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2019 NFL draft first-round order: Arizona Cardinals are on the clock with No. 1 pick

Sun, 3 Feb 2019 23:58:42 -0500

Here is a look at the first-round order for the 2019 NFL draft, which places the Arizona Cardinals on the clock with the No. 1 overall pick.

     
 
 


Global Poker Index: Ranking the top 300 players

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:02:04 -0400

Who are the best poker players in the world? Find out here ...

     
 
 


Never miss a must-see moment: Sign up for our NFL newsletter

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:01:56 -0400

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Howard, Westbrook among growing trend of graduate transfers

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 03:04:19 -0400

Mississippi State's Anriel Howard and Clemson's Simone Westbrook are among the growing number of graduate transfers in the women's game

     
 
 


UCLA takes over at No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports baseball poll

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 12:44:53 -0400

Previous No. 1 Oregon State falls into tie with Stanford at No. 2.

     
 
 


Ja Morant's performance in Murray State's upset of Marquette had NBA fans buying into hype

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 19:16:34 -0400

Ja Morant has been a relative unknown for the casual fan. That is, until No. 12 Murray State pulled off the biggest NCAA tournament upset so far.

     
 
 


NCAA tournament: Virginia back as a No. 1 seed and ready for pressure after last year's flop

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:25:52 -0400

The Cavaliaers know scrutiny is coming after last year's loss to No. 16 UMBC, but coach Tony Bennett has them prepared for the pressure.

     
 
 


Prank tweet fools college basketball player's mom into thinking her son missed flight

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:50:26 -0400

A fake tweet circulated rapidly on Twitter saying Colgate guard missed the team flight and had to take an Uber to Columbus to join his team.

     
 
 


What channel is TruTV? How to find channel for March Madness games

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:09:15 -0400

It's that time of year again when college basketball fans flock to their channel guide to find TruTV on their cable or satellite providers.

     
 
 


UC Irvine and its anteater mascot: 'We're unique. We're fun. We get people's attention'

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:11:01 -0400

Peter the Anteater, a 'one-of-a-kind mascot,' will cheer on as UC Irvine takes on the pedestrian-named and fourth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats.

     
 
 


One memorable photo from every NCAA tourney game

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 01:05:44 -0400

March Madness is all about memories and moments — many of which are captured through a lens.

     
 
 


Opinion: Tom Izzo still Mr. March, but only because Michigan State survived

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:52:40 -0400

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo hasn't made it past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament since 2015.

     
 
 


Opinion: Signing $130 million extension with Cardinals, Paul Goldschmidt is perfect fit in St. Louis

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:32:30 -0400

Yet to play in a regular-season game for his new team, Goldschmidt is set to sign a nine-figure extension with the Cardinals.

     
 
 


Colts land big-name free agent in pass rusher Justin Houston

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:23:54 -0400

Justin Houston had nine sacks for the Chiefs last season but was released by the team after nine years and four Pro Bowl berths.

     
 
 


NBA triple-double tracker: 2018-19 season leaders

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 23:42:54 -0400

Keep up with this year's leaders and track every triple-double of the 2018-19 NBA season.

     
 
 


Charles Barkley was freaking out during the Auburn-New Mexico State game

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 18:44:01 -0400

Charles Barkley, back as a studio analyst, was a basketball star at Auburn. Watching the Tigers struggle against New Mexico State nearly killed him.

     
 
 


March Sadness: Agony of defeat in NCAA tourney

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:59:13 -0400

The NCAA tournament can produce the highest of highs for the winning team. For the losing team, it can produce the ultimate agony.

     
 
 


Michigan State players had to get between Tom Izzo and Aaron Henry during angry timeout

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:51:36 -0400

The Michigan State coach was on fire during Thursday's opening-round battle against No. 15 Bradley

     
 
 


Everything you need to know about Friday's games in the NCAA men's tournament

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:13:23 -0400

The NCAA tournament's first round continues Friday. Here is everything you need to know for the opening weekend of March Madness.

