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home : sports : college/pro February 6, 2016

'Right fit' is the sell in B10 recruiting, sideshow or not
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Urban Meyer has the cache and the national championship rings. Jim Harbaugh mixes a khakis-wearing sensibility with a sense of panache.
Friday, February 5, 2016


Referees try to turn heads, earn spot in NCAA Tournament
CINCINNATI (AP) — Since the first jump ball of the season rose from their hands, the 1,000 or so referees who work men's Division I college basketball games have been trying to turn heads and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
Friday, February 5, 2016

From Riggins to Allen to Elway, The Best Super Bowl Runs
(AP) — Last year's Super Bowl is best remembered for a team's unsuccessful decision to throw on what appeared to be an obvious running down near the goal line, the sort of thing that maybe shouldn't surprise anyone, given the emphasis on passing in today's NFL.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Wideman gets 20 game suspension for abuse of official
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL barred Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman 20 games on Wednesday for cross-checking a linesman last week, the second-longest suspension in NHL history for abusing an official.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

New Rutgers athletic director inherits program at low point
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers' new athletic director is unsparing when asked how he plans to turn around a program after a series of embarrassing developments on and off the field.
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Recruiting continues, several top 2017 QBs already committed
(AP) — Signing day 2016 is in the books, and the race for top 2017 quarterback prospects began long before it ended.

In fact, any programs that didn't get its quarterback of the future Wednesday better act soon because many of the top high school signal-callers in the class of 2017 have already made their college decisions — at least for now.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Former NFL quarterback Ken Stabler had brain disease CTE
BOSTON (AP) — Former Oakland Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, the late NFL MVP and Super Bowl winner who is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has been diagnosed with the brain disease CTE, Boston University researchers said Wednesday.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The party's over: Browns to part ways with Johnny Manziel
CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel famously made his entrance into the NFL by putting on a Browns baseball cap and strutting onto the stage of New York's Radio City Music Hall while rubbing his fingers together.
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

'What If' moments that defined Super Bowl legacies
(AP) — Imagine a world where the name Scott Norwood evokes awe in Buffalo, not "aww, dude."
Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Doughty the Norris favorite and other midseason award picks
(AP) — Drew Doughty constantly thinks about winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman. If he keeps up this pace, that will become a reality in less than five months.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Broncos' Elway won't rush Manning into decision about future
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — John Elway realizes as well as anyone just how difficult a decision it is for an elite quarterback to retire, and he has no plans of putting pressure on Peyton Manning to make up his mind right away.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Reeling Phoenix Suns fire coach Jeff Hornacek
PHOENIX (AP)  — The Phoenix Suns, mired in one of the worst stretches in their history, have fired coach Jeff Hornacek and promoted Earl Watson to interim coach.
Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Broncos, Panthers arrive in Bay Area for Super Bowl
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They're here.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Taylorville native reaches 400 win plateau as Head Coach of AU men
AURORA — Aurora University Spartan men's basketball coach James Lancaster, formerly of Taylorville, earned his 400th career victory in the Spartans' 103-90 win over Edgewood College on Saturday afternoon. With a plethora of friends, family and alumni in attendance to see his victory as well as take part in the second annual MS Day events, the Spartans did not disappoint the near capacity crowd.
Monday, February 1, 2016

Taylorville's Keith Bruce. . .MARKETING GURU TACKLES SUPER BOWL 50
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — One week from today, America will be dialed in to watch Super Bowl 50. Most people will be turning on their television sets to watch the Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers. There will even be a certain population that just tunes in to see what new ads will be featured or which entertainers will be performing during the half time show. Keith Bruce, Taylorville native, will be tuned into the details.
Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ohio State downs Illinois in overtime, 68-63
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — With 14 seconds left on the clock in overtime Thursday, Ohio State led Illinois by three points but the Buckeyes needed one last stop.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Green, Thompson picked, giving Warriors 3 NBA All-Stars
NEW YORK (AP) — Draymond Green and Klay Thompson were picked Thursday for the Western Conference team, giving the NBA champion Golden State Warriors three All-Stars for the first time in 40 years.
Friday, January 29, 2016

