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home : sports : college/pro April 22, 2019

Steelers want a draft built on difference-makers, not drama-makers
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Antonio Brown is gone.
Saturday, April 20, 2019


With O-line still in flux, Vikings have clear need in upcoming draft
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings will be constructing a new front five yet again this year.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Rams ponder options for first 1st-round pick of the Sean McVay era
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Sean McVay led the Los Angeles Rams from the NFL's depths to the Super Bowl in just two seasons, and he did it without a first-round pick in the first two draft classes of his tenure.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Packers need to shift draft priority for help on offense
AP — As long as they've had Aaron Rodgers at the helm, the Green Bay Packers have largely used the top of the draft for help on defense.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Atop the NFC North, Bears have different view of draft
ANDREW SELIGMAN
AP Sports Writer
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have a different view of the draft this year.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

NCAA rejects grad transfer proposal
AP — A proposal to require a graduate transfer to count against a team's scholarship total for two years in football and basketball has been rejected by the NCAA.
Saturday, April 20, 2019

Schwartz caps Blues' rally in 3-2 win over Winnipeg in Game Five
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jaden Schwartz called it a lucky goal for the St. Louis Blues. It was a dagger to the Winnipeg Jets.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Tigers top White Sox 9-7, end 5-game skid
DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire called a team meeting Thursday morning and gave his Detroit Tigers a simple message.
Friday, April 19, 2019

Marlins look to break 3-game slide tonight against Chicago

The Marlins are 3-9 in home games. The Miami pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.89, Trevor Richards leads the staff with a mark of 3.57.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Dodgers, MLB honor Robinson's centennial year
Vin Scully joined the widow of Jackie Robinson to honor the player who broke baseball’s color barrier during Robinson’s centennial birthday celebration Monday night.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Yelich's 3 homers lift Brewers past Cardinals, 10-7
Christian Yelich got a big reward for a little extra early work.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Seahawks QB staying put: 'Seattle, we got a deal'
Russell Wilson is sticking around with the Seattle Seahawks as the highest paid player in the NFL.
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Ozuna, Cardinals power past Reds for split in Mexico
For Marcell Ozuna, the atmosphere in the Estadio de Beisbol de Monterrey made it feel like a home game. Not in St. Louis, but back in the Dominican Republic.
Monday, April 15, 2019

Lomachenko stops Crolla in 4th round
Vasyl Lomachenko wanted a bigger challenge and a more prominent opponent than Anthony Crolla for this Hollywood showcase.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Shorter season? Shorter games? Silver ponders NBA format
The future of NBA basketball could look like European soccer.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

NFL, union encouraged by helmet safety improvements
Improvements that an NFL and NFLPA study found in helmets didn't help Tom Brady.
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Trump administration moving to end Major League Baseball Cuba deal
The Trump administration is moving to end a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations. The change will once again require Cuban players to cut ties with their national program before signing with MLB.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Justin Rose, in 14th appearance at the Masters, is looking for next step
Justin Rose has been atop the leaderboard at the Masters after every round except the one that matters.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Comeback! Virginia Cavaliers get their title, 85-77 in OT over Texas Tech
Now that, Virginia, is the way to close out a season.
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Masters Tournament: A look at past champions takes on international flavor
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the Masters:
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Duke's Williamson wins Associated Press men's college player of the year
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Just about everything Zion Williamson did at Duke created a highlight or headline in a spectacle of a season.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Notre Dame and Baylor to meet in Sunday's title game
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is excited that Sunday's night championship game will have two women coaches.
Saturday, April 6, 2019

Masters: A look at the 15 top contenders vying for a precious green jacket
AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — A capsule look at 15 top contenders for the Masters, to be played April 11-14 (listed in predicted order of finish):
Friday, April 5, 2019

Texas tops Lipscomb to win NIT championship
NEW YORK (AP) — Texas can hook its horns to an NIT championship.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Chicago Blackhawks slip past St. Louis Blues 4-3 in shootout
CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews scored the lone goal in the shootout after connecting for his career-high 35th in regulation, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 on Wednesday night.
Friday, April 5, 2019

