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Danica Patrick will be first woman to host ESPYS

Wed, 23 May 2018 03:29:48 -0400

Danica Patrick will serve as the host for the 2018 ESPYS, the first woman to host the show, it was revealed Tuesday night during her appearance on "The Tonight Show."


2018 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs: Schedule and results

Mon, 21 May 2018 23:14:14 -0400

The march to the Stanley Cup continues and the Eastern and Western Conference final schedules have been released.


Seven questions for USA Gymnastics as CEO Kerry Perry faces Congressional subcommittee

Wed, 23 May 2018 09:51:19 -0400

During its two-year sexual abuse scandal, USA Gymnastics has declined interviews. These are the questions that CEO Kerry Perry need to answer.


NBA playoffs: Best of the conference finals

Wed, 23 May 2018 00:44:26 -0400


CEO admits USOC didn’t wield its authority enough to prevent sexual abuse

Wed, 23 May 2018 17:49:02 -0400

Under pointed questioning before a House subcommittee, the U.S. Olympic Committee’s acting CEO acknowledged the organization had not exercised its authority enough to enforce policies and procedures to prevent sexual abuse.


Brandi Chastain Hall of Fame plaque will be redone after controversy, criticism

Tue, 22 May 2018 18:03:33 -0400

Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame will redo unflattering image of soccer star after original draws comparisons to Rex Ryan, Gary Busey and others.


Global Poker Index: Ranking the top 300 players

Wed, 16 May 2018 14:04:18 -0400

Who are the best poker players in the world? Find out here ...


Alex Ovechkin finally has the right mix that could take Capitals to Stanley Cup Final

Wed, 23 May 2018 13:06:31 -0400

While Alex Ovechkin is still Washington's face and most important player, the Capitals’ identity has been broadened beyond his ability.


NFL national anthem policy's gray area will leave league with plenty of headaches

Wed, 23 May 2018 19:17:43 -0400

The NFL sought to squash any controversy on protests during the national anthem, but a lack of clarity in the new policy suggests there are several issues that remain.


NFL draft grades 2018: Which teams had best, worst classes?

Sun, 29 Apr 2018 14:51:49 -0400

One team stood above the rest with an A+, while two NFC squads made some seriously questionable choices in the 2018 NFL draft.


Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters

Wed, 23 May 2018 19:28:45 -0400

Stand or stay out of sight: NFL owners approve new policy aimed at quelling the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come onto...


Former New York Mets player Lenny Dykstra arrested for threatening Uber driver

Wed, 23 May 2018 18:45:18 -0400

Dykstra was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge for threatening an Uber driver — a terroristic threat — and several additional drug charges.


Should Oregon State pitcher who molested niece play? Not if he continues to deny crime

Wed, 23 May 2018 15:14:01 -0400

Oregon State's Luke Hemlich, one of the nation's top pitchers, pleaded guilty to molesting his then-6-year-old niece as a teenager but now denies any crime.


Danica Patrick on meeting Aaron Rodgers in 2012: 'I got his email'

Wed, 23 May 2018 13:17:26 -0400

Racing star and Green Bay Packers quarterback first met at the ESPYs in 2012, but didn't exchange digits until much later.


Five sensible proposals for a Manny Machado trade

Wed, 23 May 2018 14:18:11 -0400

Manny Machado's days in Baltimore may be numbered. With the trade deadline two months away, he has drawn interest from several teams.


Reuben Foster wasn't only one wronged by ex-girlfriend's lies about domestic violence

Wed, 23 May 2018 18:57:14 -0400

Domestic violence charges against San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster dropped after ex-girlfriend said she made it all up.


Indians place OF Guyer on DL with neck strain

Wed, 23 May 2018 19:26:55 -0400

Cleveland Indians place OF Brandon Guyer on 10-day disabled list with neck strain after collision with fan


NBA Draft 2018: Players leaving college early

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:20:02 -0400


NFL players, teams offer varying reactions to new national anthem policy

Wed, 23 May 2018 18:11:24 -0400

Team officials look to keep protests from being a distraction, while players say they didn't have a voice in the issue.


