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Celtics roll to huge victory over Magic

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 02:49:30 GMT

Avery Bradley scored 23 points, Jae Crowder had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Boston Celtics routed the Orlando Magic 117-87 on Wednesday night.

The Celtics shot 51.2 percent from the field and had seven players score in double figures, bouncing back nicely from a disappointing 107-106 loss at Houston on Monday night. Terry Rozier scored 16 points, and Amir Johnson, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart finished with 13 apiece.

Boston trailed by one at the break, but grabbed control with a big third quarter and pulled away in the final period.

Orlando shot 37 percent from the field. D.J. Augustin scored 15 points, and Evan Fournier had 14.




Former Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:59:02 GMT

Rashaan Salaam, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1994 while at the University of Colorado, was found dead in a park in Boulder. He was 42.

No foul play is suspected, Boulder police spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said. She said the cause of death is under investigation. An autopsy was to be performed.

USA Today reported that Salaam's mother, Khalada Salaam, said that police told her they suspect the death is a suicide.

"They said they found a note and would share that with us when we get there," she told USA Today. CNN called Khalada Salaam on Tuesday night but didn't get a response.

Rashaan Salaam was found in Eben B. Fine Park just before 9 p.m. Monday.

"He had a happy heart. I loved being around him," former Colorado Coach Bill McCartney told CUBuffs.com. "He didn't take himself too seriously, and he always credited those around him, especially his offensive line. What I liked about him is that he had a sparkle in his eye. He was upbeat and positive."

Salaam led the Buffaloes to a No. 3 finish nationally in 1994 as a junior. He rushed for 2,055 yards and easily won the Heisman Trophy over running back Ki-Jana Carter of Penn State.

Former teammate Chad Brown said he was "beyond saddened."

"We lost a true Buffalo today," he tweeted.

A family member of Salaam told CNN on Wednesday they do not plan to have a private autopsy or have his brain tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, a neurodegenerative disease associated with repeated head trauma.

Salaam was the youngest NFL player to reach 1,000 yards rushing and was NFC Rookie of the Year in 1995, but he played just 33 games in his pro career. According to CUBuffs.com, he was slowed by ankle and knee injuries.

Salaam played in the short-lived XFL and the Canadian Football League.




Novak Djokovic splits with coach Boris BeckerChicago Cubs split $27.6 million in playoff sharesFormer Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42LeBron James won't stay at Trump's New York City hotelSuspect charged with manslaughter in Joe McKnight shooting deathThomas Bjorn named Europe's 2018 Ryder Cup captainData hack puts tax affairs of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo under scrutinyUnder Armour scores first major league deal ever with MLBChapecoense fans pay homage to their fallen heroes

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:48:02 GMTWed, 07 Dec 2016 15:54:23 GMTWed, 07 Dec 2016 02:59:02 GMTTue, 06 Dec 2016 17:05:48 GMTTue, 06 Dec 2016 18:55:53 GMTTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:59:27 GMTMon, 05 Dec 2016 22:49:47 GMTMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:00:02 GMTSun, 04 Dec 2016 05:04:54 GMT

Another chapter was added to Novak Djokovic's tumultuous year when the Serb announced he was parting company with coach Boris Becker, ending a fruitful partnership that produced six grand slam titles in three years.Speculation that the German wouldn't be part of Djokovic's team next year has been rife and when the retired six-time grand slam winner couldn't confirm to CNN late last month with the campaign over that an agreement was in place to continue their collaboration, a split seemed the inevitable conclusion.Indeed, Djokovic took to social media to break the news late Tuesday."After three very successful years, Boris Becker and I have jointly decided to end our cooperation," Djokovic said on his official Facebook page."The goals we set when we started working together have been completely fulfilled, and I want to thank him for the cooperation, teamwork, dedication and commitment."On the other hand, my professional plans are now directed primarily to maintain a good level of play, and also to make a good schedule and new goals for the next season. In this regard I will make all future decisions."If the last sentence suggests Djokovic -- who didn't name a replacement -- wants more control of what lies ahead, no one could argue with the success he enjoyed with Becker, who worked alongside Marian Vajda. The Slovak was Djokovic's main coach prior to Becker's arrival and appears to be sticking around.Becker, in the aftermath of Djokovic's announcement, posted on Twitter: "Thank U ! We had the time of our life," adding the hashtag of "teamdjokovic." Success then slump Djokovic doubled his output in the last three years from six majors to 12, shifting from being simply one of tennis' "Big Four" to its leading member. Skeptics of Becker were thus proven wrong.The 29-year-old Djokovic authored one of the best seasons in tennis history last year, winning three majors and playing in all four grand slam finals.The off-season did little to cool Djokovic: He bagged the Australian Open and French Open this year -- the latter title completed his grand slam collection -- to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four straight majors.But Djokovic, by his lofty standards, slumped thereafter. He admitted that "private issues" played a part -- he hasn't elaborated -- and that his motivation waned following Roland Garros.Wrist and arm injuries didn't help, either.Djokovic, after winning six titles in the first half of 2016, won one from July onwards.He wept after losing in the first round of the Rio Olympics to Juan Martin del Potro -- an Olympic gold is the lone piece of hardware missing from his overflowing trophy cabinet -- and fell in the US Open final to Stan Wawrinka when the tennis gods gave him a smooth path to the final.Becker wasn't alongside Djokovic at October's Shanghai Masters or at the Paris Masters several weeks later.Instead, former Spanish pro Pepe Imaz joined Djokovic in the French capital, where the Serb lost his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray.Imaz has known Djokovic's younger brother Marko for a while but his philosophy, for a tennis coach, is certainly atypical."The focus of our training is of course to help players develop their tennis abilities helping them reach their highest professional level but we give absolute priority to the person's well-being, feelings and emotions," declares a paragraph on the website of Imaz's tennis school in Spain.When Becker and Vajda rejoined Djokovic at London's World Tour Finals, they sat on the opposite side of Imaz in the player box.Djokovic managed to make the final, yet with the No. 1 ranking on the line, he struggled badly in a straight-set defeat to Murray. Coaching moves Becker, Stefan Edberg and Ivan Lendl -- all multiple grand slam winners -- traveled the circuit for a time coaching Djokovic, Roger Federer and Murray, respectively, but now only Lendl remains.Djoko[...]



Chicago Cubs split $27.6 million in playoff sharesUnder Armour scores first major league deal ever with MLB

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:54:23 GMTMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:00:02 GMT

It pays to be the World Series champs.

Chicago Cubs players are still reaping the rewards with a big payday. The team handed out over $27.6 million in playoff shares, according to a release on Tuesday.

The Cubs gave out 66 full shares of over $368,000. The shares are given to players, coaches, trainers, scouts -- anyone the team decides should get money. Only players who are on the team's roster for the entire season can vote on how to distribute the playoff shares.

The money that players get in playoff shares comes from gate receipts to different games. For example, 60% of the gate receipts from the first four games of the World Series are added to the pot.

A full share for the American League Champion Cleveland Indians was worth over $261,000.

The 10 teams that played in the postseason also get a cut of the players' pool.

This year's pot was a record $76.6 million. Last year, the pool was $69.9 million.

It's official: MLB uniforms are getting new branding.




Magic overcome Wall's 52 points, beat Wizards 124-116

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:58:59 GMT

Elfrid Payton scored 22 of his season-high 25 points in the first half and the Orlando Magic overcame John Wall's 52-point performance to beat the Washington Wizards, 124-116 on Tuesday night.

Wall had the highest-scoring game of his career and kept Washington in it with 33 points in the second half as the Wizards cut the lead below 10 in the fourth quarter. The guard made 18 of 31 from the field and added eight assists.

Payton went 8 for 8 from the field and 3 for 3 from the line off the bench in that first half, nearly matching his previous season best of 23 points in the first two quarters alone. Payton finished 9 for 12 and handed out nine assists.

Orlando won its third straight game and its 124 points were a season high.

Jeff Green scored 13 of his 20 in the first half for Orlando. Green went to Georgetown and played his college basketball at the Verizon Center, and he made a key 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter that stopped a Washington rally.

The Magic scored the game's first seven points and the lead went back and forth until they took command in the second quarter.

Orlando (10-12) slowly pulled away, making 13 of its first 18 shots in the second quarter to take a 62-48 lead with just under 3 minutes left. The Magic scored 40 points in the period en route to a 65-52 halftime edge.

Orlando stretched to lead to 78-58 midway through the third quarter. The Magic averaged 93.2 points before this contest but made it over 100 early in the fourth quarter.

Seven Orlando players scored in double figures. The Wizards had only three.

Washington missed a number of wide-open shots, especially in the first half, as Orlando took over. The Wizards have lost three of their last four games.

TIP-INS

Magic: This was the sixth time Orlando has scored over 100 points. The Magic are 5-1 in those contests. ... Coach Frank Vogel called off practice Monday, and his team took a trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.

Wizards: Ian Mahinmi remains out with a sore knee — the non-surgically repaired one is the problem now. Coach Scott Brooks said the center had an MRI last week. ... Brooks also said Sheldon McClellan has been assigned to Delaware of the D-League and will play three or four games there.

UP NEXT

Magic: On Wednesday, the Magic will host the Celtics. Boston's been getting some great shooting in recent games from Jonas Jerebko.

Wizards: The Nuggets come to town on Thursday for their first meeting of the season. Denver won both meetings last year, and it's a bit of a homecoming for forward Will Barton, who went to high school in nearby Baltimore.




LeBron James won't stay at Trump's New York City hotelEx-NBA star Rodman charged with hit and runLeBron to donate $2.5M to Muhammad Ali exhibitObama welcomes Cleveland Cavaliers to White House

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 17:05:48 GMTTue, 22 Nov 2016 04:27:14 GMTThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:25:21 GMTThu, 10 Nov 2016 21:04:42 GMT

LeBron James won't be among the guests staying at the Trump SoHo hotel.

James, who supported Hillary Clinton for president, is one of several Cavaliers players who have decided to stay elsewhere while they're in New York City this week to play the Knicks. That's according to Cleveland.com, which cites Cavs general manager David Griffin.

Griffin said more than half of the 14 players who are traveling to the city may have decided not to stay the the hotel. Arrangements were made for these players to stay elsewhere.

James has been vocal about his dislike for President-elect Trump.

His teammates Iman Shumpert, Richard Jefferson and J.R. Smith have also voiced criticism of Trump. Shumpert will stay at the Trump SoHo, however, it's unclear whether Jefferson and Smith will stay elsewhere.

The reservations were made before the 2016 presidential election, according to Cleveland.com. The team will play the Knicks on Wednesday.

Trump doesn't own Trump SoHo, but the hotel bears his name as part of a licensing deal, and his company does manage it. The hotel is one of several that has had a large decline in foot traffic since Trump started his presidential campaign.

CNN's multiple requests for comment to LeBron James, his team, Donald Trump and the hotel were not returned.

Dennis Rodman took a wild ride this summer, authorities say.

LeBron James is giving $2.5 million to the Smithsonian's new Muhammad Ali exhibit.

President Barack Obama welcomed the kings of Cleveland to the White House Thursday, congratulating the team for finally bringing an NBA championship trophy home to what he called "Believeland."




Suspect charged with manslaughter in Joe McKnight shooting deathDeath of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight came during road-rage incident

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:55:53 GMTFri, 02 Dec 2016 23:02:02 GMT

Days after the suspect in the fatal shooting of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight was released, sparking allegations of racial bias by police, the Jefferson Parish sheriff announced Tuesday that Ronald Gasser was back in custody, charged with manslaughter. Sheriff Newell Normand said his investigators had identified 260 possible witnesses, interviewing more than 160 of them, since Thursday's apparent road rage incident that left the former pro running back and Louisiana high school standout dead in the streets of a New Orleans suburb. They also spoke to 70 business owners in an attempt to procure video, none of which showed the shooting, he said. Key witnesses were located on Saturday and Monday evening, Normand said, and they might not have come forward had authorities rushed forward with an arrest to appease critics of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office."It's not about the right thing. It's not about justice. It's not about the process. It's about what we want and what we want now, and we don't care who we disparage in the process," Normand said with a pound of the podium, encapsulating the attitudes of his department's critics.As for the charge, Normand said the evidence in the case pointed to manslaughter, which Louisiana law states is a homicide "committed in sudden passion or heat of blood immediately caused by provocation sufficient to deprive an average person of his self-control and cool reflection."He thanked McKnight's family members and credited their attitudes with the "calm in the community" following Gasser's release from custody Friday. "Thank you for your patience, your restraint and your trust in the process," he said. Sheriff: Time led to arrestNormand said releasing Gasser last week helped investigators put together the case they have now. Gasser agreed to be interviewed for 12 hours without an attorney and consented to a search of his home for which investigators never could have obtained probable cause. Police also were able to conduct multiple crime scene re-enactments and consult with the district attorney's office, he said. The extra time allowed investigators to dispel bogus witness statements, including accounts that Gasser shot through McKnight's windshield, pulled McKnight out of his Audi, shot McKnight while he was on the ground, used the N-word and boasted that he had voted for President-elect Donald Trump. Another impediment to a quick arrest, he said, was Louisiana's self-defense laws, which demand that police "get it right," he said. "We have a very forward-leaning stand your ground, self-defense, justifiable homicide law, however you want to refer to it," the sheriff said. To those who would criticize his investigators or say they don't know what they're doing, Normand replied, "Tough. I don't care. Because what I know is I can put my head on the pillow every night knowing we did the right things for the right reasons." The sheriff devoted more time in his Tuesday news conference to defending his investigation and deriding its critics than he did to details of the case. At one point, he read off a list of profane pejoratives directed at him, his officers and their defenders, including "Uncle Tom," "puppet" and "white boy." At one point, he repeated the N-word and a slur used against gay people as among the other epithets. He also cited black-on-black killings as a bigger problem in the parish than race-based killings. Denial that case not about raceNormand reiterated his assertion from last week that the case has nothing to do with race despite Gasser, 54, being white and McKnight, 28, black. It was more about "two people engaged in bad behavior," he said. According to witness statements and evidence, he said, the altercation began on the Crescent City Connection that crosses the Mississippi River, between New Orleans and Terrytown, where the shooting occurred. McKnight, driving his stepfather's Audi Q7, cut off Gasser, who gave [...]



Thomas Bjorn named Europe's 2018 Ryder Cup captainUnder Armour scores first major league deal ever with MLBChapecoense fans pay homage to their fallen heroesStephen A. Smith blasts Colin Kaepernick for not votingThe NFL is now hiringDeath of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight came during road-rage incident'America's Team' is right: Dallas Cowboys are the NFL's ratings savior this seasonSerena Williams pens scathing letter on gender bias

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:59:27 GMTMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:00:02 GMTSun, 04 Dec 2016 05:04:54 GMTSat, 03 Dec 2016 19:41:27 GMTSat, 03 Dec 2016 05:35:18 GMTFri, 02 Dec 2016 23:02:02 GMTThu, 01 Dec 2016 22:27:59 GMTWed, 30 Nov 2016 16:11:53 GMT

After a chastening defeat to the United States this year, Europe has turned to veteran Danish golfer Thomas Bjorn to restore its fortunes at the next Ryder Cup in 2018.

The 45-year-old will be the first man from Scandinavia to lead Europe in golf's most prestigious team event, which will be held in France for the first time.

He was on the winning side in three appearances as a player, in 1997, 2002, and 2014, and was a non-playing vice-captain on four occasions -- including October's 17-11 defeat at Hazeltine under Darren Clarke that ended Europe's eight-year reign.

With 15 European Tour titles since his rookie year in 1996, Bjorn is Denmark's most successful golfer, and was the first from his country to play in the Ryder Cup.

"This is one of the greatest days in my career," Bjorn said after being given the captain's role by a five-man panel ahead of fellow 2016 deputy Paul Lawrie of Scotland.

"I have lived and breathed the European Tour for so long, and now I will do the same with the Ryder Cup for the next two years. I'm very much looking forward to taking on this task.

"I studied a lot of captains as a player and as a vice-captain and always wondered what that feeling would be like to be the one leading out a team of 12 great players.

"Now it's my turn to do just that and it is an exciting moment for me."

The selection panel comprised Clarke, his predecessors Paul McGinley and Jose Maria Olazábal, European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley and Race to Dubai winner Henrik Stenson, also a member of the circuit's tournament committee.

Pelley said Bjorn was picked for his experience, commitment and passion.

"He wants the Ryder Cup to be the greatest sporting event it can be. So when you look at these characteristics, I am convinced they will make him a great Ryder Cup captain," the Canadian said.

Europe had won six of the last seven Ryder Cups before being crushed by Davis Love's team in Minnesota.

The 2018 edition will be held at Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, 25 km from central Paris. It will be only the second time the tournament has been staged in Continental Europe.

It's official: MLB uniforms are getting new branding.

Through thick and thin, the small Brazilian town of Chapeco has stood by its football team.

ESPN and Sirius-XM commentator Stephen A. Smith told CNN's Michael Smerconish Saturday that quarterback Colin Kapernick's decision to publicly reveal that he had not voted was "egregious to the highest order."

The NFL is bringing on some new talent.

The league plans to hire up to 17 full-time officials before next season, according to the NFL's vice president of football ops, Troy Vincent.

Former NFL running back Joe McKnight was fatally shot during an apparent road-rage incident while standing beside a man's car at a suburban New Orleans intersection, authorities said Friday.

When Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys take the field Thursday night, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will likely be thanking his lucky stars. Because in a season of consistently disappointing ratings for the league, including its marquee games, the Cowboys have been the one real bright spot.

Serena Williams has slammed inequality and taken issue with the fact that she is often described as one of the best female athletes -- instead of simply one of the best athletes around.




Data hack puts tax affairs of Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo under scrutiny

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:49:47 GMT

First came Wikileaks, then the NSA data hack, and now a series of "football leaks" has thrown the tax arrangements of two of soccer's biggest personalities under scrutiny.The alleged tax avoidance schemes of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and the Spanish's club former coach Jose Mourinho, who is now manager of Manchester United, have been leaked to a number of European media outlets, including Britain's Sunday Times, German weekly Der Spiegel and Spanish daily El Mundo.CNN was unable to independently verify the reports, but the Gestifute agency, which represents the two larger-than-life Portuguese figures, has denied any wrongdoing by its clients."Both Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho are fully compliant with their tax obligations with the Spanish and British tax authorities," the agency, founded by super agent Jorge Mendes, said in a statement. What are image rights? The allegations stem from the transfer of image rights fees -- worth $160 million in Ronaldo's case -- to offshore companies in areas of little or no tax jurisdictions.The revelations have caused a stir in Spain, which has been in economic crisis for most of the past decade."The tax structure was created to steal from society," said popular Spanish radio host Jose Ramon de la Morena."Everyone tries to do what they can within the law, but to hide money to avoid paying taxes is to steal."The concept of separating a star player's club payment into two revenue strands -- one considered wages for his actions on the pitch, and the other a licensing arrangement for the use of his brand, or image rights -- came into play about 20 years ago with the likes of Arsenal stars Dennis Bergkamp and David Platt, according to tax expert Jeremy Cape, a partner at Dentons law firm.The benefit to the split payments is that, unlike wages, image rights can be paid offshore legally without challenge from European tax authorities - as long as the player or manager is deemed to have enough stature."Mourinho has an image, Ronaldo has an image," Cape explained. "If you're the third choice keeper at Watford, you probably don't have an image."Mourinho has deals with a car manufacturer as well as watch and casino sponsors and the start of his tenure at United was reportedly delayed by negotiations over his image rights. Running afoul of the law Mourinho was charged a penalty of about $1.4 million by the Spanish tax authorities and ordered to pay $4.2 million in back taxes for earnings on his image rights during his three year coaching stint at Real Madrid, which ended in 2013, according to The Sunday Times. The tax bill was later reduced in a settlement.Mourinho also faced a tax probe in the UK for about $1.9 million in undeclared revenue from image rights he accrued during his first coaching spell at Chelsea, from 2004-2007.Unlike the wages paid to Mourinho directly for his managerial duties -- more than $180 million since 2004, according to The Sunday Times -- his image rights went through a pair of companies in Ireland and the British Virgin Islands (BVI), according to the leaks.Similar systems of fee payments for intellectual property are used by tech companies like Google and Apple, which have drawn fire for their low effective tax rates in Ireland.In the end, Mourinho paid UK tax authorities $366,000 on the undeclared revenue of over $1.9 million in 2010 -- a rate of 19% -- although he admitted to a "failure to meet all my obligations under the taxes act."Mourniho is unlikely to have been personally aware of his taxation misdeeds, according to Cape. "I suspect there are just a handful of people in the football business who really have an understanding of how this works," he said. Cristiano Ronaldo's brand Ronaldo has used the same system to [...]



Seahawks leave no doubt with 40-7 win over Panthers

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:47:54 GMT

The competitive aspect of Sunday night's contest was all but over with the first play of the second half, when Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett sped around right end for a 75-yard touchdown run that gave his team a three-score lead.

The Seahawks were left to hope that a fractured leg suffered by safety Earl Thomas early in the second quarter won't end up as the evening's more important development.

Seattle hammered the Carolina Panthers, 40-7, in a matchup of the two teams that, combined, earned the NFC's past three bids to the Super Bowl. Seattle running back Thomas Rawls rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns, part of 240 total rushing yards against a Carolina defense that began the night as the NFL's second-best unit against the run, allowing fewer than 80 yards per game.

But another potential playoff run for the Seahawks (8-3-1) may have been imperiled with the injury to Thomas, a five-time Pro Bowl selection who had missed his team's previous game with a hamstring injury. He collided with teammate Kam Chancellor while breaking up a pass early in the second quarter and was carted off the field. Back in the locker room for an X-ray, Thomas tweeted shortly before halftime that "A lot is running through my mind including retirement."

Seattle put the exclamation point on its dominant victory early in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard toss from Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham that stretched the lead to 30 points. Carolina had marched into the red zone on its previous possession, but a failed attempt to convert on fourth down turned the ball back over to the Seahawks.

Cam Newton was benched to start the game, reportedly due to disciplinary reasons. In his absence, backup Derek Anderson got things off to an inauspicious start.

On the first snap of the game, an Anderson pass into the flat ricocheted off the arms of intended target Mike Tolbert and into the hands of Seattle linebacker Mike Morgan, who returned the interception to the 8-yard line. Seattle's ensuing possession resulted in a 23-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka to take a 3-0 lead.

Seattle scored again on its next trip, too, when Thomas Rawls capped a 92-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown scamper to make it 10-0.

The two teams exchanged long touchdowns early in the second quarter, with Carolina converting a 55-yard bomb from Newton to Ted Ginn Jr., on a third-and-17 and Seattle responding shortly thereafter with a 45-yard run by Rawls, his second score of the first half. Rawls left the game later in the half and entered the NFL's concussion protocol.

Both teams also suffered major defensive losses during the second quarter with Carolina defensive end Charles Johnson leaving the game with a hamstring injury and Thomas carted off with the lower leg fracture.

Seattle tacked on two more field goals in the final two minutes to make it a 23-7 game at halftime.

NOTES: Four defensive starters returned to action for Seattle after missing the Seahawks' previous game against Tampa Bay with various injuries: DE Michael Bennett, LB Michael Morgan, CB DeShawn Shead and S Earl Thomas. ... Former Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette, who retired after a neck injury suffered last season in a game at Dallas, raised Seattle's 12th Man flag before the game. ... Carolina LB Luke Kuechly missed his third consecutive game due to a concussion. ... QB Derek Anderson made his second start of the season for Carolina; he was also under center for the Panthers' 17-14 loss to Tampa Bay on Oct. 10. ... Seahawks LT George Fant left the game with an injury early in the second quarter and was replaced by fellow rookie Rees Odhiambo.




Under Armour scores first major league deal ever with MLBItalian bank stocks slump after defeated Renzi resignsRussia's arms sales rise while America's dropsUnemployment drops to 4.6%, lowest since 2007Hacks at Russian central bank have cost 2 billion rublesAmerican Airlines flight attendants want new uniforms recalledThe NFL is now hiringWalmart agrees to $7.5 million settlement in discrimination suitPanel to Trump: Train 100,000 hackersTrump didn't save as many Carrier jobs as he claimedOPEC deal sends oil spiking 14% in 3 days

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:00:02 GMTMon, 05 Dec 2016 08:59:02 GMTMon, 05 Dec 2016 10:49:11 GMTFri, 02 Dec 2016 14:57:08 GMTSat, 03 Dec 2016 17:28:45 GMTSat, 03 Dec 2016 14:21:17 GMTSat, 03 Dec 2016 05:35:18 GMTSat, 03 Dec 2016 03:01:59 GMTSat, 03 Dec 2016 01:59:21 GMTFri, 02 Dec 2016 23:19:27 GMTFri, 02 Dec 2016 23:01:26 GMT

It's official: MLB uniforms are getting new branding.

