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Is Pogba worth $120 million?

  
As history's most expensive footballer, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been the subject of intense scrutiny since returning to English football.......

Warriors bounce back from Christmas Day defeat

  
The Golden State Warriors, stung on Christmas Day in their NBA Finals rematch with the Cleveland Cavaliers, took charge early Wednesday in a 121-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Kevin Durant posted a double-double of 22 points and 17 rebounds and Stephen Curry scored 28 points for the Warriors, who had squandered a double-digit fourth-quarter lead in their 109-108 loss to the Cavs. "It's huge," Curry said of the bounce-back win.......

No. 16 Stanford, Minus McCaffery, Ready for Sun Bowl Vs UNC

  
No. 16 Stanford heads to the Sun Bowl without star running back Christian McCaffery, who decided to skip the game as well as his senior season to prepare for the NFL......

Week 17's biggest injury questions for all 32 NFL teams

  
NFL Nation reporters assess the biggest injuries across the league for Week 17. AFC East | AFC North| AFC South | AFC West NFC East | NFC North | NFC South | NFC West AFC EAST Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (illness) and WR Sammy Watkins (foot) missed practice Wednesday. McCoy was sent home after arriving sick to work, the team said. Watkins has sat out Wednesday practices the past several weeks, so it's possible he returns to the field Thursday. Interim coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday he has no plans to rest starters beyond QB Tyrod Taylor. So for now, the best bet is McCoy and Watkins both play Sunday. -- Mike Rodak Miami.........

Warriors spoil DeRozan's record achievement

  
(The Sports Xchange) - Klay Thompson scored 12 of his 21 points in Golden State's 42-point first quarter on Wednesday, which propelled the Warriors to a 121-111 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Despite seeing a seven-game road winning streak end, the Raptors experienced a historic moment when DeMar DeRozan became the franchise's all-time leading scorer, surpassing Chris Bosh with the 15th of his team-high 29 points. DeRozan, currently in his eighth NBA season, finished the game with 10,290 career points, 15 more than Bosh, who played his first seven seasons for Toronto.......

Anthony ejected for flagrant foul as Knicks fall to Hawks

  
(Reuters) - New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was ejected for a flagrant foul during the game against the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday as tempers flared again in the National Basketball Association. The nine-times All-Star was given his marching orders in the second quarter for hitting Atlanta's Thabo Sefolosha in the head with his right hand as they jostled anticipating a rebound. Anthony did not speak to the media afterwards, but Sefolosha pulled no metaphorical punches.......

Aldridge leads short-handed Spurs over Suns

  
With San Antonio's leading scorer Kawhi Leonard sidelined by illness, LaMarcus Aldridge stepped up with 27 points on Wednesday to lead the Spurs to a 119-98 NBA victory over the Phoenix Suns. Leonard missed his first game of the season with a stomach bug. "He just couldn't keep anything down today, so he stayed home," coach Gregg Popovich said.......

Ertz Accounts for 3 TDs, K-State Tops Texas A&M 33-28

  
Jesse Ertz threw for 195 yards and a touchdown and ran for two more scores in Kansas State's 33-28 victory over Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl on Wednesday night......

Hawks 102, Knicks 98 | Overtime: With Carmelo Anthony Ejected, Knicks Show Defensive Grit but Fall in Overtime

  
An elbow in the second quarter cost the Knicks their star. Offensive miscues late in the game cost them a chance to escape with a win.......

Durant, Warriors Deliver Down Stretch to Hold off Raptors

  
Kevin Durant had 22 points and the Golden State Warriors held off the Toronto Raptors 121-111 on Wednesday night......

'Phenomenal' Butler lifts Bulls over Nets

  
Jimmy Butler's 40 points included the first buzzer-beating game-winner of his career, but the Chicago Bulls forward said the last-gasp heroics weren't his dream scenario. "I hope it never comes down to that, to tell you the truth," Butler said after the Bulls edged the Brooklyn Nets 101-99. Butler also pulled down 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.......

Williams Leads Utah Past Indiana 26-24 in Foster Farms Bowl

  
Joe Williams ran for 222 yards and a touchdown and Andy Phillips kicked a 27-yard field goal with 1:24 to play to lead Utah to its 14th win in its past 15 bowl games, 26-24 over Indiana in the Foster Farms Bowl on Wednesday night......

FSU Father-Son Duo First in ACC to Reach 1,000-Point Club

  
Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Tharon Mayes are the first father-son duo in Atlantic Coast Conference history to each score 1,000 points in their careers......

Tony Romo Handles the Truth (Gracefully)

  
With a pained speech, the veteran Dallas quarterback cedes the Cowboys to rookie sensation Dak Prescott......

No, Alabama Can't Beat the Browns

  
With a 12-0 college juggernaut and a 0-12 NFL disaster, a classic if flawed barroom debate returns. ......

Swansea City Fires Bob Bradley After 11 Games

  
Bob Bradley's foray in Premier League soccer management, the first by an American in the history of England's top tier, ended after just 11 games on Tuesday.......

Sports 2016: The Year of Living Shirtlessly

  
From J.R. Smith to Tiger Woods to the Tongan Olympic flag bearer, bare torsos became a bizarre trend in sports in 2016.......

Connor McDavid: The NHL's Teenage Team Captain

  
Connor McDavid is living up to his pedigree on the ice, leading the NHL in scoring. But the quiet teenager is also growing into his role as the youngest captain in league history.......

An American Soccer Coach in England Learns to Speak British

  
Swansea manager Bob Bradley was criticized for saying "PK", but a WSJ study shows he's been good at avoiding Americanized soccer lingo.......

Sports Briefing: Buccaneers' Martin Suspended for Drugs

  
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin was suspended for four games for violating the N.F.L.'s policy on performance-enhancing substances.......

Carmelo Anthony ejected for hitting Thabo Sefolosha in the head

  
Carmelo Anthony was ejected in the second quarter of the? New York Knicks' 102-98 overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks?on Wednesday night after hitting Thabo Sefolosha in the head while the two were entangled in the paint. Anthony was whistled for a flagrant foul 2, which resulted in an automatic ejection. "He punched me," Sefolosha said after the game. "That was a fist right in my face." It was unclear what -- if anything -- precipitated Anthony's run-in with Sefolosha. Sefolosha received a technical foul on the play. Anthony did not address the media after the game. This is the second time this season Anthony has been ejected from a game. Anthony was tossed in the first half of the Knicks' Nov. 11 game against the Boston Celtics. The Knicks lost that contest in Boston. They have generally struggled without Anthony in the past two seasons. New York is 0-11 since the start of the 2015-16 season in games during which.........

No. 21 Oregon Upsets No. 2 UCLA on Brooks' 3-Pointer

  
Dillon Brooks hit a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left to give No. 21 Oregon an 89-87 victory over No. 2 UCLA on Wednesday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams......

U.S. Women's National Team Fires Its Union's Leader

  
Rich Nichols, the point person in the union's negotiations with U.S. Soccer, was dismissed three days before its collective bargaining agreement was set to end.......

