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US Open champion Naomi Osaka survives third-round scare at Australian Open

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:59:49 -0500

The No. 4 seed struggled to a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 third-round victory to keep her chances of winning a second consecutive Grand Slam title alive.


Boogie Cousins overcomes nerves in 1st game with Warriors

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 05:24:13 -0500

DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points before fouling out in his Warriors debut after being sidelined nearly a year


Get on the gridiron and join our new Facebook Group, 'The Ruling Off the Field'

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:01:53 -0400

If you're as excited about football season as we are, we've got the perfect spot for you.


Carl Nicks: The forgotten Indiana State basketball phenom overshadowed by Larry Bird

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:11:39 -0500

At Indiana State, Carl Nicks would be called second fiddle. Bird-feeder. That guy who played with Larry. But Nicks was no understudy to Larry Bird.


Australian Open Glance: Federer takes on new star Tsitsipas

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 05:17:21 -0500

A quick look at the Australian Open for Sunday: Roger Federer faces one of the game's brightest new stars when he takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round at Melbourne Park


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Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:01:56 -0400

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Paxton Lynch signs with Seattle Seahawks after year out of NFL

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:01:32 -0500

Paxton Lynch lasted just two years with the Denver Broncos after being selected with the No. 26 pick in the 2016 NFL draft.


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Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:07:42 -0500

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Eagles' Alshon Jeffery surprises second-graders who wrote him letters of support after loss

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:04:14 -0500

After loss to the Saints, Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery received supportive letters from second-graders, so he visited their class to thank them.


Super Bowl rings through the years

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:27:16 -0500


Baseball Hall of Fame countdown: Roger Clemens, dominant, but likely snubbed again

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 12:06:47 -0500

A controversial figure, Roger Clemens won 354 games and seven Cy Young awards in his 24-year career.


Opinion: DeMarcus Cousins' impressive debut with Warriors has rest of NBA in trouble

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:27:32 -0500

DeMarcus Cousins scored 14 points - hitting three 3-pointers - in 15 minutes before fouling out of his season debut as the Warriors beat the Clippers.


Jesse Jackson: White House serving Clemson a fast-food meal was 'disgraceful'

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:57:29 -0500

Rev. Jesse Jackson said he was "offended" that Donald Trump served the national champion Clemson football team fast food at the White House.


LPGA star Lexi Thompson had to Google playing partners Greg Maddux and John Smoltz

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:57:34 -0500

Lexi Thompson was paired with the Baseball Hall of Famers in the first round of the Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions in Orlando.


NASCAR releases times, TV and radio networks for 2019 Cup Series schedule

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:58:18 -0500

In perhaps the biggest change in NASCAR's 2019 schedule, the 10-race playoffs will begin Sunday in prime time on NBCSN at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


Baseball Hall of Fame countdown: Mariano Rivera could break voting record

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:09:29 -0500

The longtime Yankees closer holds the record with 652 career saves and was one of the top postseason performers in baseball history.


Amway Coach's Call of the Year: West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen takes home award

Mon, 7 Jan 2019 14:01:08 -0500

The Amway Coach's Call of the Year for college football came down to three finalists. It was West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen that won the the award


Opinion: Super Bowl LIII is a lock to have a thrilling matchup

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:23:13 -0500

Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady? Patrick Mahomes vs. Jared Goff? No matter who ends up in Atlanta, Super Bowl LIII is sure to be a fascinating matchup.


Amanda Anisimova scores Australian Open upset, reaches her first Grand Slam fourth round

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:56:15 -0500

Amanda Anisimova is making a name for herself at the Australian Open, reaching a Grand Slam fourth round for the first time in her young career.


Don't like that Gillette ad? Here are the most controversial Super Bowl ads of all time

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 11:51:36 -0500

On the heels of Gillette's sort of Super Bowl ad on men, a look at spots from Tim Tebow, Snickers, Cheerios, GM, Dodge and more that caused a stir.


The best Super Bowl commercials of the 2010s, according to Ad Meter

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:49:42 -0500

With the 31st edition of annual Ad Meter competition fast approaching, let’s take a look at the highest rated Super Bowl spots of the the 2010s.


Best of the 2019 Australian Open

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:38:21 -0500

All the action at Melburne Park from the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the season.


2019 NFL draft first-round order: Arizona Cardinals are on the clock with No. 1 pick

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 01:03:05 -0500

Here is a look at the first-round order for the 2019 NFL draft, which places the Arizona Cardinals on the clock with the No. 1 overall pick.


Bull owner: Rider Mason Lowe's death not the animal's fault

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 08:16:03 -0500

The owner of Hard Times, the bull that Mason Lowe was riding when he was killed at a professional bull riding event, says the animal is not to blame.


Global Poker Index: Ranking the top 300 players

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:02:04 -0400

Who are the best poker players in the world? Find out here ...


Journalist in Ghana who helped expose FIFA corruption shot dead

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 13:46:02 -0500

Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who helped expose a high-ranking official at world soccer body FIFA as corrupt, was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike.


Hurricanes coach apologizes to new player for team's performance, says he almost suited up

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:36:12 -0500

Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour takes team to task after sloppy 4-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators.


USA TODAY Sports' NFC, AFC Championship Game picks: Who advances to Super Bowl LIII?

