• Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic reportedly pull scholarship from committed prospect
    Sports
    Dr. Saturday 5 hours ago

    Lane Kiffin, Florida Atlantic reportedly pull scholarship from committed prospect

    Florida Atlantic hired Lane Kiffin on Dec. 12. A week after the new staff at UConn pulled the scholarship of New Jersey linebacker Ryan Dickens, another prospect has been left scrambling for a new school. This time, it’s D.J. Charles, a safety from Orlando who had been committed to Florida Atlantic since October.

  • Player kicked out of Junior Australian Open for a harmless mistake
    Tennis
    For The Win

    Player kicked out of Junior Australian Open for a harmless mistake

    This is harsh. So harsh. A classic rule-book-strangling-all-forms-of-common-sense situation. At the Junior Australian Open on Monday, an umpire took the controversial decision of defaulting 17-year-old Maria Vittoria Viviani for “hitting a ball boy” with a tennis ball. That makes it sound worse than it is, though. Here’s the video. Like I said, harsh. It was a momentary outburst after losing the first set and it was hardly an outburst at all. She softly hit the ball over to the side without looking, and the second she sees it hit an unsuspecting ball boy running by, she immediately apologizes. The ball boy wasn’t even hurt, she told the Sydney Morning Herald: “I was enjoying the game. The kid

  • The pros and cons of NASCAR's points and race format changes
    Sports
    From The Marbles 4 hours ago

    The pros and cons of NASCAR's points and race format changes

    There’s a lot to digest when it comes to the massive points and race format changes NASCAR announced Monday. In the hours since NASCAR’s announcement, we’ve had some time to reflect on what NASCAR has changed about the sport. Quite honestly, these are probably the biggest changes since the Chase was

  • From Buckeye to Wolverine: Michigan football commit Joel Honigford
    American Football
    Detroit Free Press 3 hours ago

    From Buckeye to Wolverine: Michigan football commit Joel Honigford

    Growing up, there was little option. Joel Honigford was a Buckeye. “My dad played basketball at Ohio State, and he and my mom met there, so I was an Ohio State fan my entire life,” said Honigford, an offensive tackle from Sugarcreek, Ohio. “I actually said, early on in the recruiting process, that I wasn’t going to consider Michigan. That was more the fan side of me.” That didn’t last long. When the Wolverines showed recruiting interest in him, he got curious. “They had really started to progress in (coach Jim) Harbaugh’s first year,” Honigford said. “I just fell in love with it. The first visit, I really liked it and wanted to go back and make sure, 'Is this the right place for me?' It was,

  • 49ers GM search may be compromised by Jed York’s impulsivity
    Sports
    Cover32

    49ers GM search may be compromised by Jed York’s impulsivity

    As the San Francisco 49ers candidates for general manager have been backing out like Trump on his campaign promises, some analysts have suggested that the Packers executives not taking the 49ers GM job was more about staying with the Packers than avoiding the 49ers. Jed may never live down his choosing to side with GM Baalke over HC Harbaugh, but it’s almost as if the emotional toll of his previous mistakes are driving his current 180 degree about face in shifting a significant amount of power over the draft and personnel to a head coach that has not officially been hired yet in Kyle Shanahan.

  • Breaking down the Packers 2017 free agents
    Green Bay Packers
    Touchdown Wire 4 hours ago

    Breaking down the Packers 2017 free agents

    The Green Bay Packers will spend the next few weeks preparing for the offseason instead of getting ready to play Super Bowl LI. Bounced by the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game, the Packers face the harsh reality of another season gone and another early offseason. The first major task for the Packers will be making difficult decisions on the team’s free agents. The group of 11 unrestricted free agents is an interesting one for general manager Ted Thompson. Almost all of the players feel important in some way or another, but there probably isn’t a single player the Packers absolutely can’t do without for next season. Here’s a breakdown of Green Bay’s unrestricted free agents (sorted

  • Zaza Pachulia says hard foul on Russell Westbrook was ‘payback’
    Oklahoma City Thunder
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Zaza Pachulia says hard foul on Russell Westbrook was ‘payback’

