Falcons romp past hapless Buccaneers
ATLANTA -- Matt Ryan, Julio Jones and high-stepping Devin Hester led the Atlanta Falcons to one of the biggest wins in franchise history. Ryan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns, Jones hauled in nine passes for 161 yards and a couple of scores, and Hester set an NFL record with his 20th return for a TD as the Falcons routed the hapless Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56-14 on Thursday night...
Knee problems force Na into retirement
WUHAN, China -- Li Na, a two-time Grand Slam champion from China who took tennis in Asia to a new level, has retired due to recurring knee injuries. The 32-year-old Li posted the news on her microblog Friday, ending a week of intensifying speculation that she would announce her retirement ahead of the new WTA event at Wuhan, her home town...
Indiana (1-1) at No. 18 Missouri (3-0)
n Kickoff: 3 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) Missouri is looking to start 4-0 before traveling to South Carolina to open a stretch of eight consecutive games against Southeastern Conference competition. Indiana wants to rebound heading into Big Ten play after losing 45-42 last week at Bowling Green...
Lewis leads LPGA Tour tournament in Alabama
PRATTVILLE, Ala. -- Top-ranked Stacy Lewis birdied the last three holes and five of the final six Thursday for an 8-under 64 and a share of the lead with Mi Jung Hur in the Yokohama Tire LPGA Classic. Lewis, the 2012 winner in the event dropped from the schedule last year after losing its title sponsor, had a bogey-free round on The Senator course. She has a tour-high three victories this season...
UConn-Missouri agree to home-and-home series
UConn-Missouri agree to home-and-home series STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut and Missouri have agreed to a home-and-home football series, the first meetings between the programs. The schools announced Thursday that UConn will visit Columbia, Missouri on September 19, 2015 and the teams will play September 23, 2017 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford...
Jets' Vick says Goodell doing 'great job'
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- Michael Vick fully supports the man who gave him a second chance in the NFL. The New York Jets quarterback defended NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell while the league and its teams have come under heavy criticism during the past two weeks over how they are dealing with several players facing domestic violence allegations...
Stanton speaks out for 1st time since injury
MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton still needs to have five teeth fixed or replaced, along with a procedure to assess how much blood remains in his sinus cavity and will be understandably leery the next time he grabs a bat. He also knows things could be a whole lot worse...
Cardinals down Brewers in 13 innings
Cruz provides winning hit to preserve St. Louis' lead in NL Central at 2 1/2 games.
Icing kickers might not matter in the 4th quarter
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- It was a split-second decision that reignited a classic debate in college football: Does icing the kicker actually work? Last Saturday, Iowa State was on Iowa's 24-yard line with 2 seconds left and the game tied at 17. Cyclones sophomore kicker Cole Netten was about to attempt the biggest kick of his life for a road team desperate to end a two-game skid. Hawkeyes coach Kirk Ferentz used his final timeout, presumably to give Netten a moment to let all that sink in...
Royals, Tigers to slug it out this weekend in KC
Detroit enters the three-game showdown with a 1/2-game lead in the AL Central
Cain, Aoki power Royals to 6-2 win over White Sox
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Lorenzo Cain hit a three-run homer, Nori Aoki kept up his tear at the plate and the Kansas City Royals roughed up Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale in a 6-2 victory Wednesday night that kept the pressure on Detroit in the AL Central...
Shane Ray starring at defensive end for Mizzou
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri defensive end Shane Ray turned to football to stay out of trouble. "My mom felt that I needed some structure," Ray said. "At the time, I was just trying to find a way to stay in school after high school." The national leader in tackles for losses, Ray grew up in a crime-riddled section of Kansas City. He lived with his mother, Sebrina Johnson, who pushed him into the game...
Stedman Bailey back at practice for Rams
The second-year wideout served half of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy
Wainwright pitches complete-game shutout in Cards' 2-0 win over Brewers
ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright is rounding back into the shape the St. Louis Cardinals have become accustomed to from their ace. Wainwright posted his 19th win, pitching a shutout Wednesday night as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 to hold their 2 1/2-game edge in the NL Central...
NFL, union agree to new drug policy, HGH testing
Welker, Scandrick will return to the field this Sunday
Grand jury to decide if Stewart is charged
~Investigative Findings in the track death of Kevin Ward Jr. will be presented
A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York, a prosecutor said Tuesday...
Brewers knock off Cardinals 3-2 in 12 innings
Cardinals lose lead in ninth inning, see lead in NL Central trimmed with 12 inning loss
Sponsors convey mounting concerns over behavior
Recent player incidents are making some companies squeamish
Matheny knows perils, promotes safety
ST. LOUIS -- It should come as no surprise that Mike Matheny is a leading proponent of player safety, from the big leagues all the way down to T-ball. Just like Giancarlo Stanton, the St. Louis Cardinals manager was struck in the face by a pitch and felt lucky to walk away minus only teeth and blood...
Rams receive good news on injuries to Austin, Harkey
Both players left Sunday's game hobbled but with no serious damage
Rams record first win on last-minute FG vs. Buccaneers
TAMPA, Fla. -- Austin Davis played with the poise and resolve of a seasoned pro. "We never panicked," veteran tackle Jake Long said Sunday after Davis led a late field goal drive that gave the St. Louis Rams a 19-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday in the 25-year-old quarterback's first NFL start...
Rookie helps Cardinals to sweep of Rockies
ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis rookie Marco Gonzales grew up watching the Colorado Rockies. Raised in Fort Collins, about an hour north of Denver, he is quite familiar with Coors Field. "I spent a good part of my life there," the Cardinals lefty said. Gonzales beat his boyhood favorites Sunday...
No. 20 Missouri tops UCF
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Maty Mauk says he likes to think aggressively on the field. For another week, it paid off. Missouri's sophomore quarterback threw four touchdown passes -- two each to Jimmie Hunt and Bud Sasser -- and passed for 144 yards to lead the 20th-ranked Tigers past Central Florida 38-10 on Saturday...
Rams try to right their ship vs Bucs
Third-string QB Austin Davis could start for St. Louis today