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Elliott among 7 Ohio St 1st-teamers on AP All-Big Ten squad (Yahoo Sports)

Ohio State dominated The Associated Press All-Big Ten team released Tuesday, with seven players on the first team and running back Ezekiel Elliott voted the offensive player of the year. Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib was picked as the defensive player of the year, Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers the newcomer of the year and Iowa's Kirk...
Dec 16, 2015 |

Beckham scores 2 TDs to help Giants beat Dolphins 31-24 (Yahoo Sports)

With the score tied in the fourth quarter, Odell Beckham Jr. somehow slipped 5 yards behind the secondary. Beckham's 84-yard touchdown reception put the Giants ahead to stay with 11 minutes to go, and they forged a three-way tie atop the NFC East by beating the Miami Dolphins 31-24 on Monday night. New York's Eli Manning went 27 for 31 for 337...
Dec 15, 2015 |

Houston's Hoyer suffers second concussion in a month (Yahoo Sports)

Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer is doubtful for Sunday's AFC South showdown against Indianapolis after suffering his second concussion in less than a month. Coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that Hoyer is following the league's concussion protocol, and he is also dealing with a strained neck and a wrist problem after being sacked five times in a 27-6...
Dec 15, 2015 |

Coach: Nkemdiche's status for Sugar Bowl undetermined (Yahoo Sports)

Robert Nkemdiche's status for the Sugar Bowl is uncertain after the Mississippi defensive lineman was charged with possession of marijuana following a 15-foot fall at an Atlanta hotel over the weekend that sent him to the hospital. Coach Hugh Freeze said Monday he hasn't decided if Nkemdiche will play against Oklahoma State on Jan. 1 - assuming he...
Dec 15, 2015 |

Giants agree to 6-year contract with pitcher Johnny Cueto (Yahoo Sports)

Even after signing Jeff Samardzija to a large, long-term contract last week, the San Francisco Giants had their eye on Johnny Cueto - they've been watching and admiring him from afar for years. The Giants' upgraded rotation sure is taking shape, with the 2014 World Series champions agreeing Monday with Cueto on a $130 million, six-year contract to...
Dec 15, 2015 |

Bengals' Dalton won't need surgery on broken thumb (Yahoo Sports)

Andy Dalton won't need surgery on his broken thumb and could play again this season. Dalton broke the thumb on his passing hand during a 33-20 loss to the Steelers on Sunday that left the AFC North up for grabs. Dalton's hand will remain in a cast for now.
Dec 15, 2015 |

Pete Rose's plea for reinstatement rejected by Rob Manfred (Yahoo Sports)

CINCINNATI (AP) -- - Pete Rose's application for reinstatement to baseball was rejected Monday by Commissioner Rob Manfred, who concluded the career hits leader continued to gamble even while trying to end his lifetime ban and would be a risk to the sport's integrity if allowed back in the game. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an...
Dec 15, 2015 |

Patriots clinch playoff spot with 27-6 win over Texans (Yahoo Sports)

New England coach Bill Belichick downplayed the return of Rob Gronkowski on Sunday night since he'd only been out for one game. Tom Brady was far more effusive in his delight at having his tight end back. Brady threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns and the Patriots snapped a two-game skid and clinched a playoff spot with a 27-6 win over the...
Dec 14, 2015 |

Patriots' Gronkowski active against Texans (Yahoo Sports)

HOUSTON (AP) -- Tight end Rob Gronkowski is active for the New England Patriots on Sunday night against the Houston Texans after missing last week's game with a sprained knee.
Dec 14, 2015 |

Wilson throws 5 TD passes as Seahawks beat Ravens 35-6 (Yahoo Sports)

As long as Russell Wilson continues to fling touchdown passes at a dizzying rate, the Seattle Seahawks just might survive their alarming shortage of running backs. Wilson threw five touchdown passes, three to Doug Baldwin, and Seattle wore down the injury-depleted Baltimore Ravens 35-6 Sunday for its fourth straight victory. Wilson went 23 for 32...
Dec 14, 2015 |

