National Sports

CBS has history with the big game

The Associated Press Sunday’s Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams marks the biggest day of sports broadcasting for networks. Here are some things to know about CBS’ coverage as well as other Super Bowl-related programming on other networks: 20 for ...

Three tied for lead

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Harold Varner III overcame an early bogey with three straight birdies, moving himself in position to tie for the lead. He got it with a long putt and a dab on the loudest hole in golf. Varner snaked in a long birdie putt on the par-3 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale on ...

LA defenders Donald, Suh to lead pursuit of Brady

The Associated Press ATLANTA — Practically every member of the Los Angeles Rams has a favorite story about Aaron Donald’s feats of ridiculous athleticism. Michael Brockers loved the moment at Carolina in 2016 when Donald beat the Panthers’ left guard and launched himself like ...

Nevada basketball is for real

LAS VEGAS — About the only thing in dispute at the UNLV campus arena Tuesday night was what to call the team that dominated a home squad that no longer lives up to its nickname as the Runnin’ Rebels. Down here they call them UNR, or the University of Nevada-Reno. There’s some ...

NFL commish avoids tough topics on his league

ATLANTA — This much we know after Roger Goodell’s annual State of the NFL gabfest leading up to the Super Bowl. The league has never been stronger. The commissioner is a fan of the game. And there was a missed call in the NFC championship game. But Goodell doesn’t want to use his ...

Rams get to go through their usual routine

The Associated Press ATLANTA — The Rams held a one-hour, 33-minute practice at the Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch. “It was great,” Rams coach Sean McVay said, “and it was good really for players and coaches. You almost get away from it a couple of days. It’s good just to ...

Freezing temps can’t stop collegiate games

The Associated Press The polar vortex couldn’t stop college basketball in the Midwest. Despite the deep freeze, a dozen men’s games and four women’s games in major conferences were scheduled to be played Wednesday night as temperatures approached or broke records. In Indianapolis, ...

Assistant will plead to charge

NEW YORK (AP) — A former Oklahoma State assistant basketball coach plans to plead guilty Wednesday to a charge that he took bribes from business advisers for connecting them with star college athletes expected to turn pro, a defense lawyer said. Lamont Evans will plead guilty in New York ...

Newberry: Brash Rams ready for veteran Patriots

ATLANTA — The guys from LA seemed to enjoy the spectacle. The silly questions. The ridiculous antics. The carnival-like atmosphere. Why wouldn’t they? It’s all new to most of them. “I’m 37 years old and I’m big-eyed right now,” said offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth, the ...

‘Bromance’ of Brady, Edelman key to Patriots’ recent success

ATLANTA — Teammates have called their relationship a “bromance.” Patriots quarterback Tom Brady himself openly uses the word love to describe his bond with Julian Edelman, a receiver he’s come to depend on during his career. As the duo prepares to play in a fourth Super Bowl ...

NCAA to look at OT rules

Marathon overtime games in college football, such as the one LSU and Texas A&M played last season, are already rare. The NCAA would like them to become extinct. Concerned about increased injury risk to players, the football rules committee later this month will consider tweaks to the ...

College basketball roundup 1-29

No. 3 Virginia survives NC State RALEIGH, N.C. — Kyle Guy hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with two minutes left in overtime to help third-ranked Virginia hold off No. 23 North Carolina State 66-65 on Tuesday night. Ty Jerome had 12 points, six rebounds and six assists for the Cavaliers (19-1, ...

Players take part in crazy evening

ATLANTA — Super Bowl Media Night is the NFL’s version of a rock concert, with player interviews rather than music. It’s a Mardi Gras party, complete with the costumes. It’s a slow-motion stampede conducted mostly by quasi-media members or outright impostors. Some Los Angeles Rams ...

Djokovic, coach eye Nadal, Federer totals

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic sounds like a man ready to embrace the chase. Already at 15 Grand Slam titles, Djokovic is now only two majors behind Rafael Nadal’s total of 17, and five shy of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20. So a day after winning the Australian Open for ...

Can Chen, Liu lead a USA comeback?

DETROIT — The present and future of American figure skating were on display at last week’s national championships. Nathan Chen and Alysa Liu were captivating, but it remains to be seen how much they can help the U.S. rebound on the international stage. Chen, the reigning world champion, ...

Davis wants to leave Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans. And if a trade happens, it’ll be on the Pelicans’ schedule. The five-time All-Star has told the Pelicans that he wants to be traded to a championship-contending team and will not sign an extension with New Orleans, agent Rich ...

Missing middle men: Salaries mean more rookies to offset high-priced veterans

By the time NFL players reach their third and fourth years in the league, the vast majority are struggling just to hang on because of injuries or younger, faster and often cheaper rookies out for their jobs. In 2006 and 2011, the players union and the NFL tried to do something about that, ...

Guaranteed money should be goal

There should be one word on the minds of every NFL player and the union that represents them. Guaranteed. It’s way past time for those who play America’s most popular — and physically demanding — sport to be paid what they’re worth. The most obvious starting point would be to ...

Djokovic dominates Nadal to win in straight sets

MELBOURNE, Australia — Novak Djokovic was so good, so relentless, so flawless, that Rafael Nadal never stood a chance. Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another outclassed opponent — just a guy, really — and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of ...

Lightning eyeing big goals

SAN JOSE, Calif. — For Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning, just about everything has gone right so far this season. But as they get ready to return from the All-Star break as the NHL’s top team, the Lightning knows there is little they can do before April to make this a successful ...