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AP source: NBA approves sale of Phoenix Suns to Mat Ishbia

AP source: NBA approves sale of Phoenix Suns to Mat Ishbia

David Brandt And Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 8:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

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Mortgage executive and former Michigan State guard Mat Ishbia is the new majority owner of the Phoenix Suns and WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, after the NBA's board of governors approved his plan to purchase the controlling stake of those franchises from Robert Sarver, a person with knowledge of the matter said Monday night. The vote was 29-0, with the Cleveland Cavaliers abstaining, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the final decision had not yet been announced publicly. Ishbia agreed on Dec. 20 to the deal, one that put the total value of the Suns and Mercury at $4 billion.
Portland makes its pitch for expansion WNBA franchise

Portland makes its pitch for expansion WNBA franchise

Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 7:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert was the guest of Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon at an event Monday to demonstrate community support for an expansion team in Portland, Oregon. Among those trying to persuade the commissioner that Portland would be a good fit were Oregon women's coach Kelly Graves, Oregon State women's coach Scott Rueck and representatives from the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and the Portland Thorns of the National Women's Soccer League. Portland previously had a WNBA team, the Portland Fire, which played three seasons before folding in 2002.
Palmieri, Barzal score in win for Isles in Horvat's 1st game

Palmieri, Barzal score in win for Isles in Horvat's 1st game

Dan Gelston, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 7:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kyle Palmieri and Mathew Barzal scored for the New York Islanders in their first game since they acquired All-Star center Bo Horvat, leading them to a 2-1 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. Horvat made his debut a day after the Islanders signed him to an eight-year contract worth $68 million. The 27-year-old Horvat was chosen as an All-Star and played for the Pacific Division on Saturday. Horvat had already tied his career high with 31 goals this season in 49 games with Vancouver.  Nicolas Deslauriers scored for the Flyers.
No. 19 Miami rolls past Duke 81-59, moves to 13-0 at home

No. 19 Miami rolls past Duke 81-59, moves to 13-0 at home

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 7:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

Norchad Omier had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Miller added 16 points and No. 19 Miami had little trouble on the way to a 81-59 win over Duke on Monday night. Wooga Poplar scored 14 and Isaiah Wong scored 11 for Miami. The Hurricanes led by as many as 26 and improved to 13-0 at home. Ryan Young and Dereck Lively II each scored 11 points for Duke, which saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Jeremy Roach added 10 points for the Blue Devils, who were outrebounded 38-31 and committed 21 turnovers.
Tkachuk's 5-point night leads Panthers over Lightning 7-1

Tkachuk's 5-point night leads Panthers over Lightning 7-1

George Richards, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 7:57 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two days after being named MVP of the NHL All-Star Game on home ice, Matthew Tkachuk had a five-point night with two goals as the Florida Panthers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-1 on Monday night. Tkachuk had a hand in the first three goals for the Panthers. Both teams were coming off their All-Star break. Florida goalie Sergei Bobrovsky looked sharp with 32 saves after being out since Jan. 19. Aside from Tkachuk, Florida got a pair of goals from Carter Verhaeghe as well as goals from Sam Bennett, Eetu Luostarinen and Eric Staal. All-Star Nikita Kucherov scored for Tampa Bay and Andrei Vasilevskiy had 42 saves.
Berti, Marlins settle as Thompson, Rays go to arbitration

Berti, Marlins settle as Thompson, Rays go to arbitration

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 7:45 p.m.  |  Save Story

Ryan Thompson went to arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays, while Miami's Jon Berti reached a deal with the Marlins for $2,125,000 that avoided a hearing. Berti, an infielder and outfielder, gets a $2.1 million salary this year. The agreement includes a $3.5 million team option for 2024 with a $25,000 buyout, and the option price could escalate by $625,000 based on plate appearances this year. Thompson asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million. Players and teams have split four decisions thus far.
Jayson Tatum scores 34, Celtics cruise past Pistons 111-99

Jayson Tatum scores 34, Celtics cruise past Pistons 111-99

Larry Lage, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 7:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jayson Tatum started slow and finished strong with 34 points, leading the Boston Celtics to a 111-99 win over the Detroit Pistons. The All-Star forward missed his first five shots and had as many fouls as field goals after missing 10 shots in the first half. Tatum made three 3-pointers and an array of driving layups in the third, scoring 18 points in the quarter to turn a seven-point halftime lead into a 18-point cushion. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 21 for the Pistons, who have won just one-fourth of their game
Garland, Allen each score 23, Cavaliers rout Wizards 114-91