Sources: Jets rankled by Brandon Marshall's 'boisterous' halftime rant

  
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Outspoken wide receiver Brandon Marshall delivered a fiery halftime rant on Saturday that irked some teammates, according to team sources, and might have raised tensions in the New York Jets' locker room. The Jets were getting embarrassed by the? New England Patriots?27-0, prompting Marshall's outburst. On Wednesday, he told ESPN.com his objective was to fire up the team. Not everyone took it that way. While Marshall didn't engage in verbal altercations with any individuals, sources said, he sparked what was described as a raucous locker room. "When we're getting blown out at halftime, there's no reason to be fighting amongst each other," Jets safety Calvin Pryor told ESPN.com. "I think that's why guys were upset, because we needed to be fighting against the Patriots, instead of the Jets." Marshall's halftime tirade might explain why New York defensive end Sheldon Richardson ripped him after the game. .........

Woods worth $740 million, Jordan a billionaire says Forbes

  
(Reuters) - Golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and former NBA player Michael Jordan are among the 20 wealthiest American celebrities, Forbes reported on Wednesday. Woods, 40, is the youngest person on the Forbes top-20 list, with a net worth estimated at $740 million. The 14-times major champion, who trails only Jack Nicklaus (18 majors) on the all-time list, recently launched a competitive comeback after being sidelined for more than 15 months while recovering from back surgery.......

Sport-Woods worth $740 million, Jordan a billionaire says Forbes

  
Golfers Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and former NBA player Michael Jordan are among the 20 wealthiest American celebrities, Forbes reported on Wednesday. Woods, 40, is the youngest person on the Forbes top-20 list, with a net worth estimated at $740 million. The 14-times major champion, who trails only Jack Nicklaus (18 majors) on the all-time list, recently launched a competitive comeback after being sidelined for more than 15 months while recovering from back surgery.......

Northwestern 31, Pittsburgh 24: Justin Jackson Carries Northwestern to Victory in Pinstripe Bowl

  
Jackson rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns as the Wildcats earned just their third bowl victory, beating No. 22 Pittsburgh at Yankee Stadium.......

Kaaya's 4 TDs Lead Miami Past No. 14 West Virginia, 31-14

  
Brad Kaaya tied a career best and Miami bowl record with four touchdown passes, and the Hurricanes finally snapped a 10-year bowl drought by beating No. 14 West Virginia 31-14 in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Wednesday night......

A Maple Leafs Museum and Man Cave, All in One Basement

  
Mike Wilson has collected more than 2,000 team artifacts over 50 years and has had the likes of Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr drop by.......

Terry Stotts 'can't tolerate' George Karl blaming Damian Lillard for Blazers' woes

  
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Former longtime NBA coach George Karl continues to take jabs at players as his candid memoir, "Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs and Poor Shot Selection," gets set to hit bookstores. Only this time, he's taking a jab at Damian Lillard, a player he has never coached. And Lillard's agent, as well as his current coach, are none too happy about it. In a Q&A with New York Magazine, Karl went after Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard on the topic of being irritated with player branding and off-the-court endeavors. "I was watching the Portland Trail Blazers play, and I was trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with this team?" Karl asked. "My conclusion is that Damian Lillard is getting too much attention." Lillard is one of the brightest and most visible young stars in the league. He has endorsement deals with Adidas, State Farm Insurance and JBL headphones, to.........

Anthony Ejected in Atlanta for Flagrant Foul 2

  
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was ejected late in the second quarter Wednesday night after getting whistled for a flagrant foul two......

George Karl 'sounds like an idiot' blaming Damian Lillard for Blazers' woes, says PG's agent

  
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Former longtime NBA coach George Karl continues to take jabs at players as his candid memoir, "Furious George: My Forty Years Surviving NBA Divas, Clueless GMs and Poor Shot Selection," gets set to hit bookstores everywhere. Only this time, he's taking jab at a player he has never coached. In a Q&A with New York Magazine, Karl went after Portland Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard on the topic of being irritated with player branding and off-the-court endeavors. "I was watching the Portland Trail Blazers play, and I was trying to figure out, what the hell is wrong with this team?" Karl asked. "My conclusion is that Damian Lillard is getting too much attention." Lillard is one of the brightest, visible young stars in the league. He has endorsement deals with adidas, State Farm Insurance and JBL Headphones, to name a few. He's also a hip-hop artist who recently dropped his first album titled, "The Letter.........

Ana Ivanovic Retires From Tennis at 29

  
Ivanovic, who won the French Open in 2008, had slipped down the rankings while dealing with injuries. She said she could no longer play to her standards.......

85-Year-Old Marathoner Is So Fast That Even Scientists Marvel

  
Ed Whitlock remains at the forefront among older athletes who have led scientists to reassess the possibilities of aging and performance.......

Browns, Seeking Answer at Quarterback, See a 'Maybe' in Robert Griffin

  
The former Redskin, in his first season in Cleveland, has been limited by injuries but is considered a possible long-term solution.......

Lane Kiffin won't miss drawing Nick Saban's ire over offensive plans

  
ATLANTA -- Lane Kiffin will take a lot of positive lessons with him as he prepares to move on from his role as offensive coordinator at Alabama to become the head coach at Florida Atlantic. But one thing he wouldn't mind leaving behind is the memory of drawing the ire of Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban. "I don't recall a happy moment," Kiffin said, when asked to remember a pleasant interaction with Saban over offensive game plans. "I just recall the ass-chewings." He added: "I won't take that part of the process with me, though." Kiffin had a famously tense interaction with Saban earlier this season that was caught on camera. When Saban was asked about it after that game, he responded, "There are no arguments. Those are called ass-chewings." But while the Saban-Kiffin relationship had its fair share of fireworks, it also has yielded remarkable success with three straight SEC titles, three consecutive trips to the College.........

Dana White: Ronda Rousey will fulfill press obligations in future

  
LAS VEGAS -- UFC president Dana White held a rare media scrum on Wednesday, in order to promote Friday's UFC 207 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena here. In the UFC 207 main event, Ronda Rousey (12-1) will face Amanda Nunes for the UFC's bantamweight championship. It will mark Rousey's first appearance since a stunning knockout loss to Holly Holm?in November 2015. The buildup has been unique in that the UFC has allowed Rousey to skip traditional fight week media obligations. Rousey did not host an open workout for the public, and the UFC did not schedule a formal press conference. On Wednesday, White said Rousey asked to skip those obligations well in advance, and he felt obliged to agree. "Ronda has given more than anybody," White said. "If you look at the amount of press given by any fighter in UFC history, Ronda smokes everyone by a long shot. This is the way she wanted it. The only thing she cares about is focusing on winning." .........

NFL Clash: Should He Stay or Should He Go in 7 Cities

  
Should he stay or should he go? That's the clash some teams are considering as the NFL season winds down......

On Pro Basketball: Celtics and Grizzlies Are Good. In This N.B.A., That's a Problem.

  
Boston and Memphis are on track to make the playoffs, but a few teams, particularly the Warriors and the Cavaliers, have separated themselves from the pack.......

Jackson Powers Northwestern Past Pitt in Pinstripe Bowl

  
Justin Jackson ran for 226 yards and three touchdowns and powered Northwestern to only its third bowl victory, 31-24 over No. 22 Pittsburgh in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night......