Jets' Teddy Bridgewater looks spry, outplays Sam Darnold in practice

Wed, 23 May 2018 09:47:40 -0400

Jets QB Teddy Bridgewater, whose major knee injury has prevented him from playing much football since 2016, looked spry Tuesday and outclassed rookie Sam Darnold in practice.


World Cup: Ranking all 32 teams, from hopeless to hopefuls

Tue, 22 May 2018 17:48:38 -0400

The World Cup starts June 14 in Russia. Will an underdog be able to overcome favorites such as Spain, Brazil, Germany and France?


NFL draft officially headed to Nashville in 2019: Why Music City got the event

Wed, 23 May 2018 10:24:18 -0400

The NFL draft is officially coming to Nashville in April 2019.


'Future is now' for Braves thanks to historic young duo of Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuña Jr.

Wed, 23 May 2018 11:26:07 -0400

Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuña Jr. represent the Braves' best hope of repeating the glory days when the club was winning 14 division crowns in a row.


NASCAR drivers visit military bases

Tue, 22 May 2018 21:25:49 -0400


Broncos GM John Elway has a shot at golfing in the U.S. Senior Open

Wed, 23 May 2018 11:12:23 -0400

Denver Broncos general manager John Elway will compete in a qualifying golf tournament on May 28 with a shot at playing in the U.S. Senior Open. The former Super Bowl-winning quarterback will aim to finish as one of the top two competitors at The Broadmoor East Course in Colorado Springs.


Rockets even series with Warriors: Must-see moments from insane Game 4

Wed, 23 May 2018 01:26:06 -0400

Led by James Harden and Chris Paul, the Rockets downed the Warriors on Tuesday night to even up the Western Conference finals at two games apiece.


Indians' Trevor Bauer angered by 'BD 911' mound-inscription assumptions

Wed, 23 May 2018 00:29:20 -0400

Right-hander vehemently denied accusations his message meant 'Bush Did 9/11' conspiracy theory.


NFL offseason workouts

Wed, 23 May 2018 13:54:15 -0400


Congressman berates USA Gymnastics CEO Kerry Perry at hearing

Wed, 23 May 2018 17:50:32 -0400

Buddy Carter, a congressman from Georgia, was enraged by the testimony he heard from USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry at a congressional subcommittee Wednesday.


Patriots' Robert Kraft not worried about Tom Brady's OTA absence, says he'll be at minicamp

Wed, 23 May 2018 08:40:58 -0400

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not worried about QB Tom Brady's absence at OTAs this week. "These are voluntary workouts... I think he’s in great shape," Kraft said Wednesday.


NY Rangers name David Quinn as their new head coach

Wed, 23 May 2018 17:23:50 -0400

Former Boston University coach David Quinn is taking over behind the Rangers' bench.


Rockets plan to honor Santa Fe High School students with video tribute, Game 5 tickets

Wed, 23 May 2018 14:29:50 -0400

The Rockets are planning a pregame tribute ahead of Game 5 against the Warriors to honor the victims of last week’s Santa Fe High School shooting.


Kobe Bryant on Kanye West's slavery comments: 'What the hell are you talking about?'

Wed, 23 May 2018 15:32:58 -0400

Add Kobe Bryant to the lengthy list of people who have publicly criticized Kanye West for his recent comments that slavery was a choice.


One great shot from every game in NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs

Tue, 22 May 2018 15:33:30 -0400


Yankees slugger Aaron Judge: 'No need' to defend Home Run Derby title

Wed, 23 May 2018 10:47:33 -0400

It's only May and Aaron Judge has already removed himself from the 2018 Home Run Derby.


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NFL's national anthem policy: Players on field must stand, show 'respect'

Wed, 23 May 2018 14:54:27 -0400

NFL players will be allowed to remain in the locker room for the national anthem, but those who choose to be on the field must show "respect," according to the new policy.