Broncos accustomed to pulling out wins in tight situations
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — As confetti cannons showered the Denver Broncos with a blizzard of orange and blue, Methodist minister Don Bird of Aurora, Colorado, expressed the feelings of so many sweat-drenched, fingernail-nibbling fans.
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Curry does it all again as Warriors dismantle Spurs, 120-90
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry and the dominant Warriors aren't just beating teams anymore, they're throwing staggering knockout punches against the NBA's best — make that second-best.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016

LeBron, Love lead Cavaliers past Clippers, 115-102
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James has mostly gotten over the stinging loss to Golden State earlier this week.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Revenue sharing debated among MLB owners ahead of bargaining
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball owners held a lengthy executive session to discuss bargaining strategy over contentious issues such as revenue sharing ahead of the start of negotiations for a new labor contract with players.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Spurs cruise to 12th straight win, 117-89 win over Suns
PHOENIX (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs keep rolling, and part of their winning ways includes overwhelming the NBA's struggling teams and making good use of their quality depth.
Friday, January 22, 2016

Curry scores 25 as Warriors breeze past Bulls 125-94
CHICAGO (AP) — Stephen Curry glanced at the "72" banner hanging from the rafters during the morning shootaround. A number that for two decades seemed unattainable just might be in reach for the Warriors if they keep playing this way.
Thursday, January 21, 2016

Curry, Warriors demolish Cavaliers 132-98
CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry didn't smell champagne. Blood was in the air.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Manning, Broncos rock on after 23-16 win over Steelers
DENVER (AP) — This would've been no way to send Peyton Manning into the offseason.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Panthers to meet Cardinals in NFC championship game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton. Larry Fitzgerald.
Monday, January 18, 2016

Peyton Manning is "amped up"
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos running back C.J. Anderson was sitting at his locker discussing how dialed in Peyton Manning is when he saw his quarterback headed for the trainer's room.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Seattle not shaken by falling behind in the postseason
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — If the Seattle Seahawks fall behind by two scores Sunday in Carolina, they're the last team that's going to panic about the situation.
Saturday, January 16, 2016

Lions keep coach Jim Caldwell for 3rd year, 1st with new GM
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions retained coach Jim Caldwell for a third season, giving him a chance to work with new general manager Bob Quinn.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Dirk Koetter promoted as Buccaneers new head coach
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are turning their rebuilding project over to Dirk Koetter.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Stringer named to UW-Whitewater women's track and field roster
WHITEWATER, Wisc. — Genny Rose Stringer, a native of Assumption, Ill., and graduate of Assumption High School, will compete for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women's track and field team in 2016. Stringer, a junior at UW-Whitewater, is majoring in social work.
Friday, January 15, 2016

Mebane and Rubin 2 big keys in Seattle's top run defense
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — From afar, Brandon Mebane would look at film of other defensive tackles around the NFL and what Ahtyba Rubin was doing in Cleveland jumped off the screen.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

Curry scores 38 but Warriors lose to Nuggets, 112-110
DENVER (AP) — Stephen Curry was just about unstoppable in the fourth quarter, except near the very end.
Thursday, January 14, 2016

NFL approves Rams to LA, Chargers option to join
HOUSTON (AP) — NFL owners voted Tuesday night to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to a new stadium just outside Los Angeles, and the San Diego Chargers will have an option to share the facility, The Associated Press has learned.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Gutsy play helps 'Bama get past Clemson, 45-40
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The last step toward making Alabama's run of championships under Nick Saban the greatest in college football history was the toughest.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Aaron Rodgers, Packers beat Redskins 35-18
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t want to hear any more about his team’s two losses to end the regular season — or the anemic offense that caused them.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Seahawks survive against Vikings in frigid wild-card game
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Even as Minnesota Vikings kicker Blair Walsh trotted out for what his coach called a “chip shot” game-winning field goal try, ever-optimistic Seattle coach Pete Carroll kept right on believing his Seahawks weren’t done yet.
Monday, January 11, 2016

Buccaneers fire coach Lovie Smith after 2 seasons
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston had a strong rookie season, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tripled their victory total from the previous year. Still, it wasn't enough to save coach Lovie Smith's job.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Griffey elected to Hall with highest percentage, Piazza in
NEW YORK (AP) — Ken Griffey Jr. was considered Mr. Clean during 22 years in the major leagues, untainted by accusations of drug use as he climbed the home-run list during the height of the Steroids Era.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

