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  • College basketball: No. 25 West Virginia upends No. 6 Virginia

    College basketball: No. 25 West Virginia upends No. 6 Virginia

    Esa Ahmad made a tiebreaking three-pointer with 1:28 remaining Saturday and No. 25 West Virginia, which scored 11 of the game’s final 13 points, ended No. 6 Virginia's home winning streak at 24 with a 66-57 victory at Charlottesville, Va.  Jevon Carter led West Virginia (6-1) with 11 points and...

  • No. 11 UCLA knocks off the top-ranked Wildcats in Kentucky

    No. 11 UCLA knocks off the top-ranked Wildcats in Kentucky

    UCLA more than kept pace with Kentucky. It nearly lapped the Wildcats. In a stunning display of composure amid one of college basketball’s most hostile environments and against perhaps its best team, the No. 11 Bruins showed they would not be rattled during a high-flying 97-92 victory over the...

  • College basketball: No. 13 Indiana cruises to sixth victory

    College basketball: No. 13 Indiana cruises to sixth victory

    Juwan Morgan scored a career-high 18 points and finished with 10 rebounds, De’Ron Davis scored 14 points and No. 13 Indiana rolled to an 83-60 victory over Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Friday night.  Indiana’s bench out-scored SIU Edwardsville’s, 34-12, and the Hoosiers dominated the glass,...

  • USC gets its third big test of season with a big hole in its lineup

    USC gets its third big test of season with a big hole in its lineup

    USC has spent the last two days of practice confronting an uncomfortable reality. The Trojans’ best offensive player, forward Bennie Boatwright, is expected to miss six weeks because of a sprained knee ligament. But Coach Andy Enfield said he hasn’t agonized over how USC (7-0) will fill Boatwright’s...

  • UCLA says it will embrace the pace set by No. 1 Kentucky

    UCLA says it will embrace the pace set by No. 1 Kentucky

    It will be a Kentucky Derby, run indoors. The participants will wear high-end sneakers. They might feel like being put out to pasture after what could be the fastest 40 minutes in sports. A possible documentary title: Thirteen Seconds or Less. That’s the average amount of time both UCLA and Kentucky...

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  • Brazilian tragedy unites the soccer world in sorrow

    Brazilian tragedy unites the soccer world in sorrow

    There was supposed to be a soccer game in Medellin, Colombia, last Wednesday. Instead Atletico Nacional and thousands of its fans filed into a packed stadium to pay homage to the Brazilian club they were scheduled to play. Before last week, few people outside Brazil knew much about Chapecoense,...

  • USC advances to College Cup final with 1-0 win over Georgetown

    USC advances to College Cup final with 1-0 win over Georgetown

    Katie Johnson’s goal in the 60th minute Friday gave the USC women’s soccer team a 1-0 victory over Georgetown and put the Trojans in the College Cup final for the second time. USC (18-4-2) will face West Virginia on Sunday at Avaya Stadium. The Mountaineers defeated North Carolina, 1-0, in the...

  • Toronto FC outlasts the Impact to advance to MLS Cup final

    Toronto FC outlasts the Impact to advance to MLS Cup final

    Benoit Cheyrou and Tosaint Ricketts scored two minutes apart in extra time and Toronto FC advanced to the MLS Cup final, outlasting the Montreal Impact, 5-2, in the rain Wednesday night for a 7-5 aggregate victory.  It took extra time and 12 goals to decide the two-leg Eastern Conference final....

  • Soccer players killed in plane crash were from Brazilian team dubbed 'South America's Cinderella'

    Soccer players killed in plane crash were from Brazilian team dubbed 'South America's Cinderella'

    In a country of soccer heroes, Chapecoense was a team of unlikely upstarts. The club, from the tiny agro-industrial city of Chapeco in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina, was playing in the fourth division — the equivalent of baseball’s low minor leagues — less than a decade ago. But...

  • Los Angeles Galaxy begins transition with hiring of a new general manager

    Los Angeles Galaxy begins transition with hiring of a new general manager

    The Galaxy officially entered the post-Bruce Arena era Monday, selecting Peter Vagenas to fill the general manager position vacated by Arena last week while also accelerating their search for a new coach. But even if the foundation for the new Galaxy is built on the success and the club culture...

