* Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill, a hero on the field for the Cowboys this past Saturday, was arrested for domestic abuse by strangulation on Thursday night in Stillwater, Okla. Domestic abuse by strangulation is a felony punishable by one to 3 years in jail and/or a $3,000 fine.
Hill was arrested after his pregnant girlfriend reported that she got into an argument with Hill that escalated into a physical altercation, according to a release from Stillwater police. She said Hill struck her in the face and stomach and choked her. Officers observed injuries consistent with her allegations during their conversation.
According to authorities, the woman said she was 8 weeks' pregnant with Hill's child, and was concerned about the fetus because she was in pain after he punched her in the stomach. She said she also was punched in the face, had a busted lip and was choked by Hill.
Hill, a 20-year-old junior, allegedly told officers he was being arrested "for being black and she was white." Hill spent the night in jail and was charged yesterday with domestic assault and battery by strangulation, according to a Payne County Court clerk. Hill did not enter a plea. Bond was set at $15,000, and a court date was set for Jan. 13.
His arrest came only days after he helped catapult the Cowboys into a bowl game with a 92-yard punt return late in OSU's 38-35 win against Oklahoma. On Wednesday, Hill was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after averaging 150.9 all-purpose yards per game and becoming one of the conference's most explosive big-play threats. His status for the Jan. 2 Cactus Bowl vs. Washington is unclear.
* Former Wisconsin assistant and current Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst is poised to become the Badgers' new head coach, ESPN reported. In a statement, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, who will coach the Badgers in the Outback Bowl against Auburn on New Year's Day, said only that the job cannot be offered to any candidate before Wednesday because of university hiring policies and that any offer would need approval from the university's board of regents. Coach Gary Andersen announced Wednesday he was going to coach at Oregon State.
* Kentucky junior forward Alex Poythress, who twice returned to school instead of entering the NBA draft, will have surgery to repair his torn left anterior cruciate ligament, the school announced. He was hurt making a routine layup during practice Thursday. Recovery from such a procedure typically takes 6 to 8 months.
* Southern Mississippi players Shadell Millinghaus and Dallas Anglin were released from the team for reasons of playing time and family issues, respectively. Coach Doc Sadler said via text message that neither departure was related to the NCAA's current investigation of the program for alleged improper benefits given to academically ineligible players during former coach Donnie Tyndale's tenure.
* Branden Grace increased his lead to five strokes after a 6-under-par 66 in the second round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Maleland, South Africa. He is at 16-under; Francesco Molinari is at 11-under.
* Tommy Fleetwood held a one-shot lead over former champion Lee Westwood at the Thailand Championship in Chonbur.
* Australians Scott Strange and Wade Ormsby shared the second-round lead at the Australian PGA in Gold Coast, with defending champion Adam Scott two strokes behind and American Boo Weekley three off the lead.
* The Rangers completed a deal to acquire lefthander Ross Detwiler from the Nationals for two minor league prospects, infielder Chris Bostick and right-hander Abel De Los Santos.
* Righthander Jason Hammel and the Cubs finalized a $20 million, 2-year contract that had been agreed to earlier in the week. He had a 2.98 ERA in 17 starts for the Cubs before he was traded to Oakland on July 5 with pitcher Jeff Samardzija.
* Penguins center Sidney Crosby will sit out the next two games as a precaution, though general manager Jim Rutherford says it does not appear the star is dealing with mumps.
* Stars owner Tom Gaglardi was fined $140,000 on for polluting a lake during renovations on his Kamloops, British Columbia, vacation property.
* Warriors center Andrew Bogut had his injured right knee drained and will sit out games tonight and tomorrow.
* Bulls center Joakim Noah (sprained right ankle) and forward Doug McDermott (sore right knee) missed last night's game against the Trail Blazers.
* All 100 top-ranked men and 99 of the top 100 women have entered to play the Australian Open in January. The only absentee from the women's draw was No. 58 Petra Cetkovska, who withdrew with a hip injury.
* Downingtown West High product Zack Steffen, the sophomore goalkeeper at the University of Maryland, will leave college to sign with Freiburg, of Germany's Bundesliga.