No. 2 Alabama's deep, diverse line pivotal to title game run
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Run up the middle against Alabama and you're likely to be greeted by powerful big men like A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed. Drop back to pass, and there's a fair chance explosive pass rushers such as Jonathan Allen and Tim Williams will be in hot pursuit.
Thursday, January 7, 2016

Rams owner Kroenke rips St. Louis market as he seeks LA move
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The NFL would benefit most by moving the Rams to Los Angeles, leaving behind a St. Louis market that lags economically and a stadium proposal doomed for failure, the team said in their relocation application provided to The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Foot injury likely to keep Gurley out of Rams' final game
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — St. Louis rookie running back Todd Gurley missed his third straight practice because of a right foot injury and is likely to be held out of the Rams' final regular-season game.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

No. 17 Michigan routs No. 19 Florida 41-7 in Citrus Bowl
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Someone forgot to tell Michigan that this was supposed to be a struggle between defenses.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Bowl Capsules
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Stanford barely missed out on the College Football Playoff, and Christian McCaffrey almost won the Heisman Trophy.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

U of Illinois alumni vent over sports woes
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — If Barbara Wilson didn’t understand the unhappiness of University of Illinois sports fans when she took over as interim chancellor in August, the emails that flowed to her over the next three and half months provided an education.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

Clemson playing for a title, and for history
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — With shiny orange confetti stuck to his sweat-soaked face as the celebration after the Orange Bowl rolled along, Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware knew the time was right to make a bold statement.
Saturday, January 2, 2016

James scores 34 as Cavaliers beat Nuggets 93-87
DENVER (AP) — On nearly 31-year-old legs, LeBron James found a little more elevation for all his emphatic dunks.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Ware recovers fumble to seal Broncos' 20-17 win
DENVER (AP) — One errant shotgun snap sent the fortunes of the Denver Broncos and Cincinnati Bengals in different directions.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Rams late surge continues taking down playoff-bound Seattle
SEATTLE — What was supposed to be a speed bump on Seattle's roll toward the postseason again became a problem the Seahawks have yet to fully solve.
Monday, December 28, 2015

Bears stop 3-game skid with win over reeling Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla.  — The Chicago Bears feel they're better than the losing record that will keep them out of the playoffs for the fifth straight year.
Monday, December 28, 2015

Clippers hold off Lakers 94-84 in Bryant's last Xmas game
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul and the rest of the Los Angeles Clippers' starters thought they were done after three quarters. Despite a 28-point lead, they were wrong.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Warriors beat Cavaliers 89-83 in NBA Finals rematch
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Even when all those long-range shots aren't falling like usual, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors showed they are quite comfortable grinding out wins.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Williams wins AP Female Athlete of Year for 4th time
AP – Serena Williams spent a good portion of 2015 deflecting questions about whether she could complete the Grand Slam. After coming oh-so-close, she can acknowledge how much she cared about the rare feat.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Chicago Bulls beat Thunder 105-96
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Chicago Bulls were angry and on edge after three straight losses. They channeled those emotions into one of their best wins of the season.
Saturday, December 26, 2015

Bragging Rights: Illinois survives drought in 68-63 victory over Missouri

ST. LOUIS — There was no panic when the shots refused to fall for 9-1/2 minutes and the 20-point lead dwindled to just five.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Beckham's appeal heard today
NEW YORK (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. is going to have his appeal of his one-game suspension heard by a former NFL receiver.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

No. 1 Michigan State beats Oakland 99-93 in OT
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Bryn Forbes responded just the way Denzel Valentine expected. If they couldn't win a big game together, as they had so often, Forbes would have to do enough for the two.
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Lopez, Young lead Nets to 105-102 victory over Bulls
CHICAGO (AP) — Roughly 24 hours after one of their worst performances, the Brooklyn Nets produced one of their best on Monday night.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

