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Briles’ team in trouble?

DALLAS — A district executive committee has ruled that two players on an East Texas high school football team coached by former Baylor coach Art Briles are ineligible.

The Dallas Morning News reports the committee voted 6-0 three weeks ago that Brock Nellor and Cameron Nellor moved to the Mount Vernon Independent School District for athletic purposes, a violation of University Interscholastic League rules. The vote was confirmed Sept. 18 by a 3-0 vote with three district superintendents abstaining.

The committee had previously ruled the two were eligible.

Mount Vernon school Superintendent Jason McCullough told the newspaper that Briles and the district received a public reprimand but no forfeitures. However, the UIL executive committee can still forfeit five games in which the two played.

USC QB will play vs. Irish

LOS ANGELES — Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis will return from an apparent concussion to start for Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night.

USC coach Clay Helton made the announcement Tuesday night after practice.

The Trojans (3-2) have had three starting quarterbacks in their first five games thanks to injuries, and the 18-year-old Slovis has missed most of the past two games. After being medically cleared to return, Slovis will get the shot to lead USC against the powerhouse Irish in the schools’ famed intersectional rivalry game.

Slovis got hurt on a heavy hit during the opening series of USC’s win over then-No. 10 Utah on Sept. 20. He sat out of a loss at Washington on Sept. 28 for the Trojans, who had last week off. The 18-year-old Slovis took over for injured starter J.T. Daniels at halftime of the Trojans’ season opener and led them to a win over Fresno State. He propelled USC past Stanford one week later with a record-setting performance for a USC freshman quarterback in his first start, passing for 377 yards and three touchdowns.

Yanks’ Hicks ready to play

TAMPA, Fla.– Injured New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks feels like he’s ready to return to the roster for the AL Championship Series.

Hicks, who has a right elbow flexor strain and last played on Aug. 3, is among a group of players at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa who were not on the AL Division Series roster.

Hick said Tuesday he is “definitely ready to go out there and play.”

“For sure,” Hicks said. “That’s really what I’m getting ready for is to get back and play in the playoffs. Get back to playing baseball.”

New York, which completed a three-game sweep of Minnesota on Monday night, will face either Houston or Tampa Bay in Game 1 of ALCS on Saturday night. That series is tied at 2-2 and will play a game 5 in Houston on Thursday.

Hicks is facing live pitching and throwing to bases.

“I’m pretty much doing everything,” Hicks said.

Hicks watched the Yankees’ series-clinching win with Rays catcher Travis d’Arnuad and his family at a restaurant in St. Petersburg.

Others working out include outfielder Clint Frazier, first baseman Mike Ford, and pitchers Jordan Montgomery and Stephan Tarpley.

The Associated Press

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