Garland, Allen each score 23, Cavaliers rout Wizards 114-91

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 7:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen scored 23 points apiece and Donovan Mitchell added 21 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 114-91 rout of the Washington Wizards. All five Cleveland starters were in double figures by halftime, and the Cavaliers won for the fourth time in five games. Evan Mobley finished with 16 points and Isaac Okoro contributed 12. Kristaps Porzingis scored 18 points for Washington, which has lost three straight following a six-game winning streak. The Wizards were playing without Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma.
Irving trade official as Mavs essentially start season over

Irving trade official as Mavs essentially start season over

Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 6:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kyrie Irving is a member of the Dallas Mavericks with the trade from Brooklyn becoming official. The mercurial guard who now will be paired with fellow All-Star Luka Doncic could make his Dallas debut Wednesday at the Los Angeles Clippers. Doncic could be out against the Clippers with a heel injury. Whenever the All-Stars do get on the court together, Doncic and Irving instantly become one of the NBA's top duos in a tightly packed Western Conference.
No. 11 Virginia Tech women top No. 22 N.C. State in Play4Kay

No. 11 Virginia Tech women top No. 22 N.C. State in Play4Kay

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 6:16 p.m.  |  Save Story

including all 15 in the fourth quarter. Amoore capped an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer to end the third quarter and she added two 3-pointers during a 9-0 run in the fourth. Cayla King made three 3-pointers and scored 10 points for Virginia Tech.
Vikings hire Brian Flores as defensive coordinator

Vikings hire Brian Flores as defensive coordinator

Dave Campbell, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 6:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Minnesota Vikings have hired Brian Flores as their defensive coordinator. The Vikings are trying to revive a once-dominant unit that ranked among the NFL's worst last season. Flores was a senior defensive assistant and linebackers coach this season for Pittsburgh. He spent three years as head coach in Miami prior to that. Flores, who is Black, was fired by the Dolphins. He then filed a class-action lawsuit alleging racial discrimination by the team and the NFL. Flores was an assistant for eight seasons for New England's defense before he went to Miami.
Minnesota-Illinois postponed for COVID-19 in Gophers program

Minnesota-Illinois postponed for COVID-19 in Gophers program

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 5:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Minnesota's game at Illinois has been postponed because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols within the Gophers' program. The teams were scheduled to play Tuesday. They will meet on Feb. 20 instead. Minnesota's announcement did not specify how many players would have been unable to play. The Gophers had only eight available scholarship players for their last game when they lost 81-46 to Maryland. The game will be rescheduled by the Big Ten with input from both schools. Minnesota is next scheduled to host Iowa this Sunday. Illinois will host No. 24 Rutgers this Saturday.
Sean Payton brings old-school style to Denver in his return

Sean Payton brings old-school style to Denver in his return

Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 4:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sean Payton is returning to the sideline after a year in the broadcast studio. The Super Bowl-winning head coach of the New Orleans Saints will work one more week for Fox Sports as an analyst at the Super Bowl before diving into his new job as head coach of the Denver Broncos. Payton said he's picking the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday to beat the Kansas City Chiefs because he doesn't want anyone else in the AFC West winning anything. Payton is bringing an old-school way of running things to Denver and that's going to mean some changes for Russell Wilson.
AP source: Suns president, CEO Jason Rowley leaves team

AP source: Suns president, CEO Jason Rowley leaves team

David Brandt, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 4:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Phoenix Suns president and CEO Jason Rowley has decided to leave the team as the franchise moves forward with ownership changes, according to a person familiar with the move. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Rowley's resignation was not shared outside of the organization. The person said Rowley's departure was "shared internally" within the Suns organization on Monday. Rowley's resignation comes in the midst of big changes in Phoenix. Mortgage executive Mat Ishbia is expected to be the team's new majority owner in the coming weeks if the NBA's board of governors approves his plan to purchase the controlling stake of the Suns and WNBA's Phoenix Mercury from embattled owner Robert Sarver.
Rindahl named permanent head coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater

Rindahl named permanent head coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 4:42 p.m.  |  Save Story