The league announced on Monday that it signed a 10-year deal with Under Armour and Fanatics.

Under Armour will replace Majestic Athletic as the MLB's official uniform provider, and Fanatics will handle the retail side for consumers.

The new partnership is set to take effect in 2020.

It's the first time Under Armour has signed a uniform deal with an entire pro sports league. Under Armour will provide players with on-field jerseys and uniforms as well as gear for training. It will also outfit MLB teams with fitness technology that's designed to improve performance.

Under Armour has provided baselayer clothing to MLB teams since 2000. In 2006, it created a collection of cleats and it became the league's official shoe provider in 2011. The company sponsors over 400 athletes in MLB and the minors.

This is the company's biggest deal to date with a pro league. It's a big step for the company as it looks to compete with the likes of Nike and Adidas.

Fanatics has operated the MLB site since 2002, but this is the first time it will have MLB licensing rights.

"We are excited to build on our partnership with Under Armour, a powerful global brand that continues to grow exponentially, and Fanatics, an industry leader in sports licensing," said MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. "We appreciate Majestic's many contributions to our clubs, players and fans throughout our partnership."

The MLB's current deal with Majestic Athletics ends in 2019, at that point the partnership will have lasted for 35 years.

The euro swung wildly against the dollar and bank stocks in Italy slumped as the country appeared headed for a period of political and financial turmoil.

Sales of arms by American defense companies have declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2015, while European firms saw their sales jump.

America kept hiring amid election shock.

Hackers in 2016 stole 2 billion rubles -- equivalent to $31 million -- from accounts that banks keep at Russia's central bank.

American Airlines' flight attendants union called on the airline Friday to recall its new uniforms claiming the garments are to blame for a string of health problems including headaches, rashes and respiratory problems.

The NFL is bringing on some new talent.

The league plans to hire up to 17 full-time officials before next season, according to the NFL's vice president of football ops, Troy Vincent.

Walmart has agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle a suit that alleged the chain discriminated against gay employees.

The incoming Trump administration is being advised to train 100,000 hackers.

President-elect Donald Trump said Carrier is "keeping 1,100 people" in jobs that won't be shifted to Mexico from a factory in Indianapolis.

Don't blink. You might miss another jump in oil prices.




Ibaka lifts Magic over Jackson and Pistons 98-92

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:16:51 GMT

Serge Ibaka scored 21 points and blocked four shots, helping the Orlando Magic beat the Detroit Pistons 98-92 on Sunday night.

Nikola Vucevic added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Magic.

Pistons guard Reggie Jackson made his season debut after missing Detroit's first 21 games with knee tendinitis. He had 18 points in 23 minutes. Marcus Morris led Detroit with 21 points.

Orlando won for the third time in four games while Detroit had its three-game winning streak snapped.

On Jackson's first possession, the Pistons went to their bread-and-butter play — he and Andre Drummond running a high pick and roll. Jackson came off the screen and hit a 3-pointer, bringing a cheer from the small crowd. Jackson played the first 5:50 of the quarter as Detroit built a 16-10 lead.




Winston, Tandy lead Bucs to 4th straight win, 28-21 vs Bolts

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:53:47 GMT

Jameis Winston threw a go-ahead, 12-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Brate midway through the fourth quarter and Keith Tandy intercepted Philip Rivers in the end zone with 2:56 left to give the Tampa Bay Buccaneers their fourth straight victory, 28-21 victory against San Diego on Sunday.

Rivers had the Chargers on the move in the final minutes before Tandy got in front of a pass to Dontrelle Inman and picked it off.

Tandy's momentum carried him into the end zone, giving the Bucs the ball on their 20. They were able to run out the clock.

The Bucs (7-5) pulled into a tie with Atlanta atop the NFC South.

Tampa Bay benefited from a short punt by Drew Kaser to start the winning drive on their 46. Winston found Brate for the TD on the fourth play of the drive, and then hit Mike Evans on a conversion pass for a 28-21 lead.

Rivers threw two second-half interceptions, including Lavonte David's pick-6.

The Chargers (5-7) were trying to get back to .500 for the first time since Week 2. They remain buried in the AFC West basement.

With the Chargers nursing a 14-10 lead and deep in their territory, Rivers' pass to Tyrell Williams was deflected by Vernon Hargreaves. David caught it and ran in from 15 yards to give the Bucs their first lead of the game.

Rivers came right back and led a drive capped by a nice 40-yard touchdown toss to Williams for a 21-17 lead.

Tampa Bay got inside the San Diego 20-yard line on its next drive, but had to settle for Roberto Aguayo's 27-yard field goal.

Winston's go-ahead scoring pass to Brate came with 9:01 to play.

Rivers threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Inman on the game's first possession. Winston was intercepted by Casey Hayward on Tampa Bay's first possession but Josh Lambo was wide left on a 53-yard field goal try.

Winston then led the Bucs on a drive capped by Doug Martin's 2-yard touchdown run on a great second effort.

STREAKING

The Bucs outscored the Chargers 21-7 in the second half. They've also beaten Chicago, Kansas City and Seattle in their winning streak. Winston completed 20 of 30 for 280 yards.

BOSA WATCH

Chargers rookie defensive end Joey Bosa sacked Winston for a 12-yard loss on second-and-10 from the San Diego 15 late in the first half. Jacquizz Rodgers got 14 back on the next play, but the Bucs had to try a 31-yard field goal and Aguayo pushed it wide right.

Bosa has 5½ sacks. He might have had more by now, but he missed all of training camp in a nasty contract spat with the Spanos family and then hurt a hamstring that cost him the first four games.

INJURIES

Tampa Bay wide receiver Cecil Shorts III was taken off the field on a cart after sustaining a knee injury on a hard hit by San Diego's Jahleel Addae following a catch on the Bucs' first possession. Shorts was tended to for a few minutes and then put on the cart. The entire Buccaneers team came out near the cart, and several of the players slapped hands with the wide receiver. Shorts pumped a fist toward his teammates as he was driven off.

Tampa Bay also lost WR Adam Humphries with a concussion and tight end Luke Stocker with an ankle injury.

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Broncos beat Jaguars 20-10

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:40:59 GMT

Bradley Roby returned an interception 51 yards for a touchdown, helping the Denver Broncos beat the mistake-prone Jacksonville Jaguars 20-10 on Sunday and gain ground in the AFC playoff picture.Roby picked off Blake Bortles' wobbler across the middle in the third quarter and went untouched the other way. Star linebacker Von Miller hit Bortles as he released the ball.It was the 11th pick-6 of Bortles' three-year career and his third in the last four games. Houston and Detroit also returned interceptions for touchdowns in games the Jaguars lost by less than seven points.The latest one resulted in a seventh consecutive loss for Jacksonville (2-10) and secured another miserable milestone for the small-market franchise. The Jaguars became the fifth team in NFL history to post double-digit losses in six consecutive seasons, joining Tampa Bay (1983-94), Detroit (2001-06), Oakland (2003-09) and Cleveland (2008-13).Jacksonville had a chance to tie in the final minutes, but Bortles fumbled trying to make a play in the pocket.The Broncos (8-4) rebounded from an overtime loss against Kansas City, and with Miami's loss at Baltimore, moved into position to get one of the conference's wild-card spots.They did it without quarterback Trevor Siemian , who missed the game with a sprained left foot. Rookie Paxton Lynch made his second career start and first on the road. Denver didn't ask him to do too much. He didn't need to, either, not against the self-destructing Jaguars.The Broncos scored all 20 points with help from Jacksonville.Aside from the pick-6, the Jaguars committed two 15-yard penalties that led to a touchdown and a field goal. Linebacker Telvin Smith was flagged for roughing the passes on third-and-5 in the second quarter. Lynch's pass was incomplete, but Smith grazed his facemask. Devontae Booker scored six plays later, breaking Smith's tackle near the line of scrimmage and carrying safety Johnathan Cyprien across the goal line.Reserve tight end Alex Ellis was flagged for unnecessary roughness on a punt return in the final minute of the half. His 15-yarder set up Brandon McManus' 32-yard field goal and put the Broncos ahead 10-3.And Denver's final field goal in the waning seconds came after Bortles' fumble.But Roby's interception was the dagger. It was huge for Roby, who gave up a late touchdown to New Orleans two weeks ago and surrendered an 11-yard catch on fourth-and-10 last week against the Chiefs.SPECIAL TEAMS WOESThe Jaguars continued their streak of special teams gaffes. Ellis' unnecessary roughness foul gave Jacksonville a major meltdown on special teams for the seventh consecutive week. The streak includes five muffed punts — including three turnovers — a punt return for a touchdown and two long punt returns that set up scores.GOOD COMPANYHarris' interception was his second of the year, giving him five consecutive seasons with multiple picks. He's the fifth cornerback in the NFL to accomplish the feat, joining teammate Aqib Talib, Arizona's Patrick Peterson, New York Giants' Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Seattle's Richard Sherman.HELPING HANDSJaguars receiver Allen Robinson continues to help his opponents. Robinson dropped his sixth pass of the season and his third that resulted in an interception.Robinson bobbled a deep pass from Bortles down the left sideline, and it landed Harris Jr.'s hands for Bortles' 14th interception of the season. Robinson, a Pro Bowler last season, also bobbled passes that ended up as picks against Chicago and Oakland earlier this season.UP NEXTBroncos: at Tennessee on Sunday.Jaguars: Host Minnesota on Sunday.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro3[...]



Flacco, Ravens end Dolphins' 6-game run with 38-6 rout

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 21:24:46 GMT

Joe Flacco threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns, and the Baltimore Ravens overwhelmed the Dolphins in the first half of a 38-6 victory Sunday that ended Miami's six-game winning streak.

Baltimore (7-5) led 24-0 at halftime behind Flacco and a dominant performance from the league's second-ranked defense. Flacco went 27 for 34 for 258 yards and three scores over the first 30 minutes, and the Ravens yielded only 115 yards and intercepted a Ryan Tannehill pass.

That was enough to provide the Ravens with their fourth win in five games and at least a share of first place in the AFC North.

Flacco finished with a franchise-record 36 completions in 47 attempts, by far his most impressive outing in an uneven season. He entered with 11 TD passes and 10 interceptions.

Miami (7-5) didn't score until Tannehill threw a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter following a fumble recovery that started the drive at the Baltimore 8.

That made it 24-6, and Flacco answered with a 53-yard touchdown pass to Breshad Perriman with 12:49 left.

Two of Flacco's TD passes went to tight end Dennis Pitta, who's enjoying a fine season in his return from a second hip surgery. Pitta had nine catches for 90 yards and leads Baltimore with 61 receptions, but he hadn't reached the end zone since December 2013.

Tannehill went 29 for 40 for 226 yards and three interceptions. He was picked off only once during Miami's six-game streak.

The Ravens scored a touchdown on their first possession for the second week in a row, moving 75 yards before Flacco connected with Terrance West for a 3-yard score.

Unlike last week, when Baltimore managed just one TD in a win over Cincinnati, the Ravens immediately built on their early advantage. Following a missed field goal by the Dolphins, Flacco deftly took Baltimore downfield before throwing a 13-yard touchdown pass to Pitta.

The drive was extended by Kenneth Dixon's 10-yard run on a fourth-and-1.

Flacco capped an 18-play drive in the second quarter with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Pitta. The methodical march took up 8 minutes, 57 seconds.

INJURY UPDATE

Dolphins: LB Kiko Alonso (hand) missed part of the first half. ... CB Tony Lippett was evaluated for a concussion and cleared in second quarter.

Ravens: CB Tavon Young (shoulder) left in the second quarter but returned after halftime.

UP NEXT

Dolphins: Miami hosts Arizona next Sunday. The Dolphins have won three straight in the series after losing the first eight.

Ravens: A Monday night game in New England looms for the Ravens, 1-7 against the Patriots in the regular season.

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No. 3 Clemson beats Virginia Tech for ACC title

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:57:12 GMT

The Clemson Tigers defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 42-35 to capture the ACC Championship.

Deshaun Watson passed for 288 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the win.

The Tigers finish the season 12-1 and Virginia Tech ends with a 9-4 record.




Chapecoense fans pay homage to their fallen heroesChapecoense's fallen heroes return home to BrazilSocial media: Tributes pour in for Chapecoense after plane crashChapecoense: Football team's fairy-tale rise ends in tragedyChapecoense should be awarded soccer title, rival team says

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:04:54 GMTSat, 03 Dec 2016 05:05:26 GMTWed, 30 Nov 2016 03:28:08 GMTTue, 29 Nov 2016 20:45:45 GMTTue, 29 Nov 2016 19:51:31 GMT

Through thick and thin, the small Brazilian town of Chapeco has stood by its football team.And on Saturday, even in the most extraordinary of circumstances, the supporters were there for their heroes again.They had waved them off a week ago for what was going to be the biggest game in the history of Chapecoense football club, hoping for a victory in the Copa Sudamerica final.But the dream died and the town was shattered in that devastating plane crash on Monday night when 19 players and another 19 club staff were killed.They wouldn't be returning with a trophy, they'd be coming home in coffins.At 8 AM, while the bodies of their beloved stars were still being flown back from Colombia, the fans were waiting at the stadium, chanting, cheering and clapping in the pouring rain.But the seemingly festive atmosphere was deceptive, many of the supporters were openly weeping. Some were praying.Enilson Dos Santos told us "I have been here for all the games, so now I want to say goodbye. I am shocked and I'm just so sad."Another supporter Sandra Gonzalez wiped away the tears as she said "I'm feeling lots of emotion. They were our idols, I can't understand what's happened. I only feel pain."Images of the military transport planes touching down at the local airport were beamed onto the large screens within the stadium, the removal of each casket drawing a dignified round of applause.The arrival of the bodies at the stadium a short time later was greeted by a deafening roar, but then the reality hit home. No longer could anyone be in denial as the coffins were unloaded.It was a visceral sight, the sheer volume - dozens and dozens - illustrating the magnitude of the disaster.For a small club of modest means, It had been a monumental effort bringing their heroes home and the last few yards seemed to be hardest.The rain was now torrential, the field waterlogged, and with 8 soldiers carrying each casket, they waded through a guard of honor to deliver these loved ones to their families.I cannot imagine what kind of emotions they must have been experiencing.The wife of Danilo, the goalkeeper whose last-gasp save took Chapecoense to the final, cried as she placed his photograph in the goalmouth. The Godfather to her son pounded the crossbar with Danilo's gloves.For Amanda Machado, the grief must have been almost crippling. She had been due to marry her fiancée Dener Braz the previous day. He wanted to take his wedding ring to Colombia with him but Amanda wanted to keep it safe, it now hangs around her neck.Three players survived the crash but all are too sick to have traveled home so soon.Eleven players were at the ceremony though, they were disappointed to be missing out on the game of their lives, but they turned out to be the lucky ones.The defender Demerson was among them, wearing the shirt of his best friend Bruno Rangel, he told me that he's heartbroken he's gone.The emotion was raw inside the stadium and even for observers with no direct connection to the tragedy it was hard not to be moved. For many reporters though, the emotion was real, many of their of their close colleagues, traveling to report the match, died on the plane.Many were friends. Grief counsellors were on hand to offer comfort where needed.It truly was an extraordinary end to the most awful week.The agony continues though; in the coming days, dozens of funerals will be held across Brazil - a country in mourning. And soon, Chapecoense will commence the the difficult task of rebuilding a shattered club.For much of the day in Chapeco, the rain poured down from the sky. Most of the [...]



No. 1 Alabama romps past Florida 54-16 in SEC title gameCook breaks record in Florida State's 31-13 win over GatorsNo. 21 Florida gets a tense 16-10 win against No. 16 LSUNo. 22 Florida tops South Carolina 20-7 in Muschamp's return

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:56:02 GMTSun, 27 Nov 2016 05:08:58 GMTSat, 19 Nov 2016 22:02:51 GMTSat, 12 Nov 2016 21:00:51 GMT

Alabama showed off all its weapons in the Southeastern Conference championship game.Now, the Crimson Tide can expect a return trip to Atlanta for the College Football Playoff.The nation's No. 1 team scored off a blocked punt and an interception return Saturday before wearing down No. 15 Florida in the second half with a dominant running game. The result was a 54-16 rout that positioned Alabama to go for its second straight national title and its fifth crown in the last nine years under coach Nick Saban.Next up: a likely semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 31.The Crimson Tide (13-0, No. 1 CFP) bolted to a 16-9 lead in the first quarter, despite being held to minus-7 yards and no first downs. They scored one touchdown off a blocked punt, another off an interception return. A field goal was set up by another pick — one of three thrown by Florida quarterback Austin Appleby in the first half.The Tide led 33-16 at halftime — the most points ever scored in the first two quarters of an SEC title game — and iced the victory with scoring drives of 98 and 91 yards, sparked by a goal-line stand that finished off the last gasp by the Gators (8-4, No. 15 CFP)A 24-point underdog, Florida had a few shining moments against the nation's only unbeaten Power Five team. The Gators marched the length of the field on the opening possession, the first touchdown given up by the Tide in more than 17 quarters. They had another long TD drive near the end of the first half to give themselves a glimmer of hope.After Alabama went three-and-out to start the second half, Florida drove to the Crimson Tide 1. Jordan Scarlett attempted to leap over the line on third-and-goal, but he never even got off the ground; Rashaan Evans blew by his blocker and slammed the running back for a 1-yard loss. Appleby threw incomplete in the back of the end zone on fourth down, giving the Tide all the momentum.Damien Harris broke off a 23-yard run, Jalen Hurts completed a 31-yard pass to ArDarius Stewart on third-and-19, and bruising Bo Scarbrough finished things off with a 34-yard run and a 2-yard touchdown.The Tide went nearly as far on its next possession, driving from its own 9 for another touchdown that sent most of the Florida fans heading for the exit early in the fourth quarter. Scarbrough carried it six times, including a 1-yard plunge into the end zone.After pulling its starters, Alabama scored one last touchdown to finish the second-most point ever scored against the Gators, topped only by Nebraska's 62-24 victory for the national title in the 1996 Fiesta Bowl.THE TAKEAWAYAlabama: The offense struggled in the first half against Florida's highly ranked defense, and the defense surrendered a couple of long scoring drives. It may be a bit of nitpicking, but for one half at least the Tide didn't look quite as a dominant as it did leading up to the SEC championship game. Of course, Alabama dominated the second half.Florida: The Gators must address their offensive woes after another shaky performance, which included those three backbreaking interceptions in the first half. There's no reason for a team with Florida's resources, recruiting base and history to wind up with a unit that ranked No. 114 nationally in total yards before playing the Crimson Tide.POLL IMPLICATIONSAlabama will remain No. 1 in The Associated Press poll, as well as the College Football Playoff rankings. Florida can expect to drop four or five spots.UP NEXTAlabama: Heads to the College Football Playoff for the third year in a row. The Tide will probably meet the No. 4-ranked team in the Chi[...]



Stephen A. Smith blasts Colin Kaepernick for not voting

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:41:27 GMT

ESPN and Sirius-XM commentator Stephen A. Smith told CNN's Michael Smerconish Saturday that quarterback Colin Kapernick's decision to publicly reveal that he had not voted was "egregious to the highest order."

Despite the firestorm that followed San Francisco 49ers player Kapernick's decision to protest racial injustice by refusing to stand for the national anthem during football games this year, Smith reminded Smerconish that he had initially jumped to defend him.

"The fact is he had every right to protest and when he was talking about racial injustices and things of that nature, you certainly can understand where he was coming from. It was a quiet protest. He didn't impede anybody's ability to watch the games or come to the games or anything like that which is why I went on 'Good Morning America,' my show 'First Take' and other outlets to support him," he explained.

However, after Kaepernick revealed that he had decided not to vote, Smith said he changed his mind about the sports star.

"I thought it compromised everything that he was standing for," he said. "And more importantly I thought it was a disrespect to our ancestors, to people who have bled and fought and died for him to have the right to do that."

As far as Smith is concerned, he emphasized, Kaepernick's lack of participation in the election had "obliterated every argument he was trying to make."

"I'm not saying his arguments have no credence whatsoever" he explained.

"I'm saying that he himself compromised his own message and because of that I don't want to listen to him anymore because the number one tool that we have in America to provoke change is our power to vote. It's something that we fought for. It's something that was exacted to us in 1964/1965. How in god's name can you sit up there and justify not voting?" he said.

"I'm not letting him get a pass on that," he added. "I'm just not."

CNN reached out to the 49ers for comment on Smith's remarks Saturday, and representatives for the team pointed to comments Kaepernick made explaining his decision not to vote from November 15.

"I thought a lot of different things about the process and what I could and couldn't do," Kaepernick said at the time. "Once again, the system of oppression is what I have an issue with."




Oklahoma tops Oklahoma State for Big 12 titleThe NFL is now hiring'America's Team' is right: Dallas Cowboys are the NFL's ratings savior this season

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 21:58:40 GMTSat, 03 Dec 2016 05:35:18 GMTThu, 01 Dec 2016 22:27:59 GMT

No. 9 Oklahoma becomes the Big 12 champion, defeating  No. 10 Oklahoma State 38-20.

The NFL is bringing on some new talent.

The league plans to hire up to 17 full-time officials before next season, according to the NFL's vice president of football ops, Troy Vincent.

When Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys take the field Thursday night, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will likely be thanking his lucky stars. Because in a season of consistently disappointing ratings for the league, including its marquee games, the Cowboys have been the one real bright spot.




The NFL is now hiringNFL's most valuable teamsNFL's highest-paid players for 2016Super Bowl urban legends revealed

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:35:18 GMTMon, 05 Oct 2015 17:31:06 GMTThu, 08 Sep 2016 06:00:18 GMTWed, 27 Jan 2016 17:12:22 GMT

The NFL is bringing on some new talent.The league plans to hire up to 17 full-time officials before next season, according to the NFL's vice president of football ops, Troy Vincent.Until now, the NFL has been the only major pro sports league without game officials that work full-time.The news about the hires comes as both coaches and players have complained about missed or incorrect calls by refs. Still, the NFL's part-time officials have an accuracy rate of over 97%."By this point in the season, everybody's looking for a solution," said Scott Green, who worked as an official for 23 years. "It happens every year, people are upset with calls so they say we should make [officials] full time."While the complaints are nothing new, this is the first time that the NFL has announced plans to hire full-time refs.These new full-time hires will join existing crews of part-time officials as an eighth man on the field. Current part-time officials won't have their status changed to full-time.But before the NFL starts hiring, it needs official approval from the league's Referees Association.Green, who is a retired ref and the association's executive director, said the union is fine with the NFL "using some full-time officials under certain circumstances including equitable compensation, benefits, clearly documented work duties and employee protections."Part-time officials currently make between $75,000 and $200,000 for the season.However, Green noted that terms for the new hires have "yet to be discussed."According to Vincent, hiring full-time officials will make it possible for the NFL to train and work with them in the offseason. Officials are currently off from February after the Super Bowl until April when they have their health physicals.Many current officials argue that they're already working about 40 hours a week, even though it's a part-time job.Green also noted that the NFL schedule is unlike that of other pro sports leagues."If [teams] played every day during the week, it would make [being full time] more justified," Green said. "But there's only one crew working [the Thursday night game] and 116 officials that aren't."Green worked over 350 games as a ref while running his government contracting firm. He's not alone, many officials balance their NFL jobs with other work as attorneys, insurance agents and even teachers.Green said during the season his schedule was "hectic," as officiating for the NFL was a huge commitment."You stay pretty active keeping up with the games from the week before and prepping for your next game -- early mornings and late nights," he said."It's a complete misnomer that we're not full-time. Oh trust me we are."Plus, as Green notes, NBA and NHL referees and MLB umpires work full-time and people still complain about the calls they make.The average NFL team is currently worth nearly $2 billion, according to Forbes' 2015 rankings of the richest teams in the NFL. Take a look at which NFL teams are worth the most. With the 2016 NFL season kicking off with Thursday night's Super Bowl 50 rematch between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, check out the league's highest-paid players this season.The Super Bowl has gathered its share of tall tales and urban legends throughout the years. Which ones are true, and which ones are as authentic as the tooth fairy?[...]



