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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clay Helton has twice taken charge of the Southern California football program in moments of crisis and steadied the Trojans with calm leadership. Athletic director Pat Haden decided Helton has earned the chance to be much more than his backup plan. USC hired Helton as its...
After a bad season on the field for Mike Riley’s first Nebraska team, some good work in the classroom by the Huskers when Bo Pelini was coach will keep Big Red playing football this season. Missouri, however, will pass on a chance to play in a bowl game with a 5-7 record. The NCAA Division I...
Boston Celtics center Jared Sullinger (7) is fouled by Miami Heat forward Josh McRoberts (4) in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Monday, in Miami. The Celtics won the game 105-95. AP Photo/Joe Skipper
MIAMI (AP) — Whenever Boston’s lead looked shaky in the final minutes, Avery Bradley had an answer. And just like that, the Celtics’ three-game road slide is over. Bradley scored 25 points and forced a big turnover when he knocked away a pass by Dwyane Wade with a minute remaining, Jared...
MIAMI (AP) — Barry Bonds might soon be tutoring Giancarlo Stanton, slugger to slugger. Bonds is talking with the Miami Marlins about working for them as a hitting coach, a person familiar with the discussions said Monday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because...
Daily fantasy sports companies are taking different approaches when it comes to deciding what states they'll operate in as their industry faces increased scrutiny. Many, including market leaders DraftKings, FanDuel and Yahoo, continue to offer their online contests in most states while steering clear of a handful where there's consensus local regulations effectively ban the games. AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File
BOSTON (AP) — Yahoo remains active. CBS has quietly withdrawn. And lesser known daily fantasy sports companies are scaling back. As industry leaders FanDuel and DraftKings fight to protect their lucrative enterprises, other companies offering daily fantasy sports are taking different approaches...
Denver Broncos running back C.J. Anderson (22) breaks free for the game-winning touchdown against the New England Patriots during overtime of an NFL football game, Sunday, in Denver. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 30-24. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey
DENVER (AP) — Filling in for Peyton Manning. Facing Tom Brady — and a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter. None of it bothered Brock Osweiler. The 25-year-old quarterback making his first career start in Denver felt right at home in the snow globe that was Sports Authority Field on...
SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson threw a career-high five touchdown passes, including two TDs to Doug Baldwin in the final 8:12, and Seattle held on for a wild 39-30 victory over Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisberger. Wilson threw three touchdowns to Baldwin, including an 80-yard catch-and-run score...
NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has moved the Dec. 13 game between New England and Houston to prime time. Switched from the Sunday night game to 1 p.m. EST is Seattle at Baltimore. The league routinely switches more attractive Sunday afternoon matches to prime time when the previously scheduled...
Oklahoma moved up to No. 3 behind Clemson and Alabama and the Big Ten placed three teams in the top six of the new Associated Press college football poll. Clemson is No. 1 for the fourth straight week and Alabama is No. 2. The Tigers received 53 first-place votes and the Crimson Tide got the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After 20 years in a Lakers uniform and a lifetime in basketball, Kobe Bryant determined that his aching body and his passion for the game had both grown weaker than his excitement about the future. That’s when Kobe decided he could only wait a few more months to begin his life...

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