as a student-athlete."

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The news comes weeks before the University of Oklahoma faces off against Georgia in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

The university released a brief statement Monday on the situation saying officials "are aware [of the filing] and are gathering information."

KOKI reached out to them again Tuesday following the release of more details on the allegations and received this statement:

"The university is aware of the situation and is following our protocols in coordinating with the Norman Police Department, which is currently handling the inquiry. The university takes seriously all allegations of misconduct and is continuing to collect information in this matter."

Anderson created a Twitter account Tuesday to defend himself: 

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Jackson, Love, Mayfield three finalists for 2017 Heisman Trophy

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Stanford running back Bryce Love and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield are this year’s Heisman Trophy finalists, according to the Heisman Trust, which made the announcement on ESPN Monday night.

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The Heisman is one of the most prestigious awards in sports and the top award in college football.

Jackson is looking for a repeat after winning the trophy last year, hoping to become the second player to win the award two years in a row after Archie Griffin did it in 1974 and 1975. And he’s got a good chance at it, throwing for 3,489 yards and making 25 touchdowns this season, according to Sports Illustrated.

Mayfield is a favorite to win, though, leading the Sooners to their third straight Big 12 title. Mayfield broke his own 2016 record this season, setting a Football Bowl Subdivision record for passing efficiency, SI reported. He threw for 4,340 yards with 41 touchdowns, the second highest number of the season.

Love scored 17 touchdowns and was second in the country for rushing with 1,973 yards. He did it mostly with a seriously injured ankle, too.

>> Related: 2 Georgia players arrested after SEC championship game

The Heisman has been awarded to the best college football player dating back to 1935, although the first award was called the DAC Trophy after New York’s Downtown Athletic Club. The name of the award was changed to the Heisman Memorial Trophy in 1936 after the death of legendary football coach and DAC athletic director John W. Heisman.

The winner of the 2017 Heisman Trophy will be announced at a ceremony Saturday in New York.

LaVar Ball pulls son LiAngelo out of UCLA after suspension

LaVar Ball pulled his son, LiAngelo, out of UCLA weeks after the Bruins basketball player and two of his teammates were arrested in China for stealing a pair of sunglasses.

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LaVar Ball confirmed to ESPN on Monday that he had removed his son from the university. TMZ first reported the decision.

LiAngelo Ball was indefinitely suspended alongside teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill after they were accused last month of shoplifting from a Louis Vuitton store next to their hotel in Hangzhou, China. If convicted, the trio would have faced 10-year sentences.

"I'm not sitting back and waiting," LaVar Ball told ESPN. "We get back over here and the consequences were even stiffer than China. So basically they're in jail here."

>> Related: UCLA basketball players thank president for help after arrest in China

The trio apologized to their teammates, friends, families and the government – including President Donald Trump – at a news conference after they were returned to the U.S. on Nov. 14.

According to ESPN, Riley, Hill and LiAngelo Ball were subject to review for possible violations to UCLA’s Student Conduct Code. The code includes a section on theft.

UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford announced last month that the trio would be suspended indefinitely. ESPN reported that the players have not been allowed to suit up, travel or practice with the UCLA basketball team.

>> Related: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA teammates arrested in China could get 10 years in prison if convicted

"These are good young men who exercised an inexcusable lack of judgment," Alford said at a news conference last month. “At some point, they may be permitted to join team workouts, practices and meetings, but that timeline has yet to be determined. They will have to earn their way back."

Ready, set, bowl! Here is the college football bowl schedule

Ready, set, bowl! The schedule and matchups have been announced for the 2017 college football bowl season, with 41 games on tap between Dec. 16 and Jan. 8. 

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That includes the College Football Playoffs, with the national title game to be held in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. No team ranked No. 1 in the final CFP regular-season rankings has ever won the national title. Defending national champion Clemson, heading into this year’s playoffs at No. 1, will try to change that.

Sit back and get your college football fix, as the bowl season begins with five games on Dec. 16. Here is the complete schedule.

Saturday, December 16

New Orleans Bowl

(New Orleans)

North Texas vs. Troy, 1 p.m., ESPN

Cure Bowl

(Orlando, Fla.)