Chapecoense's fallen heroes return home to BrazilChapecoense: Football team's fairy-tale rise ends in tragedyChapecoense should be awarded soccer title, rival team saysSocial media: Tributes pour in for Chapecoense after plane crash

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 05:05:26 GMTTue, 29 Nov 2016 20:45:45 GMTTue, 29 Nov 2016 19:51:31 GMTWed, 30 Nov 2016 03:28:08 GMT

The tragic fairy tale came to an end Friday, as members of the Cinderella soccer team killed in the crash of LaMia Flight 2933 returned home to Brazil.The would-be rivals to Medellin's Atletico Nacional were paid funerary honors usually reserved for dignitaries and presidents. As the caravan carrying 64 coffins made its way down the streets of the Colombian city, crowds cheered "Let's Go Chape" and waved goodbye with white flags.The Chapecoense football club was traveling to Medellin late Monday to compete in the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana final, one of the continent's main tournaments. It was meant to be one of the scrappy team's finest moments, after rising through the ranks from fourth division to A-listers in Brazil's competitive regional soccer leagues.Moments before the flight was to land at Jose Maria Cordova International Airport, the plane crashed into a mountain, killing 71 people on board. Six people survived, including three Chapecoense players who are still in critical condition.Personal videos that emerged after the accident show a jubilant atmosphere on the plane before it took off from the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz, where LaMia airlines is headquartered. Players and coaching staff could be seen joking with crew members and journalists, who all seemed excited about the trip.Roberto de Marchi's cousin Nilson was one of those on board. At 29, he was the youngest member of the team's board of directors."I had to come here to see and give some comfort to my family in Brazil also because they know someone is here," de Marchi told CNN as he stood in the funeral home where the remains of his cousin and the other victims were prepared for burial and repatriation.The Brazilian Air Force provided three Hercules cargo planes to fly Nilson and the rest of the team to Chapecó, the small southern Brazilian town they called home.A military guard of honor and brief prayer took place at Medellin's airport as the coffins were brought onto the tarmac to be loaded onto the aircraft. Each was draped with a white Chapecoense flag and a green sash, with the name of each victim inscribed in gold.Brazil's ambassador to Colombia, Julio Bitelli, attended the ceremony and said the whole ordeal has been heartbreaking."Everything was ready for a beautiful party," Bitelli told CNN. "It was a fairy tale. A small club from a small town ready to play what would be their most important match in history."Instead of a party, the small town was planning a massive memorial for Saturday in Chapecó's Arena Condá, where hundreds of thousands of friends and fans were expected to give their final farewells to their fallen heroes.As officials try to figure out the cause of the crash, Bolivia's attorney general, Ramiro Guerrero, said he has invited his counterparts in Brazil and Colombia to the city of Santa Cruz to work on the investigation.The fairy-tale rise of Brazil's Chapecoense -- from small football club to national heroes -- has been cut tragically short, leaving the country mourning the loss of one of its most endearing sports teams.Colombian soccer team Atlético Nacional is urging South America's football governing body to award the Copa Sudamericana title to the Brazilian team which lost many of its players Monday night in a deadly plane crash.The world of sport has joined together in mourning after news of the tragic plane crash involving players from Brazilian [...]



Death of ex-NFL player Joe McKnight came during road-rage incidentRemembering the San Bernardino shooting victims a year laterSuspected gunman killed in Tacoma officer shootingWalter Scott shooting: Officer said his mind was like 'spaghetti'Kentucky football game shooting leaves 2 deadOfficers injured, slain in what appear to be targeted shootings

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:02:02 GMTFri, 02 Dec 2016 18:23:26 GMTThu, 01 Dec 2016 10:44:14 GMTWed, 30 Nov 2016 09:06:52 GMTFri, 25 Nov 2016 01:26:03 GMTTue, 22 Nov 2016 15:05:02 GMT

Former NFL running back Joe McKnight was fatally shot during an apparent road-rage incident while standing beside a man's car at a suburban New Orleans intersection, authorities said Friday.McKnight, 28, who played for the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, and Ronald Gasser apparently became involved in an Thursday afternoon incident on the Crescent City Connection, formerly known as the Greater New Orleans Bridge, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said at a news conference. The problem may have been that one man cut the other off in traffic, Normand said.One driver followed the other to an intersection in Terrytown, where McKnight parked his Audi Q7 SUV on the right shoulder of the road, a sheriff's office news release said. Gasser's Infiniti G37 two-door sedan was in the right lane and parallel to the SUV, the release said.Witnesses said the two were "in a heated verbal exchange" from their vehicles, officials said. At some point, Gasser "discharged three rounds from a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun from the driver's seat of the blue Infiniti through the open passenger window. These rounds struck (McKnight), who had previously exited the gray Audi Q7 and was positioned at the passenger window of the Infiniti," the release said.Gasser remained at the scene, handed over his weapon to authorities and admitted to shooting McKnight, Normand said. No gun was found in McKnight's possession, Normand said. Normand said Gasser, 54, was released from custody Thursday night. In explaining why Gasser was allowed to leave, Normand said authorities need to talk to more witnesses."If you make a rush to judgment and you make a strategic or tactical error from the beginning (it's) very hard to recover later," he said.Normand said an arrest triggers court hearings at which evidence must be revealed. "We did not want to get to that threshold at that point in time," he said.He said that the stand-your-ground law "is one of the issues that looms on the horizon. ..."Reggie Bush: 'I was pretty angry'The shooting shocked New Orleans and the football community, including Reggie Bush, a current NFL player who preceded McKnight at the University of Southern California."I have to admit when I heard today that the guy was released without charges I was pretty angry," Bush said in an interview with Brooke Baldwin on CNN. "And I still am pretty angry. And I'm not sure what all the details of the situation are but I know that it just doesn't make sense."Bush said the killing "seems unreal because for me we just had to bury one of my ex-teammates, Will Smith, who went through a very similar situation because of road rage."In April, Will Smith, who played defensive end for the New Orleans Saints, was shot to death and his wife was wounded in downtown New Orleans, apparently after a traffic dispute with another man, authorities said. Cardell Hayes was charged with second-degree murder in Smith's death.'This is not about race'Sheriff Normand said there's no evidence the shooting had a racial basis, despite heavy social media traffic on that subject. McKnight is black and Gasser is white."Everybody wants to make this about race," Normand said. "This is not about race."The sheriff said protesters who had already gathered on the streets of New Orleans would not be allowed to block traffic.The sheriff noted that "the man who raised" McKnight was a former deputy sheriff for Jefferson Parish. He said people in the sheriff's office are close to McKnight's fami[...]



Gordon powers Magic past slumping SixersGasol scores 25 as Grizzlies rally to edge Magic 95-94Ibaka helps Magic upend sloppy SpursWall helps Wizards hold on for 94-91 win over MagicMagic use late run to come close, but fall to Suns

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:35:50 GMTFri, 02 Dec 2016 04:16:34 GMTWed, 30 Nov 2016 04:18:40 GMTSat, 26 Nov 2016 03:03:10 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 02:55:09 GMT

Aaron Gordon scored a season-high 20 points, Nikola Vuvevic had 12 points, 11 rebounds and five assists and the Orlando Magic cruised by the Philadelphia 76ers 105-88 in a matchup of slumping Eastern Conference teams Friday night.

Serge Ibaka, Evan Fournier and Jeff Green all added 16 points for the Magic (8-12), who had lost five of six coming in. Bismack Biyombo had 13 rebounds.

The Sixers (4-15) lost their fifth straight despite 25 points and 10 rebounds from rookie Joel Embiid. It was his fifth double-double of the season.

Jahlil Okafor, who saw extended action with Embiid for the first time this season, also had a double-double with 16 points and 13 rebounds.

Marc Gasol scored 25 points, including a pair of free throws with 12.2 seconds remaining to give the Memphis Grizzlies a 95-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

Serge Ibaka had 18 points and the Orlando Magic took advantage of a sloppy night by San Antonio, winning 95-83 on Tuesday to snap the Spurs' nine-game winning streak.

John Wall had 26 points and 10 assists to help the Washington Wizards hold on for a 94-91 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Alex Len had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe added 16 points in the Phoenix Suns' 92-87 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.




MLB to announce new partnership

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:04:46 GMT

MLB has some big news.

The league is making a "groundbreaking partnership announcement" on Monday at the Gaylord National Hotel in Maryland.

The state is also home to Under Armour, which is rumored to be at the center of MLB's big news.

MLB currently partners with Majestic Athletic for its uniforms, but that deal is set to end in 2019.

If Under Armour is named as the league's new uniform provider, it would be the company's first major deal with one of the top four pro sports leagues in the U.S.

Under Armour already has a deal to outfit athletes at the NFL combine, and has partnered with several universities to outfit their athletes.

The company also sponsors individual MLB athletes, including Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, Giants catcher Buster Posey, Dee Gordon of the Marlins and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.

Under Armour is also a sponsor of several professional international soccer clubs, including England's Tottenham Hotspur club, Mexico's Cruz Azul and Japan's Omiya Ardija club.




Gasol scores 25 as Grizzlies rally to edge Magic 95-94

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 04:16:34 GMT

Marc Gasol scored 25 points, including a pair of free throws with 12.2 seconds remaining to give the Memphis Grizzlies a 95-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Thursday night.

Gasol's free throws completed a 14-point comeback in the fourth quarter as Memphis snapped a two-game losing streak.

Troy Daniels finished with 19 points for the short-handed Grizzlies, who dressed nine players due to injuries. Andrew Harrison had 11 points and eight assists.

Evan Fournier scored 28 points for the Magic, while Nikola Vucevic had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Jeff Green scored 12 of his 14 points early in the fourth as Orlando built a double-digit lead.




'America's Team' is right: Dallas Cowboys are the NFL's ratings savior this season

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:27:59 GMT

When Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys take the field Thursday night, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will likely be thanking his lucky stars. Because in a season of consistently disappointing ratings for the league, including its marquee games, the Cowboys have been the one real bright spot.

Dallas has been in four of the top five most-watched NFL games this year, and five of the top ten, according to Nielsen data. Those numbers might be even more impressive if they had not, due to a scheduling quirk, been absent from ESPN's "Monday Night Football" so far this season.

While there has been quite a bit of debate about what's causing the NFL's stagnant viewership numbers, it's easy to figure out why the Cowboys are such a draw.

They are of course a perennially popular team -- there's a reason the moniker "America's Team" stuck -- that has won five Super Bowls.

And now, after a terrible 4-12 season last year, they're back to their winning ways, leading the NFL with a 10-1 record.

Plus, this year's team is more than just that record. They've brought in viewers because they have something the rest of the league is lacking right now: a feeling of freshness and excitement.

While much of the NFL's star power belongs to mainstays like Tom Brady, Eli Manning, and Aaron Rodgers who have become possibly too familiar to fans, the Cowboys are led by quarterback Prescott and running back Elliott -- two rookies who have become overnight stars capable of drawing in new viewers who'll turn in just to see what the buzz is about.

Luckily for the NFL, the primetime schedule for the rest of the season is chock full of Cowboys.

NBC has Dallas' next two games, including "Thursday Night Football" this week and a match-up against the New York Giants on "Sunday Night Football" on December 11. And "Monday Night Football," which hasn't showcased the team all year, closes out its season with Cowboys taking on the Detroit Lions on December 26.




Serena Williams pens scathing letter on gender biasDel Potro leads Davis Cup comeback for ArgentinaATP Finals: Majestic Murray ends Djokovic reignWTA chief 'looking forward' to Maria Sharapova's return from doping ban

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:11:53 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 18:26:46 GMTMon, 21 Nov 2016 16:38:46 GMTWed, 09 Nov 2016 16:54:21 GMT

The subject of equal pay in tennis was very much in the headlines early in 2016 thanks to the much criticized comments of former pro Ray Moore.Now, as the year concludes, Serena Williams has slammed inequality and taken issue with the fact that she is often described as one of the best female athletes -- instead of simply one of the best athletes around.The record 22-time grand slam singles champion made her declarations in an open letter published in Porter magazine's "Incredible Women of 2016" issue.Earlier this year, Moore -- the tournament director of tennis' most prestigious event outside the majors, the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California -- said women's players should get "down every night" on their knees and thank Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for carrying the sport.Williams was one of those who criticized Moore, with the 70-year-old resigning days later."I was fortunate to have a family that supported my dream and encouraged me to follow it," Williams wrote in the letter, most of which was republished on the WTA's website. "I learned not to be afraid. I learned how important it is to fight for a dream and, most importantly, to dream big. My fight began when I was three and I haven't taken a break since."But as we know, too often women are not supported enough or are discouraged from choosing their path. I hope together we can change that. For me, it was a question of resilience. What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself -- my race, my gender -- I embraced as fuel for my success. I never let anything or anyone define me or my potential. I controlled my future."So when the subject of equal pay comes up, it frustrates me because I know firsthand that I, like you, have done the same work and made the same sacrifices as our male counterparts. I would never want my daughter to be paid less than my son for the same work. Nor would you."Williams then wondered why gender was a factor when mentioning her status among sporting greats, citing Federer, golf superstar Tiger Woods and basketball great LeBron James."As we know, women have to break down many barriers on the road to success," Williams wrote. "One of those barriers is the way we are constantly reminded we are not men, as if it is a flaw. People call me one of the 'world's greatest female athletes.' Do they say LeBron is one of the world's best male athletes? Is Tiger? Federer? Why not? They are certainly not female. We should never let this go unchallenged. We should always be judged by our achievements, not by our gender."For everything I've achieved in my life, I am profoundly grateful to have experienced the highs and lows that come with success. It is my hope that my story, and yours, will inspire all young women out there to push for greatness and follow their dreams with steadfast resilience. We must continue to dream big, and in doing so, we empower the next generation of women to be just as bold in their pursuits."Williams was forced to defend how much women's players receive at Wimbledon after she crushed Elena Vesnina in 49 minutes in the semifinals back in July. Wimbledon was the last of the four grand slams to institute equal pay for singles winners in 2007 -- with Williams' older s[...]



Tiger Woods: 'Winning is an evolution'Tiger Woods set for return this week

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:17:01 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 17:52:41 GMT

A year ago he couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel, but now Tiger Woods is back and desperate to show his competitive fire remains undimmed.The former world No. 1 will tee off in his foundation's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas Thursday after 15 months away from the game following multiple back surgeries.Just to be back playing is an achievement, says Woods, but the goal is the same as it ever was."I'm entered the event, I'm going to try to win this thing," the 40-year-old reporters.However, he was also quick to manage expectations."Winning is an evolution," he said. "It's going from at home on the range, then going out on my home course, then going into tournament setting, then on the back nine of an event trying to win and then ultimately it's the back nine of a major, which is a totally different animal."Right now I haven't competed yet so I'm at the beginning stages of that." 'Patience' At the news conference before last year's event, tournament host Woods cut a dejected figure as he explained how in his darkest moments he couldn't get out of bed because of his back, let alone contemplate playing golf."I think pretty much everything beyond this will be gravy," he said of his 14 major titles and 79 PGA Tour wins.But now Woods, who called off a planned return at the Safeway Open in October, saying his game was still "vulnerable," believes he is ready to play and, more importantly, compete -- a "different reality," as he puts it."It's a lot better situation this year than last," he told reporters."To get back here to this level has been a challenge, a lot of hard work and an inordinate amount of patience, which is not one of my hallmarks." 'Nerves' Woods has spent his time off consolidating his business interests for "phase two of his life," and "cherishing" time with his kids, as well as getting back to full fitness and developing a swing that will accommodate his physical state. The one thing he hasn't changed, he says, is his mindset."I'm going to be focused, do what I can do, put the ball in the correct spots, try to bury these putts and posts scores and get myself in that mix come Sunday afternoon," he said."I know that's a tall order since I've been away from the game for so long and I've made a lot of different changes in my game, but the mindset is still the same. I'm going out to try to beat these guys."Woods said pulling out of the Safeway Open was the "smart thing to do," but admitted he will be feeling nervous when he tees off with Ryder Cup colleague Patrick Reed Thursday."There's nerves, of course, because I care, I want to win," he said. 'Trepidation' There were times during his recovery when he questioned whether he would ever return to competitive golf, he says."Yes, definitely. Not being able to get out of bed, not being able to move, how can I expect to come out here and swing a golf club at 120 mph and be ballistic?" he said."There was a lot of trepidation. At times I did think about it, it was realistic. When I had my knee redone and it was completely blown, I knew it was nine [...]



Blind skier puts her life in her husband's hands

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:06:33 GMT

Danelle Umstead can't see when she skis down the mountain.Instead the US Paralympic alpine ski racer depends on her husband and guide Rob Umstead to get her down safely."It's scary all the time going down the hill and not being able to see," Danelle said. "We ski up to 70 miles per hour so I'm 100 percent relying on my husband."As her guide, Rob skis in front of her calling the commands."My job is to be her eyes. I'm basically thinking out loud and telling her everything that is happening," he said. "If I do my job well and give her a good description, she can be aggressive and really anticipate what's coming. If I don't do my job well, she's kind of second guessing everything."They use Bluetooth headsets to communicate on the slopes."The headsets in our helmets are vital," Rob said. "If our battery dies ... we're done for the day because we just couldn't ski without them anymore." Skiing changed her life Danelle lost all useable vision in her right eye at 13 when she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a retinal degenerative disease.At 27, she lost central vision in her left eye and felt her life crumbling day by day."I spent a long time depressed and feeling sorry for myself and feeling like there was not an easy way out. Through this hard time ... my father calls me up on the phone, and he says, 'We're going skiing,'" she said. "We went down the mountain, and my life changed from that moment forward." Road to the Paralympics Danelle met Rob in Taos, New Mexico, après skiing."I knew from the moment I met him that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him," she said.Rob became her full-time guide after they got married."Danelle was like, 'I really want to make the Paralympic team.' But it was really hard to find a guide that would commit to a year round kind of schedule that we're on now," he said. "So we said we'll give it a season and see how it goes. We fought our way hard to get on the national team, and we kept getting better and better."Their hard work paid off. In 2010, they won two bronze medals in the women's downhill and super combined events for the visually impaired at the Paralympics Winter Games in Vancouver.But later that year, Danelle faced another medical setback. She woke up feeling numb on her right side after a training session and was later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis."I had to learn how to walk again ... I had to learn how to ski again," she said. "It put a big wrench in our skiing career but it put a big strength in our love, and my trust and all that my husband has to offer."Rob was with her every step of the way as she worked with a team of experts including neurologists and physical therapists to fight her way back to the sport."I was super determined to get back on snow," she said.Despite the diagnosis, Danelle, now aged 44, and Rob captured another bronze medal in the super combined event at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. And they've got their sights set on 2018."I didn't start living my life until I started sport. And sport has given me the life that I[...]



Ibaka helps Magic upend sloppy Spurs

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:18:40 GMT

Serge Ibaka had 18 points and the Orlando Magic took advantage of a sloppy night by San Antonio, winning 95-83 on Tuesday to snap the Spurs' nine-game winning streak.

San Antonio committed a season-high 19 turnovers in its worst scoring performance of the season. The Spurs have four home losses in the first two months of this season after falling just once at AT&T Center in 2015-16.

Evan Fournier scored 13 points and Nikola Vucevic had 12 to help the Magic snap a four-game skid.

Orlando entered having lost eight of 11, but they were looser and more fluid than San Antonio from the start.

The Magic's Aaron Gordon and Bismack Biyombo fell to the court laughing after colliding while simultaneously attempting and failing to throw down a dunk off an alley-oop pass from D.J. Augustin in the third quarter.

It was one of the few missteps in Orlando's first victory in 11 games against San Antonio.




Social media: Tributes pour in for Chapecoense after plane crashColombia plane crash: Jet ran out of fuel, pilot saidColombia plane crash: 71 dead on Brazil soccer team's charter flight

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:28:08 GMTWed, 30 Nov 2016 03:02:03 GMTWed, 30 Nov 2016 02:59:03 GMT

The world of sport has joined together in mourning after news of the tragic plane crash involving players from Brazilian club Chapecoense. More than 70 people have been confirmed dead.Brazil and Barcelona star Neymar and Spanish club Atletico Madrid, which counts former player Cleber Santana as one of the passengers, sent their condolences.The club has marked the tragedy by changing its crest from the traditional green colors to black."We are shocked by the plane crash which carried the Chapecoense team and our former player Cleber Santana," Atleti tweeted.Brazil legend Pele, considered by many to be one of the greatest players of all time, said: "The Brazilian football family is in mourning. This is a tragedy. I send my condolences to the to the families of the dead."Rest in peace."Chapecoense had captured the imagination of football fans across Brazil with its meteoric rise from the fourth division to Brazil's Serie A.From a city of just over 200,000 inhabitants, the team was on its way to play the first leg of the Copa Sudamericana, South America's second biggest club competition, for a shot at the club's first ever major trophy.Colombian side Atletico Nacional, which Chapecoense was due to play in the final, says it has offered to award the trophy to the Brazilian club and is awaiting confirmation from the South American Football Conferation (CONMEBOL)."For our part, and forever, Chapecoense are champions of the 2016 Copa Sudamericana," it said in an emotional statement.Rival clubs from the Brazilian league sent messages of support, including giant Corinthians."Corinthians offers strength to all friends of Chapecoense at this difficult time," it said.The club also put in a request to the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) that the club be exempt from relegation for the next three seasons.Corinthians, as well as several other high-profile Brazilian clubs, also offered to loan players to the club without any fees during 2017.Atletico Nacional invited fans to attend its stadium at 6.45pm local time (the match's original kick-off time) dressed in white and with a white candle as symbols of solidarity.Spain's World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas said: "My condolences for the plane crash carrying Chapecoense. A difficult moment for football. Lots of encouragement and strength!"Several reports suggest the same plane carried the Argentine national team, including Lionel Messi, to Brazil for its World Cup qualifier in Belo Horizonte earlier this month.Argentina's Football Association expressed its "regret" for the disaster and also suspended the friendly between its Under-20 side and Uruguay.Brazil's president Michel Temer also tweeted to announce three days of mourning in the country.Chapecoense player Alejandro Martinuccio, who didn't travel with the squad, asked everyone to pray for his teammates and told Argentine radio: "I only survived because I was injured."The final of the Copa Sudamericana has been suspended and the CBF -- which also changed its logo to the black Chapecoense crest -- confirmed the domestic Brazilian Cup final has also been suspended.Current PSG and former Se[...]



Chapecoense should be awarded soccer title, rival team saysPlane carrying soccer team crashes in ColombiaColombia plane crash: 71 dead on Brazil soccer team's charter flightBruce Arena named head coach of US soccer teamFIFA: African footballer, 17, takes world governing body to court

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 19:51:31 GMTTue, 29 Nov 2016 17:22:03 GMTWed, 30 Nov 2016 02:59:03 GMTTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:24:16 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 14:28:30 GMT

Colombian soccer team Atlético Nacional is urging South America's football governing body to award the Copa Sudamericana title to the Brazilian team which lost many of its players Monday night in a deadly plane crash.The crash killed more than 70 people, including members of the Chapecoense team who were flying to Medellin to play Atlético Nacional in the final of the soccer tournament, one of the most prestigious in South America.Five or six passengers survived, including three Chapecoense players, authorities said.The club, which has risen up the ranks in Brazilian soccer, was set to play in the first leg of the South American Cup finals Wednesday.In a statement on its website, the Medellin-based Atlético Nacional said it wants the title to go to Chapecoense as an "honorary laureate/prize for its massive loss." The trophy should be an "homage to all the victims of the fatal accident which throws our sport into mourning," it said.The statement added: "For our part, and forever, they will be the Chapecoense Champions of the Copa Sudamericana 2016."'Pain is heavy in our hearts'A memorial service has been scheduled for Wednesday at the Atanasio Girardot Stadium in Medellin, where the two teams were supposed to meet.Instead, the city's mayor has called for people to attend wearing white and carrying candles "to honor all the victims of this tragedy."The city of Medellin, which was supposed to kick off its famous Christmas festivities Wednesday, has postponed the event until Saturday."Pain is heavy in our hearts and sorrow and mourning invades our minds," read the statement from Atlético Nacional."The hours since we heard of the news have been terrible. It is news that we never wanted to hear. Our brothers' accident, from the Chapecoense football club, will mark us for the rest of our lives and will leave a footprint that can never be erased from the history of football in Latin America. "All of this was completely unexpected, and therefore painful. All of them, footballers, technical team, journalists and crew, were people full of dreams."The Nacional team was supposed to travel to Curitiba, Brazil, for a second finals match with Chapecoense on December 6.It will now await a decision from CONMEBOL, South America's football governing body, on what happens next.Underdog storyThe Copa Sudamericana, the second biggest intercontinental club competition in South America and the equivalent to Europe's Europa League, was the latest backdrop to Chapecoense's remarkable story.The club, from Chapeco in the state of Santa Catarina in the south of Brazil, was only formed in the 1970s and was playing in the country's lower fourth tier as recently as 2007.A team with few big names, apart from Cleber Santana, who once played for Atletico Madrid and Mallorca in Spain, it somehow went toe-to-toe with the big boys of Brazilian football.Full of grit, team spirit and determination, Chapecoense was a relatively unfashionable team hoping to tread an unlikely path laid out by upstart Leicester City, the surprise 2016 champions of England's Premier League.This season Chapecoense had already traveled to Argentina twice to defeat Independiente and San Lorenzo, and had scored an aggregate v[...]



