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Carr faces another tough test in rookie season

ALAMEDA — Derek Carr’s rookie season has been like an advanced placement class for quarterbacks. Carr has faced the most fearsome pass rushers, toughest cover cornerbacks and most accomplished defensive schemers throughout the season with the Oakland Raiders. He has faced pressure from J.J. Watt, Von Miller, Justin Houston and Aldon Smith; attempted passes against Darrelle […]

Chattanooga women stun No. 7 Stanford 54-46

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Chelsey Shumpert scored a career-high 18 points, including five 3-pointers, as Chattanooga stunned No. 7 Stanford 54-46 Wednesday for its second home victory over a top-10 opponent this season. Chattanooga (7-3) won despite being held without a basket after Keiana Gilbert had given the Mocs a 44-34 lead with 11:26 remaining. The Mocs went […]

Track coach Drummond gets 8-year doping suspension

DENVER — Over an angst-filled summer of 2012, track coach Jon Drummond and his ailing star sprinter, Tyson Gay, wrestled with whether Gay should use a mysterious medicine that might help him run pain-free at the London Olympics. Eventually, Gay used it and got caught — but it was Drummond who took the biggest fall. The former track star […]

For MLB, changes in Cuba will take time to sort out

NEW YORK — Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba. “It’s absolutely a natural, just as the Dominican was and Venezuela. You go to where the talent is,” the former Los Angeles Dodgers general manager said Wednesday. “The high talent level for Cuban players is […]

Warriors’ Bogut out with knee injury vs. Thunder

OAKLAND — Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut’s troublesome right knee will keep him out against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night. The Warriors on Wednesday listed Bogut and forward David Lee out for the game. It will be the fifth straight game Bogut has missed, while Lee has only played in one game because of a strained […]

AP source: Romo close to $15M, 2-year deal with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Free agent reliever Sergio Romo is closing in on a $15 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because a final detail remained to be worked out and the agreement was subject to a physical scheduled for […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

TV sports Basketball College men •Cleveland St. at Virginia, ESPNU, 4 p.m. •Seton Hall at South Florida, CBSSN, 4 p.m. •UConn vs. Duke, at East Rutherford, N.J., ESPN, 5 p.m. •Coastal Carolina at Mississipi, SEC, 5 p.m. •LSU at Alabama-Birmingham, CBSSN, 6 p.m. •DePaul at Oregon State, PAC12, P12BA, 7 p.m. NBA •New York at […]

This date in sports history for Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Dec. 18 1949 — The Philadelphia Eagles win the NFL championship with a 14-0 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. 1962 — Wilt Chamberlain of the San Francisco Warriors scores 61 points in a 130-110 over the St. Louis Hawks. 1964 — Oscar Robertson of the Cincinnati Royals scores 56 points, including 18 in the […]

Baseball monitoring White House Cuba decision

Major League Baseball isn’t sure of the impact of President Barack Obama’s decision to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. The U.S. withdrew diplomatic recognition of the Cuban government in January 1961. Because of the American trade embargo, a player who defected from Cuba has had to obtain a license from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office […]

APNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal

CHICAGO — A federal judge has rejected a proposed $75 million head injury settlement with the NCAA as too broad. U.S. District Judge John Lee in Chicago issued a 21-page ruling Wednesday denying preliminary approval. He did say the deal could be altered to address his concerns, which include the scope of the proposal. At an October […]

Painkillers lawsuit against NFL dismissed; may be appealed

NEW YORK — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by 1,300 former players against the NFL, writing that the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the union was the appropriate forum to resolve claims that teams damaged the players’ by routinely dispensing painkillers. “In ruling against the novel claims asserted herein, this order does not […]

Garcia resigns as FIFA prosecutor

GENEVA — The American lawyer who led the investigation into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid process resigned from the FIFA ethics committee on Wednesday in protest over the handling of his findings. Michael Garcia cited a “lack of leadership” at the top of FIFA in a resignation statement. He also said he has lost confidence in the […]

49ers release McDonald amid further legal trouble

SANTA CLARA — Citing a pattern of behavior and off-field issues, San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke informed defensive lineman Ray McDonald that he was released Wednesday amid a sexual assault investigation by San Jose police. Baalke spoke with McDonald and his agent by phone around 11:30 a.m. to let them know the defender […]

Thunder beat Kings 104-92 for 7th straight win

SACRAMENTO — Russell Westbrook had 32 points and seven assists, Kevin Durant scored 26 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the reeling Sacramento Kings 104-92 on Tuesday night for their seventh straight win. Sacramento lost in its first game since Michael Malone was fired as coach and lead assistant Tyrone Corbin was promoted to the head […]

Rodriguez girls finally get win over Monte Vista

DANVILLE — The Rodriguez High girls basketball team finally got a win over Monte Vista under coach Lou Collier, picking up a 62-61 nonleague win, Tuesday. The Mustangs (4-6), winless against the other Mustangs the last six seasons, were led by Brianna Hayles’ 25 points. Hayles was 5 for 6 on 3-pointers and added seven […]