Golf

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  • Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama tied for lead at Hero World Challenge

    Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama tied for lead at Hero World Challenge

    Dustin Johnson wasn't even expecting to be in the Bahamas for the Hero World Challenge. He was tied for the lead Friday with Hideki Matsuyama, who has reason to expect being at the top of any tournament he plays. Six shots behind was Tiger Woods, who shot a seven-under 65.  Johnson ran off three...

  • Tiger Woods avoids mistakes and posts a 65 in his second round back

    Tiger Woods avoids mistakes and posts a 65 in his second round back

    Tiger Woods saved par from the dunes with a shot so good that two spectators ran over and scooped up sand for a souvenir. It also served as motivation Friday at the Hero World Challenge in Albany, the Bahamas. The tee shot on the par-3 eighth that landed next to a bush was so bad that Woods said...

  • Tiger Woods starts strong in return before shooting 40 on back nine

    Tiger Woods starts strong in return before shooting 40 on back nine

    Not only did Tiger Woods return to golf Thursday, he returned to being Tiger. Just not for long.  Hardly looking like a player who had not competed in 466 days, Woods ran off three straight birdies with a variety of shots and was tied for the lead in the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas,...

  • Tiger Woods plummets from first to almost-worst during his return to competitive golf

    Tiger Woods plummets from first to almost-worst during his return to competitive golf

    Tiger Woods’ return to competitive golf got off to a great start Thursday at the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. Can’t say the same for how he finished though. Playing in a tournament for the first time since August 2015, Woods had four birdies in his first eight holes, including three straight...

  • Rookie wins first PGA Tour title

    Rookie wins first PGA Tour title

    Mackenzie Hughes figured he was down to his last chance to stay alive in a four-man playoff Monday morning in the RSM Classic.  The Canadian rookie with pluck and a pure putting stroke poured in an 18-foot par putt from off the 17th green at Sea Island, and that last chance turned into his first...

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  • Argentina wins first Davis Cup title with comeback victory over Croatia

    Argentina wins first Davis Cup title with comeback victory over Croatia

    Argentina won its first Davis Cup title on Sunday when Federico Delbonis swept past Ivo Karlovic in straight sets to complete a stunning 3-2 comeback win over Croatia.  Delbonis dropped to the ground after his 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 victory. His teammates fell into each other's arms and celebrated in front...

  • Croatia takes 2-1 lead over Argentina in Davis Cup final

    Croatia takes 2-1 lead over Argentina in Davis Cup final

    Argentina's longtime hopes of clinching its first Davis Cup title took a blow after a doubles loss against Croatia on Saturday.  Marin Cilic and Ivan Dodig swept past Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo Mayer, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), 6-3, to give Croatia a 2-1 lead over Argentina in the Davis Cup final. ...

  • Andy Murray secures No. 1 ranking by beating Novak Djokovic in ATP Finals

    Andy Murray secures No. 1 ranking by beating Novak Djokovic in ATP Finals

    Without a doubt, Andy Murray will be the No. 1 player in the world for the rest of the year.  The Wimbledon champion needed to win the final match of the season to ensure his place at the top. And he did it, rather easily.  Murray beat Novak Djokovic, 6-3, 6-4, on Sunday to earn his first title...

  • Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic to play for No. 1 ranking in ATP Finals

    Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic to play for No. 1 ranking in ATP Finals

    Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic set up a Sunday shootout for both the ATP finals title and the year-end No. 1 ranking.  The world's top two players had contrasting wins in the semifinals at O2 Arena on Saturday, with Murray surviving a match point to beat Milos Raonic, 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (9) in 3...

  • Andy Murray joins Novak Djokovic in semifinals of ATP Finals

    Andy Murray joins Novak Djokovic in semifinals of ATP Finals

    Andy Murray kept hold of the No. 1 ranking for at least another day.  The Wimbledon champion qualified for the semifinals of the ATP World Tour Finals on Friday by beating Stan Wawrinka, 6-4, 6-2.  Murray, who needs to do better than Novak Djokovic this weekend to finish the season as the top-ranked...

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