2012 London Olympics: US Women’s Basketball Wins Fifth Straight Gold With Win Over France

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LONDON — The names change, not the results. Just call the U.S. women’s basketball team Olympic champion. The Americans won their fifth straight gold medal Saturday, routing France 86-50 and putting more distance between themselves and the rest of the world heading to Rio for the 2016 Games. Candace Parker scored 21 points, including eight […]

Jerry Sandusky Trial To Be Delayed by Three Weeks

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The judge overseeing former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse case on Thursday delayed the start of the trial by three weeks to early June, and prosecutors filed a lengthy court document that said the case should not be dismissed. Judge John Cleland said the additional time was […]

NFL Makes Changes to Several Rules

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  PALM BEACH, Fla. — All turnovers will be reviewed from the booth with no coaches’ challenges needed and overtime periods in the regular season will use the same scoring rules as the postseason after NFL owners voted to approve those proposals Wednesday. The replay official already reviews all scoring plays. With all turnovers now […]

Cincinnati Reds’ Ryan Madson To Be Out for the 2012 Season

GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Instead of closing for the Cincinnati Reds, Ryan Madson will miss the 2012 season because of a torn ligament in his right elbow. Madson returned to Cincinnati and was examined by team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek. The Reds said Saturday that Kremchek told general manager Walt Jocketty the ligament was torn […]

Tampa Bay Rays’ Pitcher, Matt Bush, Has Bail Set for More Than $1 Million

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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Bush is being held on more than $1 million bail on charges that he left the scene of an accident that seriously injured a motorcyclist. Bush made his first court appearance Saturday. Charlotte County Circuit Court records show that Bush remained in custody on multiple DUI-related […]

Report Shows That Jerry Sandusky Was a Likely Pedophile in 1998

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A psychologist who looked into a 1998 allegation against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky told police at the time that his behavior fit the profile of a likely pedophile, NBC News reported Saturday. Yet Sandusky was not criminally charged, nor placed on a state registry of suspected child […]

Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Hines Ward Calls It Quits After 14 Seasons

PITTSBURGH — Hines Ward believes he can still play football. The longtime Pittsburgh wide receiver known for his high-wattage smile and his bone-crunching blocks just couldn’t stomach the thought of doing it in some strange uniform on some strange field with nary a Terrible Towel in sight. “I just wouldn’t feel right,” Ward said. So […]

Luke Donald Becomes No. 1 in the World After Transitions Win

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  PALM HARBOR, Fla. — One great round. One solid swing out of the rough. One clutch birdie putt. That’s what Luke Donald needed to win the Transitions Championship in a playoff and get back to No. 1 in the world. Donald was starting to feel overlooked in the two weeks since Rory McIlroy replaced […]

Bristol Motor Speedway: Brad Keselowski Beats Matt Kenseth to Win

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BRISTOL, Tenn. — Brad Keselowski used Bristol Motor Speedway last fall to cement his spot in NASCAR’s championship race. Back at the track Sunday, Keselowski again made his way to Victory Lane. And he again began to think about a Sprint Cup title. Keselowski led a career-best and race-high 232 laps, then held off Daytona […]

BNP Paribas Open 2012: Roger Federer Tops John Isner to Win Fourth Title

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Roger Federer defeated John Isner 7-6 (7), 6-3 to win his record fourth BNP Paribas Open title Sunday, avenging a loss to the American who beat him in Davis Cup play. Federer earned $1 million, the richest winner’s checks in the tournament’s history. Isner earned $500,000. Federer improved to 39-2 since […]

Jenson Button Wins Australian Grand Prix

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MELBOURNE, Australia — McLaren driver Jenson Button won the Formula One season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Sunday, taking the checkered flag Down Under for the third time in four years. Button beat reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull by 2.1 seconds after the race turned into a 17-lap shootout when Vitaly Petrov stopped […]

2012 BNP Paribas Open: John Isner Beats Novak Djokovic to Make Finals

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — John Isner fired 20 aces, including one at 135-mph on his fourth match point, to beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6 (7), 3-6, 7-6 (5) Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open semifinals. Isner will play either No. 2 Rafael Nadal or No. 3 Roger Federer in Sunday’s final. They were to play […]

Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba Collapses as FA Cup Game is Stopped

  LONDON — Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba was rushed to a hospital Saturday as medics appeared to try to resuscitate him after he collapsed during an FA Cup match. Muamba fell to the ground in the 41st minute with no players around him. The quarterfinal was immediately stopped, then abandoned. Medics rushed onto the field […]

Skiing: Lindsey Vonn Breaks Record for Most World Cup Points

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SCHLADMING, Austria — Lindsey Vonn set a women’s record for the most World Cup points in a season Saturday after finishing eighth in a slalom won by Austria’s Michaela Kirchgasser. Vonn reached 1,980 points to beat the mark of 1,970 set by Janica Kostelic of Croatia in 2006. “I am very happy with that,” said […]

Rafael Nadal Set to Face Roger Federer in BNP Paribas Semifinals

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Rafael Nadal outlasted David Nalbandian 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open on Friday, setting up a semifinal against Roger Federer that will be a rematch of their Australian Open semifinal. Federer had an easier time in his quarterfinal, beating Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-2 in just more than […]