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Missy Franklin is starting to feel like a grown-up.
In so many ways, sports can bring out the worst in us.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Jason Day is out front midway through the Masters.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Lee Westwood's mum walked away from the ninth hole, waving her hand in front of her face on a balmy spring day.
ATLANTA | Rick Pitino capped the greatest week of his life with the prize he wanted most of all.
ATLANTA | The hoops teams at Louisville and Michigan are used to being overlooked.
ATLANTA | Michigan is more than just five fabulous players.
ATLANTA | Syracuse is brimming with confidence, largely because of its suffocating style when the other team has the ball.
ATLANTA | NCAA President Mark Emmert spent 15 minutes documenting the progress that the organization has made under his leadership, from making sure students go to class to fighting corruption.
Louisville is the top seed in the NCAA tournament after a topsy-turvy season in college basketball, capped by another round of upsets over the weekend.
Up to seven teams could be in the running for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA men's tournament, the chairman of the selection committee said Wednesday, providing a lot more uncertainty than a year ago.
NEW ORLEANS | The Super Bowl was halted for 34 minutes because of a power outage Sunday, plunging parts of the Superdome into darkness in the biggest game of the year.
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. | Ara Parseghian still remembers every little detail of that dreary night in New Orleans nearly four decades ago, when two titans of college football met for the first time.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. | The BCS championship is going old school.
LONDON | Michael Phelps is turning his final Olympics into quite a victory lap, and don't fret about American swimming after he's gone.
LONDON | Michael Phelps spent the day thinking about all the things he's doing for the final time at the pool. It turns out that included one last win over Ryan Lochte.
LONDON | Nathan Adrian took out the Missile by a fingertip. Then Allison Schmitt dealt more heartache to the team from Down Under.
LONDON | Michael Phelps lingered on the blocks, not wanting to make another shocking blunder. The 19th medal was his. All he had to do was avoid a DQ, then set off on what amounted to four victory laps.
LONDON | Missy Franklin stared out on the horde of reporters, suddenly sounding very much like a high school senior-to-be. "I don't like being up here alone," she said nervously.
LONDON | Ryan Lochte grabbed at the edge of the pool, head down, staring at the water. Michael Phelps glared at the scoreboard, trying to digest the first silver medal of his Olympic career.
LONDON | The retiring star with more gold medals than anyone. The friendly rival who intends to be the biggest star in London.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England | Adam Scott, meet Jean Van de Velde.
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England | Lee Westwood looked glumly at his ball lodged up against the side of a pot bunker and considered his options. Unfortunately, none of them involved a normal swing in the direction of the hole.
OMAHA, Neb. | Michael Phelps' Olympic program is set. He'll be going for another eight gold medals in London.
OMAHA, Neb. | Brendan Hansen and Eric Shanteau were the favorites.
OMAHA, Neb. | Brendan Hansen was done with swimming after two doses of Olympic heartache.
OMAHA, Neb. | Ryan Lochte still has Michael Phelps' number.
OMAHA, Neb. | The first Nebraska showdown between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte came at the edge of a curtained-off interview room, not far from the temporary pool where the U.S. Olympic swimming team will be decided.
INDIANAPOLIS | Miami's Big Two was more than enough to finish off the Pacers.
Dave Duerson made it easy to understand why he was ending his tortured life.
NEW ORLEANS | As required, Alabama's players whooped it up amid the confetti and fireworks, yet there was something muted about this championship celebration.
NEW ORLEANS | Les Miles squeezed out a smile, clenched his left hand nervously and extended his right hand toward Nick Saban. The coaches got in an awkward grasp, forced a bit of small talk, and then posed for the cameras behind the crystal trophy that only one of them can hoist toward the S…
JOHNS CREEK, Ga. | Steve Stricker had a shot at history and Tiger Woods made some of his own.
SANDWICH, England | On a sunny day when the old-timers shined, the kid made sure he was right in the thick of things at the British Open.
SANDWICH, England | His parents named him after Tom Watson, so Tom Lewis was thrilled when the pairings for the British Open came out.
INDIANAPOLIS | When Alex Tagliani leads the 33-car field into the first turn of the Indianapolis 500, he'll be tugging along a century's worth of triumphs, thrills and tragedy.
INDIANAPOLIS | Sam Schmidt's blue eyes never stop moving. They dart from one side to the other: checking out what's going on over in that corner of the garage, keeping a lookout for those who might not see him coming, and always -- always -- searching for the next opportunity.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | On a sweltering day at Augusta National, the kid stayed cool. And now, Rory McIlroy has a comfortable lead heading into the final round of a major.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Phil Mickelson has won his third Masters title, shooting a 5-under 67 to pull away for a three-stroke win over Lee Westwood.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Lee Westwood appeared to be pulling away, the only player on the Masters leaderboard heading in the right direction Saturday.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Tiger Woods plodded along Friday, making one par after another, mixing in the occasional birdie, avoiding any major mistakes.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | Tiger Woods shot a 4-under-par 68 in the opening round of the Masters, his best score ever on the tournament's first day.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | While acknowledging he made some "incredibly poor decisions" in his personal life, Tiger Woods still thinks he can win the Masters -- even coming back from a five-month layoff.
BEIJING | Cheering from the pool deck, Michael Phelps won his record eighth gold medal of the Beijing Games on Sunday to become the grandest of Olympic champions.
BEIJING | With history hanging in the balance, Michael Phelps decided to take one more stroke. His long arms soared above the water, windmilled past his ears and slammed into the wall.
BEIJING | In some ways, Michael Phelps is just your typical 23-year-old.
SOUTHPORT, England | This sounds familiar: Greg Norman goes to the final round of a major with the lead.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Scott Dixon stayed ahead of the trouble, got a boost from his crew and drove to his first Indianapolis 500 victory Sunday.
AUGUSTA, Ga. | There was a three-way tie atop the Masters leaderboard, but all eyes were on Tiger Woods.
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