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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama junior wide receiver Calvin Ridley is entering the NFL draft. Ridley announced his decision in a Twitter post Wednesday, two days after the Crimson Tide won the second national championship of his three-year career. Widely projected as a first-round pick, Ridley easily led the Tide in receiving. He had 63 catches for 967 yards while no other wide receiver caught more than 14 balls.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama county is expected to commit $30 million toward the building of a multipurpose stadium. AL.com reports that Jefferson County Commissioner David Carrington says the commission's finance committee approved allocating $1 million a year for 30 years from the county's economic development to the debt service on the proposed stadium. The full commission will vote on the measure on Thursday.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - After a poor defensive performance in the first quarter, the Memphis Grizzlies turned up the pressure all the way until the last minute. The Grizzlies held New Orleans to a mere nine points in the third period and then forced a key turnover by DeMarcus Cousins in the final seven seconds to help them defeat the Pelicans 105-102 on Wednesday night.

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - Roddy Peters scored 26 points and Kevin Johnson had 19 on 8-of-10 shooting and Nicholls beat McNeese 85-80 on Wednesday night. LaBarrius Hill's dunk with 32 seconds left brought the Cowboys to within 80-78 but Nicholls (10-8, 4-1 Southland Conference) made 5-of-6 free throws the rest of the way. Down 83-80, Myles Hutchinson missed a 3-pointer with three seconds left.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (AP) - Ivan Canete scored 23 points, including 3-pointers at key moments as Stephen F. Austin held off a Southland Conference challenge from New Orleans 78-68 Wednesday night. Travin Thibodeaux led New Orleans with 24 points before fouling out with 34 seconds remaining, picking up his fourth and fifth fouls in an 18-second span as the Privateers cut a 15-point lead down to two three times late in the game.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Aaron Epps scored 13 points and had 11 rebounds as LSU dominated from the outset and easily dispatched of Arkansas in a 75-54 win on Wednesday night. The victory is the fifth in the last six games for the surging Tigers (11-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference), who narrowly lost to No. 21 Kentucky and also won at Texas A&M last week.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Egor Koulechov scored 23 points, including Florida's first 13 of the game, and the Gators beat Mississippi State 71-54 on Wednesday night for their sixth consecutive victory. Jalen Hudson added 12 points for Florida, which extended its winning streak against the Bulldogs (13-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference) to eight.

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