Wisconsin-Whitewater has removed the interim tag from Jace Rindahl's title and made him the permanent replacement for retired coach Kevin Bullis. Rindahl had spent the last eight seasons as an assistant coach at the Division III program. Wisconsin-Whitewater named Rindahl the interim head coach and said it would conduct a national search when Bullis stepped down in November. School officials announced Monday they had decided on Rindahl. Rindahl started as Wisconsin-Whitewater's linebackers coach in 2015 and took over as defensive coordinator in 2020.
Orioles CEO, brother agree to dismiss legal dispute

Orioles CEO, brother agree to dismiss legal dispute

Noah Trister, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 4:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos and his brother Lou have agreed to end their fight over a lawsuit in which Lou accused John of seizing control of the team in defiance of their father Peter's wishes. Lou Angelos sued John last year. He claimed John took control of the Orioles at his expense. Georgia Angelos, their mother, also was named as a defendant. John, Lou, Georgia and Peter Angelos called on "all claims, including all counterclaims and defenses" to be dismissed in a court filing in the case Friday.
If Iowa offense ups its game, OC Brian Ferentz recoups pay

If Iowa offense ups its game, OC Brian Ferentz recoups pay

Eric Olson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 4:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz is taking a pay cut as part of a new contract that will reward him if the Hawkeyes average 25 points and win at least seven games next season. It will be easier for Iowa to fire him if the thresholds aren't met. The athletic department released the amended contract. It calls for the son of head coach Kirk Ferentz to take a $50,000 pay cut and his two-year rolling contract has been put on hold. He gets the money back if the Hawkeyes reach the goals. They averaged just under 18 points and 251 yards per game last season.
NBA reschedules 3 games to make up for 1 postponed by storm

NBA reschedules 3 games to make up for 1 postponed by storm

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 4:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

The NBA has rescheduled three games after one game was postponed last week when the Detroit Pistons were stranded in Dallas due to a winter storm. The Pistons will make up their home game against the Washington Wizards on March 7. The league also rescheduled games for both franchises to avoid either team playing on three straight days. Detroit will host the Portland Trail Blazers on March 6, a day before previously scheduled. The Wizards will face the Milwaukee Bucks at home on March 5, also a day earlier than previously planned.
Stanley Cup champion Avalanche steadily returning to health

Stanley Cup champion Avalanche steadily returning to health

Pat Graham, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 3:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

The reigning Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche are steadily returning to health as they make a playoff push. Defenseman Bowen Byram is back, along with forward Valeri Nichushkin. Defense Josh Manson is close and captain Gabriel Landeskog may soon begin skating with the team. He's yet to play this season. Darren Helm is progressing as well. To weather the injury storm, Colorado has relied on 39 different skaters this season. That's tied for the most in a single season since the team relocated to Denver in 1995.
García scores 19 seconds after going on, Rayo beats Almeria

García scores 19 seconds after going on, Rayo beats Almeria

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 3:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

Substitute Álvaro García has scored 19 seconds after entering the match to help Rayo Vallecano defeat Almeria 2-0 and move closer to the Champions League places in the Spanish league. García came off the bench in the 63rd minute and scored with his first touch of the ball. Vallecano opened the scoring with an own-goal by Almeria defender Rodrigo Ely in the 54th. It was the third win in four league matches for Rayo. It moved to fifth place. Almería dropped to 14th, three points above the relegation zone.
Seven-time Pro Bowl WR A.J. Green retires after 12 seasons

Seven-time Pro Bowl WR A.J. Green retires after 12 seasons

David Brandt, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 3:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

Seven-time Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Green has decided to retire after 12 seasons in the NFL. The 34-year-old spent a decade with the Cincinnati Bengals before signing with the Arizona Cardinals for the last two seasons of his career. Selected by the Bengals with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2011 draft out of Georgia, Green was a Pro Bowl selection in each of his first seven seasons, topping 1,000 yards receiving six times. The 6-foot-4, 207-pounder had a rare blend of size and speed and his low-key personality made him a favorite among teammates.
Lazio held at Serie A struggler Verona to 1-1

Lazio held at Serie A struggler Verona to 1-1

Daniella Matar, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 3:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

Lazio has been held at relegation-threatened Hellas Verona to 1-1 in Serie A. That hampers its hopes of consolidating its place in the top four in a tight race for the Champions League spots. Cyril Ngonge scored his first goal for Verona on his first start to cancel out Pedro's opener. Lazio is a point behind Roma and four behind second-placed Inter Milan. Verona moved to within four points of safety. Sampdoria is four points further back after a stoppage-time penalty saw Monza snatch a 2-2 draw.
Qatar hires coach Carlos Queiroz through the 2026 World Cup