    MIAMI — During a radio interview Monday, Warriors center Zaza Pachulia explained why he stood over Russell Westbrook after a hard foul on the Oklahoma City guard last week. “I didn’t mention where everything started, and maybe that’s my fault not to make it clear that I didn’t start that conversation or incident on the court,” Pachulia said on KNBR’s Murph & Mac. Like I said, a lot of people didn’t know that. After a lengthy review by officials, he was assessed a Flagrant 1. Asked after the game for his reaction to Westbrook’s comments, Pachulia told reporters he wasn’t concerned. “We’re thinking about this team and staying healthy moving forward and, better, getting into the playoffs and playing for the championship,” Pachulia said. Connor Letourneau is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

  • In police cruiser video, Bengals' Adam Jones tells officer, 'I hope you die tomorrow'
    Sports
    Shutdown Corner 4 hours ago

    In police cruiser video, Bengals' Adam Jones tells officer, 'I hope you die tomorrow'

    Adam Jones talks to reporters after being released from jail earlier this month. Cincinnati Bengals veteran cornerback Adam Jones was back in the news for all the wrong reasons earlier this month when he was arrested just a couple of days after the Bengals’ regular-season finale and charged with four

  • Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov threatens to break Tony Ferguson’s arm
    Mixed Martial Arts
    MMA Fighting

    Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov threatens to break Tony Ferguson’s arm

    It should come as no surprise that the man who wrestles bears will brook no insult from humans. No. 1 lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to fight No. 2 contender Tony Ferguson for the UFC interim lightweight championship on March 4 at UFC 209. The bout is the culmination of an 18-month square off between the two which has been contentious and heated at times. And though with a belt on the line, Nurmagomedov doesn’t need extra motivation as the fight nears closer he’s declared his intent to make a statement against Ferguson. Speaking with FOX Sports recently, Nurmagomedov says he wants to hurt Ferguson in their fight because of the lack of respect Ferguson has shown him over the

  • Royals' Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic
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    Associated Press

    Royals' Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

    Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic. It was a chance tryout with the Kansas City Royals that changed the trajectory of his life. Yordano wowed scouts with an electrifying fastball, the best they had seen in years, and a confident demeanor that bordered on brash and arrogant.

  • AP Interview: Formula One's new owners plan US street race
    Motor Racing
    USA Today

    AP Interview: Formula One's new owners plan US street race

    LONDON (AP) — Formula One's new owners plan to add a street race in the United States in an attempt to improve a sport which they feel stagnated under Bernie Ecclestone's control. Chase Carey, who ended Ecclestone's four-decade reign as F1's chief executive, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the sport will no longer be run as a "one-man show." Carey, though, will be as dogged as the 86-year-old Ecclestone in negotiations with circuits, insisting that less-lucrative races in heartlands like Britain will have to prove they can become more profitable rather than being allowed to renegotiate hosting fees. International sports and entertainment firm Liberty Media, which is controlled by 75-year-old

  • How might the USMNT lineup against Serbia?
    EPL
    ProSoccerTalk

    How might the USMNT lineup against Serbia?

    It’s six days to Sunday, the first time we’ll see Bruce Arena manage the United States men’s national team since his rehiring late last year. The Yanks host Serbia in San Diego before moving to Chattanooga for a match against Jamaica. Both matches should be open-and-shut wins, as the Americans’ MLS-only lineup get “B-teams” from Serbia and Jamaica. Possible starting center back Matt Hedges and his FC Dallas teammate, Kellyn Acosta, will miss through injury, while Arena sent Kekuta Manneh to Wales for Vancouver Whitecaps camp. That leaves 28 names — full roster at bottom — and the level of competition means Arena can take risks, like his choice to try Graham Zusi at right back. Arena used several

  • Why Atlanta deserves this Super Bowl shot, and why Boston fans better be nervous
    Sports
    Shutdown Corner 5 hours ago

