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Ranking all 39 college football bowl games: Here are 39-31

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:03:01 -0500

The college football bowl season has arrived and with it comes our annual countdown to help you prioritize your holiday viewing.


Evans leads No. 24 Texas Tech over Kennesaw State 82-53

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:55:39 -0500

Keenan Evans scored 16 points and No. 24 Texas Tech defeated Kennesaw State 82-53 for its first win as a ranked team in eight years


NBA Week 8 conclusions: The Thunder won't trade Paul George or fire Billy Donovan

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:01:13 -0500

Rival executives are monitoring the OKC situation closely, as things haven't gone smoothly since the Thunder added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.


MLB free agents: Top 73 players available

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 16:02:25 -0500

As the off-season launches in earnest, USA TODAY Sports examines the top free agents available.


Roger Goodell says league to investigate NFL Network sexual harassment allegations

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:13:25 -0500

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league will launch an internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment at its network.


NFL Week 15 Power Rankings

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 08:59:37 -0500


Ole Miss with balanced attack, beats Sam Houston St. 82-69

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:29:08 -0500

Markel Crawford scored 16 points to lead four in double figures as Mississippi beat Sam Houston State 82-69


Giants owner John Mara acknowledges NFL's 'mistakes' in Russell Wilson, Tom Savage incidents

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:17:02 -0500

The NFL is still investigating the implementation of the concussion protocol in two high-profile incidents.


Larry Johnson can't remember parts of NFL career, believes he has CTE

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:21:02 -0500

Former Chiefs running back Larry Johnson told "The Washington Post" that he has mood swings, violent impulses.


Top 10 unusual holiday gift ideas for sports fans

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 12:04:57 -0500

Have a sports fan in your life but no clue what to buy for the holidays? USA TODAY Sports offers some ideas.


Packers' Aaron Rodgers: 'I'm not coming back to save this team'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:33:25 -0500

Aaron Rodgers insisted his focus is returning to his previous form and letting everything else take care of itself for the Packers.


2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists: Ray Lewis, Randy Moss headline group of 27

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:07:33 -0500

First-year eligibles Ray Lewis and Randy Moss are among 27 Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalists.


NHL free agency: John Tavares tops coveted 2018 class

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:15:02 -0500

John Tavares, John Carlson, James Neal are among big-name potential free agents.


LiAngelo Ball said UCLA made him thank Trump

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:28:03 -0500

"They wanted to hear that."


Doyel: If loathing Paul George is wrong, I don't want to be right

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:55:33 -0500

For a brief moment, Paul George had USA TODAY Network columnist Gregg Doyel rethinking his opinion of the former Pacers star. It did not last.


Week 8 NBA power rankings

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 16:23:34 -0500


Connecticut stays No. 1 in latest USA TODAY women's basketball poll

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:30:19 -0500

The unbeaten Huskies are trailed by Notre Dame, Mississippi State, Louisville and South Carolina.


Snub? Video of Pacers greats omits returning Paul George

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:50:44 -0500

Paul George did not expect a friendly welcome when he returned to Indiana. He did not get one.


Who's No. 1 in NFL power rankings? Make the call!

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:36:27 -0500

USA TODAY Sports' NFL experts unveiled their Week 4 rankings. Now, we want you to do the same.


Lindsay McCormick: NFL Network exec asked 'Do you plan on getting knocked up?'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 03:09:13 -0500

Lindsay McCormick alleges in an Instagram post that she was asked "Do you plan on getting knocked up?" in an NFL Network interview.


NBA Click & Roll: Get exclusive analysis in newsletter

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 14:53:00 -0500

Insider content and expert commentary from USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt.


Amway Coach's Call of the Year semifinals: Cast your vote

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 20:56:41 -0500

Dino Babers of Syracuse, Gus Malzahn of Auburn, Lincoln Riley of Oklahoma and Paul Chryst of Wisconsin are the first four semifinalists.


Louisville files counterclaim against Rick Pitino for damages

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 20:19:15 -0500

The school's Athletic Association is countersuing former basketball coach Rick Pitino for damages allegedly caused by his role in recent scandals.


Five best teams in Major League Soccer history

Sat, 9 Dec 2017 21:13:54 -0500

Toronto FC's win in the 2017 MLS Cup was enough for the team to stake a claim among the league's greatest-ever teams.


Paul George gets boos and a win in return to Indiana

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 23:03:01 -0500

The crowd booed Paul George during introductions and every time he touched the ball. But it wasn't all about George.


Cardinals acquire Marcell Ozuna from Marlins, whose salary dump continues

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:58:58 -0500

Marcell Ozuna hit 37 home runs for the Marlins and has two seasons remaining before free agency.


Angels to acquire Ian Kinsler in trade with Tigers

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:53:10 -0500

The Angels continued their offseason makeover by agreeing on a trade for four-time All-Star Ian Kinsler days after signing Japanese star Shohei Ohtani.