Bryce Harper gets booed right before HR, bat flip
The first boos, guttural and loud, greeted Bryce Harper during pregame introductions 15 minutes ahead of the rain-delayed first pitch Tuesday night, as he stood in the Nationals Park visitor's dugout wearing his Philadelphia Phillies uniform — and hours before he marked his second-deck homer with an epic bat flip.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Alliance of American Football ends season prematurely
The Alliance of American Football has ended its first season prematurely and told most employees that they will be terminated as of Wednesday.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Michigan State knocks off Duke to make Final Four
Cassius Winston missed an open jump shot but was right there for the rebound. Without hesitating, he stepped back and swished a 3-pointer.
Monday, April 1, 2019

Federer wins 101st title, beating Isner in Miami Open
Orange streamers rained down while Roger Federer held another championship trophy aloft, his familiar grin as wide as ever.
Monday, April 1, 2019

Kings beat Blackhawks on Doughty's power-play goal in OT
For the better part of five thrilling minutes in overtime, it was as if the Los Angeles Kings and Chicago Blackhawks were battling each other again in the 2013 and 2014 Western Conference Finals.
Monday, April 1, 2019

Rangers top Cubs 11-10 after falling behind former ace
Two straight days facing their former aces, two straight early deficits. And now two straight wins for the rebuilding Texas Rangers against the World Series-or-bust Chicago Cubs.
Monday, April 1, 2019

Auburn tops Kentucky 77-71 in OT for first Final Four trip
The confetti was still swirling around Auburn coach Bruce Pearl when he gazed over a team headed to the first Final Four in school history and declared, "This one was for Chuma!"
Monday, April 1, 2019

Racing resumes without incident at Santa Anita
Racing returned to Santa Anita without incident Friday after the track was closed nearly a month ago following the deaths of 22 horses that forced changes in rules.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Brewers reliever Knebel having elbow surgery, out this year
Brewers reliever Corey Knebel says he will have Tommy John surgery and miss the season, a major setback for the NL Central champions.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Zion, Duke avoid upset, edge Virginia Tech 75-73 in NCAAs
There was nothing Zion Williamson could do but watch. Once again, Williamson and Duke were at the mercy of an opponent's last-second shot at the rim. Once again, the Blue Devils and their phenomenal freshmen marched on in March Madness when the ball didn't drop through.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Hot-shooting Auburn upsets No. 1 North Carolina 97-80
The euphoria of reaching the Elite Eight for the first time in 33 years had already worn off and Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was left to arrange his bravest smile on his face.
Saturday, March 30, 2019

Baez hits 2 HRs as Cubs open season with 12-4 win at Rangers
Javier Baez had a slight smile on his face when he was asked how different he felt playing shortstop and hitting cleanup for the Chicago Cubs.
Friday, March 29, 2019

Elite Eight-bound: Purdue holds off Tennessee 99-94 in OT
Down two to Tennessee with 2.7 seconds left, Purdue narrowly avoided a 5-second call before Carsen Edwards took a pass in the corner and heaved up a 3-point attempt that bounced off the rim.
Friday, March 29, 2019

Tag 'em! Opening day turns into record Home Run Derby
Bryce Harper bowed to his new fans, Mookie Betts and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox drew cheers far from Fenway Park and the great Mariano Rivera threw one more strike from the mound at Yankee Stadium.
Friday, March 29, 2019

From Yankee Stadium to Dodger Stadium, all 30 teams in action
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
Thursday, March 28, 2019

With new $43-million deal, Eloy Jimenez makes White Sox opening roster
The White Sox confirmed Tuesday what a $43 million contract seemed to signal: Eloy Jimenez will begin the season in the major leagues.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Honoring rivalries: Packers, Bears to open 2019 NFL season
As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

AP study: Major League Baseball average salary on track for 2nd straight drop
Even with huge new contracts for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado, Major League Baseball's average salary is on track to drop on opening day for an unprecedented second straight season, according to projections by The Associated Press.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