Richard Sherman declines to hold weekly news conference for Seahawks

  
RENTON, Wash. -- For the first time all season, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman opted not to hold his weekly news conference Wednesday. "I'm just going to make sure people -- it's a privilege to have me up there," Sherman told reporters at his locker. "You're going to miss me when I'm gone." Last week, Sherman answered questions about his outburst against the Los Angeles Rams. After that news conference, he told a reporter he would ruin his career and have his credential revoked, before later apologizing. Sherman's initial outburst in the Rams game was directed toward coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell in Week 15, after the Seahawks elected to pass from the Los Angeles 1-yard line. Carroll said on Thursday that he was expecting Sherman to apologize at his news conference, but the star cornerback said he had no regrets about what happened. "I thought he would," Carroll said. "I thought he would more than he.........

Orange Bowl Meltdown Led Ohio State to Overhaul Defense

  
Orange Bowl meltdown against Clemson in 2014 led Ohio State to overhaul defense......

Bucs RB Doug Martin begins suspension after positive PEDs test

  
TAMPA, Fla. -- Buccaneers running back Doug Martin?has violated the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs and will serve a four-game suspension, effective immediately, he said Wednesday. "I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy," Martin said in a statement. "My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me -- including Coach (Dirk) Koetter -- I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need. "On the field, I must be strong and determined to push through both pain and injuries to become an elite NFL running back. Off the field, I have tried that same approach in my personal life. My shortcomings in this area have taught me both that I cannot win these personal battles alone and that there is no shame in asking for help." Martin, a Pro.........

Bucs' RB Martin suspended four games for doping violation

  
(Reuters) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy and said on Wednesday he was entering a treatment facility. The NFL Network reported that two-time Pro Bowler Martin, who was held out of last week's loss against the New Orleans Saints, was suspended for using the stimulant Adderall. My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates," Martin, 27, said in a statement.......

Top Golfers Honor Military at Patriot All-America

  
Patriot All-America Invitational combines golf with honoring the military......

Le'Veon Bell wants to remain on Steelers in 2017

  
PITTSBURGH -- Facing 2017 free agency, Pittsburgh Steelers MVP Le'Veon Bell plans to remain with the team that drafted him. Bell, who addressed the media after winning the team's top honor as voted by players in the locker room, said "I want to be a Pittsburgh Steeler." "We're going to try to do whatever it takes to make that happen," said Bell, who also won the team award in 2014. Bell leads the league with 157.0 yards from scrimmage per game, racking up 1,884 yards and nine touchdowns in 12 games. Bell missed three games because of an NFL substance-abuse violation, his second in as many years, and he'll sit for the Steelers' season finale against the Cleveland Browns as the team prepares for the playoffs. The Steelers can place a franchise tag on Bell for $12.37 million. Bell has said in the past he's not worried about the contractual component of his future, only winning games this season. Until both sides work out.........

AP Analysis: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly of NFL 2016

  
AP Analysis: The eyes of Texas were upon the quarterbacks in 2016, and Brock Osweiler flopped while Dak Prescott flourished......

Comeback: Williams Gives Clemson Another Playoff Weapon

  
Comeback: Williams gives Clemson another playoff weapon......

Rodgers-to-Nelson: Packers' Prolific Duo Is on a Roll

  
Green Bay's prolific duo of quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Jordy Nelson is on a roll headed into the Packers' winner-take-all showdown on Sunday against the Detroit Lions for the NFC North title......

Gary Kubiak outlines QB plan for Broncos' finale

  
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Out of the playoff race, the Denver Broncos want to get a head start on 2017 with a look at both of their quarterbacks in the regular-season finale Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that Trevor Siemian would remain the starter against the Raiders on New Year's Day but that rookie Paxton Lynch would get some playing time in the game, as well.? "I'm going to play them both,'' Kubiak said after Wednesday's practice. "First off they're both young players -- one is younger than the other by about 10, 11 games. I think Trevor deserves it, the right to go back out there as a starter. He's done a lot of good things this year; he's a young player who needs to keep going.'' Siemian is coming off a difficult night in Kansas City, having finished the Broncos' dismal Christmas night loss to the Chiefs just 17-of-43 passing for 183 yards to go with an interception on the.........

Bucs RB Martin Suspended, Entering Drug Treatment Facility

  
Tampa Bay running back Doug Martin has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances and said Wednesday he's entering a treatment facility rather than appeal the ban......

Alabama's defense is putting major heat on history

  
45 sacks. 9 defensive touchdowns. 11.8 points allowed per game. Alabama's defense is putting major heat on history. By Luke Knox A deep dive into Bama's remarkable D The basic numbers for the Tide's defense are astounding: No. 1 in run defense, scoring defense and total defense, to just pick three categories. And upon closer inspection, as hard as it is to believe, we may be under-estimating the unit's dominance. That starts.........

Bucs RB Doug Martin begins suspension after positive drug test

  
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin?has violated the league's drug policy and will serve a four-game suspension, effective immediately, he said Wednesday. "I was notified last week of a four-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy," Martin said in a statement. "My initial instinct was to appeal the suspension and finish the season with my teammates. However, after numerous discussions with people close to me -- including Coach (Dirk) Koetter -- I am starting the suspension immediately so I can enter a treatment facility and receive the help I truly need. "On the field, I must be strong and determined to push through both pain and injuries to become an elite NFL running back. Off the field, I have tried that same approach in my personal life. My shortcomings in this area have taught me both that I cannot win these personal battles alone and that there is no shame in asking for help." Martin, a Pro Bowl selection.........

Ravens WR Smith Likely to Retire After Sunday's Game

  
Steve Smith talks like a man ready to play his final game, though the Baltimore Ravens receiver has not completely closed the door on returning for a 17th NFL season. The 37-year-old Smith will play in his 219th regular season game Sunday at Cincinnati......

Arizona State's MrEstrino wins scholarship at eCOPA Coca-Cola

  
NEW YORK, New York -- Bernardo "MrEstrino" Polvo-Romero will be advancing to EA Sports FIFA 17 Ultimate Team Regional Finals next March after winning the first ever eCOPA Coca-Cola Finals on Saturday, taking home a $5,000 scholarship. These tournaments are part of a year of EA-hosted FIFA 17 competitions with a total prize pool of $1.3 million. The eCOPA event featured four finalists who had qualified among hundreds of collegiate gamers from 74 schools. MrEstrino defeated Cody Bowman in the semifinals; then, without dropping a game, the Arizona State pre-med sophomore completely dominated the finals against Florida Atlantic senior Arthur Crouse. Playing a high-dribble possession game, MrEstrino made it difficult for Crouse to even get the ball. Not only that, he used the entire field to his advantage. "I spread the ball throughout the whole field. That opened up the game and helped me create a lot of changes," MrEstrino told ESPN. .........

On Soccer: Bob Bradley Is Out at Swansea. Round Up the Usual Replacements.

  
Bradley, the first American to lead a team in England's Premier League, was fired by Swansea after winning only two of his 11 games with the club.......

Tom Coughlin, Jaguars meeting Wednesday

  
Former Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is interviewing Wednesday with the Jaguars, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.? Coughlin was the first coach in Jaguars history and guided the franchise to a 68-60 record and a pair of AFC Championship game appearances from 1995 to 2002. He also served as the Jaguars' general manager, and the team got into salary cap trouble toward the end of his tenure, which was a big reason the Jags had three consecutive losing seasons after going 14-2 in 1999 and reaching the AFC title game. The Jaguars fired Coughlin after the 2002 season. The Giants hired him in 2004 and he went on to compile a 102-90 record and win two Super Bowls, including an upset of the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Coughlin resigned last January after 12 seasons with the Giants. He is currently the NFL's senior adviser to football operations; the Jaguars do not have to wait for the NFL season to finish to interview him.? The Jags are.........