Database: College football strength coaches salaries

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 17:12:00 -0500

Nine Football Bowl Subdivision strength/conditioning coaches making $400,000-plus in 2017.


CFL leader impressed with former Browns QB Johnny Manziel

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:44:45 -0500

Canadian commissioner met with former Browns QB as league started background check process.


Brown's 22 helps Oregon hold off Portland State 95-84

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:50:33 -0500

Elijah Brown scored 22 points, and Payton Pritchard and Kenny Wooten had 18 each to help Oregon fend off Portland State 95-84


Demar DeRozan has 37 points, Raptors beat Suns 115-109

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:48:05 -0500

DeMar DeRozan matched his season high with 37 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Phoenix Suns 115-109 for their seventh victory in eight games


Best of 2017-18 men's college basketball: Dec. 11-17

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:01:45 -0500


No easy answers for NFL, but changes needed in concussion protocol

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:13:55 -0500

Lapses like the Russell Wilson and Tom Savage incident stand out, but a complex problem will require an intricate solution.


NBA cheerleaders in 2017-18 season

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 01:46:25 -0400


Database: College football assistant coaches salaries

Wed, 6 Dec 2017 17:02:30 -0500

A dozen college football assistant coaches made more than $1.15 million this year.


Bruins tie it late, beat Red Wings 3-2 in OT behind Marchand

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:35:37 -0500

Brad Marchand assisted on the tying goal late in regulation and scored the game-winner 35 seconds into overtime to give the Boston Bruins a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings


Jerry Jones satisfied with Roger Goodell contract: 'No easy layups here'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:52:49 -0500

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was happy that much of the money in Roger Goodell's new extension depends on meeting incentives.


FaceTime: JD Martinez meets and greets, Ozuna to Cards

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:32:24 -0500

Free agent slugger J.D. Martinez is meeting and greeting teams at the baseball winter meetings, ready to see what his huge season is worth


Sports champions of 2017

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:45:42 -0500


Fresno State routs Arkansas-Pine Bluff 78-52

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:18:28 -0500

Terrell Carter II scored 19 points to lead five in double figures as Fresno State shot 55 percent from the floor to rout winless Arkansas-Pine Bluff 78-52 for its seventh straight win


POLL: Who should be named ALL-USA Defensive Player of the Year?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 18:51:00 -0500

Vote now for who you think should be named ALL-USA Defensive Player of the Year


Angels have 'no concern' with Shohei Ohtani's elbow, ponder 6-man rotation

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:46:25 -0500

The Angels have said they’re comfortable with the results of Ohtani’s physical, and Scioscia reiterated that notion Wednesday at the winter meetings.


Wife of NHL Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille tweets about elevator encounter with Donald Trump

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:24:57 -0500

Stacia Robitaille tweeted that Donald Trump was "aggressive," said she "was coming home with him" when she encountered him on elevator years ago.


Alex Cora, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Bleepin' Boone: Red Sox-Yankees rivalry spiced up

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:26:06 -0500

New managers Alex Cora and Aaron Boone, former teammates, fellow workers for ESPN, and longtime friends, have no choice but to be archenemies.


Warren Sapp on sexual harassment allegations: 'You are not going to put that on me'

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 17:53:45 -0500

The Hall of Famer admits to some details in a lawsuit filed by former NFL Network wardrobe stylist Jami Cantor, but denies sexual harassment claims.


Angels get 2B Ian Kinsler from Tigers for 2 minor leaguers

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:43:20 -0500

Second baseman Ian Kinsler has been traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Los Angeles Angels for two minor leaguers


MLB winter meetings rumor roundup: Greg Holland returns as Rockies all in on bullpen

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:31:57 -0500

With significant action expected at Major League Baseball's winter meetings, USA TODAY Sports breaks down the latest rumblings from the hot stove.


Freaks and geeks: New wave of MLB managers short on experience, long on innovation

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 09:17:06 -0500

Of the six managers taking over major league teams in 2018, only the Detroit Tigers’ Ron Gardenhire, 60, has served in that capacity before.


Craig Anderson, Senators beat Rangers, stop skids

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:39:59 -0500

Craig Anderson makes 27 saves to stop his seven-game losing streak


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

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Jack Morris, Peyton Manning and how sports views sexual misconduct

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:34:54 -0500

As allegations impact politics, entertainment and news media, they should also be considered, and reconsidered, in sports.


Roger Goodell's NFL contract may be done, but time will reveal price he paid

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:33:24 -0500

NFL owners were all smiles Wednesday, but Jerry Jones' impact on commissioner's pact not yet fully known.


Who won the coaching carousel? Grades for this year's hires

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 16:22:06 -0500

Each new coach currently is undefeated. History shows most of the hires will land somewhere between great and terrible.