National Sports

Sharp-shooting Frazier a huge threat for Florida

Florida guard Michael Frazier II's sharp-shooting prowess comes at a price. He's one of coach Billy Donovan's hardest workers, spending countless extra hours in the gym, and it's paying off big time for the top-seeded Gators (36-2).

Julius Randle guides Kentucky back home to Dallas

Julius Randle and the Kentucky Wildcats are set to face Wisconsin in the national semifinals on Saturday night. The game will be played at AT&T Stadium, an easy trip down the interstate from the Dallas-area neighborhood where he grew up.

Pennsylvania high court won't hear Sandusky appeal

Sandusky had asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to take up his 45-count conviction, arguing his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial in 2012 and that prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not to testify.

College athletes take labor cause to Capitol Hill

During meetings on Capitol Hill, Ramogi Huma, president of the College Athletes Players Association, and former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter tried to drum up support just a week after a ruling that the athletes were employees and had the same rights to bargain collectively as other workers.

Mercer shocks Duke in first round of NCAA tournament

The 8,300-student school from Macon, Ga., delivered the biggest shocker in an already topsy-turvy NCAA tournament on Friday, going into Duke's backyard and knocking off the No. 3 seed Blue Devils 78-71.

Tennessee drops higher seed Massachusetts in NCAA tournament

Jordan McRae added 21 points for the Volunteers (23-12), the No. 11 seed in the Midwest Regional. Tennessee had little trouble with the sixth-seeded Minutemen (24-9), shooting 54 percent from the field and handling UMass' fullcourt pressure in a surprisingly one-sided performance that included another solid defensive showing.

NCAA tournament selection committee faces tough decisions

It's never easy getting this 68-team tournament bracket right, but this year's field is rife with questions from top to bottom.

Brazil has 100 days to get ready for World Cup

Brazil is running out of time. The Brazilian government is trying to ensure the country will be prepared for the 32-nation tournament, which opens June 12.

Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart's confrontation with Jeff Orr highlights problematic fan behavior

The Marcus Smart incident shows how volatile the interaction between fans and athletes is becoming.

Adam Silver, new NBA commissioner, ready to start new era

Silver will soon deliver his first state of the league press conference as commissioner, a chance to tell a worldwide viewing audience how he plans to make the NBA bigger and better.

LeBron James highlights strong U.S. basketball roster

 With LeBron James sticking around and some of the NBA's best players joining him, the U.S. basketball team could be better than ever.


Stanislas Wawrinka continues run to finals in Australian Open

Stanislas Wawrinka backed up his upset of four-time champion Novak Djokovic by reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4) win over Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday.

Cleveland Browns hire Mike Pettine as new coach

Mark Fayne, Ryan Carter spark Devils over Blues 7-1

The snow was falling steadily outside, the crowd inside the Prudential Center was small and the offensively challenged New Jersey Devils were hosting the high-flying St. Louis Blues. The Devils rewarded the several thousand fans who braved the storm with a stunning 7-1 rout.

No. 14 Kentucky routs Texas A&M 68-51

Alex Poythress scored a season-high 16 points as No. 14 Kentucky routed Texas A&M 68-51 on Tuesday night.

Goodell suggests ditching the PAT kick

Roger Goodell doesn't want to stand pat with the PAT. He's suggesting potential changes in the extra point that, well, might have some legs.

Column: Bookies and the NFL both wary of weather

Oddsmakers in Las Vegas will be keeping a close eye on the weather as a possible factor in whether the Denver Broncos can cover what is now a 2 ½-point spread against the Seattle Seahawks.

T.J. Oshie scores twice to lead Blues over Coyotes

Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves and T.J. Oshie scored twice as the Blues rode their hot goalie to a 2-1 win.

Column: A-Rod's performance-enhancing drug use 'most potent we've seen.'

Peel away the pseudo-science and Anthony Bosch's bragging and what remained was "probably the most potent and sophisticated drug program developed for an athlete that we've ever seen," U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said.

Judge: $765M might not cover NFL concussion claims

A federal judge is slowing down the proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, questioning if there's enough money to cover 20,000 retired players.