Georgia State vs. Western Kentucky, 2:30 p.m, CBS Sports Network

Las Vegas Bowl

(Las Vegas)

Boise State vs. Oregon, 3:30 p.m., ABC

New Mexico Bowl

(Albuquerque)

Colorado State vs. Marshall, 4:30 p.m., ESPN

Camellia Bowl

(Montgomery, Ala.)

Arkansas State vs. Middle Tennessee State, 8 p.m., ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 19

Boca Raton Bowl

(Boca Raton, Fla.)

FAU vs. Akron, 7 p.m., ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 20

Frisco Bowl

(Frisco, Texas)

SMU vs. Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 21

Gasparilla Bowl

(St. Petersburg, Fla.)

Temple vs. FIU, 8 p.m., ESPN

Friday, Dec. 22

Bahamas Bowl

(Nassau, Bahamas)

UAB vs. Ohio, 12:30 p.m., ESPN

Potato Bowl

(Boise, Idaho)

Wyoming vs. Central Michigan, 4 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 23

Birmingham Bowl

(Birmingham, Ala.)

Texas Tech vs. South Florida, 12 p.m.

Armed Forces Bowl

(Fort Worth, Texas)

Army vs. San Diego State, 3:30 p.m., ESPN

Dollar General Bowl

(Mobile, Ala.)

Toledo vs. Appalachian State, 7 p.m., ESPN

Sunday, Dec. 24

Hawaii Bowl

(Honolulu)

Fresno State vs. Houston, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Tuesday, Dec. 26

Heart of Dallas Bowl

(Dallas)

Utah vs. West Virginia, 1:30 p.m., ESPN

Quick Lane Bowl

(Detroit)

Duke vs. Northern Illinois, 5:15 p.m., ESPN

Cactus Bowl

(Phoenix)

UCLA vs. Kansas State, 9 p.m., ESPN

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Independence Bowl

(Shreveport, La.)

Florida State vs. Southern Miss, 1:30 p.m., ESPN

Pinstripe Bowl

(New York)

Boston College vs. Iowa, 5:15 p.m., ESPN

Foster Farms Bowl

(Santa Clara, Calif.)

Purdue vs. Arizona, 8:30 p.m., Fox

Texas Bowl

(Houston)

Missouri vs. Texas, 9 p.m., ESPN

Thursday, Dec. 28

Military Bowl

(Annapolis, Md.)

Navy vs. Virginia, 1:30 p.m., ESPN

Camping World Bowl

(Orlando, Fla.)

Virginia Tech vs. Oklahoma State, 5:15 p.m., ESPN

Holiday Bowl

(San Diego)

Michigan State vs. Washington State, 8 p.m., FS1

Alamo Bowl

(San Antonio, Texas)

Stanford vs. TCU, 9 p.m., ESPN

Friday, Dec. 29

Belk Bowl

(Charlotte, N.C.)

Wake Forest vs. Texas A&M, 1 p.m., ESPN

Sun Bowl

(El Paso, Texas)

North Carolina State vs. Arizona State, 3 p.m., CBS.

Music City Bowl

(Nashville, Tenn.)

Northwestern vs. Kentucky, 4:30 p.m., ESPN

Arizona Bowl

(Tucson, Ariz.)

New Mexico State vs. Utah State, 5:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network

Cotton Bowl Classic

(Arlington, Texas)

No. 8 USC vs. No. 5 Ohio State, 8:30 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, Dec. 30

Taxslayer Bowl

(Jacksonville, Fla.)

Louisville vs. Mississippi State, 12 p.m., ESPN

Liberty Bowl

(Memphis, Tenn.)

Memphis vs. Iowa State, 12:30 p.m., ABC

Fiesta Bowl

(Glendale, Ariz.)

No. 11 Washington vs. No. 9 Penn State, 4 p.m., ESPN

Orange Bowl

(Miami)

No. 6 Wisconsin vs. No. 10 Miami, 8 p.m., ESPN.

Monday, Jan. 1

Outback Bowl

(Tampa, Fla.)

Michigan vs. South Carolina, 12 p.m., ESPN

Peach Bowl

(Atlanta)

No. 12 UCF vs. No. 7 Auburn, 12:30 p.m., ESPN

Citrus Bowl

(Orlando, Fla.)

