The eyes of soccer focused nervously Friday on the draw to determine where, when and, most important, who the 32 teams will play at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
By NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer For about an hour, much of the planet will come to a dead stop, all eyes and attention glued to four bowls of what look an awful lot like pingpong balls. A lottery that...
A prosecutor's decision to not bring charges against Florida State quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Jameis Winston has removed a cloud from over the team, which is focused and prepared to face Duke in the...
Zach Johnson is like most players at the World Challenge, not sure whether he's still playing in 2013 or if he's in the middle of the new wraparound season that officially started in October.
The way everything was crumbling, the Chicago Bulls sure needed a reprieve. Knocking off the defending champions was a nice one.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have gone from the worst team in the NFL to the hottest team in the AFC.
Rafael Furcal will try to make his comeback from elbow surgery with the Miami Marlins.
Max Pacioretty was hardly in the mood to celebrate after his game-winning goal for the Canadiens.
Teddy Bridgewater made several great escapes with the game on the line. Brendon Kay hobbled around on a bad ankle and matched him in the fourth-quarter cold. It went down to overtime for the second year in a row.
The "laughingstocks" won in a laugher.
By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin met Thursday in Los Angeles with NFL special investigator Ted Wells for a second round of questioning about the team's bullying...
Derrick Rose isn't wavering.
Zach Johnson already is looking ahead to next year, and one of his priorities is to score better on the par 5s. He got started on that Thursday in the World Challenge.
Brian McCann arrived at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 19 and was greeted on the field by CC Sabathia and the pitcher's kids.
Tiger Woods said the death of Nelson Mandela was "a sad day for many people," especially those who had the chance to meet him.
By NANCY ARMOUR AP National Writer For about an hour Friday, much of the planet will come to a dead stop, all eyes and attention glued to four bowls of what look an awful lot like pingpong balls. A...
Florida State quarterback and Heisman hopeful Jameis Winston will not face any charges in a sexual assault case, mostly because there were too many gaps in his accuser's story, a prosecutor said Thursday.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. set a record Thursday with his 11th consecutive win as NASCAR's most popular driver.
A judge handed New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard another year of probation and 30 additional days in jail Thursday as a result of a drinking-and-driving incident in Nebraska last summer.
By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer The Kansas City Royals acquired outfielder Norichika Aoki from Milwaukee to be their leadoff hitter Thursday, which also means the Brewers are likely to shift Ryan...
The only thing standing in the way of Jameis Winston and the Heisman Trophy is the Duke Blue Devils.
With her eyes wide and a big smile, Lindsey Vonn declared herself ready to race for the first time in 10 months.
By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Usually at this point in the offseason, pro tennis player Melanie Oudin is putting in at least six hours a day of court time and fitness work.
NASCAR announced sweeping changes to the Hall of Fame election process Thursday, including tweaks that make Bill Elliott and Mark Martin immediately eligible for enshrinement.
In a Dec. 4 story about Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Klitschko's wife, Natalia, was beside him when he tried to stop several hundred radical protesters...
Thirty-two teams, a world of possibilities.
Graeme McDowell is going to miss Sherwood Country Club.
As time wound down in the Trail Blazers' victory over the Oklahoma City, LaMarcus Aldridge was showered with shouts of "MVP! MVP!" from the Portland fans.
North Carolina flashed its potential again, earning another impressive victory after a second shaky setback.
Kyle Korver was just ready to get out of the house and return to what he does best - shoot 3-pointers.
Villanova returned from the Bahamas with three wins, a trophy and a national ranking.
The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday night because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena.
Not far from the finish line she crossed minutes earlier in World Cup downhill training, Lindsey Vonn smiled as she chatted with U.S. teammates Julia Mancuso, Stacey Cook and Leanne Smith.
The prosecutor overseeing the investigation of sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston said Wednesday that it is completed.
Tiger Woods believes it's harder than ever to win on the PGA Tour because of the increasing depth of talent of the players.