Usain Bolt regrets not getting serious earlierTiger Woods set for return this weekRosberg wins his first Formula One world titleDel Potro leads Davis Cup comeback for ArgentinaBud Light offers one lucky winner Super Bowl tickets for a lifetimeMiami fans jeer Colin Kaepernick amid comments on CastroRussian Holocaust ice-skating routine slammed as 'unbelievably tasteless'Cuban baseball smugglers used threats and 'kidnapping'Bruce Arena named head coach of US soccer team

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:48:15 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 17:52:41 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 18:45:26 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 18:26:46 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 17:05:20 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 05:14:02 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 05:11:07 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 07:28:12 GMTTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:24:16 GMT

A new Usain Bolt documentary -- "I Am Bolt" -- aims to inspire future generations, but it also gave the Olympic great a lesson too.The 30-year-old, who showed a natural talent for sprinting growing up in Jamaica, has won nine Olympic gold medals but could his haul have been even greater?"When I started out I wasn't that serious," he told CNN in London, where he will end his sprinting career at the 2017 world championships."I was more relaxed and chilled and just living my life. I would say [to my younger self] 'get serious' so my career could start earlier," added Bolt as he talked about the film, which released worldwide MondayBolt competed at his first Olympics in Athens 2004 but left the Greek capital without a medal. By the time he got to Beijing Bird's Nest Stadium in 2008, the stage was his as he blitzed to a trio of sprint crowns.He signed off with another golden Games in Rio eight years later, again winning the 100-meter, 200m and 4x100m titles, and remains peerless as the world record holder over 100m and 200m.Asked by CNN what he would choose as his super power he simply says: "I'd keep the speed."Bolt may be aware his powers are waning so, when the effervescent superstar hangs up his spikes, what will he do next?"I'm focused more on my charity work," Bolt tells CNN. "I'm working on a clinic in Jamaica, mostly toward injured athletes."Bolt already gifts a chunk of his earnings through his Jamaica-based foundation that aims to help kids.The Jamaican will also add some fizz to a champagne company after being named as Maison Mumm's "Chief Entertainment Officer."It seems that "Lightning Bolt" hasn't quite done with the theater of track of field, however."I want to stay in track and field," he adds. "I want to focus on developing the sport."Who would bet against Bolt breaking new ground for athletics off the track too?Tiger Woods, who has not played since August 2015 to recuperate from multiple back surgeries, will make his long-awaited return later this week at his own Hero World Challenge.Nico Rosberg clinched his first Formula One world title with a second-place finish at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.Only two teams in Davis Cup World Group history have come back from a 1-2 deficit to win tennis' most coveted team prize -- on Sunday, Argentina became the third.Bud Light is getting its Willy Wonka on.San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was greeted with a chorus of boos Sunday when he took the field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.A Holocaust-themed ice skating routine on a Russian reality television show, involving the wife of a high-level aide to President Vladimir Putin, has sparked outrage around the world.A smuggling ring held Cuban baseball stars at gunpoint in Mexico, threatening to kill them if they tried to escape before signing lucrative contracts with Major League Baseball, according to U.S. prosecutors.[...]Bruce Arena's return as the head coach of the United States men's soccer team was confirmed Tuesday following the sacking of Jur[...]



News 6's 2016-17 NFL TV schedule

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:20:14 GMT

*All times ET and are subject to change. Also, please note that News 6 is required by the NFL to air all Jacksonville Jaguars road games, and several weekends consist of a CBS "single header," which means News 6 can only air one game.WEEK 1SUNDAY, SEPT. 11Miami at Seattle -- 4:05 p.m. WEEK 2THURSDAY, SEPT. 15N.Y. Jets at Buffalo -- 8:25 p.m.SUNDAY, SEPT. 18Miami at New England -- 1 p.m.Jacksonville at San Diego -- 4:25 p.m. WEEK 3 THURSDAY, SEPT. 22Houston at New England -- 8:25 p.m.SUNDAY, SEPT. 25Cleveland at Miami -- 1 p.m.Pittsburgh at Philadelphia -- 4:25 p.m. WEEK 4SUNDAY, OCT. 2Indianapolis at Jacksonville in London -- 9:30 a.m.Denver at Tampa Bay -- 4:05 p.m. WEEK 5 THURSDAY, OCT. 6Arizona at San Francisco -- 8:25 p.m.SUNDAY, OCT. 9Tennessee at Miami -- 1 p.m.Cincinnati at Dallas -- 4:25 p.m. WEEK 6 THURSDAY, OCT. 13Denver at San Diego -- 8:25 p.m.SUNDAY, OCT. 16Jacksonville at Chicago -- 1 p.m. WEEK 7 THURSDAY, OCT. 20Chicago at Green BaySUNDAY, OCT. 23Buffalo at Miami -- 1 p.m.New England at Pittsburgh -- 4:25 p.m. WEEK 8SUNDAY, OCT. 30Oakland at Tampa Bay -- 1 p.m. WEEK 9SUNDAY, NOV. 6Jacksonville at Kansas City -- 1 p.m.Indianapolis at Green Bay -- 4:25 p.m. WEEK 10 SUNDAY, NOV. 13Miami at San Diego -- 4:05 p.m. WEEK 11SUNDAY, NOV. 20Jacksonville at Detroit -- 1 p.m.Philadelphia at Seattle -- 4:25 p.m.(NOTE: CBS does not have the rights to the Miami Dolphins game this week) WEEK 12THURSDAY, NOV. 24 (Thanksgiving)Minnesota at Detroit -- 12:30 p.m.SUNDAY, NOV. 27Jacksonville at Buffalo -- 1 p.m.New England at NY Jets -- 4:25 p.m. WEEK 13SUNDAY, DEC. 4Miami at Baltimore -- 1 p.m. WEEK 14SUNDAY, DEC. 11Pittsburgh at Buffalo -- 1 p.m. WEEK 15 SUNDAY, DEC. 18Jacksonville at Houston -- 1 p.m.New England at Denver -- 4:25 p.m. WEEK 16 SATURDAY, DEC. 24 (Christmas Eve)Miami at Buffalo -- 1 p.m. WEEK 17 SUNDAY, JAN. 1 (New Year's Day)Jacksonville at Indianapolis -- 1 p.m.Oakland at Denver -- 4:25 p.m.     [...]



Students accused of hazing at baseball tournament in Altamonte SpringsAtlantic High School responds to parent's concern of hazingVolusia County high school football coach accused of hazing playersOviedo High School students post inspirational words after vandalismWater fountain 'prank' at Jacksonville high school causes stirStudent punches classmate over Donald Trump sign at local high school, police say

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 13:06:31 GMTWed, 02 Nov 2016 21:57:03 GMTWed, 02 Nov 2016 20:50:09 GMTThu, 17 Nov 2016 11:10:33 GMTFri, 11 Nov 2016 20:41:04 GMTThu, 10 Nov 2016 22:27:50 GMT

Detectives are recommending charges against members of the Cooper City High School baseball team for an alleged hazing incident during a road trip earlier this year.

A parent first drew attention to the incident involving her son, a member of the team, which she said occurred during a tournament in Altamonte Springs in March.

According to the Broward Sheriff's Office report, the student told his mother that five teammates came into his room and pulled his underwear down before he was able to fight them off.

The student said he witnessed the same group of boys hold down another teammate on a later night and "put their fingers up his butt."

The same student claims he heard, but did not see, another incident where the boys took another student and "put a Gatorade bottle up his butt."

When another player complained to the coach, the coach allegedly replied "it's just baseball, keep it to yourself."

After their investigation, Altamonte Springs police are now calling for charges against eight of the teens who could face charges of simple battery, false imprisonment and sexual battery.

The coach of the team at the time, Chris Delgado, was never publicly identified as being involved, but has since left the school.

The victims say they were threatened by other members of the team for talking about the incident.

Detectives conducted interviews with three of the alleged victims.

The investigation has now been turned over to the State Attorney's Office in Seminole County.

An Atlantic High School responded on Wednesday, after a concerned parent claimed a football coach forced the varsity football players to do up-downs in a Walmart parking lot or quit the team.

An Atlantic High School football coach is under investigation after a parent claims he hazed the varsity football team after a game.

It's tough to imagine a 3"x 3" piece of paper and markers could have an affect on someone.

An apparent prank at First Coast High School caused a buzz on social media this week because of its racist tone.

It took two school resource officers to restrain an unruly student who punched one of his classmates in the face during a dispute about a Donald Trump sign the day after Election Day, police said. 




Tiger Woods set for return this week

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:52:41 GMT

His intense stare and the fierce will to win have seen him likened to a gladiator, but will Tiger Woods' comeback gets the thumbs up from the jury?Woods returns from a year out this week at his own Hero World Challenge, a $3.5 million invitational event hosted by his foundation.The 40-year-old has not played competitive golf since August 2015 to recuperate from multiple back surgeries. He pulled out of a proposed return in California in October, saying his game was "vulnerable and not where it needs to be," but seems set to tee off in the Bahamas Thursday."My own personal thinking is you can never discount a gladiator like Tiger Woods because the level of desire is immense, and the level of intensity with which he pursued his craft has never been seen before," says Shane O'Donoghue, host of CNN's Living Golf show. 'Impossible' But what will a "successful comeback" look like?Is it the Woods of 2000-2001 when he held all four majors at the same time? Is it the Jack Nicklaus major-record-chasing Woods, refreshed and ready to add to 14 major titles? Is it a former great looking for one last hurrah in the major sphere? One more PGA Tour title? A serial contender? Not missing the cut every week?Some of the game's big names have effectively written off Woods.Greg Norman says the mind of a 40-year-old is still willing but the body doesn't allow you to compete with 20-somethings, while Nick Faldo believes "everything is stacking up against him, physically and mentally.""There are so many valid arguments as to why it won't work for him because of all the injuries and the setbacks," O'Donoghue adds. "It's almost impossible to think he can get back to that level he was at." Longevity For much of his career Woods' stated goal has been to eclipse Nicklaus' mark of 18 major titles. He has been stuck on 14 since 2008, derailed by scandal, injury and swing tinkering.Recently, he seemed to admit that goal was over, only to add a cryptic caveat.Asked in a TV interview whether he still thinks he will get to 18 majors, Woods replied: "To be honest with you, no."But then asked if he had accepted that, Woods laughed and said: "I've accepted I'm going to get more."Nicklaus won his 16th and 17th majors in the year he was 40. Six years later, motivated by a press cutting saying he was finished, he clinched a remarkable sixth and final Masters title in a last act of defiance.Nicklaus was largely free of the intrigue, interest and injuries that have dogged Woods's career.But the youngsters in Nicklaus' day were not the athletes they are now, and the game not dominated by power. Nicklaus' longevity, though, does suggest Woods has time yet. 'Prize fighter' "Gladiator is a description I like when it comes to Tiger Woods," O'Donoghue says."I'll never forget seeing him up close in the heat of the battle at places like Augusta. He looked like a prize fighter. You could see a bead of sweat dripping down his b[...]



Bud Light gold cans could win you tickets to five decades of Super Bowls

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:03:44 GMT

It's like Charlie and the "Chocolate Factory" for football fans. Bud Light launched a campaign that will get one lucky football fan five decades worth of Super Bowl tickets.

If you drink beer, you may want to rush out out to the grocery store for a pack of Bud Light.

Anheuser-Busch will begin selling golden cans this week as part of a big Super Bowl promotion. Thirty-seven thousand gold cans will be sold in 18-, 24-and 30-packs of beer across the country, except in California, according to NBC News.

"All season long, Bud Light has celebrated the most passionate and dedicated fans that the NFL has to offer, and as the playoffs approach, we want to see fandom turned up another notch, director of NFL partnerships Anna Rogers said. "Most NFL fans likely won't see one Super Bowl in their lifetime, so we figured what better way to reward one of the NFL's biggest fans than by giving him or her tickets to the big game for the rest of their life?"




Rosberg wins his first Formula One world titleDel Potro leads Davis Cup comeback for ArgentinaTiger Woods set for return this weekBud Light offers one lucky winner Super Bowl tickets for a lifetimeMiami fans jeer Colin Kaepernick amid comments on CastroF1: Record-breaking season goes down to wireCuban baseball smugglers used threats and 'kidnapping'Bruce Arena named head coach of US soccer teamEx-NBA star Rodman charged with hit and run

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:45:26 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 18:26:46 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 17:52:41 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 17:05:20 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 05:14:02 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 12:47:01 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 07:28:12 GMTTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:24:16 GMTTue, 22 Nov 2016 04:27:14 GMT

Nico Rosberg clinched his first Formula One world title with a second-place finish at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Mercedes driver just beat out teammate Lewis Hamilton to the drivers' championship despite the Briton taking the checkered flag at the Yas Marina Circuit.

Rosberg came into the race with a 12-point lead over Hamilton and knew a podium finish would be enough to deny the Briton a third consecutive world crown.

In winning the world title, the German emulates his father Keke Rosberg who was crowned F1 world champion in 1982.

Only two teams in Davis Cup World Group history have come back from a 1-2 deficit to win tennis' most coveted team prize -- on Sunday, Argentina became the third.

Tiger Woods, who has not played since August 2015 to recuperate from multiple back surgeries, will make his long-awaited return later this week at his own Hero World Challenge.

Bud Light is getting its Willy Wonka on.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was greeted with a chorus of boos Sunday when he took the field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The record 21-race Formula One season will crown its champion at the very last grand prix in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

A smuggling ring held Cuban baseball stars at gunpoint in Mexico, threatening to kill them if they tried to escape before signing lucrative contracts with Major League Baseball, according to U.S. prosecutors.

Bruce Arena's return as the head coach of the United States men's soccer team was confirmed Tuesday following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann.

Dennis Rodman took a wild ride this summer, authorities say.




Del Potro leads Davis Cup comeback for ArgentinaATP Finals: Majestic Murray ends Djokovic reignWTA chief 'looking forward' to Maria Sharapova's return from doping ban

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 18:26:46 GMTMon, 21 Nov 2016 16:38:46 GMTWed, 09 Nov 2016 16:54:21 GMT

Only two teams in Davis Cup World Group history have come back from a 1-2 deficit to win tennis' most coveted team prize -- on Sunday, Argentina became the third.

The South Americans claimed their first-ever Davis Cup title in dramatic fashion against Croatia winning both singles rubbers on the final day in Zagreb.

Argentina looked to be heading for defeat after Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer were comprehensively beaten -- 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 -- by Croatian pairing Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig in Saturday's doubles rubber.

Four times -- 1981, 2006, 2008 and 2011 -- Argentina had finished runner-up but after del Potro pulled off a stunning win against Cilic in Sunday's opening singles match the tide started to turn Argentina's way.

It was win or bust for del Potro and when he lost the opening two sets it looked as if Argentine hearts would be broken once again.

But to the delight of the traveling fans, which included football legend Diego Maradona, back stormed del Potro to win the remaining three sets in a marathon contest lasting four hours and 53 minutes.

The stage was set for Federico Delbonis to face Ivo Karlovic in the deciding singles match.

Delbonis, urged on by a sea of sky blue and white in the crowd, raced into a two-set lead against his 37-year-old opponent.

And with an early break in the third, the writing was on the wall for the 2005 champions.

The world No. 41 didn't falter eventually winning the match 6-3 6-4 6-2 to complete a historic comeback.

It was the match tennis fans had all been waiting for. A "movie scenario" in the words of Novak Djokovic; the "perfect ending" was how Andy Murray put it.

Steve Simon, the CEO of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA), has says he is "looking forward" to seeing Maria Sharapova back on the circuit once she has served her drugs ban.




Bud Light offers one lucky winner Super Bowl tickets for a lifetimeA walk down the (grocery store) aisleIceland is suing a supermarket that's using its nameMexico's Popocatepetl spews ash miles into the airAustralian zoo celebrates rare puggle birthThe rise of romance gaming: is the perfect boyfriend inside your phone?The shoe brand turning footwear into an art formBlob of foam oozes into streets of CaliforniaLose election bet, get a Trump tattooVandals give Soviet star a SpongeBob makeoverBrightest supermoon since 1948 fills the sky

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Bud Light is getting its Willy Wonka on.

The company is offering one lucky fan the chance to find a golden beer can and win "Super Bowl tickets for life" -- up to 51 years.

The promotion starts Monday and runs until January 13. Super Bowl 51 is slated for February 5.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, which makes Bud, will distribute 37,000 golden Super Bowl 51 cans to stores across the U.S. -- except in California.

To enter, fans have to first find a gold can or print a gold label from BudLight.com. Next, they have to take a photo with the can and post it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or on the Bud Light website with the hashtag #SBTix4Life and #Sweeps.

Six lucky winners will be chosen per week to get a pair of season tickets to their favorite team, leading up to the final drawing for the grand prize. The big winner will be selected during the week of Jan. 16, 2017.

Bud Light is the official beer sponsor of the NFL.

"As the playoffs approach, we want to see fandom turned up another notch," said Anna Rogers, director of NFL partnerships and strategy, Anheuser-Busch. "Most NFL fans likely won't see one Super Bowl in their lifetime, so we figured what better way to reward one of the NFL's biggest fans than by giving him or her tickets to the big game for the rest of their life?"

Couples have gotten married in all kinds of wacky venues -- restaurants, racetracks, even a shark tank. So why not throw a grocery store into the mix?

Iceland is a country. But in Britain, Iceland is also a supermarket chain.

Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano surprised observers with a startling sight Friday: a massive column of ash billowing in the air.

It took almost 30 years, but the Taronga Zoo in Sydney has finally been graced with some baby puggles.

When Ayumi Saito was 22 she broke up with her boyfriend.

Bucketfeet has a noble goal: To connect people through art -- or artsy shoes at least.

In a scene reminiscent of a laundry-gone-wrong episode of a classic TV sitcom, a giant -- really, really giant -- blob of foam filled a 60-foot-high airport hangar before spilling into nearby streets at San Jose International Airport in Santa Clara, California.

A Bernie Sanders supporter in Iowa made his lower back great again with a tattoo of Donald Trump's face after losing a bet following the presidential election.

Vandals in Russia defaced a Soviet star, a highly revered symbol of communism in the country, atop a building in a city center, painting it to look like Patrick, the cartoon starfish from the popular kids show "SpongeBob SquarePants."

The full moon is bigger and brighter than it's been in decades, delighting stargazers, photographers and anyone who's taken a moment or two to look up at the nighttime sky over the past day or two.




Miami fans jeer Colin Kaepernick amid comments on CastroSusan Rice: Coalition forces have seized 55 percent of ISIS territory in Iraq'San Antonio Four' exonerated in child rape caseConway: Trump and Obama have been 'talking regularly'Cruz: If we don't deliver 'there will be pitchforks and torches in the streets'Conway: Trump backers feel 'betrayed' by Romney considerationSanders calls for assessment of Electoral College

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:14:02 GMTSun, 27 Nov 2016 19:33:42 GMTFri, 25 Nov 2016 22:02:03 GMTSun, 27 Nov 2016 18:04:30 GMTSun, 27 Nov 2016 17:39:51 GMTSun, 27 Nov 2016 17:05:02 GMTSun, 27 Nov 2016 15:08:21 GMT

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was greeted with a chorus of boos Sunday when he took the field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.It wasn't just because the 49ers were playing against the home-standing Miami Dolphins.Miami is home to a large community of Cuban exiles and they are outraged over Kaepernick's comments supportive of the man they consider a brutal oppressor, the now-deceased Cuban leader Fidel Castro.Kaepernick is used to being booed. He's been raising a streak of controversies ever since his August decision to sit in protest during the national anthem before an NFL preseason game. After that game, he showed up at a news conference wearing a T-shirt depicting a meeting between Castro, who was alive then, and Malcolm X, the pioneering African-American leader and activist who was assassinated in 1965. During an interview with Miami reporters on Wednesday, Kaepernick defended his choice to wear the T-shirt, according to Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero's personal account. Over a teleconference call, Kaepernick reportedly praised Castro for investing in Cuba's education system, as opposed to the American investment in the prison system, according to Salguero.He spoke to reporters after the Dolphins 31-24 victory over the 49ers and expounded on his remarks, which he said were taken out of context.."I agree with the investment in education. I also agree with the investment in free universal health care as well as the involvement in helping end apartheid in South Africa," Kaepernick said. "I would hope that everybody agrees those things are good things. And trying to push the false narrative that I was a supporter of the oppressive things that he did is just not true." Kaepernick also received a lot of criticism earlier this month. He didn't vote in the recent election, saying it would be "hypocritical" of him to cast a ballot.As for Sunday's game, it came down to the final play. Kaepernick had the ball in his hands but was stopped short of the goal line. The 49ers' defeat was the 10th consecutive loss for the team, the worst losing streak in its history.Coalition forces are making progress in the battle against ISIS, National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Sunday.They spent nearly 15 years in prison for a crime so unspeakable they simply became known as the "San Antonio Four."President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama have been in regular communication, a top Trump aide said Sunday.Sen. Ted Cruz warned President-elect Donald Trump and other Republican leaders they may face a popular revolt if they don't carry through on some of their biggest campaign promises, including repealing Obamacare.One of President-elect Donald Trump's top advisers said Sunday that his loyal supporters across the country feel "betrayed" that he is considering one of his most vicious critics, Mitt Romney, for secretary of state. [...]Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sai[...]



Russian Holocaust ice-skating routine slammed as 'unbelievably tasteless'Chinese power plant bosses arrested over deadly platform collapseO Canada: Trudeau's Castro tribute raises eyebrowsCubans, world commemorate Fidel Castro's life and deathSyrian forces enter eastern Aleppo to take key districtSusan Rice: Coalition forces have seized 55 percent of ISIS territory in Iraq

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 05:11:07 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 04:35:19 GMTMon, 28 Nov 2016 01:59:02 GMTSun, 27 Nov 2016 19:50:03 GMTSun, 27 Nov 2016 16:02:02 GMTSun, 27 Nov 2016 19:33:42 GMT

A Holocaust-themed ice skating routine on a Russian reality television show, involving the wife of a high-level aide to President Vladimir Putin, has sparked outrage around the world.

The act was based on the award-winning 1997 Italian film, "Life is Beautiful," which tells the story of a Jewish father who tries to hide his son from the horrors of the Holocaust through humor and games.

In the routine, set to Israeli singer Noa's "Beautiful That Way" from the film's soundtrack, former Olympic ice skater Tatiana Navka and her dance partner Andrei Burkovsky dance in the striped pajamas and yellow six-pointed stars which Jewish victims of Nazi concentration camps were forced to wear.

At the end, Burkovsky is heard being shot as Navka stands alone, looking grieved.

The dance was part of a celebrity ice-skating show on Russian television, named "Ice Age," similar to the United States program "Dancing with the Stars" or the UK's "Dancing on Ice."

Navka married President Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov in a large ceremony in August 2015.

International backlash

Director of International Affairs at Australia's Israel and Jewish Affairs Council, Jeremy Jones, told CNN the act had been "unbelievably tasteless."