As Rockets even series, Warriors in real trouble for first time since getting Kevin Durant

Wed, 23 May 2018 17:44:44 -0400

A Warriors playoff series will go at least six games for the first time since they acquired Kevin Durant after the Rockets' gritty Game 4 road victory.


Jeff Gordon heads NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Wed, 23 May 2018 19:35:42 -0400

Jeff Gordon, in his first year of eligibility, was voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame Wednesday along with four others.


World Cup: Cristiano Ronaldo tops list of top 50 players to look out for in Russia

Wed, 16 May 2018 07:22:42 -0400

With the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia quickly approaching, USA TODAY Sports has assembled a list of the 50 best players who will be participating in this summer's tournament.


Milwaukee police: 'Members acted inappropriately' in tasing incident with Bucks rookie Sterling Brown

Wed, 23 May 2018 19:35:26 -0400

The Milwaukee police chief has been preparing the community for the release of a video showing Bucks rookie Sterling Brown being arrested and tased.


ESPN wrestles UFC television-rights deal from Fox Sports

Wed, 23 May 2018 17:54:09 -0400

ESPN wrested control of UFC’s television rights from Fox Sports and has agreed to commit $1.5 billion total over the next five years to broadcast and stream the sport.


Oregon State, Stanford tied at No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports baseball poll

Mon, 21 May 2018 12:45:37 -0400

Florida drops from No. 1 to third by two points. Mississippi and Clemson complete top five.


Chargers lose tight end Hunter Henry for 2018 season to torn ACL

Tue, 22 May 2018 22:25:04 -0400

Hunter Henry was poised to take over from Antonio Gates as the starter until tearing his ACL in non-contact drill at practice.


NFL's new national anthem policy will hardly silence players protesting social injustice

Wed, 23 May 2018 14:55:26 -0400

The NFL has adopted a new policy designed to keep protesting players off the field. That may satisfy some, but it's not going to silence players seeking social justice.


5 reasons to be excited about Danica hosting ESPYS

Wed, 23 May 2018 10:15:43 -0400

Danica will be the awards show's first female host.


Groin pains: Yadier Molina and others spur evolution of athletic cups

Wed, 23 May 2018 15:23:37 -0400

When Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was hit in the crotch by a foul tip, athletic cup companies saw an opportunity to market their product and stand out in what has become a crowded field.


New Cardinals cornerback Taylor looks to earn starting job

Wed, 23 May 2018 19:26:45 -0400

For now anyway, Jamar Taylor seems the odds-on favorite to win the cornerback job opposite Patrick Peterson


USA Gymnastics CEO provides no answers in congressional hearing to discuss sexual abuse

Wed, 23 May 2018 18:43:25 -0400

When questioned about how sexual abuse by Larry Nassar occurred, USA Gymnastics CEO and president Kerry Perry did not provide answers.


2018 NFL schedules for all 32 teams

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:53:56 -0400

Take a look at every NFL team's schedule for the 2018 season, which kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 6 when the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles host the Atlanta Falcons at Lincoln Financial Field.


Eagles' Nick Foles rejected trade to become Browns' starter, according to report

Tue, 22 May 2018 21:45:39 -0400

With an offer on the table, the Super Bowl winning quarterback told the Eagles he'd rather remain a backup to Carson Wentz than start in Cleveland.


Team Trump wins in anthem dispute, prods NFL owners to do right thing

Wed, 23 May 2018 17:56:44 -0400

Team owners protect their brand, which was under attack from critics incited by President Trump. Angry fans who objected to protests should be silent.


U.S. Olympic leaders need to walk the talk after showing zero sense of urgency

Wed, 23 May 2018 18:55:37 -0400

Leaders of the U.S. Olympic movement were so calm, so measured, so lawyerly, so sorry — and so full of excuses about how they weren’t around when all the bad stuff happened.


Scariest statues of sports figures

Tue, 22 May 2018 16:02:00 -0400