Just two days after surprisingly watching from the bench for a second straight game, No. 1 goalie Henrik Lundqvist agreed to a long-term contract extension with the New York Rangers on Wednesday.
Here's another adjective Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin can call his ill-timed two-step onto the field last Thursday night against Baltimore.
Browns defensive end Desmond Bryant's season has ended because of an irregular heartbeat that will require surgery.
Joe Nathan expects to fit in just fine in Detroit - and now the Tigers don't have to face the closer who has dominated them more than perhaps any other in baseball.
Formula One and NASCAR will be racing deep in the heart of Texas on the same day next year.
Start spreading the news. One of New York's bumbling basketball teams is about to win!
Whether on the gridiron or the dance floor, fancy footwork ruled in the ratings last week.
London is getting its first NFL day game, creating a new morning time slot for viewers in the United States.
The crane operator involved in last week's deadly accident at the Sao Paulo stadium that's hosting the opening match of the World Cup told police Wednesday that he'd noticed nothing out of the ordinary ahead of...
LSU has announced that Zach Mettenberger's playing career with the Tigers is officially over.
Warning that Brazil has "no time to lose," new International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach will travel soon to Rio de Janeiro to check on the troubled preparations for the 2016 Games.
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has picked up two more individual awards from the Atlantic Coast Conference.
New IOC President Thomas Bach will travel soon to Rio de Janeiro to check on the troubled preparations for the 2016 Olympics.
It was just a game, not a playoff series. Still, Brandon Jennings finally got a long-awaited win over the Miami Heat.
Free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million, a person familiar with the...
Mississippi State left guard Gabe Jackson was named the winner of the Conerly Trophy on Tuesday night, becoming the first offensive lineman to earn the honor in its 18-year history.
Five former Kansas City Chiefs players who were on the team between 1987 and 1993 filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming the team hid and even lied about the risks of head injuries during that time period when there was no...
UCLA agreed to a six-year extension with football coach Jim Mora on Tuesday night, putting him under contract through 2019.
Lindsey Vonn was cleared to get back on a World Cup course for downhill training, the latest step as she works to return from a right knee injury and get ready for the Sochi Olympics.
A person familiar with the negotiations says the New York Yankees were working toward an agreement with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million.
Tony Clark said he's "blown away" that he is the first former major leaguer to become head of the baseball players' union.
Steve Sarkisian confidently strode into the John McKay Center on Tuesday and immediately embraced both the lofty standards set by past Southern California coaches and the sky-high hopes of all Trojans football fans.
By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer The Seattle Seahawks are a clear choice at the top of the AP Pro32 power rankings. The pecking order behind them is much more jumbled.
Dwyane Wade was inactive for the Miami Heat against the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night, the fourth game that the All-Star guard has missed this season because of soreness and a need for rest.
Catcher Ryan Hanigan and reliever Heath Bell are eager to try to help the Tampa Bay Rays get back to the playoffs.
Chris Davis ran into the end zone and etched his name in college football lore.
Detroit Lions linebacker Travis Lewis was suspended Tuesday for the final four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.
By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist By next week, the people who make sure the nation has a player worthy of the Heisman trophy - and the ESPN primetime show devoted to it - will have had their say.
By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer The chairman of the U.S. Olympic Committee says "it is our intention to bid" for the 2024 Olympics if a number of criteria are met - the strongest indication yet that the...
Anyone unfamiliar with Chip Kelly's unique way of disguising play calls might confuse the Philadelphia Eagles' sideline for a commercial promoting the City of Brotherly Love.
Mike Tomlin was "mesmerized."
Free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday.
Few things could damage the image of Brazil more than violent street protests during the World Cup.
Zygi Wilf beamed in the middle of the sharp-dressed group, a gold-painted shovel in his hands, a purple Vikings hard hat on his head and star running back Adrian Peterson by his side.
