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Johnson makes case as one of the all-time greats

It took Jimmie Johnson just 13 races into his rookie season with Hendrick Motorsports to prove to his team he was a rare talent.

Former Missouri pitcher Max Scherzer wins Cy Young

Former Missouri All-American pitcher Max Scherzer won the AL honor after leading the majors in wins while going 21-3. He received 28-of-30 first-place votes.

Penn State seeks fourth straight wrestling title

Penn State, which opens its dual season Saturday at Rider, could be the first team since Oklahoma State (2003 to 2006) to claim four straight NCAA team crowns.

Dolphins case puts GM, coaching jobs in jeopardy

The Dolphins' harassment scandal is threatening the season and job security, leaving the future of coach Joe Philbin, his assistants and general manager Jeff Ireland in doubt.

Rams' defensive core was in place when Fisher arrived

On Sunday, the Rams (4-6) totaled four interceptions with three against the Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck, matching his season total the previous eight games. The Colts never threatened another comeback effort they've been known for, and were held to just 18 yards rushing and 2 for 12 on third down.

Bucs hold off Dolphins 22-19 for first victory

Rookie Mike Glennon threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to tackle Donald Penn and led a long fourth-quarter touchdown drive to put the Buccaneers ahead for good in a 22-19 victory over the embattled Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

Bad day at worst time ruins Kenseth's season

Matt Kenseth did his best to put on a brave face following his worst performance of the season, which just happened to come at the worst possible time in his championship battle with Jimmie Johnson.

No. 1 Alabama trying to avoid 'relief syndrome'

Alabama's Nick Saban doesn't want his players to be in a celebratory mood this week after the Crimson Tide defeated LSU 38-17 on Saturday.

Mississippi receiver emerges after slow start

Mississippi's Donte Moncrief has most of the attributes expected of an elite receiver, but is missing an ego.

New NCAA hoops rules designed to increase scoring

College basketball rule changes were put in this season after scoring in Division I dropped to 67.5 points per game in 2012-13, the lowest since 1951-52 — long before the shot clock and 3-point shot were added — and the fourth straight season it had decreased.

Leadership vacuum to blame in Dolphins case?

A leadership vacuum may have contributed to the troubled relationship between Miami Dolphins offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, which has left both players sidelined and the team in turmoil.

Two Cardinals claim Silver Slugger awards

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina and second baseman Matt Carpenter received their first Silver Sluggers.

SEC Network vice president announced

With the SEC Network scheduled to launch in Aug. 2014, ESPN's Stephanie Druley was named vice president of production of college networks Tuesday.

Ponder possibility of RG3 paired with Peterson

Two years ago, in the second-to-last game of the season, Adrian Peterson tore ligaments in his left knee. Toby Gerhart and backup quarterback Joe Webb rallied the Vikings to a victory that ensured their record was better than Indianapolis or St. Louis.

Agent says Nick Saban facing 'pressure,' would consider Texas job

The agent for coach Nick Saban told Texas officials in January that Texas was the only school he would consider leaving Alabama for, and his success with the Crimson Tide had put him under "special pressure," The Associated Press has learned.

T.J. Oshie lifts Blues to shootout win

T.J. Oshie scored in the shootout to give the St. Louis Blues a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Other NFL players cite lack of leaders in Miami

Eleven seasons into his football career, Washington Redskins linebacker Nick Barnett figures he has a pretty good sense of the sort of teasing and hazing and horsing around that happens in the typical NFL locker room, especially when it comes to rookies.

Record scoring pace alters strategies

NFL teams are lighting up scoreboards like never before as the game is flooded with bigger, faster receivers, dual-threat quarterbacks and a rule book that puts defenders at a decided disadvantage.

Florida Gulf Coast basketball — 'Dunk City' — set for season

Florida Gulf Coast — the darling of college basketball this past March after knocking off Georgetown and San Diego State in the NCAA tournament, plus capturing the nation's attention and earning a nickname that still sticks — is looking to do something even more impressive this season. The Eagles are heading into 2013-14 hoping to show that they were more than a two-game wonder.

No. 1 Kentucky working to develop basketball lineups

After luring some of the nation's top prospects the past several seasons to Lexington, Kentucky, coach John Calipari has six high school All-Americans in his latest eight-player freshman group. Not since Michigan's "Fab Five" rookie lineup in 1991-92 has so much prep talent been assembled.

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