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NFL draft's 100 biggest busts: Which picks, trades proved to be whiffs?

Thu, 11 Apr 2019 15:16:05 -0400

From Ryan Leaf to JaMarcus Russell and more, the NFL draft has an extensive history of top picks who would only be remembered as busts.


Detroit Lions haven't won a playoff game in exactly 10,000 days

Thu, 23 May 2019 09:25:47 -0400

Just two major American professional sports have gone longer than the Detroit Lions without advancing in the playoffs. Today marks 10,000 days.


NCAA president Mark Emmert had net pay of $2.9 million in 2017 calendar year

Thu, 23 May 2019 19:10:08 -0400

The $2.9 million net compensation for NCAA president Mark Emmert was revealed when the college sports governing body revealed its tax return for 2017.


Opinion: College football's postseason schedule is entirely wrong

Thu, 23 May 2019 18:00:38 -0400

If the College Football Playoff semifinals are supposed to be the centerpiece of the sport, they should be the last games played every year.


Division III school 'involuntarily removed' from conference because it won too much

Thu, 23 May 2019 08:01:51 -0400

The University of St. Thomas is being kicked out of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference because of "athletic competitive parity."


Realtor offers Kawhi Leonard a free multimillion-dollar condo to stay in Toronto

Thu, 23 May 2019 19:24:30 -0400

One real-estate agency is willing to dish out a penthouse condo if superstar Kawhi Leonard chooses to re-sign with the Raptors.


NFL offseason workouts

Thu, 23 May 2019 18:54:23 -0400

The best photos from the 32 NFL teams' offseason workouts.


Mike Tyson, Floyd Landis among athletes asking WADA to remove marijuana from banned list

Thu, 23 May 2019 14:21:00 -0400

Athletes for CARE requested WADA – the organization that sets drug policy for Olympic sports – remove THC from its banned list in a letter Thursday.


Opinion: NASCAR races may be too long, but most drivers say don't touch Coca-Cola 600

Thu, 23 May 2019 16:04:50 -0400

NASCAR drivers will argue that many 500-mile and 400-mile races should be shortened but say the 600-mile marathon on Memorial Day weekend is sacred.


Celebrities show out for the NBA playoffs

Fri, 24 May 2019 00:34:49 -0400

From Drake to Aaron Rodgers and Danica Patrick, a look at all of the celebrities attending the 2019 NBA playoffs.


Leonard scores 35, Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 for 3-2 lead

Fri, 24 May 2019 00:55:03 -0400

Kawhi Leonard scored 35 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-99 Thursday night to grab a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals


Charles Barkley says he would 'knock the hell out of Drake' if he was still playing

Thu, 23 May 2019 21:37:25 -0400

Charles Barkley weighed in on Drake's sideline behavior during TNT's pregame show. It was classic Barkley.


Alex Trebek had a classic response to James Holzhauer's 'two dimes' wager on Jeopardy

Thu, 23 May 2019 08:13:29 -0400

James Holzhauer is getting close to breaking the record for most money won on "Jeopardy," and he's been comfortable on the cameras from the start.


USWNT all-time leading goal scorers

Sun, 19 May 2019 23:31:00 -0400

Here are the top all-time leading goal scorers for the U.S. women's national soccer team.


Agent Scott Boras criticizes MLB as amateur prospect Carter Stewart skips draft for Japan

Thu, 23 May 2019 13:23:42 -0400

Agent Scott Boras says MLB was a detriment to Carter Stewart's situation, so the pitcher will skip the amateur draft and sign long-term deal in Japan.


Kevin Durant to the Knicks? Not so fast, says close friend, ex-teammate Kendrick Perkins

Thu, 23 May 2019 10:16:24 -0400

To many people, Kevin Durant joining the Knicks this summer seems like a done deal. According to Kendrick Perkins, those people may be wrong.


Minnesota Twins slug eight more home runs, on pace to shatter MLB single-season record

Thu, 23 May 2019 21:33:21 -0400

Led by a pair of homers from Jonathan Schoop and Miguel Sano, the surprising slugging leaders crush Angels and now own MLB's best record.