UFC superstar Conor McGregor announces retirement on social media
UFC superstar Conor McGregor announced his retirement on social media Monday night, abruptly ending his remarkable fighting career.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

What's an NCAA Tournament unit worth? Millions. Here's how
The upstart run for Loyola Chicago making the Final Four last year delivered more than just excitement for fans of Sister Jean and the Ramblers.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Patriots tight end Gronkowski announces retirement
The party's over for Rob Gronkowski. Then again, it might just be getting started.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Casey holds on to repeat title at Valspar Championship
Paul Casey got the battle he expected Sunday in the Valspar Championship.
Monday, March 25, 2019

Tennessee blows 25-point lead, beats Iowa in OT
Admiral Schofield ran around the court in sheer joy, waving a March Madness towel after Tennessee made it back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014.
Monday, March 25, 2019

PGA Tour suspends Garrigus
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Robert Garrigus became the first PGA Tour player suspended for a drug of abuse, saying on Twitter that he had a relapse with marijuana.
Saturday, March 23, 2019

These golf terms are par for the course
Golf is a game of sport and skill that can be played at any age. Millions of people in North America participate in golf as a recreational endeavor or a professional pursuit. As of the spring 2016, 25.13 million people in the United States played golf over the previous 12 months, according to Statistica.
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Interesting facts about golf
Golf is played all over the globe. Golf is one of the world’s oldest sports, boasting a rich history. Golf is a sport of skill, that can involve not only athletic prowess, but also brain power. Here are some interesting facts about the game.
Saturday, March 23, 2019

Kalscheur, Gophers knock off Louisville 86-76
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Minnesota found its elusive 3-point stroke just in time to give coach Richard Pitino the NCAA Tournament win he’d been seeking for years.
Friday, March 22, 2019

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Chicago and Washington face off for conference battle
Washington Wizards (30-41, 11th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Chicago Bulls (20-52, 13th in the Eastern Conference)
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

NFL: New rules likely are coming, but no rush to change replay
In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Lopez helps Bulls end losing streak, beating the Suns 116-101
Robin Lopez used his veteran guile to gain an advantage over the Phoenix Suns’ young big men, and had major success at the expense of his former team.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

A look inside the numbers to try to narrow down the bracket
At this time of year, everyone’s in search of a system — some way of simplifying the brackets and making it a little easier to pick one champion out of all those contenders.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Goldschmidt, Miller give the Cardinals hope heading into 2019
John Mozeliak watched how the St. Louis Cardinals were galvanized following a managerial change midway through last season, then made a spirited run toward the playoffs that came up just short.
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Big Ten has 8 teams in NCAA, 11 leagues with multiple teams
The Big Ten Conference has doubled its presence in the NCAA Tournament a year after its fewest picks in a decade.
Monday, March 18, 2019

NCAA March Madness men's bracket announced
Selection Sunday happened last night and the NCAA men’s tournament bracket was announced, including the first four games and who was the top-seed in each division.
Monday, March 18, 2019

5 games in, here's what we know about Alliance football
So what do we know about the Alliance of American Football five weeks into its 10-week regular season?
Saturday, March 16, 2019

NCAA finds 'severe' recruiting violations at Georgia Tech
The NCAA has informed Georgia Tech it has found major recruiting violations committed by former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie and a former friend of coach Josh Pastner.
Saturday, March 16, 2019

MLB players, owners to start labor talks early
Major League Baseball and its players agreed to an unprecedented early start to contract bargaining, a move sparked by union anger that raised the possibility of a return to work stoppages that marred the sport in the late 20th century.
Friday, March 15, 2019

Central Michigan advances past Kent
Larry Austin Jr. scored 23 points and Central Michigan pulled away midway through the second half and hung on for an 89-81 win over Kent State on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament, setting up a matchup against No. 18 Buffalo.
Friday, March 15, 2019

Baer scores 17 points as Iowa beats Illinois 83-62
Nicholas Baer got hot from outside. Jordan Bohannon and Tyler Cook hooked up for a memorable slam, and Joe Wieskamp contributed a couple of nice plays.
Friday, March 15, 2019

