Pro Sports

Former Tiger Sheldon Richardson wins NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year

Former Missouri standout Sheldon Richardson of the New York Jets won a close race for the Associated Press honor against Buffalo linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Different quarterback styles clash at Super Bowl

This Super Bowl has just about everything a fan, a player, a coach — and certainly a league — could ask for.

Seahawks' defense dominant but inexpensive

Peyton Manning counts $17.5 million against the Denver Broncos' salary cap this season. For less than double that, the Seahawks pay for their entire starting defense.

5 things to know about the Super Bowl

Here's a quick look at a few Super Bowl story lines from Friday.



Wes Welker doesn't dwell on costly Super Bowl drop

Wes Welker swears he doesn't dwell on his costly drop in the Super Bowl two years ago that could have sealed New England's win over the New York Giants and made up for losing to them four years earlier.

Los Angeles land bought by company tied to St. Louis Rams

A franchise relocation to Los Angeles would require approval from three-fourths of NFL team owners.

For Kansas City Royals manager, only 2 seasons count

Baseball and deer hunting season, when Ned Yost joins Jeff Foxworthy, a long-time friend, are what matter to Yost.  Along with other friends who hunt together, they divide into two teams and have a season-long competition to see which can find the most success. One team is called the Killbillies. The other is the Thump Monkeys.

Demaryius Thomas' mom, grandmother to watch Super Bowl from behind prison walls

Demaryius Thomas' mother and grandmother will cheer for the Denver Broncos receiver around the prison TV Sunday, both wearing No. 88 jerseys they crafted with strips of tape.

NFL reports 13 percent decline in concussions from 2012 to 2013

The number of concussions in the NFL dropped 13 percent from 2012 to 2013, according to data the league released Thursday and touted as a result of its efforts to better protect players' heads.

Rams fire defensive coordinator Tim Walton

Coach Jeff Fisher, who said after the season ended that he didn't anticipate any coaching changes, announced the move and wished Rams defensive coordinator Tim Walton well. Walton spent four years as the secondary coach in Detroit before he was hired last year by the Rams.

Super Bowl circus takes center stage

Welcome to Media Day, the annual Super Bowl circus. More than 6,000 journalists, pseudo-journalists and other credentialed "media" from all over the world gathered at the home of the NHL's New Jersey Devils on Tuesday to meet the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

Column: Why this Super Bowl will sound different

There was never any shortage of people willing to tell Derrick Coleman what he couldn't do. If there's any consolation to being the latest of three deaf players to ever make it to the NFL, it was that: He didn't have to listen.

Julius Thomas' skills honed on the hardwood

Broncos third-year tight end Julius Thomas began the season with more NCAA tournament trips (two) on his resume than catches in the NFL (one).

Football betting more popular than ever in Vegas

Fans bet an unprecedented $99 million on the Super Bowl last year, and the Nevada gambling industry expects to break the record again Sunday, barring a snowstorm. 

Ex-players fear dementia based on unproven test results

After thousands of hits to his head and confronted with troubling symptoms, NFL Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure is sure he has the devastating brain disease CTE — even though the strongest scientific evidence says it can only be diagnosed in the dead.

Chancellor adjusts to remain Seattle's enforcer

Kam Chancellor is imposing. He's a strong safety that looks as if he should be playing linebacker and the hardest hitter in the best secondary in the NFL. What is setting Chancellor apart is his ability to still be intimidating but do it within the framework of the NFL wanting to protect defenseless offensive players.

Ravens hire Kubiak as offensive coordinator

Gary Kubiak was bored and in need of a job when Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh asked him over for dinner.

Forecast for Super Bowl is nothing out of ordinary

The forecast for Sunday's NFL title game at MetLife Stadium calls for temperatures to reach a high of 39 with a low of 27, which is average for the area.

Kevin Shattenkirk makes most of opportunity in home state

While growing up in New Rochelle, N.Y., Kevin Shattenkirk watched Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch score many big goals.

Given a chance to do the same at Madison Square Garden, the St. Louis Blues blue-liner made the most of his opportunity.


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.