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home : sports : college/pro April 29, 2016

Cardinals bash past Diamondbacks 11-4
St. Louis Cardinals' Ruben Tejada leans over to glove a grounder hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Phoenix. Ahmed was out at first.
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin
St. Louis Cardinals' Ruben Tejada leans over to glove a grounder hit by Arizona Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed during the fifth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Phoenix. Ahmed was out at first.
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin
PHOENIX (AP) — The pitcher's spot in the order came up with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, a critical juncture in what had been a close game.
Thursday, April 28, 2016


LEADING OFF: Arrieta chases Vander Meer, Maeda vs Ichiro?
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Hornets stun Heat with 90-88 win, take 3-2 series lead
MIAMI (AP) — Courtney Lee was steaming after missing a layup that would have given Charlotte the lead heading into the final minute.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Warriors reach second round with Curry sidelined
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Perhaps a corny catchphrase to some, those three words really resonate with the Golden State Warriors: "Strength in Numbers." They are bought into this mantra, all right.
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Saints' Drew Brees: Pace of contract talks not hurting team
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees asserts that his contract talks with the Saints hasn't hampered the club's ability to acquire top free agents this offseason because he is committed to negotiating an extension that would improve the Saints' financial flexibility.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

After 7-year wait, 'Sid vs. Ovi' is back on
(AP) — The two faces most responsible for bringing the NHL full-throttle into the 21st century are inextricably linked. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin get it, even if they'd rather not talk about it.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Illinois RB Brown tears ACL, will miss another season
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois running back Dre Brown says he has torn the ACL in his left knee and will miss a second straight season.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Hardy Nickerson Jr. leaving Cal to join father at Ill.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Cal linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. plans to transfer for his final season to play for his father at Illinois.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Martinez wins 4th, Cardinals rout Diamondbacks
PHOENIX (AP) — Carlos Martinez came out of spring training as the St. Louis Cardinals' No. 5 starter.

Through 20 games, no pitcher on the team has been better.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cubs hold off Brewers 4-3 for best 20-game start since 1907
CHICAGO (AP) — Addison Russell knew he was coming up in a key situation. His approach exemplified the overflowing confidence engulfing the Chicago Cubs.
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wimbledon prize money increased by 5%
LONDON (AP) — This year's men's and women's singles champions at Wimbledon will each receive nearly $3 million, as the Grand Slam tournament increases overall prize money by 5 percent.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rizzo's 2 homers, 4 RBIs lead Cubs to 9-0 rout of Reds
CINCINNATI (AP) — Anthony Rizzo's sessions with Chicago Cubs assistant hitting coach Eric Hinske are starting to pay off.
Monday, April 25, 2016

April 24 This Date In Baseball
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Harden's late shot lifts Rockets over Warriors 97-96
HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were down by one point with no timeouts and mere seconds remaining Thursday night.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Arrieta throws 2nd career no-hitter as Cubs beat Reds 16-0
CINCINNATI (AP) — Jake Arrieta's first no-hitter set him apart. Pitching another one in the span of only 11 regular-season starts has put the Chicago Cubs ace in elite company.
Friday, April 22, 2016

After delay, Cardinals beat Cubs 5-3 to avoid sweep
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis right-hander Carlos Martinez is ready to show his appreciation to outfielder Randal Grichuk.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Clippers dominate 4th to beat Blazers 102-81, take 2-0 lead
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were in no hurry to go back into the game. The reserves were rolling and again creating some breathing room.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

LeBron scores 27, Cavs make 20 3s in Game 2 win
CLEVELAND (AP) — J.R. Smith looked down at the postgame box score and couldn't believe his eyes.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Curry feeling better but isn't sure if he'll play in Game 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry's sprained right ankle is feeling better but he isn't sure if he will be able to play on Thursday night in Game 3 of Golden State's first-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets.
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Hammel leads Cubs past Cardinals with arm, bat
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jason Hammel has three RBIs compared to two runs allowed through three starts. And even though Jason Heyward isn't getting hits, he's impacting the game on defense.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Leonard repeats as defensive player of the year
NEW YORK (AP) — Kawhi Leonard has won his second straight NBA Defensive Player of the Year award after helping the San Antonio Spurs have the league's best defense.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Blowouts everywhere Sunday in playoffs
(AP) — Sunday was a truly rare day in NBA history. That's a great thing for Miami, San Antonio and Los Angeles Clippers. Not so much for Charlotte, Memphis and Portland.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Warriors, Thunder seek 2-0 leads, Raptors try to come back
(AP) — Golden State's Stephen Curry and the Toronto Raptors have provided a little early NBA playoff drama for teams returning to the court tonight.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Big deal! Rams grab No. 1 overall draft pick from Titans
OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — The Rams are tired of waiting to get a franchise quarterback, and they want to make a splash in their return to Los Angeles.
Friday, April 15, 2016

