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SPORTS BRIEFING

Tigers top Hawks

EAST LIVERPOOL– Wellsville bowling earned its ninth victory of the season as it thwarted the Academy for Urban Scholars on Wednesday at Walnut Lanes, 1,715-1,095.

Landon Ramsey guided the Tigers with a high game of 184 and a series mark of 363.

Maddox Bosco posted a 171-329 for Wellsville (9-2).

Luke Julious scored a 121-187 for the Hawks. Derik Hunter added a 131-239.

Next, the Tigers face Southern Local at Walnut Lanes today.

Arians fined for helmet slap

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians says he’ll appeal a $50,000 fine imposed by the NFL for slapping the helmet of one of his players during last Sunday’s 31-15 NFC wild-card playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

Arians said he was trying to prevent safety Andrew Adams from drawing a penalty for pulling players out of a pile when he stepped a short distance off the sideline and struck the player’s helmet with his hand before trying to push Adams away from Eagles players.

At the bottom of the pile, the Bucs’ Ross Cockrell had recovered a muffed punt, giving the defending Super Bowl champions the ball at the Philadelphia 48. Five plays later, Tom Brady threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski, putting Tampa Bay up 24-0.

The Bucs host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC divisional round on Sunday.

“I will appeal it,” Arians said Wednesday. “It ain’t got nothing to do with the game, so we’re good.”

The day after the incident, Arians said he didn’t feel he had done anything wrong.

“No, I’ve seen enough dumb. You can’t pull guys out of a pile,” the 69-year-old coach said. “We just got a big play, great field position, and he’s trying to pull a guy out of a pile, and I was trying to knock him off of that guy so he didn’t get a penalty.”

G-Men interview Poles again

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ryan Poles of the Kansas City Chiefs was interviewed for the second time by the New York Giants for their vacancy at general manager.

Poles met with Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara at the team’s headquarters Wednesday. The 36-year-old also toured the team’s facility and talked with members of the front office.

The Giants interviewed Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen for the second time on Tuesday. San Francisco 49ers assistant general manager Adam Peters will get a second interview on Thursday.

Dave Gettleman retired as GM a week ago Monday after a fourth straight losing season. Coach Joe Judge was fired the next day, two days after New York finished a 4-13 season.

Poles has spent 13 years with the Chiefs, the past year as executive director of player personnel. He oversees the scouting of college football players, assists in the pro process and prepares for free agency. He also helps GM Brett Veach with the coordination of the NFL draft and overseeing the team’s out-of-town area scouts.

Poles was an offensive lineman at Boston College, where he blocked for Matt Ryan, the long-time Atlanta Falcons quarterback.

Bisaccia interviews for Raiders HC job

(AP) — Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia interviewed for the full-time job on Wednesday as owner Mark Davis searches for a coach and general manager to lead the franchise into the future.

Bisaccia took over in October when Jon Gruden was forced to resign following the release of old offensive emails and had a 7-5 record in the regular season.

The 61-year-old Bisaccia did a good job keeping the Raiders on track through the aftermath of the Gruden ordeal and receiver Henry Ruggs III’s release after being charged with felonies in a fatal DUI crash that killed a 23-year-old woman.

Bisaccia, a longtime special teams coordinator in the NFL, earned the support of his players and helped the Raiders win their final four games to make the playoffs for the second time in 19 seasons.

Las Vegas was eliminated last Saturday in a 26-19 loss at Cincinnati, but several players including quarterback Derek Carr and star edge rusher Maxx Crosby have publicly backed Bisaccia’s candidacy.

Colgate drubs Bison

LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Ryan Moffatt had 17 points to lead five Colgate players in double figures as the Raiders topped Bucknell 75-56 on Wednesday night.

Nelly Cummings added 16 points for the Raiders (7-10, 3-1 Patriot League). Tucker Richardson chipped in 14, Oliver Lynch-Daniels scored 13 and Keegan Records had 10.

Moffatt made 5 of 6 3-pointers. He added seven rebounds.

Xander Rice had 20 points and seven assists for the Bison (3-16, 0-7), who have now lost eight games in a row. Ian Motta added 10 points.

Andrew Funk, whose 18.0 points per game coming into the matchup led the Bison, scored 5 points (1 of 10).

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