NFL suspends Giants WR Beckham for 1 game
NEW YORK (AP) — Losing control during Sunday's loss to the Panthers will cost Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. one game.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Giants, Ravens, Broncos make questionable calls in Week 15
(AP) — Not ushering Odell Beckham Jr. off the field for continually attacking Carolina cornerback Josh Norman wasn't the only questionable call in the NFL's wacky Week 15.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Durant, Westbrook lead Thunder past Clippers 100-99
LOS ANGELES (AP) — What Kevin Durant did to the Los Angeles Clippers was analogous to a baseball player hitting a go-ahead home run before robbing someone else of one.
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Behind Bridgewater's career game, Vikings beat Bears 38-17
Monday, December 21, 2015

Rams beat Buccaneers in possible final game in STL
ST. LOUIS (AP) — If this was the Rams' last game in St. Louis, they did what they could to leave the fans smiling.
Friday, December 18, 2015

James' courtside crash raises concerns for NBA fan safety
CLEVELAND (AP) — For years, NBA fans have been willing to pay thousands to sit courtside and watch some of the world's most powerful athletes run and jump.
Friday, December 18, 2015

Thompson's 27-point third quarter leads Warriors past Suns
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Luke Walton had nearly finished drawing up a play when Stephen Curry chimed in: Run one for Klay.
Thursday, December 17, 2015

POWER RANKINGS: Perfect Panthers still on top; Cards 2nd
NEW YORK (AP) — Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are closing in on a perfect regular season.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Manning set to return to practice for first time in a month
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning is set to return to practice Wednesday for the first time in a month, but he'll be a sideline spectator again Sunday when Brock Osweiler makes his fifth consecutive start Sunday at Pittsburgh.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Nuggets survive shoe-toss technical, hold off Rockets
DENVER (AP) — Will Barton had an impressive one-handed dunk. He also scored 23 points, including two game-sealing free throws.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Crowded Heisman field for 2016 starts with Watson, McCaffrey
NEW YORK (AP) — Even before the Heisman Trophy is handed out Saturday night, it is tempting to look ahead to 2016 and what could be a doozy of a race for college football's most famous bronze statue.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Fantasy takes hit in NY, but DraftKings, FanDuel get stay
NEW YORK (AP) — Daily fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel took a hit Friday in their fight to stay in business in New York, but a scramble to an appeals court kept DraftKings in play at least through the end of the NFL regular season.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Big 12 won't punish Iowa St for students rushing court
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Seven months after toughening penalties for schools whose fans rush onto the field of play, the Big 12 Conference said Friday it will not discipline Iowa State after students stormed the court following a basketball game in a scene that left a newspaper columnist with a broken leg.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Cubs, Heyward agree to $184M, 8-year contract
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs already boasted one of the best young cores in baseball — and that was before they added one of the top outfielders.
Saturday, December 12, 2015

Vikings scare Cardinals, but Arizona's in the playoffs
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dwight Freeney has been harassing NFL quarterbacks for 14 years.
Friday, December 11, 2015

MLB recommends netting between dugouts for all 30 ballparks
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Major League Baseball recommended teams have protective netting between the dugouts for any field-level seats within 70 feet of home plate.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Nunn scores 28, Hill adds 20; Illinois outlasts Yale, 69-65
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Kendrick Nunn is looking like the offensive leader Illinois has been searching for this season.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Changes coming after bowl system reaches record 40 games
NEW YORK (AP) — The bowl system has finally snapped after years of being stretched thin.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Walker to Mets, Miller to D-backs in winter meetings trades
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National League champion New York Mets filled a key spot by obtaining second baseman Neil Walker from Pittsburgh for pitcher Jon Niese, and the Detroit Tigers bolstered their bullpen by acquiring reliever Justin Wilson from the New York Yankees in Wednesday trades at the winter meetings.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

No. 1 Michigan State routs Maryland Eastern Shore 78-35
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Even when Denzel Valentine isn't feeling well, he's still pretty good.
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Warriors improve to 23-0, beat Pacers 131-123
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Golden State Warriors followed the script perfectly for three quarters Tuesday night.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