Qatar hires coach Carlos Queiroz through the 2026 World Cup

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 2:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

Qatar has hired coach Carlos Queiroz hoping he will work at his fifth straight World Cup when the 2026 tournament is hosted in North America. The Qatar Football Association says it hired Queiroz until 2026 to lead what is the seventh different national team he has coached. Queiroz took his native Portugal to the 2010 World Cup and then coached Iran at the last three editions. Qatar has never advanced through qualifying to reach a World Cup. As the 2022 World Cup host, Qatar made its tournament debut in November and lost all three group-stage games.
Justin Rose wins at Pebble Beach to end 4-year drought

Justin Rose wins at Pebble Beach to end 4-year drought

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 2:10 p.m.  |  Save Story

Justin Rose is a PGA Tour winner again after four years. Rose made short work on a short Monday with three birdies in four holes. That sent him to a 66 and a three-shot victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Rose had not won since Torrey Pines four years ago. Now he's headed to the Masters again. The tournament was delayed to a Monday finish because of high wind on Saturday. Rose benefited from that stoppage of play. And he was helped by hardly any wind over the final nine holes he played Monday. Brendon Todd and Brandon Wu finished second.
Nielsen lays out goal for Falcons D: Just get stops

Nielsen lays out goal for Falcons D: Just get stops

Charles Odum, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 2:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

New Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen says he's not willing to commit to a 4-3 or 3-4 as the base alignment of his multiple schemes. He says his goal is "just stop people." Nielsen, the former co-defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, was hired by Atlanta on Jan. 27 after Dean Pees retired. The Falcons ranked 27th in total defense and 31st with 21 sacks this season. Atlanta's defense gave up no more than 25 points in the final nine games of a 7-10 season. Nielsen said he wants to build on Pees' work, not start over.
Jazz owner aims to showcase Utah with NBA All-Star Game

Jazz owner aims to showcase Utah with NBA All-Star Game

John Coon, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 1:47 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith anticipates the NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 19 will help build Utah into a destination for other major sporting events. Expansion in infrastructure aided the Jazz in bringing back the coveted game, which they last hosted in 1993. Multiple hotels have opened up near Vivint Arena within the last five years. There's been downtown Salt Lake City development projects and an expansion of Salt Lake City International Airport. All-Star weekend will include a men's college basketball game between Grambling State and Southern on Feb. 18 at the Huntsman Center. A concert will feature Pitbull at the Salt Palace Convention Center that night.
Nationals avoid arbitration with outfielder Victor Robles

Nationals avoid arbitration with outfielder Victor Robles

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 1:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Washington Nationals have avoided arbitration with outfielder Victor Robles and signed him to a contract worth $2,325,000. The Nationals say they reached a deal on a contract for this season with a club option for 2024 that would pay him $3.3 million. Robles is one of only a few players left from Washington's 2019 World Series championship team. The strong defensive centerfielder who turns 26 in May hit .224 with six home runs, 33 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 128 games last season. Those are his highest totals since the World Series year.
Fox's Pereira knows pressure Super Bowl officials are facing

Fox's Pereira knows pressure Super Bowl officials are facing

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 1:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mike Pereira knows the pressure Carl Cheffers and his officiating crew will be under during Super Bowl 57 between the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles. As the NFL's vice president of officiating in 2008, Pereira promoted Cheffers from side judge to referee. After 14 years with the league, Pereira retired and joined Fox in 2010 as a rules analyst. Pereira's move to television paved the way for officials to continue to lend their expertise once they left the field. It has also increased scrutiny on officials with each replay decision or close call analyzed. Pereira will be in the booth for his fifth Super Bowl with Fox.
Kinsler back with Rangers as special assistant to GM Young

Kinsler back with Rangers as special assistant to GM Young

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 1:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former Texas Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler has returned to the team as a special assistant to general manager Chris Young. Kinsler was part of the franchise's only two World Series teams in 2010 and 2011. He began his big league career with Texas from 2006 to 2013. The four-time All-Star was part of a World Series championship with the Red Sox in 2018, a year before his retirement after 14 seasons as a player. He spent the last three years in the front office of the San Diego Padres as a special assistant in baseball operations and player development.
Madrid's Benzema and Courtois not going to Club World Cup

Madrid's Benzema and Courtois not going to Club World Cup

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 1:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