At least three World Cup stadiums in Brazil will not be finished by the end of December as FIFA requested.
All-Star catcher Brian McCann completed his $85 million, five-year contract with the York Yankees on Tuesday in what the team called a "significant improvement to a key position."
On a night usually dominated by news of players let loose, the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics filled pitching needs with trades.
Gareth Bale took first place in The Associated Press global soccer poll Tuesday after scoring his first hat trick for Real Madrid.
Russell Wilson was so impressed with the way Seattle prepared for its showdown against New Orleans that he made a point of texting coach Pete Carroll about it.
After Portland had withstood a late barrage from the Indiana Pacers and Paul George, the Trail Blazers gathered at midcourt and raised their hands together.
The busy Detroit Tigers traded right-hander Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players Monday night in a deal between teams with deep rotations.
The Oakland Athletics acquired AL saves leader Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night as a replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour.
A couple thousand Seahawks fans were crowded in front of the television stage when Russell Wilson walked out of the locker room still in full uniform.
A few hours after Steve Sarkisian was hired by Southern California, the coach bounded up the steps of the palatial McKay Center and went to work on getting the Trojans back to national title contention.
Shabazz Napier is the top player on No. 12 Connecticut and is one of the most clutch players in the nation. The point guard, who led the undefeated Huskies to another win Monday night with a buzzer-beating jumper, has...
The Big Ten office has decided not to suspend any players or coaches for their actions in the wake of a fight in Saturday's game between No. 2 Ohio State and archrival Michigan.
A woman charged with killing a fellow Alabama fan after the end of last weekend's Iron Bowl football game was angry that the victim and others didn't seem upset over the Crimson Tide's loss to archrival Auburn,...
Denver Broncos coach John Fox returned to work Monday, four weeks after open-heart surgery, his newfound energy matching his renowned enthusiasm.
Nobody led tiny Wake Forest to more wins than Jim Grobe.
It could take four to six weeks before authorities can determine how a man died after an altercation in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium during Kansas City's game against Denver, police said Monday.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan spoke Monday with the NFL's director of officiating after the league said Sunday night's crew made an error on Washington's final drive.
By The Associated Press Michigan State stays No. 1 for a third straight week in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, receiving all but two of the first-place votes.
By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer The Big 12 will have its own championship Saturday, even without a title game.
As the big-money free agents negotiated, dozens of players with lower profiles waited to find out whether they would be dumped on the market by their clubs Monday night.
The NFL is still deciding how to discipline Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin for his not-so-fancy footwork. New video, though, shows Tomlin inching closer to the field before Baltimore kickoff returner Jacoby Jones...
Le'Veon Bell knows it could have been worse.
Organizers of the 2014 World Cup say soccer great Pele will make an appearance at Friday's draw in Brazil.
Brazil has decided against opening more routes for foreign air carriers for next year's World Cup, certain it can handle the millions of sports fans who will use airplanes to get around South America's biggest...
By JIM O'CONNELL AP Basketball Writer Breaking down this week's Associated Press college basketball poll:
By The Associated Press Connecticut remains the unanimous No. 1 team in women's college basketball in The Associated Press poll.
Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the biggest loss yet for the injury-plagued Brooklyn Nets.
Denver Broncos coach John Fox has returned to work, less than a month after undergoing open-heart surgery to have his aortic valve fixed.
Amid the jerseys and baseball bats held in a secure room at SCP Auctions, there's a piece of sports memorabilia that speaks to much more than athletic prowess: an Olympic medal won by track star Jesse Owens at the 1936...
By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer The Denver Nuggets raised more than a few eyebrows this summer.
Twitter just issued its IPO but a lingering question is how the popular worldwide microblog company will turn a profit. One Colorado-based company thinks it has found one way to help Twitter, and itself, make money.
Given that the New York Giants were once 0-6 with injuries mounting, it's quite the feat that they're not the first team to be eliminated from playoff contention in the NFC East.