     
 
 


March almost Madness: Cinderella mid-majors whiff in near-upsets of NCAA tourney top seeds

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 22:02:07 -0400

New Mexico State, Belmont and Bradley all seemed destined to bust brackets and deliver on March Madness before crumbling under pressure.

     
 
 


Get on the gridiron and join our new Facebook Group, 'The Ruling Off the Field'

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:01:53 -0400

If you're as excited about football season as we are, we've got the perfect spot for you.

     
 
 


2019 IndyCar Series schedule

Mon, 4 Mar 2019 17:59:04 -0500

Race days and times, track and TV information for the 2019 season.

     
 
 


Obama picks upsets in his NCAA brackets, but likes big names for Final Four

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:33:35 -0400

Former President Barack Obama’s NCAA tournament brackets reaffirm he has soft spot for underdogs but believes in favorites at the end.

     
 
 


Behind record-setter Fletcher Magee, Wofford wins first NCAA tournament game

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:12:23 -0400

Fletcher Magee broke the all-time NCAA 3-point record in Wofford's first-round win over Seton Hall, the Terriers' first-ever NCAA tournament victory

     
 
 


NCAA women's tournament set to start with wide open field

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 03:08:55 -0400

NCAA women's tourney set to start with a wide open field

     
 
 


2019 NCAA tournament schedule and results

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 00:23:00 -0400

In March Madness, it takes 67 games for the NCAA tournament to determine a national championship. A list of the complete schedule of games and results

     
 
 


Report: Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid got less than $10 million in NFL collusion settlement

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:39:12 -0400

The amount of the settlement, announced in February, has been a subject of speculation since the case was settled.

     
 
 


Kalscheur, Gophers knock off Louisville 86-76

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 04:13:01 -0400

Freshman Gabe Kalscheur scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half and 10th-seeeded Minnesota rolled past Louisville 86-76 in the opening round of the East Region, the Gophers' first win in the NCAA Tournament in six years

     
 
 


Four reasons why Virginia (yes, Virginia) can win NCAA tournament this March Madness

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:11:21 -0400

Last year, No. 1 overall seed Virginia lost to No. 16 seed UMBC in the NCAA tournament. Here's why this year will be different for the Cavaliers.

     
 
 


Future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki, 45, retires after Japan series

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 13:52:45 -0400

Ichiro Suzuki left the Tokyo Dome field in the eighth inning, waving goodbye amid hugs from Mariners teammates that signaled the run was over.

     
 
 


Fairleigh Dickinson senior shares special moment with coach late in blowout loss

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 22:20:21 -0400

Fairleigh Dickinson senior Nadi Beciri shared a special moment with head coach Greg Herenda late in their season-ending loss to Gonzaga.

     
 
 


Patriots owner Robert Kraft: Love and loss marked eccentric life before spa scandal

Sat, 16 Mar 2019 14:25:54 -0400

Since the death of his wife, NFL owner Robert Kraft has developed an eccentric public image with his shoes, friends and parties

     
 
 


Opinion: Skater attacked on ice? Sensational but just not true

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 17:53:13 -0400

American Mariah Bell and South Korean Eunsoo Lim, who happen to be training partners, collided on the ice during practice.

     
 
 


March Madness glossary: Onions, hook and hold, Jerome part of NCAA tournament vernacular

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 06:17:14 -0400

The NCAA tournament has its own language that you won't find in Merriam-Webster (Send it in, Jerome!) Here's a guide to some of the top phrases.

     
 
 


Most dominant dynasty going in college sports? It's not Alabama football. It's Penn State wrestling.

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 17:05:58 -0400

Penn State wrestling is aiming for its eighth national team title in nine years when the NCAA Wrestling Championships start Thursday.