Barcelona against haste of bigger Club World Cup
The president of Barcelona spoke out against the haste to introduce a 24-team Club World Cup in 2021 ahead of the FIFA Council deciding Friday whether to approve the pilot of the enlarged tournament.
Friday, March 15, 2019

West Virginia beats No. 7 Texas Tech 79-74 in Big 12
Two down, two to go.
Friday, March 15, 2019

Illinois rallies late to beat Northwestern 74-69 in OT
Despite having his big night cut short, Giorgi Bezhanishvili had a good feeling as he watched overtime after fouling out late in regulation.
Thursday, March 14, 2019

Gonzaga, Virginia, UNC atop new AP poll
Gonzaga and Virginia have become the clear choices for AP Top 25 voters.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Baylor stays as unanimous No. 1 in poll
Baylor maintained its spot as the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women's basketball poll.
Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Reaves' career-high leads Penn State over Illinois
Penn State guard Josh Reaves has never gotten as many hugs or pats on the back as he did on Sunday.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Rangers tab lefty Minor as their opening day starter vs Cubs
Mike Minor has been tabbed the opening day starter for the Texas Rangers, who last year gave the left-hander the opportunity to start again.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Bradley rallies, beats Northern Iowa for MVC title
A huge rally by Bradley resulted in quite a reward — its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 2006.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Babe Ruth's last surviving daughter dies at age 102
Julia Ruth Stevens, the last surviving daughter of Hall of Fame baseball slugger Babe Ruth and a decades-long champion of his legacy, has died at age 102, her family has announced.
Monday, March 11, 2019

AP source: Raiders acquire WR Antonio Brown from Steelers
The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal Saturday night to acquire prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will give him the lucrative new contract he wanted.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Williams, Duggan weigh in on US soccer discrimination suit
While Serena Williams admittedly doesn't follow soccer, the U.S. women's national team caught her attention with its lawsuit seeking equitable pay.
Monday, March 11, 2019

Blackhawks rally for 5-4 shootout win over Sabres
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Kane passed Steve Larmer and picked up another win against his hometown team.
Friday, March 8, 2019

Manfred says Harper can't recruit Trout for now
Major League Baseball is investigating whether new Philadelphia slugger Bryce Harper committed a tampering violation when he lobbied for Mike Trout, who isn't a free agent for two more seasons, to join the Phillies.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

MLB 2019: College draft picks on rapid rise to the big leagues
Joey Bart already looks like a big league hitter in his first major league camp, especially when the San Francisco Giants catcher sends a misguided pitch soaring over the centerfield fence.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

LaVine scores 39 points, hits go-ahead layup in 108-107 win over 76ers
Otto Porter Jr. was already in "midstride" taking a drug test when the Chicago Bulls got the word.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended 80 games for HGH
Boston Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will sit out the first 80 games of the season after testing positive for Human Growth Hormone, a second suspension for the knuckleballer who missed 15 games last year for violating baseball's domestic violence policy.
Thursday, March 7, 2019