D-Backs add Miller behind Greinke; Cubs nab Zobrist
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In another dramatic move to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks acquired All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday for overall No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson and two other prospects.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Heisman Trophy finalists: Henry, Watson, McCaffrey
NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama's Derrick Henry and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey are hoping to return to the Heisman Trophy to the running backs. Clemson's Deshaun Watson can keep it with the QBs.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Dez, Cowboys remain in NFC East race with 19-16 win at Skins
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — After the game's 10th drive finally resulted in the evening's first points, Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant stalked around the sideline, cursing and yelling and, oddly, even removing his shoes.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

St. Louis to vote on stadium next week
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gov. Jay Nixon and a task force developing plans for a $1 billion stadium in St. Louis has acknowledged receiving a letter from the NFL detailing guidelines and expectations for proposals due Dec. 30.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Bears vs. 49ers - Streaks, Stats and Notes
NOTES: San Francisco is 0-5 on road. ... QB Blaine Gabbert passed for career-high 318 yards last week. ... WR Anquan Boldin, with 984 receptions, closing in on 1,000. Only 10 players have caught 1,000 or more passes. ...
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Bears look to keep good vibe going against 49ers
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are winning at a rate few would have envisioned, and they sure are having a good time doing it.
Saturday, December 5, 2015

Hail Mary helps Packers close in on NFC North lead
DETROIT (AP) — It's a play Mike McCarthy says the Packers practice every Saturday — because they've been victimized by this type of desperation heave in the past and want their defense to be prepared to stop it.
Friday, December 4, 2015

Missouri hires defensive coordinator Odom to replace Pinkel
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri promoted defensive coordinator Barry Odom on Thursday to replace the retiring Gary Pinkel as head coach.
Friday, December 4, 2015

NFL owners set special LA vote meeting for Jan. 12-13
IRVING, Texas (AP) — NFL owners have punted on allowing teams to move to Los Angeles — at least for five weeks.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Curry scores 40, Warriors top Hornets 116-99 to go 20-0
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets broadcaster Dell Curry told his son before Wednesday night's game, "do not ruin my night."
Thursday, December 3, 2015

76ers suspend center Jahlil Okafor for 2 games after fight
NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers suspended rookie Jahlil Okafor two games Wednesday after the release of a second video provided details of his fight in Boston he hadn't revealed to them.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Peyton Manning says he doesn't know when he'll be back
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — All the speculation over returning Brock Osweiler to his backup role when Peyton Manning gets back could prove a waste of time.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Tiger Woods has no timetable on healing or playing
NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Tiger Woods painted a bleak picture Tuesday on when he can return to golf or even get back to doing anything more than just walking.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Paige's return lifts No. 9 UNC past No. 2 Maryland 89-81
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Marcus Paige spent the first six games watching from the sideline as his North Carolina teammates had to figure out how to play without their injured floor leader.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NFL owners' meetings could yield progress in L.A. relocation
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NFL's owners could take a significant step toward the league's return to Los Angeles this week.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

76ers top Lakers for 1st win of season, snap 28-game skid
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kobe Bryant breezed through the Philadelphia 76ers locker room and said to no one in particular, "keep it going, guys."
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Ravens return blocked field goal on last play, stun Browns
CLEVELAND (AP) — Brent Urban just wanted a chance to play. Will Hill wanted redemption.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Illinois loses starting center Thorne to knee injury
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois starting center Mike Thorne Jr. is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Bryant kicks off hoops goodbye tour in hometown of Philly
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kobe Bryant's farewell tour begins in the city that loves and hates him.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gasol gets double-double as Bulls beat Spurs 92-89
CHICAGO (AP) — Pau Gasol punctuated his big block on LaMarcus Aldridge with a triumphant yell.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

How to keep your team going with spare parts
AP — In virtually every fantasy football league in the world, Kirk Cousins wasn't even considered as a quarterback option on draft day. He wasn't even the top option on his own team for most of the offseason.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Coach: NFL called play in Titans' loss 'poorly officiated'
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey says the NFL called how referee Jeff Triplette's crew handled a late fourth down in Tennessee's 24-21 loss to Oakland a "poorly officiated play."
Tuesday, December 1, 2015

No. 3 Hawkeyes go to 12-0 with 28-20 victory over Nebraska
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Iowa certainly didn't change the minds of critics who say the Hawkeyes don't look the part of a national championship contender.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Big problems emerge for three teams on Thanksgiving
AP — Call it a Thanksgiving Thud.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Boykin, No. 15 TCU beat No. 7 Baylor 28-21 in double OT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Trevone Boykin had quite a closing act in his final home game for No. 15 TCU.