Notre Dame vs. LSU, 1 p.m., ABC

College Football Playoff semifinal

Rose Bowl

(Pasadena, Calif.)

No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 2 Oklahoma, 5 p.m., ESPN

College Football Playoff semifinal

Sugar Bowl

(New Orleans)

No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 Clemson, 8:45 p.m., ESPN.

Monday, Jan. 8

College Football Playoff

Championship game, 8 p.m., ESPN, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta

College football: 5 takeaways after Alabama gets last playoff spot

First off, let’s be clear: I don’t really think Ohio State got a raw deal being left out of this year’s College Football Playoff. 

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Neither the Buckeyes nor Alabama had much to complain about, given what they did and did not do on the field in 2017. 

Both teams were absolutely at the mercy of the committee going into Sunday, and the committee showed favor to the Crimson Tide despite a lack of compelling evidence to do so. 

>> Four teams chosen by playoff committee

The Buckeyes had more positive marks on their resume, but there were also more negatives. 

Here are five takeaways from Sunday: 

1. The announcement sounds like an early death knell for the four-team playoff. 

I don’t know how long it’s going to take for an expansion to eight teams, but I’m pretty certain it’s going to happen for the same reason Alabama making the BCS championship in 2011 killed the two-team system.

This proves again every game doesn’t matter, which was the mantra the BCS reps leaned on and the one used by defenders of the four-team playoff against expansion. 

If we’re still just guessing who are the best four teams, we might as well just go back to voting on the winner on Jan. 2. 

2. The four-team playoff’s biggest issue: Five power conferences.

The conferences are very hard to compare in any given year, and we start necessarily having to leave out one based on some assumptions that may or may not be correct. 

That’s not ideal, and it’s often going to be unsatisfying. 

But leaving out two leagues even when none were dominant (or blatantly down) is even worse. 

Ironically, if this were 2011 it would have made a lot more sense, because LSU and Alabama reasonably were considered to be a lot better than everyone else.

Now that the conference of Jim Delany, one of college football’s ultimate power brokers, has been spurned, I would expect change to happen sooner or later. 

3. The committee simply believed Alabama was better than Ohio State. 

Therefore, they used whatever justification they wanted to explain the decision to pick the Crimson Tide. That was the Buckeyes’ blowout loss at Iowa. 

I want the the four best teams to make it, but only when it’s unequivocal who those are. 

That was not this year. 

Neither team really passed the eye test, so claiming one did rang really hollow. 

That is why I still would have gone back to the resumes, and I have always felt comparing wins was better than comparing losses because if nothing else it is a larger sample size. 

I’m also more interested in what a team is like on its best days than its worst, but if the committee disagrees that’s how it’s going to be I guess. 

And yet CFP chairman Kirby Hocutt’s statement, “Alabama was clearly the No. 4 ranked team in the country as a non-champion,” just doesn’t hold water to me. 

4. Four-team idea came too late for Ohio State.

In 2015, Ohio State was probably one of the top two let alone four, but the Buckeyes were not afforded the same treatment as Alabama this year. 

That year, too, the Buckeyes could have made the argument moot by taking care of business against Michigan State, but that’s beside the point. At least they finished the season by crushing Michigan in Ann Arbor, leaving a positive last impression rather than a loss like the 2017 Crimson Tide. 

It was generally agreed upon that was a special Ohio State team even with its flaws. 

Can we say that about this Alabama squad? 

5. What would prevent expanding the playoff? 

The conferences -- which made up the BCS and comprise the group that oversees the playoff -- might still draw the line in the sand at four teams in the playoff so they can protect their garbage championship game cash cows that often don’t mean anything in the playoff discussion. 

Lots of people say every year the first weekend of December works as the round of eight, but that’s obviously not true, since 50 percent of the time a playoff participant has not even taken part. 

A move to eight teams could guarantee the importance of a conference championship by granting the Power 5 winners a spot and leave room for someone who might have had a fluke loss. Also, someone like this season’s undefeated Central Florida could get a shot to be a college football Cinderella. 

That could be fun, right? 

They left room in the calendar to do this already, and expanding just this once wouldn’t upend the bowl system as a 16-team playoff would, which is why the latter will never happen. 

It’s all fantasy for now, but I have a feeling we’re closer to it becoming reality than we have ever been. 

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