Cubs Sweep Reds for Best Start Since 1969
CHICAGO (AP)  — Some longtime Chicago Cubs fans still haven't gotten over the epic collapse of 1969, but their team isn't into black cats or goats or any other excuse at the moment.
Friday, April 15, 2016

What a Night! Golden State Wins 73, Kobe Scores 60 in Finale
(AP) — The stars did not disappoint.

And the most-celebrated closing night in NBA regular-season history not only lived up to expectations, it might have exceeded them with a pair of performances that will be talked about for years to come.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

On This Day In Baseball - April 13
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Panarin tops players to watch in 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs
(AP) — Evgeny Kuznetsov considers the KHL playoffs in Russia to be just as intense as the spotlight for the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. Kuznetsov has experienced both, thanks to two rounds with the Washington Capitals last season.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Clarke has spring in step to start Ryder Cup trophy tour
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Darren Clarke launched the Ryder Cup trophy tour from Royal Portrush Golf Club in his native Northern Ireland on Tuesday, and the European captain had a spring in his step.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Durant leads Thunder past Lakers in Bryant's last road game
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunder fans flocked to Chesapeake Energy Arena to see Kobe Bryant one last time.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wacha, Cardinals offense have big day against Brewers
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jeremy Hazelbaker was starting to wonder whether he ever would get a shot in the major leagues.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Finnegan loses no-hit bid in 7th, Reds fall to Cubs 5-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Not long after his first close encounter with a big league no-hitter, Brandon Finnegan was already looking forward to his next bid.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cardinals set MLB record in Braves game
ATLANTA (AP) — Greg Garcia couldn't believe his pinch-hit home run in the ninth inning set a major league record.
Saturday, April 9, 2016

Maeda homers in Dodgers' win; Padres set mark for futility
SAN DIEGO (AP) — So much joy and so much agony in one game.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Castro, Teixeira power Yankees to 16-6 win over Astros
NEW YORK (AP) — Starlin Castro looks perfectly comfortable in pinstripes.
Thursday, April 7, 2016

Miller plays hurt, baseball in Montreal
A look at what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona on Friday:
Friday, April 1, 2016

Before Syracuse, 3 other double-digits seeds in Final Four
HOUSTON (AP) — Like the three double-digit seeds that made it to the Final Four before them, the Syracuse Orange had to beat a No. 1 seed in the regional final to advance.
Friday, April 1, 2016

The stars are aligned as anticipation builds for the Masters
(AP) — The opening line in a book David Owen wrote 17 years ago about the Masters captures why the anticipation for the first major at Augusta National.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Rats! Panthers get penalized twice after toy rats hit ice
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Giving away 10,000 toy rats to fans as they arrived at the arena was supposed to be a promotion for the Florida Panthers.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Oregon State, Syracuse, Washington ready for 1st Final Four
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Geno Auriemma marvels at what his colleagues accomplished this season.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

A guide to the Final Four in Houston
(AP) — March Madness lived up to its billing with all those upsets, crazy finishes and memorable performances.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Curry scores 31, Warriors beat Jazz 103-96 in OT for No. 68
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Warriors' countdown to become the winningest team in NBA history is down to five.
Thursday, March 31, 2016

Quiet, unassuming Osahor becoming star for Washington women
SEATTLE (AP) — Chantel Osahor would like to make sure this much is clear about her unique shot that has become a signature of this NCAA Tournament:
Thursday, March 31, 2016

NCAA title on cable for 1st time
NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA Tournament's semifinals moved to cable for the first time in 2014, and viewership was down 11 percent from the season before.
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Oregon St to women's Final Four after 60-57 win over Baylor
DALLAS (AP) — Jamie Weisner carried the trophy, and Ruth Hamblin had a net draped over her shoulders.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Jazz hand Kobe worst loss ever, 123-75 in last visit to Utah
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rodney Hood will never forget the night Kobe Bryant requested to guard the second-year player because he was virtually unstoppable. That's a huge compliment from the future Hall of Famer.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