Bucs RB Doug Martin leaves team; teammates bewildered

  
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin?has left the team and is taking time to deal with some "personal issues" after being benched Saturday, sources confirmed to ESPN's Josina Anderson on Wednesday. Martin, a Pro Bowl selection last season, was declared inactive prior to Saturday's game against the New Orleans Saints. Coach Dirk Koetter has called it a "coach's decision." Martin was absent from practice Wednesday, although a team official said it was excused. His status for the regular-season finale Sunday against Carolina remains uncertain, although it's unlikely that he will play. Jacquizz Rodgers is expected to start against the Panthers, especially after the Bucs placed Charles Sims on injured reserve Wednesday. The NFL Network first reported that Martin has left the team. Teammates? Jameis Winston and Mike Evans?said earlier Wednesday that they were bewildered as to why Martin was.........

Interim Bills coach says benching QB Taylor business decision

  
(The Sports Xchange) - EJ Manuel will start at quarterback for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but interim head coach Anthony Lynn made it clear the decision to bench Tyrod Taylor in the season finale came from the front office. Taylor, signed to a long-term contract extension before the start of the 2016 season, joined the Bills following four seasons as a Ravens back-up after a strong endorsement from then-head coach Rex Ryan.......

Those who bet -- or didn't and wish they had -- on Leicester City

  
It is the summer of 2015. The Premier League is gearing up for a new season and the oddsmakers are crunching numbers in their London offices, coming up with the first future odds that they hope will lure bettors to wager on teams for the next campaign. Near the bottom of the 2014-15 standings were the Foxes of Leicester City, in their first year back in the Premier League after an 11-year absence. Thanks to winning seven of their last nine games, they were saved from relegation. "They escaped by the skin of their teeth, and all signs for us had them pointing towards relegation again for this season," said David Williams of Ladbrokes, a betting company whose roots can be traced back to 1886. Bookies try to come up with odds to get people to bet on this sorry team, which was entering its 48th season in England's top division. Leicester's best finish was as runner-up in 1928-29. So Ladbrokes sets the odds of the Foxes winning the 2015-16 title.........

Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. says he's probably retiring after 16 seasons

  
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Speaking like a player who is walking away from the game, an emotional Steve Smith Sr. announced Wednesday that he will probably play the final game of his decorated 16-year NFL career on Sunday. Smith, 37, will retire as one of 11 players to record more than 1,000 catches and 14,000 yards receiving. He ended his 10-minute news conference with tears in his eyes. The? Baltimore Ravens?receiver said he is "89 percent sure" -- which represents his uniform number -- that he will leave the game. "Football has given me more than I probably could give football back," Smith said. "But for 2016, -17 and beyond, this is probably my last game." Pressed about his future, Smith said, "I'm trying to get to Sunday without crying like a little kid." A five-time Pro Bowl player, Smith has been defined by his fiery competitiveness, sharp wit and flashy style. He talked about his likely retirement Wednesday while wearing a.........

Four-Ball: Mulling our favorite performances, memories of 2016

  
While we wait until next year, which isn't so far off, it's a good time to reflect on what we witnessed in 2016. Our panel members discuss their favorite rounds and majors of the year and share their top memories -- from on and off the course -- of 2016.? What was your favorite pro golf round of the year? SportsCenter anchor Jonathan Coachman: For me it's not close. The final round at The Open was absolutely mind-blowing. And I don't think Phil Mickelson will soon forget the year that he would have won another major if Henrik Stenson hadn't decided to have the round of his life. I don't think I ever have enjoyed a two-man battle more than that one. ESPN.com senior golf writer Michael Collins: Complete round for me had to be the final round of The Open. Stenson and Mickelson going toe-to-toe for 18 holes for a major made me think, "This is what reporters watching Jack Nicklaus vs. Tom Watson must have felt during 1977's Duel in the.........

Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic Retires From Tennis at 29

  
Ana Ivanovic is retiring from tennis at age 29, ending a career in which she was ranked No. 1 in 2008 but could no longer play at the highest level because of injuries......

Carson Wentz buys Eagles' offensive line customized shotguns

  
PHILADELPHIA -- Take care of the offensive line, and the offensive line will take care of you. That's the time-tested quarterback mantra. And now, the? Eagles' offensive line can take care of themselves thanks to the gift given by Carson Wentz. The rookie quarterback endeared himself to the men up front by buying each of them a Beretta shotgun for Christmas. Each is personalized with the player's number engraved on the butt of the gun. "This is an awesome gun. I'm excited about it," said Allen Barbre, a fellow hunter. Barbe believes the Beretta model is a Silver Pigeon, which seems to retail around two thousand dollars a pop. "I don't know if I'll shoot it though, it's pretty nice." "I like to go clay shooting and stuff," added Brandon Brooks. "All I've got is a home defense tactical shotgun, short-barrel, so I was looking for one of these." Wentz seems to spend a lot of his down time with a gun in his hands. He was lying in a.........

A Terrapin From Connecticut Gets Her Shot at UConn

  
Kiah Gillespie, a high school star, was not chosen for her state's juggernaut team, and went to Maryland. On Thursday the undefeated Huskies are coming to her new home in what could be a showdown.......

Ravens WR Steve Smith Sr. said he's probably retiring after 16 seasons

  
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Talking like a player who is walking away from the game, an emotional Steve Smith Sr. announced Wednesday that he is probably playing the final game of his decorated 16-year NFL career on Sunday. Smith, 37, will retire as one of 11 players to record more than 1,000 catches and 14,000 yards receiving. He ended his press conference with tears in his eyes. He said he is "89 percent sure" -- which represents his uniform number -- that he will leave the game. "Football has given me more than I probably could give football back," Smith said. "But for 2016, '17 and beyond, this is probably my last game." "I'm going to miss it," Smith said. "I'm going to mourn. It's something that's part of my life for 16 years. There will be a transition." The Baltimore Ravens, who were eliminated from playoff contention last Sunday, close out the season at Cincinnati. The Carolina Panthers?drafted Smith in 2001 in.........

ESPN's NFL MVP poll: Ryan, Rodgers on the rise

  
We have one more week of games to add to the data pool before it's time to declare a 2016 NFL MVP. Although, does it really matter? The current leader in our poll is a guy who missed the first four games of the season. What difference is one more going to make? Methodology: Each of our 13 panelists nominated their top five candidates.?First-place votes are worth five points, second-place votes worth four, third-place?votes worth three, fourth-place votes worth two and fifth-place votes worth one. Previous polls: Week 16 |? Week 15 |? Week 14 | Week 13 1. Tom Brady, QB | New England Patriots Regular-season passing:?266-for-399 (66.7 percent); 3,278 yards; 25 TDs; 2 INTs; 81.9 Total QBR Case for Brady:?Since the second week of October, no one has.........

Ronaldo puts Real on top of world

  
A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helped Real Madrid to avoid a major upset against Kashima Antlers to win the Club World Cup final 4-2 after extra time in Yokohoma Sunday.......