     
 
 


Virginia center Jack Salt, a native New Zealander, speaks out on U.S. gun laws

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 14:03:39 -0400

Virginia senior and New Zealander Jack Salt is proud of his country's response to mass shooting, adds that he doesn't understand U.S. gun laws.

     
 
 


Blake Snell parlays Cy Young Award into long-term deal with Tampa Bay Rays

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 16:57:26 -0400

Lefty Blake Snell, 26, led the majors with 21 wins last season and posted an AL-best 1.89 ERA.

     
 
 


Ja Morant records triple-double to lead No. 12 Murray State to upset of No. 5 Marquette

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:06:37 -0400

Ja Morant got the best of his personal battle with Markus Howard as Murray State knocked off Marquette in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

     
 
 


Judge to quiz Portuguese hacker in Football Leaks case

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:16:35 -0400

The lawyer for a Portuguese man linked to the publication of internal documents that embarrassed top European clubs and soccer officials in the Football Leaks case says he is back in Lisbon after being extradited from Hungary

     
 
 


Michael Cofer, former NFL linebacker and father of Florida State's Phil Cofer, dies at 58

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 20:32:08 -0400

Florida State's Phil Cofer found out his father, former NFL linebacker Michael Cofer, had died following his team's win in the NCAA tournament.

     
 
 


USA TODAY Sports Brackets: Create an NCAA tourney pool and invite friends!

Mon, 18 Mar 2019 18:35:45 -0400

Make sure to create an NCAA tournament pool and invite your friends to the mayhem that is March Madness.

     
 
 


Zion in action as NCAA Tournament wraps up first round

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 03:07:28 -0400

The spotlight of the NCAA Tournament shifts to Zion Williamson and No. 1 overall seed Duke

     
 
 


Creepiest mascots of 2019 NCAA tournament

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 01:14:09 -0400

Check out the mascots that will haunt your NCAA tournament dreams during March Madness.

     
 
 


Luke Donald, 41, on Valspar charge: 'I'm good enough to compete and win'

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 21:39:24 -0400

Former world No. 1 Luke Donald, continuing comeback from herniated disc, has five birdies in first round at Valspar Championship.

     
 
 


Meet the 68 NCAA tournament teams

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 01:42:50 -0400

A quick look at the teams participating in the NCAA tournament.

     
 
 


Kings score 3 in third period, trip up Sharks 4-2

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 03:14:36 -0400

Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist, Matt Roy scored his first career goal and the Los Angeles Kings used a three-goal third period to top the San Jose Sharks 4-2

     
 
 


2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup schedule

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 19:29:59 -0500

Dates, times, tracks and TV networks for the 2019 NASCAR Cup season.

     
 
 


Opinion: Roy Williams doesn't want to hear talk of his amazing coaching streak at NCAA tournament

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:20:39 -0400

Teams coached by Roy Williams have made it to the second round or better in 29 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances as head coach.

     
 
 


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Wed, 28 Nov 2018 14:07:42 -0500

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March Madness: Ranking Friday's 16 first-round matchups of NCAA tournament

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 06:11:36 -0400

There are 16 games on the first Friday of the NCAA tournament. We ranked them all according to watchability.

     
 
 


NFL power rankings: Free agency shifts outlook

Wed, 20 Mar 2019 08:15:53 -0400

With the NFL offseason free-agency and trades mostly complete, here's how the teams shake out heading toward the draft.

     
 
 


March Madness: 10 key takeaways from Thursday's NCAA tournament games

Fri, 22 Mar 2019 02:10:24 -0400

Murray State's Ja Morant (triple-double) and Wofford's Fletcher Magee (NCAA record for threes) had loud introductions in the tourney's opening round.

     
 
 


Top NBA prospects (not named Zion Williamson) to watch during March Madness

Thu, 21 Mar 2019 09:49:16 -0400

Duke star Zion Williamson leads the pack, but there's no shortage of other future NBA players gearing up for the NCAA tournament.