US likely would miss World Cup if it loses to Guatemala
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — If the United States loses to Guatemala on Tuesday, the Americans almost certainly would fail to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Harvey on track for opener after passing bladder blood clot
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets ace Matt Harvey remains on track to start Sunday night's opener at Kansas City after passing a blood clot in his bladder.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Richardson, Syracuse rally for spot in Final Four
CHICAGO (AP) — Malachi Richardson smiled as he ran up the court while making circles around his eyes with his hands. Houston was right there in front of him.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Jason Day on a roll heading to the Masters
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The fortunes of Jason Day turned as quickly as the biggest match he faced in winning the Dell Match Play.
Monday, March 28, 2016

N Carolina races to another Final Four, beats Notre Dame
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Roy Williams will take his postgame injuries as long as he and the North Carolina Tar Heels are headed to the Final Four.
Monday, March 28, 2016

Notre Dame advances to Elite 8 with 61-56 win over Badgers
PHILADELPHIA — Mike Brey can skip a stint on the disabled list.

He has at least one more Notre Dame game to coach.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

UNC runs away from Indiana in Sweet 16
PHILADELPHIA — Marcus Paige scored 21 points and North Carolina continued its offensive prowess, moving to the Elite Eight for the 20th time since 1975 with a 101-86 victory over Indiana on Friday night in the East Regional.
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Millikin names basketball letter winners
DECATUR — The Millikin University men’s basketball team recently announced that Sophomore Kyle Gibson, a Pana High School graduate, received his first team letter following the 2015-2016 season.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Women's tournament ready for Sweet 16
(AP) — After taking a break for a few days, the women's NCAA Tournament is ready to get back into the swing of things.
Friday, March 25, 2016

1st teams to reach Elite 8 using painful memories as lessons
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Losing in the NCAA Tournament is downright painful. Several teams still in the hunt for the title are using the unpleasant memories of the past as good lessons that have helped them move into the Elite Eight.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Woodard, Hield lead Oklahoma's Sweet 16 romp over Aggies
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Oklahoma Sooners proved they can thrive quite nicely in the NCAA Tournament even if Buddy Hield isn't going off.
Friday, March 25, 2016

Like Berra, Garagiola grew up in The Hill, too
PHOENIX (AP) — Joe Garagiola’s nine-year baseball career was a modest one. His 57 years in broadcasting that followed made him one of the most popular figures in the sports world and beyond.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Notre Dame and Syracuse only schools still in both tourneys
(AP) — When Jim Boeheim leads Syracuse into the Sweet 16 on Friday night against Gonzaga, he'll be in uncharted territory as his 40th season winds down. Boeheim's Orange are playing on the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, and so are the Syracuse women — for the first time in program history.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

A guide to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16
The NCAA Tournament started about as expected, the upsets, buzzer beaters and extraordinary performances coming at nearly every turn.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

China admits 6 positive tests in swimming; denies cover-up
BEIJING (AP) — China's anti-doping agency said Thursday it has recorded six recent positive drugs tests by Chinese swimmers.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Coach K not worried about 0-4 record out West
Now that we've caught our collective breath after the upsets and dramatic finishes of the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, it's time to move on to the Sweet 16. The tournament re-starts Thursday with regional semifinals in Louisville and Anaheim.
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Glut of ACC teams in Sweet 16 is great, but so are underdogs
(AP) — The NCAA Tournament has reached the Sweet 16, and many of the usual suspects made it. There also are a few surprise teams and matchups. Don't feel bad if you're having trouble keeping track of it all.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

