National Sports

Pac-12 will test shorter halftime, reduced TV timeouts

By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Pac-12 will shorten halftime and reduce the number of commercial breaks during its non-conference schedule this season as part of a trial program to reduce the length of its football games. Halftime will be 15 minutes long, cut down ...

Panthers LB Davis: CTE study ‘alarming,’ will keep playing

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis called the latest medical report on brain injuries involving former football players "alarming," and said it's something NFL players are talking about. But the 12-year NFL veteran quickly added it ...

NCAA rule ending two-a-days forcing teams to adjust

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer The two-a-day football practices that coaches once used to toughen up their teams and cram for the start of the season are going the way of tear-away jerseys and the wishbone formation. As part of its efforts to increase safety, the NCAA approved a plan ...

Brock Lesnar on Jon Jones superfight: ‘Anytime, anywhere’

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Jon Jones is really interested in taking on Brock Lesnar in a UFC superfight, Lesnar will be ready to roll. Jones is preparing for his rematch with Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 214 this weekend, but he made headlines ...

Earnhardt defends crew chief Ives in shaky final season

By Dan Gelston AP Sports Writer DOVER, Del. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. has long reigned as NASCAR’s most popular driver. But too many of his fans have started complaining in 140-character bursts a most unpopular opinion for Earnhardt — that crew chief Greg Ives should take the blame ...

Stephen Curry, Warriors finalize $201 million, 5-year deal

By Janie McCauley AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry has delivered his share of success already to a franchise that desperately needed it. Now, he’s being paid for all he has done — and certainly will do. Curry finalized his new contract Tuesday, signing a $201 ...

Funny thing happened to Harbaugh on way to Forum

By Jim Litke AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Presenting the pope with a Michigan football helmet and a pair of Air Jordans wasn’t the only highlight in Jim Harbaugh ‘s trip to Rome this spring. The jaunt went so well that you half-expected the Wolverines coach to pull out a map and ...

Rose ceremony: Cavs sign Derrick Rose to 1-year contract

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Derrick Rose’s goal is to win an NBA championship. He’s a little closer to one. The free-agent guard signed a one-year contract Tuesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that has blocked his path to a title before and one that needs ...

Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

By Lindsey Tanner AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school. It’s the largest update on ...

Elway agrees to 5-year contract with Broncos

By Arnie Stapleton AP Pro Football Writer ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — One leadership saga down, another one continues for the Denver Broncos. John Elway agreed to a new five-year contract on Monday, ending a long-running story line that had fans wondering if their Hall of Fame QB-turned-GM ...

Dantonio vows Spartans will ‘re-establish ourselves’

By Jim Litke AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Spartans coach Mark Dantonio vowed Monday that a program rocked by tragedy and beset by disciplinary issues last season would re-establish itself with the same “inch by inch” philosophy that made Michigan State a championship ...

Pau Gasol signs 3-year deal with Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have signed Pau Gasol to a three-year contract. The Spurs announced the signing on Monday. Gasol opted out of the two-year deal he signed last summer to give the Spurs more salary cap flexibility to supplement the roster in free agency. But he always ...

Big Ten announces new TV deals with FOX, ESPN, CBS

CHICAGO (AP) — The Big Ten Network will triple its prime-time national TV exposure during football season and add more basketball games in the time slot, thanks to new deals with broadcast partners FOX, ABC/ESPN and CBS. Commissioner Jim Delany made the announcements at the kickoff of the ...

Former MVP Derrick Rose agrees to deal with Cavs

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — For the moment, the Cavaliers have one content, proven point guard. Free agent Derrick Rose agreed Monday to sign with Cleveland, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. Rose, a former NBA MVP who has battled knee ...

Twins acquire LHP Jaime Garcia, Recker from Braves for Ynoa

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hoping to bolster their rotation for a playoff run, the Minnesota Twins got veteran left-handed pitcher Jaime García, catcher Anthony Recker and cash from the Atlanta Braves for minor league righty Huascar Ynoa on Monday. The 31-year-old García is 66-52 with a 3.65 ERA ...

Iowa firm tied to truck deaths has history of legal problems

By RYAN J. FOLEY and SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press Writers SCHALLER, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa trucking company linked to the deadly case of immigrant smuggling in Texas has a history of safety and tax violations and financial problems. Records show that Pyle Transportation Inc. failed to ...

Cubs beat Braves 8-2 for 6th-straight win

By Charles Odum AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Cubs are on the roll that had been long expected from the defending World Series champions. Manager Joe Maddon said he likes the momentum created by a season-best six straight wins and feels even better about the positive energy in his ...

Ginobili indicates he will return to Spurs for 16th season

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — As the clock ticked down on the Spurs’ season and Manu Ginobili was pulled from the game, a thunderous roar from the home crowd guided him to the bench. Ginobili wore an appreciative but quizzical look on his face as he put a warmup shirt back on and prepared to head off ...

Crawford picks Timberwolves over Cavs, Warriors

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At 37 years old and having never played in the NBA Finals, Jamal Crawford certainly could have gone ring chasing when he received a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks. The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, who have met in ...

Century mark: Fowles, Moore lead Lynx past Wings 100-74

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Maya Moore added 23 points and the Minnesota Lynx cruised past the Dallas Wings 100-74. Fowles, Moore and Rebekkah Brunson combined for 42 of Minnesota’s 54 first-half points Wednesday as the Lynx took a 14-point lead. ...