By The Associated Press This was the kind of passing clinic for which Peyton Manning has become famous.
Two weeks later and in a different venue, the outcome was pretty much the same.
Nick Foles has already reached a point where mistakes are rare and strong performances are expected.
Greg Jennings fought a stomach flu all game and was already halfway up the tunnel with what he thought was a victory under his belt when the Minnesota Vikings had to holler at him to get back on the field.
A man died and three people were taken in for questioning after an altercation that happened Sunday in the parking lot of Arrowhead Stadium as the Kansas City Chiefs played the Denver Broncos.
Referee Jeff Triplette acknowledged the down marker was moved incorrectly on the Washington Redskins' last possession of a 24-17 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night, but said halting play to fix the mistake...
In a span of seven Washington Redskins offensive plays, Justin Tuck sacked Robert Griffin III four times.
Chris Bosh watched his first 3-pointer bounce once, twice, three times, four times before finally dropping into the net.
In the words of Chiefs safety Eric Berry, Peyton Manning does not discriminate.
By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Florida State and Ohio State are in position to play for the BCS national championship, though Auburn and Missouri are close enough behind in the BCS standings...
Colin Kaepernick let his guard down just enough to razz Michael Crabtree about not scoring on a flashy 60-yard catch and run in his season debut.
Despite having the NBA's best record, the Indiana Pacers realize there's always room for improvement.
Adrian Peterson thought his Minnesota Vikings had won and lost the game against Chicago about three times during a dizzying, exhilarating overtime.
Tom Brady was glad to escape Houston with a win.
Adam Vinatieri still has it. Donald Brown does, too.
Cam Newton walked into the press conference Sunday afternoon, flashed that familiar smile and gave a tip of the hat to his former college team.
This was the way Cecil Shorts always imagined it would happen: game on the line, ball in the air, his chance to the hero.
By The Associated Press Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says the players ejected from the Michigan game for fighting will not be suspended for the Big Ten championship game.
By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer Dave Christensen was fired as Wyoming's football coach Sunday after the Cowboys lost five of their last six games this season.
As she glided closer and closer to the finish line, Mikaela Shiffrin heard the roars, the ringing cow bells and the raucous music from the loud speaker.
Florida coach Will Muschamp didn't wait very long to start making changes.
Phil Hughes probably needed to leave hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium, and the Minnesota Twins were desperate for proven arms to strengthen a woeful rotation. The two parties have come together, hoping to help each other out.
Florida State is the new No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll, followed by Ohio State at No. 2 and No. 3 Auburn, which shook up the national title race by upsetting Alabama.
Rory McIlroy birdied the 18th hole to beat Adam Scott at the Australian Open on Sunday, winning for the first time in 2013 and denying Scott the Triple Crown of Australian golf.
Lindsey Vonn is delaying further surgery on her right knee for as long as possible in hopes of skiing at the Sochi Olympics.
A second straight night, against a ranked opponent, and all accompanied by plenty of dramatics.
Rory McIlroy birdied the 18th hole to beat Adam Scott at the Australian Open on Sunday, winning for the first time in 2013 and denying Scott the rare Australian triple crown.
Henry Josey watched helplessly from the sideline last fall, rehabbing from a serious knee injury, while Missouri was getting pushed around in its first SEC season.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw was thrilled with his accomplishments Saturday, even if they didn't lead the 10th-ranked Gamecocks to the Southeastern Conference championship.
That crazy tipped pass for a long game-winning touchdown is now the second-most stunning and improbable play of Auburn's wild season.
By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is safe for now.
The 110th game between Ohio State and Michigan might have been the most thrilling, a back-and-forth affair that came down to one final play.
Chris Kreider did just about everything right on the ice, and off it, too.
Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley refuses to panic.
Boston College tailback Andre Williams, the nation's leading rusher, was injured Saturday in the third quarter against Syracuse.