James has fans atwitter; Cavs top Denver 124-91 for division
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James gladly talked about another triple-double, another division championship and a resounding win — No. 50 this season for the Cavaliers.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Runner aims to cover 1,000 miles in 7 deserts in 7 weeks
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Long-distance runners are water-obsessed by necessity, but Mina Guli is on another level. She's trying to run more than 1,000 miles through seven deserts on seven continents in seven weeks to raise awareness of worldwide water shortages.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Saint Joseph's outlasts Cincinnati 78-76 in NCAA thriller
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli will take the victory over Cincinnati. He just wishes it had ended a little differently.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Rachel Alde receives basketball honors
SPRINGFIELD — Rachel Alde, a former Pana Panther girls basketball player, finished her basketball career at Lincoln Land Community College by being selected to the NJCAA All-Regional Team in Region 24. 
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Dust finishes successful freshman season with Fighting Bees
DAVENPORT, IA — For many high school student-athletes, the dream of playing their sport at the college level is one that fades away after they take off their jersey for the final time at the end of their senior season. In fact, the national average of high school boys basketball players who go on to play at the varsity level in college is less than six percent.
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Zags: Gonzaga moves on with 68-52 victory over Seton Hall
DENVER (AP) — Two losses in the span of three games can send the world off its axis at Gonzaga.
Friday, March 18, 2016

From controversy to NCAA upset artist, Yale eyeing more
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Yale basketball team was still rumbling in the locker room about its bracket-busting victory over Baylor, and in the doorway, Herman Jones wanted to take the volume up one more notch to celebrate his son's win.
Friday, March 18, 2016

Ollie and 0: UConn's coach is 7 for 7 in NCAA Tourney games
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Look at the "O' in Kevin Ollie's last name long enough, and the letter might flatten into a zero.
Friday, March 18, 2016

A big comeback for Little Rock, 85-83 over Purdue in 2OT
DENVER (AP) — All looked lost for Little Rock. An underappreciated but no-longer-unknown guard named Josh Hagins wasn't quite done playing.
Friday, March 18, 2016

UConn, S Carolina, Notre Dame, Baylor top NCAA tourney field
NEW YORK (AP) — The next time the Huskies leave Connecticut they could be two wins from women's basketball history.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Stephen Curry scores 27 points playing on 28th birthday
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry sliced himself a piece of red velvet birthday cake in the locker room and had a quick sample, then assured everybody he has no plans of slowing down in his late 20s.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Smith adds 2 to Ill. staff, including Hardy Nickerson
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois coach Lovie Smith has hired former NFL linebacker Hardy Nickerson as defensive coordinator.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Spurs host Clippers, Warriors in tough week at home
(AP) — The Spurs aren't the only team that knows how to put together a winning streak in San Antonio.
Monday, March 14, 2016

Longtime rivals race fair in Harvick's thrilling win
AVONDALE, Ariz. (AP) — When Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards started bumping side-by-side on the final lap Sunday, many NASCAR fans had to recall the image of Edwards grabbing Harvick's throat in a 2008 garage altercation.
Monday, March 14, 2016

Twitter topples CBS selection show with leaked bracket
NEW YORK (AP) — The first blockbuster upset of March Madness: Twitter over CBS on Selection Sunday.
Monday, March 14, 2016

Selection Sunday: 'Fastest Night in College Basketball'
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — For teams that got a coveted spot in the NCAA Tournament, finding out where and who they're playing was not the end of selection-night drama.
Monday, March 14, 2016

Hall of Fame writer's opinion on the NCAA Tournament
(AP) — Sharpen the pencil. Make sure the eraser is ready. Time to fill out the much-awaited NCAA Tournament bracket.
Monday, March 14, 2016

Campaigning coaches stump for their teams to make tournament
NEW YORK (AP) — The campaigning. The stump speeches. The last-ditch pitches from the contenders, insisting they aren't paying attention to the pundits and prognosticators.
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Free agents Trevathan, Massie expect to hasten Bears' rebuilding
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Inside linebacker Danny Trevathan and right tackle Bobby Massie anticipate making life a little easier for the Chicago Bears, coaches and players alike.
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Illinois holds on for stunning 68-66 upset of No. 20 Iowa
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Illinois thought it had Thursday's upset all wrapped with 3 minutes to go.
Friday, March 11, 2016

Smith adds Luke Butkus to staff at Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois football coach Lovie Smith has confirmed that Jacksonville Jaguars offensive line coach Luke Butkus has joined the Illini staff.
Friday, March 11, 2016

In LeBron's final duel with Kobe, Cavs top Lakers 120-108
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James savored every bump from Kobe Bryant in the low post. He relished every down-court sprint, every big shot — and even the fake that left him sailing helplessly through the air while Kobe pivoted around him for a layup.
Friday, March 11, 2016

