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Carl Nicks: The forgotten Indiana State basketball phenom overshadowed by Larry Bird

At Indiana State, Carl Nicks would be called second fiddle. Bird-feeder. That guy who played with Larry. But Nicks was no understudy to Larry Bird.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:11 pm

Qatar, Japan advance in Asian Cup with perfect record

Qatar defeated Saudi Arabia 2-0 on Thursday amid the political tensions between the two nations to complete the group stage of the Asian Cup with three wins


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:52 pm

Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin to stand trial over threatening social media post

Former NFL player Jonathan Martin must stand trial on criminal threat charges stemming from 2018 Instagram post, a Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:46 pm

Journalist in Ghana who helped expose FIFA corruption shot dead

Ahmed Hussein-Suale, who helped expose a high-ranking official at world soccer body FIFA as corrupt, was shot dead by gunmen on a motorbike.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:46 pm

TCU junior guard Fisher out for season and leaving program

TCU's Fisher will miss rest of season because of ongoing issues with surgically repaired right knee, won't return to the program next season


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:12 pm

Falcons G Garland, former Lions QB Hipple award finalists

Atlanta Falcons guard Ben Garland, former Detroit Lions quarterback Eric Hipple named finalists for NFL's Salute To Service Award


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:08 pm

Opinion: Aftershocks of Tonya Harding saga best thing to happen to figure skating

As U.S. Figure Skating Championships return to Detroit, it's clear the Tonya Harding saga was the best thing that ever happened to figure skating.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:03 pm

Sorry America, team you love to hate headed to Super Bowl

Sorry America, team you love to hate headed to Super Bowl


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:00 pm

UConn sophomore Megan Walker outscores Tulane with 34 points against Green Wave's 33

UConn sophomore Megan Walker scored a career-high 34 points on Wednesday, more than the entire Tulane roster in the Huskies' 75-33 win.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:47 pm

Letter grades for every college football coaching hire this offseason

Assigning grades to college football's new coaching hires coming out of the 2018 season. There were a lot of big names but still some intriguing moves.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:42 pm

Rams-Saints Preview Capsule

Rams-Saints Preview Capsule


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:34 pm

Super Bowl rings through the years


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:27 pm

Halep edges American in Australia; Venus next; Serena wins

Top-seeded Simona Halep was pushed to the brink at the Australian Open again but came through with a victory by taking the last four games against 20-year-old American Sofia Kenin


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:25 pm

Lowry fights to hold Abu Dhabi halfway lead by 1 stroke

Irish golfer Shane Lowry followed his opening 10-under 62 with a fighting 70 at the Abu Dhabi Championship to limit his shrinking lead to one stroke


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:23 pm

Baseball Hall of Fame countdown: Roger Clemens, dominant, but likely snubbed again

A controversial figure, Roger Clemens won 354 games and seven Cy Young awards in his 24-year career.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:06 pm

Midnight run: Muguruza edges Konta at 3 a.m. in Australia

Garbine Muguruza won what is believed to be the latest-starting match in Australian Open history, edging Johanna Konta in an after-midnight marathon that began at 12:30 a.m. and concluded at 3:12 a.m.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:02 pm

The best Super Bowl commercials of the 2010s, according to Ad Meter

With the 31st edition of annual Ad Meter competition fast approaching, let’s take a look at the highest rated Super Bowl spots of the the 2010s.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:49 am

Ad Meter update: Mercedes-Benz, Pringles reveal details about their Super Bowl plans

Super Bowl LIII is a little more than two weeks away and the plans for advertisers, such as Mercedes-Benz and Pringles, are slowly coming into focus.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:48 am

Steelers hire Faulkner as running backs coach

Pittsburgh Steelers hire North Carolina State's Eddie Faulkner as running backs coach


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:39 am

UConn coach Dan Hurley, Tulsa's Frank Haith tossed after handshake

Dan Hurley and Frank Haith were ejected after shaking hands following a tense moment during Tulsa's win over UConn.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:13 am

Cincinnati's Mick Cronin says refs who ejected him should be suspended

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin wants officials to receive punishment for ejecting him in his team's Tuesday night win against South Florida.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:12 am

Kyrie Irving says he apologized to LeBron James in discussion about leadership

Kyrie Irving said a conversation with former teammate LeBron James helped him realize how he can be a better leader for the Celtics.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 10:57 am

NHL's high-profile teams bottoming out: How soon before they are competitive again?

Top NHL markets such as the Red Wings, Rangers, Kings and Blackhawks are among the worst teams. A look at their future rebuild prospects.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 10:47 am

Opinion: DeMarcus Cousins might try to help make Warriors America's 'most hated team'

DeMarcus Cousins is wrong when he says the Golden State Warriors are America's most hated team, but he might try to help make his claim a reality.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 10:26 am

Doritos teams up with Chance the Rapper, Backstreet Boys for Super Bowl ad

The 30-second ad airing during the Super Bowl will introduce a new flavor — Doritos Flamin’ Hot Nacho.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 10:03 am

History says Serena Williams has good shot at reaching Australian Open semis

Chasing a record 24th Grand Slam title, Serena Williams would tie the mark held by Australian Margaret Court.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:29 am

USA TODAY Sports' NFC, AFC Championship Game picks: Who advances to Super Bowl LIII?