"The lack of thought that would have to go into making that decision is almost mindblowing ... Long after they're forgotten as ice skaters they'll be remember as people who sunk to such depths to get some celebrity," he said.

Jones said he hoped the backlash to the routine would serve to remind the world of the horrors of the Holocaust.

The "Ice Age" act also attracted harsh criticism on social media, with hundreds tweeting their shock and horror at the Holocaust-themed act.

US comedian Sarah Silverman tweeted, "Oh those whacky Holocaust victims (OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD)."

Nine people have been arrested in connection to a deadly accident at a Chinese power plant that killed 74 people last week, according to China's state news agency Xinhua.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's tribute complimenting Fidel Castro as "remarkable" and a "larger than life leader who served his people" drew criticism and derision.

Cubans will celebrate Fidel Castro's life at mass gatherings this week as the Caribbean country highlights the path Castro took during the revolution he embodied six decades ago.

Syrian regime forces have entered eastern Aleppo and retaken parts of its largest district, launching a long-threatened ground assault to wrest control of the area from rebels.

Coalition forces are making progress in the battle against ISIS, National Security Advisor Susan Rice said Sunday.




Winston, defense led Buccaneers over Seahawks 14-5

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:04:30 GMT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston threw a pair of touchdown passes to Mike Evans and Tampa Bay's rejuvenated defense shut down Russell Wilson and Seattle's sputtering offense to beat the first-place Seahawks 14-5 on Sunday.Evans scored on receptions of 3 and 23 yards in the opening quarter, a grieving Alterraun Verner had one of two interceptions off Wilson, and the Bucs sacked the Seattle quarterback six times.The Bucs (6-5) have won three straight to climb back into contention for a playoff berth. In addition to stopping Seattle's three-game winning streak, they remained one game behind first-place Atlanta in the NFC South.Playing two days after the death of his father, Verner picked off Wilson to stop a promising drive in the final minute of the opening half. The reserve cornerback was embraced on the sideline by teammates, who continued to play inspired defense in the second half.Bradley McDougald had the other interception off Wilson, who had thrown two in 335 attempts this season entering Sunday. Lavonte David returned a fumble 53 yards, ending another promising Seattle drive in the fourth quarter.Winston completed 21 of 28 passes for 220 yards and one interception. Evans had eight receptions for 104 yards, and Doug Martin rushed for 87 yards on 23 attempts for the Bucs.Wilson finished 17 of 33 for 151 yards. The Seahawks were held to 1-yard net passing in the first half, when Wilson was sacked four times for 19 yards in losses.The Seahawks played without Earl Thomas, stopping a streak of 106 consecutive regular-season starts for the star safety, who had never missed an NFL game. Starting cornerback DeShawn Snead, who also suffered a hamstring injury during last week's victory over Philadelphia, also sat out, leaving the Seattle secondary vulnerable.Winston took advantage, leading TD drives of 78 and 62 yards on Tampa Bay's first two possessions. Evans' first TD catch finished a 7-minute, 26-second march. The second — over cornerback Richard Sherman — dumped the Seahawks into an early 14-0 hole.SELECT COMPANYEvans joined Joey Galloway and Vincent Jackson as the only receivers in Bucs history with three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He has 73 receptions for 1,020 yards through 11 games. On his second TD pass, Sherman appeared to complain to officials that the 6-foot-5, 231-pound receiver was holding him by the jersey while creating separation to make the catch in the end zone.INJURIESSeahawks: In addition to playing without Thomas and Shead, they lost TE Luke Willson (knee) in the opening quarter. DE Michael Bennett (knee) missed his fifth consecutive game.Buccaneers: G Kevin Pamphile returned to lineup after missing two games with a concussion.UP NEXTSeahawks: Return home to face Carolina.Buccaneers: Travel to San Diego.___For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL.[...]



Henson scores 20 as Bucks beat Magic, 104-96

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 04:02:47 GMT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — John Henson scored 20 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 18 points and nine rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the slumping Orlando Magic 104-96 on Sunday night.

Michael Beasley had 13 points, Malcolm Brogdon scored 12 and Greg Monroe had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who beat Orlando twice in less than a week.

Evan Fournier led the Magic with 27 points and seven assists. Serge Ibaka scored 19 points, Nikola Vucevic added 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Elfrid Payton had 16 points for Orlando, which lost its fourth straight game.

Milwaukee took control in the middle of the second quarter, but never led by more than nine points in the game. The Bucks used a variety of lineups to fend off several second-half Magic rallies, but nearly all of the successful ones included Antetokounmpo and Henson.




Kaepernick stopped at 2 as Dolphins beat 49ers 31-24

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:57:23 GMT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ndamukong Suh tackled Colin Kaepernick 2 yards short of the goal line as time ran out, and the Miami Dolphins handed the San Francisco 49ers a franchise-record 10th consecutive loss with a 31-24 victory on Sunday.Ryan Tannehill threw for 285 yards and three scores to compensate for a sputtering Miami ground game.With the 49ers trailing by seven, Kaepernick moved them from their 38 to the 6 in the final 1:44. But he threw incomplete on first down, and then was tackled from behind by the 305-pound Suh on the final play.The Dolphins (7-4) extended their winning streak to six games, their longest since 2005. Kaepernick passed for three TDs, but the 49ers (1-10) still haven't won since the season opener.Tannehill went 20 for 30, ran for 34 yards and had no turnovers. He threw scoring passes of 16 yards to Dion Sims, 43 yards to Kenny Stills and 15 yards to rookie Leonte Carroo.Kaepernick tried to keep up. Jeered loudly at the start of the game for his political views, Kaepernick went 29 for 46 for 296 yards and ran for 113 on 10 carries.Miami won even though Jay Ajayi had trouble finding running room behind an offensive line missing three starters. He gained 45 yards in 18 carries against a team ranked last in the league in run defense.Tannehill put the Dolphins ahead to stay with his 100th touchdown pass in his fifth NFL season, and Carroo's first career touchdown made it 31-14 with 11:31 left.It was a different approach for the Dolphins, who had rallied in fourth quarter in their four previous games.This time the opponents mounted a comeback. Torrey Smith made a one-handed catch for a 1-yard touchdown to help the 49ers close to 31-24 with less than three minutes left, and they quickly forced a punt to set up the exciting finish.BOOS FOR KAEPERNICKKaepernick drew boos when he and the rest of the 49ers offense trotted onto the field for their first series, and more jeers and whistles just before the first snap.The jeering followed criticism of Kaepernick for defending former Cuban leader Fidel Castro during a conference call Wednesday with the South Florida media. Castro, who died Friday, is widely reviled among South Florida's large Cuban American population.Kaepernick has drawn strong, mixed reactions for kneeling during the national anthem all season to protest the treatment of minorities. He fell to 0-6 as a starter this year.DOLPHINS DEFENSEMiami linebacker Kiko Alonso recovered a fumble to end a 49ers threat and intercepted a deflected pass to set up a field goal. He has four takeaways in the past three games.Teammate Cameron Wake had a sack for the sixth game in a row.OVERTURNEDMiami's DeVante Parker made a diving catch for 46 yards to set up a touchdown. He had a leaping 32-yard reception and a 10-yard touchdown catch wiped out by replay review reversals.Parker wen[...]



McCoy rallies Bills to 28-21 win over Jaguars

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 21:54:10 GMT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — LeSean McCoy scored twice, including a career-best 75-yard run, and the Buffalo Bills won their second in a row by beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 28-21 on Sunday.Tyrod Taylor's 16-yard touchdown pass to Justin Hunter with 10:46 remaining put the Bills ahead for good during a second half in which the teams traded the lead five times. Taylor also scored on a 7-yard run in helping to keep Buffalo in the playoff hunt.The Bills (6-5) won for the second straight week when trailing at halftime after doing so just once last season.Buffalo trailed the Jaguars 7-6 after two quarters on Sunday, and overcame a two-point deficit in a 16-12 win at Cincinnati last week.Taylor also produced just the second fourth-quarter comeback of his career, and improved to 2-11 when the Bills trail by four or more at any point in a game.The Jaguars (2-9) lost for the sixth straight game — their longest skid since opening the 2014 season at 0-6.The game was decided with four minutes left, when the Jaguars were unable to convert a fourth-and-9 at the Buffalo 46. Blake Bortles hit Marquise Lee on a crossing pattern over the middle, but he was limited to a 4-yard gain.The Bills then took over and ran out the clock.Bortles went 13 of 26 for 126 yards and two touchdowns, and also had a career-best 81 yards rushing.The Jaguars' offense was hampered by injuries. Chris Ivory, who opened the scoring with a 2-yard run, was sidelined in the first half by a hamstring injury. And then Jacksonville lost receiver Allen Hurns, also with a hamstring injury while diving into the end zone on a 12-yard catch and run .Hurns' touchdown put the Jaguars up 21-20 in the opening seconds of the fourth quarter.The Bills responded with Taylor leading an eight-play, 76-yard drive which he capped with a perfectly placed pass to Hunter at the goal line. McCoy then dived across the goal line for the 2-point conversion.McCoy finished with 103 yards rushing and showed few signs of being bothered a week after having surgery for a dislocated left thumb.His two touchdowns came 33 seconds apart spanning halftime.After scoring on a 7-yard run late in the second quarter, he opened the third quarter by scoring on Buffalo's first snap from scrimmage. Taking the handoff, McCoy burst off right tackle and blew past defensive backs Jalen Ramsey and Tashuan Gipson.JAGS' BIG OPENINGThe Jaguars snapped the NFL's longest active drought by scoring on their opening possession for the first time in 25 games. The streak began in Week 3 of the 2015 season, and featured the Jaguars combining for three field goals, punting 18 times and turning the ball over three times.Ivory's touchdown capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive spanning 6:45. The Jaguars converted three third-down chances, including their last one co[...]



Cook breaks record in Florida State's 31-13 win over GatorsKaaya breaks Miami record, Hurricanes top Duke 40-21USF beats UCF 48-31Wall helps Wizards hold on for 94-91 win over Magic

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 05:08:58 GMTSun, 27 Nov 2016 00:19:54 GMTSat, 26 Nov 2016 21:41:47 GMTSat, 26 Nov 2016 03:03:10 GMT

Dalvin Cook rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown as No. 15 Florida State defeated No. 13 Florida for the fourth straight year 31-13 on Saturday.Cook's 17-yard score in the first quarter was his 45th career rushing touchdown, which broke Greg Allen's 32-year old mark. The junior is also the first FSU running back since Sammie Smith (1986-88) with three straight 100-yard games against Florida.The Seminoles rushed for 249 yards and averaged 6.2 yards per carry against the nation's fifth-ranked run defense. Freddie Stevenson had a 27-yard touchdown on his lone carry during the fourth quarter to make it 24-6 and put the game out of reach.The victory ties the Seminoles' longest winning streak in the Sunshine State Showdown series. They also won four straight from 1977-80 and 1987-90.Deondre Francois was 15 of 26 for 138 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown to Travis Rudolph during the third quarter to give the Seminoles a 17-6 lead. Francois also had a 9-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter for the final score.Florida took the opening kickoff and drove to the FSU 2, but on fourth-and-goal Appleby was pressured by safety Tre Marshall and threw an incomplete pass intended for Brandon Powell in the end zone.After driving 75 yards on its opening drive, the Gators could muster just 132 yards the rest of the game. Florida was also 0 of 12 on third-down conversions, and it was the first time since 1980 Florida State has shut out an opponent on third down. Appleby was 19 of 35 for 149 yards. Jordan Scarlett, who had three 100-yard games in his past five, was held to 53 yards.Florida's lone touchdown came during the fourth quarter as Marcell Harris recovered a fumbled punt by Auden Tate and returned it 12 yards for a score.THE TAKEAWAYFlorida: The Gators are hoping that another bad showing against their in-state rival doesn't carry through to their remaining two games. Last year they lost to Alabama in the SEC championship game and then were routed by Michigan (41-7) in the Citrus Bowl. With the way Florida's offense looked on Saturday, it is possible.Florida State: The Seminoles, who were ranked fourth in the preseason, found their College Football Playoff hopes dashed in early October as they stumbled to a 3-2 start. However they did wrap up the mythical state championship yet again.POLL IMPLICATIONSThe Seminoles are likely to rise a couple spots after beating the Gators. The highest they were ranked after the Oct. 1 loss to North Carolina was 12th going into the Oct. 29 game against Clemson. Florida will fall but is likely to remain ranked going into the SEC championship game.UP NEXTFlorida: The Gators will face top-ranked Alabama for the second straight year in the SEC championship game next Saturday in Atlanta. It is a conference r[...]



Kaaya breaks Miami record, Hurricanes top Duke 40-21Walton's 3 TDs help Miami beat NC State 27-13Kaaya leads Miami past Virginia, 34-14

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:19:54 GMTSat, 19 Nov 2016 21:22:26 GMTSat, 12 Nov 2016 22:39:04 GMT

Brad Kaaya became Miami's all-time career passing leader, throwing for 396 yards and a career-high-tying four touchdowns as the Hurricanes beat Duke 40-21 on Saturday.

Kaaya completed 22 of 35 passes and now has 9,686 yards in three seasons — 121 more than Ken Dorsey, who piled up 9,565 from 1999 through 2002. Kaaya broke the mark with a 42-yard pass to Stacy Coley in the third quarter.

David Njoku had touchdown catches of 76 and 58 yards, and Coley made nine catches for 118 yards and a touchdown for Miami (8-4, 5-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Mark Walton also caught a TD pass for the Hurricanes, who have won four straight.

Daniel Jones completed 34 of 50 passes for 316 yards for Duke (4-8, 1-7), which will miss a bowl game for the first time in five seasons.

Mark Walton ran for three second-half touchdowns to help Miami beat North Carolina State 27-13 on Saturday.

Brad Kaaya threw two touchdown passes and Mark Walton ran for 111 yards and another score Saturday, leading Miami to a 34-14 victory against Virginia.




USF beats UCF 48-31Tulsa gets past Central Florida with big second half, 35-20Turnovers help lift UCF over Cincinnati 24-3

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 21:41:47 GMTSun, 20 Nov 2016 05:20:36 GMTSat, 12 Nov 2016 20:57:36 GMT

Quinton Flowers and Marlon Mack each ran for two touchdowns and South Florida scored at least 30 points for the 16th-straight game in its 48-31 win over UCF on Saturday.

USF extended the nation's longest active streak of 30-plus point games and tied school single-season records with four road wins and 10 wins overall.

After UCF took a 7-0 lead fewer than two minutes in, USF (10-3, 6-1 American Athletic Conference) scored 24 points in a row and led the rest of the way. Mack scored on runs of 43 and 56 yards, Juwuan Brown returned a fumble 22 yards for a score and Brandon Behr kicked a 33-yard field goal to make it 24-7 with 5:36 left in the half.

Mack had 155 yards rushing and Flowers added 152 — the fifth game this season that pair each had at least 100 yards rushing.

Tre'Quan Smith had 183 yards receiving and two touchdowns — both career highs — including a 72-yard TD from receiver Tristan Payton on a reverse-pass.

D'Angelo Brewer ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns, James Flanders had 163 yards rushing and another score and Tulsa pulled away from Central Florida in the second half for a 35-20 win Saturday night.

McKenzie Milton threw a touchdown pass and UCF cashed in on turnovers to beat Cincinnati 24-3 on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the fourth time in five years.




Wall helps Wizards hold on for 94-91 win over MagicMagic use late run to come close, but fall to SunsBringing the Magic: NBA team gives back to communityMagic use late surge to beat Mavericks 95-87Vucevic breaks out of slump to lift Magic past Pelicans

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 03:03:10 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 02:55:09 GMTWed, 23 Nov 2016 11:36:12 GMTSun, 20 Nov 2016 03:01:55 GMTThu, 17 Nov 2016 03:17:01 GMT

John Wall had 26 points and 10 assists to help the Washington Wizards hold on for a 94-91 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Wall scored the Wizards' last eight points as Washington held on after surrendering a 17-point, first-quarter lead.

Otto Porter Jr. scored 19 for Washington and all five starters finished in double figures.

Serge Ibaka led the Magic with 19 points, while Nikola Vucevic contributed 17 points and 17 rebounds.

Elfrid Payton scored 15 points, all in the second half, as Orlando lost its third straight game.

Alex Len had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe added 16 points in the Phoenix Suns' 92-87 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

The Orlando Magic are giving back to the community this holiday season, filling up bags with everything a family would need for a Thanksgiving feast.

D.J. Augustin scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka added 15 points and nine rebounds and the Orlando Magic beat the short-handed Dallas Mavericks 95-87 on Saturday night.

Serge Ibaka scored 16 points and Nikola Vucevic broke out of his shooting slump with 10 points and 14 rebounds to help lift the Orlando Magic to an 89-82 win over New Orleans on Wednesday night.




F1: Record-breaking season goes down to wireDriverless 'Roborace' car makes street track debut in MarrakechCuban baseball smugglers used threats and 'kidnapping'Ex-NBA star Rodman charged with hit and run

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 12:47:01 GMTFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:53:37 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 07:28:12 GMTTue, 22 Nov 2016 04:27:14 GMT

It could not have been scripted better.The record 21-race Formula One season will crown its champion at the very last grand prix in Abu Dhabi, Sunday.Nico Rosberg leads the championship by 12 points from his Mercedes teammate, and defending world champion, Lewis Hamilton.If Hamilton collects all 25 points for a race win in Abu Dhabi then Rosberg needs to finish no lower than third to win his first world title. The Mercedes teammates are evenly matched this season, winning nine races each."It's not been a perfect season and I'm faced with pretty impossible odds no matter what I do this weekend," says Hamilton. "But I can't and won't give up."Rosberg added: "I have to treat this like any other race. The closer it gets, the more I'm feeling excited. It will be a big battle and hopefully the fans will get a great show to end the year." Haven't we been here before? If Rosberg and Hamilton are feeling a sense of déjà vu it's because they have both been here before.In 2014, Hamilton arrived in Abu Dhabi leading Rosberg in the drivers' championship by 14 points. For the first, and only time, in F1 history there were 50 points on the table for the final race of the season setting up Abu Dhabi as a winner-takes-all thriller.Unfortunately, the hyped desert duel between Hamilton and Rosberg failed to materialize when the German's car lost power from its hybrid energy recovery system at the halfway stage of the race and his challenge fell away.Hamilton, who had passed Rosberg for the lead at the start, easily won the race and his first world title with Mercedes. The Briton would win his second for the German team in 2015 at Austin, Texas with three races to spare.What is still unknown is Rosberg's ability to close out a championship while Hamilton has now done it three times in his F1 career.The British racer has also twice clinched the title under pressure. As well as the unique intra-team pressures of 2014, Hamilton also took the honors with McLaren on the very last lap of the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix in 2008. The case for Rosberg Rosberg has arguably carried a weight of expectation ever since he tried out his racing abilities in a go-kart at the age of six.The 31-year-old is the only son of 1982 world champion Keke Rosberg and, if Rosberg wins Sunday, they would join the late Graham Hill and son Damon as the only father-and-son pairing to both win the coveted F1 crown."If I had to skew towards Nico winning his first then I probably would," retired F1 race winner Mark Webber told CNN. "To win a first world title would be massive for him and I think he wou[...]



FIFA: African footballer, 17, takes world governing body to courtTony Blair says Brexit can be stoppedIndia's cash crisis could kill its economic boomMars lander slammed into red planet after data glitchIsrael wildfires scorch more land, 60,000 evacuated in HaifaIch bin Charlie Hebdo: French satirical mag launches German editionParamilitary forces: Iraqi-led troops surround MosulLondon serial killer sought victims on gay dating sites

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 14:28:30 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 14:18:51 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 13:54:34 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 13:36:52 GMTFri, 25 Nov 2016 09:11:02 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 12:52:45 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 10:20:53 GMTThu, 24 Nov 2016 08:46:06 GMT

A 17-year-old African footballer is taking FIFA to court, arguing football's world governing body is denying him the chance to further his career.The legal move comes a month after FIFA hit Spain's football federation with a $216,000 fine for allowing two of its most famous clubs -- Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid -- to sign underage players.FIFA's laws regarding minors are intended to protect youngsters -- it toughened up regulations last year for instance by changing the age required for an International Transfer Certificate from 12 to 10 -- most of whom won't ever play professionally due to the immense competition.But "he and his family miss the probably unique chance of a professional and social advancement," a press release from the Swiss-based lawyers representing the player and his parents stated. When contacted by CNN, the firm representing the lawyers working with the parents and the 17-year-old, who has played for "the national youth football teams of his country on several occasions," declined to name him, his nationality and if he was playing for a European club."FIFA implemented these regulations on the pretext that young football players such as the claimant must be protected," added the statement. "In reality, however, these regulations lead to a discrimination of football players from third countries outside the European Union."The claim is "primarily based on Swiss cartel law and the competition law of the European union" and was filed Wednesday with a court in Zurich. Jorg Denzler, a spokesperson for the law firm Nater Dallafior Rechtsanwälte AG, told CNN in a phone interview that it could take two years for the case to be resolved. A FIFA spokesperson didn't comment because "FIFA has not been officially notified about the claim" in question. Under current FIFA regulations, transfers of players under 18 between countries aren't allowed unless the player's parents move to the country in which the club is situated for reasons "not linked to football,"; the transfer involves a 16- to 18-year-old within the European Union or European Economic Area, with four other obligations met; or the player lives 50 kilometers or less from a national border and the club in question lies 50 kilometers from that border. Commenting on FIFA's rules regarding minors, the press release adds: "The absurdity of the transfer restriction becomes obvious if we bear in mind that the French parents of a young football player who live in Cadiz are allowed to relocate to Barcelona, 1200 km away from Cadiz, in order to enable their child to join the football academy 'La Masia,' while French parents who live in Perpignan would be prohibited fr[...]



Cuban baseball smugglers used threats and 'kidnapping'Scherzer, Porcello win Cy Young Awards

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 07:28:12 GMTThu, 17 Nov 2016 11:23:51 GMT

A smuggling ring held Cuban baseball stars at gunpoint in Mexico, threatening to kill them if they tried to escape before signing lucrative contracts with Major League Baseball, according to U.S. prosecutors.On Tuesday, federal prosecutors described how Cuban baseball stars like Chicago White Sox first baseman José Abreu and Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria endured kidnapping and extortion on their way to stardom in the United States.It's the latest evidence that the MLB's influx of talented Cuban players often relies on a shadowy underworld of armed thugs, stash houses and the world's most dangerous drug cartel, Los Zetas.CNNMoney has been investigating this black market, which involves several smuggling rings and dates back to at least 2006.On Tuesday, federal prosecutors in Miami laid out the details in a court document for the upcoming trial of Bartolo Hernandez, accused of partnering with a smuggling ring in order to force exclusive deals as the agent for 17 Cuban baseball players.Several players, including ex-New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Céspedes, are expected to testify about this vicious black market. The trial is set to begin in January.The MLB has not responded to requests for comment.Prosecutors say alleged ringleaders Hernandez and Julio Estrada, both Cuban exiles, traveled to Cancun, Mexico, in 2009 to meet with yet another Cuban exile who'd become the head of a smuggling ring there: Joan "Nacho" Garcia.They cut a deal, according to investigators. Nacho's boat drivers would help baseball players escape the Communist island of Cuba. Then Nacho's armed guards would hold them captive until the players signed contracts with Estrada and Hernandez. They still weren't released until they signed MLB deals."Prison-like" conditionsThe ballplayers came to Mexico on crowded smuggling boats that would sneak into a port in Cancun at night and unload the Cuban men, women and children. This human trafficking operated under the protection of the Zetas drug cartel, smugglers have admitted in court.Stowaways -- Cuban refugees who hadn't paid the $10,000 smuggling fee -- were tortured to force their families to pay. The guards would place a phone call to family members in Canada or the United States, who would listen to their loved one's painful cries on the other line.The migrants were kept in "prison-like conditions," according to the latest filing.The baseball players received better treatment due to their monetary value to the smugglers, according to several Miami defense attorneys who have represented smugglers [...]



Magic use late run to come close, but fall to Suns

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 02:55:09 GMT

Alex Len had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe added 16 points in the Phoenix Suns' 92-87 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.

Bledsoe made two free throws with 16 seconds left for a five-point lead, and Devin Booker added two more with 6.2 seconds to go.

The Magic used a 9-4 run in the last 2:30 to pull to 88-85 with 18.3 seconds to go, but that was as close as they would come.

