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The Early Lead: March, 2012

Posted at 05:41 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Final Four: Ohio State vs. Kansas preview

Overshadowed by the night’s first matchup, the Buckeyes and Jayhawks could provide the Final Four’s best game in the nightcap from New Orleans.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:41 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Final Four: Kentucky vs. Louisville preview

The way this game was discussed this week, you’d think Kentucky-Louisville was the national championship and the second semifinal was the consolation game. That’s how big this rivalry is — and now it’s elevated to the national stage.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA Tournament, Final Four

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis named AP player of the year

Kentucky’s 6-10 forward becomes only the second freshman to win player of the year honors.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:44 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Tim Tebow is excited to be a Jet — in case there was any doubt

If there was one takeaway from Tim Tebow’s Monday press conference, officially introducing him as a member of the New York Jets, it was this: Tim Tebow is excited to be a New York Jet.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:08 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Report: Bobby Abreu trade to Cleveland Indians falls through

Bobby Abreu may be the odd man out in a crowded outfield for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and a trade may be the best thing for both parties.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:04 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Steve Nash, Jason Terry would consider joining Miami Heat next season

Steve Nash and Jason Terry are set to become free agents this summer, and both say they would consider joining LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in South Beach.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:13 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey diagnosed with Bell’s palsy as Bears gear up for Final Four

With Baylor back in the Final Four the second time in three seasons, Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey is happy and excited — even if she can’t show it.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Stanford’s NIT championship brings season full circle

After an inconsistent regular season, the Cardinal go out on a high note with a blowout win over Minnesota and their second NIT title.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:58 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Jerry Sandusky trial pushed back to June 5

The trial of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on child sex-abuse charges has been postponed from May 14 because of scheduling issues in the Pennsylvania court.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 03/29/2012

North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall, John Henson will enter NBA draft

Four days after their season ended in an Elite Eight loss to Kansas, the talented trio of Tar Heels declared their intentions to enter the draft.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:49 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Bill Parcells: A return to coaching would be about his friendship with Sean Payton

There’s no decision yet — by the New Orleans Saints, Sean Payton or Bill Parcells — but Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones endorses the idea of Parcells coaching again.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Is Kevin Love a legitimate NBA MVP candidate?

The Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward has been the most dominant player in the NBA in March. But does he warrant serious MVP consideration?

By Matt Brooks  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Alternate NCAA Tournament 2012 Final: Which team do you love to hate more — Duke or Connecticut?

Here we are: the March Mad-ness Hate Bracket final. It’s a true David vs. Goliath matchup with No. 1 Duke vs. No. 7 Connecticut. Hope you saved some bile for this one.

By Michael Katz  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Brandon Jacobs, Mario Manningham departures don’t concern Tom Coughlin. Nor does arrival of Tim Tebow.

The New York Giants have the security of having won won Super Bowls in four years, along with a solid plan for their roster. Tom Coughlin likes Tim Tebow, but has no reason to worry about the Jets.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:11 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Man yells ‘Go Cowboys!’ before execution

Moments before he was put to death by lethal injection for the 2001 murder of a 10-month-old, Jesse Joe Hernandez made his NFL allegiances clear.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:39 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Judge stops sale of Tim Tebow Jets jerseys, granting Nike’s request for a temporary restraining order

With its contract with the NFL expiring March 31, Reebok moved quickly to sell Tim Tebow Jets jerseys after he was traded to New York and Nike, whose contract begins April 1, filed suit.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:06 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Ray Lewis helps spark Stanford into NIT final with pregame speech

Riding a wave of enthusiasm only the NFL’s greatest motivator could provide, the Stanford Cardinal enter Thursday’s NIT championship game, looking for greatness.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:55 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Andrew Bynum gets the Kobe Bryant treatment with late benching in Lakers win

By benching his stars, Mike Brown is showing who runs the show in Los Angeles — but will that come at the risk of losing his players?

By Matt Brooks  |  03:49 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 03/28/2012

The Masters 2012 tournament might be facing a gender problem. Again.

EARLY LEAD | Club doesn’t allow female members, but a sponsor’s CEO is a woman. Now what?

By Cindy Boren  |  02:19 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Brandon Jacobs signs with 49ers, joining ex-Giants teammate Mario Manningham

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em — or sign ‘em. That’s the approach the 49ers appear to be taking after signing former New York Giants Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:18 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Tim Tebow sparks a legal fight between Nike and Reebok

At issue are New York Jets jerseys featuring Tim Tebow’s name and number that Reebok is selling with its NFL deal set to expire March 31. Nike’s deal takes effect April 1.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:47 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Yankees OF Curtis Granderson to have MRI on elbow; Joba Chamberlain expects to return this season

Fresh off a career year, Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson could miss time with elbow soreness. Meanwhile, Joba Chamberlain says he expects to return from his dislocated ankle to pitch in 2012.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Jeremy Lin goes to lunch with ESPN editor who was fired over headline

New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin meets with ESPN editor who was fired for writing a racially insensitive headline about Lin last month. “He's just a wonderful, humble person,” Anthony Federico said of Lin.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:14 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Report: LeBron James has dislocated finger on non-shooting hand

Miami Heat star was already dealing with right elbow soreness when he reportedly dislocated the ring finger on his non-shooting hand in Monday’s loss at Indiana.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:53 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Can Magic Johnson bring magic to the Los Angeles Dodgers?

Magic Johnson played a mystical role in the Los Angeles Lakers’ dynasty, when every game was “Showtime” in L.A. Can he do the same with the Dodgers?

By Cindy Boren  |  10:05 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Dennis Rodman is broke and owes more than $800,000 in child support

Former NBA star could face jail time for failing to pay more than $800,000 in back child support in addition to $51,000 in spousal support.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:57 PM ET, 03/27/2012

With Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin out, Carmelo Anthony carries Knicks

Carmelo Anthony scored 28 points to keep the New York Knicks on track despite injuries to Amar’e Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:57 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:19 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Mets pitcher Jon Niese has a new nose; Carlos Beltran finally pays up

Carlos Beltran offered to pay for Jon Niese to get a new nose last season. Niese did, and Beltran made good on his word... eventually.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:19 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Peyton Manning was stunned when the Redskins traded for the No. 2 pick

Mike Shanahan, Peyton Manning and Kyle Shanahan went ahead with their plan to meet, according to Sports Illustrated report, even after Redskins had traded for No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:52 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 03/27/2012

U.S. soccer knocked out of Olympic qualifying after El Salvador’s late goal

A goalkeeping blunder helped the United States advance to the knockout stages of the 2010 World Cup. In a must-win Monday match against El Salvador, the Americans were on the other end of the equation.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:14 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Brits unhappy about Stella McCartney-designed Olympic uniforms

British designer Stella McCartney hears it from critics who wish she would have included more red — less blue — in her collaboration with Adidas.

By Maura Judkis  |  10:58 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Frank Martin named coach at South Carolina (updated)

Frank Martin named South Carolina basketball coach, leaving acrimonious relationship with athletic director at Kansas State behind him.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:37 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Tim Tebow press conference doesn’t intimidate Mark Sanchez

New York Jets’ incumbent starter Mark Sanchez says, “I’m confident in my abilities” after Tim Tebow holds a press conference to discuss being the backup quarterback.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:07 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Final Four features Kentucky, Louisville in Bluegrass State clash

Two tradition-rich teams with charismatic coaches located just 77 miles apart in a basketball crazed state will clash in a Final Four matchup full of intrigue.