Matthew Stafford not blaming injured finger, glove for struggles

  
ALLEN PARK, Mich. --? Detroit Lions?quarterback? Matthew Stafford has thrown four interceptions in three games since injuring the middle finger on his right throwing hand, necessitating the use of a glove. He isn't blaming the finger for his struggles, however. Stafford said the finger has been fine as he's thrown the ball. "I don't think so," Stafford said when asked if the finger was the problem. "You know, you look back at them and maybe the one in Chicago was a poor throw, behind him. For the most part, it's been more so decision or close here or there. "So it's something that obviously I'm trying to eliminate as much as possible while still staying aggressive, but I really don't think it's been a factor." Stafford has completed less than 62 percent of his passes in each of his last three games -- the first time all season that's happened. He also completed a season-low 56.5 percent of his passes in Monday's loss at Dallas. .........

Marvin Lewis rules A.J. Green out for Bengals' season finale

  
CINCINNATI -- Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green will not play against the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, ensuring that he will not reach 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his six NFL seasons.? Bengals coach Marvin Lewis also said Wednesday that linebacker? Vontaze Burfict, who missed last week's game, remains in the concussion protocol. A Grade II hamstring tear, which occurred in Week 11 against the Buffalo Bills, will ultimately keep Green out of almost seven full games.?He will finish this season having played in 10 games, catching 66 passes for 964 yards and four touchdowns. Green is not on injured reserve and currently remains on the active roster. The Bengals placed? Tyler Eifert and Clint Boling?on IR at the start of the week. Although Green said he would play against the Texans last week, a decision was made late on Friday to hold him out of the game even though he had.........

For Cowboys' Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, Rookie Records Are Secondary

  
Prescott, Dallas's quarterback, wants to get as many repetitions as possible while Elliott, the team's running back, says victories are the ultimate goal.......

UConn Hires Edsall to Return as Coach From NFL's Lions

  
UConn is bringing back Randy Edsall as coach, hoping to turn around the Huskies by bringing back the winningest coach in school history......

Bills Have Interim Coach and Interim Starting QB: EJ Manuel

  
Aside from having an interim coach in Anthony Lynn, the Buffalo Bills also have an interim starting quarterback: EJ Manuel......

Rousey to make long-awaited UFC return

  
Rousey hasn't fought since November 2015, when she was stunned by Holly Holm. How will she fare against Amanda Nunes in her return?......

Olympics: Bolt and Rio 'pulled it off'

  
2016 in review: CNN World Sport anchor Amanda Davies looks back at covering the Rio Olympics in Brazil, where sprinter Usain Bolt made history.......

Hillsborough verdict: Vindication for families

  
2016 in review: CNN World Sport anchor Christina Macfarlane looks back at covering the long-awaited verdict in the Hillsborough stadium tragedy hearing.......

Euro 2016: 'An important moment for France'

  
2016 review: CNN World Sport anchor Alex Thomas reflects on covering the European Championship in France, where Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal won the title.......

Ryan Ramczyk's Road: From D3 to Star OL at No. 8 Wisconsin

  
Left tackle Ryan Ramczyk forged a unique path to No. 8 Wisconsin before he started opening up running lanes for Badgers tailbacks......

Bigger Stakes Produced Better Games in '16

  
Best games: The bigger the stakes, the better the game in 2016......

Pro Picks Won't Go Through the Motions in Week 17

  
Week 17 always is a tough one for Pro Picks......

Big Guys, Big Plays: Alabama, Clemson Go Jumbo on Offense

  
Big Guys, Big Plays: Alabama, Clemson go jumbo on offense......

Why Dabo Swinney is this generation's Bobby Bowden

  
The coaching legacy of Bobby Bowden is an enduring one. The Hall of Fame coach won 357 games and two national championships in 40 seasons at West Virginia and Florida State. Three of his four sons are college coaching lifers: Terry is the head coach at Akron, where his brother Jeff is an assistant. Tommy won 90 games in 11-plus seasons at Tulane and Clemson. Yet if anyone has carried the legacy of Bobby Bowden into the modern game, it is the coach who has led Clemson into the College Football Playoff for the second consecutive year. Dabo Swinney is a flowering branch of the Bowden coaching tree. There are plenty of similarities between the coaches, right up to their reaction when called about the comparison. "I take that as a compliment," Swinney, 47, said one day after practice last week. "That's a compliment," Bowden, 87, said from his home in Tallahassee last Friday. They are not close and don't pretend to be. If Swinney has a mentor,.........

Phil and Jeanie -- basketball's ultimate power couple -- call it quits

  
Phil Jackson wasn't in the mood to stop and catch up. His New York Knicks had gotten out of Staples Center with a win over the Los Angeles Lakers and he'd gone an entire game without having to wave to nostalgic Laker fans on the big screen. "I think the Lakers are trying to move away from that kind of stuff," Jackson said, as we spoke briefly outside the Knicks' locker room on Dec. 11. There was such a distance in the way he said, "The Lakers." This, after all, is the man who won five NBA titles in Los Angeles and was still engaged to Lakers president Jeanie Buss. But that distance was real, and it had kept growing as the years went by and Jackson spent more and more time in New York, running the Knicks, and in Montana with his children and grandchildren, during the offseason. His connection with Los Angeles, and his fianc?e, was simply too hard to maintain. And on Tuesday night, Buss and Jackson announced that they were mutually .........

Cam Newton Scores With Visit to Boy Battling Heart Condition

  
Cam Newton surprises 10-year-old with serious heart condition, gets big hug in return......

Scouts Inc. makes two picks for every college football bowl game

  
Wouldn't you love to know how every remaining college football postseason game will play out? Or better yet, what if you got TWO picks for each of the remaining bowl games? Scouts Inc. analysts Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl assess and predict a final score for every game (except for the game that Weidl is broadcasting). All times Eastern. Editor's note: This piece has been updated to remove bowls that were already played.? Dec. 28 New Era Pinstripe Bowl: No. 23 Pittsburgh vs. Northwestern (2 p.m., ESPN, Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York) Muench: Pittsburgh is going to have a hard time matching up with Northwestern receiver Austin Carr, who is an above-average route runner with the quickness and toughness to produce after the catch. However, Pitt's pass rush will make it tough for.........

Former Tour De France Champ Wiggins Retires From Cycling

  
Bradley Wiggins has announced his retirement from cycling, ending a career in which he won a British-record eight Olympic medals and the Tour de France......

How a win over Washington gave rise to Alabama and football in the South

  
The rise of Southeastern football in general and Alabama football specifically and all the endless gloating that goes along with it? It's Washington's fault. That isn't just jealous prattle from fans of Oregon or Washington State, likely the two fan bases most annoyed by the Huskies' sudden rise to the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl opposite the vaunted Crimson Tide. No, it's a perfectly reasonable extrapolation from the words of multiple historians and sportswriters. On the surface, No. 4 Washington squaring off with No. 1 Alabama on Dec. 31 (3 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App) feels like a collision of unconnected programs and regions with almost nothing in common. In fact, the four-game series between the two programs -- which has been dominated by the Crimson Tide -- is rife with meaning, most notably from their initial meeting in the 1926 Rose Bowl. "The most significant event in Southern football history,".........

