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Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski found dead

Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The 21-year-old Hilinski was discovered in his apartment after he didn't show up for practice Tuesday. A rifle "was recovered next to Hilinski and a suicide note was found," according to the Pullman Police Department. "We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler's passing,"...
Davis scores 45, Pelicans beat Celtics 116-113 in OT

Davis scores 45, Pelicans beat Celtics 116-113 in OT

Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans eventually were too big for the Boston Celtics. Davis had 45 points and 16 rebounds as he and DeMarcus Cousins controlled the lane and led the Pelicans to a 116-113 overtime victory on Tuesday night, ending the Celtics' seven-game winning streak. "It was a great win for us. They tested us," said Davis, who just missed matching the 48 points he scored...
No. 2 Wozniacki saves 2 match points, advances to 3rd round

No. 2 Wozniacki saves 2 match points, advances to 3rd round

Second-ranked Caroline Wozniacki fended off two match points and rallied from 5-1 down to win the last six games in the third set and avoid a second-round upset at the Australian Open. Former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki used her experience to save match points in the seventh game of the deciding set against No. 119-ranked Jana Fett, who was making her main draw debut at a major, and eventually pull off...
IndyCar unveils 2018 race car at auto show in Detroit

IndyCar unveils 2018 race car at auto show in Detroit

IndyCar unveiled its 2018 race car — and Mario Andretti is evidently a fan. "I hear a lot of positives, and there is a negative in all this," the 77-year-old Andretti said playfully. "I don't have a ride yet." Andretti's talk of getting behind the wheel again was a light moment during IndyCar's upbeat presentation Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show. Josef...
Tomlin not ready to endorse Haley's return in 2018

Tomlin not ready to endorse Haley's return in 2018

Todd Haley's contract as the offensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers is up. And coach Mike Tomlin doesn't sound as if he's in a rush to decide whether Haley will be back next season. Tomlin sidestepped several attempts to endorse Haley's return on Tuesday as the AFC North champions continued to dissect what went wrong in an upset home playoff loss to Jacksonville . Asked if he anticipated...

Jaguars rookie Leonard Fournette uninjured in car accident

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette escaped injury after he was involved in what authorities say was a minor three-car crash. The team says the rookie's car was rear-ended about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, and that he was not hurt. He was able to drive home after the crash. The Jaguars also say Fournette signed the rear bumper of his 2017 Mercedes-Benz Maybach — it was knocked off in...
Hornets coach Clifford back to work after sleep deprivation

Hornets coach Clifford back to work after sleep deprivation

Hornets coach Steve Clifford has battled headaches for the past two years. But when the pain became so intense before a Charlotte home game last December it frightened him, and he couldn't ignore the problem any longer. The 56-year-old Clifford walked away from the Hornets that day to undergo medical testing on his brain and get his life in order. Results revealed no internal problems, but the doctor's...
Saints QB Brees: No plans to field offers from other teams

Saints QB Brees: No plans to field offers from other teams

Drew Brees dispensed with technicalities regarding his contract and spoke as if his return to New Orleans next season was virtually assured. "It's the same way I felt two days ago. It's the same way I felt 12 years ago. I'll be here as long as they'll have me," Brees said Tuesday in the locker room at Saints headquarters, where players were packing up for the offseason following their dramatic...
Jags 'threw a tantrum' when Marrone started making changes

Jags 'threw a tantrum' when Marrone started making changes

Jacksonville's locker room was abuzz late last season. Four guys played table tennis while others crowded around a small table for dominoes. Two 80-inch televisions were tuned to a sports highlight show, and music blared from one corner of the room. Doug Marrone, the team's offensive line coach at the time, walked through and shook his head. "Can you believe this?" Marrone whispered. The...
Column: A World Cup fix & flaws in referee integrity checks

Column: A World Cup fix & flaws in referee integrity checks

A precedent has been set about replaying crooked soccer games, but there's still far too much uncertainty. During a World Cup qualifying campaign where the failures of Chile, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States were seismic, the ripples created by the order to re-run the South Africa-Senegal fixture hardly washed beyond Africa. But the repercussions could be significant for the game worldwide...
Ex-doctor's victims recount sex abuse as young gymnasts

Ex-doctor's victims recount sex abuse as young gymnasts

One after one, gymnasts and other victims of a disgraced former sports doctor stepped forward in a Michigan courtroom Tuesday to recount the sexual abuse and emotional trauma he inflicted on them as children, including one who warned that girls eventually "grow into strong women that return to destroy your world." Nearly 100 victims are expected to address the court during the four-day sentencing...
Earnhardt Jr. to help NBC Sports at Super Bowl and Olympics