    Why Atlanta deserves this Super Bowl shot, and why Boston fans better be nervous

    The Atlanta Falcons and their tens of thousands of fans —some in suspiciously new-looking jerseys, but we’ll let that ride — celebrated the team’s first Super Bowl berth in a generation. Quarterback Matt Ryan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan embraced. Up on the makeshift podium, team owner Arthur

  • Rory McIlroy admits he 'can't run' as his Masters prep takes another hit
    Golf
    For The Win 3 hours ago

    Rory McIlroy admits he 'can't run' as his Masters prep takes another hit

    It’s been a bad start to the season for Rory McIlroy, to say the least. After a thrilling run at the end of 2016 that culminated in a victory at the Tour Championship and some brilliant play at the Ryder Cup, the four-time major champ suffered a rib injury that has the potential to linger until Masters time. That tournament — aside from simply being the Masters — has been especially significant to Rory in recent years, because it’s the only remaining major he’s yet to win. But now the injury is forcing some changes to his schedule. Speaking to Fox Sports‘ Shane Bacon on his podcast “The Clubhouse,” he revealed that he still isn’t able to run, and that the injury will sideline him from two February

  • Recruiting: Getting Solomon back would be Jim Harbaugh's biggest win
    American Football
    Detroit Free Press

    Recruiting: Getting Solomon back would be Jim Harbaugh's biggest win

    Last week, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh made national news when he rode go-karts with Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County 2017 five-star defensive tackle Aubrey Solomon and his family on his in-home visit with the family. The heavily publicized stop was the latest in what's turned into one of the more interesting recruitments in recent memory for the Wolverines. After Alabama appeared to be heavily trending coming out of the Army All-American Game a couple of weeks ago, the tide may be turning back in favor of the Wolverines heading toward Solomon's public commitment on National Signing Day on Feb. 1. Michigan has recruited better than ever under Harbaugh, with this year's crop of commitments maybe the

  • Sports
    Sports Illustrated

    Cab driver says John Elway is greatest QB ever, has no idea he’s in the back seat

    Cab driver Sam Snow couldn’t say enough good things about John Elway...but he didn’t realize the Broncos legend was right there in the back seat.

  • Celebrity
    People

    ‘Good Wife’ Sofia Vergara Bundles Up to Attend Steelers Game with Football Fanatic Joe Manganiello

    Sofia Vergara earned some brownie points this weekend. On Sunday, the Modern Family star braved the Massachusetts cold to attend the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New England Patriots game as both teams vied for a spot at the 2017 Super Bowl. “#HereWeGo #thegoodwife,” she jokingly captioned a picture of herself bundled up in a puffy Steelers jacket and striped scarf, looking a little less than enthused.

  • Ben Roethlisberger retiring? Uncertain 'if there’s going to be a next season'
    Sports
    Shutdown Corner 5 hours ago

    Ben Roethlisberger retiring? Uncertain 'if there’s going to be a next season'

    Just two days after a humbling loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger gave some veiled hints about his future … and Steelers fans might want to start getting nervous. “I’m going to take this offseason to evaluate, to consider all

  • Sweet thank you card from ball girl to tennis pro Jo-Wilfried Tsonga goes viral
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    Mashable

    Sweet thank you card from ball girl to tennis pro Jo-Wilfried Tsonga goes viral

    There isn't always room for niceties in the world of professional sport, but French tennis player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has bucked the trend. You might remember him helping out a ball girl who was in tears after being struck by a ball at last year's Australian Open, stopping the match to accompany her off the court. Well, twelve months on, the ball girl — real name Giuliana — penned a thank you card to the Frenchman, which he shared on Facebook while back in Melbourne for the tennis tournament.

