National Sports

Mayweather seeks spotlight, not fight

Commentary Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants attention more than he wants a fight. And, really, let’s be truthful here. It wouldn’t be much of a fight if Mayweather and Conor McGregor met in a boxing ring. Put them in a UFC cage and it might be different. Mayweather has never had to fight ...

Packers officially rule starter Nelson out of lineup for Falcons’ game

The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers have signed rookie receiver Max McCaffrey from the practice squad, adding depth at a position plagued by injuries ahead of today’s NFC championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. Offensive lineman JC Tretter, who had knee ...

Falcons, Pack could set new offensive marks

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press The following are the matchups for the NFC championship game Sunday between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons: When the Packers (12-6)   have the ball Aaron Rodgers (12) couldn’t be hotter. After predicting the Packers would rise from ...

Trio get in, 2 fall short for Cooperstown

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK  — Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how the “Steroids Era” stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff ...

Mickelson’s return set for Challenge

By John Nicholson The Associated Press LA QUINTA, Calif. — Phil Mickelson is set to play in the CareerBuilder Challenge, returning from two sports hernia surgeries a week earlier than he originally expected. “I feel good and I want to play,” Mickelson said Wednesday in a statement. ...

A healthy Chen ready to compete at championships

By Dave Skretta The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The pain in his hip is gone. All that’s left is a surgical screw and a scar. Nathan Chen hardly thinks about it these days, when he’s gliding over the fresh ice in training or competition. The next big thing in American figure ...

Williams now seen as seasoned veteran

By John Pye The Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia — It was inevitable after such an energetic performance in her second-round win over Stefanie Voegele at the Australian Open that Venus Williams would get asked about transcending the generations in tennis. The 36-year-old, ...

Amateur thrilled for Augusta opportunity

HONOLULU — Toto Gana hit what he described as the “best shot I’ve hit in my whole life,” a wedge to 3 feet for a birdie to win the Latin America Amateur Championship and earn a trip to the Masters in April. His best shot produced his biggest trophy. Asked what his greatest ...

Hazing incident ruins collegiate swimmer’s career

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former swimmer at a southwestern Missouri university says hazing that he and others endured during his freshman year left him with physical and mental injuries that ended his athletic career. The allegations from Evan Petrich, 18, were confirmed Monday night by ...

Shotguns dominating NFL offenses

The Associated Press Might be hard to believe while watching Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or Ben Roethlisberger in the playoffs this weekend, but it wasn’t all that long ago that the shotgun formation was something of a curiosity in the NFL, used less than once every five plays in ...

KC star linebacker should play Sunday

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was limited in the final practice for Sunday’s divisional playoff game against Pittsburgh, though his game status was left blank on the final injury report. That means Houston should be available for the first time ...

UConn streak among best ever in sports history

By Pat Eaton-Robb The Associated Press STORRS, Conn. — The UConn’s women’s basketball team is on the verge of winning its 91st straight game, which would break its own NCAA Division I record that was set between 2008 and 2010. The Huskies play Saturday at SMU, a team that is 10-6 ...

Sixers’ future starts looking much better

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The headline reads like it was ripped straight from a fake news website: Philadelphia 76ers win for fourth time in five games! The veracity of that claim has been verified — the Sixers, yes those topflight tankers that made a sham of ...

Patriots as close as you can get to a guarantee

By Barry Wilner The Associated Press When the point spreads came out for the divisional playoff round, the line getting the most attention was for the game at Foxborough, the one projected blowout. While all four teams coming off byes are favored, the Patriots (14-2) opened as a ...

Bills, Broncos go defense with hirings

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A runner-up two years ago, Vance Joseph is John Elway’s pick this time around. “It’s official. Excited to announce Vance Joseph as head coach of the Denver Broncos!” Elway tweeted Wednesday afternoon. The 44-year-old ex-Colorado quarterback built a reputation as ...

Chargers get more time to think about moving

The Associated Press NEW YORK — The deadline for the San Diego Chargers to exercise their option to relocate to Los Angeles has been extended for two days. The original deadline was Jan. 15. Because that is a Sunday and Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday, the NFL ...

Clemson scores with one second left in victory

TAMPA, Fla. — Deshaun Watson’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second remaining gave Clemson a wild 35-31 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Watson completed 36 of 56 passes for 420 yards and three scores in his last college game, ...

Adam’s big night part of Flash’s win

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com LORETTO — Saint Francis did not want a repeat of Saturday’s game against LIU Brooklyn where it couldn’t get into what it wanted to do until late in the third quarter. So, during Monday night’s Northeast Conference showdown with St. ...

League will look into protocol by Miami

The Associated Press MIAMI — The NFL has begun a review of the concussion protocol conducted on Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore when he left his team’s playoff game at Pittsburgh after being shaken up. Moore was hit in the chin as he threw a pass, and the play drew a ...

Browns replace defensive coordinator with Williams

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Gregg Williams revived his coaching career after shame and suspension. His next challenge: Repairing Cleveland’s leaky defense. Williams was hired Sunday as the Browns defensive coordinator, replacing Ray Horton, fired by coach Hue Jackson less than a ...