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YEAR AHEAD: 2014 already shaping up as year to remember

YEAR AHEAD: 2014 already shaping up as year to remember

Cold and snow for the Super Bowl, balmy temperatures and palm trees for the Winter Olympics. A college football champion that nobody can question and a golf major guaranteed to go two weeks. There's also the never-ending mess with Alex Rodriguez, and a World Cup that may — or may not — come …

December 29, 2013 9:00 pm Photos

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With Rodgers sidelined, Bears beat Packers

With Rodgers sidelined, Bears beat Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. | The Bears have a better insurance policy than Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.

November 04, 2013 11:30 pm Photos

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Shea's early goal gives US 1-0 victory over Panama

Shea's early goal gives US 1-0 victory over Panama

CHICAGO | It took Brek Shea less than a minute to give the United States a goal. And the Gold Cup title.

July 28, 2013 9:00 pm
Fire's Mike Magee finally feels at home

Fire's Mike Magee finally feels at home

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. | When Mike Magee left Chicago at 15 to train at U.S. Soccer's academy in Florida, he figured he'd only be away from home for a few years.

July 17, 2013 6:30 pm
Bettman says NHL still hoping to stay in Phoenix

Bettman says NHL still hoping to stay in Phoenix

CHICAGO | The Phoenix Coyotes are about to be in limbo no more.

June 12, 2013 8:17 pm
Masters over, it's back to the books for Guan

Masters over, it's back to the books for Guan

AUGUSTA, Ga. | No matter what the leaderboard says, Guan Tianlang leaves the Masters a winner.

April 14, 2013 9:00 pm
Looking like old pro, 14-year-old opens with 73

Looking like old pro, 14-year-old opens with 73

AUGUSTA, Ga. | Fourteen-year-old Guan Tianlang is the youngest golfer ever to compete at the Masters.

April 11, 2013 11:45 pm Photos

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Louisville survives a jolt from Wichita State to advance

Louisville survives a jolt from Wichita State to advance

ATLANTA | Louisville's ugliest win was its biggest one yet.

April 06, 2013 8:21 pm
Ware makes big, bad Louisville the people's choice

Ware makes big, bad Louisville the people's choice

ATLANTA | Louisville already had the bigger names, the better team and some unfinished business after coming up short in last year's Final Four.

April 05, 2013 11:30 pm Photos

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Ware's injury causes 'problems' for Louisville

Ware's injury causes 'problems' for Louisville

ATLANTA | His full-leg cast and crutches aside, Kevin Ware is no different than the rest of his Louisville teammates this week. He's at team meetings. He's going to practice. He's riding the bus. He even put on his jersey to pose for the stock images that will be used during the Final Four t…

April 04, 2013 5:58 pm
Louisville's Kevin Ware resting after surgery

Louisville's Kevin Ware resting after surgery

Kevin Ware is already up and walking, and he's got a nice souvenir to keep him company until he's cleared to return to Louisville.

April 01, 2013 9:30 pm
Smith's double-double leads Butler to win

Smith's double-double leads Butler to win

LEXINGTON, Ky. | The cast of characters has changed.

March 21, 2013 5:25 pm
Just being at worlds is a victory for Weaver-Poje

Just being at worlds is a victory for Weaver-Poje

LONDON, Ontario | Kaitlyn Weaver hopped up and down, pumped her fist and let out a roar when she and Andrew Poje finished their free dance.

March 16, 2013 8:12 pm
Douglas wins AP female athlete of the year honors

Douglas wins AP female athlete of the year honors

When Gabby Douglas allowed herself to dream of being the Olympic champion, she imagined having a nice little dinner with family and friends to celebrate. Maybe she'd make an appearance here and there.

December 21, 2012 8:00 pm
Raisman finishes Olympics in style with floor gold

Raisman finishes Olympics in style with floor gold

LONDON | Two Olympic gold medals are just fine with Gabby Douglas. Same for Aly Raisman, though that bronze was pretty sweet, too.

August 07, 2012 4:44 pm
Mustafina wins bars gold, Tweddle gets 1st medal

Mustafina wins bars gold, Tweddle gets 1st medal

LONDON | Aliya Mustafina couldn't take her eyes off the scoreboard, staring it with pride and delight.