Kelvin Benjamin shook off one tackler and then three more, bullying his way into the end zone to finish off Florida State's most impressive play on a day filled with them.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe and his players talked openly all season about winning a division title and earning a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Max Bullough left the field after one last victory at Spartan Stadium, and although the focus would quickly turn to next weekend's Big Ten title game, the Michigan State linebacker didn't want to let go of this...
Texas A&M and coach Kevin Sumlin have agreed in principle to a new six-year contract that could keep him with the Aggies through 2019.
By ERIC OLSON AP College Football Writer Nebraska coach Bo Pelini is safe for now.
Lindsey Vonn is energized by her progress in recovering from a knee injury and might be in the starting gate next week in Canada.
Sharing the ball is paying dividends for No. 19 UCLA.
By the time Ben Smith got his first chance in an NHL shootout, the Blackhawks and Stars were locked up in the league's longest tiebreaker in almost three years.
Carmelo Anthony's bid for a triumphant return to Denver fell short.
Ryan Arcidiacono had not made a shot all night. So naturally, he was Jay Wright's choice on the play that wound up deciding Villanova's fate.
Close victories have defined Central Florida's season.
Marcus Mariota gave Josh Huff all the credit for the 12-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds that swung another Civil War rivalry game Oregon's way.
Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks might have some choices to make when scripting last-second shots.
Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas has broken his right leg against the Chicago Blackhawks.
It wasn't a marquee matchup of freshmen, although both of the young stars showed how bright their futures can be.
Derek Carr finally ran into a quarterback who could match his prolific production. That's all it took to end Fresno State's bid for a BCS bowl.
Freshman backup quarterback Anthony Jennings leaned into LSU's huddle in the Tigers' end zone and delivered one quick message before calling the first play of a pressure-packed, late-game drive.
By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer Noelle Pikus-Pace was all smiles after winning the season's first World Cup skeleton race.
Jason Kidd said he was just "trying to win" when he intentionally spilled a drink on the court, a stunt that cost him $50,000.
Lara Gut was faster than a field missing Lindsey Vonn.
Adrian Peterson returned to Minnesota Vikings' practice on Friday and is probable for Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.
Bo Pelini says he hasn't been told if he'll return for a seventh season as Nebraska's head coach and that he isn't spending any time worrying about it.
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay has been fined $15,750 by the NFL for his hit last Sunday that gave Browns quarterback Jason Campbell a concussion.
Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara gave his team a spark with his rare fight. Then he won the game with his usual blistering slap shot.
The next measuring stick for top-ranked Michigan State is No. 16 North Carolina on Wednesday as part of the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.
An inspection confirmed Friday that there is no structural damage to the stands of the stadium hosting the World Cup opener and more than 1,300 workers are expected back at the building site at the start of next week, the...
Ted Lilly would have loved to keep pitching - if his body would allow him to start every fifth day, and if he could stay off the disabled list.
When Olympic skier Bode Miller handed his infant son to the baby's mother in a courtroom this week, she was handed a victory - for now - in a case that became a rallying point for women's-rights advocates.
By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer Alabama has already established itself as one of college football's greatest dynasties under Nick Saban.
When Olympic skier Bode Miller handed his infant son to the baby's mother in a New York courtroom this week, she was handed a victory - for now - in a case that alarmed women's-rights advocates.
Gov. John Kasich wants Ohioans to avoid using the dreaded letter "M'' on Saturday when No. 3 Ohio State faces archrival Michigan.
By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer A little thirsty? No time for breakfast? Need a ticket to the big game?
A game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens usually features hard hits, flying helmets and a pivotal play in the final minutes.
Dak Prescott rushed for a 3-yard touchdown in overtime to lead Mississippi State past Mississippi 17-10 in the Egg Bowl on Thursday night.
Justin Tucker kicked two more field goals in the third quarter, and Ben Roethlisberger brought to life a slumbering offense with a lightning-quick drive, leaving the Baltimore Ravens with a 16-7 lead over the Pittsburgh...