Illinois seeks revenge on Indiana
Illinois seeks revenge on Indiana after dropping the first matchup in Bloomington. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 3, when the Hoosiers outshot Illinois from the field 47.9 percent to 43.1 percent and hit 18 more foul shots on their way to a 73-65 victory.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Real Madrid's European reign ends with shock loss to Ajax
Kings of Europe no more. Real Madrid's Champions League reign is over.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Tuesday Sports in Brief
Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow, keeping the six-time All-Star off the field for the entire 2019 season.
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Illinois St. faces Evansville in tourney
No. 10 seed Evansville (11-20, 5-13) vs. No. 7 seed Illinois State (16-15, 9-9)
Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Big Ten Commissioner 71-year-old Jim Delany will step down in June 2020
Jim Delany helped the Big Ten grow to 14 schools, launched the first athletic conference television network and helped construct the College Football Playoff while steadfastly protecting the league's relationship with the Rose Bowl.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Sharks score three in third period to beat the Blackhawks 5-2
A home game against a tired team is just the kind of opportunity the San Jose Sharks can't afford to squander if they want to catch first-place Calgary.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Dodgers lefty ace Clayton Kershaw could miss opening day start
Clayton Kershaw might not be on the mound when the two-time NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers start the season.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Gonzaga and Virginia remain 1 and 2 in week of changes for AP Top 25
Gonzaga remained at No. 1 after extending the nation's longest winning streak to 20 games. Virginia stayed at No. 2 after winning both its games last week.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Oh how things have changed: College recruiters looking for 'agile' big men
Coaches used to walk into a gym, see a big guy dominating the paint and want to recruit him right away. Get a talented big man who could play with his back to the basket and the program would be set offensively and defensively for the next few years.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Montez Sweat set big-man record for 40-yard dash
The defensive linemen hailed as the gems of the draft class didn't disappoint during their on-field testing Sunday, and nobody performed better than Montez Sweat.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Keith Mitchell gets first PGA Tour victory
Keith Mitchell's first and until now only win as a professional was three years ago, on something called the G Pro Tour.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Americans defend title at Las Vegas Sevens tournament
Ben Pinkleman scored two tries as the United States beat Samoa 27-0 on Sunday to defend its Las Vegas Sevens title and move clear atop the standings in the World Rugby Sevens Series.
Monday, March 4, 2019

Jones covets Lesnar fight, but plans future at light heavy
Even Jon Jones realizes any discussion of his long-term future in the UFC is tempered by the fact that Jones hasn't been able to stay in the cage and out of trouble for any lengthy stretch in the past seven years.
Monday, March 4, 2019

NCAA proposes replay tweak to targeting, 2-pt OT shootouts
The NCAA football rules committee announced several proposed changes Friday, including replay officials more leeway to overturn targeting penalties and requiring games reaching a fifth overtime to be decided by alternating 2-point conversion tries.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Markkanen, LaVine help Bulls outlast Hawks 168-161 in 4 OTs
The Chicago Bulls are playing their best basketball of the season at a time many might have thought the focus would be shifting to the NBA draft lottery.
Saturday, March 2, 2019

Witten giving it another shot, rejoining Cowboys after year as broadcaster
Jason Witten said the hardest thing about deciding to retire nine months ago was leaving football without winning a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Major league coaching staffs look for ways to get the most out of millennials
In the aftermath of Chicago’s collapse last season, Cubs manager Joe Maddon went looking for a deeper understanding of the players who dominate the major leagues these days.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Detroit Mercy's Davis breaks Curry's freshman 3-pt. record
Antoine Davis dribbled slowly past midcourt, went toward the right sideline and created space from the defender with a jab step to the right before putting the ball between his legs to his left and stepping back for a 30-foot shot.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Bryce is right: Harper, Phils agree to record $330M deal
Bryce Harper is kind of a big deal in Philly.
Friday, March 1, 2019

Langford scores 22 as the Hoosiers beat 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers
Romeo Langford gave Indiana the boost its been looking for for nearly two months.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019

With Antetokounmpo sidelined, Bucks beat Bulls 117-106
Giannis Antetokounmpo spent most of the game standing on the sideline and cheering just about every play, big and small.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Illinois faces tough test in Indiana Wed. against No. 14 Purdue
No. 14 Purdue presents a tough challenge for Illinois. Illinois has won two of its eight games against ranked teams this season. Purdue has moved up to No. 14 in the latest AP rankings following wins over Indiana and Nebraska last week.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dramatics: Hearn's jumper gives US 84-83 win over Argentina
Reggie Hearn is not going to play in China at the FIBA World Cup this summer.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Slowly, baseball rolls out pitch clock in spring training
Baseball is on the clock.
Monday, February 25, 2019

Built Ford Tough: Keselowski shakes off flu to win Atlanta
Brad Keselowski had his hands full with a new car and a new rules package — enough to make for a trying race — before a stomach virus nearly flattened him.
Monday, February 25, 2019

Martin Trainer wins Puerto Rico Open for 1st PGA Tour title
Martin Trainer won the Puerto Rico Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 5-under 67 at windy Coco Beach Golf and Country Club for a three-stroke victory over four players.
Monday, February 25, 2019