Guide to UFC 207: Predictions, analysis and coverage of every fight on the card

  
It has been a chaotic 2016 for the UFC, with highs such as the historic UFC 200 card and the company's massive debut at Madison Square Garden at UFC 205, and lows spanning from major injuries to weight-cutting problems and doping scandals. The year's going out with a bang Friday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with the long-awaited Octagon return of Ronda Rousey?at UFC 207. She's challenging Amanda Nunes, the third different fighter to hold the UFC women's bantamweight championship in 2016, with hopes of regaining the title she lost to Holly Holm in Australia last year. The co-main event features Dominick Cruz defending the men's UFC bantamweight championship against Cody Garbrandt. A heavyweight showdown between former UFC champions Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez was scrapped on Dec. 24 because of an injury to Velasquez. We'll be releasing cheat sheets throughout the week to give you.........

Warriors' Kevin Durant says NBA report throws officials under bus

  
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant said he thinks the NBA's "Last Two Minute Report" is "bulls---" and says the league throws its officials under the bus by airing out refs' mistakes. "I think it's bulls--- and they should get rid of it," Durant said Tuesday. Durant's comments come a day after the league's report on the Warriors' 109-108 Christmas Day loss to the Cavaliers said refs missed a foul call that should've gone in Durant's favor in the waning moments of the game. The "Last Two Minute Report" is the league's public review of officiating in the final two minutes of every NBA game. "The refs didn't lose us that game. We lost that game, we could have been better," Durant said. "I think it's bulls--- that the NBA threw the refs under the bus like that." Warriors coach Steve Kerr agreed that the officials can't be blamed for his team's loss. "The officials didn't decide that game," he said. "We had.........

Derrick Rose driving to put Knicks back in playoffs

  
"Once we get in the playoffs we're going to be a hell of a team to go against. You don't know what to expect from us in the playoffs. Our goal is to get there first." -- New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose Playoffs? The Knicks? It would be strange to associate the two based on recent history. Phil Jackson's Knicks have missed the postseason for three consecutive years, losing a combined 115 games over the past two. But talking about the Knicks as a playoff team doesn't seem so far-fetched at this point. ESPN's BPI currently gives the Knicks a 54.5 percent chance of making the playoffs. And the man who believes the Knicks will be a tough out in the postseason, Rose, is one of the reasons they have a chance to qualify. "He's been solid so far, passed each and every test," an Eastern Conference scout said of Rose recently. "He's given them everything they could've expected." .........

Bradley Fails to Revive Swansea, a Team and Club in Turmoil

  
It is easy to look back on Bob Bradley's 85 days as the first American coach in the English Premier League and say he got things badly wrong at Swansea......

Infantino: 'Necessary Actions & Sanctions' on Russian Doping

  
FIFA President Gianni Infantino says any "necessary actions and sanctions" will be taken after investigators alleged that Russian soccer players had suspicious drug-test samples covered up......

Five-day 'bye' week will pay dividends for teams, but has drawbacks too

  
When the calendar flips to 2017 next week, teams will begin enjoying their five-day "bye'' weeks. Between Jan. 1 and April 9, all 30 clubs will take turns saying "see you later" to their players for five days -- meaning no practices, nothing. A total blackout. It is a first for the league -- and something the NHL Players' Association negotiated last year as part of the new All-Star Game format. The players wanted a chance to rest their weary bones before the busy stretch run. The Ottawa Senators will take their five-day bye week right off the hop next week. They play New Year's Day and then not again until Jan. 7. But, like every team, that time off comes at a price during a schedule that was also condensed by the World Cup of Hockey in September. For the Senators, that payback will come Feb. 14 to March 11, when Ottawa plays 14 games in 26 days. It will be the make-or-break moment of the season for the Sens, when the organization collectively.........

Indians adding to baseball's imbalance of power

  
Many of the most exciting stories in baseball are tales of the underdog. The Amazin' Mets of 1969 not only overcame a large Cubs lead in the standings, it was also their first good season ever and one that few saw coming. The 1991 Worst-to-First World Series between the Braves and Twins is still remembered on that basis (and for the Jack Morris/ John Smoltz showdown). What made 2016 different from the typical season was that there literally were no Cinderella teams. The Chicago Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908 was the big story -- the last time they won a World Series, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were alive and Austria had an emperor -- but this wasn't exactly a tale of shocking victory, but of the favorite winning. To a large degree in 2016, the teams that were expected to be good were good, the teams that were expected to be lousy were lousy, and the teams expected to be in the middle were.........

Elite Young Defensemen Adapting to NHL Faster Than Ever

  
Elite young defensemen adapting to NHL quicker than players from previous generations......

Draymond Green won't change his style: 'I only know how to be Draymond'

  
As technical foul calls against him continue to mount, Draymond Green said it's up to the NBA and the referees "to figure it out." In the meantime, the emotional Golden State Warriors star said he's not going to change who he is. Green, after getting another against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, leads the Warriors with seven technical fouls. Three of those have been for celebrating plays, but Sunday's offense was for expressing his displeasure for a foul call -- without saying anything to the referee -- while marching toward the bench. "I don't know what else I can watch," Green told reporters Tuesday. "I don't really talk to them (referees) much anymore. So no. I don't know what else to watch at this point. Just continue to be me. If I get the tech, so be it. Continue to be me." As the technical fouls pile up, so do the ramifications for Green and the Warriors. NBA players automatically are suspended for one game once.........

American Skier Shiffrin Takes 2nd World Cup GS Win in 2 Days

  
Mikaela Shiffrin earned her second women's World Cup giant slalom win in two days for her 25th career victory......

Skiing in the 'home of Santa Claus'

  
With the Northern Lights shining 200 nights a year and temperatures plummeting to -51.5 degrees C, Lapland also welcomed the world's best skiers in 2016.......

Dual Olympian: 'I'm a tough chick'

  
US Winter and Summer Olympian, Lolo Jones, tells Don Riddell there should be no doubt she is one "tough chick."......

Can 'plastic club' end Bayern's reign?

  
RB Leipzig has drawn ire for its rapid rise to the top of the Bundesliga -- but it's also proving a thorn in the side of champions Bayern Munich......

Swansea sacks US coach after 85 days

  
English Premier League side Swansea City has sacked its US coach Bob Bradley after just 11 games in charge.......

Tonga's topless Olympic sensation

  
From sand to snow: Pita Taufatofua -- the oiled-up, topless Tongan taekwondo star who caused a social media storm at the Rio Games -- is turning his attention to the Winter Olympics.......

EPL club sacks US coach after 85 days

  
English Premier League side Swansea City has sacked its US coach Bob Bradley after just 11 games in charge.......

US Skier Shiffrin Leads World Cup GS, Eyes 2nd Win in 2 Days

  
Mikaela Shiffrin took a slim lead in the opening run of a women's World Cup giant slalom on Wednesday, positioning herself for a second win in as many days......

When football met eSports

  
Bora "Yellowstar" Kim, head of eSports at Paris Saint Germain, tells CNN of the collaboration between football and eSports.......

McIlroy must strive harder to be the greatest - Nicklaus

  
(Reuters) - World number two Rory McIlroy has the talent but he must work harder to dominate golf, 18-times major title winner Jack Nicklaus has said. McIlroy is only behind Australian Jason Day in the world rankings and has won four majors in his career so far, the last of which came in 2014. "Rory is one of those young men who has got a tremendous amount of talent," American Nicklaus told the BBC.......

Golf-McIlroy must strive harder to be the greatest - Nicklaus

  
World number two Rory McIlroy has the talent but he must work harder to dominate golf, 18-times major title winner Jack Nicklaus has said. McIlroy is only behind Australian Jason Day in the world rankings and has won four majors in his career so far, the last of which came in 2014. "Rory is one of those young men who has got a tremendous amount of talent," American Nicklaus told the BBC.......