His right foot heavily taped after missing a game, Boykin threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to KaVontae Turpin in the second overtime after scoring on a 1-yard run in the first extra period, helping the Horned Frogs beat No. 7 Baylor 28-21 on a rainy, chilly Friday night.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Puig gets swollen eye during encounter with bouncer
MIAMI (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig sustained a swollen eye and facial bruises during a fight with a bouncer.
Saturday, November 28, 2015

Providence upsets No. 11 Arizona 69-65 in Wooden Legacy
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — With three starters in foul trouble, Providence had lost much of its firepower and the lead.

Arizona was on a big run, building a seven-point advantage, and Friars star Kris Dunn was on the bench for an excruciating 5-minute stretch.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Romo knocked out vs Carolina with another collarbone injury
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tony Romo remained on his back after being sacked, almost motionless for a short time while looking up at the stadium's closed roof above him.
Friday, November 27, 2015

Bears D holds up late; Packers seek answers in passing game
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Standout quarterbacks of the Green Bay Packers' past and present gathered at Lambeau Field for a special Thanksgiving night celebration.
Friday, November 27, 2015

Bears' Forte seems ready to play; evaluation on White begins
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Star running back Matt Forte all but confirmed Tuesday that he will suit up this week at Green Bay.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Oklahoma up to 3rd, Iowa 4th in playoff rankings; ND 6th
(AP) — Oklahoma moved into third and Iowa was fourth in the College Football Playoff rankings as Notre Dame slipped to No. 6 on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Butler scores 22, Bulls beat Blazers in Rose's return
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — This visit to Portland ended on a much happier note for Derrick Rose than the last.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NFL Week 11: Rams QB stays in despite helmet slam
AP — For all of the NFL's insistence that it takes head injuries seriously, and for all of the new measures intended to ensure that players who might have a concussion will be pulled from games and checked thoroughly, there are still moments that show just how inconsistent any such policing can be.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cowboys face Carolina knowing they're 3-0 with Romo
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Even safety Barry Church felt a boost from the return of Tony Romo as the Dallas Cowboys ended a losing streak that covered all seven games their Pro Bowl quarterback missed.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Roberts to be named Dodgers manager
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dave Roberts will be hired as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thompson leads Warriors to 15-0 start, over Nuggets 118-105
DENVER (AP) — Who's counting? The Golden State Warriors certainly are. The wins are piling up, and they're moving closer to NBA history.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

AP Top 25 Heat Check: Moving on from Ohio State
(AP) — A season's worth of skepticism about Ohio State was validated in a loss to Michigan State and the Buckeyes are no longer in the conversation to be No. 1.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Rams new starting quarterback Keenum seeks another win against Ravens
Case Keenum's volume of work during his 10-game NFL career is anything but impressive: 11 touchdown passes, eight interceptions and seven fumbles.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Rams new starting quarterback Keenum seeks another win against Ravens
Case Keenum's volume of work during his 10-game NFL career is anything but impressive: 11 touchdown passes, eight interceptions and seven fumbles.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

Let is snow and the wind blow for Packers-Vikings
Packers-Vikings.
Outdoors, the way it always used to be and probably still should be. For the lead in the Black and Blue Division.

Sure would be appropriate if a little snow would fall in the Twin Cities, too. At least the forecasts have been for a high temperature in the mid-30s.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Broncos visit the Bears in first game against former coach
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Denver Broncos were rolling not too long ago even though Peyton Manning looked more like a quarterback ready for retirement than an all-time great.
Saturday, November 21, 2015

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Saturday, November 21, 2015

All eyes on Oklahoma; Big Ten showdown
College football's regular season has three weeks left, including championship weekend.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Warriors rally, reach 13-0 with 124-117 win over Clippers
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With an NBA championship in their back pocket, the Golden State Warriors never feel as though they're out of a game. Even when trailing by 23 in the first half.
Friday, November 20, 2015

