Astros owner Crane expects to hire new manager by Feb. 3
HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros owner Jim Crane expects to hire a new manager by Feb. 3. The Astros need a new manager and general manager after AJ Hinch and Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday, hours after both were suspended by Major League Baseball for a year for the team's sign-stealing scandal.
Ex-USA Gymnastics trainer has sexual assault count dropped
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas prosecutors on Friday dropped a sexual assault charge against a former trainer who worked alongside imprisoned ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar at the famed Karolyi gymnastics ranch.
Calmer McGregor: Irish star returns vs Cerrone at UFC 246
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Conor McGregor became a two-division UFC champion because he was a tremendous fighter. He became the biggest mixed martial artist in the world only because he talked an even bigger game.
Rodgers-Sherman matchup highlights NFC title game
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nine years into his career and a little more than two years removed from a debilitating torn Achilles injury, Richard Sherman is still tormenting quarterbacks on a weekly basis.
Henderson, Inbee Park tied for lead in LPGA season opener
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Canada’s Brooke Henderson parlayed four birdies and a late eagle into Friday’s hottest round and a share of the lead at the LPGA’s season-opening Diamond Resorts Tournament of Champions.
Column: MLB whistleblower deserves applause, not criticism
When future generations are documenting baseball history, Mike Fiers will surely be remembered as one of the game's most significant figures.
James, Lakers lead NBA jersey, merchandise sales rankings
NEW YORK (AP) — Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Dallas’ Luka Doncic are seeing their jerseys sell more briskly than ever, the NBA said Friday when announcing its latest list of most popular merchandise.
Son also rises: Buddy Boeheim playing sweet for Syracuse
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — With the shot clock about to expire in an overtime game on the road against the reigning national champions, Syracuse guard Buddy Boeheim curls far behind the arc on the right wing.
US Olympic qualifying roster minus 5 from World Cup team
The United States’ roster for the upcoming CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament will look very similar to the one that won the Women’s World Cup in France, with notable exceptions.
Grasso misses weight, bout with Gadelha canceled at UFC 246
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Strawweight contender Cláudia Gadelha's bout with Alexa Grasso on the pay-per-view portion of the UFC 246 card has been canceled after Grasso badly missed weight.
Trump welcomes LSU Tigers to White House
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump paid tribute to the national champion Louisiana State University football team on Friday, saying it would long be remembered as one of the greatest in college football history.
Bettors leaning heavily toward home teams making Super Bowl
Pro Picks is surprised. Consider that the NFC title game is a matchup of the conferences's top two seeds. The spread favors host San Francisco (14-3) over Green Bay (also 14-3) by 7 1-2 points.
Analysis: Baseball has become a prisoner of technology
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology unleashed baseball's Analytics Era, and now it's holding the sport prisoner. AJ Hinch, Alex Cora and Carlos Beltrán are casualties, a triple play of hubris.
Former NBA player to plead not guilty to human trafficking
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury has brought charges in a sex trafficking case against former NBA player and one-time University of Alabama basketball standout Jim Farmer, who was caught up in an undercover law enforcement sting last October.
Debate in Malmo rages over battered Ibrahimovic statue
MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Two bronze feet protrude from a block of stone, a large and dusty black cloth draped down one of its sides. That's all that's left of a once-proud, 500-kilogram statue of Zlatan Ibrahimovic that was unveiled to much fanfare in October outside the stadium of Malmo’s soccer team, commemorating a local hero and one of Sweden’s greatest ever sports stars.
Ionescu has 37 and No. 6 Oregon downs No. 3 Stanford 87-55
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu didn't notice the Oregon crowd's roar when she finally went to the bench with a career-high 37 points against Stanford.
Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history
Tom Brady has been synonymous with the AFC championship for the last two decades. Thirteen times he played for the Lamar Hunt Trophy and nine times he won it, besting MVP Patrick Mahomes in overtime, upending Blake Bortles in a classic comeback, denying Andrew Luck and Philip Rivers trips to the Super Bowl, foiling Ben Roethlisberger twice and Kordell Stewart once, and splitting two games with Joe Flacco.
Of NFL's Final 4 coaches, Andy Reid is the outlier
Of the coaches in the NFL's Final Four, Andy Reid is the outlier. Only Kansas City's coach has been the head man in a Super Bowl.
Ingram scores 49, Pelicans end Jazz's 10-game winning streak
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans wildly celebrated Brandon Ingram's off-balance jumper in the final seconds of regulation, believing it had won the game.
Elleby scores 25, Washington State surprises No. 8 Oregon
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — After scoring a season-low in points in his last game, CJ Elleby was the go-to guy for Washington State against No.
Ovechkin hat trick helps Capitals beat Devils
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Alex Ovechkin took an errant stick to the face that made him bleed, his Washington Capitals teammates knew it wouldn't be good for the New Jersey Devils.
Panthers' McCaffrey pulls out of Pro Bowl; Kamara in
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey has pulled out of the Pro Bowl after a memorable season.
Giants make Alyssa Nakken first female major league coach
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler.
ESPN's Mendoza: Fiers should have gone to MLB, not reporter
ESPN analyst Jessica Mendoza says pitcher Mike Fiers should have gone to Major League Baseball before he told a journalist about his allegation the Houston Astros had been using a camera to steal signs.
Prolific 49ers TE Kittle takes great joy in run blocking
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — No tight end in NFL history has been as productive as George Kittle at catching the ball over the first three years of a career.