Sidelined With Injury in '14, Barrett Gets Another Chance

  
When Ohio State rolled to an improbable national championship two years ago, J.T. Barrett was rolling himself around on the sideline on a scooter that kept his broken right ankle elevated......

Elite Young Defensemen Are Adapting to NHL Faster Than Ever

  
Elite young defensemen like Zach Werenski and Ivan Provorov are adapting to the NHL quicker than players from previous generations......

Column: Great Dynasties Never Have Time to Savor the Moment

  
Column: AP's Paul Newberry says the greatest sports dynasties never pause to savor the moment, which make them worthy of admiration but not necessarily envy......

In Any Language, Things Are Working for No. 11 Miami

  
There are many languages spoken in the Miami women's locker room, and the diverse roster is off to an 11-1 start going into ACC play......

Knicks president Jackson and Lakers owner Buss split

  
New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and Los Angeles Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss said they have ended their four-year engagement. Jackson and Buss, daughter of late Lakers owner Jerry Buss, began dating after Jackson became coach of the Lakers in 1999.......

Bogut called for flagrant foul on Harden as tempers flare

  
(The Sports Xchange) - Tempers flared between the Houston Rockets and Dallas on Tuesday, with the Mavericks' Australian center Andrew Bogut among those involved in the thick of the action. Bogut seemed confused about why he had been called for a flagrant foul that helped spur a game-changing 16-0 run by the Rockets in the second quarter. Both locker rooms had plenty to say even though the Rockets won a lopsided game 123-107 in Dallas.......

Phil Jackson of Knicks and Jeanie Buss of Lakers Announce Their Breakup

  
Jackson and Buss, who had been engaged for several years but were never married, said via social media that they had ended their engagement.......

Durant slams NBA for 'throwing refs under the bus'

  
(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant wants the National Basketball Association to become less transparent, at least when it comes to its review of referee decisions. Durant made his comments after the league concluded he was on the wrong end of a non-call during the Warriors' blockbuster Christmas Day showdown with the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the game's final play, with the Warriors down by one point, Durant stumbled when Cleveland's Richard Jefferson trod on his foot.......

Another Westbrook triple-double lifts Thunder over Heat

  
The seemingly unstoppable Russell Westbrook produced his 15th triple-double of the season Tuesday to propel the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 106-94 NBA victory over the Heat in Miami. Westbrook's 52nd career triple-double was his 30th of 2016 -- a total spanning the latter part of last season. "He's a unique player," Thunder coach Billy Donovan said of Westbrook, who reeled in a rebound to wrap up a triple-double with 6:40 remaining in the third quarter.......

Trevor Ariza, Rockets wait outside locker room to confront Mavs' Salah Mejri after testy game

  
DALLAS -- An ugly scene developed following the Houston Rockets' 123-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night when Rockets forward Trevor Ariza waited outside the Mavericks locker room to confront center Salah Mejri. According to a source, Mejri made a derogatory comment about Ariza's wife and children between the third and fourth quarters. Ariza became so upset that he exchanged words with Mejri, which prompted the referees to give Ariza a technical, his second of the game, leading to an ejection. After the game, Ariza dressed and walked toward the Mavericks locker room, accompanied by two security guards. As Ariza and several teammates -- including Patrick Beverley, James Harden, and Eric Gordon -- waited for Mejri, Dallas police officers arrived to make sure the situation did not escalate. At one point, the Mavericks' Deron Williams came out of the locker room to.........

Aaron Rodgers and the Mystery of the Sideline Tent

  
The Packers quarterback befuddled America when he disappeared inside a camping tent during Monday's game.......

27 More Rules of Thanksgiving Touch Football

  
Will the family game be more contentious than the election? Will Tony Romo show up? Where's the bourbon? ......

Trevor Ariza waits outside locker room to confront Salah Mejri after testy game

  
DALLAS -- An ugly scene developed following the Houston Rockets' 123-107 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night when Rockets forward Trevor Ariza waited outside the Mavericks locker room to confront center Salah Mejri. According to a source, Mejri made a derogatory comment about Ariza's wife and children between the third and fourth quarters. Mejri strongly denied to ESPN's Tim MacMahon he said anything about Ariza's family. The comment upset Ariza so much that he exchanged words with Mejri which prompted the referees to give Ariza a technical, his second of the game, leading to an ejection. After the game, Ariza was dressed and walked toward the Mavericks locker room with two security guards. Also, Patrick Beverley, who didn't play, was sitting on a cart yelling at Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who was leaving his news conference. "Don't be mad at us coach," Beverley yelled at Carlisle, who didn't respond to.........

Phil Jackson, Jeanie Buss Say They Have Ended Engagement

  
New York Knicks President Phil Jackson and Lakers executive Jeanie Buss have ended their engagement......

Cam Newton fulfills Christmas wish for sick 10-year-old

  
Cam Newton spent part of his day off at an Atlanta Hospital granting a Christmas wish for a young Auburn fan with a severe heart condition. 10-year-old Austin Deckard, who was diagnosed with advanced pulmonary hypertension, received the visit of the Carolina Panthers quarterback just one day before to undergo a risky procedure. The Auburn Tigers posted on Twitter the?priceless reaction during the exchange. The story of?Newton's big surprise to Austin started last week with a post in social media from his elementary school teacher Courtney Cooper. She mentioned Deckard's condition and how he wished to meet his favorite football player.? "Austin told me he 'wished Cam Newton could come to his birthday party,'" Cooper said in her post. "Austin may not ever make it to an Auburn football game but I know social media is a strong force that can make things happen." Newton got the message and Austin's wish became a reality on.........

The Game That Changed the Tide of College Football

  
The South's domination of college football is rooted in another Alabama and Washington game: The 1926 Rose Bowl......

The Biggest Shot in NBA History

  
The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers play Sunday in their first rematch since Game 7 of the last NBA Finals—which ended with Kyrie Irving making the clutchest shot of all time. ......

Odell Beckham Jr.: I Would Be Fined for Kettle Stunt

  
Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. enjoyed Ezekiel Elliott's touchdown celebration on Sunday, when the Cowboys running back jumped into an oversized Salvation Army red kettle, but thinks the NFL should be more consistent about what is allowed.......

Houston Texans to Stick With Savage at Quarterback

  
The backup gets the call after subbing for struggling starter Brock Osweiler in Week 15.......

Why NFL Coaches Take No Chances

  
Rex Ryan, fired on Tuesday, stuck with a conservative style that most math experts say doesn't add up but remains the league norm. ......

Jared Goff Actually Isn't Historically Awful

  
Jared Goff's chances of becoming a franchise QB still seem no worse than they were when he was initially drafted by the Rams. ......

Sports Briefing: Liverpool Defeats Stoke and Edges Closer to Chelsea

  
Liverpool's potent attack overcame an early goal by Stoke. The Reds are now 6 points behind first-place Chelsea in the Premier League.......

Longtime Special Teams Coach DeHaven Dies of Prostate Cancer

  
Bruce DeHaven, a longtime special teams coach who helped the Buffalo Bills go to four consecutive Super Bowls, has died following a battle with prostate cancer......

