National Sports

Injuries, losses prompt MLB to seek collision ban

Major League Baseball's rules committee voted this week to prohibit runners from plowing into catchers at home plate.

Heisman dream in reach for FSU quarterback Jameis Winston

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is one of six finalists up for the Heisman Trophy.

MLB intends to ban home-plate collisions

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, announced at the winter meetings that Major League Baseball intends to eliminate home-plate collisions by 2015 at the latest.

NCAA track championships remain in Oregon through 2021

The NCAA awarded 82 of its 89 championships for the 2014 to 2018 seasons to 523 sites, the largest host site announcement in the organization's history. The track and field championship was the only site announced that extended beyond 2018.

Alabama's McCarron keeps pledge with Heisman trip

AJ McCarron is the one Heisman candidate largely judged by a career that stands as perhaps the best among Alabama quarterbacks, a group that includes Joe Namath, Bart Starr and Ken Stabler.

For Jordan Lynch, big prize still out there in Heisman

Jordan Lynch led No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-1) to within a victory of a second straight BCS berth after making the Orange Bowl last season. That possibility got doused with a 20-point loss to Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference championship game, but the big prize still is out there for a senior who set the major college rushing record for yards rushing by a quarterback.

Navy QB Reynolds will make another run at Army

On Saturday, Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds will face Army for the second time. The focus, of course, is to lead the Midshipmen to a victory over their most bitter rival and claim the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, awarded annually to the team with the best record in games involving the three major service academies.

Sports stars speak out against homophobia at UN

Former professional basketball player Jason Collins and tennis great Martina Navratilova on Tuesday urged world sports bodies like the International Olympic Committee and FIFA to take gay rights into consideration when awarding major sporting events.

Huge game propels Auburn's Mason to New York

Tre Mason earned himself a trip to New York as one of six Heisman Trophy finalists, joining tailback Andre Williams (Boston College) and quarterbacks Jameis Winston (Florida State), AJ McCarron (Alabama), Jordan Lynch (Northern Illinois) and Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M).

IOC president: Russia to set up protest zones in Sochi

IOC President Thomas Bach said Russia will set up public protest zones in Sochi during the Winter Olympics, a move unlikely to defuse criticism of the country's human rights record and a recent law banning gay "propaganda."

Disparity in graduation rates for bowl-bound teams

The average graduation success rate for African-American football players at the bowl-bound schools is 65 percent compared to 84 percent for whites, according to the annual report released Monday by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida.

No. 19 Florida edges No. 13 Kansas 67-61

Scottie Wilbekin scored a career-high 18 points, Dorian Finney-Smith added 15 and No. 19 Florida held on to beat No. 13 Kansas 67-61 on Tuesday night.

Blues edge Jets 2-1

Kevin Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal at 16 minutes, 58 seconds of the third period to give the St. Louis Blues a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

Balanced Illinois defeats Dartmouth 72-65

Illinois didn't play quite as rough as it did in its last home game, a 57-55 escape against Indiana Purdue-Fort Worth on Nov. 29, but the Illini still have some ragged edges in their game.

Reigning Olympic skating champ out of Sochi Games

Reigning Olympic figure skating champion Evan Lysacek announced Tuesday that a torn labrum in his left hip will keep him from competing in Sochi. After two months of aggressive treatment, doctors told Lysacek last week the injury was not going to improve and he was risking permanent damage if he kept training.

UPDATE: U.S. to play Germany and Ghana at World Cup

The United States will play Germany and Ghana in the first round of next year's World Cup, facing the nations that eliminated the Americans from the last three tournaments.

Missouri alum set to make first career start with Rams

Rams center Tim Barnes is set to make his first career start Sunday at Arizona in place of injured Scott Wells.

Michigan State men suffer first loss

J.P. Tokoto had 12 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help North Carolina beat No. 1 Michigan State 79-65 Wednesday night, giving the Tar Heels another impressive victory in their inconsistent season.

Prosecutor: Sex investigation of Florida State QB over

The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said they have "exhausted all investigate tools." There will be a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday to announce the findings.

Dropped passes a problem for stumbling Chiefs

The Chiefs have finally started to put up some offense the last three weeks, but an issue of bobbled balls and dastardly drops has kept them from putting more points on the board — maybe even kept them from becoming the first NFL team to start 9-0 and then lose three straight.