Who's printing tickets for Super Sunday? USA TODAY Sports' panel of experts makes championship game picks for Rams-Saints and Patriots-Chiefs.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:24 am

Why Phillip Fulmer got banned from Tennessee football practice for coaching linemen

Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer saw a couple of offensive linemen he thought needed coaching during a drill so he jumped in and coached them up.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:13 am

Venus Williams loves her niece's Qai Qai doll as much as social media does

Venus Williams gets to see Qai Qai's struggles firsthand as the celebrity doll is always getting left behind by Serena's daughter Olympia Ohanian.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:06 am

Oklahoma will grant QB Austin Kendall's transfer, now immediately eligible at West Virginia

After reports the school was blocking the transfer of Austin Kendall, the Oklahoma graduate will now be immediately eligible to play at West Virginia.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 8:51 am

Ad Meter: Pick the best Super Bowl commercials!

Only interested in the Super Bowl for the awesome commercials? Then this is for you.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 8:43 am

Opinion: Awful all year, Kansas City Chiefs' defense finds groove with Patriots looming

After being one of the worst defenses during the regular season, Kansas City held Andrew Luck and Indianapolis Colts to 263 yards, one offensive TD


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 7:39 am

High school football player dies due to complications with ACL surgery

Nick Dixon, 18, of Spartanburg HS in South Carolina died from complications from surgery to repair torn ACL and meniscus, a family friend said.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 7:09 am

Los Angeles Rams preparing for raucous Superdome crowd in NFC Championship

Having already played in the Superdome once this season, the Rams know what to expect from the crowd when facing the Saints in the NFC Championship.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 3:19 am

NBA triple-double tracker: 2018-19 season leaders

Keep up with this year's leaders and track every triple-double of the 2018-19 NBA season.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:28 am

Opinion: Patriots are right to play up underdog role, no matter how much you hate it

The New England Patriots have every right to play up the underdog role ahead of the AFC Championship game in Kansas City.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:08 am

Best of the 2019 Australian Open

All the action at Melburne Park from the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the season.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:42 am

James Harden pours in 58 points, but Nets rally to stun Rockets in overtime

James Harden poured in 58 points two days after dropping 57, but the Nets rallied late in overtime to stun the Rockets, 145-142.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:18 am

2019 NFL draft first-round order: Arizona Cardinals are on the clock with No. 1 pick

Here is a look at the first-round order for the 2019 NFL draft, which places the Arizona Cardinals on the clock with the No. 1 overall pick.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:03 am

Rachael Ostovich before UFC on ESPN+ 1: 'I already feel like I won' just by fighting

The lead-up to Rachael Ostovich's fight at UFC on ESPN+ 1 has been nothing short of tumultuous after an alleged domestic violence incident.


Posted on 16 January 2019 | 9:16 pm

Ex-Lions DB Tony Beckham beats up man he found masturbating near daughter's window

Ex-Lions DB Tony Beckham found a man masturbating while leering into Beckham's daughter's room. Beckham confronted the man, who was arrested.


Posted on 16 January 2019 | 7:32 pm

Bob Costas and NBC Sports quietly, officially part ways

Veteran broadcaster reaches agreement to end 40-year career with NBC Sports, will continue to call baseball games for MLB Network.


Posted on 16 January 2019 | 6:38 pm

NFL mock draft

Kyler Murray has made himself available for the NFL draft. Could the 2018 Heisman winner be a top-10 pick?


Posted on 16 January 2019 | 6:22 am

MLB free agents: Ranking the top 57 of the 2018 class

This winter's class of free agents includes a pair of franchise players in Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, as well as some top starting pitchers.


Posted on 15 January 2019 | 1:37 pm

National champs from Clemson visit White House

The Clemson Tigers national-title winning football team was greeted at the White House by President Donald Trump and a fast food buffet.


Posted on 14 January 2019 | 8:51 pm

College football underclassmen who intend to enter 2019 NFL draft

College football underclassmen have until January 14 to declare for the NFL draft. We'll keep you update on all that have announced their intentions.


Posted on 14 January 2019 | 3:32 pm

Early Top 25 college football teams for 2019

Flip through the gallery to see the USA TODAY Sports preview of what's ahead for college football in the fall.


Posted on 8 January 2019 | 12:19 pm

Amway Coach's Call of the Year: West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen takes home award

The Amway Coach's Call of the Year for college football came down to three finalists. It was West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen that won the the award


Posted on 7 January 2019 | 2:01 pm

NASCAR releases times, TV and radio networks for 2019 Cup Series schedule

In perhaps the biggest change in NASCAR's 2019 schedule, the 10-race playoffs will begin Sunday in prime time on NBCSN at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.


Posted on 11 December 2018 | 4:58 pm

The King goes Hollywood: LeBron with the Lakers

After 11 seasons with the Cavaliers, LeBron James signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers before the 2018-19 NBA season.


Posted on 11 December 2018 | 1:12 am

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Posted on 28 November 2018 | 2:07 pm

Global Poker Index: Ranking the top 300 players

Who are the best poker players in the world? Find out here ...


Posted on 31 October 2018 | 2:02 pm

Get on the gridiron and join our new Facebook Group, 'The Ruling Off the Field'

If you're as excited about football season as we are, we've got the perfect spot for you.


Posted on 20 July 2018 | 10:01 am

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Posted on 30 October 2017 | 12:01 pm