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 09:24:37 -0500

Who's printing tickets for Super Sunday? USA TODAY Sports' panel of experts makes championship game picks for Rams-Saints and Patriots-Chiefs.


NFL playoffs: Eight X-factors that could determine who wins AFC, NFC Championship Games

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 20:44:50 -0500

Both the AFC and NFC Championship Games are rematches, but there will be plenty of new wrinkles for the Patriots, Chiefs, Rams and Saints.


Early Top 25 college football teams for 2019

Tue, 8 Jan 2019 12:19:54 -0500

Flip through the gallery to see the USA TODAY Sports preview of what's ahead for college football in the fall.


Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald makes hole-in-one with former president Barack Obama

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:14:55 -0500

While Cardinals fans await word on whether Larry Fitzgerald returns, he played golf with a former president Barack Obama and made a hole-in-one.


Urban Meyer close to joining Fox Sports as college football analyst, per report

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 23:56:20 -0500

Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is nearing a deal to join Fox Sports as a college football analyst, according to a report.


Mets invite Tim Tebow to big league spring training camp again

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 17:42:47 -0500

Tim Tebow will again be a part of major league camp with the Mets during spring training.


NFL mock draft

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 06:22:49 -0500

Kyler Murray has made himself available for the NFL draft. Could the 2018 Heisman winner be a top-10 pick?


The King goes Hollywood: LeBron with the Lakers

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 01:12:34 -0500

After 11 seasons with the Cavaliers, LeBron James signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers before the 2018-19 NBA season.


Donovan Mitchell opting out of NBA slam dunk contest a year after winning

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:19:35 -0500

Former Louisville basketball player Donovan Mitchell says he'll sit out of the slam dunk contest during this year's NBA All-Star weekend.


Which star NFL player will take over in conference title game to power team to Super Bowl?

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 07:31:58 -0500

There are no shortage of stars playing in the conference championship games, but it's difficult to determine who will shine brightest.


Jury convicts ex-Utah State football player Torrey Green of rape charges

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:42:52 -0500

Former Utah State football player Torrey Green, 25, was found guilty of sexually assaulting six women while he was in college.


National champs from Clemson visit White House

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 20:51:06 -0500

The Clemson Tigers national-title winning football team was greeted at the White House by President Donald Trump and a fast food buffet.


Capitals star Alex Ovechkin makes sure former coach Barry Trotz enjoys tribute video

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 01:15:54 -0500

After Washington Capitals play video tribute to Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz, Alex Ovechkin leans over to make sure the Islanders coach liked it.


Letter grades for every college football coaching hire this offseason

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 19:29:23 -0500

Assigning grades to college football's new coaching hires coming out of the 2018 season. There were a lot of big names but still some intriguing moves.


MLB free agents: Ranking the top 57 of the 2018 class

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:14:40 -0500

This winter's class of free agents includes a pair of franchise players in Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, as well as some top starting pitchers.


NBA triple-double tracker: 2018-19 season leaders

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 02:28:33 -0500

Keep up with this year's leaders and track every triple-double of the 2018-19 NBA season.


Dez Bryant throws apparent shade after Dallas Cowboys part with Scott Linehan

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 15:09:14 -0500

Dez Bryant had a reaction for the Dallas Cowboys after the team parted with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. It wasn't kind.


Predators' Ryan Johansen gets two-game suspension for high-sticking Jets' Mark Scheifele

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:05:18 -0500

Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen receives two-game suspension from NHL for high-sticking Winnipeg Jets' Mark Scheifele.


Manny Pacquiao-Freddie Roach marriage back after mysterious split

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 13:59:22 -0500

Manny Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Adrien Broner on Saturday in Las Vegas, and with famed trainer Freddie Roach back in his corner.


Dallas Cowboys parting ways with offensive coordinator Scott Linehan

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 16:38:15 -0500

The Dallas Cowboys announced Friday it is moving on from offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. The team ranked Dallas ranked 22nd in total offense and points.


College football underclassmen who intend to enter 2019 NFL draft

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 15:32:38 -0500

College football underclassmen have until January 14 to declare for the NFL draft. We'll keep you update on all that have announced their intentions.


Ad Meter: Pick the best Super Bowl commercials!

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 08:43:15 -0500

Only interested in the Super Bowl for the awesome commercials? Then this is for you.


Bucks center Brook Lopez making history — one 3-pointer at a time

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 10:43:11 -0500

Brook Lopez has drastically changed his game to adapt to the NBA's 3-point revolution -- and he's making history while doing so.


Suspended Addison Russell getting 'conditional second chance' with Cubs

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 22:54:35 -0500

Chicago Cubs' Theo Epstein says shortstop Addison Russell, suspended for domestic violence, must meet 'high standards' in order to return.


Free agent Dallas Keuchel wonders what it takes to get signed

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:40:28 -0500

The 2015 Cy Young winner remains unsigned despite his excellent track record.


Serena Williams routs Dayana Yastremska in third round at Australian Open

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 02:53:09 -0500

Serena Williams offers Dayana Yastremska praise after a precise 6-2, 6-1 tennis lesson in all of 67 minutes in Australian Open third round.


UConn self-imposes penalties for NCAA violations under former coach Kevin Ollie

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 23:00:32 -0500

Connecticut is self-imposing penalties, including the loss of a scholarship, for violations of NCAA rules under former basketball coach Kevin Ollie.