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  • NFL Draft 2017: NFL draft top 35 rankings -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEET(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    Compiling a big board can be one of the NFL draft’s most difficult tasks, but USA TODAY Sports put together our ranking of the top 35 players available in this year’s class. Keep in mind these rankings are an indication of projected long-term value rather than an estimation of ...
  • NFL mock draft 7.1: Latest buzz on first-round outlook -mock-draft-illo-042317-v2(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   NFL draft week has finally arrived. Round 1 of the league’s annual “player selection meeting” begins Thursday night in Philadelphia. Rounds 2 and 3 follow on Friday, and the event wraps up Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. That still leaves us time for one more first-round prognostication, which ...
  • Breaking News: Hendrick says Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after season Dale jr Daytona 500(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   — CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., NASCAR’s most popular driver, announced Tuesday that he will retire at the end of the season. The two-time Daytona 500 winner set an afternoon news conference with team owner Rick Hendrick to discuss his decision. Hendrick Motorsports said in a news release that Earnhardt ...
  • NFL mock draft 7.0: First-round outlook comes into focus -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEET(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   NFL draft week has finally arrived. Round 1 of the league’s annual “player selection meeting” begins Thursday night in Philadelphia. Rounds 2 and 3 follow on Friday, and the event wraps up Saturday with Rounds 4 through 7. But that still leaves us time for one more first-round prognostication, which will ...
  • NFL Draft 2017: NFL teams weigh when to draft replacements for veterans FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2016, file photo, Texas A&M's Myles Garrett (15) tries to get around Kansas State offensive lineman Scott Frantz during the second half of the Texas Bowl NCAA college football game in Houston. Garrett is among the top prospects in the upcoming NFL draft. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Derrick Johnson has always been a company man, willing to do whatever it takes to help the Kansas City Chiefs win playoff games and someday end their long Super Bowl drought. Restructure his contract? OK. Tutor young linebackers? Sure thing. The point where Johnson draws the line is in telling the Chiefs ...
  • Boston to mark 4th anniversary of deadly marathon bombing Boston Marathon 2017BOSTON (AP) — Bostonians are marking the fourth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon attacks. Quiet remembrances have been planned Saturday to remember the victims. Three spectators were killed and more than 260 others wounded when two bombs planted near the finish line exploded on April 15, 2013, spraying shrapnel into the crowds. A Massachusetts Institute of ...
  • Capsule previews of every NBA first-round playoff series Warriors v Cavs vB2xStV (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —–   Capsules and predictions for the NBA’s first-round playoff series, starting this weekend: ___ EASTERN CONFERENCE No. 1 BOSTON CELTICS (53-29) vs. No. 8 CHICAGO BULLS (41-41) Season series: Split, 2-2. Story line: It’s Boston’s first time as the No. 1 seed in the East since 2008 — which was also the last time the Celtics ...
  • World Series odds: Defending champ Cubs, Red Sox are favorites for 2017 title A fan of the Boston Red Sox holds up a sign proclaiming them the AL East champions. during the eighth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Red Sox in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. The Yankees defeated the Red Sox 5-3, but the Red Sox celebrated after the Toronto Blue Jays lost to the Baltimore Orioles. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   Twenty years ago, you probably could have gotten incredible odds on a World Series matchup between the Cubs and Red Sox, as both teams finished under .500 back then and were amid the longest championship droughts in MLB history. But what a difference two decades can make: For 2017, Chicago and ...
  • NFL draft shake-up: Five teams that could surprise with bold moves -mock-draft-illo-020617-SHEETIn the days leading up to the 2017 NFL draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a closer look at the burning questions that will shape the event. To kick off the series, we highlighted five teams that could make surprise moves that would defy mock drafts and reverberate throughout the first round. Cleveland Browns Even if Texas ...
  • The Masters 2017: Analysis / Garcia fights back to win Masters Sergio Garcia, of Spain, reacts at the green jacket ceremony after the Masters golf tournament Sunday, April 9, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — No one had played more majors with less to show for it. Sergio Garcia had plenty of reasons to believe it would go on that way forever. He was already two shots behind Justin Rose with just six holes left when his hooked tee shot at No. 13 crossed the creek and settled ...
  • The Masters 2017: Final round of Masters packed with ‘wonderful storylines’ Justin Rose, of England, tips his hat on the 18th hole during the third round of the Masters golf tournament Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Justin Rose sounded more like a golf fan planning out his Sunday TV schedule than a co-leader at the Masters prepping for the final round. There’s Jordan Spieth, who “obviously has a special relationship the Masters,” Rose said. And Rickie Fowler, who will “be all up for it tomorrow.” And his Ryder Cup teammate ...
  • The Masters traffic jam: Contenders galore at Augusta National Jordan Spieth reacts to a missed putt on the 15th hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament Friday, April 7, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Fans of dominant, wire-to-wire performances and runaway winners, this Masters is not for them. Forget a Tiger Woods’ style blowout. Unlike that performance 20 years ago, Augusta National has a traffic jam atop the leaderboard that will likely take the entire weekend to untangle. Sergio Garcia , Rickie Fowler , Charley Hoffman and ...
  • The Masters 2017: Weather, DJ’s fall should make for wild 1st round at Masters Dustin Johnson hits from a bunker on the 10th hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday, April 5, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Strong winds and a fall down a staircase by the Masters pre-tournament favorite could change the complexion of the season’s first major. Dustin Johnson, the world’s No. 1-ranked golfer, injured his lower back late Wednesday afternoon in what his agent described as a “serious” fall down the staircase at a home he’d ...