The Suns snapped a three-game losing streak and finished 2-4 on a six-game trip.

Evan Fournier scored 25 points for Orlando. Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 13 rebounds.

Small forward Jeff Green went 0 for 7 from the field and finished with three points, Serge Ibaka added five points and starting point guard Elfrid Payton went 3 for 11 and had nine points. Backup point guard D.J. Augustin was the only other Magic player in double figures with 12 points.

All five of the Sun's starters scored in double figures and they also got 10 points from backup P.J. Tucker.

Orlando shot 36 percent from the field and 28 percent from 3-point range, while the Suns shot 45 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range.

TIP-INS

Suns: Forward T.J. Warren missed his second straight game with what coach Earl Watson described as a head injury. ... The Suns will now play their next three games at home. They don't hit the road again until Dec. 3 when they face Golden State.

Magic: Coming into Wednesday night's game, the Magic had held their previous six opponents to a combined 92.3 points per game and 41 percent shooting from the field. .. .With the addition of center Bismack Biyombo this season, the Magic are averaging 5.57 blocks, which ranks sixth in the NBA.

UP NEXT

Suns: Phoenix hosts Minnesota on Friday.

Magic: Orlando hosts Washington on Friday.




Bruce Arena named head coach of US soccer teamJurgen Klinsmann fired as US men's soccer coachEx-NBA star Rodman charged with hit and run

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:24:16 GMTTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:18:39 GMTTue, 22 Nov 2016 04:27:14 GMT

Bruce Arena's return as the head coach of the United States men's soccer team was confirmed Tuesday following the sacking of Jurgen Klinsmann.The 65-year-old Arena leaves his role as head coach of Major League Soccer team LA Galaxy and returns to the U.S. side after eight years in charge from 1998-2006.Arena won 71 of 130 games in charge of his country and took the team to fourth in the FIFA rankings."When we considered the possible candidates to take over the Men's National Team at this time, Bruce was at the top of the list," U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said in a statement."His experience at the international level, understanding of the requirements needed to lead a team through World Cup qualifying, and proven ability to build a successful team were all aspects we felt were vital for the next coach."We all know Bruce will be fully committed to preparing the players for the next eight qualifying games and earning a berth to an eighth-straight FIFA World Cup in Russia."Klinsmann, 52, was relieved of his duties with the U.S. bottom of its World Cup qualifying group following losses to Mexico (2-1) and Costa Rica (4-0.)Highlights of Arena's U.S. managerial career include beating Portugal 3-2 in the 2002 World Cup, before overcoming rivals Mexico 2-0 to reach the quarterfinals.Arena left the role three weeks after a disappointing 2006 World Cup campaign in which the U.S. team finished bottom of its pool after losses to Czech Republic and Ghana.Since then, he has coached the New York Red Bulls and most recently the Galaxy. Klinsmann's departure Former striker Klinsmann, who won the World Cup as a player in 1990 and managed Germany to third place at the 2006 World Cup, became boss of the U.S. team in 2011.He took them to the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2013 and to the last 16 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil."We want to thank Jurgen for his hard work and commitment during these last five years," read a U.S. Soccer statement."He took pride in having the responsibility of steering the program, and there were considerable achievements along the way."Many are aware of the historic victories, including leading us out of the Group of Death to the Round of 16 in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but there were also lesser publicized efforts behind the scenes."While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction."The next World Cup qualifier for the[...]



Jurgen Klinsmann fired as US men's soccer coachEx-NBA star Rodman charged with hit and run

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 19:18:39 GMTTue, 22 Nov 2016 04:27:14 GMT

U.S. men's national soccer team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has been fired following a pair of disappointing losses in the final round of World Cup qualifying.

Klinsmann, who had helmed the team since July 2011, was fired on Monday during a meeting in Los Angeles with U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati and Secretary General Dan Flynn, according to a report from The Associated Press.

"We want to thank Jurgen for his hard work and commitment during these last five years," Gulati said in a statement. "He took pride in having the responsibility of steering the program, and there were considerable achievements along the way."

Gulati is scheduled to conduct a media teleconference call Tuesday afternoon to discuss the change.

The dismissal came six days after the Klinsmann-led Americans fell 4-0 at Costa Rica to fall to 0-2 in World Cup qualifying. The team had also dropped its first qualifier 2-1 to Mexico earlier this month in Columbus, Ohio.

Klinsmann posted a 55-27-16 record coaching the U.S. men's national team, including a successful run at the 2014 World Cup, where the team advanced from the so-called "Group of Death" to the knockout stage before losing 2-1 to Belgium in extra time.

Bruce Arena, who coached the national team from 1998 to 2006 and now coaches the Los Angeles Galaxy in the MLS, is expected to be the favorite to replace Klinsmann, the AP reported.

The final round of qualifying continues with a home match against Honduras on March 24, followed by a match four days later at Panama.

''While we remain confident that we have quality players to help us advance to Russia 2018, the form and growth of the team up to this point left us convinced that we need to go in a different direction,'' Gulati's statement said. ''With the next qualifying match in late March, we have several months to refocus the group and determine the best way forward to ensure a successful journey to qualify for our eighth consecutive World Cup.''

Dennis Rodman took a wild ride this summer, authorities say.




Ex-NBA star Rodman charged with hit and run

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 04:27:14 GMT

Dennis Rodman took a wild ride this summer, authorities say.

The five-time NBA champion is charged with four misdemeanors after driving on the wrong side of a freeway, being involved in a hit and run, not having a valid license and lying to police, according to the Orange County District Attorney.

The incident happened in June in Santa Ana, California, when the former basketball player allegedly drove head-on toward another vehicle while on the wrong side of the freeway. The other driver swerved to avoid Rodman's SUV and crashed into a concrete wall.

Rodman did not exchange information with the victim, authorities said. He fled the scene before the California Highway Patrol arrived, according to the district attorney's office.

Police said Rodman could face up to two years in jail if convicted. He is scheduled to be arraigned January 20 in Santa Ana.

"We agree that if anything, this is a misdemeanor traffic matter, and certainly not a felony," said Darren Prince, a representative for Rodman. "We appreciate the district attorney's evaluation and know that it should resolve successfully when all facts are considered."

This is not the first time the basketball Hall of Famer has faced the law.

In 2000, Rodman was sentenced to probation and required to attend an alcohol program after pleading guilty to driving under the influence.




Antetokounmpo gets triple-double, Bucks beat Magic 93-89

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 04:03:43 GMT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had his first triple-double of the season to lead the Milwaukee Bucks over the Orlando Magic 93-89 on Monday night.

Milwaukee snapped a three-game losing streak as Antetokounmpo finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He made all nine free-throw attempts, was 6 of 13 from the floor and also added five steals and three blocks.

Jabari Parker also had 22 points and made five 3-pointers — he began the night with a total of 10 — for the Bucks, who beat Orlando at home for the eighth time in nine tries.

The Magic was led by Serge Ibaka's 21 points, and Elfrid Payton added 18 points but had five of Orlando's 24 turnovers.

Orlando began the night 29th in the NBA in scoring with 92.5 points per game.

The two teams meet again Sunday in Orlando.




ATP Finals: Majestic Murray ends Djokovic reignATP Finals: Murray wears down Wawrinka to book semifinal placeNovak Djokovic clashes with umpire, charges into semis at Tour FinalsNovak Djokovic to reclaim No. 1?WTA chief 'looking forward' to Maria Sharapova's return from doping ban

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It was the match tennis fans had all been waiting for. A "movie scenario" in the words of Novak Djokovic; the "perfect ending" was how Andy Murray put it.Two childhood friends locked in battle for the top spot in the finale of the year-end championships.After his 24th consecutive victory, 6-3 6-4 in London on Sunday, Murray -- who was the No. 1 heading into the clash -- is that man. He joined coach Ivan Lendl, boyhood idol Andre Agassi and Djokovic in an exclusive pantheon of just 17 players to have held the year-end No. 1 since the ranking system began in 1973."To finish the year world No. 1 is very special. It's something I never expected," Murray, the home favorite from Scotland who lives near London, reflected after the match."I couldn't have done it without my team. My family as well -- they've been around for a long time and made a lot of sacrifices for me."It was a feat of endurance the Brit had made it here at all. Two record-breaking matches had led to speculation the 29-year-old wouldn't be able to go the distance against an apparently reinvigorated Djokovic. On Saturday in the semifinals, when Murray saved a match point, he needed three hours, 40 minutes to see off Milos Raonic.But buoyed by a sell-out home crowd of more than 17,000, he quickly dispelled any lingering doubts to take the match on his third Championship point when a misfiring Djokovic committed his 30th unforced error. The four-time defending champion was finally beaten.The last time Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal -- Murray's fellow "Big Four" members -- didn't finish as the year-end No. 1 was in 2003."Today we were both part of history," a gallant Djokovic told the crowd. "It was an honor to be on the court and part of the big occasion."Andy's definitely No. 1 in the world. He's the best player and definitely deserved to win."Their last meeting -- June's Roland Garros final -- saw Djokovic become the first man to hold all four majors simultaneously since Rod Laver in 1969.But 2016 has been a year of two halves and this wasn't the Djokovic of Roland Garros.Both hit the same number of winners at the O2 Arena -- 13 -- but the Serb committed twice as many unforced errors as Murray. Pinned back behind the baseline playing uncharacteristically reactive tennis, his rock-solid backhand particularly let him down."Every time I got an opportunity, [...]



Jimmie Johnson wins seventh NASCAR championship

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 06:19:21 GMT

Driver Jimmie Johnson earned his seventh NASCAR championship Saturday, winning the Sprint Cup.

Johnson now ties the record held by Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, according to The Associated Press.

Johnson hasn't won a title since 2013, according to NASCAR

A restart pushed Johnson to the front with three laps left in the race, as he pulled ahead of defending champion Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. 




Dolphins spoil Goff's debut with rally to beat Rams, 14-10

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:40:29 GMT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — DeVante Parker caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill with 36 seconds to play, and the Miami Dolphins rallied for two late scores to spoil Jared Goff's NFL debut with a 14-10 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.Tannehill passed for 172 yards in the fifth straight victory for the Dolphins (6-4), who were dominated by the Rams' defense until their final two drives on a rainy day at the Coliseum. Miami barely kept alive its longest winning streak since 2008.After Jarvis Landry caught a 10-yard TD pass with 4:02 to play, the Dolphins got the ball right back and drove downfield for Parker's diving TD reception in the corner.Goff went 17 of 31 for 134 yards in a quiet debut by the NFL's No. 1 pick in the Rams' 10th game of the season.Todd Gurley scored on a 24-yard run in the first quarter for Los Angeles (4-6), but neither team managed much offense until Miami's late surge.Goff got the ball back at the Los Angeles 41 with 29 seconds left, but moved the Rams only 12 yards before throwing an incompletion in the end zone as time expired.The Dolphins spent the week in California after beating San Diego last weekend, but their offense was mostly awful until Tannehill got it moving in the final minutes. Parker had eight catches for 79 yards, and Jay Ajayi rushed for 77 yards.Nearly seven months after the Rams traded up to draft Goff, their prized rookie finally got his first start and was introduced to raucous cheers on a rare rainy day in downtown LA, but he made few memorable plays in a conservative game plan.The rookie got his first NFL completion on a short pass to fellow rookie Tyler Higbee, but neither team made much headway in the first three quarters. Goff showed mobility in the pocket and made a handful of key third-down throws to keep the Rams moving. They added a 46-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein in the third quarter.But after Zuerlein missed a 48-yard attempt off the upright with 6:40 to play, the Dolphins finally mounted a scoring drive capped when Landry caught a short pass and his teammates pushed the pile 4 yards into the end zone.INJURY REPORTDolphins: OG Laremy Tunsil started at left tackle in place of Branden Albert, but injured his shoulder during the first half. Backup RT Sam Young moved over to the left side.Rams: DE Robert Quinn started the game five days after spending the night in a hospital with an appa[...]



Buccaneers snap Chiefs' 5-game win streak with 19-17 victory

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 23:00:12 GMT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jameis Winston sliced up a Kansas City defense missing top cornerback Marcus Peters, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers held on for a 19-17 victory Sunday that snapped the Chiefs' five-game winning streak.Winston threw for 331 yards to help set up four field goals by Roberto Aguayo, and hit tight end Robert Cross for a touchdown with just over 6 minutes left to give the Buccaneers (5-5) a cushion.The Chiefs (7-3) marched swiftly downfield, and Alex Smith hit Albert Wilson with a short touchdown pass with just over 2 minutes left. But their defense couldn't stop Mike Evans on third-and-3 just moments later, and the big wide receiver's sixth reception gave the Buccaneers a first down.By the time Kansas City finally forced a punt, there was 8 seconds left in the game.It was the Buccaneers' fifth straight win over Kansas City dating to 1993, and it snapped a home winning streak for the Chiefs that dated to a loss to Chicago on Oct. 11, 2015.The Chiefs, who had won 17 of their last 19 regular-season games, were done in by a popgun offense that has repeatedly fizzled in the red zone. They had to settle for a field goal by Cairo Santos on their first trip and Alex Smith threw an interception in the end zone midway through the fourth quarter.Smith was 23 of 30 for 268 yards in another inconsistent performance, while Spencer Ware was bottled up much of the afternoon. The bruising running back finished with just 69 yards rushing.WINCHESTER PLAYSChiefs long snapper James Winchester played one day after the funeral for his father, Michael, who was shot to death at an Oklahoma City airport on Tuesday. Police believe the elder Winchester, an employee for Southwest Airlines, was gunned down in retaliation for losing his own airline job.HOUSTON RETURNSChiefs linebacker Justin Houston made his season debut , though he hardly factored into the game. The four-time Pro Bowl pick has been out after surgery in February to repair the ACL in his left knee.INJURIESBuccaneers: Starting cornerback Brent Grimes left in the first half with a quad injury and did not return. Backup offensive lineman Ben Gottschalk left with a knee injury.Chiefs: Outside linebacker Dee Ford, the NFL sack leader with 10 coming in, did not play in the second half with a hamstring injury. Peters (hip pointer), starting defensive tackle Jaye Howard (knee) and wide receiver[...]



Lions beat Jaguars 26-19, winning for 5th time in 6 games

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 22:57:42 GMT

DETROIT (AP) — Eric Ebron had a go-ahead, 1-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter and the Detroit Lions went on to beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 26-19 Sunday.Ebron's first carry of his career, a handoff as he went from left to right after lining up as an off-the-line tight end, was set up by his career-long, 61-yard catch.The Lions (6-4) have won five of six despite trailing in the fourth quarter of every game. For a change, Matthew Stafford didn't have to lead a game-winning drive in the final minutes.Jacksonville (2-8) has lost five straight.The Jaguars had a chance to force Detroit to punt, or to go for it on a fourth-and-3 from their 46. Nose tackle Sen'Derrick Marks, though, was penalized for encroachment on a play in which Stafford probably didn't intend to have the ball snapped.Stafford converted a third-and-5 from the Jacksonville 36 with a 7-yard pass to Theo Riddick with 2:18 left that helped set up Matt Prater's 43-yard field goal with 22 seconds left.Tavon Wilson sealed the victory with an interception with 2 seconds left.Coming off a bye, the Lions were very rusty on offense.They had more punts (five) than rushing yards (two) and just 18 yards passing late in the first half, but led 6-3 because Andre Roberts returned a punt 55 yards early in the second quarter. They were also fortunate their defense scored, putting them ahead 16-9 early in the third when Rafael Bush returned an interception 39 yards for a TD.AVOIDING HISTORYThe Jaguars avoided having a dubious NFL record all by themselves, finally getting a takeaway. In fact, they recovered two fumbles against a team that had lost only one fumble all season.INJURY REPORTJaguars: RB T.J. Yeldon (ankle) and CB Aaron Colvin (concussion, chest) were among the Jacksonville players injured during the game.Lions: S Don Carey had a hamstring injury during the game, taking one of Detroit's key special teams players off the field.UP NEXTJaguars: Jacksonville stays on the road to play the Buffalo Bills.Lions: Detroit hosts Minnesota in a possibly pivotal game in the NFC North race. If the Lions win, they will sweep the season series to win a tiebreaker between the two teams if necessary.___NFL:For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL[...]



Columbia suspends wrestlers for lewd, racist texts

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:30:22 GMT

Columbia University has suspended members from its wrestling team after a school investigation found they sent lewd and racist group messages and texts.The entire wrestling program was put on hold earlier this week as the university conducted the inquiry."Those responsible for the offensive statements in the group chat have lost the privilege to represent Columbia University in intercollegiate athletics competition," the school said in a statement on its website.The messages included alleged homophobic and racial slurs as well as crude sexual comments about women. Screen grabs of the alleged messages were published last week on Bwog.com, an independent student-run campus website. According to the site, some of the messages are recent and others go back as far as 2014.Thursday, Bwog posted a letter of apology from the team, addressed to "the Columbia community.""All of us apologize, without reservation or condition, to all members of the Columbia community for the creation and dissemination of the inappropriate, vulgar and hurtful text messages which have affected so many members of our community and the overall University," the team wrote.The letter continued: "There is no excuse for this behavior. All of us have gained an entirely new perspective on how hurtful the comments made by members of our team truly are. These messages are not just words or playful jokes between teammates. This has been a wake-up call for our team. A culture change was obviously needed -- and, rest assured, it will take place."The student-athletes suspended from the team were part of a "distinct group" within the team, Columbia said.Some team members were suspended from the squad through the rest of the season and 2016-17 academic year; others until the beginning of the spring 2017 semester.Members of the team who were found to be uninvolved in the group messaging will again be allowed to compete, including at this weekend's state championship, the school said.The team will work in the future with the executive director of Athlete Ally, which advocates against LGBT discrimination in sports, the school said."We sincerely hope these disciplinary actions and ongoing commitments will help Columbia wrestling and all of Columbia's athletics programs set an example that makes [...]



NFL heads to Mexico to attract Hispanic fans

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:30:44 GMT

The NFL has its eye on Hispanic fans.This week's "Monday Night Football" game will be played in the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City -- the first time the NFL has held a regular season game south of the border since 2005.Over the last decade, the Hispanic audience for football has boomed. NFL viewership among Hispanics has increased 28% in the past five years alone, according to Nielsen.The NFL estimates it has about 22 million fans in Mexico, whose capital has the seventh largest fan base of any city in North America. (The six other cities are all in the U.S.)The NFL airs nine games live every week in Mexico."The passion of the Mexican fans is consistent with the burgeoning U.S. Hispanic fan base," the NFL said in a statement.Tickets for this summer's exhibition game between the Oakland Raiders and Houston Texans, held in a stadium with 76,000 seats, sold out in less than a day.In the U.S., football is the top sport for Hispanic fans, and their devotion to the game is growing.That's especially important since sports leagues across the board are fighting to attract people to stadiums, versus watching from home."Hispanic sports fans value going to the game more than non-Hispanic viewers," said Elizabeth Lindsey, a marketing expert at Wasserman. "They still value the live experience."According to "The Hispanic Playbook," a proprietary Wasserman study, 23% of Hispanic sports fans say they attend games "all the time" or "often." That's compared with 17% of non-Hispanic fans.Among Hispanic Millennial sports fans, 31% of those with children will attend live events. Lindsey said that's key for the NFL as these fans are "building future generations of fans."Hispanic fans are also more likely than their non-Hispanic counterparts to engage with their favorite teams on social media.Both the Texans and the Raiders, located in areas with large Hispanic audiences, have big fan bases.The Carolina Panthers have taken steps to appeal to their Hispanic fans with a Spanish-language website and a special radio broadcast in Spanish. Two commentators call the games with all the drama of a traditional soccer broadcaster.The decision to return to Mexico is also part of the league's push to expand the NFL&[...]



Tulsa gets past Central Florida with big second half, 35-20Turnovers help lift UCF over Cincinnati 24-3

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 05:20:36 GMTSat, 12 Nov 2016 20:57:36 GMT

D'Angelo Brewer ran for 167 yards and two touchdowns, James Flanders had 163 yards rushing and another score and Tulsa pulled away from Central Florida in the second half for a 35-20 win Saturday night.

The go-ahead touchdown came midway through the third quarter, when Josh Atkinson hauled in a 15-yard pass from Dane Evans to break a 14-14 tie.

Evans found Keevan Lucas on Tulsa's next possession for a 45-yard touchdown throw to make it 28-14 and Brewer, who had a 2-yard TD run in the second quarter, ran in his second score with 35 seconds left in the third quarter.

Central Florida ended Tulsa's opening possession of the game with a 28-yard interception return by D.J. Killings to take an 8-0 lead following the 2-point conversion.

UCF also got a 3-yard TD run from Adrian Killins and two field goals of 47 and 48 yards from Matthew Wright.

McKenzie Milton threw a touchdown pass and UCF cashed in on turnovers to beat Cincinnati 24-3 on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the fourth time in five years.




Magic use late surge to beat Mavericks 95-87Vucevic breaks out of slump to lift Magic past PelicansJazz beat cold-shooting Orlando 87-74Timberwolves thump Magic to earn first road win

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D.J. Augustin scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka added 15 points and nine rebounds and the Orlando Magic beat the short-handed Dallas Mavericks 95-87 on Saturday night.

In a game that was close throughout, the Magic pulled away late in the fourth quarter. Evan Fournier came through with a 3-pointer and Nikola Vucevic hit two free throws with 1:38 remaining to put it away.

The game was tied eight times and the lead changed six times on the night.

The Mavericks, who were playing without Dirk Nowitzki, Devin Harris and Deron Williams, played efficient at times and was able to hold brief leads. Rookie Jonathan Gibson, who signed as a free agent Friday, led the Mavericks with 26 points. Gibson converted 8 of 16 from the field and 5 of 9 from 3-point range.

Serge Ibaka scored 16 points and Nikola Vucevic broke out of his shooting slump with 10 points and 14 rebounds to help lift the Orlando Magic to an 89-82 win over New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Gordon Hayward scored 20 points and Derrick Favors added 18 to lift the Utah Jazz to an 87-74 victory over the Orlando Magic on Friday night.

Zach LaVine scored 37 points and Andrew Wiggins added 29 as the Minnesota Timberwolves won their first road game of the season, defeating the Orlando Magic 123-107 on Wednesday night.




No. 17 Florida State beats Syracuse 45-14; Cook stars

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:26:07 GMT

Dalvin Cook ran for 225 yards and four touchdowns to become Florida State's career rushing leader, and the 17th-ranked Seminoles beat Syracuse 45-14 on Saturday.Cook entered the game needing 19 yards to break Warrick Dunn's 20-year old school record for rushing (3,959) and did so with a 41-yarder in the first quarter. He finished the first half with 104 yards to become just the sixth player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to reach 4,000 yards and the first to do it in three years.Florida State (8-3, 5-3, No. 17 CFP) won for the fifth time in six games and handed Syracuse (4-7, 2-5) its third straight loss.Syracuse starting quarterback Eric Dungey again warmed up before the opening kickoff but did not play for the second straight game. The sophomore has been out since suffering a vicious hit to the shoulder-head area in the first quarter against Clemson two weeks ago.Backup Zack Mahoney had trouble generating any consistency on offense against the Seminoles defense. Florida State intercepted two passes, registered eight sacks, and forced 10 punts in limiting the Orange to 3.2 yards per play. FSU averaged 8.6 yards per play.Mahoney finished 16 of 36 for 196 yards, but he did have one lucky strike. He hit Amba Etta-Tawo with a 46-yard Hail Mary on the final play of the first half. Etta-Tawo caught the ball in double coverage at the right corner of the end zone.If Syracuse had hopes the big play would provide a spark, Cook dashed those hopes with three touchdowns in the third.After tight end Ryan Izzo's 39-yard reception on the first possession of the third quarter, Cook scored on an 11-yard run and added two more scores in the period, from 11 and 17 yards. That matched his career high for TDs in a game and boosted his season total to 18.Cook also had 47 yards on Florida State's third scoring drive, capping it with a 25-yard TD run for a 21-0 lead in the second.The Seminoles scored on their first two possessions. Deondre Francois hit Nyqwan Murray with a 16-yard TD throw to start the scoring and followed with a 15-yard scoring toss to Travis Rudolph for a 14-0 lead at 7:11 of the first quarter.Florida State sacked Mahoney four times in the first quarter alone, and even when Brisly Es[...]



