Clear Springs seniors Sierra Cheatham and Tasharian Robinson recently received the type of recognition that head girls basketball coach Pam Crawford saw the potential for each player when she first met them years ago.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Brionna Jones had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 3 Maryland pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Michigan 83-70 Thursday night for its sixth straight victory.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A rainy morning gave way to mostly cloudy skies on Friday as defending champion Angelique Kerber and top-seeded Andy Murray prepare for their third-round matches at the Australian Open.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors say two security guards at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium have been arrested and are accused of stealing equipment, baseballs and jerseys from the major league team to sell online.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — There are few things that Bill Belichick respects more than history in the NFL.
The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract to keep major league home run champion Mark Trumbo, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson shot a scrambling 4-under 68 on Thursday in the CareerBuilder Challenge, leaving him four strokes back in his return from two sports hernia surgeries.
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — If more people in San Diego shared his passion for the Chargers, Phil Mickelson figures the NFL team wouldn't have bolted for Los Angeles.
ATLANTA (AP) — The NFC championship is quite a mismatch.
NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry won a tiebreaker to join Golden State teammate Kevin Durant in the lineup, while LeBron James and Kyrie Irving also gave Cleveland two starters in the NBA All-Star Game.
OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Weber State has extended the contract for football coach Jay Hill through the 2021 season, the school announced Thursday.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Newly hired Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott is turning his offense over to former Denver Broncos coordinator Rick Dennison.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kristaps Porzingis is back for the New York Knicks' game against Washington, while Joakim Noah remains out.
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Senegal was Africa's top-ranked team on paper coming into the African Cup of Nations. It's No. 1 on the field, too, after overpowering Zimbabwe to be first into the quarterfinals.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Greg Byrne will take over a flourishing Alabama athletic department with a dominant football program and a men's basketball team that appears to be on the rise.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Kyle Shanahan plans to talk again with the San Francisco 49ers about their head coaching vacancy, with all signs pointing to the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator landing the job.
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The LA Galaxy have signed Portuguese midfielder Joao Pedro.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay will need season-ending surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — General manager Reggie McKenzie got rewarded for orchestrating the rebuild of the Oakland Raiders that got them back into the postseason for the first time in 14 years.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Another former Title IX official at Baylor University has filed a complaint with federal civil rights officials accusing university officials of discrimination and intimidation while she tried to investigate sexual assault reports.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers star forward Kevin Love is still having back issues and will not play Thursday night against Phoenix.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers' blueprint to slow down Atlanta in the NFC championship game focuses on turning the high-octane Falcons into a one-dimensional offense.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Right-hander Tyson Ross and the Texas Rangers have completed a $6 million, one-year contract after the pitcher who made only one start last season passed a physical.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — The Colorado Buffaloes have brought in D.J. Eliot to serve as their defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — U.S. Figure Skating President Sam Auxier said Thursday that Russia should be banned from the 2018 Olympics because of accusations of a mass doping cover-up at the Sochi Games three years ago.
There are some overlooked truths about the four superb quarterbacks left chasing a Super Bowl title:
MIAMI (AP) — Veteran NFL assistant coach Frank Bush has been hired as assistant head coach and linebackers coach of the Miami Dolphins.
DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander sat in the middle of the Tiger Den, the lounge at Comerica Park where he and his teammates were available to reporters before heading out on their winter caravan.
ROME (AP) — Roma is on course to face city rival Lazio in the Italian Cup semifinals after easing past Sampdoria 4-0 in the round of 16 on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — A day after his election to the Hall of Fame, Ivan Rodriguez appeared to deny using steroids during his career.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has made it clear he's opposed to state funding for stadiums, yet a revised proposal for a $200 million soccer stadium in St. Louis calls for the state to contribute land that's potentially worth millions of dollars.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron says he has dismissed sophomore nose guard Travonte Valentine for violating team rules.
BOSTON (AP) — When Edwin Encarnacion became a free agent this offseason, Indians manager Terry Francona didn't allow himself to daydream about adding the former Blue Jays slugger to his roster.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The football player and friend in Le'Veon Bell understood why LeGarrette Blount walked off the job that cold night in Nashville more than two years ago, jogging to the locker room with the clock still running as Bell and the rest of the Pittsburgh Steelers reveled in a critical victory over Tennessee.
MIAMI (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki tries to avoid feelings of nostalgia.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Gregg Williams talked tough.
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A bus carrying a minor league hockey team was involved in a rollover crash on Interstate 74 outside Peoria, Illinois.
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Former UConn basketball coach Dee Rowe has been selected by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to receive a lifetime achievement award.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed ex-San Francisco Giant Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Midway through the season, there would have been no way to predict Taylor Gabriel would be the top scorer among Atlanta Falcons wide receivers.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Free agent right-hander Neftali Feliz has signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who are looking for a closer in the bullpen.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies and outfielder Michael Saunders have finalized a one-year contract.
MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid easily defeated Eibar 3-0 in a first-leg quarterfinal of the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State football coach Rocky Long has agreed to a five-year contract extension through 2021.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Benny Parsons made it to the NASCAR Hall of Fame because of his victories on the track and his work as a broadcaster after he retired. He is there also because of one other factor - the kindness of his competitors.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Thorns are hosting a preseason tournament that will include the U.S. U-23 women's national team.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Former Pro Bowler Clyde Simmons has been hired by the Cleveland Browns to coach their defensive line.
Several English Premier League managers delivered a clear message to FIFA on Thursday: Preserve the offside law.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump appears to have announced that billionaire New York Jets owner Woody Johnson will become the next ambassador to Britain.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Current North Carolina baseball coach Mike Fox, former North Carolina State women's basketball player Chasity Melvin and former Duke basketball player Steve Vacendak are part of this year's class of inductees to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida quarterback Luke Del Rio will miss spring practice following shoulder surgery.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones says a sprained toe won't keep him from playing in Sunday's NFC championship game against Green Bay.
LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Title contender Algeria self-destructed at the African Cup of Nations, giving away an own goal and paying for some even worse defending as it lost to North African rival Tunisia 2-1 on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees plan to go to salary arbitration with reliever Dellin Betances, which would be the team's first hearing in nearly a decade.
LONDON (AP) — In one dugout at Etihad Stadium on Saturday will be a manager enjoying a six-match winning streak with his second-place team. In the other, a manager reeling from the biggest loss of his career and down in fifth place.
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LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — Title contender Algeria self-destructed at the African Cup of Nations, giving away an own goal and paying for some even worse defending in losing to North African rival Tunisia 2-1 on Thursday.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams have confirmed Wade Phillips is their new defensive coordinator.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will hold its annual spring football game April 22 with a 4 p.m. kickoff at Neyland Stadium.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A TV commentator has apologized for how he spoke about Venus Williams' play at the Australian Open, saying he was describing her aggressive style as "guerrilla" tactics and not comparing her to a "gorilla."
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have filed paperwork to move to Las Vegas.