Petrino confirms Garrick McGee leaving for Illinois
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee is leaving Louisville to become Lovie Smith's first hire at Illinois.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Finke, Illinois cruise by Minnesota 85-52 in Big 10 tourney
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Illinois freshman Michael Finke picked the perfect day to make a career-best five 3-pointers, scoring 17 points to lead No. 12 seed Illinois past 13th-seeded Minnesota 85-52 on Wednesday in the Big Ten tournament first round.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Super Bowl champs find themselves scrambling for a QB
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — John Elway is scrambling again.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

LEADING OFF: Price debuts for Bosox, Chapman goes for Yanks
A look at what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Pittsburgh tops Syracuse in possible win-and-in NCAA matchup
(AP) — The second round of the ACC Tournament produced a matchup between old Big East rivals in Pittsburgh and Syracuse on Wednesday that many believed would be an NCAA Tournament eliminator.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

Orioles finalize $5.75M deal with power hitter Pedro Alvarez
SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have finalized their $5.75 million, one-year contract with infielder Pedro Alvarez.
Thursday, March 10, 2016

DE Charles Johnson takes big pay cut to return to Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)  — Defensive end Charles Johnson has agreed to take a major pay cut to return to the Carolina Panthers.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

What to look for as NFL free agency begins
(AP) — With another major spike in the NFL's salary cap, up about $12 million to $155.27 million, the spending spree that is free agency begins Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Big deals reached on day before free agency
(AP) — With Peyton Manning's retirement out of the way, NFL movement was all about changing teams on Tuesday.
Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Peyton Manning jokes, chokes up during retirement remarks
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning got through the weekend thanks to hundreds of texts and calls from men he played against or alongside over his unparalleled 18-year NFL career.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Alvarez, Orioles agree to $5.75M, 1-year deal
AP — Infielder Pedro Alvarez and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $5.75 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

4-6 weeks is normal treatment for drug in Sharapova case
MOSCOW (AP) — The Latvian company that manufactures meldonium says the normal course of treatment for the drug is four to six weeks — not the 10 years that Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova says she used the substance.
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Former NFL coach Lovie Smith hired as University of Illinois coach
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Former NFL coach Lovie Smith was hired as the Illinois football coach Monday, two days after the firing of Bill Cubit following a 5-7 season.
Monday, March 7, 2016

Shep Garner's 22 leads Penn State over Illinois 86-79 in 2OT

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Brandon Taylor had plenty to smile about after capping his best season in a Penn State uniform as the Nittany Lions secured their first ever first-round bye in the Big Ten tournament with an 86-79 double-overtime win over Illinois on Sunday.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Falcons apologize for inappropriate question at NFL combine
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons apologized Friday after it was revealed that one of their coaches asked an inappropriate question to Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple during the NFL's annual scouting combine in Indianapolis.
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Free agent Mario Williams meeting with Dolphins
MIAMI (AP)  — With their situation at defensive end uncertain, the Miami Dolphins have reached out to Mario Williams.
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Soccer rule-makers permit video assistance experiments
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Soccer's rule-makers on Saturday approved in-game trials with video assistance for referees as Gianni Infantino used the start of his FIFA presidency to push innovation in the sport.
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Lopez tips in with 0.4 seconds left in OT, Nets beat Nuggets
DENVER (AP) — A month ago, it took a last-second shot for the Brooklyn Nets to pull out a win against the Denver Nuggets.
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Valbuena has 3 RBIs to lead Astros over Cardinals 6-3
KISSIMMEE, Florida (AP) — Luis Valbuena hit a two-run homer and a run-scoring single, helping the Houston Astros beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 in an exhibition game on Friday.
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Baseball keeps sending the wrong message to its fans
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — From Yoenis Cespedes turning spring training into a luxury car show to having to pay up to $49 to watch a game that doesn't count, baseball doesn't seem the least bit concerned about the message it's sending to the fans.
Saturday, March 5, 2016

Brady suspension back on the table after Deflategate appeal
NEW YORK (AP) — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could again be facing a four-game suspension for the scandal known as Deflategate after federal appeals court judges spent time Thursday shredding some of his union's favorite arguments for dismissal.
Friday, March 4, 2016

LEADING OFF: Greinke goes for Arizona; Desmond debuts in LF
A look at the highlights of what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:
Friday, March 4, 2016