Knicks' Phil Jackson, Lakers' Jeanie Buss call off 4-year engagement

  
LOS ANGELES -- New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and Los Angeles Lakers president and co-owner Jeanie Buss have separated after a long engagement, according to a joint statement Jackson posted to his verified account Twitter account on Tuesday night. "With mutual love and respect, we have decided to end our engagement," the statement began. "With the nature of our professional obligations and the geographic distance between us, sustaining the relationship has been difficult. We have shared many wonderful moments through the years, and we expect to remain supportive of each other." Buss later tweeted from her verified account, referencing Jackson, "Nothing but love and respect for this man." In a follow-up tweet, Buss wrote, "The love of my life is the Los Angeles Lakers. I love Phil & will always. It's not fair to him or Lakers to not have my undivided attention." Jackson, 71, and Buss, 55, have dated.........

Rangers 4, Senators 3: Sluggish Rangers Rediscover Their Fight, Ending Senators' Winning Streak

  
Derek Stepan and Nick Holden each scored twice as the Rangers rebounded from a 3-2 deficit in the second period to improve their record to 24-12-1.......

Russian officials admit to 'institutional conspiracy' in doping of hundreds of Olympic athletes

  
Russian officials have acknowledged for the first time the existence of a systematic, far-reaching campaign of doping that involved hundreds of the country's athletes and tainted some of the world's most exalted international sporting events. The officials were asked over several days of interviews with? The New York Times if they still disputed credible evidence of an organized Russian doping program for Russian athletes centered on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, and they said they could no longer do so. "It was an institutional conspiracy," Anna Antseliovich, the acting director general of Russia's national anti-doping agency, told the newspaper of a doping program that included cover-ups of positive tests across dozens of summer and winter Olympic sports. The Times report also detailed how top Russian athletes had had their urine samples tampered with by a lab director at the Olympics to beat the drug-testing system and had received cocktails of.........

Blue Jackets Push Winning Streak to 13 With Win Over Boston

  
Nick Foligno scored a power-play goal midway through the third period, Sergei Bobrovsky had 37 saves and the NHL-leading Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 to extend their winning streak to 13 games......

Westbrook Gets 15th Triple-Double, Thunder Top Heat 106-94

  
Russell Westbrook got his 15th triple-double of the season by the midpoint of the third quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 106-94 on Tuesday night to extend their winning stream to four games......

Packers-Lions Outcome Will Determine Plenty for Playoffs

  
By the time the Packers and Lions, both 9-6, kick off for the NFC North crown at Ford Field, they will know how much of a must-win situation they are in......

Right-hander Nova inks three-year deal with Pirates

  
(Reuters) - The Pittsburgh Pirates have bolstered their 2017 prospects by signing starting pitcher Ivan Nova to a new three-year deal, the Major League Baseball team announced on Tuesday. Free agent Nova ended the 2016 season in stellar fashion after being acquired from the New York Yankees in August. In 11 starts with Pittsburgh, the right-hander from the Dominican Republic went 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA.......

Alabama Win in 1926 Rose Bowl Put Southern Stamp on College Football

  
The game — a predecessor to Saturday's College Football Playoff semifinal between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Washington — put teams from the South on the map.......

DeAndre Jordan OK after L.A. car accident; Chris Paul not involved

  
The LA Clippers said? DeAndre Jordan is OK after being involved in a car accident on Tuesday in Playa del Rey, California, while on his way to the airport in advance of the team's game against the Pelicans. Jordan flew with the team to New Orleans ahead of Wednesday night's game, the Clippers said. All-Star point guard Chris Paul was seen at the accident site, but the Clippers said he was not involved. Rather, Paul was close by when the accident occurred and came with team staff to give Jordan a ride to the airport, the Clippers said. TMZ Sports, which first reported the story, said the accident involved two cars. ESPN's Ramona Shelburne contributed to this report.? ......

Cowboys 42, Lions 21: Cowboys Put the Lions in a Must-Win Situation

  
Dez Bryant caught two touchdown passes and threw one for the Cowboys on Monday. The Lions will have to beat the Packers next week to earn a playoff berth.......

Cowboys' Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott See Rookie Records as Secondary Goals

  
Prescott, Dallas's quarterback, wants to get as many repetitions as possible while Elliott, the team's running back, says victories are the ultimate goal.......

Buffalo Bills Fire Coach Rex Ryan, Slamming Door on a Boisterous Presence

  
Ryan still had three years left on a five-year deal worth $5.5 million per season, an indication of just how badly the Bills' owners wished to be rid of him.......

Lions coach Jim Caldwell's focus on 'the team,' not coaching future

  
ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Jim Caldwell is once again getting questions about his job security after the Detroit Lions have lost two straight games by double digits and could be on the verge of missing the playoffs despite a 9-4 start to the season. On Tuesday, Caldwell pulled out an old quote from the late Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, saying his focus this week is on "the team, the team, the team" instead of his own potentially perilous status. "Just like I said, we talk about the team, the team, the team. That's the most important thing," Caldwell said. "My future doesn't matter. I'm coaching, you know. This is an important game for us. That's where our focus is. That's where our focus is." Caldwell is 27-20 in three seasons with the Lions, but is 16-15 over the past two seasons. The men who hired him, former team president Tom Lewand and general manager Martin Mayhew, were fired last November after Detroit's 1-7 start. The Lions eventually hired Bob Quinn.........

On Soccer: A Failure for Bob Bradley, and for Bold Decisions

  
Bradley, the first American to lead a team in England's Premier League, was fired by Swansea after winning only two of his 11 games with the club.......

AP Power Rankings: Pats Stay No. 1 Going Into Season Finale

  
The Patriots remain No. 1 in the latest AP Pro32 poll......

Jonathan Taylor pleads guilty, sentenced to 3 years probation

  
Former SEC defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor has pleaded guilty in a domestic violence case that ultimately led to his departure from Georgia. Taylor originally signed with the Bulldogs out of high school but was dismissed by then-coach Mark Richt after an arrest for aggravated assault in July 2014. Earlier this month, he was sentenced to three years probation, fined $1,000 and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service. Taylor, who was also arrested on charges of theft by deception earlier in 2014, spent a year at a junior college before signing at Alabama. He spent only a brief time on campus in Tuscaloosa before being arrested on another charge of domestic violence. The 6-foot-4, 335-pound former four-star recruit was dismissed by coach Nick Saban before ever appearing in a game, although charges were later dropped when the victim recanted her statement to police. Even after Taylor's second domestic violence arrest, Saban stood by his decision to give him.........

Lonzo is just the beginning of the Ball-UCLA pipeline

  
Lavar Ball was asked just about every question imaginable. Was his oldest son,? Lonzo, quick enough? Should he change his shooting motion? Should Lavar send his sons to a different high school? Was the competition stiff enough? Were his younger sons,? LiAngelo?and? LaMelo,?good enough or just a product of their high school's system? Through it all, Lavar would tell anyone who would listen that his sons were going to change the game. They were going to do it their way. And he might be right. Ball's oldest son, Lonzo, ranks second nationally in assists per game and starts at point guard for the No. 2-ranked UCLA Bruins. Ball's middle son, LiAngelo, is committed to UCLA for next season and scored 72 points in one game last month. Ball's youngest son, LaMelo, is committed to UCLA in the class of 2019. Lavar could be bragging right now. But he isn't surprised at all. He saw this coming. "We've got a plan,.........

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