Fairfield grad Bishop signs with 49ers

FAIRFIELD — With its defense losing linebackers seemingly by the minute, the San Francisco 49ers signed Fairfield High graduate Desmond Bishop to a one-year contract, Monday, the team announced. Bishop was signed after standout rookie Chris Borland injured an ankle on the last play of the first half of the 49ers 17-7 loss to the […]

Panthers outlast Capitals in longest NHL shootout, 20 rounds

SUNRISE, Fla. — Nick Bjugstad scored the game-winning goal in the longest shootout in NHL history to lift the Florida Panthers over the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Tuesday night. Bjugstad’s goal came in the 20th round — on the 40th shot of theshootout — and beat Braden Holtby on the right side. The previous NHL record was 15 […]

Memphis stops Golden State’s 16-game win streak

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A big boost from the very deep Memphis bench put a stop to the Golden StateWarriors’ 16-game winning streak. With all backups on the floor, Vince Carter and the Grizzlies scored 20 straight points to start the second quarter and went on to beat Golden State 105-98 on Tuesday night. “They punched us […]

AP sources: NFL employees turn over phone, email records

Nearly 500 employees at NFL headquarters in New York turned over phone and email records to investigators looking into how Commissioner Roger Goodell and his staff pursued and handled evidence in the Ray Rice case, two people familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The people spoke to the AP on condition […]

Bills deliver Lions pizza, wings for hospitality

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills certainly delivered for the Detroit Lions this week. First, Buffalo beat Green Bay on Sunday, which allowed the Lions (10-4) to pull even with the Packers atop the NFC North. On Tuesday, the Bills sent a truckload of pizza and — what else? — wings to the Lions’ headquarters. The food was a […]

1998 World Cup winner Thierry Henry retires

PARIS (AP) — In announcing the end of a distinguished 20-year career, Thierry Henry made it clear where he felt more cherished. It wasn’t France, for which he won the 1998 World Cup, remains the national team’s leading goal-scorer, and second-most capped player. Henry, who speaks French, English and Spanish, decided to announce his retirement by posting […]

Chris Borland’s rookie 49ers season likely over

SANTA CLARA — Linebacker Chris Borland’s stellar rookie season for San Francisco is likely over. 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said “it’d be a stretch right now” for Borland to return from an ankle injury for the final two games. San Francisco (7-7) was eliminated from playoff contention in a 17-7 loss at Seattle on Sunday. […]

USOC decides to bid for 2024; city still undecided

The U.S. Olympic Committee has decided to bid for the 2024 Olympics, hoping to bring the Summer Games back to America after a 28-year absence. The USOC board heard presentations from four candidate cities Tuesday — Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington — and voted to enter a field that already includes Rome and either Hamburg […]

College football playoff participants stack AP All-America team

The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on The Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans: tight end Nick O’Leary, guard Tre Jackson and kicker Roberto Aguayo, who is an All-American for the second straight season. Oregon and Alabama each have two, including a couple of Heisman Trophy finalists. Heisman […]

Yankees GM Cashman: A-Rod now a full-time DH

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez faces a diminished role in his return to the New York Yankees, who have stripped A-Rod of his third-base job and plan to limit his role to full-time designated hitter — at most. General manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that A-Rod’s days as an everyday fielder are over in the Bronx and […]

AP source: Ex-Giant Morse agrees to $16M, 2-year deal with Marlins

MIAMI — The Miami Marlins’ busy offseason reached first base Tuesday. Mike Morse agreed to a $16 million, two-year contract with the Marlins, pending a physical, a person familiar with the negotiations said. The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been finalized. The Marlins expect […]

Sprint to end NASCAR sponsorship after 2016 season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Sprint informed NASCAR it won’t extend title sponsorship of the top Sprint Cup Series beyond its current contract, which expires after the 2016 season. “Sprint has long benefited from the unprecedented level of brand integration available in NASCAR, and the passionate fan base that is the most loyal in sports,” Steve Gaffney, vice president of […]

Raiders place LB Sio Moore on IR

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders have placed linebacker Sio Moore on season-ending injured reserve with a hip injury. Oakland signed cornerback Chance Casey off the practice squad of the San Francisco 49ers to take Moore’s place on the active roster Tuesday. Moore started 11 games in his second season. He had 79 solo tackles, three sacks, two […]

Patriots regain top spot in AP Pro32 rankings

NEW YORK — Tom Brady and the New England Patriots maintained their mastery of the AFC East and returned to the top spot in the NFL. The Patriots clinched the division for the 11th time in 12 years with Sunday’s 41-13 rout of the Miami Dolphins. New England (11-3) received nine of 12 first-place votes […]

Some Raiders players want Sparano in 2015

ALAMEDA — There have been several high-profile names talked about as potential candidates for the Oakland Raiders head coaching job in 2015. Running back Latavius Murray has his own: current interim coach Tony Sparano. A day after a 31-13 loss to Kansas City that dropped the Raiders to 2-12, Sparano received of vote of confidence […]

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