NFL hires first full-time female referee

Sarah Thomas, who has worked exhibition games, will be a line judge for the 2015 season, the league announced Wednesday. Thomas, 41, was in the league's officiating development program in 2013 and '14 and worked some team minicamps last year.

Second day of Hernandez trial concludes

A jury ended deliberations for a second day Wednesday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez, who is charged in the shooting death of another man.

Pacers player stabbed in club altercation

The violence broke out just before 4 a.m. Wednesday outside 1Oak Club, a trendy Chelsea spot where celebrities such as Justin Beiber and Snoop Dogg mingle with Manhattan partygoers. Police said the couple was arguing on the street as the attacker eavesdropped and started to interfere. The dispute escalated until the 22-year-old suspect pulled out a knife and started slashing, police said.

Wade hopes to keep Havoc at VCU

Will Wade, a high school history and world geography teacher by trade, intends to employ theories borrowed from coaching mentors Oliver Purnell, Tommy Amaker and Smart, as well as his own love for all things analytical with the Rams.

UPDATE: Missouri men's basketball's future even murkier after departures

Johnathan Williams III and Deuce Bello announced they will leave the program this year.

Tolton soccer in control in 5-1 win over St. Paul Lutheran

Tolton soccer dominated St. Paul Lutheran with precision passing and a steady offensive attack.


Threlkeld strikes out nine in Battle baseball's win

Lane Threlkeld struck out nine Fatima Cometson Tuesday in a complete-game effort, spreading five hits and three walks over seven innings, leading the Spartans to a 3-2 win.

Columbia College men third, women sixth, at Virginia McCoy

Both Columbia teams will play in the Central Methodist Spring Invitational held at Hail Ridge Golf Club in Boonville, Missouri, on April 20-21.

Tolton tennis shuts out Sacred Heart 9-0 Tuesday

The Tolton tennis team beat Sacred Heart High School 9-0 to bring the Trailblazers' record to 2-1.

Columbia College softball splits doubleheader against Park University

The Cougars lost the first game 4-1 but came back strong to win the second 6-5.

Lauren Hill's fight inspires coach

Coach: "Why has her story caught on? I think it's her spirit, her personality. You've got to be around her. I keep telling people that once you get around her, you'll know what I mean. It's hard to describe, but it's a spirit of never giving up."

Lauren Hill hopes people remember her for resilience

Lauren Hill has set a new goal: Raise a total of $2.2 million for research and treatment of the type of cancer she developed more than a year ago. Through her efforts, more than $1.5 million has been raised so far.

Connecticut, Auriemma win 10th national championship

The Connecticut-Notre Dame matchup was just the second time in the history of the tournament that the same teams played in the final in consecutive years. UConn beat Tennessee in 2003 and 2004.

Hernandez murder case closing arguments take place

Lawyer James Sultan spent several minutes of his closing argument asking jurors to forget what they have heard about Aaron Hernandez in the media and outside the courtroom. Hernandez also faces murder charges in Boston, where he is accused of gunning two men down in 2012 after he believed they disrespected him at a nightclub. Evidence about that killing was not allowed into the Odin Lloyd trial.

Winnipeg shuts out St. Louis

Paul Stastny had an apparent tying goal in the second period waved off and got a slashing call instead for slapping the stick out of defenseman Tyler Myers' hands just before putting a backhander past Ondrej Pavelec.

Tiger Woods paves way for excellence among young guard

Tiger Woods was that larger-than-life figure in a red shirt who was always winning. At least it seemed that way to a growing television audience that included a bunch of kids from all over the world.

Rory McIlroy was one of them. So was Jordan Spieth.

Jason Day was watching in Australia. Hideki Matsuyama was mesmerized in Japan.

If they didn't want to grow up to be like Tiger, they wanted to beat him. If nothing else, they were inspired by him.

After Duke's title, a look at the coming college hoops season

Duke will hang its fifth championship banner, but next season is already on the minds of teams across the country. Here are some of the intriguing story lines for the 2015-16 season.

Illinois State University athletics department members among those dead in crash

Rescue personnel found no survivors at the site near the city of Bloomington, and a coroner pronounced the seven occupants dead, McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage said at a news conference.

Connecticut-Notre Dame rivalry adds intrigue to women's hoops final

"This isn't something that's going to last forever," Auriemma said. "Not going to win every single championship game that we're in. If we're in some more, but up to this point, it's something that's really hard to explain."

Duke pulls away from Wisconsin to win school's fifth national title

A group of freshmen starred for the Blue Devils, who won their school's fifth national championship.