Staying sharp: Sack artist Donald fueled by Super Bowl loss

Fri, 24 May 2019 02:34:16 -0400

Two-time reigning defensive player of the year Aaron Donald is always searching for out-of-the-box ways to improve his game as he tries to win a Super Bowl ring for the Los Angeles Rams


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.


UCLA remains at No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports baseball poll

Mon, 6 May 2019 13:01:26 -0400

Vanderbilt, Stanford, Arkansas and Louisville and complete the top five.


NFL schedule 2019: All 32 teams' regular-season dates, times, opponents

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:17:33 -0400

The NFL announced its full 2019 regular-season schedule on Wednesday. Take a look at the information you need to know for all 32 teams.


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

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NFL tweaks several television rules for 2019, including elimination of single-headers

Wed, 22 May 2019 17:32:36 -0400

NFL guarantees three games every Sunday afternoon in all markets, moves start times of divisional playoffs, cuts commercial breaks for Super Bowl.


Jets coach Adam Gase says he had nothing to do with GM Mike Maccagnan's firing

Thu, 23 May 2019 16:36:37 -0400

Jets coach Adam Gase on Thursday denied playing any role in the firing of general manager Mike Maccagnan and added that there were no issues with his players.


2019 way-too-early preseason Super 25 high school football rankings

Wed, 8 May 2019 21:59:52 -0400

Here's an early peek at the top 25 high school football teams heading into the upcoming season.


MLB photo of the day: Best shots from 2019 season

Thu, 23 May 2019 23:50:26 -0400

MLB photo of the day: Best shots from the 2019 season


Jets' Adam Gase already debunking Le'Veon Bell trade speculation, is 'excited' to coach RB

Thu, 23 May 2019 14:45:21 -0400

Jets coach and his new running back haven't even had their first practice together, but things are already very complicated.


O Canada: Hockey hotbed now produces tennis players, too

Fri, 24 May 2019 02:35:53 -0400

Canadians Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Bianca Andreescu have all simultaneously broken into the world's elite ranks of tennis players


Along with racetrack deaths, horse racing now has another fear: slaughterhouses

Thu, 23 May 2019 16:04:01 -0400

HBO's report sheds light on racing's darkest dynamic as thousands of failed and retired thoroughbreds are slaughtered for meat every year.


Bucks on brink of elimination after tweaking starting lineup

Fri, 24 May 2019 02:39:52 -0400

Different lineup, same result; now Bucks are facing elimination against the Raptors


The emotion and intensity of the 2019 NBA playoffs

Fri, 24 May 2019 00:27:56 -0400

Playoff basketball brings a different type of emotion and intensity out of NBA players. Often, those moments are captured on camera.


Opinion: Raptors star Kawhi Leonard making his case for best player in the NBA

Fri, 24 May 2019 01:59:13 -0400

Kawhi Leonard has carried the Raptors to the brink of the first NBA Finals appearance in franchise history, and he's done it less than 100% healthy.


When you have to go: Indy 500 drivers on what going to the restroom looks like in a race

Thu, 23 May 2019 19:48:03 -0400

Will Power's advice: Let go. 'No one wants to hit a wall with a full bladder.' That's one vote for whizzing around the track.


Marcello Lippi returns for second stint as China head coach

Fri, 24 May 2019 02:25:29 -0400

Marcello Lippi is set for a second stint in charge of China's national team as the country targets a place at the 2022 World Cup


Florida high-school football recruit Joshua Ancrum killed after video game dispute

Thu, 23 May 2019 15:50:03 -0400

Joshua Ancrum was shot and killed in Florida on Tuesday. His mother told a local TV station the shooting followed an argument about a video game.


LEADING OFF: Marlins streak the right way, Sale vs Astros

Fri, 24 May 2019 02:40:30 -0400

LEADING OFF: Marlins streaking in right direction, Sale faces Astros again, Orioles finally return to Coors Field


NBA playoff schedule: Conference finals matchups, dates and TV times

Thu, 23 May 2019 23:03:10 -0400

The long regular season is over and it's finally playoff time. The quest for the Larry O'Brien Trophy and the NBA championship is on.