Mack, Carr lead Raiders over Broncos 15-12 (Yahoo Sports)

Khalil Mack couldn't be stopped. Mack had five sacks of Brock Osweiler, including one in the end zone for a safety, and Derek Carr bounced back from an awful first half to lead the Oakland Raiders past the Denver Broncos 15-12 Sunday. Carr threw two touchdown passes and the Raiders (6-7) beat the Broncos for the first time since Sept. 12, 2011,...
Dec 14, 2015 |

Newton, Panthers pound Falcons 38-0, clinch 1st-round bye (Yahoo Sports)

Cam Newton raced from one end of the Carolina Panthers' sideline to the other in the final moments of a 38-0 rout of the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, raising his arms to the crowd as fans cheered on their emotional MVP candidate. ''I believe right now it's our moment as Panthers,'' Newton said with a smile as he praised the team's fan base following...
Dec 14, 2015 |

Steelers get 33-20 win over Bengals, who lose QB Dalton (Yahoo Sports)

Andy Dalton's right thumb hurt a bit as he came to the sideline. Dalton broke his thumb while making a tackle after his interception on Sunday, turning Cincinnati's season upside-down in an instant. With a chance to clinch the AFC North at home, the Bengals lost their quarterback and got blown out, too.
Dec 14, 2015 |

Orioles withdraw their offer to free agent slugger Davis (Yahoo Sports)

The Baltimore Orioles have run out of patience in their effort to re-sign free agent slugger Chris Davis. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Saturday that the team has rescinded a contract proposal to Davis believed to be in the vicinity of $150 million. ''There is no offer on the table right now,'' Duquette said.
Dec 13, 2015 |

It's over: Bucks hand Warriors 1st loss, win 108-95 (Yahoo Sports)

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The streak is over for the Golden State Warriors.
Dec 13, 2015 |

Roll Henry! Alabama's super-sized running back wins Heisman (Yahoo Sports)

Alabama's bulldozer of a tailback with the super-sized workload won the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night after carrying the Crimson Tide offense for most of the season. ''I'm just so thankful to have this trophy,'' Henry said. The 6-foot-3, 242-pound Henry is the second Alabama player to win the Heisman, joining running back Mark Ingram.
Dec 13, 2015 |

Felix hits at buzzer, Texas beats No. 3 North Carolina 84-82 (Yahoo Sports)

The ball bounced right to Javan Felix for an easy catch, step, shoot and swish. The senior guard's uncontested jumper at the buzzer sent the Longhorns to a wild 84-82 victory over No. 3 North Carolina, giving Smart a signature moment a month into his tenure at Texas. Felix was left unguarded as players from both teams watched Isaiah Taylor's...
Dec 13, 2015 |

Penguins fire Mike Johnston; Mike Sullivan takes over (Yahoo Sports)

The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Mike Johnston in the summer of 2014 and tasked him with guiding the star-laden roster back to the NHL's elite. The Penguins fired Johnston and assistant Gary Agnew on Saturday morning with the high-profile team languishing in the middle of the pack in the crowded Metropolitan Division. Johnston went 58-37-15 during...
Dec 13, 2015 |

James scores 25 points, Cavaliers roll past Magic 111-76 (Yahoo Sports)

The Cleveland Cavaliers returned one of their key players on Friday night. LeBron James had 25 points and eight assists and the Cavaliers rolled past the Orlando Magic 111-76 on Friday night. Timofey Mozgov added 17 points as Cleveland claimed its 12th straight win over the Orlando.
Dec 12, 2015 |

Curry, Warriors beat Boston 124-119 in 2OT, improve to 24-0 (Yahoo Sports)

The Golden State Warriors needed two overtimes to remain perfect on a very imperfect night from the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player. Stephen Curry scored 38 points with 11 rebounds and eight assists and the Warriors improved to 24-0 this season by outlasting the Boston Celtics 124-119 Friday night. Counting the wins in their final four games...
Dec 12, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More