Battle boys basketball wins at Troy

Battle boys basketball won at Troy High School 53-48 Thursday. The Spartans improved to 2-3 for the season.

Blues' Steen scores 2; Isles drop 3rd straight

Alexander Steen scored two goals, and Jake Allen made 25 saves in the St. Louis Blues' 6-3 win against the suddenly slumping New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Cardinals end Rams' shutout streak, win 12-6

Chandler Catanzaro kicked four field goals and the Cardinals overcame the loss of Stanton with their stifling defense, moving closer to clinching a playoff spot with a 12-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.

Oregon's Mariota big winner at awards show

Mariota opened the night by winning the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, and closed it by claiming the Maxwell Award, given to the college player of the year. In a separate announcement he also was selected the Walter Camp National Player of the Year.

Morales, Royals reach $17M, 2-year deal

The Kansas City Royals and veteran slugger Kendrys Morales agreed to a $17 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press on Thursday.

Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos becoming Mr. Dependable

After beating out veteran Ryan Succop for the job in training camp, undrafted rookie Cairo Santos has validated every bit of trust the Chiefs coaching staff placed on him.

Westbrook leads Thunder past Cavaliers

Russell Westbrook scored 26 points, and Oklahoma City took advantage of LeBron James' absence to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-94 on Thursday night.

Hoops offering little relief from Michigan's woes

Just wait until basketball season. That refrain became an expression of hope for Michigan fans over the last few months — as football Saturdays turned increasingly dreary in Ann Arbor. Over the last week, however, the hardwood has been as unkind as the gridiron.

A century later, mythic thud of ball still heard

A century ago on Christmas Day, German and British enemies left their World War I trenches and headed into no man's land in a few scattered locations on the Western Front for an unofficial truce among soldiers. Some eyewitness accounts say they were highlighted by something as remarkable as a few football kick-abouts.

Columbia College volleyball ranked No. 16 in final poll

Columbia College volleyball is ranked No. 16 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Coaches' Postseason Poll.

Elon men's basketball is next mid-major coming to Missouri

Elon will be Missouri men's basketball's first matchup against a school from the Colonial Athletic Association.

Gary Pinkel named top football coach by SEC peers

Pinkel was previously named Big 12 Conference Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2007. Shane Ray and Marcus Murphy picked up additional conference honors. 

Missouri volleyball's Loxley Keala will transfer

The sophomore setter played in all 69 matches of her two seasons with the Tigers.

No. 1 Kentucky overcomes slow start, tops Columbia

Top-ranked Kentucky gave up the first 11 points, still trailed at halftime and finally shook off a slow start to beat pesky Columbia 56-46 on Wednesday night.

Cardinals seek road rebound against stingy Rams

The Arizona Cardinals face the St. Louis Rams in St. Louis on Thursday.

Coach's departure for Oregon State stunned Madison

Gary Andersen was barely at Wisconsin for two years. He took over after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas in a similar fashion, following the 2012 Big Ten championship game.

5 college football conferences comfortable with 4 playoff slots

"This is not going to change," insisted Bill Hancock, the executive director of the College Football Playoff.

Despite 'up and down' season, Georgia aims for top 10 finish

Although Georgia fell short of its goal of reaching the College Football Playoff, Bulldogs coach Mark Richt says there is still a chance to end an "up-and-down season" on a high note.

Rivera: Cam Newton will not play against Tampa Bay

The Panthers coach confirmed Wednesday that Derek Anderson will start and Joe Webb will be his backup. Rivera joked that Newton would be mad when he finds out he's not playing.

Chiefs backing toward playoffs once again

The Chiefs have lost three straight beginning with a defeat to lowly Oakland, their opponent again on Sunday. What once was a team that was 7-3 and barreling toward the playoffs is now a team that must win at least two of its final three to qualify.