History of the Indianapolis 500

Wed, 22 May 2019 15:28:58 -0400

Coined "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," the Indianapolis 500 has been held annually every year since 1911 except for 1917-18 (World War I) and 1942-45 (World War II).


Opinion: World Cup ticket debacle shows FIFA lacks not only a conscience but common sense

Thu, 23 May 2019 01:07:50 -0400

Two weeks before the World Cup, fans learn tickets purchased together aren't necessarily together in stadiums. And FIFA isn't doing much to fix this.


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Wed, 3 Apr 2019 12:42:20 -0400

Click & Roll is all things NBA: Highlight-reel plays, exclusive expert content and more.


Mike Tirico takes wild ride with Mario Andretti: 'Coolest freakin' thing I've ever done in sports'

Thu, 23 May 2019 20:09:42 -0400

Mike Tirico, who will broadcast Sunday's Indy 500, was picked up at the airport by 1969 winner Mario Andretti in a street-legal Indy car.


Kellen Winslow rape trial Day 4: Woman testifies about 'pervert in the neighborhood'

Fri, 24 May 2019 03:11:04 -0400

On Day 4 of the rape trial of Kellen Winslow II, a Vietnamese neighbor took the stand to testify about indecent exposure by the former NFL player.


AP source: Breanna Stewart to be WNBA ambassador this season

Fri, 24 May 2019 02:06:48 -0400

A person familiar with the decision says that Breanna Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles over the winter and is out for the year


Jalen Rose: Michigan basketball hiring Juwan Howard squashes any Fab Five beef

Thu, 23 May 2019 11:14:40 -0400

Jalen Rose and Chris Webber haven't been on the closest of terms in recent years. But that might change now that Juwan Howard is coach of Michigan.


Stanley Cup playoff schedule: Results, dates, times, TV for NHL postseason

Wed, 22 May 2019 06:25:56 -0400

The Boston Bruins will host Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Memorial Day against the St. Louis Blues.


Best photos from the 2019 NBA playoffs

Fri, 24 May 2019 00:40:58 -0400

The 2019 NBA playoffs are here! Take a look at some of the best photos from every game.


Opinion: Hiring Juwan Howard as Michigan basketball coach is a major risk

Wed, 22 May 2019 18:19:32 -0400

Juwan Howard returns to Michigan basketball with no head coaching experience and no track record of recruiting, which is a major cause for concern.


$500,000 reasons to enter IndyStar-IMS Indy 500 contest

Tue, 21 May 2019 10:42:46 -0400

All you have to do to win the Race to $500K contest is predict the 33-car lineup for the Indy 500.


The legends of 1969: Mario Andretti’s unlikely Indy 500 victory filled with racing lore

Thu, 16 May 2019 20:41:16 -0400

Mario Andretti shares the stories of his strange path to victory in 1969 Indy 500 as the 50th anniversary approaches.


Danica Patrick, Dale Earnhardt Jr. share favorite Indianapolis memories ahead of Indy 500

Thu, 23 May 2019 21:21:24 -0400

While neither won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, both Danica Patrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have fond memories of the Indy 500's host city.


Elliott's 6 scoreless innings lead Oklahoma St. past Baylor

Fri, 24 May 2019 01:53:34 -0400

Elliott's 6 scoreless innings lead Oklahoma St. past Baylor


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 ...


Ranking impact potential of Bruins-Blues Stanley Cup Final players: From 1 through 40

Thu, 23 May 2019 12:55:23 -0400

Stanley Cup Final begins Monday, and in one way or another, every player on each roster will make an impact. Here is a ranking of difference makers.


No extended delay again: Tiger Woods to play in Memorial

Thu, 23 May 2019 11:24:25 -0400

Tiger Woods is not taking another long break between majors. The Masters winner announced Thursday he will play in next week's Memorial.