No. 21 Florida gets a tense 16-10 win against No. 16 LSUNo. 22 Florida tops South Carolina 20-7 in Muschamp's return

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:02:51 GMTSat, 12 Nov 2016 21:00:51 GMT

Florida's defense stuffed LSU's Derrius Guice on a do-or-die run from the 1-yard line in the final seconds and the No. 21 Gators held on for a tension-filled 16-10 victory that clinched the Southeastern Conference East Division.The stop capped a defensive struggle in which No. 16 LSU converted a fourth-and-10 play on its final drive, only to get stopped on back-to-back runs from the 1 to end the game. Fullback J.D. Moore came up short on third down.Florida quarterback Austin Apppleby completed only seven passes on 17 attempts, but one of his connections went for a pivotal 98-yard touchdown to Tyrie Cleveland. Eddy Piniero scored the rest of Florida's points on field goals of 36, 24 and 34 yards.LSU (6-4, 4-3 SEC, No. 16 CFP) controlled most of the game and held considerable statistical advantages, outgaining Florida (8-2, 6-2, No. 23 CFP) 423 yards to 270 and holding possession for 34:02. But on three occasions, the Tigers failed to score after driving inside Florida's 10 — the first time because of Guice's fumble in the first half and the second time because of a botched field goal in the third quarter.The loss likely cost the Tigers a Sugar Bowl bid.THE TAKEAWAYFlorida: The Gators played with a lot of heart, relied heavily on their elite defense and in the end emerged with an upset victory.LSU: The Tigers' two turnovers and botched field goal turned what could have been a fairly comfortable victory into a struggle.INJURIESLSU lost a key defender in the first half when middle linebacker Kendell Beckwith needed help off the field. He spent the rest of the game on the sideline with his left knee heavily wrapped. LSU star running back Leonard Fournette, who played despite being banged up last week, came out of the game for good after being stopped short on a third-and-goal play in the second half.EMOTIONAL FLARE-UPThe two teams scuffled near the middle of the field about an hour before kickoff. Several people viewing warmups captured video they posted on social media. It was mostly yelling and shoving as coaches and police working security converged quickly to break it up. Some players also acted as peacemakers. One video captured Fournette push[...]



Columbia University suspends wrestlers over lewd and racist textsThe mom who wants to "Make America Kind Again"Trump: 'Mad Dog' Mattis is a 'very impressive' candidate for defense secretaryWhite nationalist bloodied during DC protestIn Peru, Obama predicts rising tensions on trade2 senior officials ask for head of NSA to be replacedBlob of foam oozes into streets of California

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 23:44:47 GMTSat, 19 Nov 2016 23:42:23 GMTSun, 20 Nov 2016 21:38:02 GMTSun, 20 Nov 2016 02:44:33 GMTSat, 19 Nov 2016 22:14:25 GMTSat, 19 Nov 2016 21:50:13 GMTSat, 19 Nov 2016 21:14:27 GMT

Columbia University has suspended members of its wrestling team after a school investigation found they sent lewd and racist group messages and texts.The entire wrestling program was put on hold earlier this week as the university conducted the inquiry."Those responsible for the offensive statements in the group chat have lost the privilege to represent Columbia University in intercollegiate athletics competition," the school said in a statement on its website.The messages included alleged homophobic and racial slurs as well as crude sexual comments about women. Screen grabs of the alleged messages were published last week on Bwog.com, an independent student-run campus website. According to the site, some of the messages are recent and others go back as far as 2014.Thursday, Bwog posted a letter of apology from the team, addressed to "the Columbia community.""All of us apologize, without reservation or condition, to all members of the Columbia community for the creation and dissemination of the inappropriate, vulgar and hurtful text messages which have affected so many members of our community and the overall University," the team wrote.The letter continued: "There is no excuse for this behavior. All of us have gained an entirely new perspective on how hurtful the comments made by members of our team truly are. These messages are not just words or playful jokes between teammates. This has been a wake-up call for our team. A culture change was obviously needed -- and, rest assured, it will take place."The student-athletes suspended from the team were part of a "distinct group" within the team, Columbia said.Some team members were suspended through the rest of the season and 2016-17 academic year; others until the beginning of the spring 2017 semester.Members of the team who were found to be uninvolved in the group messaging will be allowed to compete, including at this weekend's state championship, the school said.The team will work in the future with the executive director of Athlete Ally, which advocates against LGBT discrimination in sports, the school said."We sincerely hope these disc[...]



Walton's 3 TDs help Miami beat NC State 27-13Kaaya leads Miami past Virginia, 34-14

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 21:22:26 GMTSat, 12 Nov 2016 22:39:04 GMT

Mark Walton ran for three second-half touchdowns to help Miami beat North Carolina State 27-13 on Saturday.Walton ran for 120 yards for the Hurricanes (7-4, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference), the last coming when he bounced off two tacklers for a 24-yard clinching score with 2:06 left.Walton scored twice in the third quarter, breaking a 3-3 tie to put the Wolfpack (5-6, 2-5) in catch-up mode.Matt Dayes ran for 76 yards and a touchdown to become N.C. State's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2002. But the Wolfpack committed just too many mistakes to make comeback, including an end-zone interception thrown by Ryan Finley, a penalty negating a fourth-quarter TD run by Dayes and Bra'Lon Cherry's fumbled punt return — all in the second half.Finally, cornerback Jack Tocho committed a pass-interference penalty on third down with 2:56 left, giving Miami a first down and setting up Walton's clinching run.BIG PICTUREMIAMI: A week after securing bowl eligibility for the ninth straight season, the Hurricanes closed the regular season at 4-2 on the road for another positive sign in their first season under Mark Richt.N.C. STATE: This game just about summed up the Wolfpack's season full of missed opportunities as N.C. State tried to become bowl eligible for the third straight year.UP NEXTMIAMI: The Hurricanes close the regular season at home against Duke, a year after beating the Blue Devils on an eight-lateral, final-play kickoff return that officials later determined shouldn't have counted in a controversial finish.N.C. STATE: N.C. State closes the regular season with a trip to rival North Carolina for a Friday afternoon matchup over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Wolfpack won the last visit there, a 35-7 romp in 2014.___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap___More AP college football at http://collegefootball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25Brad Kaaya threw two touchdown passes and Mark Walton ran for 111 yards and another score Saturday, leading Miami to a 34-14 victory against Virginia.[...]



UFC fighters get in the ring, but they're not employees

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:29:08 GMT

UFC fighters and NFL cheerleaders could not be more different. But look at their job descriptions, and they have something in common: Both are classified as independent contractors. Not as employees.The distinction is significant. It means that neither fighters nor cheerleaders get the guaranteed pay and benefits that employees are entitled to under the law.UFC fighters sign individual contracts with the company that only cover certain fights. Those deals vary in terms of how much individuals are guaranteed to make for fighting, and how much they'll get if they win. The contracts also include limited health insurance.But that means there are large chunks of time when the fighters are unpaid and uninsured.In contrast, pros within the NFL and NBA are employees of a particular team through the length of their contracts, which typically last for a season or more, and always cover all of the extra events that they have to attend.While the NFL cheerleaders are fighting just to make minimum wage, some of the top UFC fighters can make hundreds of thousands of dollars -- sometimes even millions -- for winning a bout. But most of the fighters make very little unless they win.Fighters have complained about the fact that they're treated like employees without any of the benefits.They say they often have to make UFC appearances without getting paid. They are also required to check in for random drug tests and to fight wearing gear from Reebok -- the UFC's official partner -- even if they personally have other sponsors."Controlling things like uniforms and requiring drug tests could mean that a worker is being treated as an employee," said employment attorney Christopher Marlborough. "If you hire someone to paint your house, you're contracting them -- you can't control what they wear. If they're your employee that's different -- you have more control over what they do."Several UFC fighters have brought a class action anti-trust lawsuit against UFC that alleges the company uses its dominance in the space to, among other things, keep fighter pay low. The UFC re[...]



FanDuel, DraftKings join forcesNovak Djokovic clashes with umpire, charges into semis at Tour FinalsNFL star Roddy White says he was fearful during traffic stopLeBron to donate $2.5M to Muhammad Ali exhibitTom Brady mocks Deflategate in Foot Locker adColin Kaepernick: 'It would be hypocritical of me to vote'

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:03:09 GMTThu, 17 Nov 2016 18:50:02 GMTThu, 17 Nov 2016 08:21:09 GMTThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:25:21 GMTWed, 16 Nov 2016 16:22:44 GMTTue, 15 Nov 2016 11:29:03 GMT

FanDuel and DraftKings are joining forces.The two daily fantasy sports sites officially announced plans to merge Friday.Financial terms of the merger between the two privately-held companies were not disclosed.In 2015, before they because subject to regulatory crackdowns in various states, each company had raised about $300 million. Investors including Major League Baseball, the NBA, major media companies including CNN owner Time Warner, as well as owners of NFL and NBA teams. Each site were valued at more than $1 billion.But as several state attorneys general charged that they were violating various state laws prohibiting gambling, the two companies had to scramble to continue to operate in some of their most lucrative markets, including New York, Texas and Illinois.After those skirmishes, the value of both sites declined substantially. One of the DraftKings investors, media conglomerate Twenty-First Century Fox, said in a filing in February that it had reduced the value of its $160 million investment by 60% on its books.The merger comes on the heels of a $12 million settlement that both companies made with the state of New York. On October 25, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a statement saying that both companies would each have to pay $6 million for false advertising.The companies said that they'll be better equipped to tackle the many regulatory issues that they've faced together."By combining and streamlining resources, FanDuel and DraftKings can work more efficiently with state government officials to develop a standard regulatory framework for the industry," they said in a statement.The two sites will continue to operate separately under their individual brands through the 2017 NFL season, while the merger goes through the approval process.The companies pledged to keep their "commission fees and structure competitive," adding, "We know that there are other platforms players could go to if we tried to raise commissions."The company will be run by DraftKings CEO Jason Robins, while FanDuel CEO Nigel Ecc[...]



ATP Finals: Murray wears down Wawrinka to book semifinal placeNovak Djokovic clashes with umpire, charges into semis at Tour FinalsMurray outlasts Nishikori at tour finalsDjokovic makes semifinals at tour finalsWTA chief 'looking forward' to Maria Sharapova's return from doping ban

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 18:16:42 GMTThu, 17 Nov 2016 18:50:02 GMTWed, 16 Nov 2016 23:40:44 GMTWed, 16 Nov 2016 16:46:22 GMTWed, 09 Nov 2016 16:54:21 GMT

After not facing a top-five player since June, world No. 1 Andy Murray has beaten two within three days at the ATP World Tour Finals. The British tennis star followed up Wednesday's three-set battle with Japan's Kei Nishikori by sealing a semifinal place with a more straightforward 6-4 6-2 victory over third-ranked Stan Wawrinka.It gave Murray a 3-0 record in his group, and sets up the possibility of a year-end No. 1 showdown with Novak Djokovic if both win on Saturday.Wawrinka, however, exited the season-ending tournament after suffering his second round-robin defeat.The Swiss player had won three of their past four meetings, but his inconsistency meant he couldn't match Murray's mental fortitude in a match lasting less than 90 minutes -- not even half the time the Scot spent on court against Nishikori.However, the scoreline doesn't tell the whole story.Wawrinka typically saves his best for the big occasion -- the 31-year-old is 3-0 vs. world No. 1s in grand slam finals and 0-19 otherwise.Often maligned for blowing hot and cold, Wawrinka opened proceedings with a succession of ripping winners -- the first a trademark backhand down the line -- to put Murray on the back foot. If the "Stanimal" was silenced by Nishikori earlier this week, he was now out of his cage. "I think I weathered the early storm a little bit," Murray admitted after the match. "Stan came out hitting a lot of winners, a lot of aces."The sellout home crowd could have been forgiven for shifting awkwardly in their seats. Wawrinka had cut a disconsolate figure even before Monday's defeat was wrapped up; here he was quite the opposite, taking risks, pumping fists and generally playing with a far greater sense of urgency. Murray, after all, only had to win a set to guarantee his own path to the last four, while Wawrinka -- who had just one victory, against Marin Cilic -- needed every point he could get to have a chance of progressing to the semis for the fourth year in a row. But despite the complex qualification permutations, Murray didn't once take his foot off the gas."Onc[...]



Bottom line in Championship 4? No clear favoriteDriverless 'Roborace' car makes street track debut in MarrakechLogano experiences breakthrough as he seeks 1st titleFanDuel, DraftKings join forces

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 17:24:58 GMTFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:53:37 GMTMon, 14 Nov 2016 19:40:56 GMTFri, 18 Nov 2016 17:03:09 GMT

Distributed by The Sports XchangeA week before they were to race for the NASCAR Sprint Series championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch sat side-by-side at the dais in the Phoenix International Raceway media center and began the bickering that invariably accompanies the battle for the series title."I think my stats at Homestead show that I'm the favorite, right?" Johnson said facetiously."I think my results from last year show that I'm the favorite, right?" Busch retorted.Busch goes to Homestead as the defending champion, having overcome a broken leg and foot that caused him to miss the first 11 races of the 2015 season. With the elimination of Kevin Harvick in Sunday's Can-Am 500 at Phoenix, Busch is the only Championship 4 contender who has won a title under the 16-driver Chase format introduced by NASCAR in 2014.Johnson, on the other hand, is a six-time champion, and having won at Martinsville in the first race of the Chase's Round of 8, he and crew chief Chad Knaus will have had three weeks to prepare for the season finale."In a couple weeks we didn't have a chance to build a new car, but we've got some stuff in the pipeline and a couple cars to choose from," Johnson said of his preparations for Sunday's race (2:30 p.m. ET on NBC). "Yes, we have had the luxury of a few weeks of time, but a lot of these decisions are made so far in advance -- which cars, and getting them approved through NASCAR -- that the advantage doesn't come there."I think it's more in preparation, digging through notes, watching videos, just being prepared. I think that's where a small advantage may come from, and we'll see if we can take advantage of that."Busch, on the other hand, didn't know he'd have a chance to defend his title until the final lap of the second overtime at Phoenix, where he ran second to fellow Championship 4 contender Joey Logano.To say Busch made the final four by the skin of his teeth is a[...]



Driverless 'Roborace' car makes street track debut in MarrakechTesla shareholders approve SolarCity mergerLamborghini's new convertible should be a blastJaguar reveals I-Pace, an electric SUVSamsung bets $8 billion on smart carsHertz falls off a cliff after cutting its forecastTesla says it's buying a German engineering firm

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:53:37 GMTThu, 17 Nov 2016 22:26:48 GMTWed, 16 Nov 2016 21:25:16 GMTWed, 16 Nov 2016 07:56:05 GMTMon, 14 Nov 2016 10:43:14 GMTTue, 08 Nov 2016 18:26:30 GMTTue, 08 Nov 2016 14:45:04 GMT

It is a car kitted out with technology its developers boldly predict will transform our cities and change the way we live.The autonomous "DevBot #1" took a giant leap forward in Morocco recently, making its debut on a street track at the Formula E Marrakech ePrix.The battery-powered prototype is being tested for Roborace -- a proposed race series where driverless cars will compete on temporary city circuits."It's the first time we've run the Devbot in driverless mode on a Formula E track in the middle of a city street," Roborace's Justin Cooke told CNN."It's so exciting for the team who put hours and hours of work in. These guys were up to 1-2 a.m. in the morning developing a technology that no one else in the world is able to do at this speed and in these complicated environments."Using a variety of sensors -- including GPS, radar and ultrasonics -- allied to sophisticated computer programs, the car learns how to navigate a track at speed avoiding all obstacles."What we are doing is at the forefront of technology right now," says Cooke, who is also CMO of Kinetik -- an investment company founded by Russian businessman Denis Sverdlov which is providing financial backing for the project."There are two or three kinds of space races, if you will -- some people are going to Mars, we're developing robotic cars and I think it's probably one of the most, if not the most exciting space in the world right now."After the successful 30-minute test in Marrakech -- this year's host city for the United Nations climate change conference (COP22) -- Cooke say the company will next try racing two cars together on track with the eventual aim of having up to 10 cars competing at every Formula E ePrix weekend."To be here at COP22 when we are celebrating an electric future, a driverless future -- it's the perfect time for Roborace," Cooke enthuses."More than anything we want people to be excited about the techno[...]



Trout, Bryant win MVP awardsScherzer, Porcello win Cy Young Awards

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 08:06:32 GMTThu, 17 Nov 2016 11:23:51 GMT

Mike Trout and Kris Bryant won the American League and National League MVP awards on Thursday.The AL MVP win was Trout's second in three years, after winning in 2014. The 25-year-old Angels outfielder has finished no lower than second in MVP voting in each year since his 2012 Rookie of the Year season.Trout received 19 first place votes to nine for Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts, who finished second. Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve finished in third place in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.Trout batted .315 with 39 home runs, 100 RBIs and 30 steals. He led the majors in WAR at 10.6, making him the only MLB player in double digits, and also led the majors in runs scored, walks and OPB. He finished second in the AL in OPS and stolen bases, fourth in slugging and fifth in batting average.Bryant, 24, was nearly a unanimous pick in the National League, earning 29 out of 30 first-place votes to easily beat out Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy, who received the other first-place vote and finished second overall, and Los Angeles Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager, who finished third.The Chicago Cubs third baseman/outfielder's MVP season comes a year after he won Rookie of the Year.Bryant hit for a .292 average with 39 home runs, 102 RBIs and a league-leading 120 runs scored. He also had an NL-best 7.2 WAR and finished third in the NL in home runs and total bases, and fourth in OPS and slugging.While Bryant helped the Cubs to their first World Series title since 1908, the Angels finished fourth in the AL West despite Trout's performance. That makes Trout the first MVP from a losing team since Alex Rodriguez won in 2003 for the Texas Rangers.Meanwhile, Bryant's award makes him the youngest player to win a World Series and MVP in the same season since Cal Ripken Jr. did so in 1983.Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer and Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello were named th[...]



Novak Djokovic clashes with umpire, charges into semis at Tour FinalsMurray outlasts Nishikori at tour finalsDjokovic makes semifinals at tour finalsATP World Tour Finals: Kei Nishikori crushes Stan WawrinkaWTA chief 'looking forward' to Maria Sharapova's return from doping ban

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 18:50:02 GMTWed, 16 Nov 2016 23:40:44 GMTWed, 16 Nov 2016 16:46:22 GMTMon, 14 Nov 2016 17:50:15 GMTWed, 09 Nov 2016 16:54:21 GMT

Novak Djokovic's unblemished 3-0 record at the World Tour Finals suggests that everything has gone swimmingly for the four-time defending champion this week. But while the Serb will be pleased to pick up victories in the immediate aftermath of losing his No. 1 ranking to Andy Murray, his tension has been apparent. Djokovic struck a ball in anger in the direction of his coaches and near the crowd in his opener Sunday against Dominic Thiem -- had he hit a spectator, he might have been defaulted -- and on Tuesday whacked both his feet with his racket after dropping serve against Milos Raonic. On Thursday at London's O2 Arena, a venue that has been so kind to the 29-year-old, he engaged in a rather heated exchange with umpire Fergus Murphy during a thumping 6-1 6-2 win over alternate David Goffin. Djokovic was later joined in the semifinals by Raonic, who defeated Thiem 7-6 (5) 6-3 in an encounter that decided second place in the Ivan Lendl group. Murphy -- one of the tour's sternest umpires -- issued a time violation warning with Djokovic serving at 3-1, 30-all in the first set. In ATP tournaments, no more than 25 seconds are allowed between points, with the server almost always setting the pace. Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have been the two highest-profile players to intermittently exceed the limit -- recently there have been calls for a shot clock, similar to basketball -- but the 12-time grand slam winner felt he was hard done by on this occasion. The warning came off the back of a long point and Murphy seemed to acknowledge it was the first time Djokovic went past the 25-second mark. Umpires occasionally give players a heads-up if they are close to breaking the rule but nothing was said previously to Djokovic by the Irishman. "You're telling me something that tells me that you have no clue about the game," Djokovic said to Murphy during the changeover at 4-1. Djokovic then turned to supervisor Tom Barnes and added: "You think that's [...]



UCF Athletics graduation rates among nation's highest, NCAA saysTurnovers help lift UCF over Cincinnati 24-3UCF football to host Military Appreciation DayUCF football gets in on mannequin challenge

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 21:42:08 GMTSat, 12 Nov 2016 20:57:36 GMTThu, 10 Nov 2016 19:39:21 GMTThu, 10 Nov 2016 17:44:03 GMT

UCF's student-athletes boast a 93 percent successful graduation rate, according to data released by the NCAA.UCF is tied with Vanderbilt and Tulane for sixth overall in athlete graduation rates among Division I schools, according to NCAA. "The academic culture in our athletics department is second to none," said Daniel J. White, UCF vice president and director of athletics in a news release. "Our student-athletes, coaches, academic staff and administration share a common belief that the most important goal for our student-athletes at UCF should be graduation. We’re pretty proud of the company we’re keeping when you look at the schools around us in the rankings."The Knights only trail in the NCAA ranking to private school institutions, like Stanford, Duke, Northwestern, Boston College and Notre Dame.UCF has seven programs with a 100 percent graduation rate. The list includes volleyball, rowing, women's soccer, women's cross country/track and field, women's tennis and men's and women's golf.The football program has a graduation rate of 91 percent, which is the highest graduation rate among public universities in Division I football for the third consecutive year."Our student-athletes work very hard every day, both athletically and academically,” said Eric Wood, senior associate athletic director for academic services in the release. "There is a long-running culture of academic success that has been fostered by many UCF coaches and staff over the years. These strong graduation success rates are a testament to that culture and the effort put in by our student-athletes and academic support staff."    [...]McKenzie Milton threw a touchdown pass and UCF cashed in on turnovers to beat Cincinnati 24-3 on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the fourth time in five years.UCF football will host Milita[...]



NFL star Roddy White says he was fearful during traffic stopChicago police arrest suspect in dismembered toddler caseAnchorage police officer 'ambushed' in shooting, suspect killedOfficer killed near Pittsburgh in especially deadly week for US policeJury deliberates in Cincinnati police shooting trial

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:21:09 GMTWed, 16 Nov 2016 03:51:08 GMTSun, 13 Nov 2016 11:18:36 GMTThu, 10 Nov 2016 16:56:35 GMTThu, 10 Nov 2016 01:00:32 GMT

Roddy White, a former Atlanta Falcon who is an NFL free agent, used a series of tweets to describe a traffic stop Wednesday that he said had him concerned for his life. When a DeKalb County, Georgia, police officer apparently put his hand over his holstered gun as he approached White's car, the wide receiver said he grew upset and worried. White received two traffic tickets but said he wanted to report the officer for his actions."... It may save the next black man's life," White wrote.Police told CNN they are aware of the incident, but White had not filed a report as of Wednesday night, as he tweeted he would. If he does, the matter will be investigated by the internal affairs unit, police said. White's experience comes during a time of well-publicized traffic stops of African-American motorists who've been fatally shot or treated roughly by police. The incidents have sparked protests and nationwide discussion about the interaction of police officers and minorities. Recalling the incidentWhite recounted the incident to CNN at his home Wednesday night."I said, 'On a routine traffic stop for a speeding ticket, its protocol for you to get out of our car and put your hand on your weapon and come walk to someone's car?' He told me, 'Yeah, yeah, that's police protocol.'""So I was like, 'Are you serious?'" White said the officer told him, "No, that's my protocol, that's what I do as a police officer.""It was a scary moment for me because at that time I was like anybody else -- I felt vulnerable.""If something went wrong or if I tried to argue with this guy ... I could've got shot."White was pulled over in suburban Atlanta and was cited for speeding and an expired license plate. He had no problems with that, the athlete said in a series of eight tweets. TweetstormWhite said he questioned the officer about why the officer felt the need to unsnap a restraint on his holster and grab his g[...]



LeBron to donate $2.5M to Muhammad Ali exhibitObama welcomes Cleveland Cavaliers to White HouseMark Cuban ends ban on ESPN reporters

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:25:21 GMTThu, 10 Nov 2016 21:04:42 GMTSat, 12 Nov 2016 17:54:08 GMT

LeBron James is giving $2.5 million to the Smithsonian's new Muhammad Ali exhibit.

