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Del Rio won’t let Raiders look too far ahead

ALAMEDA — Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has done a good job of keeping his players focused on the task at hand rather than looking too far ahead. With only five games left in the regular season and the Raiders still trailing a handful of teams in the chase for a wild-card spot, Del […]

Hogan leads No. 7 Stanford into Pac-12 title game

STANFORD — Ever since taking over as Stanford’s starting quarterback the year after Andrew Luck left for the NFL, all Kevin Hogan has done is win games. One more victory for the seventh-ranked Cardinal (10-2) in the Pac-12 championship game and Hogan will either be the starting quarterback for his team in the Rose Bowl […]

Struggling 49ers hit the road for 2 games looking to win

SANTA CLARA — Jim Tomsula is now talking about having his players sprint off the bus and into Solider Field on Sunday. Anything that might get things going on the road at last. The San Francisco 49ers (3-8) are 0-5 away from Levi’s Stadium this season and little points to them getting over that hump […]

Behind the call: Ward suggests full-time officials as a fix

By arnie Stapleton DENVER — Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward, one of the most-flagged and heavily fined players in the NFL this season, recently ripped the officials, suggesting the way to fix the league’s spotty officiating is to give the men in stripes full-time jobs. “I mean, how would you feel if you came to […]

Candlestick Park’s patron saint to go into storage for now

SAN FRANCISCO — A 27-foot-tall statue of St. Francis that kept watch over Candlestick Park is moving into storage until a new home can be found. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Monday that for four decades, the cast-concrete and steel-reinforced statue of St. Francis kept watch over 49ers football and Giants baseball fans just outside […]

Heat check: Coaching carousel turns into roller coaster

By Ralph D. Russo This coaching carousel is more like a roller coaster and this weekend there was enough action to make those trying to keep up dizzy. Les Miles is staying at LSU, and Mark Richt is out at Georgia. Iowa State and Virginia Tech filled their vacancies. Rutgers and Virginia created new ones. […]

Kobe’s coming home, so the buzz will be back in Philadelphia

By Brian Mahoney The buzz is back in Philadelphia, even as the 76ers fall further into NBA infamy every time they play. Kobe Bryant is coming home to play — for the last time. The Los Angeles Lakers’ first road game since Bryant announced he would retire after this season is Tuesday night in Philadelphia, […]

Tony Stewart getting new crew chief for final season in ’16

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Tony Stewart will have a new crew chief for his final season in NASCAR. Stewart-Haas Racing said Monday that Michael Bugarewicz has been promoted from race engineer for Kevin Harvick’s team to crew chief for Stewart. Bugarewicz replaces Chad Johnson, who last week left to crew chief Kyle Larson for Chip Ganassi […]

UConn remains No. 1 in AP women’s hoops poll

Tony Bozzella didn’t want Seton Hall to just be a one-hit wonder. After one of the most successful seasons in school history last year, Bozzella has the Pirates off to their best start in 26 years, winning their first seven games. Buoyed by that success, the Pirates have found their way back into the Top […]

Top of Top 25 in men’s AP poll the same, but not the bottom

Thanksgiving Week usually shakes up the Top 25 and this year was no different. There are five newcomers to the poll and since there was a tie for 25th last week, six teams dropped out. All the new teams were ranked as late as last season, and two of those that fell had long streaks […]

UNLV president says keep Rebel name; no ties to Confederacy

CARSON CITY, Nev. — UNLV President Len Jessup said the school needs to keep “Rebels” as its nickname in spite of calls for its removal, citing newly released historical research that concluded the moniker is not a reference to the Confederacy. Jessup issued a statement Monday saying the name embodies UNLV’s entrepreneurial spirit, and noting […]

USC names Clay Helton permanent coach after strong finish

LOS ANGELES — Clay Helton has twice taken charge of the Southern California football program in moments of crisis and steadied it with calm leadership. Athletic director Pat Haden decided Helton has earned the chance to be much more than his backup plan. USC hired Helton as its permanent coach on Monday, removing the interim […]

One-of-a-kind Fury won’t change after heavyweight title win

BOLTON, England — Being heavyweight champion of the world hasn’t changed Tyson Fury much, at least judging by the maverick boxer’s journey back to Britain after beating Wladimir Klitschko. No private jets for British sport’s new big thing. His near-12-hour journey from Germany involved being driven by his pregnant wife to the Netherlands, followed by […]

The Week Ahead: Prep hoops season tips off with Foundation Games

FAIRFIELD — Are you ready for some basketball? Lots of basketball? The high school hoops season tips off on Monday with the annual set of Sac-Joaquin Section Foundation Games, the perfect beginning to the first busy week of the winter campaign. Monday The Foundation Games, which are used by the SJS to fund scholarships, mostly feature […]

Jones overcomes some anxious moments to win Australian Open

  SYDNEY — Matt Jones talked about the “stress and anxious moments” during his final round at the Australian Open on Sunday. He wasn’t exaggerating. Jones overcame a bogey, double-bogey and triple-bogey on the front nine Sunday to escape with a one-stroke victory in the 100th Australian Open after shooting a 2-over 73. Jones, who […]