Warriors top Thunder for record-tying 44th straight home win
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors matched one record set by Michael Jordan's Chicago Bulls as they close in on the bigger mark.
Friday, March 4, 2016

Astros newcomer Fister fans 4 in 3-2 win over Phillies
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Houston newcomer Doug Fister struck out four in two shutout innings as the Astros defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Thursday.
Friday, March 4, 2016

Lyons pitches 3 innings to help Cardinals beat Marlins, 4-3
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Lyons was back on the mound Thursday for the St. Louis Cardinals, the stakes slightly smaller than the last time he pitched.
Friday, March 4, 2016

Clippers rally from 22 down to beat Thunder
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The day began for the Oklahoma City Thunder with the stunning news that part-owner Aubrey McClendon had died. It ended with the players and coaching staff shaking their heads for another reason.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Panthers release longtime DE Charles Johnson
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers released longtime defensive end Charles Johnson on Thursday, a move that will save the team $11 million under the 2016 NFL salary cap.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Rutgers on verge of winless Big 10 Conference season
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Meaningless games at the beginning of March are nothing new in Piscataway. Rutgers is reaching a new low this season.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

STL Cardinals newcomer Oh impresses in first appearance
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals wanted to get a quick look at the newest addition to their bullpen, Seung-Hwan Oh.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Harbaugh helps coach Tigers to 10-3 rout of Pirates
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — With Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh moonlighting as their first base coach, a split squad of Detroit Tigers scored four runs in the first inning Wednesday and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-3.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Cards' Matheny delivers message to ailing college team
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A half-hour before St. Louis took the field for an exhibition against Florida Atlantic University, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny walked across the field and into the visitors' dugout.
Thursday, March 3, 2016

Ellis and No. 1 Kansas romp over No. 23 Texas 86-56
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Enough about winning a share of the Big 12 title: Kansas wanted the crown all to itself.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Quarterback class has plenty to prove before 2016 NFL draft
INDIANAPOLIS (AP)  — NFL teams looking for a franchise quarterback in this year's draft may have a long search.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Curry turning 3-pointers into longest drive competition
(AP) — As Stephen Curry casually dribbled the ball across halfcourt, the clock winding down on a tie game in overtime, he took one bounce past the stripe, did his trademark foot shuffle as he gathered himself and let the ball fly from some 38 feet away.
Monday, February 29, 2016

Curry has 51, hits 3-pointer in record 128th straight game
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Stephen Curry's smile gave way to laughter.
Friday, February 26, 2016

Chicago Blackhawks acquire Ladd in trade with Jets
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping a reunion with Andrew Ladd leads to another Stanley Cup title.
Friday, February 26, 2016

Baseball bans rolling block slides in wake of Utley play
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball made its call on the Chase Utley slide: out.
Friday, February 26, 2016

Hamlin felt for teammate Kenseth after snatching Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Four drivers went into the Daytona 500 determined to end Joe Gibbs' 23-year losing skid in NASCAR's biggest race of the year.
Monday, February 22, 2016

Bulls spoil Kobe's Chicago farewell
CHICAGO (AP) — Pau Gasol said it was special to face Kobe Bryant one last time on Sunday night.
Monday, February 22, 2016

NBA Capsules: Love scores 29 to helps Cavaliers with road win
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Anthony Davis scored a franchise-record 59 points and added 20 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons 111-106 on Sunday.
Monday, February 22, 2016

Second-half surge propels Wisconsin past Illinois
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — For nearly 28 minutes on Sunday night, Illinois kept hitting tough shots and Wisconsin kept missing them from all over the floor.
Monday, February 22, 2016

Junior hoping to drive 'Amelia' back to victory lane
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Her name is Amelia, and boy, can she fly.
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Zack Greinke throws bullpen session for D-backs
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Zack Greinke threw for all of 10 minutes in his first bullpen of spring training, and those pitches provided plenty of positive vibes for everybody involved with Arizona watching the unassuming ace.
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Lillard scores career-high 51, Blazers beat Warriors 137-105
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard came through with the best game of his career against his hometown team.
Saturday, February 20, 2016

Minnesota stuns No. 6 Maryland for 1st Big 10 win of year
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Williams Arena public address announcer Dick Jonckowski celebrated his 30th season of calling games at The Barn on Thursday, and as the clock ticked down on one of the most surprising nights of his career, he couldn't contain himself.
Friday, February 19, 2016