Real Madrid will go to the Club World Cup without six injured players. Among them are striker Karim Benzema and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Also not going to Morocco are defenders Éder Militão, Ferland Mendy, Lucas Vázquez and forward Eden Hazard. Benzema, Courtois and Militão have not been ruled out of joining their teammates for an eventual final if Madrid qualifies but none of the others are expected to make it. Madrid will debut on Wednesday in a semifinal against Egyptian club Al Ahly. Madrid has won the world club title a record seven times, including three times when the competition was called the Intercontinental Cup.
Former Chelsea forward Atsu missing after Turkey earthquake

Former Chelsea forward Atsu missing after Turkey earthquake

Gerald Imray, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 12:53 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former Chelsea and Newcastle forward Christian Atsu is missing and believed to be trapped under rubble following the powerful earthquake that struck Turkey on Monday and left more than 2,500 people dead. The Ghana international plays for Turkish club Hatayspor and a club spokesman says he is thought to be in a building that was destroyed. Hatayspor spokesman Mustafa Özat says club director Taner Savut is also believed to be in a building that collapsed and club officials haven't contacted both men. He says they are likely trapped under rubble.
Zack Greinke can earn $15M this year in deal with Royals

Zack Greinke can earn $15M this year in deal with Royals

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 12:46 p.m.  |  Save Story

Zack Greinke can earn up to $15 million in his one-year contract to return to the Kansas City Royals. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner rejoined the Royals last year for the first time since 2010 and went 4-9 with a 3.68 ERA in 26 starts and 137 innings. He had a $13 million salary last year, and his deal calls for an $8.5 million salary for this year. If he pitches 135 innings, he would earn at least $13 million. Greinke has $7.5 million in performance bonuses for innings fro 90 through 185.
Twins, Correa decide he'll skip WBC with wife due next month

Twins, Correa decide he'll skip WBC with wife due next month

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 12:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Minnesota Twins shortstop Carlos Correa will not play in the World Baseball Classic for family reasons. His wife is expecting a baby during the tournament. The Twins said they made a mutual decision with Correa that he would not join the Puerto Rico national team for the event. Correa's wife, Daniella, is due with the couple's second child on March 11. The WBC begins on March 8. Correa signed a six-year, $200 million contract with Minnesota last month. The deal could pay Correa as much as $270 million over 10 seasons if he stays healthy.
Spanish prosecutors oppose attempt to free Alves on bail

Spanish prosecutors oppose attempt to free Alves on bail

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 12:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Spanish prosecutors oppose the appeal made by Dani Alves' defense team asking for him to be free on bail while the investigation continues into sexual assault accusations against the footballer. Alves' lawyers filed the appeal last week saying the Brazilian agreed to turn in his passport and wear a tracking device if he was freed. Alves would also report to the court and to authorities as often as required. He would also not communicate with the accuser. But prosecutors say Alves is a flight risk if he is set free.
LeBron's Los Angeles era, as told by coach Darvin Ham

LeBron's Los Angeles era, as told by coach Darvin Ham

Darvin Ham, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 12:33 p.m.  |  Save Story

Darvin Ham is in his first season as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James, who is poised to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Ham doesn't think James has ever wanted the scoring record. But coach says James is one of one. That no one has seen a basketball player with James' size, his athleticism, his shooting capabilities and playmaking capabilities. Ham says James is arguably the greatest but would prefer that everything be group focused. The coach added it's a beautiful thing to live every day and witness firsthand.
Brady will not move into Fox announcing booth until 2024

Brady will not move into Fox announcing booth until 2024

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 12:30 p.m.  |  Save Story

signed a 10-year deal with Fox last May to become the network's top analyst when he decided to retire for good. Brady is expected to eventually join Kevin Burkhardt on Fox's top team. Brady is still not expected to be a part of Fox's Super Bowl pregame coverage on Sunday.
LeBron's Miami era, as told by teammate Shane Battier

LeBron's Miami era, as told by teammate Shane Battier

Shane Battier, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 12:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

Shane Battier is a former Miami Heat teammate of LeBron James, who is poised to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Battier played in the NBA for 13 seasons, the last three of them with James in Miami. Battier says James is the greatest basketball player and doesn't believe "we'll see someone like LeBron James ever again."
LeBron's Cleveland era, as told by teammate Kevin Love

LeBron's Cleveland era, as told by teammate Kevin Love

Kevin Love, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 12:26 p.m.  |  Save Story

