Category Archives: National Sports

Heat overcome huge deficit, run win streak to 24

CLEVELAND (AP) — The jilted billionaire owner offered an olive branch. The scoreboard leaked fluid, causing a long delay. The home team, missing its top three scorers, built a mammoth lead over the defending NBA champions. A fan sprinted onto the court, hoping to convince LeBron James to come back home. Just an ordinary night… Continue Reading

NFL passes helmet rule, ends tuck rule

PHOENIX (AP) — NFL owners passed a player safety rule Wednesday barring ball carriers from using the crown of their helmets to make forcible contact with a defender in the open field. Several coaches and team executives expressed concern about officiating the new rule, but Commissioner Roger Goodell championed it and it passed Wednesday as… Continue Reading

Freeney, Abraham set to visit Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller might have a new pass-rushing partner by week’s end. Free agents Dwight Freeney and John Abraham are set to visit Denver on Thursday, 48 hours after the Broncos submitted a new contract proposal to Elvis Dumervil. Freeney, 33, and Abraham, 34, are both older and less productive than Dumervil,… Continue Reading

Bears part ways with Urlacher

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are parting ways with veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher after 13 years. General manager Phil Emery said Wednesday that the team couldn’t reach a contract agreement with Urlacher.  He has, for years, been the heart and face of the franchise. He is now a free agent after missing… Continue Reading

Kentucky stunned by Robert Morris in NIT

MOON, Pa. (AP) — Mike McFadden hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining and Robert Morris shocked defending national champion Kentucky 59-57 in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday night. The Wildcats decided not to call timeout after the second free throw but Kyle Wiltjer’s 3-pointer before the buzzer bounced harmlessly off… Continue Reading

NCAA tourney sparks basketball fever in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With some of their strongest teams in years, New Mexico and New Mexico State are creating quite the NCAA tournament buzz across the state. Mountain West Conference champion and No. 3 seed New Mexico (29-5) is in the West Regional and will face No. 14 seed Harvard (19-9), the Ivy League… Continue Reading

NCAA tourney a homecoming for Montana players

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Thursday’s second-round NCAA tournament game between Montana and Syracuse will be a homecoming of sorts for Grizzlies guard Will Cherry. The East Regional matchup will be held in San Jose, Calif., just south of Cherry’s hometown of Oakland. Kareem Jamar, who also is from California, tells the Missoulian he and Cherry… Continue Reading

Iguodala’s three lifts Nuggets over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — The Denver Nuggets’ 12th consecutive win didn’t come easily or without controversy. While Andre Iguodala’s 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime will go down as the game-winning shot in the Nuggets’ 119-118 win over Chicago, the Bulls feel otherwise. “We felt like we got it stolen from us,” Bulls forward Carlos… Continue Reading

NFL meetings: Goodell says no expanded playoffs for 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens’ reward for winning the Super Bowl might be a road trip. Traditionally, the NFL champions kick off the next season by hosting a Thursday night game. Baltimore earned that privilege with its 34-31 victory over San Francisco last month. Problem is, the guys next door, baseball’s Orioles, are scheduled… Continue Reading

Vikings nab Greg Jennings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a deal to land free agent receiver Greg Jennings from their rivals in Green Bay. Jennings gives Minnesota the No. 1 receiver third-year quarterback Christian Ponder has desperately needed. The person requested… Continue Reading

Delay forces Broncos to cut Dumervil

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Time really is money. Nobody knows that better than Elvis Dumervil and the Denver Broncos. Dumervil found himself out of a job and the Broncos were without their best defensive end Friday afternoon after they reached an agreement on a new contract, but saw it all come undone when tardy filing… Continue Reading

Adam Scott one shot back at Innisbrook

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Adam Scott had a breakthrough with his short game this winter, and it’s so good now that he hardly even has to use it. Scott had a putt for birdie on 16 holes in a second round that was without a bogey and without much stress. He wound up with… Continue Reading

Heat claim 21st straight with win over Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 28 points, and the Miami Heat made it 21 straight wins, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 107-94 on Friday night. Only three other teams have won 20 in a row in one season, and the Heat now trail just the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33) and… Continue Reading

Dominicans beat U.S. in WBC, 3-1

MIAMI (AP) — Dominican manager Tony Pena sat at a microphone in an interview room, choking back tears. Just beyond the walls, in the stadium plaza, his celebrating countrymen made a jubilant clamor. “I feel so emotional,” Pena said finally. “Today was the battle of two titans.” The Dominican Republic won, beating the United States… Continue Reading

Falcons get RB Jackson; Matt Cassel to Vikings

(AP) — The Atlanta Falcons replaced Michael Turner with another proven, productive running back. Steven Jackson, the top running back in free agency, agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Falcons on Thursday. Also getting new deals were backup quarterback Matt Cassel in Minnesota, pass rusher Cliff Avril in Seattle and cornerback Keenan Lewis… Continue Reading

San Diego State defeats Boise State 73-67

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jamaal Franklin had 19 points and eight rebounds as San Diego State held off Boise State for a 73-67 victory in the Mountain West tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Xavier Thames scored 18 points and Chase Tapley 17 for the fourth-seeded Aztecs (22-9), who advanced to Friday’s semifinals against No. 1… Continue Reading

Broncos agree to 2-year deal with Wes Welker

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos gave Peyton Manning a new target — Tom Brady’s favorite receiver. Wes Welker’s signing for $12 million over two years highlighted another busy day for the Broncos on Wednesday. In addition to bringing Welker on board, Denver also agreed to terms on a two-year deal with defensive tackle Terrance… Continue Reading

Kobe hurts ankle, out indefinitely

ATLANTA (AP) — Kobe Bryant has been playing some of his best basketball since the All-Star break, almost single-handedly pushing the Los Angeles Lakers into the playoff race.Now he’s facing what may be his toughest opponent of the season. Bryant is out indefinitely with what he calls the worst sprained ankle of his 16-year career,… Continue Reading

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