National Sports

After long season, task is simple for Buckeyes

It might seem as if the pressure just keeps building and building on No. 2 Ohio State. That's not really the case.

NFL fines Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000

The NFL fined Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin $100,000 on Wednesday for interfering with Baltimore's Jacoby Jones on a kickoff return in the third quarter of a 22-20 loss to the Ravens on Thanksgiving night.

Lindsey Vonn: Knee 'stable' after World Cup training run

Closing in on competing for the first time in 10 months, Lindsey Vonn was pleased to be back on the elite ski racing scene Wednesday, completing a safe training run and declaring her surgically repaired right knee "stable."

Jesse Owens' Olympic medal up for auction

The auction began Nov. 20 and closes Saturday. As of Monday, it had received 15 bids, with the highest at nearly $209,000.

West Virginia drubs Loyola (Md.) 96-47

Remi Dibo scored a career-high 19 points and four of his teammates chipped in with double figures and West Virginia ripped Loyola (Md.) 96-47 Monday night in a nonconference game.

Another week, another must-win game for Buckeyes

The second-ranked Buckeyes escaped Michigan Stadium with a 42-41 victory on Saturday and face another must-win game this week against Michigan State.

US Hockey Hall of Fame inductions held

Doug Weight and Bill Guerin began their friendship before they were in the NHL and grew closer while playing together for the Edmonton Oilers, St. Louis Blues and New York Islanders.

Maddux, Glavine, Thomas on Hall of Fame ballot

There are 19 newcomers on this year's Hall of Fame ballot, joining steroid-tainted holdovers Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

No set date for decision on Johnny Manziel's future

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin says he doesn't know when Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will decide whether to enter the 2014 NFL draft.

Defense may hold key to season for Kansas men's basketball

There are few things that Kansas coach Bill Self loves more than playing defense. But he also loves a roster full of NBA-caliber talent on his team, and sometimes it's hard for those two loves to coexist.

Bill Belichick has made notable decisions — good and bad

Bill Belichick has made plenty of notable decisions in his 14 seasons as the highly successful coach of the New England Patriots. Most have worked out. Others have been failures.

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose out for season

The team said Rose had successful surgery Monday morning in Chicago to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee.

No. 4 Auburn just another big game for No. 1 'Bama

Alabama (11-0, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) visits No. 4 Auburn on Saturday in a game that has much of the state in a fever pitch.

Alexander Steen scores 2 in Blues' 3-0 win over Wild

Jaroslav Halak made 22 saves, and Alexander Steen scored twice to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.

Heisman voters wait on Winston as race muddles

A Heisman race that not long ago seemed well-defined has been muddled in so many ways.

Rangers introduce No. 84, new first-base player Prince Fielder

The Rangers introduced their newest player Monday, five days after acquiring him in a blockbuster trade of All-Stars, with popular second baseman Ian Kinsler going to Detroit.

AP source: Former Missouri player Kinsler traded for Fielder

The Tigers and Rangers agreed to a blockbuster trade Wednesday night that would send Detroit slugger Prince Fielder to Texas for second baseman Ian Kinsler, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

Cardinals sign Matheny to 3-year extension

The St. Louis Cardinals gave manager Mike Matheny a three-year contract extension Wednesday, rewarding him for deep postseason runs in his first two seasons on the job.

Costas to offer interviews, not commentary, on Russia law

Bob Costas will add late-night hosting duties to his prime-time responsibilities for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. One of the issues he plans to address is Russia's so-called "gay propaganda" law, but he has no intention of offering a commentary on the issue.

Cam Newton lifts Panthers over Patriots 24-20

Cam Newton threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. with 59 seconds left and the Carolina Panthers held off the New England Patriots 24-20 Monday night for their sixth straight victory when officials picked up a penalty flag on the final play.