Kevin Love spent four seasons as a teammate in Cleveland with LeBron James, who is poised to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer. A five-time All-Star, Love believes the 2016 title James won with the Cavaliers cemented his legacy as one of the game's greats. Cleveland overcame a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to beat Golden State for the city's first professional sports championship in 52 years. Love feels fortunate that his career intersected with James, who he credits for making him a better player, teammate and person.
Chiefs activate RB Edwards-Helaire off IR for Super Bowl

Chiefs activate RB Edwards-Helaire off IR for Super Bowl

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 11:53 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Kansas City Chiefs activated running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire from injured reserve Monday and placed wide receiver Mecole Hardman on the list for the second time as they finalize their roster for the Super Bowl. Edwards-Helaire, a 2020 first-round pick, has been out since sustaining a high ankle sprain during a win over the Chargers on Nov. 20. He was designated to return on Jan. 17, opening a three-week window in which he could be activated. Edwards-Helaire started the first six games of the season before ceding time to seventh-round pick Isiah Pacheco, who has become one of the Chiefs' breakout stars.
How Manchester City came to face Premier League charges

How Manchester City came to face Premier League charges

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 11:47 a.m.  |  Save Story

The English Premier League vs Manchester City is a legal fixture for the ages. Soccer's richest and most watched league challenged its defending champion on Monday in a case that could be unprecedented. The league alleged more than 100 breaches by City of financial rules and failures to cooperate with an investigation that took four years. Charges date from 2009 in the first full season City was owned by the Abu Dhabi ruling family. The league gave no timetable for a case that gives its disciplinary panel sweeping powers. City says it welcomes the chance to close the matter.
For Super Bowl ads this year, crypto is out, booze is in

For Super Bowl ads this year, crypto is out, booze is in

Mae Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 11:37 a.m.  |  Save Story

The hottest ticket in town for advertisers is officially sold out. Fox said Monday that in-game ads for Super Bowl LVII have all been sold. The big game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles takes place on Sunday.
Jesse Marsch fired by Leeds after nearly a year in charge

Jesse Marsch fired by Leeds after nearly a year in charge

Steve Douglas, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 11:35 a.m.  |  Save Story

American coach Jesse Marsch has been fired by Leeds after nearly a year in charge of the English Premier League team. Leeds hasn't won any of its last seven games in the league and has dropped into 17th place in the 20-team division. The team is only out of the relegation zone on goal difference. Marsch's last game was a 1-0 loss at Nottingham Forest on Sunday. He said after that there was a belief inside the club that results would improve. The 49-year-old Marsch was hired in February last year as a replacement for Marcelo Bielsa. Bielsa was the manager for 3 1/2 years and got Leeds promoted to the Premier League.
Coaching carousel spins perfectly for Bruins, Stars, Knights

Coaching carousel spins perfectly for Bruins, Stars, Knights

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 11:21 a.m.  |  Save Story

The NHL coaching carousel last summer involved the Boston Bruins firing coach Bruce Cassidy and the Vegas Golden Knights doing the same to Peter DeBoer. Cassidy replaced DeBoer in Vegas and DeBoer went to the Dallas Stars. Jim Montgomery had been fired by the Stars three seasons ago for inappropriate conduct but had gotten back into the NHL as an assistant in St. Louis. Montgomery then replaced Cassidy in Boston. All three teams led their respective divisions at the All-Star break and are on track to make the playoffs. It's a rare glimpse at the game of musical coaches bouncing around working out in all three spots.
Indiana reaches No. 2 in women's AP Top 25; SC still No. 1

Indiana reaches No. 2 in women's AP Top 25; SC still No. 1

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 11:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

South Carolina beat UConn to remain No. 1 in The Associated Press women's college basketball poll for the 33rd consecutive week. Indiana moved up to No. 2 for its highest ranking in school history. LSU stayed third and has a showdown with the Gamecocks on Sunday in a matchup of the last undefeated teams. The Huskies moved up to fourth and Iowa was fifth. Stanford fell to sixth after losing to Washington. Utah, Maryland, Duke and Notre Dame round out the top 10. Colorado re-entered at No. 25 while Middle Tennessee fell out.
F1 driver Albon intends to show his steely side for Williams

F1 driver Albon intends to show his steely side for Williams

Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 11:09 a.m.  |  Save Story

Williams driver Alex Albon intends to show the more steely side to his personalty in Formula One. The affable Albon is one of the most popular drivers but thinks that also comes with some misperception. He says people "see me as a happy-go-lucky person" but "I'm much stronger than people can imagine." The London-born Thai is in his second year with a Williams team rebuilding after finishing last in the constructors' championship. Albon scored points in only three races and feels his motivation has never been higher to do well in the new FW45 car.
The AP Top 25 Women's Basketball Poll