August 06, 2012 10:00 pm Photos

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Gymnastics gold slips away from Maroney, Smith

Gymnastics gold slips away from Maroney, Smith

LONDON | McKayla Maroney didn't need to look at the scoreboard. Neither did Louis Smith.

August 05, 2012 2:24 pm Photos

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Douglas wins all-around title, giving her 2nd gold

Douglas wins all-around title, giving her 2nd gold

LONDON | Just 14, Gabby Douglas pleaded with her mother to let her move cross country, certain a new coach could help her get to the Olympics.

August 02, 2012 6:11 pm Photos

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China wins 2nd straight Olympic gold in men's gymnastics

China wins 2nd straight Olympic gold in men's gymnastics

LONDON | Their closest rivals were still on the floor competing when the Chinese whipped out five big gold stars and held them up in the shape of their flag.

July 30, 2012 5:30 pm
U.S. tops Russia, China in women's gym qualifying

U.S. tops Russia, China in women's gym qualifying

LONDON | The U.S. women are atop the Olympic gymnastics standings, as expected, with little standing in their way — except themselves.

July 29, 2012 4:57 pm
Leyva beats Orozco, both gymnasts going to London

Leyva beats Orozco, both gymnasts going to London

SAN JOSE, Calif. | Danell Leyva and his family had little besides hope and determination when they arrived from Cuba almost 20 years ago.

June 30, 2012 10:00 pm
Wieber halfway to London after 1st day of trials

Wieber halfway to London after 1st day of trials

SAN JOSE, Calif. | Jordyn Wieber looks ready for London. As for the rest of the U.S. women, they still have some work to do.

June 29, 2012 10:29 pm

As Title IX turns 40, women -- and men -- tell of opportunity, acceptance, intangible benefits

Title IX was initially intended to give women more opportunities in higher education, with access to athletics a mere side effect. By opening the gates to gyms, stadiums and playing fields, however, Title IX changed the way women in America see themselves. Here, in their own words, are what …

June 22, 2012 8:15 pm Photos

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No more retro look for Couples at Augusta National

No more retro look for Couples at Augusta National

AUGUSTA, Ga. | Well, that was fun while it lasted.

April 07, 2012 8:55 pm
Masters fans not thrilled by Woods' latest tantrum

Masters fans not thrilled by Woods' latest tantrum

AUGUSTA, Ga. | Tiger Woods' latest temper tantrum did not go over well with some fans at the Masters.

April 07, 2012 6:05 pm
Mickelson up early to see Big 3 off at Masters

Mickelson up early to see Big 3 off at Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. | Phil Mickelson did something he'd always wanted to do in 20 years of playing the Masters.

April 05, 2012 8:20 pm
Mid-Amateur champ savoring 1st trip to Masters

Mid-Amateur champ savoring 1st trip to Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. | Two double bogeys, five bogeys, never even sniffed a birdie. It was the best 81 of Randal Lewis' life.

April 05, 2012 4:25 pm
Kentucky off to NCAA title game, beats Louisville

Kentucky off to NCAA title game, beats Louisville

NEW ORLEANS | Bragging rights in the Bluegrass State are mighty nice.

March 31, 2012 8:30 pm Photos

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9 years later, Kansas still special to Williams

9 years later, Kansas still special to Williams

ST. LOUIS | It's been nine years since Roy Williams left Kansas, and he knows the Jayhawks and their fans have gotten over him.

March 24, 2012 6:30 pm
Barnes scores 5 in OT as UNC beats Ohio 73-65

Barnes scores 5 in OT as UNC beats Ohio 73-65

 ST. LOUIS | The last of the little guys gave North Carolina a massive scare.

March 23, 2012 10:00 pm Photos

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Rugby about to be full-time job for some Americans

Playing rugby is about to become a full-time job.

December 24, 2011 2:00 am
Gray rushes for TD as No. 24 Irish hold off B.C.

Gray rushes for TD as No. 24 Irish hold off B.C.

SOUTH BEND | Ugly, grind-'em-out victories count just the same as a rout.

November 19, 2011 8:30 pm
Floyd's season ending much better than it began

Floyd's season ending much better than it began

SOUTH BEND, Ind. | Ask the Notre Dame coaches what they'll miss most about Michael Floyd, and his stats are the last thing they mention.