  • Giants acquire new backup for Buster Posey, agree to terms with catcher Nick Hundley
    Baseball
    MercuryNews.com 3 hours ago

    Giants acquire new backup for Buster Posey, agree to terms with catcher Nick Hundley

    The Giants sought more depth behind the plate and landed a veteran catcher with extensive experience in the NL West, signing Nick Hundley to a one-year, $2 million major league contract. The Giants anticipate Hundley to be on their opening day roster as the primary backup to Buster Posey, GM Bobby Evans said. Unless the club decides to carry a third catcher, the addition of Hundley would push Trevor Brown to Triple-A Sacramento – not a bad notion, since it gives the Giants additional depth in case of injury and also would give Brown the benefit of playing every day. Brown and Posey had been the only two catchers on the Giants’ 40-man roster. The Giants had signed two catchers, Tim Federowicz

  • Mock 2017 NFL draft: 49ers get big names with first three picks
    San Francisco 49ers
    Niners Wire

    Mock 2017 NFL draft: 49ers get big names with first three picks

    Lost in the whirlwind of the 49ers’ coach and general manager search is the upcoming NFL draft and the roster upgrades needed. San Francisco can create the foundation of its massive rebuilding project with the No. 2-overall pick and 11 selections total. NFL.com draft analyst Chad Reuter released his three-round mock draft this week, projecting the 49ers to land the draft’s best player and two playmakers for presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Reuter’s 49ers projections: Garrett is the draft’s consensus top prospect and arguably one of the best in recent years. He’s available at No. 2 because the Browns took Deshaun Watson in Reuter’s mock. Garrett (6-5, 269) would add a much needed

  • Dennis Smith, Grayson Allen highlight subplots in N.C. State’s upset of Duke
    Duke Blue Devils
    Washington Post

    Dennis Smith, Grayson Allen highlight subplots in N.C. State’s upset of Duke

    The nation’s No. 17 team lost at home Monday to an unranked conference rival after blowing a late lead. That would make for a solid story in and of itself, but N.C. State’s 84-82 upset of Duke provided a number of juicy subplots. Let’s begin with Dennis Smith. The highly touted freshman was tabbed as the ACC’s preseason rookie of the year and made the all-ACC preseason first team, along with a quartet of upperclassmen, including Duke junior Grayson Allen (more on him in just a moment). Smith is also widely expected to be a top-five pick in this year’s NBA draft so he doesn’t lack for hype, but the Fayetteville, N.C., native had something of a national coming-out party Monday, leading all players

  • LeBron James rips his Cleveland Cavaliers roster: 'We top-heavy as s***'
    Sports
    Ball Don't Lie 5 hours ago

    LeBron James rips his Cleveland Cavaliers roster: 'We top-heavy as s***'

    LeBron James is confounded. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Big Three combined for 97 points on Monday, including a triple-double from LeBron James and 49 points from Kyrie Irving. The defending NBA champions still somehow lost to the New Orleans Pelicans sans Anthony Davis. James played all but four minutes

  • Jeff Gordon on previous Rolex run: 'There was a little bit left on the table'
    Motor Racing
    Fox News

    Jeff Gordon on previous Rolex run: 'There was a little bit left on the table'

    Jeff Gordon cites "unfinished business" as the main reason behind his decision to race in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The 24-hour endurance race gets underway this Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on FOX. Additional coverage throughout the race from Daytona International Speedway will be carried by FS1 and FS2. Gordon, a FOX Sports NASCAR analyst who retired as a full-time driver in NASCAR's top series following the 2015 season, is one of the drivers who will be behind the wheel of the new No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R for Wayne Taylor Racing. Gordon joins a four-driver team that also includes Max Angelelli and brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor. Gordon's only other appearance in the Rolex 24 came 10

  • Lions Lose Linebacker Commit
    Sports
    CBS Sports

    Lions Lose Linebacker Commit

    The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Rivers was one of the top commitments in the Nittany Lions' class, which now sits at 18 pledges, four of which have already started classes at University Park. Rivers visited Virginia Tech back in December. The Nittany Lions are left with a pair of commitments from linebackers in Brelin Faison-Walden and Brailyn Franklin. Faison-Walden has already enrolled at Penn State. The staff got word when Rivers was on campus for the weekend that he would be flipping to the Hokies. They wasted no time searching for his replacement, offering Virginia three-star linebacker Ellis Brooks on Sunday afternoon. The Nittany Lions now have the No. 14 class in the country with just over a

