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Hughes, Twins agree to new deal...Kentucky stays No. 1...Clausen out, Cutler in for Bears

By The Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 22, 2014 at 1:41 p.m.



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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Phil Hughes and the Twins have agreed to a $58 million, five-year contract that adds $42 million in guaranteed money from 2017-19. Hughes went 16-10 with a 3.52 ERA and led the major leagues among qualifying pitchers with an 11.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

UNDATED (AP) — Kentucky is a unanimous No. 1 for the third straight week in the latest edition of The Associated Press men's college basketball poll. The Wildcats improved to 12-0 with a 83-44 thumping of UCLA on Saturday. Duke stayed second, followed by Arizona and Louisville. Virginia moved up a spot into the top five.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears quarterback Jimmy Clausen will miss the final game of the season because of a concussion, moving Jay Cutler back into the lineup. Clausen took over the starting role from Cutler in yesterday's loss to Detroit. Clausen was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Detroit's Ezekiel Ansah.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says there's a sense of relief after quarterback Jameis (JAY'-mihs) Winston was cleared of any student code of conduct violations. Former Florida Supreme Court Justice Major Harding ruled the evidence was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof" after a two-day hearing earlier this month. Florida State is getting ready to play Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A spokesman for boxing great Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight champion's condition has "vastly improved" since he was admitted to a hospital with a mild case of pneumonia over the weekend. Bob Gunnell says that Ali's doctors hope to discharge the 72-year old soon.

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