Stevens scores 25 to lead Penn State past Illinois 83-76
Lamar Stevens scored 25 points and Mike Watkins got his 26th career double-double as Penn State beat Illinois 83-76 on Saturday.
Monday, February 25, 2019

AP source: Chicago Bears release embattled kicker Cody Parkey
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears signed kicker Cody Parkey to a four-year contract in March hoping he would give them the consistency they have lacked ever since they let Robbie Gould go.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Santana, Sox agree to minor league deal
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have added another option to their competition for an opening in their rotation, agreeing to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Ervin Santana on Friday.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

At last, spring training games underway in Florida, Arizona
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The sun came out in Arizona. Free agents played for their new teams. Ichiro Suzuki was back in uniform at age 45.
Saturday, February 23, 2019

FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players through next season
ZURICH (AP) — Chelsea was banned by FIFA on Friday from signing players until the 2020 offseason transfer window for breaching rules covering youngsters.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Poole has 22 points, No. 7 Michigan beats Minnesota 69-60
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — If there's a weakness for these Michigan Wolverines to be worried about, it's lurking behind the 3-point line.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Rain, rain, go away! 1st MLB spring training game washed out
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The spring training season started with a splash. Just not the kind fans hoped for.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Padres announce Manny Machado's $300 million, 10-year deal
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Padres are getting closer to getting Manny Machado in uniform and on the field.
Friday, February 22, 2019

Two area athletes among Millikin softball lineup
DECATUR — A strong core of returning players coupled with a talented group of newcomers has the 2109 Millikin softball team ready to compete for the top of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW). The Big Blue posted 22 wins last season after winning the conference in 2017.
Friday, February 22, 2019

SIUE and Eastern both looking to end loosing streaks
Tennessee State looks to extend Southern Illinois-Edwardsville’s conference losing streak to five games. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville’s last OVC win came against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 88-82 on Feb. 2. Tennessee State lost 84-65 on the road to Jacksonville State in its most recent game.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Griffin enjoying resurgence a year after trade to Pistons
Blake Griffin doesn’t need to jump over any cars to be a hit in the Motor City.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Tom Ricketts apologizes for distraction of father's emails
Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts apologized to the team's players and coaching staff at spring training on Monday for any distraction caused by offensive racist emails written by his father.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

No. 5 Kentucky ends No. 1 Tennessee's winning streak
No. 5 Kentucky got the strong start it sought against No. 1 Tennessee and for a moment was blowing out the Volunteers.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Wisconsin looks to extend streak vs Illinois
Wisconsin looks for its 13th straight win in the head-to-head series over Illinois. In its last 12 wins against the Fighting Illini, Wisconsin has won by an average of 15 points. Illinois' last win in the series came on March 12, 2010, a 58-54 victory.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Hamlin cruises to Daytona 500 victory
Denny Hamlin came to the Daytona 500 determined to honor his late car owner with a victory.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164
LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word.
Monday, February 18, 2019

Kuzma wins MVP, US tops World in Rising Stars 161-144
When the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers' Kyle Kuzma, Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and Boston's Jayson Tatum get to the NBA All-Star Game and partake in what's become the preferred run-and-fun style where defense is discouraged at virtually all costs, this much is clear.
Saturday, February 16, 2019

Winless on the road no more: Illinois tops Ohio State 63-56
Illinois is winless on the road no more.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Adam Wainwright says he is healthy after injury-wrecked season
Adam Wainwright stood in front of his customary corner locker following the St. Louis Cardinals' first workout and said he was healthy.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Yu Darvish felt pressure after big contract with the Chicago Cubs
Yu Darvish felt pressure after signing a $126 million, six-year contract with the Chicago Cubs.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Olympic volunteers: Chance of a lifetime, or financial exploitation?
Unpaid Olympic volunteers do almost everything: guide athletes around, greet dignitaries and translate for lost fans.
Friday, February 15, 2019