November 18, 2011 9:55 pm
Surprise! Notre Dame not passing up chance to run

Surprise! Notre Dame not passing up chance to run

SOUTH BEND | Turns out, Notre Dame offensive coordinator Charley Molnar was a little off on his preseason prediction that the Irish would have a 1,000-yard rusher.

November 16, 2011 10:00 pm
Numbers show November is Kelly's favorite month

Numbers show November is Kelly's favorite month

SOUTH BEND, Ind. | This is Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's favorite time of the year.

November 01, 2011 10:00 pm
Irish run over Navy

Irish run over Navy

SOUTH BEND | Notre Dame needed less than two minutes to make a week's worth of problems — heck, maybe a season's worth — disappear.

October 29, 2011 7:30 pm
Fighting Irish aim to torpedo Navy's historical streak

Fighting Irish aim to torpedo Navy's historical streak

SOUTH BEND, Ind. | Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is not so different than all those zealous Irish fans.

October 28, 2011 8:30 pm
Son of Raiders great off and running at Notre Dame

Son of Raiders great off and running at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND | Hard to believe, but there was a time George Atkinson III was the one being left in the dust.

October 26, 2011 4:40 pm
USC trash talk doesn't concern Notre Dame's Kelly

USC trash talk doesn't concern Notre Dame's Kelly

SOUTH BEND, Ind. | Name-calling is the least of Notre Dame's worries these days.

October 25, 2011 10:00 pm
Japan leads early qualifying at worlds, US 2nd

Japan leads early qualifying at worlds, US 2nd

TOKYO | Japan has the advantage — for now.

October 09, 2011 7:00 pm
Love and Olazabal like what they see at Medinah

Love and Olazabal like what they see at Medinah

MEDINAH, Ill. | Ryder Cup captains Davis Love III and Jose Maria Olazabal liked what they saw at Medinah Country Club, including the shortened No. 15.

September 26, 2011 10:00 pm
Gymnast Johnson eager to compete for 1st time since 2008

Gymnast Johnson eager to compete for 1st time since 2008

CHICAGO | Shawn Johnson was standing in the hotel lobby, waiting for a ride to training, when she felt a familiar rush of excitement and adrenaline.

July 23, 2011 5:28 pm
Bumpy road looking pretty good now for Americans

Bumpy road looking pretty good now for Americans

FRANKFURT, Germany | The bumpy, windy road got the Americans right where they wanted to go all along.

July 16, 2011 5:15 pm
'99 team watching Americans with pride, nostalgia

'99 team watching Americans with pride, nostalgia

FRANKFURT, Germany | Lauren Cheney was just 11 years old during the 1999 World Cup, watching from the stands and imagining what it would be like to be on that field with Mia Hamm and Michelle Akers and Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain.

July 14, 2011 6:00 pm Photos

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Wambach lifts United States to Women's World Cup finals

Wambach lifts United States to Women's World Cup finals

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany | Abby Wambach sure knows how to deliver.

July 13, 2011 7:00 pm
Team USA ready for Women's World Cup semifinal vs. France

Team USA ready for Women's World Cup semifinal vs. France

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany | The Americans feel just fine, thank you, not tired a bit. The high they were on after that epic Brazil game? That's so yesterday.

July 12, 2011 12:45 pm
U.S. trying to stave off early elimination

U.S. trying to stave off early elimination

DRESDEN, Germany | The U.S. is the No. 1 team in the world, a two-time World Cup champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist.

July 09, 2011 10:00 pm Photos

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World's best player hasn't found a way to beat U.S. keeper

World's best player hasn't found a way to beat U.S. keeper

DRESDEN, Germany | Bent at the waist, her back to the goal, Marta buried her face in her hands.

July 08, 2011 4:15 pm
Missed chances send U.S. to matchup with Brazil

Missed chances send U.S. to matchup with Brazil

WOLFSBURG, Germany | The Americans can't do things the easy way.

July 06, 2011 10:00 pm Photos

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Team USA makes quarterfinals after routing Colombia

Team USA makes quarterfinals after routing Colombia

SINSHEIM, Germany | Anyone can sign autographs or pose for photos. The U.S. women found a better way to say "thank you" to the American military members who turned their World Cup match into a home game.

July 02, 2011 3:15 pm
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