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AP Top 25 Heat Check: Wrapping up 2018 with eye toward 2019

Clemson beat Alabama for the national championship, but can the Tigers keep the Crimson Tide from reaching another less significant milestone? Alabama has been preseason No. 1 in the AP poll the last three seasons, matching a record held by Oklahoma, which started No. 1 each season from 1985-87. Another preseason No. 1 in 2019 … Continue reading AP Top 25 Heat Check: Wrapping up 2018 with eye toward 2019

AP Coach of the Year: Notre Dame’s Kelly wins for 2nd time

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly is The Associated Press college football Coach of the Year and the third coach to win the award twice since it was established in 1998. Kelly received 16 of 58 first-place votes from AP college football poll voters and 81 total points. Alabama‘s Nick Saban was second with 16 first-place votes and … Continue reading AP Coach of the Year: Notre Dame’s Kelly wins for 2nd time

AP Top 25: Oklahoma No. 4 behind Alabama, Clemson, Irish

The Associated Press poll voters have put Oklahoma at No. 4 in the final regular-season Top 25, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame. Georgia dropped from fourth to sixth, behind No. 5 Ohio State, after the Bulldogs lost the Southeastern Conference championship game to the Crimson Tide. The Sooners … Continue reading AP Top 25: Oklahoma No. 4 behind Alabama, Clemson, Irish

NEW YORK | Notre Dame’s McGraw: Irish want ‘to prove something again’

NEW YORK — It’s been a busy few months for Muffet McGraw and her Notre Dame Fighting Irish after they won the national championship in April on a last-second shot by Arike Ogunbowale. There were award ceremonies, a trip to the ESPYs and Ogunbowale’s appearance on “Dancing with the Stars.” Now with the season beginning … Continue reading NEW YORK | Notre Dame’s McGraw: Irish want ‘to prove something again’

REGINA, Saskatchewan | Canadian star Brooke Henderson wins CP Women’s Open

REGINA, Saskatchewan— Brooke Henderson became the first Canadian to win the country’s national championship in 45 years, closing with a 7-under 65 for a four-stroke victory Sunday in the CP Women’s Open at chilly Wascana Country Club. The 20-year-old Henderson, from Smiths Falls, Ontario, finished at 21-under 267, capping the emotional victory with a short … Continue reading REGINA, Saskatchewan | Canadian star Brooke Henderson wins CP Women’s Open

BOSTON | Biles dresses “for the survivors” while winning 5th US title

BOSTON — The color choice wasn’t a coincidence. It was a statement. One Simone Biles felt compelled to make even as the organization she competes for struggles to find a compassionate and compelling message to sexual abuse survivors. The Olympic champion designed the leotard she wore while winning her fifth US women’s gymnastics title Sunday, … Continue reading BOSTON | Biles dresses “for the survivors” while winning 5th US title

OMAHA, Neb. | Oregon State beats Razorbacks 5-0 for national championship

OMAHA, Neb. — Freshman Kevin Abel threw a two-hitter for his record fourth win in the College World Series, and Oregon State beat Arkansas 5-0 on Thursday night for the national championship. Abel was nothing short of spectacular against an Arkansas team still reeling from the foul ball fiasco in the ninth inning Wednesday night … Continue reading OMAHA, Neb. | Oregon State beats Razorbacks 5-0 for national championship

OMAHA, Neb | Oregon State out to finish redemption tour against Arkansas

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Oregon State has won 109 of 127 baseball games over two seasons with mostly the same cast of players. They see winning a national championship as the only way to validate their body of work. “Ultimately,” Beavers coach Pat Casey said Sunday, “nobody cares how many games you win unless you … Continue reading OMAHA, Neb | Oregon State out to finish redemption tour against Arkansas

DiVincenzo’s path: NCAA title-game star to NBA draft hopeful

Donte DiVincenzo’s plan was to come out and test the NBA draft waters this spring, with the expectation that he would be returning to Villanova for another season. And then the national championship game happened. The hero of Villanova’s win over Michigan picked the perfect moment to play the game of his life — 31 … Continue reading DiVincenzo’s path: NCAA title-game star to NBA draft hopeful

LSU Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon dies at age 80

LSU said Cannon, the school’s only Heisman winner, died at his home in St. Francisville. The cause of death was not immediately known. Cannon led the Tigers to a national championship in 1958 and won the Heisman following year, highlighted by his tackle-breaking 89-yard punt return that beat Ole Miss 7-3. “Nearly 60 years later, … Continue reading LSU Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon dies at age 80

Irish eyes are rocking: Notre Dame lifted by wild title win

COLUMBUS, Ohio /April 2, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — It took a historic comeback and an epic shot to give Notre Dame its second national championship. The last-second 3-pointer by Arike Ogunbowale that lifted the Irish over Mississippi State 61-58 Sunday night was a riveting — and fitting — conclusion to the greatest women’s Final Four, and … Continue reading Irish eyes are rocking: Notre Dame lifted by wild title win

Bulldogs, Cards eager to make their own mark on Final Four

COLUMBUS, Ohio /March 29, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Mississippi State wants to write some more history in the women’s college basketball world. For now at least, the Bulldogs are best remembered as the team that ended UConn‘s 111-game winning streak in last year’s national semifinal, knocking off the mighty Huskies in overtime on a buzzer-beater by guard … Continue reading Bulldogs, Cards eager to make their own mark on Final Four

Most black coaches in women’s hoops don’t get second chance

COLUMBUS, Ohio /March 28, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — Buffalo coach Felisha Legette-Jack was thankful for the second chance. Most black women’s basketball coaches don’t get that opportunity. “I have some really amazing colleagues that look like me,” she said after her team lost to South Carolina in the Albany Region semifinals . “I have so many … Continue reading Most black coaches in women’s hoops don’t get second chance

Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley to coach UConn team under inquiry

STORRS, Conn. /March 22, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)  Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley agreed to become UConn’s coach, joining a team that is under NCAA investigation and fired Kevin Ollie this month after another losing season. The school announced the agreement on Twitter on Thursday. A spokesman said details would be released later. A news conference is expected … Continue reading Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley to coach UConn team under inquiry

Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title

ATLANTA/January 08, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— Tua Tagovailoa threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith to give No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia to win the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night. Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes, including the game-ender to … Continue reading Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title

The Latest: Georgia leads Tide 13-0 at half of title game

ATLANTA/January 08, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on the College Football Playoff national football championship game on Monday night (all times local): 10 p.m. Alabama trails Georgia 13-0 at halftime of the national title game. The Crimson Tide had not been held scoreless in the first half since a 10-0 victory over LSU last season. All 10 … Continue reading The Latest: Georgia leads Tide 13-0 at half of title game

Husband-wife pair Chris, Alex Knierim take national title

SAN JOSE, Calif/January 05, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—Alexa Scimeca-Knierim leaned forward nervously awaiting the score, hands clasped. She knew full well the previous pair had performed beautifully. Her own program with husband Chris featured a few minor mistakes. It also had a beautiful quadruple twist high above the ice with a slight flaw, yet they also were the … Continue reading Husband-wife pair Chris, Alex Knierim take national title

Jimbo Fisher resigns at Florida State to take Texas A&M job

TALLAHASSEE, Fla./December 1, 2017 (AP)(STL.NEWS) — Jimbo Fisher, who coached Florida State to its third national title in 2013 and opened this season with his team ranked in the top five, is leaving to take the same job at Texas A&M. Fisher told university President John Thrasher on Friday that he was resigning to accept … Continue reading Jimbo Fisher resigns at Florida State to take Texas A&M job