The AP Top 25 Women's Basketball Poll

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 11:02 a.m.  |  Save Story

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' women's college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, and total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking.
Purdue stays No. 1 in AP Top 25; NC State in at No. 22

Purdue stays No. 1 in AP Top 25; NC State in at No. 22

Aaron Beard, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 10:37 a.m.  |  Save Story

Purdue remains atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll despite losing its second game of the season. The new poll out Monday also saw Marquette push into the top 10 and North Carolina State make its first poll appearance in four years. The Boilermakers earned 38 of 62 first-place votes to stay at No. 1 for a third straight week and seventh time this season. Houston rose to No. 2 with 22 first-place votes. Marquette is in the top 10 for the first time since 2019. That also was the last time N.C. State was ranked before checking in at No. 22.
Shiffrin's Beijing lesson helps after another big-race DNF

Shiffrin's Beijing lesson helps after another big-race DNF

Andrew Dampf, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 10:25 a.m.  |  Save Story

American skier Mikaela Shiffrin failed to finish the slalom portion of the women's combined event on the opening day of the world championships. Shiffrin straddled the third-to-last gate while appearing to be close to beating first-run leader Federica Brignone. The American was trailing Brignone by 0.96 seconds after the super-G portion but had made up 0.88 of that difference before skiing out. Shiffrin reacted with apparent open-mouthed astonishment before bending over her ski poles. She then went over to Brignone and embraced the Italian skier. Shiffrin is competing in her first major event since failing to win a medal in six starts at last year's Beijing Olympics.
Putin honors skating coach in Valieva Olympic case

Putin honors skating coach in Valieva Olympic case

The Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 10:13 a.m.  |  Save Story

Russian President Vladimir Putin has awarded figure skating coach Eteri Tutberidze one of the country's highest honors. It comes nearly a year after a doping case involving one of her skaters overshadowed the Winter Olympics. A presidential decree lists Tutberidze among three people awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky "for ensuring the successful training of athletes who achieved high sporting accomplishments" at the Beijing Olympics. Tutberidze trained Kamila Valieva, the gold favorite. Valieva helped Russia win the team event before a doping test taken before the Games came back positive. She was allowed to skate in the women's competition on appeal and placed fourth. But uncertainty over the team result has meant an Olympic medal ceremony has yet to be held.
Man City accused of misleading Premier League over finances

Man City accused of misleading Premier League over finances

Steve Douglas, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 10:09 a.m.  |  Save Story

Manchester City has been accused of numerous breaches of the Premier League's financial rules between 2009-18. The period covers the first nine full seasons under the club's Abu Dhabi ownership. City won the league on three occasions during that time in 2012, 2014 and 2018. The league released a long statement detailing a list of alleged breaches of regulations by City after a four-year investigation. The league says it has referred the breaches to an independent commission. City hasn't yet commented on the allegations from the Premier League.
Joshua starts on comeback trail against Franklin on April 1

Joshua starts on comeback trail against Franklin on April 1

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 10:01 a.m.  |  Save Story

Former heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will launch his comeback with a fight against American boxer Jermaine Franklin in London on April 1. Joshua hasn't fought since August when he lost for a second straight time to Oleksandr Usyk in Saudi Arabia. Joshua wrote "A New Dawn" in a tweet which contained a poster for the fight taking place at the O2 Arena. Joshua was ringside in November when Franklin lost to Dillian Whyte at Wembley Arena in London. That was his first defeat in 22 pro fights. Joshua has a 24-3 record.
The Top Twenty Five

The Top Twenty Five

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 10:00 a.m.  |  Save Story

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, and total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking.
Super Bowl draws epic air show of private planes to Phoenix

Super Bowl draws epic air show of private planes to Phoenix

Terry Tang, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 9:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

Private jet-setters are the reason every Super Bowl comes with super-size air traffic. Officials expect more than 1,000 additional planes to descend on metropolitan Phoenix's eight airports and beyond this week for the matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Philadelphia Eagles as well as the Phoenix Open. Many of them will be carrying entertainers, sports figures and corporate VIPs who don't have to deal with long security lines or cramped coach seats. Instead they'll be sitting back eating filet mignon and imbibing. Even with the expected long line of airplane departures after the game and high airport fees, some say nothing beats the convenience.
Brignone wins worlds combined race after Shiffrin straddles