  • NBA Playoffs: As the NBA season winds down, so many races are undecided Sacramento Kings guard Darren Collison, left, hits the ball out of the hands of Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)     —–   With just over a week left in the NBA regular season, there’s still a ton to be decided before the playoff field is set. In the East, four spots remain unclaimed. In the West, two are up for grabs. And while some seedings look wrapped up, none are officially clinched. Want drama? ...
  • March Madness – Final Four: Gonzaga hurt by foul trouble in 71-65 loss to North Carolina Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss reacts at the end of the championship game against North Carolina at the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina 71-65. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gonzaga broke through its Final Four ceiling, added to it by reaching the national championship game. The Zags figured while they’re here, might as well win the whole thing. A flurry of whistles and missed shots left them one step short. Plagued by foul trouble and an inability to hit shots in a ...
  • Men’s Final Four: Some things to watch in the NCAA championship game North Carolina's Kennedy Meeks drives between Oregon's Dylan Ennis (31) and Dillon Brooks during the first half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Some things to watch for in Monday night’s NCAA championship game: IN THE MIDDLE Both teams have size in the middle and quality depth at the position. Gonzaga’s 7-foot-1, 300-pound Przemek Karnowski will go at North Carolina’s 6-10, 260-pound Kennedy Meeks. Meeks has been playing really well in the tournament, getting seven points and 17 ...
  • March Madness – Championship Game: It’s UNC v Gonzaga Gonzaga players celebrate on the court over their victory over South Carolina in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. Gonzaga won 77-73. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Their star guard was outstanding. Their big men dominated inside. Still, it came down to some last-second strategy for Gonzaga to move on to the NCAA Tournament championship game for the first time. Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points, Gonzaga’s big men combined for 27 and the Bulldogs kept South Carolina from taking ...
  • Final Four preview: Predictions, key questions for each semifinal game UNC v Zags usatsi_9968306 (PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA)   —-    Two of the most highly anticipated games of the year are nearly upon us. Let’s dive deep into both of these matchups. Here are some key questions that will determine who will play for the national championship on Monday night. North Carolina vs. Oregon -Who gets the edge in the Isaiah Hicks-Dillon Brooks ...
  • Morning Madness: Monday, March 27 North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, right, celebrates with his team after beating Kentucky 75-73 in the South Regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill) (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-     What did we ever do to deserve March? The Final Four is set, with Bulldogs vs. Gamecocks and Ducks vs. Tar Heels. And the story behind each one of those team’s journeys is, of course, remarkable. View the updated bracket | Check your bracket The Gamecocks are flying to Phoenix Since the NCAA tournament expanded to ...
  • Morning Madness: Saturday, March 25 FL v WI usatsi_9969294(PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA)   —-   Holy guacamole. Heading into Friday night’s final game, there had not been a single overtime or buzzer beater in the 59 games played in the 2017 NCAA tournament. It was the first time since 2012 without either. And then Florida-Wisconsin happened. First, Wisconsin’s Zak Showalter drained an impossible three-pointer with 2.5 seconds left ...
  • Morning Madness: Friday, March 24 xavier-mm-032417(PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA)    —    Four down. Four to go. And Day 1 of the Sweet 16 ended with some drama. Xavier, the lone double-digit seed to make the Sweet 16, kept its run in the NCAA tournament alive with a 73-71 upset of No. 2 seed Arizona. The Musketeers ended the game on a 9-0 ...
  • Morning Madness: Thursday, March 23 UCLA guard Lonzo Ball, left, goes to the basket against Cincinnati forward Kyle Washington during the first half of a second-round game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)(PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA)   —-   Four teams will inch a step closer to the Final Four tonight. Four others will go home. Talk about high stakes. The NCAA tournament is back. Those were three long days, weren’t they? Here’s what you need to know for Thursday. View the updated bracket | Check your bracket Midwest, West Regionals begin ...
  • March Madness: Three No. 1 seeds, endless optimism among Sweet 16 teams Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes (10) scores the game-winning basket against Villanova guard Mikal Bridges (25) with 11 seconds to play in the second half of a second-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. Wisconsin won, 65-62. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert) MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s win over defending national champion and overall No. 1 seed Villanova shook up office pools around the country, though the tested Badgers aren’t a typical No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Eleventh-seeded Xavier might be a surprise team in the regional semifinals, but with their 3-point prowess, the Musketeers are ...
  • March Madness – Morning Madness: Monday, March 20 Michigan forward Moritz Wagner (13) celebrates a 73-69 win over Louisville in a second-round game in the men’s NCAA college basketball tournament in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)(PhatzRadio Sports / NCAA / AP)   —   The Sweet 16 field is set. Here’s what went down Sunday and what lies ahead. Some big upsets and some big almost-upsets Duke, a team many considered the most impressive collection of talent we’ve since 2014-15 Kentucky, fell to South Carolina, which had the 136th-ranked offense coming into the tournament. The ...
  • Morning Madness: Sunday, March 19 WI v Nova usatsi_9953155(Phatzradio Sports / NCAA)   —   And then there were 24. Here’s what went down in the first half of the Round of 32: Upsets, at last Message received, Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig. We’ll stop doubting you. Wisconsin is Sweet 16-bound for the fourth straight time after upsetting defending champion Villanova on Saturday, 65-62. Since 2014, Wisconsin has ...
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