The Smithsonian announced Thursday that James and a business partner, Maverick Carter, pledged the money to the exhibit, part of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

"Every professional athlete, regardless of race and gender, owes a huge debt of gratitude to Muhammad Ali," the Cleveland Cavaliers star said in a statement.

James likened the legendary boxer and social activist to Jackie Robinson and Jesse Owens: "His legacy deserves to be studied and revered by every generation."

Michael Jordan previously pledged $5 million to the museum, and Magic Johnson and his wife, Cookie, donated $1 million.

Ali died in June at age 74.

This the latest of James' philanthropic efforts. He announced last year that he was providing four-year scholarships for local kids to the University of Akron through his family foundation.

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture opened in September. Admission is free, but visitors need to sign up for a date. Slots through March were claimed almost immediately.

President Barack Obama welcomed the kings of Cleveland to the White House Thursday, congratulating the team for finally bringing an NBA championship trophy home to what he called "Believeland."

ESPN is back in the good graces of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.




Scherzer, Porcello win Cy Young Awards

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:23:51 GMT

Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer and Boston Red Sox right-hander Rick Porcello were named the 2016 Cy Young Award winners on Wednesday.Scherzer won in a landslide over Chicago Cubs starters Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA). He received first-place votes on 25 out of 30 ballots, along with three second-place votes, one third and one fourth. Lester finished second with one first-place vote and Hendricks, who received two first-place votes, finished third.The voting was much closer in the American League, where Porcello, 27, beat out Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander by five points, the second closest of any Cy Young Award election since ballots permitted voting for more than one pitcher in 1970. Verlander also finished second in the only closer election since 1970, losing the 2012 voting to the Tampa Bay Rays' David Price, 153-149.Porcello received eight first-place votes, 18 second-place votes, two for third and one each for fourth and fifth for a total of 137 points. Verlander received 14 first-place votes, finishing with 132 points. Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians, who won the Cy Young Award in 2014, finished in third place, receiving three first-place votes and 98 points in total.In his second season with the Nationals, Scherzer set new career highs for innings pitched (228.1) and strikeouts (284) en route to a 20-7 record and 2.96 ERA. He led the National League in wins, strikeouts, WHIP and WAR this season.The award is the second Cy Young for the 31-year-old, who won his first in 2013 while pitching for the Detroit Tigers. He is the sixth pitcher to win the award in both leagues.Porcello, the only one of the three AL finalists without a Cy Young already on his resume, eas[...]



Vucevic breaks out of slump to lift Magic past Pelicans

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 03:17:01 GMT

Serge Ibaka scored 16 points and Nikola Vucevic broke out of his shooting slump with 10 points and 14 rebounds to help lift the Orlando Magic to an 89-82 win over New Orleans on Wednesday night.

Evan Fournier also finished with 16 points, while D.J. Augustin and Damjan Rudez scored 11 each and Aaron Gordon added 10.

The Magic dominated early before the short-handed Pelicans made it interesting down the stretch with Terrence Jones and Langston Galloway hitting some clutch baskets to cut into what was once a double-digit lead. After Jones pulled the Pelicans to 84-82 with a free throw, Vucevic responded with a jumper and putback to extend Orlando's lead back out to six points.

Jones, who started at power forward in place of injured Anthony Davis, led the Pelicans with 26 points.




Murray outlasts Nishikori at tour finalsDjokovic makes semifinals at tour finalsATP World Tour Finals: Kei Nishikori crushes Stan WawrinkaNovak Djokovic to reclaim No. 1?WTA chief 'looking forward' to Maria Sharapova's return from doping ban

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:40:44 GMTWed, 16 Nov 2016 16:46:22 GMTMon, 14 Nov 2016 17:50:15 GMTFri, 11 Nov 2016 17:00:10 GMTWed, 09 Nov 2016 16:54:21 GMT

Billed as a battle for No. 1 between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic at the year-end championships, both men have won their first two matches.But it hasn't been easy.After Djokovic struggled against big-serving Milos Raonic on Tuesday, Murray needed to be at his resilient best to see off the flashy Japanese shot-maker Kei Nishikori 6-7 (9) 6-4 6-4 in a record three hours, 20 minutes: It was the longest three-set match in tournament history, surpassing the 3:12 Murray spent on court against Rafael Nadal in 2010.Murray recorded his 21st consecutive victory Wednesday in London and turned the tables on Japan's Nishikori -- who had defeated the Scot in a similarly pulsating contest at the US Open in September."Nishikori was dictating almost all of the rallies today," Murray told reporters after taking an ice bath to aid his recovery. "He moves the ball around extremely well, better than maybe anyone."Murray hasn't officially joined Djokovic in the last four at the World Tour Finals because Stan Wawrinka beat Marin Cilic 7-6 (3) 7-6 (3) in the late match in the John McEnroe group. However he is almost there.While he will of course be content -- and relieved -- to prevail in what was the most entertaining contest so far this week, the length of the slugfest could have a knock-on effect on Murray as he tries to fend off Djokovic and secure the year-end No. 1 ranking.Beginning his campaign at the World Tour Finals a day later than Djokovic, Murray won't benefit from a day off between the round-robin stage and the semifinals should he progress.If Djokovic claims the title -- he is the four-time defending champion -- the Serb would end Murray's brief stint atop the rankings.Tennis fans are buzzing about the prospect of Murray and Djokovic playi[...]



Get WrestleMania 33 presale tickets nowWrestleMania returning to Orlando

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 21:20:34 GMTWed, 09 Mar 2016 00:12:46 GMT

WrestleMania 33, the world’s biggest entertainment spectacle, returns to Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on Sunday, April 2.

To kick off the history-making event, the official on-sale party will take place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday on the Seneff Arts Plaza at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available beginning at 4 p.m. and the gates at open at 5 p.m.

The on-sale party will give attendees an early opportunity to purchase their tickets in-person before they go on sale to the general public.

The on-sale party is free, family-friendly and open to the general public. It will feature four live wrestling matches, autograph-signing stations, a kid zone, a photo booth, music, food and beverages.

Several WWE superstars will be at the celebration, including Booker T, Renee Young, Cesaro, Titus O’Neil, Charlotte, Big Cass, Neville and Alexa Bliss.

All guests are encouraged to register online in advance by visiting OrlandoWrestleMania.com.

Presale tickets are available at Ticketmaster, with the password WWE4ME.

 

WrestleMania, WWE's premier event, is headed back to Orlando.




The 'Hollywood' retirement home for horses

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:34:59 GMT

If Cary Grant was an animal, which one would he be?For Michael Blowen, a former Hollywood film critic, there's a very specific answer: the retired racehorse Silver Charm.After years reporting on the movies for The Boston Globe, Blowen now runs Old Friends, a retirement farm for old racehorses based in Georgetown, Kentucky. The career transition might be a strange one, but Blowen likes to draw comparisons between the two."There's interesting parallels between covering the movies and these horses because a certain number of them have personalities," Blowen told CNN."Silver Charm is amazing, he's like Cary Grant. He's smooth, never makes a mistake, never has a hair out of place, he's really cool, all the girls love him."And then War Emblem, he's got a very mischievous side, and he's more like Jack Nicholson because you never know quite what to expect from him."Silver Charm, trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Gary Stevens, is best known for winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes races in 1997 before narrowly missing out on a rare Triple Crown after finishing second in the Belmont Stakes.War Emblem was victorious at the same two races in 2002, but for Blowen there's no doubt over which horse he prefers."Silver Charm is my favorite horse of all time. I've been in love with this horse for 20 years and 18 years ago I got a miniature horse and named him Little Silver Charm."Little did I know that eventually Silver Charm, his namesake, would end up at the farm as well."You ask people, 'what's your favorite day?' and they would say 'the day I got married;' then they'd have children and say 'the day my children were [...]



Djokovic makes semifinals at tour finalsATP World Tour Finals: Kei Nishikori crushes Stan WawrinkaNovak Djokovic to reclaim No. 1?WTA chief 'looking forward' to Maria Sharapova's return from doping ban

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:46:22 GMTMon, 14 Nov 2016 17:50:15 GMTFri, 11 Nov 2016 17:00:10 GMTWed, 09 Nov 2016 16:54:21 GMT

Novak Djokovic knew going into the World Tour Finals that if he won two round-robin matches and then the title, he would be guaranteed of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking he lost to Andy Murray last week.The first part of the equation is done.Djokovic struggled but still beat Milos Raonic in a 7-6 (6) 7-6 (5) thriller in London on Tuesday to collect that second victory and earn a place in the semifinals, where a meeting with Murray remains a possibility.The other player to progress from group Ivan Lendl will be either Raonic -- defeated by Murray in the Wimbledon final -- or Dominic Thiem, the Austrian who downed Gael Monfils 6-3 1-6 6-4 earlier Tuesday at the O2 Arena. They face off Thursday.France's Monfils, at 0-2, was eliminated when Djokovic edged Raonic.This wasn't the almost perfect Djokovic of the first five months of 2016: In rallies, Raonic did much of the dictating and the world No. 2 twice relinquished a break lead in the second set.But the Serb -- like Murray against Marin Cilic on Monday -- won the majority of the important points, no doubt aided by the psychological edge he held over Raonic. Raonic entered the clash 0-7 against the four-time defending champion, having won a single set."It was a very close match," Djokovic told reporters. "I think very few points separated us tonight. It really could have gone either way."All in all," he later added, "two tiebreaks against a big server is a great win and great confidence boost."Questioned about his temper Sunday after smacking a ball in the direction of his coaches and not far from the crowd in his win against Thiem, Djokovic was mostly composed despite his inconsistent display -- although[...]



Tom Brady mocks Deflategate in Foot Locker ad

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:22:44 GMT

Tom Brady has finally lightened up about Deflategate.In a new Foot Locker ad, the QB mocks the scandal about the deflated footballs that the Patriots used during the AFC Championship Game in January 2015. Brady was implicated in the incident, and an NFL investigation found that he "was aware of and took steps to support" deflating the balls. He was suspended for four games at the start of the 2016-2017 season but maintains his innocence.In the commercial, two young men walk into a diner while praising Foot Locker's "Week of Greatness" sale.The fifth annual sale features tons of new shoe releases.When the men start to question how Foot Locker can have such a great sale year after year and wonder what the company's up to, Brady jumps in."That's an unfortunate mindset you got there," Brady interjects. "Just because something's great year after year doesn't mean anything's going on. Why can't some things just be great?"Brady continues his rant as the two young men stare in disbelief."Starts with questions and then questions turn into assumptions and then assumptions turn into -- vacations," Brady said, referring to the trip he took to Italy while he was suspended."Why would you punish the 'Week of Greatness' for something that never even happened?" Brady says before storming out of the restaurant. {"width":480,"height":270,"thumbnail_url":"https://i.ytimg.com/vi/RlRLVUrdouw/hqdefault.jpg","title":"Foot Locker x Week of Greatness V featuring Tom Brady","version":"1.0","provider_url":&q[...]



News 6 to air NFL doubleheader

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 16:02:58 GMT

News 6 will air an NFL double-header on Sunday.

[NEWS 6 NFL TV SCHEDULE: Check for your favorite team]

Game 1, with kickoff set for 1 p.m., features the Jacksonville Jaguars at the Detroit Lions.

The second game, Philadelphia at Seattle, is scheduled for a 4:25 p.m. kickoff.

CBS does not have the rights to air the Miami Dolphins game on Nov. 20.

Meanwhile, as your prepare for the holidays, News 6 will show Minnesota at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day, with kick set for 12:30 p.m.

Thanks for watching News 6!

 

 




Dead Sea dip: Swimmers endure salty agony to highlight disappearing wonderNew Zealand earthquake: Stranded cows rescuedThousands stranded in New Zealand after earthquakesRussian fighter jet crashes into MediterraneanIraq: Suicide bomber kills 6; more would-be bombers stoppedAleppo residents get warning by text message: You have 24 hours to leave

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:26:57 GMTTue, 15 Nov 2016 05:20:03 GMTTue, 15 Nov 2016 07:11:03 GMTTue, 15 Nov 2016 04:36:58 GMTMon, 14 Nov 2016 11:02:02 GMTMon, 14 Nov 2016 10:29:03 GMT

The swimmers pulled themselves from the water exhausted, their lycra swimsuits stiff from all the crystallized salt. The water had stung their eyes, burned their skin, and exposed cuts they never knew they had. But after seven hours in the water, just after the shadows started growing long again in the afternoon sun, they were finished.The group of nearly 30 swimmers had become the first people ever to swim across the Dead Sea from Jordan to Israel, a nine-mile (15km) swim that had never been accomplished before because the water is so inhospitable to marathon swimming. Dead Sea rapidly disapppearing "I can't believe it. It's such an emotional moment," said record-breaking marathon swimmer Kim Chambers, wrapped in her native New Zealand flag."It was teamwork at its finest. This is what happens when you get 28 crazy people together who think it's a good idea to swim across the Dead Sea."Chambers and the group of swimmers, who came from all over the world, wanted to raise awareness of the rapidly dropping sea levels.The world's lowest and one of the saltiest bodies of water is in danger of becoming extinct as its level drops at the rate of approximately one meter per year, according to Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director of EcoPeace Middle East."That demise of the Dead Sea is not global climate change -- it's policies of the governments here in the region," said Bromberg.Most of the water of the Jordan River, which feeds the Dead Sea, is diverted to other uses, Bromberg said.The effect is to starve the Dead Sea of its only source of replenishment. The industry mini[...]



Colin Kaepernick: 'It would be hypocritical of me to vote'NFL star sits during anthem in Trump protestGoodell: Trump has made things hard for me at home

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 11:29:03 GMTMon, 14 Nov 2016 16:18:50 GMTFri, 11 Nov 2016 16:20:40 GMT

Colin Kaepernick did not vote in last week's presidential election, saying at the time that it didn't matter to him who won.On Sunday, after the San Francisco 49ers lost 23-20 to the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona, Kaepernick defended his action."You know, I think it would be hypocritical of me to vote," Kaepernick told reporters. "I said from the beginning I was against oppression, I was against the system of oppression. I'm not going to show support for that system. And to me, the oppressor isn't going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression."Kaepernick, who is biracial, became a lightning rod late this summer during the NFL preseason when he refused to stand during the US national anthem, saying he didn't want to "show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color." His sitting -- which later turned to kneeling -- sparked a national movement. Other athletes -- from elementary schools to professional sports teams -- began following his lead.One of the most recent examples of athletic social activism came Sunday. Ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' home game against the Chicago Bears, Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans refused to stand for the national anthem in response to Donald Trump winning the presidential election. He said after the game that his reason for not standing was different than Kaepernick's."It's not about the Republican party or Democratic party or anything like that," Evans said. "It's just who he is. It's well-documented what he's done. I'm not going to stand for something I don't believe in."However, in a statement T[...]



Pacers top Vogel, Magic 88-69

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 02:49:37 GMT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — C.J. Miles made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points, and the Pacers spoiled Frank Vogel's return to Indiana with an 88-69 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

Vogel coached the Pacers for more than five seasons before he was let go in May. He was quickly scooped up by Orlando, and it looks as if he has plenty of work to do with the Magic.

Paul George had 13 points, six rebounds and five assists for Indiana, which pulled away in the second half. Monta Ellis also scored 13 points, and Jeff Teague finished with 11.

The Magic shot 32 percent from the field. Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 11 points.




NFL star sits during anthem in Trump protestGoodell: Trump has made things hard for me at home

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:18:50 GMTFri, 11 Nov 2016 16:20:40 GMT

"I'm not going to stand for something I don't believe in."So said Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Evans as he became the latest high-profile NFL star to protest during the pre-game U.S. national anthem.Prior to his team's 36-10 home win against the Chicago Bears, the wide receiver sat as the "Star Spangled Banner" played -- later saying "America's not right" in the wake of Donald Trump's election."When he ran, I thought it was a joke and the joke continues," Evans said after the game."I'm not a political person that much, but I've got common sense. And I know when something's not right."When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we've been Punk'd, then I'll stand again. But I won't stand anymore."Co-founded by Kutcher, "Punk'd" is an American TV series which features a series of practical jokes being played on people.Last week, Trump beat Hilary Clinton to be named the 45th U.S. president, but many of his policies have caused widespread division.The 70-year-old labeled Mexican immigrants as "rapists," "criminals" and "drug addicts," while also suggesting a nationwide ban on Muslims.Trump also received heavy criticism after a tape emerged in which he admitted to groping women. Reality Shock Evans said he heard some booing, which he expected, during the protest that came on the Buccaneers' annual "Salute to Service" game, a day honoring members of the armed forces."I don&#[...]



Logano experiences breakthrough as he seeks 1st titleATP World Tour Finals: Kei Nishikori crushes Stan WawrinkaColin Kaepernick: 'It would be hypocritical of me to vote'NFL star sits during anthem in Trump protest

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 19:40:56 GMTMon, 14 Nov 2016 17:50:15 GMTTue, 15 Nov 2016 11:29:03 GMTMon, 14 Nov 2016 16:18:50 GMT

When Joey Logano first arrived in the Sprint Cup at the age of 18, he was considered the greatest thing since "Sliced Bread," which became his nickname.It turned out that Logano was able to slice through fields of cars with more raw talent than judgment. He often angered his fellow drivers and the nickname disappeared. That's all behind him now because, in his eighth season, Logano is headed to the Homestead-Miami Speedway looking for his first Sprint Cup championship and he may well get it.Needing to hold onto at least a fourth-place finish in the closing laps to advance beyond Sunday's Chase elimination round in Phoenix, Logano went three better and won the race.You could call it a gimme, since Logano needed two flukes to come out the winner. How often do you see a caution fall due to a crash with two laps to go and then see a veteran leader like Matt Kenseth crash on an overtime restart? On the other hand, Logano earned the big boost of momentum that comes with a victory.Prior to the drama that put him into the lead, Logano was clinging for dear life to fourth place ahead of fellow Chase contender Kevin Harvick, just enough to get the Team Penske driver to Homestead on points. It was a sign of the times that Harvick, looking for his sixth victory at Phoenix in seven races, raced "the kid" cleanly. And Logano, now 26, did likewise."Kevin and I have, I guess, been through our stuff," said Logano. "But it's cool to see how we race each other now, and it goes[...]



ATP World Tour Finals: Kei Nishikori crushes Stan WawrinkaNovak Djokovic to reclaim No. 1?WTA chief 'looking forward' to Maria Sharapova's return from doping ban

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:50:15 GMTFri, 11 Nov 2016 17:00:10 GMTWed, 09 Nov 2016 16:54:21 GMT

When Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka met in the US Open semifinals, the former led by a set and was in control in the early stages of the second. Then Wawrinka rallied -- and the Swiss went on to win a third grand slam title.On Monday at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, the Japanese baseliner didn't let his lead slip. Indeed he thumped a listless Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 in 67 minutes to open play in the John McEnroe group."I felt very comfortable out there," Nishikori told reporters. "Started very good, from the first game. So I was very confident."I saw that he wasn't playing his best and he was missing. A lot of unforced errors. I saw a lot of opportunity today so I tried to be aggressive."Later Monday in the same group, Andy Murray plays his first match as the official No. 1 when he faces Croatia's Marin Cilic. Murray, a Scot who resides near London, is sure to have the crowd behind him at the O2 Arena.Nishikori is one of only two men to defeat the surging Murray since the start of September -- Juan Martin del Potro being the other. He is a flashy shot-maker who Roger Federer, for one, said he likes to watch.But Nishikori didn't have to produce his best to see off Federer's fellow Swiss and good pal.Wawrinka suffered from a sore knee recently and it likely played a part in his poor performance. He averaged nearly two unforced errors per game and his often breathtaking one-handed backhand severely misfired: He struck two backhand win[...]



Defense helps Seahawks survive against Patriots

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 06:26:08 GMT

It wasn't the Super Bowl, but this time Seattle Seahawks survived the dramatic closing seconds against the New England Patriots.Getting a small measure of revenge for losing Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks escaped Sunday, staging a valiant goal-line stand in the closing seconds and stunning the Patriots 31-24.Tom Brady lobbed a fourth-down pass in the direction of tight end Rob Gronkowski, who stumbled over safety Kam Chancellor as the ball fell incomplete with 11 seconds remaining, ensuring the road win for Seattle (6-2-1)."Gronk's a great competitor, man," said Chancellor, who returned from a four-game absence caused by a groin injury. "With us two on the field, why not end it like that? Give both of us a chance -- give him a chance and let me go out there and cover it."Gronkowski got up after the play looking for a penalty flag. The no-call appeared to be correct."It didn't get called," he said later. "It is what it is -- if it's not a (pass interference) to the refs, it's not a P.I. I'm not here to make excuses to say it was a P.I."New England (7-2) drove 74 yards and had a first-and-goal at the 2-yard line and failed on four tries. First, a Brady sneak gained a yard. Then, LeGarrette Blount, who scored three rushing touchdowns in the game, ran for no gain. Brady lost a yard on a third-down sneak, recovering his own fumble.Seattle then had 12 men on the field, and the penalty moved the[...]



Ibaka hits game winner vs. former team as Magic top Thunder

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 04:31:43 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Serge Ibaka's baseline jumper with less than a second remaining gave the Orlando Magic a 119-117 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

Ibaka, who was traded from the Thunder to the Magic in the offseason, scored a career-high 31 points and added nine rebounds and four blocks.

With the score tied in the final minute, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook missed a pull-up jumper, and Orlando rebounded and called timeout with 11 seconds remaining to set up Ibaka's winner with 0.4 seconds left.

Westbrook finished with 41 points, 16 assists and 12 rebounds for his third triple-double of the season and 40th of his career. The Thunder had won 20 straight when Westbrook tallied a triple-double.

Elfrid Payton scored 23 points and Evan Fournier added 21 for the Magic, who snapped a three-game losing streak.




Alonso's pick-6 of Rivers lifts Dolphins to wild 31-24 win

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 02:06:11 GMT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Kiko Alonso intercepted Philip Rivers' pass and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown with 1:01 left to give Miami a wild 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, the Dolphins' fourth straight.The Dolphins (5-4) intercepted Rivers four times, all in the fourth quarter.Alonso jumped in front of Tyrell Williams and outraced everybody into the end zone for the winning score.Two plays into the ensuing drive, Rivers was intercepted again, by Tony Llippett, his second of the game.Rivers threw three touchdown passes to move past John Elway for eighth place on the career list with 301.Rivers' 51-yard touchdown pass to Williams with 4:04 left gave the Chargers (4-6) a 24-21 lead.Miami came right back to get a 27-yard field goal from Andrew Franks to tie it. That was set up by Ryan Tannehill's 56-yard pass to DeVante Parker and a roughing-the-passer call that put the ball on the San Diego 10.Damien Williams scored on a 2-yard run and on an 18-yard pass from Tannehill for the Dolphins.Jay Ajayi ran for 79 yards, ending his streak of three straight 100-yard games, but he had big runs to set up two touchdowns by Damien Williams.Williams scored on a 2-yard run on the opening drive of the second half to give Miami a 14-10 lead. Ajayi had a 40-yard run on the drive.San Diego regained the lead at 17-14 on Rivers' 7-yard pass to rookie Hunter Henry in the right[...]



Texans beat Jaguars 24-21 for 1st road victory of season

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 22:02:25 GMT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Brock Osweiler threw two touchdown passes, Kareem Jackson returned an interception 42 yards for a score and the Houston Texans handed the Jacksonville Jaguars another home loss, 24-13 Sunday.The Texans (6-3) scored on offense and defense and set up another score with special teams, a complete team effort that led to their first road win of the season and kept them perfect (3-0) against the AFC South. They won their fifth in a row against Jacksonville.The Jaguars (2-7) lost their fourth straight and fell to 0-4 at home. Coach Gus Bradley's team rallied late, with Blake Bortles hitting Allen Robinson for a touchdown and again for a 2-point conversion.But the Texans converted a third-and-5 play with 2 minutes to play, essentially ending the game. It dropped Bradley's record to 14-43 in four seasons and prompted even the most loyal supporters to question why owner Shad Khan hasn't made a change.Houston had been downright dismal on the road this season, scoring just one touchdown in lopsided losses at New England, Minnesota and Denver. The Texans found Jacksonville to be much more hospitable, especially on the opening drive.On the fifth play of the game, Jackson stepped in front of Allen Hurns, tipped the ball up, bobbled it, secured it and sauntered down the sideline before juking Bortles and high-stepping into the end zone.Osweil[...]