Blues beat Coyotes 4-0 to stretch winning streak to 8 games
Jordan Binnington matched a franchise rookie record with his seventh straight victory, Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice and the St. Louis Blues stretched their longest winning streak in 18 years to eight games with a 4-0 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Friday, February 15, 2019

One state for now is moving to limit contact in high school football
The executive committee of the organization that governs New Jersey high school athletes has approved a proposal to drastically reduce contact in football before and during the season.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Porter scores career-high 37 points, Bulls beat Grizzlies 122-110
Otto Porter Jr. is no longer taking a back seat when it comes to scoring.
Thursday, February 14, 2019

Theo Epstein says Joe Ricketts' emails don't reflect Chicago Cubs' values
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein criticized emails from the patriarch of the family that owns the team and said Addison Russell won't play for Chicago again unless he meets the team's high expectations while completing his domestic violence suspension.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Golf notes: Golf Channel building a college schedule; Woods names assistants
Golf Channel is interested in live programming from Monday to Wednesday, and the answer might be found in college tournaments. It is adding another prestigious event this year, and more could be on the way.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Ohio State looks to sweep Illinois in action Thursday
Ohio State goes for the season sweep over Illinois after winning the previous matchup in Chicago. The teams last faced each other on Dec. 5, when the Buckeyes shot 47.1 percent from the field while limiting Illinois's shooters to just 32.8 percent on the way to a 10-point victory.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Mickelson, at his best, finishes off a fifth win at Pebble Beach
Phil Mickelson is closing in on three decades on the PGA Tour and a half-century on Earth, and he still feels his best golf is good enough.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Blackhawks in the mix for a playoff spot in congested Western Conference
Somewhere along the way, while Patrick Kane was piling up points and the special teams were rounding into form, the talk around the Chicago Blackhawks shifted from draft positioning to the wild-card standings.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Illinois beats Rutgers 99-94 in OT
Freshman big man Giorgi Bezhanishvili scored a career-high 35 points — 29 of them coming in the second half — to lead Illinois to a 99-94 overtime win over Rutgers on Saturday.
Monday, February 11, 2019

Think Spring: Cubs look to improvements, Cards look to new players
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs took a long, hard look at themselves over the winter.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Markkanen leads Bulls to 125-106 rout of Nets
NEW YORK (AP) — Otto Porter Jr. had a strong debut for the Chicago Bulls — even without a practice or walkthrough with his new teammates.
Saturday, February 9, 2019

Ovechkin passes Fedorov in scoring
With an assist on Tuesday night, Alex Ovechkin passed Sergei Fedorov as the top-scoring Russian player in NHL history.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Illinois' defense spurs 79-74 win over No. 9 Michigan State
Illinois coach Brad Underwood had tears in his eyes after his Illini upset Tom Izzo's ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Tennessee remains at No. 1, top 4 unchanged in AP Top 25
Tennessee had a couple of shaky moments after earning its first No. 1 ranking in 11 years. The Volunteers are sure rolling now.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Illinois defends home court, hands Nebraska its fifth straight loss
Pundits love to say defense wins basketball games, and Illinois coach Brad Underwood agreed wholeheartedly on Saturday as the Illini handed Nebraska its fifth straight defeat 71-64.
Monday, February 4, 2019

Patriots beat Rams 13-3 in lowest scoring Super Bowl ever
That super shootout everyone expected turned into a defensive standoff. The New England Patriots showed they can win that type of championship game, too.
Monday, February 4, 2019

A deluge of drones fly over Super Bowl stadium, despite ban
The sky above the stadium that will host Sunday's Super Bowl is being "inundated" with an alarming number of drones, raising the specter of injuries to tourists or others — or a possible collision with aircraft, the FBI said Friday.
Saturday, February 2, 2019

Patriots have habit of Super Bowl trips, Rams are newcomers
Hey, have you guys been here before?
Saturday, February 2, 2019

No. 3 Louisville women beat No. 2 UConn Huskies 78-69
Asia Durr's first basket was just a matter of time and the right look. When it came from long range, two more soon followed to spark No. 3 Louisville past No. 2 UConn.
Friday, February 1, 2019