Schwartzel wins Euro Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship

MALELANE, South Africa — Charl Schwartzel eased to a four-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Championship on Sunday to become the third South African behind Ernie Els and Retief Goosen to win 10 European Tour titles. Schwartzel’s fourth triumph at the Alfred Dunhill was ultimately comfortable as he finished with a 2-under 70 for a […]

Rosberg beats Hamilton to win Abu Dhabi GP

  ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Nico Rosberg completed a hat trick of victories to end the Formula One season when he won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday, while his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was left frustrated by a tire strategy which he believed cost him a shot at winning. Rosberg won […]

Georgia’s Richt stepping down following ‘mutual’ decision

  ATHENS, Ga. — Mark Richt stepped down as Georgia’s coach Sunday, leaving stunned players with one final bowl game with the man who ranks second in wins in school history. Georgia announced the move as a “mutual” decision, but it looked like a firing. Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity announced the decision after meeting […]

AP Top 25: Oklahoma up to No. 3, Clemson-Alabama still 1-2

  Oklahoma moved up to No. 3 behind Clemson and Alabama and the Big Ten placed three teams in the top six of the new Associated Press college football poll. Clemson is No. 1 for the fourth straight week and Alabama is No. 2. The Tigers received 53 first-place votes and the Crimson Tide got […]

Iowa, Michigan State set for Big Ten title game

  DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa took a lot of grief this season for not playing the top teams in the Big Ten East. The Hawkeyes will get the best one Saturday — likely with a trip to the playoffs on the line. No. 4 Iowa (12-0, 8-0 Big Ten) and No. 5 Michigan State […]

Hamburg voters reject 2024 Olympic bid in referendum

  Hamburg residents rejected the German port city’s bid to host the 2024 Olympics in a public referendum on Sunday. Opponents to the bid won with 51.6 percent of the vote, with 48.4 percent in favor. “That’s a decision that we didn’t want, but it’s clear,” said Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz. Defeat came despite 65.6 […]

Shiffrin wins 2nd straight World Cup slalom in Aspen

  ASPEN, Colo. — Think Mikaela Shiffrin is fast on race day? Try keeping up with her in training sessions. Then again, maybe not. She’s speedy enough once the competition starts. Shiffrin won back-to-back World Cup slalom races in Aspen, overcoming an early mistake in her final run Sunday to still win by a gigantic margin. The 20-year-old […]

Swinney: No. 1 Clemson won’t be awed by title game

  Bigger stakes, same attitude. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney knows his No. 1 Tigers are ready for the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Saturday after grinding out a 12-0 season. “We’ve embraced the opportunity,” Swinney said. “There’s no pressure. Pressure comes when you’re not prepared. We’re prepared. We prepare every […]

Broncos beat Patriots 30-24 on Anderson’s OT run

DENVER — Tom Brady lost yet another one of his trusted targets and this time he also lost a game. C.J. Anderson, a Bethel High graduate, scored on a 48-yard run with 12:32 left in overtime, powering the Denver Broncos past the New England Patriots 30-24 on a snowy Sunday night. Watching from the cozy […]

Kobe Bryant says he will retire at end of season

  LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant has decided to retire after this season, ending his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on The Players’ Tribune on Sunday, writing a poem titled “Dear Basketball.” “My heart can take the pounding. My mind can handle the grind. […]

Stanford, USC to play rematch game at Pac-12 Championship

  Southern California’s season was on the verge of derailing. The Trojans lost two of their first three Pac-12 games and coach Steve Sarkisian was fired, leaving the program in disarray. Instead of seeing their season spiral out of control, the 24th-ranked Trojans rallied around interim coach Clay Helton, earning a spot in the Pac-12 […]

Carr throws TD with 1:21 left as Raiders edge Titans 24-21

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Oakland Raiders found a way to pull out a win on a wet, sloppy day. A quarterback with a little bit of experience certainly helped. Along with a very timely flag. Derek Carr threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts with 1:21 left after Oakland appeared to turn it […]

49ers beat themselves with 13 penalties, fall to Cardinals

  SANTA CLARA — Quinton Dial believed he was making a legal play when he came straight at Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and clobbered him. Instead, another yellow flag flew for a roughing the passer penalty — a costly 15-yard infraction that extended Arizona’s winning drive. Palmer ran for a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown with 2:28 […]

After beating Klitschko, Fury wants to be ‘great champion’

  BERLIN — He threatened to walk away from boxing if he lost to Wladimir Klitschko, or even if he won. Now the always unpredictable Tyson Fury says he intends to be a great heavyweight champion. “I hope to have many more defenses of these titles in future,” Fury said after outpointing the Ukrainian Saturday […]

Andy Murray gives Britain Davis Cup title after 79 years

  GHENT, Belgium — With one perfect lob, Andy Murray ended eight decades of Davis Cup frustration for Britain. By beating David Goffin 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 on Sunday, Murray secured Britain’s 3-1 victory over Belgium in the Davis Cup final and ended a drought for the country dating back to 1936. The 79-year gap is […]

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