By Matt Brooks  |  04:49 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Tim Tebow, officially a Jet, meets the press. And wins.

Over 200 members of the media turn out to listen to Tim Tebow’s first words as a New York Jet. He reassured Mark Sanchez, but still hasn’t won over Joe Namath.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:44 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Houston Dynamo’s Colin Clark apologizes for using gay slur toward ball boy

When Dynamo midfielder Colin Clark hurled a homophobic slur at a ball boy on Friday, it served as a jarring, audible reminder that discrimination persists on the pitch and throughout the world of sports.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:35 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Andrew Luck vs. Robert Griffin III: Jim Irsay says Colts are “still in the evaluation process”

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck has long been considered the likely No. 1 pick, with Baylor’s Robert Griffin III going to the Washington Redskins with the No. 2 pick.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:04 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Report: Sean Payton talks to Bill Parcells about coaching Saints

ESPN reports that Sean Payton, who has been suspended for the 2012 season because of Bountygate, has contacted his mentor, Bill Parcells, about coaching the team for one year.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:26 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Tim Tebow addresses the nation (of New York)

Tim Tebow, the New York Jets’ new backup quarterback, will answer questions , even as his arrival with Gang Green raises a ton of them for Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter to miss opening day with yet another injury

Right-handed ace Chris Carpenter’s individual success has been a good barometer for the St. Louis Cardinals’ postseason prospects in recent seasons. So the news that he’s out indefinitely with a nerve issue does not bode well for the defending World Series champs.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:51 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 03/26/2012

After win, is Tiger Woods the Masters favorite?

Tiger Woods ends his 30-month victory drought with a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Now, will he end his stretch of futility in major tournaments?

By Cindy Boren  |  10:11 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Arnold Palmer hospitalized because of high blood pressure issue

Arnold Palmer, 82, is kept in an Orlando hospital overnight because of problem with a change in his blood-pressure medication. He missed the finale of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, won by Tiger Woods.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:24 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:10 PM ET, 03/25/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Kendall Marshall will not play for North Carolina vs. Kansas

The Tar Heels will be without point guard Kendall Marshall again when they take on Kansas in the Midwest Region final Sunday.

By Mark Giannotto  |  04:10 PM ET, 03/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/25/2012

Mickael Pietrus injury: Celtics forward cleared to return to Boston after sustaining concussion

Celtics forward Mickael Pietrus was cleared to return to Boston one day after suffering a concussion in a frightening in-game fall in Philadelphia.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:39 PM ET, 03/24/2012

Ohio State vs. Syracuse: Jared Sullinger’s big second half sends Buckeyes to Final Four

After spending most of the first half on the bench, Jared Sullinger dominated the second half to lead Ohio State past Syracuse and into the Final Four for the first time since 2007.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:39 PM ET, 03/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 03/24/2012

Mickael Pietrus injury: Celtics forward not hospitalized overnight after frightening fall

Celtics forward Mickael Pietrus reportedly suffered a “questionable closed head injury” after a scary fall in Philadelphia, but was not forced to stay in a hospital overnight.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:04 AM ET, 03/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 03/24/2012

NCAA tournament: Roy Williams, North Carolina hope to reverse fortunes vs. Kansas

A stunning Final Four blowout loss to Kansas in 2008 sparked North Carolina’s national title run the following season. Now the Tar Heels and their coach hope to flip the script on the Jayhawks.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:08 AM ET, 03/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:18 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Sneak peek: Robert Griffin III in Jon Gruden’s QB Camp (video clip)

Jon Gruden puts Robert Griffin III — and Andrew Luck — under the microscope ahead of the NFL Draft.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:18 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Joba Chamberlain suffers “very significant” ankle injury playing with son, Yankees say (updated)

Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain, trying to come back from Tommy John reconstruction, has surgery to repair open ankle dislocation he suffered while playing with his 5-year-old son.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:35 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Miami Heat, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade don hoodies for Trayvon Martin

LeBron James tweets photo of Heat players in hoodies with “#WeAreTrayvonMartin, #Hoodies, #Stereotypes, #WeWantJustice,” as Dwyane Wade says, “No matter what color, race, we're all fathers.”

By Cindy Boren  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Report: Austin Rivers will leave Duke to enter NBA draft

If freshman Austin Rivers leaves Duke, he would be the school’s second one-and-done point guard in as many years. Is trouble brewing for the Blue Devils?

By Matt Brooks  |  01:55 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Michael Vick is “our guy,” Andy Reid says, despite interest in Peyton Manning

Philadelphia Eagles coach says of interest in Peyton Manning, “we look into everything, as all teams do,” but “that wasn’t the direction we were heading in.”

By Cindy Boren  |  12:46 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Alternate NCAA Tournament 2012: Which team do you love to hate more — Duke or Michigan?

Only four teams remain in our quest to find the most reviled team in college hoops, and it’s a strong group of contenders: Duke, North Carolina, Michigan and Connecticut.

By Michael Katz  |  12:08 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Josh Johnson reunites with Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco

Josh Johnson was like a “beloved son” to Jim Harbaugh when he coached at the University of San Diego. Now, Johnson will get a chance to compete for a backup job with the 49ers.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:24 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Jason Smith body checks Blake Griffin, gets standing ovation (video)

There’s something to be said for a good, clean, hard foul.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Viewer’s guide to Friday’s March Madness action

Tonight, the South and Midwest regions will be whittled down to their final two teams as power conference heavyweights and a trio of double-digit seeds collide.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Matt Forte says Bears “disrespected” him with Michael Bush deal

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte says he welcomes competition from Michael Bush but isn’t happy that the team applied the franchise tag to him.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:12 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Syracuse vs. Ohio State: Deshaun Thomas is at the top of his game for the Buckeyes

Deshaun Thomas has been Ohio State’s best offensive weapon so far in the tournament, and the Buckeyes will need him to step up again when they take on Syracuse in the East region final.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:15 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:25 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Chipper Jones: What Bryce Harper might learn from Braves’ third baseman, who will retire after the season

Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones, now an elder statesman at nearly 40, was once a brash, young draft pick like the Washington Nationals’ Bryce Harper. Jones will retire after this season with no regrets about spending his entire career with the Braves.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:25 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:34 AM ET, 03/23/2012

NCAA basketball: Ohio State pulls away from Cincinnati

After the Bearcats threaten, the Buckeyes end the Big East’s Thursday night run.

By Josh Barr  |  12:34 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Early Lead

Posted at 09:58 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Syracuse vs. Wisconsin: Orange defense forces bad shots at end to advance

The Badgers made 14 three-point shots, but with a chance to win in the closing seconds the Orange defense forced two air balls.

By Josh Barr  |  09:58 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Early Lead

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Jeremy Shockey uses Sean Payton texts to deny Warren Sapp’s accusation that he blew whistle on Saints’ bounty system

New Orleans Saints’ bounty system came to light partly because one or mor epeople in the organization blew the whistle on it.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:23 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Report: Drew Stanton wants out of New York with Tim Tebow backing up Mark Sanchez

New York Jets signed Drew Stanton less than a week ago to be the backup to Mark Sanchez. The team’s surprising trade for Tim Tebow drops Stanton on the depth chart and he’d like to be released.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:38 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Alternate NCAA Tournament 2012: Which team do you love to hate more — North Carolina or Connecticut?

When it comes to March Madness and teams it’s impossible for some people to root for, the Final Four, readers say, is UNC, U-Conn., Duke and Michigan.