  • How Texas A&M is assembling a top-10 recruiting class
    Texas A&M Aggies
    ESPN.com

    How Texas A&M is assembling a top-10 recruiting class

    Joined ESPN in 2012. With eight days remaining until national signing day, Texas A&M sits comfortably in the top 10 nationally with its 26-member recruiting class. While anything can happen in the 11th hour, as it often does in the recruiting world, the Aggies are unlikely to encounter significant signing day drama that would shake up their No. 8 recruiting haul because more than a third of it is already on campus: Nine commits are enrolled for the spring semester, including the top five prospects. Following a forgettable end-of-season stretch, during which the Aggies went 1-4 and fell from No. 4 in the initial College Football Playoff rankings to 8-5 and unranked, recruiting is still going well.

  • Mike Goldberg Was ‘Speechless’ When Let Go by the UFC
    Mixed Martial Arts
    MMAWeekly

    Mike Goldberg Was ‘Speechless’ When Let Go by the UFC

    Mike Goldberg began working for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in 1997. On Dec. 28 at UFC 207, Goldberg did play-by-play for his final UFC event. The fight promotion opted to not to renew the commentator’s contract in a move that left the Goldberg in a state of shock and disbelief. “I got the news that my contract would not be renewed, and so I was given about a months notice,” Goldberg said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “I was a shock. I was speechless. I didn’t know what type of emotion to have, because I was just in a state of shock and disbelief.” Goldberg found out on Dec. 1 that he would no longer be an employee of the UFC. After receiving the news, the Ohio native still had

  • Tom Brady explains how Bill Belichick has 'brainwashed' the Patriots into a well-oiled machine
    New England Patriots
    Business Insider

    Tom Brady explains how Bill Belichick has 'brainwashed' the Patriots into a well-oiled machine

    In two weeks, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will make their seventh Super Bowl appearance, the most of any player-coach combo in NFL history. The Patriots are a well-oiled machine, fine-tuned to produce 12-, 13-, and 14-win seasons year after year and make the playoffs. According to Brady, this is in part due to the standard Belichick has set for the team and the culture he's established. During his weekly interview on WEEI's "Kirk and Callahan" on Monday, Brady went as far as to say Belichick has "brainwashed" the Patriots. "We have a sign on our wall that says 'Doing the right thing for the team when it may not be the right thing for you.' And that's just putting everything aside and ignoring

  • Venus Williams, Coco Vandeweghe have something to prove in semifinal
    Tennis
    USA Today

    Venus Williams, Coco Vandeweghe have something to prove in semifinal

    MELBOURNE — It’s not often that a sports superstar stays in the game long enough to receive accolades as the oldest to achieve a great milestone. At 36 years old, Venus Williams created that scenario for herself on a glorious Tuesday afternoon when she became the oldest women’s player to ever reach the Australian Open semifinals. Just for the record, if 35-year-old sister, Serena, also ventures into the semifinals on Wednesday, she will become the second oldest player to attain Australian Open semifinal status. The 13th-seeded Venus Williams moved on in grand style by scoring a 6-4, 7-6 (3) quarterfinal win over 24th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia at Melbourne Park. If the fans were

  • 2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: Catcher tiers 1.0
    Baseball
    CBS Sports

    2017 Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep: Catcher tiers 1.0

    Three truths in Fantasy Baseball: Quality trumps quantity with any trade proposal, projecting Hanley Ramirez is a mostly futile exercise, and catcher is always, always one ugly mess of a position. You might even say it's an inherent quality. Those guys take a beating back there, which not only confines them to regular rest but also subjects them to attrition. And the toll is felt not just within a season, but from season to season, reducing them all, over time, to sort of a base-level mediocrity. The tiers provide us with a visual representation of that. Just look at all the bunching in the middle: Buster Posey , Gary Sanchez , Jonathan Lucroy Evan Gattis , Willson Contreras Wilson Ramos , Russell