Newton has no plans to stop TD dances
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton has no plans to stop dancing — even though some critics may think his touchdown celebrations are a bit excessive.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Arizona's Palmer: 'It's not just another game'
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A little over four years ago, Carson Palmer was home, away from football without pay, in a bitter stalemate with Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Rockets pull out OT win after firing McHale
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden knew something had to change, and he didn't mean the coach.
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Ortiz to retire after 2016 season
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is planning to retire after the 2016 season.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Texans knock off previously unbeaten Bengals 10-6
CINCINNATI (AP) — Texans cornerback Charles James stopped in a corner of the tiger-striped end zone and cupped a hand to his right ear, seeing what the crowd had to say about this outcome.
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Miller, Langford lead Bears in 37-13 win over Rams
Monday, November 16, 2015

Fighting Illini rally to beat North Dakota State with 80-74 victory
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Just as important as seeing Illinois rally for an 80-74 victory over North Dakota State, Illinois senior center Mike Thorne Jr. just wanted to see what's going on outside.
Monday, November 16, 2015

Peyton Manning also dealing with ribcage injury
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Another day, another injury for 39-year-old Peyton Manning.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wrestlers shatter NCAA outdoor attendance record
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa wrestling team shattered the NCAA attendance record Saturday in the first meet ever held in a Division I football stadium.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Missouri's Pinkel to resign after season due to cancer
(AP) — Missouri's game against BYU will by Gary Pinkel's 189th in 15 seasons as coach of the Tigers. It is safe to say none has ever been played after a more tumultuous and trying week.
Saturday, November 14, 2015

Curry's 46 lifts Warriors to perfect 10-0 start with win over Wolves
MINNEAPOLIS  — Stephen Curry dribbled across midcourt in the third quarter and went into a trademark crouch as he started to break down Andre Miller.
Friday, November 13, 2015

Rex's Revenge: Ryan's Bills squeak out 22-17 win over Jets
EAST RUTHERFORD — With a sweet victory in hand in front of the crowd that used to cheer him, Rex Ryan absolutely let loose.
Friday, November 13, 2015

As 3 NFL teams eye 16-0, a list of 2nd-half games to watch
(AP) — Never before have three NFL teams started 8-0 in the same season, so as long as the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers remain unbeaten, their pursuits of perfection will draw plenty of attention.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Warriors remain unbeaten with 100-84 win over Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors haven't started a season this well in 55 years. So far back, the franchise was in Philadelphia.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Take 5: Wary teams make tweaks ahead of shorter shot clock
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Not all that long ago, Wisconsin grinded out games and won regularly by scoring in the 40s and 50s. Last year, Wisconsin could keep up with anybody with Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker leading the way.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Illinois adds point guard and forward on signing day
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has signed point guard Te'Jon Lucas to join the team next season and has added forward Kipper Nichols who previously committed to Tulane, coach John Groce said Wednesday.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

Big Ten coaches try to keep focus on weekend games
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Potential distractions seem to be popping up all around the Big Ten this November.
Thursday, November 12, 2015

After Buccaneers lose, man tries to burn team's flag
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers suffered a defeat marked by fumbles, penalties and just one touchdown, authorities say a south Florida man tried to set the team’s oversized flag on fire.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Illinois fires athletic director after athlete allegations
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois fired athletic director Mike Thomas on Monday, saying he had done nothing wrong but a change was needed after the department was plunged into crisis when football and women's basketball players said had been mistreated by their coaches.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Miller's 1-handed TD grab lifts Bears over Chargers, 22-19
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Zach Miller leaped, snagged Jay Cutler's pass with his right hand and tumbled into the end zone.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Bulls pull away in 2nd half, top winless 76ers 111-88
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jimmy Butler stuck a Sharpie inside a media scrum, using the marker as an imaginary recorder to pick up sound bites nearby from teammate Doug McDermott.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

US colleges head to China to grow basketball fan base
HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Forty years ago, former basketball star Bill Walton made a decision he still regrets today. His UCLA college team was invited to play an exhibition game in China in 1973, the year it won its second national title with Walton, and he decided not to go. The rest of the team then stayed home, too.
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