By Michael Katz  |  02:30 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Sean Payton’s punishment is sobering for New Orleans and for him

Despite the “Free Sean Payton” T-shirts and comments from Drew Brees and Tom Johnson, the New Orleans Saints will lose their coach to a year-long suspension for his role in Bountygate.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Viewer’s guide to Thursday’s March Madness action

Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchups should feature physical play, plenty of pace and perhaps a surprise or two. Here’s your guide to all of the action.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Linsanity: Jeremy Lin, Knicks keep winning as Tim Tebow heads to New York

Since Mike Woodson replaced Mike D’Antoni as coach, the Knicks are undefeated. That’s a good thing with Tebowmania coming to town.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:41 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Tim Tebow: Controversy follows as quarterback goes to New York Jets to back up Mark Sanchez

Quarterback Tim Tebow will continue to be a lightning rod for his beliefs and in his role as the backup to embattled starter Mark Sanchez. Oh, and he says he’s wanted to play for Rex Ryan since he saw “Hard Knocks.” Get your popcorn.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:38 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Report: Tebow trade hits snag because of contract language

ESPN reports that $5 million of recapture language in Tim Tebow’s contract is a sticking point. If the deal falls through, the St. Louis Rams may enter the picture.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:58 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 03/21/2012

VCU Coach Shaka Smart turns down Illinois job, will remain with Rams

Shaka Smart reportedly told Illinois AD Mike Thomas he is not interested in becoming the school’s men’s basketball coach, and will remain in Richmond.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:16 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Tiger Woods shakes off back twinge, says “I’m good to go” as Masters nears

Tiger Woods, in the midst of a golf-playing frenzy as he prepares for the April 5 Masters, is interrupted mid-swing by a photographer and feels a twinge in his back. Woods said he walked it off.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:09 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Tim Tebow traded to New York Jets for draft picks (updated)

Denver Broncos’ signing of Peyton Manning made quarterback Tim Tebow expendable. He’ll play behind Mark Sanchez and give Jets a Wildcat option.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:09 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Report: Derek Fisher, Thunder in contract talks

Longtime Lakers point guard Derek Fisher is reportedly “very close” to committing to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:04 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Tim Tebow: Jacksonville, New York Jets, Green Bay among possible destinations

After signing Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos’ John Elway has been committed to trading his Tebowmania quarterback. Which team is the best one for him?

By Cindy Boren  |  11:37 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Roy Williams: North Carolina preparing to play without Kendall Marshall in Sweet 16

If Kendall Marshall’s broken wrist keeps him out against Ohio, North Carolina will turn to seldom-used freshman Stilman White and senior forward Justin Watts to play point guard.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Alex Smith returns to 49ers, agreeing to three-year deal

Alex Smith and the San Francisco 49ers aren’t wildly in love with one another, but, after looking around, they’ve reconciled to restoring their relationship.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:40 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Hines Ward retires and Hall of Fame debate begins

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver added blocking to the skillset for modern pass catchers. His methods also were considered to be dirty by some. Does he belong in Canton, a place that traditionally underappreciates wide receivers?

By Cindy Boren  |  08:43 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Peyton Manning live blog: “The Broncos were just a great fit” (updated)

Peyton Manning reaches agreement on a five-year deal worth $96 million and is introduced to Broncos fans, who loved Tim Tebow, by John Elway.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:42 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 03/20/2012

NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi disciplines pep band mambers for heckling Kansas State player with racist taunt

Five members of the pep band lose their scholarships, are kicked out of the band and must complete a cultural-sensitivity training course after chanting “Where’s your green card?” at player

By Cindy Boren  |  02:04 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Tim Tebow and the Redskins: Five reasons it would work

Since signing Peyton Manning, the Denver Broncos have been taking trade offers for Tim Tebow. Dan Shanoff outlines the reasons why he’s as good a fit in Washington as anywhere.

By Dan Shanoff  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Donald Driver, Martina Navratilova have slow start on “DWTS”

On “Dancing with the Stars,” Green Bay Packers wide receiver needs to leave the football moves at home while former tennis star admits she’s nervous about dancing publicly.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:33 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Alternate NCAA Tournament 2012: Who do you love to hate more, Michigan or Syracuse?

By Michael Katz  |  12:24 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Peyton Manning, Broncos reach agreement on reported five-year, $96-million deal (updated)

Agent for Manning and Denver Broncos worked on contract agreement late into Monday night and have scheduled a press conference for 3 p.m. EDT.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Miguel Cabrera suffered small fracture of orbital bone, ESPN reports (updated)

Third baseman Miguel Cabrera had stitches and underwent tests after a ball struck him on the cheek in a spring-training game Monday. ESPN reports he’ll be out a couple of weeks.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 03/20/2012

David Garrard lands with Dolphins, Alex Smith still has 49ers. What about Tim Tebow?

Peyton Manning’s decision to negotiate with the Denver Broncos leads Miami dolphins to make a move. San Francisco and Alex Smith are likely to kiss and make up. Tim Tebow’s future home is unclear, though.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:27 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:37 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Fabrice Muamba improving, his heart beating without medication

Bolton midfielder, whose heart stopped on the pitch during a match Saturday, remains hospitalized in critical condition and still faces an “unclear” long-term prognosis, hospital says.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:37 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Sweet 16: Ohio State, Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio represent Buckeye State

Ohio and Cincinnati pulled a pair of upsets on Sunday to join Ohio State and Xavier in a Sweet 16 loaded with teams from the Buckeye State.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Tim Tebow: What’s next for him after Peyton Manning picks Broncos?

After an 8-8 season and a trip to the playoffs with the Denver Broncos, Tim Tebow will be trade bait after Peyton Manning picks the Broncos. Where will he be playing in the fall?

By Cindy Boren  |  02:36 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:32 PM ET, 03/19/2012

After buyout, Derek Fisher could land with Thunder, Bulls or Heat

The Houston Rockets bought out the remainder of Derek Fisher’s contract, which will allow the veteran point guard to sign with any team other than the Lakers if he clears waivers.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:32 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Peyton Manning picks Denver Broncos, tells agent to open talks (updated)

Peyton Manning chooses Denver Broncos and the team’s vice-president, John Elway, over the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:16 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Alternate NCAA Tournament 2012: Who do you love to hate more, North Carolina or Notre Dame?

North Carolina matches up with Notre Dame in the first round of this most-hated college basketball teams tournament.

By Michael Katz  |  11:16 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Alex Smith visits Dolphins as Peyton Manning continues to mull his options

With Seattle signing Matt Flynn, Alex Smith’s option, besides San Francisco, is Miami. Once Peyton Manning chooses which of the three teams he’ll play for, the rest of the pieces will fall into place.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:09 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Report: Kendall Marshall to have surgery; UNC guard’s status uncertain

Tar Heels guard broke his scaphoid bone on a hard foul in team’s win over Creighton. Whether he’ll be able to play in Sweet 16 game will depend on how much pain he can stand, his father tells CBS Sports.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:07 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:18 AM ET, 03/19/2012

NCAA tournament: Dion Dixon’s steal and dunk propels Cincinnati to 62-56 victory over Florida State

Victory secures Bearcats’ first Sweet 16 appearance since 2001 and puts four Ohio teams in tournament’s final 16.

By Josh Barr  |  01:18 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:51 PM ET, 03/18/2012

March Madness: Elijah Johnson leads Kansas past Purdue to Sweet 16

Robbie Hummel’s monster first half had Boilermakers in position for upset, but Kansas makes the plays down the stretch for 63-60 victory.