NCAA bans Mizzou from postseason after academic misconduct
The NCAA banned Missouri's football, baseball and softball programs from the postseason for a year and placed the entire athletic department on probation Thursday after a two-year investigation revealed academic misconduct involving a former tutor.
Friday, February 1, 2019

After further judicial review, no do-over of Rams-Saints game
A courtroom quest by two New Orleans Saints ticketholders for a full or partial do-over of this year's NFC championship game because of a blown "no-call" by game officials was rejected Thursday by a federal judge.
Friday, February 1, 2019

Lots of questions for Roger Goodell, but not a lot of answers
Faced with a blitz of officiating questions and queries about the effectiveness of the Rooney Rule, Colin Kaepernick's football unemployment, and the cancellation of a news conference for a Super Bowl halftime show that has drawn hefty criticism, Roger Goodell scrambled.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Conor Daly part of Andretti lineup for Indy 500
Conor Daly has been chasing sponsorship money all across the country in a nonstop effort to continue his racing career. He's willing to drive anything, but the Indianapolis 500 is the priority.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

NFL players, past and present, perform in gospel choir
Retired Dallas Cowboys safety Dextor Clinkscale gets a chance each year to re-experience the camaraderie of playing in the NFL when the Super Bowl Gospel Choir convenes to perform in the city hosting the league's marquee game.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Balanced attack leads Golden Gophers to 86-75 win over Illini
The last time Minnesota played Illinois, the Gophers suffered a loss that could have derailed their season. On Wednesday night, they showed the Illini just how well they've responded.
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Fernando helps Maryland past Northwestern 70-52
In the wake of two straight lopsided defeats, Maryland coach Mark Turgeon was so upset he couldn't eat.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Russell scores 30, Nets beat Bulls, 9th straight at home
D'Angelo Russell credits Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson for giving him an extra push this season.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Simpson's triple-double lifts Michigan over Ohio State
Kaleb Wesson was alone behind the defense, with a chance for an easy dunk or layup.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

MVP Yelich, Brewers looking to build on season
Christian Yelich was a late arrival to the Milwaukee Brewers' annual winter fan festival. Considering the reason, his tardiness was more than understandable.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

US beats Panama 3-0 in Gregg Berhalter's debut as coach
Gregg Berhalter ushered in a new era for the U.S. men's national team with an attacking style and a new captain.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Dosunmu, Illinois beat No. 13 Maryland at MSG
Illinois' players and coaches jogged through a mob of outstretched hands on their way off the Madison Square Garden court, basking in the smiles and shouts of congratulations.
Monday, January 28, 2019

Young scorers lead the way as NHL All-Star weekend arrives
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — It is only fitting that Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Nathan MacKinnon are serving as captains for this weekend's NHL All-Star game.
Friday, January 25, 2019

James, and Antetokounmpo are picked as All-Star captains
(AP) — LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers is a captain and an All-Star starter — again.
Friday, January 25, 2019

Toews, Kane score in shootout to lift Blackhawks over Isles
The signature stars came through again for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Sanford, Bozak return to power Blues past Ducks
Zach Sanford and Tyler Bozak scored goals in their first games back from injured reserve, and the St. Louis Blues headed into the All-Star break with a 5-1 victory over the stumbling Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday night.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Collins scores 35 points as the Hawks beat the Bulls 121-101
John Collins was on the move for the Atlanta Hawks, all night long. He cut along the baseline for layups and dunks. He stepped out for 3-pointers.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

Reuvers scores 22 points to lead Wisconsin past Illinois 72-60
With All-American Ethan Happ on the bench with foul trouble, Nate Reuvers stepped up, scoring a game-high 22 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead Wisconsin past Illinois 72-60 on Wednesday night.
Thursday, January 24, 2019

1 point away, Serena stunned by Pliskova at Australian Open
Four times, Serena Williams was only one point — a single point — from closing out a victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Rivera 1st unanimous HOF pick; Doc, Edgar, Mussina also in
This honor was saved for the one and only Mariano Rivera.
Wednesday, January 23, 2019












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