Brignone wins worlds combined race after Shiffrin straddles

Andrew Dampf And Eric Willemsen, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 9:54 a.m.  |  Save Story

Italian skier Federica Brignone won the women's combined race on the opening day of the world championships after defending champion Mikaela Shiffrin skied out near the end of her slalom run. Shiffrin seemed to be on her way to beating Brignone but the American straddled the third-to-last gate. She was trailing Brignone by 0.96 seconds after the super-G portion but had made up 0.88 of that difference before skiing out. Brignone held on to her lead to become the first world champion from Italy in the women's combined. Wendy Holdener took the silver medal and Ricarda Haaser won bronze.
Brazilian tennis player hit with 12-month doping ban

Brazilian tennis player hit with 12-month doping ban

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 9:33 a.m.  |  Save Story

A Brazilian tennis player who won a bronze medal at the 2018 Youth Olympics has been banned for 12 months in a doping case. The International Tennis Integrity Agency says it has accepted that Gilbert Klier Junior had not deliberately doped and that the banned substance SARM S-22 had entered his body through a contaminated supplement. The 22-year-old Klier Junior has a career high ranking of 354th and won bronze in the singles event at the 2018 Youth Olympics. He will be eligible to compete again in June because the start of the ban was backdated.
What LeBron passing Kareem means to NBA, greatest debate

What LeBron passing Kareem means to NBA, greatest debate

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 8:49 a.m.  |  Save Story

When LeBron James passes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the NBA's career scoring record, it will end Abdul-Jabbar's 39-year reign as the all-time points champion. It will shine a light on how much work James had to do over 20 seasons to catch Abdul-Jabbar. And it will show how much work somebody in the future is going to have to do in order to catch James atop the NBA list. But it will not settle the Greatest Of All Time debate, because that one cannot be settled.
Former South Africa midfielder John Moeti dies aged 55

Former South Africa midfielder John Moeti dies aged 55

Gerald Imray, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 7:59 a.m.  |  Save Story

Former South Africa midfielder John Moeti has died. He was 55. Moeti was part of the squad that won the 1996 African Cup of Nations on home soil. The South African Football Association announced his death but didn't give a cause. Family spokesman Victor Rakhale said Moeti had fallen ill eight months ago and was receiving specialist medical care. He died at his home. Moeti played 29 times for South Africa between 1995 and 1999.
Jaromír Jágr scores his record 1,099th goal at almost 51

Jaromír Jágr scores his record 1,099th goal at almost 51

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 7:48 a.m.  |  Save Story

Jaromír Jágr celebrated his 51st birthday about a week early by scoring his 1,099th goal to overtake Wayne Gretzky at the top of the chart. Jágr scored for the Kladno Knights on Sunday in 5-4 loss at Trinec in the Czech league. The winger will turn 51 on Feb. 15. Jágr was the NHL's second highest point scorer in 2018 when he was released by the Calgary Flames. He scored his 1,099 goals in professional games and at international tournaments. Gretzky had 1,072 regular season and playoff goals in the NHL and WHA combined with 26 at international adult tournaments.
No. 1 South Carolina tops fifth-ranked UConn 81-77

No. 1 South Carolina tops fifth-ranked UConn 81-77

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 6 - 7:28 a.m.  |  Save Story

Aliyah Boston scored 23 of her 26 points in the second half, including 14 in the fourth quarter, to help No. 1 South Carolina beat fifth-ranked UConn 81-77. The Gamecocks have won 29 consecutive games since losing to Kentucky in the SEC Tournament title game last year. They've won four of the past five meetings with the Huskies, including a victory in the NCAA championship game last season. That ended UConn's perfect 11-0 record in title games. Aaliyah Edwards led UConn with 25 points.
German women's soccer shows more investment as crowds grow

German women's soccer shows more investment as crowds grow

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 6 - 7:16 a.m.  |  Save Story

German women's soccer clubs have posted record revenue and losses. A new report on the 2021-22 season reflects heavier investment in the game even before the national team's run to the final of the European Championship brought a dramatic increase in spectator numbers. The 12 clubs in the top-division Frauen-Bundesliga averaged around 1.4 million euros in revenue but made overall losses of around 1.5 million euros. More games were televised in 2021-22 and spectator numbers in stadiums have soared this season since the European Championship.