By Josh Barr  |  11:51 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:34 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Xavier vs. Lehigh: Kenny Frease, Musketeers power past Mountain Hawks

With a career night from senior center Kenny Frease, Xavier used a late run to claim a 70-58 victory and wipe out the tournament’s lowest remaining seed.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:34 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:34 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Ohio tops South Florida to continue best NCAA tournament run since 1964

Walter Offutt and the Bobcats knocked off another power conference team to set up a Sweet 16 showdown with top-seeded North Carolina.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:34 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:21 PM ET, 03/18/2012

North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall fractures right wrist in win over Creighton

The Tar Heels advanced to the Sweet 16 Sunday, but it came with a cost when point guard Kendall Marshall fractured his rigth wrist at the end of the team’s win over Creighton.

By Mark Giannotto  |  08:21 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:19 PM ET, 03/18/2012

NCAA tournament: Norfolk State is no match for Florida

Florida dashed any chance of Norfolk State becoming this year’s VCU, as the Gators used a massive first-half run to roll to a 84-50 victory in Omaha.

By Matt Brooks  |  08:19 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:48 PM ET, 03/18/2012

With Henson back, North Carolina overwhelms Creighton

No. 1 seed North Carolina puts on an offensive clinic and cruises into the Sweet 16 after beating No. 8 seed Creighton Sunday.

By Mark Giannotto  |  07:48 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 03/18/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Draymond Green leads Michigan State past Saint Louis

Michigan State senior forward Draymond Green was again at his best Sunday, thwarting an upset bid by No. 9 seed Saint Louis in the round of 32.

By Mark Giannotto  |  05:49 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Mario Manningham heads to 49ers. Will Peyton Manning follow?

Wide receiver who had game-breaking catch in Super Bowl XLVI could be a target for Peyton Manning, who’s considering his choices. San Francisco’s 2011 starter, Alex Smith, interviews with the Miami Dolphins.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:53 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 AM ET, 03/18/2012

NCAA tournament: Russ Smith’s 17 points help Louisville beat New Mexico to move on

Lobos cut 15-point deficit to two in final minutes, but Cardinals make clutch plays down the stretch to pull out victory.

By Josh Barr  |  12:23 AM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:03 AM ET, 03/18/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: A March Madness viewer’s guide to Sunday’s games

Sunday’s top games include Georgetown vs. N.C. State, Florida vs. Norfolk State and Xavier vs. Lehigh.

By Mark Giannotto  |  12:03 AM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 AM ET, 03/18/2012

Baylor vs. Colorado: Brady Heslip shoots Bears into Sweet 16

Canadian who started his college career at Boston College makes 9 of 12 three-point attempts to score a career-high 27 points in 80-63 victory

By Josh Barr  |  12:01 AM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 PM ET, 03/17/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Kentucky blows past Iowa State on Marquis Teague’s career night

With a season-high 24 points and six assists, freshman Marquis Teague led the way as the top-seeded Wildcats stormed past the Cyclones for a 87-71 victory.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:18 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:35 PM ET, 03/17/2012

VCU vs. Indiana: Will Sheehey’s late jumper lifts Hoosiers past Rams

Will Sheehey’s baseline jump shot helped Indiana rally late to end VCU’s bracket-busting run with a 63-61 win.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:35 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:39 PM ET, 03/17/2012

Vanderbilt vs. Wisconsin: Jordan Taylor helps sharp-shooting Badgers edge Commodores

Wisconsin hit 10 three-pointers and pulled down three key rebounds in the final minute to fend off Vanderbilt and advance to a second straight Sweet 16.

By Matt Brooks  |  08:39 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:46 PM ET, 03/17/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Marquette ends Murray State’s 23-game winning streak

Forward Jae Crowder and some tenacious defense lead Marquette to a round-of-32 victory over Murray State.

By Mark Giannotto  |  07:46 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:24 PM ET, 03/17/2012

Lehigh aims to make more history after upsetting Duke

C.J. McCollum and Lehigh provided the biggest shock of a Friday full of upsets, but no the No. 15 seed Mountain Hawks are looking to make history again against Xavier.

By Matt Brooks  |  07:24 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:49 PM ET, 03/17/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Ohio State hangs on late to beat Gonzaga

No. 2 seed Ohio State builds a 10-point second-half lead before sophomore Jared Sullinger (center) helps finish off No. 7 seed Gonzaga to advance to the Sweet 16.

By Mark Giannotto  |  05:49 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/17/2012

Peyton Manning works out for Titans and now it’s decision time

Peyton Manning is considering the Tennessee Titans, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers and has worked out for all three. A decision could come early next week.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 03/17/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Syracuse surges past Kansas State in second half

Scoop Jardine and No. 1 seed Syracuse put on a dominant second-half performance to beat No. 8 seed Kansas State. Box score

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:54 PM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:03 AM ET, 03/17/2012

NCAA tournament: Kansas takes control vs. Detroit, avoids upset bug with 65-50 victory

District native Thomas Robinson scored 16 points and grabs 13 rebounds as Jayhawks move on.

By Josh Barr  |  02:03 AM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Early Lead

Posted at 01:50 AM ET, 03/17/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: South Florida tops Temple, getting in gear after ugly first half

After going without a field goal for 16 minutes in the first half, the Bulls turned things around to earn their second NCAA tournament victory in three nights.

By Josh Barr  |  01:50 AM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The Early Lead

Posted at 01:04 AM ET, 03/17/2012

NCAA tournament: Last second lane violation deprives Notre Dame of chance to tie game, allows Xavier to advance, 67-63

With 2.8 seconds left, Eric Atkins’s first of two free throws is waved off, putting game officials front and center yet again in close finish.

By Josh Barr  |  01:04 AM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:14 AM ET, 03/17/2012

March Madness: Top-seeded Michigan State takes care of business against Long Island, 89-67

Draymond Green posts a triple-double as Michigan State pulls away for easy victory.

By Josh Barr  |  12:14 AM ET, 03/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Lehigh becomes second No. 15 seed to make history, upsets Duke in NCAA tournament

The Mountain Hawks become the second No. 15 seed in a matter of hours to pull off an upset when they defeat the No. 2 seed Blue Devils in Greensboro.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:05 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:04 PM ET, 03/16/2012

St. Louis vs. Memphis: Kwamain Mitchell boosts Billikens over Tigers

Kwamain Mitchell shouldered the offensive load in a ragged matchup with Memphis to lead St. Louis to a 61-54 win and its first NCAA tournament victory since 1998.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:04 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:11 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Norfolk State scores huge NCAA tournament upset, stuns Missouri

Norfolk State becomes just the fifth No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament when it scored a dramatic upset over Missouri.

By Mark Giannotto  |  07:11 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:20 PM ET, 03/16/2012

NCAA tournament: Zeller, North Carolina cruise past Vermont

Tyler Zeller more than made up for the absence of injured John Henson, piling up points, rebounds and blocks to lead the Tar Heels to a comfotable 77-58 win over Vermont.

By Matt Brooks  |  06:20 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 03/16/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Florida State needs second-half surge to beat St. Bonaventure

The Seminoles advance despite trailing against St. Bonaventure for more than 33 minutes Friday.