Earnhardt Jr. to help NBC Sports at Super Bowl and Olympics

Nearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 43 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else. Now that he has retired from full-time racing, he's got time to experience new adventures. Just last weekend, he went to brunch — his first brunch ever — with his wife and friends, then was convinced to get his first pedicure...
Earnhardt Jr. to help NBC Sports at Super Bowl and Olympics

Earnhardt Jr. to help NBC Sports at Super Bowl and Olympics

Nearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 43 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else. Now that he has retired from full-time racing, he's got time to experience new adventures. Just last weekend, he went to brunch — his first brunch ever — with his wife and friends, then was convinced to get his first pedicure...
Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever grips Russian cinemas

Despite doping scandals, Olympic fever grips Russian cinemas

Russia's going crazy for the Olympics. The 1972 Olympics. Even as the Russian team faces up to being barred from next month's Winter Games for doping offenses, audiences are flocking to see a movie about Soviet glory on the Olympic basketball court 46 years ago. "Going Vertical" tells the story of the Soviet Union team which won gold in 1972, becoming the first basketball team in history...
Recovering Kvitova feels the love from Australian Open fans

Recovering Kvitova feels the love from Australian Open fans

A year ago Petra Kvitova was recovering from a knife attack at her home in the Czech Republic, unsure if she'd ever play tennis again. Any wonder that on her return to the Australian Open — a tournament she missed last year because of the December 2016 attack — that a 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 first-round loss to Andrea Petkovic didn't really bother her in the overall scheme of things. At the end...
Trial set to begin in ex-NFL player's road-rage killing

Trial set to begin in ex-NFL player's road-rage killing

The trial in a road-rage shooting that took the life of former NFL football player Joe McKnight began Tuesday in a New Orleans suburb, where a judge and attorneys were questioning dozens of potential jurors. Ronald Gasser, 56, is charged with second-degree murder in the Dec. 1, 2016, shooting of the player who began his career as a local high school football star. Initially charged with manslaughter...
Djokovic: Players held meeting, but boycott not discussed

Djokovic: Players held meeting, but boycott not discussed

Novak Djokovic has rejected reports that leading men could potentially boycott future Grand Slams over prize money, though he did confirm that players held an hour-long private meeting on the eve of the Australian Open to discuss issues pertinent to the ATP Tour. Djokovic, who is president of the ATP Player Council, didn't specify what issues were raised at the meeting, but said media reports stating...
NBA opens investigation into Rockets-Clippers events

NBA opens investigation into Rockets-Clippers events

The NBA has spoken to Clippers star Blake Griffin as well as other players from the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles as part of its investigation into late-game and postgame incidents involving the teams. Griffin confirmed Tuesday that he had been contacted by league officials. "I've spoken to them," he said after attending a L.A. Clippers Foundation event at an elementary school. "I'm...
No love lost: Clippers beat Rockets 113-102 in heated game

No love lost: Clippers beat Rockets 113-102 in heated game

Chris Paul came back to Staples Center to play against his old team and things got heated. The final minutes of the game were filled with technical fouls, ejections, swearing, bumping — and that was just the beginning. Lou Williams scored 31 points, Blake Griffin added 29 before his ejection, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat Paul and the Houston Rockets 113-102 on Monday night for their fifth...
Mykhailiuk, Graham lead No. 10 Kansas over No. 6 WVU 71-66

Mykhailiuk, Graham lead No. 10 Kansas over No. 6 WVU 71-66

Kansas' reserves were struggling to produce and time was running down, so Svi Mykhailiuk and Devonte Graham went to work. Mykhailiuk and Graham hit big shot after big shot down the stretch to bring No. 10 Kansas back from 16 points down in the first half, and the Jayhawks held off No. 6 West Virginia 71-66 on Monday night. "Yeah that's crazy," Graham said. "We're seniors. We're vets...
Road Warriors: Durant's 32 leads NBA champions past Cavs

Road Warriors: Durant's 32 leads NBA champions past Cavs

Once the lead swelled to 14, Kevin Durant waved both arms like a boxing referee stopping a fight. Another knockout on the road for these Warriors. Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 23 and Golden State extended its road winning streak to 13 with a 118-108 Martin Luther King holiday victory Monday night over the Cleveland Cavaliers, their struggling NBA Finals foes. Durant scored 16 in the...
Sharapova back in Oz, joins Federer, Djokovic in 2nd round

Sharapova back in Oz, joins Federer, Djokovic in 2nd round

It wasn't Maria Sharapova's choice to miss the last Australian Open. That decision was taken out of her hands because of a doping ban following a failed test on her previous visit to Melbourne Park. The five-time major champion said it was her choice to return, though, and she relished every moment of it in Tuesday's 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tatjana Maria. "With that choice I know that I face difficulties...
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