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OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — More turmoil at Ole Miss. Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze resigned Thursday after university officials found a "pattern of personal misconduct" that started with the school's investigation into a call to an escort service. Freeze told Yahoo News there's "nothing to it." Freeze — who was making more than $5 million per year — had a 39-25 record over five seasons. Co-offensive coordinator Matt Luke has been named the interim coach.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have routed the error-prone Detroit Tigers 16-4. Thursday night's win allowed KC to move within 1 ½ games of first place Cleveland in the AL Central. Eric Hosmer and Whit Merrifield homered for the Royals. The 16 runs and 19 hits were season highs for Kansas City.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gregory Polanco homered, Chris Stewart added three hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates completed a four-game sweep of the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers with a 4-2 victory on Thursday. The Pirates have won 11 of 13 and moved within three games of Milwaukee in a division that's tightened up since the All-Star break. The Brewers have lost five straight, cutting their lead to one game over the idle Chicago Cubs.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have released Michael Oher, the former starting left tackle who was the subject of the movie "The Blind Side." Oher failed a physical on Thursday. Oher started 16 regular games and three playoff games for the Panthers during their Super Bowl run in 2015. However, he sustained a concussion in the third game of last season and hasn't played since. He remains in the league's concussion protocol. He tweeted that "The Brain is a scary thing. You have to be careful with it."

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A goal by Rodolfo Pizarro just over three minutes into the game was all the offense Mexico could muster but it was enough for a 1-0 victory over Honduras on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The victory in front of 37,404 at University of Phoenix Stadium moved Mexico into a semifinal match against Jamaica in the Rose Bowl on Sunday.

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