By Mark Giannotto  |  05:17 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Kevin Kolb gets $7 million bonus from Cardinals, who likely are out of Peyton Manning bidding

Arizona Cardinals faced a 4 p.m. EDT deadline by which it had to release Kevin Kolb or pay him. With no commitment from Peyton Manning, the team kept Kolb.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:58 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/16/2012

NCAA tournament: Southern Mississippi apologizes for “Where’s your green card?” chant

Members of school’s pep band taunted Kansas State’s Angel Rodriguez, an American born in Puerto Rico, during the East Region game in Pittsburgh.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:15 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Creighton vs. Alabama: McDermott, Bluejays use late rally to get past Crimson Tide

Despite being held more than 20 points below their season average, Creighton found its scoring touch in the final minutes and held off the Crimson Tide, 58-57.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:50 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 03/16/2012

NCAA basketball tournament: North Carolina State powers past San Diego State

The Wolfpack feed Richard Howell early and often and dominate San Diego State inside for a round-of-64 victory.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:58 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Report: 49ers emerge as a Peyton Manning suitor as quarterback works out for Broncos (updated)

San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh and offensive coordinator watch Peyton Manning work out, and team gives quarterback a physical. Manning is working out for the Denver Broncos today and intends to work out for the Tennessee Titans.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:38 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 03/16/2012

NCAA Tournament: Yancy Gates, Cincinnati hold off late Texas rally

After an abysmal start, Texas rallied late, but Cincinnati held on for 65-59 win in Nashville.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:29 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Greg Oden released; is his NBA career over?

Greg Oden, another disappointing No. 1 pick by the Porland Trail Blazers in the NBA Draft, played in only 82 games because of multiple microfracture knee surgeries. The Blazers fired Coach Nate McMillan, too.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:28 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Derek Fisher departs as Lakers add Ramon Sessions, Jordan Hill in shakeup

Los Angeles Lakers make cost-cutting moves, sending Derek Fisher — who helped the team to five NBA titles — to Houston. Are the moves right or risky?

By Cindy Boren  |  12:23 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/16/2012

March Madness: No one cares about your NCAA tournament bracket

Share your frustrations with co-workers/friends who can't stop talking about their brackets. #NoOneCaresAboutYourBracket

By Michael Katz  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Alternate NCAA Tournament 2012: Who do you love to hate more, Kentucky or U-Conn.?

By Washington Post editors  |  11:23 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:20 AM ET, 03/16/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: A March Madness viewers’ guide to Friday’s games

Top matchups include Memphis vs. Saint Louis and Notre Dame vs. Xavier

By Mark Giannotto  |  09:20 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Peyton Manning ponders and will work out for Broncos today as Kevin Kolb, Matt Flynn wait (updated)

Denver and Tennessee appear to be the front-runners in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes. Meanwhile, Manning’s former offensive coordinator likes what he sees when Manning throws now and San Diego’s Philip Rivers would welcome Manning to the AFC West.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:53 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:10 PM ET, 03/15/2012

NCAA basketball tournament: Baylor does just enough to beat South Dakota State

It wasn’t pretty, but Baylor got past South Dakota State in a South Region round-of-64 game.

By Mark Giannotto  |  10:10 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 PM ET, 03/15/2012

NCAA basketball tournament 2012: VCU does it again, upsets Wichita State

A year after its run to the Final Four, No. 12 seed VCU defeats No. 5 seed Wichita State for the first upset of this year’s NCAA tournament.

By Mark Giannotto  |  09:40 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:36 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Gonzaga vs. West Virginia: Bulldogs travel cross country to pummel Mountaineers

A 2,200-mile cross-country trip to West Virginia’s backyard could not stop Gonzaga from pounding the Mountaineers, 77-54, in the tournament’s biggest blowout yet.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:36 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Kentucky vs. Western Kentucky: Terrence Jones, Wildcats flex their muscle in blowout win

Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis led four players in double-figures as the top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats stormed past Western Kentucky, 81-66.

By Matt Brooks  |  09:00 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 03/15/2012

NCAA basketball tournament 2012: Vanderbilt holds on late to beat Harvard

After winning the SEC tournament title last weekend, No. 5 seed Vanderbilt proved to be too much for No. 12 seed Harvard.

By Mark Giannotto  |  07:17 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:44 PM ET, 03/15/2012

New Mexico fends off Long Beach State to advance

Drew Gordon and the Lobos came up clutch down the stretch to fend off Long Beach State and advance to a round-of-32 game matchup with Louisville.

By Matt Brooks  |  06:44 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 03/15/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Syracuse survives a scare from UNC Asheville

Syracuse needs a second-half rally to get past No. 16 seed UNC-Asheville and avoid becoming the first No. 1 seed to ever lose its first NCAA tournament game.

By Mark Giannotto  |  05:56 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Marquette vs. BYU: Jae Crowder, Golden Eagles roll over Cougars

Jae Crowder and the Golden Eagles dominated BYU to advance to a round-of-32 matchup with Murray State.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:17 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 03/15/2012

NCAA tournament: Wisconsin has little trouble with Montana

Behind a strong performance from senior guard Jordan Taylor, Wisconsin easily defeats Montana.

By Mark Giannotto  |  04:27 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Tiger Woods says of Masters, “I’ll be there”

After suffering a mild strain of his Achilles tendon last weekend, Tiger Woods says stiffness in his leg is gone and “don’t worry” about the Masters, which begins April 5.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:02 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 03/15/2012

March Madness: Peyton Siva, Louisville oust upset-minded Davidson

Peyton Siva and the Cardinals snuffed out Davidson’s hopes of another magical March run with a 69-62 win in Portland.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:58 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Peyton Manning: Four teams still are waitin’ on a decision

Free-agent quarterback is considering Tennessee, Denver, Arizona and Miami, with the Titans pulling out all the stops to get him “for life.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:26 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:12 PM ET, 03/15/2012

NCAA tournament: Rodney McGruder leads Kansas State past Southern Miss

Washington native Rodney McGruber scores a game-high 30 points to lead the Wildcats past Southern Miss.

By Mark Giannotto  |  03:12 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 03/15/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Murray State moves on with 58-41 win over Colorado State

Despite a stellar regular season Murray State entered the tournament with plenty to prove. They took the first step by rolling past Colorado State and into the third round.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:21 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Report: Gerald Wallace traded to New Jersey Nets

Portland Trail Blazers have agreement in principle to get Mehmet Okur, Shawne Williams and a protected first-round pick from New Jersey for Gerald Wallace. The NBA trade deadline is 3 p.m. EDT.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:06 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Dwight Howard waives early-termination option, will stay with Magic

After an overnight stretch in which he repeatedly changed his mind, Dwight Howard will stay with Orlando for the 2012-13 season.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:57 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 03/15/2012

HBO cancels “Luck” after death of three thoroughbreds

Three horses were euthanized after injuries during production of the HBO series about the gritty side of racing. The show, created by David Milch, starred Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:57 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Peyton Hillis moves on to Kansas City, agreeing to one-year deal

The Madden NFL 12 cover was something of a curse and running back leaves Cleveland to try to resurrect his career with the Chiefs, who could use the offensive boost.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:23 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:25 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Calvin Johnson credits Peyton Manning and Mom for his record-setting deal

Detroit Lions made Calvin Johnson the highest-paid wide receiver in the the NFL and locked up his services through the 2019 season.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:25 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Mike D’Antoni resigns as Knicks coach; who will replace him? (Don’t say Phil Jackson.)

There are plenty of reasons why Mike D’Antoni walked off the job as coach of the New York Knicks. Now, who will the team hire to replace him? Phil Jackson? John Calipari? Jeff Van Gundy?

By Cindy Boren  |  10:37 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 03/15/2012

March Mad-ness first round: Duke vs. South Dakota State

Which team in the NCAA tournament is the most reviled by fans? Vote now in a different sort of bracket challenge.