With cap set to soar, NBA trade deadline brought caution
MIAMI (AP) — In past years, a team like the Toronto Raptors almost certainly would have been looking to add some help for the stretch run. They're holding down second place in the Eastern Conference, have been one of the league's hottest teams for the last month and seem poised to make a significant playoff push.
Friday, February 19, 2016

LeBron, Love power Cavs after trade of popular Varejao
CLEVELAND (AP) — There was no loud music, none of the usual joking around inside Cleveland's locker room.
Friday, February 19, 2016

Thornton's block helps No. 20 Duke edge No. 5 UNC 74-73
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Duke's short-handed roster full of youngsters proved it was tough enough to push through everything — a deeper and more experienced opponent, a tough road environment, even a bit of adversity in the form of a key injury.
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Davis sparks No. 24 Texas over No. 10 West Virginia
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After two straight losses, Texas coach Shaka Smart pleaded for his players to show more emotion and swagger heading into the key stretch of the season.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Rookie Chase Elliott becomes youngest on Daytona 500 pole
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Chase Elliott was too young to really remember celebrating in victory lane with his father, dressed in a shirt that matched Bill Elliott's firesuit and a little finger pointed toward the sky because daddy was No. 1.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Selden leads No. 2 Kansas to 94-67 win over Oklahoma State
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas was sluggish at the start of each half against Oklahoma State on Monday night.
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Bryant leaves an All-Star Game winner, West rolls 196-173
TORONTO (AP) — Kobe Bryant exited the All-Star Game for the final time to watch Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry wrap things up with 3-pointers.
Monday, February 15, 2016

Waiting To Exhale
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - It's been three weeks since we last spoke to Taylorville native, Keith Bruce, about Super Bowl 50. It's been one week since Super Bowl 50 was played. The teams have gone back to their respective turfs. The fans have all gone home. The media has moved on to the next big thing. All the hard work, that went into making Super Bowl 50 the best Super Bowl ever, is in the books.
Saturday, February 13, 2016

NBA All-Star weekend highlights Canada's growing hoops love
TORONTO (AP) — When Greg Anthony arrived in Vancouver to join the inaugural Grizzlies team in 1995, the cash in his pocket wasn't the only currency that he needed to exchange.
Friday, February 12, 2016

Hoosiers use late surge to upset No. 4 Hawkeyes 85-78
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana's Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell wanted the ball Thursday night.
Friday, February 12, 2016

Thunder beat Pelicans; teams mourn Ingrid Williams' death
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Basketball didn't matter much to Kevin Durant on Thursday night.
Friday, February 12, 2016

Kobe, LeBron share court as Cavaliers beat Lakers 120-111
CLEVELAND (AP) — With 20,000 fans roaring, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James hugged and seemed to be in a world of their own.
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fantasy sports companies defend embattled industry
BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports companies say their industry remains viable despite a rocky start to 2016.
Thursday, February 11, 2016

On The Tee: Spieth wants a trophy for himself
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — If his match earlier this week was any indication, Jordan Spieth could be in trouble at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Thursday, February 11, 2016

North Carolina's NCAA academic case stuck in holding pattern
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's long-running academic fraud scandal case seems stuck in procedural limbo.
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Agent confirms Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch plans to retire
SEATTLE (AP) — When Marshawn Lynch was brought to Seattle early in the 2010 season, he was acquired because the Seahawks desperately needed a running back.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

No. 1 UConn takes top-ranked showdown with 66-54 win
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — UConn coach Gene Auriemma smiled at his three upperclass starters, savoring the latest virtuoso performance on the big stage by Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson — and fretting about their departure next season.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Donaldson, Blue Jays nearing $28.65M, 2-year deal
NEW YORK (AP) — AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher; Rambis gets interim job
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Derek Fisher had just finished a long playing career when Phil Jackson picked him to coach the New York Knicks. Just 1 1/2 seasons later, Jackson decided he needed someone else.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Denver - Dominant - Defense Dominant Defense Carries Manning, Broncos to 24-10 Super Bowl Win
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — With his prolific passing and complete control of the game at the line of scrimmage, Peyton Manning helped usher in the NFL’s wide-open era of high-scoring offenses and pass-happy game plans.
Monday, February 8, 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

'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

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

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' 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

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










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