By Michael Katz  |  10:09 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 03/15/2012

NCAA tournament: March Madness tips off with Thursday’s games

Matchups include VCU vs. Wichita State, Vanderbilt vs. Harvard, U-Conn vs. Iowa State, Baylor vs. South Dakota State, Gonzaga vs. West Virginia.

By Mark Giannotto  |  08:43 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Report: Dwight Howard tells Orlando Magic teammates he does not want to be traded

After months of Dwight Howard trade discussion, rumors, frustration and fear from the Orlando Magic fanbase, it appears the franchise center now wants to stay put.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:07 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 03/14/2012

NCAA tournament: Jim Boeheim sidesteps questions about Fab Melo

Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim mostly avoided questions about center Fab Melo, who was ruled ineligible for this year’s NCAA tournament on Tuesday.

By Mark Giannotto  |  04:11 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Jason Campbell signs with Chicago Bears to back up Jay Cutler

After starting 70 games over the last six seasons, Jason Campbell has accepted a back up role with the Chicago Bears, where he will serve as the No. 2 behind Jay Cutler.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:02 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Mike D’Antoni quits as coach of New York Knicks

With the Knicks winless in March after the February run of Lin-sanity, Mike D’Antoni resigns as reports swirled that he’d lost the team and that Carmelo Anthony wanted to be traded.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:29 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 03/14/2012

NCAA Tournament 2012: Lamar Coach Pat Knight’s epic rant fueled Cardinals’ run

With Lamar in the NCAA tournament, it’s time to take a look back at Coach Pat Knight’s epic rant that proved to be a catalyst.

By Mark Giannotto  |  01:57 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 03/14/2012

NFL free agency: Kyle Orton signs with Dallas Cowboys

Kyle Orton will back up Tony Romo, with Jon Kitna retiring. When Jason Campbell signed with the Bears, Orton was Dallas’ best option.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:38 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Calvin Johnson gets a record-breaking deal from Detroit Lions

Calvin Johnson signs $132-million, seven-year contract extension that makes him the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver and tops Larry Fitzgerald’s $120-million deal.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:42 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 03/14/2012

NBA trade of Andrew Bogut, Monta Ellis has implications for Dwight Howard, Magic

Orlando hopes to keep Dwight Howard long-term, but Monta Ellis was a key component of any move ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline. Now what happens?

By Cindy Boren  |  11:26 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Do Vincent Jackson, Carl Nicks signings make Buccaneers contenders in NFC South?

The free-wheeling Tampa Bay Buccaneers added wide receiver Vincent Jackson and guard Carl Nicks in free agency to bolster one of the NFL’s worst offenses.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:59 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 03/14/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Iona, Mississippi Valley State feeling a different sort of March Madness

Iona had a 25-point lead against BYU in the NCAA tournament play-in game on Tuesday night. It didn’t stand up.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  10:48 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Obama unveils NCAA tournament bracket, picks UNC to beat Kentucky in title game (Video)

President Obama unveiled his very chalky bracket on ESPN on Wednesday morning, which included a very top-heavy Final Four.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:05 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Brandon Marshall: Bears say they were aware of alleged incident before trade

Wide receiver, according to New York Post report, struck a woman at a New York nightclub at 4 a.m. Monday. The Miami Dolphins traded him to Chicago on Tuesday.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:01 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 03/14/2012

NFL free agency: Eric Wright will sign with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cornerback, who played in 2011 with the Detroit Lions, has reached agreement with Tampa Bay. San Francisco initially showed interest when NFL free agency opened Tuesday.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:03 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:22 PM ET, 03/13/2012

NFL free agency: Reggie Wayne, Mario Williams, Vincent Jackson, Matt Flynn — and Peyton Manning

Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne, according to NFL Network report, may not wait to be part of package deal with his former quarterback, Peyton Manning.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:22 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Fab Melo ruled ineligible for NCAA tournament

Syracuse declines to disclose reason sophomore center will not be able to play for the Orangemen.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:48 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Sidney Crosby says he’ll play Thursday against Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins captain has not played since November because of a sof-tissue neck injury. Now, “I feel good and the plan is to play Thursday.”

By Cindy Boren  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012

2012 NCAA tournament: Prisbell’s final bracket projection ranks second

Post bracketologist Eric Prisbell’s final NCAA tournament projection ranked second nationally according to one Web site. Prisbell’s final field of 68

By Eric Prisbell  |  01:37 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/13/2012

NCAA tournament quiz: Can you locate the schools?

Can you accurately place the schools on a map of the United States?

By Mark S. Luckie  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Tiger Woods says he has “mild strain” of Achilles

With the Masters fast approaching, Tiger Woods says he expects to “resume hitting balls late in week and [is] hopeful” for next week’s golf appearances.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:59 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/13/2012

2012 NCAA tournament: Iona vs. BYU, President Obama’s visit highlight first-round action in Dayton

Iona will take on BYU for the No. 14 seed in the West Region; Mississippi Valley State and Western Kentucky will face off for a No. 16 seed with President Obama watching.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Peyton Manning has more visits; Brandon Stokley says he’s throwing “great”

After visiting Denver Broncos and Arizona Cardinals, former Indianapolis Colts quarterback talks with Miami Dolphins officials and has a date to interview with Tennessee Titans.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:38 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Randy Moss signs with 49ers; will problems follow?

Wide receiver Randy Moss, who sat out the 2011 season after a troubled 2010, gets a one-year deal in San Francisco after catching passes from Coach (and former quarterback) Jim Harbaugh.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:22 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 03/12/2012

T.J. Ford retires after series of head, neck injuries

San Antonio Spurs guard walks away from the game while he’s still healthy. Ford most recently suffered a stinger in a game against the New York Knicks.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:36 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 03/12/2012

NCAA Tournament 2012: Drexel, Seton Hall, Miami among biggest snubs settling for NIT

Had St. Bonaventure not won the A-10 final, the NCAA selection committee was ready to vote on the final at-large bid.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:39 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Report: Peyton Manning to meet with Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans

Peyton Manning will have fact-finding meetings with Dolphins Coach Joe Philbin and Titans Coach Mike Munchak over the next three days.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:34 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Joe Paterno fired for “failure of leadership,” Penn State trustees say (updated)

Board of Trustees, under fire from students and alumni, also explains decision to fire legendary coach by telephone, saying media gaggle made it impossible to deliver the message in a “dignified, private and secure way.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:02 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 03/12/2012

March Mad-ness: Who can you never root for?

The NCAA tournament is full of teams that you just cannot root for. That’s what this is: the anti-bracket.

By Michael Katz  |  02:43 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 03/12/2012

Randy Moss will work out with 49ers — and ex-quarterback Jim Harbaugh

Wide receiver, who is trying to return to the NFL after a year in retirement, will catch passes from the guy who now happens to be the San Francisco coach.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:27 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 03/12/2012

NCAA Tournament 2012: St. Bonaventure, Colorado, Western Kentucky steal bids

Fans of Drexel, Northwestern and other snubbed teams can direct their anger at these bid thieves.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:26 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Peyton Manning: Denver, Arizona and Tennessee Titans owner want the QB (updated)

Peyton Manning may not have a quick decision on just where he’ll play after all. Miami still figures to enter the bidding and there could be other teams as well.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:15 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Tiger Woods: Achilles injury will be evaluated

Tiger Woods has to withdraw from WGC Cadillac Championship with the Masters a little more than three weeks away.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:01 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 03/11/2012

Tiger Woods exits with left leg injury

Tiger Woods, who has had four left knee operations, said he had felt tightness in his left Achilles earlier Sunday and will be evaluated this week. He was out four months in 2011 with knee and Achilles strains.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:00 PM ET, 03/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 03/11/2012

NCAA basketball tournament bracket: Eric Prisbell’s final field of 68

The winner of Sunday afternoon’s Ohio State-Michigan State game will earn the final No. 1 seed, The Post’s Eric Prisbell says.

By Eric Prisbell  |  03:34 PM ET, 03/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 03/10/2012

Watch Robert Griffin III: Redskins go all in for Baylor’s stellar QB

Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winner known for his collection of socks, appears to be the likely No. 2 pick in the NFL Draft after Washington’s blockbuster trade with St. Louis.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:17 AM ET, 03/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 03/09/2012

2012 Big Ten tournament: Michigan State, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin highlight quarterfinal action

In the Big Ten tournament quarterfinals, No. 1 seed Michigan State takes on Iowa, No. 2 seed Michigan battles Minnesota, No. 3 seed Ohio State faces Purdue and No. 4 seed Wisconsin goes up against Indiana.

By Mark Giannotto  |  01:43 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Big East tournament: Syracuse keeps rolling, Notre Dame seeks a first

Orangemen face Cincinnati, a double-OT winner over Georgetown, and Fighting Irish play Louisville with spots in the conference championship on the line.

By Mark Giannotto  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Bruce Weber fired at Illinois after Big Ten tournament loss

After losing 12 of its final 14 games this season, Illinois reportedly fired Coach Bruce Weber on Friday.

By Mark Giannotto  |  11:54 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 03/09/2012

NBA trade rumors: Josh Smith wants to be traded...still

Hawks forward reportedly would like to be moved by Atlanta ahead of the NBA’s March 15 trade deadline.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:47 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 03/09/2012

NCAA basketball tournament 2012: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

As of Friday morning, Seton Hall, Miami, Texas and Tennessee are Eric Prisbell’s last four teams in the NCAA tournament field of 68.

By Eric Prisbell  |  11:06 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Peyton Manning: Risks and rewards are big on both sides

Will Peyton Manning, the NFL’s most highly-coveted free agent, show teams what he can do or will prospective teams have to sign him sight unseen? And, for Manning, how risky is playing again personally?

By Cindy Boren  |  10:29 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 03/09/2012

ACC tournament, Big Ten tournament college basketball schedules

A look at who’s playing who in college basketball on Friday.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  10:24 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Pac-12 tournament: Top-seeded Washington loses, leaving conference to ponder one-bid status

With Washington losing in the quarterfinals of the Pacific-12 tournament Thursday, the league may get just one bid to the NCAA tournament.

By Mark Giannotto  |  06:09 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:18 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Big East tournament 2012: Georgetown collapses late, loses in double OT to Cincinnati

The Hoyas cough up an 11-point second-half lead and lose in double overtime to Cincinnati in the Big East quarterfinals.

By Mark Giannotto  |  05:18 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Report: Lakers still struggling with transition to Mike Brown’s system

Los Angeles struggles as it adapts to a coach not named Phil Jackson. Kobe Bryant and his teammates continue to try to find a solution — and a way to win on the road.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:43 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Derrick Rose has Bulls on top of Eastern Conference

Derrick Rose’s buzzer-beating game-winner against the Bucks helped the Chicago Bulls stay on top of the Eastern Conference.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:49 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Big East tournament 2012: Syracuse ends Connecticut’s postseason win streak

Syracuse held on late for a close victory over Connecticut in a Big East tournament quarterfinal.

By Mark Giannotto  |  02:40 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Big 12 tournament: Baylor debuts new ‘lime green’ uniforms vs. Kansas State

The Baylor men’s basketball team trotted out some new uniforms when it took the floor for the Big 12 quarterfinals Thursday. Hope you brought your sunglasses.

By Mark Giannotto  |  01:21 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Big 12 tournament, ACC tournament heat up on busy day of college hoops

Championship week gets in full swing Thursday will all of the major conferences in action in conference tournaments.

By Mark Giannotto  |  12:36 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Big East tournament: Can Connecticut upset Syracuse to continue its run?

The Connecticut Huskies won five games in five days to capture the Big East tournament championship last March, and if they can upset Syracuse in Thursday’s quarterfinals, they would be two wins away from repeating the feat.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:37 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Report: Mexican League official says Jose Canseco admitted using testosterone

Former MLB slugger, who’s trying to play at 47, says he takes medication for low testosterone, calling it “very important to my health.”

By Cindy Boren  |  11:22 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Yu Darvish dazzles in Rangers spring training debut

The Texas Rangers’ shelled out nearly $112 million to bring Japanese sensation Yu Darvish to the big leagues, and if his spring training debut is any indication, it was money well spent.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Peyton Manning: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade turn up Heat as NFL teams line up

Peyton Manning reportedly has been contacted by 12 teams as speculation about which is the best fit runs rampant. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James would like to see him in Miami.

By Cindy Boren  |  09:46 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Peyton Manning might be a good fit with 49ers, Tony Dungy says

Now that Peyton Manning is headed for free agency, his name is going to be linked to a lot of teams...like San Francisco. “You put [him] in that offense,” his former coach says, “and people are going to be scared to play them.”

By Cindy Boren  |  03:25 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Peyton Manning live blog: “I’ll always be a Colt”

The face of the Indianapolis Colts franchise will be released as team opts not to pay his $28 million bonus. Peyton Manning becomes a free agent — sweet words to struggling NFL teams (like the Redskins).

By Cindy Boren  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Peyton Manning, Jim Irsay share a flight and prepare for their break-up

Peyton Manning, the Colts’ quarterback for 13 seasons, and the team’s owner will talk about the end of the Manning era today. Cooper Manning says his brother then will “see what this next chapter reads like. “

By Cindy Boren  |  08:27 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Peyton Manning’s funniest commercials — and “SNL” (video)

Missing Peyton Manning while you wait for him to pick an NFL team to play for? Just go to the video library and hit “play.”

By Cindy Boren  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 03/06/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: U-Conn., Seton Hall facing must-win games Tuesday?

U-Conn., Seton Hall and Dayton cannot afford to lose Tuesday as their respective conference tournaments get underway.

By Eric Prisbell  |  02:13 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Sidney Crosby says he has been cleared for contact

The Pittsburgh Penguins star, who has not played since Dec. 5, hopes to be ready to play as soon as Sunday against Boston — barring a setback.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:34 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Dolphins pass up franchise tag, possibly waiting on a quarterback

Miami creates cap space to pursue Peyton Manning, assuming he is released, or Green Bay backup Matt Flynn when he hits the market March 13.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:11 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Vincent Jackson leads free agent WR market; Wes Welker, Dwayne Bowe get franchise tag

The San Diego Chargers did not use their franchise tag on wide receiver Vincent Jackson, who leads a strong class of free agent pass catchers.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:18 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Eli Manning on Saints’ Bounty-gate: “It can’t be a part of football”

New York Giants quarterback says of allegations that New Orleans defense had a pay-for-pain scheme: “When you start talking about injuring a guy and carting him off and trying to end his season or career, that’s not what this game is about.”

By Cindy Boren  |  08:27 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:56 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Randy Moss works out with New Orleans Saints, “looked like the old Randy” (updated)

After spending 2011 season in retirement, wide receiver Randy Moss would like to return to the NFL and the Saints, who could use a distraction from the NFL investigation involving their bounties, are willing to take a look.

By Cindy Boren  |  07:56 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Report: Syracuse basketball program violated drug policy

According to a report from Charles Robinson and Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports, Syracuse allowed as many as 10 players to continue playing after positive drug tests over the last 12 years, violating the program’s internal drug policy.

By Matt Brooks  |  05:06 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Peyton Manning: Archie Manning sees him throw, says “he looked like Peyton”

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning continues to rehab from neck surgeries as March 8 deadline by which team must pay him $28 million or release him fast approaches.

By Cindy Boren  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Rajon Rondo posts triple-double in midst of trade rumors as Celtics beat Jeremy Lin’s Knicks

If the Boston Celtics really are shopping All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo, they can raise their asking price after Rondo’s eye-opening triple-double in an overtime win against the Knicks.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:34 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Big Ten Tournament 2012: Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State finish regular season in a tie

The Spartans, Wolverines and Buckeyes enter conference tournament with identical 13-5 records, but Ohio State might be in the best position to win.

By Cindy Boren and Matt Brooks  |  12:26 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Charles Barkley rips “punk” who turned in Gregg Williams, Saints for bounty program

Charles Barkley says, “you have to be a punk to snitch that out,” and it’s widespread, extending even to the NBA. In fact, he says it happened when he played for the Philadelphia 76ers.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:02 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 03/05/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas and North Carolina in position to earn top seeds

Too much parity atop the Big Ten standings means that the nation’s best conference may not earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:26 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Marshawn Lynch, Arian Foster sign long-term deals with Seahawks, Texans

The Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans locked up their top offensive weapons for the long haul just ahead of Monday’s franchise tag deadline. Marshawn Lynch and Arian Foster — two of the NFL’s most productive rushers in 2012 — are staying put.

By Matt Brooks  |  10:06 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Deron Williams drops 57 points on Bobcats, which will look nice on his résumé (video)

New Jersey Nets point guard, who is expected to be a free agent after the season, has the first 50-plus point game of the NBA season and a day off on which to play some golf.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:55 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Saints’ bounty program: How widespread is the practice in the NFL?

New York Jets’ Damien Woody says practice of paying players for big hits and for targeting opponents is widespread. Remember the Bounty Bowl in 1989, when Jimmy Johnson accused Buddy Ryan of it?

By Cindy Boren  |  05:01 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Franchise tag: Will the Saints use it on Drew Brees?

The Saints and star quarterback Drew Brees remain far apart on contract negotiations, which could force the team to use its franchise tag on the NFL’s 2011 offensive player of the year.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/02/2012

James Farrior’s agent says he is latest Steelers player to be cut

Pittsburgh continues to move toward a younger, less expensive roster by releasing linebacker. Earlier this week, team announced intent to release Hines Ward.

By Cindy Boren  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 03/02/2012

NBA trade rumors: Michael Beasley drawing interest from Lakers, others

The Timberwolves are reportedly shopping forward Michael Beasley, and several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, New Jersey Nets, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics have expressed interest.

By Matt Brooks  |  01:08 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Vikings stadium plans move forward in Minnesota, but obstacles remain

The Minnesota Vikings unveiled plans for a new $975 million stadium to replace the out-dated Metrodome, but state lawmakers are not too eager to ask taxpayers to foot the bill.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:09 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 03/02/2012

NCAA tournament bracketology: Eric Prisbell’s field of 68

Kentucky, Syracuse, Duke and Kansas are No. 1 seeds in Eric Prisbell’s latest bracket.

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:57 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Jason Varitek walks away from Red Sox, leaving behind a classic image with A-Rod

Catcher Jason Varitek, who retired Thursday, famously confrontedYankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez in 2004 and a photo of the moment lives on in every sports bar in Boston.

By Cindy Boren  |  10:41 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:01 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Peyton Manning and Reggie Wayne: Will they end up together on a new team?

With the deadline by which the Colts must pay Peyton Manning $28 million or release him coming on March 8, SI.com reports that there’s a chance at least one of his wide receivers may become a free agent.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:01 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 03/01/2012

NBA trade rumors: Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis could be on the move

Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and Warriors guard Monta Ellis may be on the block as the NBA trade deadline approaches.

By Matt Brooks  |  02:50 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Obama on Lin-sanity: ‘I’ve been on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon for a while’

President Obama was tipped to Jeremy Lin’s talent early on by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who, like Lin, played basketball at Harvard.

By Cindy Boren  |  12:54 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Hines Ward release shows Steelers are committed to getting younger

The Pittsburgh Steelers were the NFL’s oldest team in 2011, and in the effort to get younger and cut salary, they plan to release veteran players — including wide receiver Hines Ward.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Kobe Bryant is the hero behind the mask as the Lakers roll

Kobe Bryant’s nose may be out of joint, but his scoring touch is not. Wearing a protective mask, he scores 31 points in Lakers’ first game since Dwyane Wade broke his nose.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:12 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 03/01/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Will 10 Big East teams make the field?

South Florida and Cincinnati helped their chances of making the tournament Wednesday night with important victories over quality opponents.

By Eric Prisbell  |  10:48 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Gus Johnson goes a little crazy on Ohio State-Northwestern finish (video)

Enjoy Gus Johnson working his special brand of magic as Buckeyes-Wildcats game goes down to the buzzer because he won’t be doing the NCAA Tournament this year.

By Cindy Boren  |  08:57 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 02/29/2012

“Dancing with the Stars:” Can Donald Driver keep up with Hines Ward?

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward has the statistical edge on the Green Bay Packers WR Donald Driver, who will try to match his “DWTS” victory on this season’s show.

By Cindy Boren  |  04:50 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Report: Baseball to expand playoffs this fall

A few “loose ends” remain, but Major League Baseball playoffs reportedly will grow from eight to 10 teams in 2012 with an announcement coming as early as Thursday.

By Cindy Boren  |  03:43 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Derrick Williams finally breaks out as Timberwolves edge Clippers

While Kyrie Irving has validated his draft choice, Derrick Williams has struggled to get playing time in Minnesota. But with Kevin Love on the bench on Tuesday, the No. 2 pick produced his best game yet.

By Matt Brooks  |  03:16 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 02/29/2012

NCAA tournament 2012: Connecticut needs a run to earn at-large berth

After losing to Providence on Tuesday, the defending national champions will need a run in the Big East tournament to earn an at-large berth

By Eric Prisbell  |  01:38 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Michael Jordan’s suburban Chicago mansion on the market for $29 million

Michael Jordan’s nine-bedroom, 15-bath, five-fireplace, three-garage, 56,000-square-foot Highland Park mansion is on the market, and it can be yours for only $29 million.

By Matt Brooks  |  12:25 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Floyd Mayweather Jr. talks Jeremy Lin tweets, Manny Pacquiao fight

Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto held a press conference ahead of their May 5 fight, but Mayweather ended up talking about race and Lin, intelligence and Pacquiao.

By Cindy Boren  |  11:34 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:23 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Ryan Braun drug test sample collector fires back: Who is the real victim?

The crux of Ryan Braun’s appeal for a positive drug test was the chain-of-custody of a single sample collector. Now that collector, Dino Laurenzi Jr., has come forward to defend himself.

By Matt Brooks  |  11:23 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Tiger Woods considered joining Navy SEALs, according to ex-coach Hank Haney’s book

Tiger Woods’s former swing coach says golfer was obsessed with training for Navy’s elite team; Tiger Woods’s agent says coach is indulging in “armchair psychology.”

By Cindy Boren  |  09:49 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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