Franchised: Five get tag, including Bryant, Houston

All-Pro wide receiver Dez Bryant and the NFL's leader in sacks last season, Justin Houston, were among five players given the restrictive franchise designation before Monday's deadline.

Cards' Wainwright throws bullpen session

Less than a week removed from a health scare that led to him returning to Missouri for an exam, St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright threw a bullpen session Monday in Jupiter, Fla.

Vikings communicating with Peterson

Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman said Monday morning that the Vikings and running back Adrian Peterson have been communicating since last Thursday and the team will continue to have "open dialogue" with their embattled star.

MLB notebook: Kershaw will open season for Dodgers again

Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly confirmed Monday that Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers' Opening Day starter against the San Diego Padres on April 6 at Dodger Stadium.

NBA notebook: Bulls lose All-Star Butler for 3-6 weeks

Chicago Bulls All-Star guard Jimmy Butler will miss at least the next three weeks after suffering an injury to his left elbow Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

NBA game roundup: Raptors finally end skid

DeMar DeRozan scored a season-high 35 points as the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-103 to snap a season-worst five-game losing streak.

NHL game roundup: Rangers dump slumping Predators

Goaltender Cam Talbot stopped 25 shots as the New York Rangers emerged with a 4-1 victory against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.

NHL notebook: Wild, Sabres make multiple trades

The Minnesota Wild acquired three players at the trade deadline Monday, adding right winger Chris Stewart from the Buffalo Sabres, defenseman Jordan Leopold from the Columbus Blue Jackets and forward Jared Knight from the Boston Bruins.

Marion Bartoli ponders comeback on Twitter

To come back or not come back? That is the question former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli posed on Twitter, prompting a raft of replies and retweets.

Manny Pacquiao courts more success

Forty years ago, one of the greatest boxing matches in history took place in an unlikely setting: the capital of the Philippines. Muhammad Ali's epic win over great rival Joe Frazier in 1975 became known as the "Thrilla in Manila."

Four decades later,...

Johnson heads north to play professional football

Former Griz quarterback Jordan Johnson had one of the more prolific careers at the University of Montana ranking in the top three marks in passing yards and passing touchdowns, and now he's preparing for the latest chapter of his football career.

Lynch on Turkish TV: 'I was expecting the ball'

Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch -- who made the catchphrase "I'm just here so I won't get fined" prior to the Super Bowl -- finally opened up to the media about the infamous play in the game.

Michael Jordan joins billionaires' club

Michael Jordan, considered the best basketball player of all time, has just joined the billionaires' club.

MLB notebook: Minnie Minoso dies

White Sox great Minnie Minoso, who was major league baseball's first black player in Chicago, died Sunday morning at the age of 90.

Top 25 roundup: UConn topples SMU

Rodney Purvis endured some difficult moments during his first season at Connecticut. On Sunday at the XL Center, he gave the defending national champion Huskies renewed hope for returning to the NCAA Tournament.

NBA roundup: Warriors rally from 26-point deficit

The Golden State Warriors, the team with the best record in the NBA, spotted the Boston Celtics a 26-point, first-half lead but roared from behind and ended the Celtics' three-game winning streak with a 106-101 victory on Sunday night.

Lightning get Coburn for Gudas, deal Connolly

The Tampa Bay Lightning made a move Sunday night to bolster their blue line, acquiring defenseman Braydon Coburn from the Philadelphia Flyers.

NHL roundup: Jagr scores as Panthers outlast Lightning

Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal as a member of the Florida Panthers, helping his new team to a 4-3 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night at the BB&T Center.

Johnson makes big move to win at Atlanta

Jimmie Johnson drove from the back to the front to win the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Jack Nicklaus launches ice cream brand

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus proved almost unstoppable in a career which netted him 18 major titles but just maybe his then rivals could have disturbed his concentration on course by tempting him with his favorite treat.

Nicklaus -- nicknamed "The Golden...

Nadal equals ATP record with Argentina title

Rafael Nadal lifted his first trophy since last year's French Open and for good measure equaled a long-standing ATP Tour record Sunday by claiming the Argentina Open crown.

Argentina legend Guillermo Vilas led the way with 46 wins in clay court tourna...

Wildcats win seventh straight divisional title

The Columbia Falls boys basketball team won the Northwest 'A' divisional title in Whitefish on Saturday night by beating Polson 62-48 in the championship game.

Chelsea wins English League Cup at Wembley

Chelsea claimed the first silverware of the English domestic season and Jose Mourinho's first trophy of his second spell in charge with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Sunday.

Goals either side of halftime from captain John Terry and an ow...

Rice says sees why people commit suicide

As disgraced running back Ray Rice seeks another shot to play in the NFL, he is attempting to put his domestic violence incident behind him and convince everyone else he is not a "monster."

Ex-Knick Mason dies at 48

Longtime NBA player Anthony Mason, who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, died Saturday at the age of 48. He had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure in February.

Lady Griz beat Eagels to claim Big Sky title

The Lady Griz beat Eastern Washington 69-59 Saturday afternoon to claim the Big Sky regular season title and the right to host the conference tournament.

Federer beats Djokovic to win Dubai title

A ruthless Roger Federer confidently dispatched World No 1. Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5 to take the Dubai Tennis Championships title Saturday in little over one hour and 36 minutes.

The Swiss master, appearing in his 126th tour final (of which he has now w...

Stolen NASCAR Sprint Cup car found in Georgia

Maybe the thieves didn't know what they were stealing.

A NASCAR Sprint Cup car stolen from outside the hotel where the team was staying turned up on a rural Georgia road Saturday -- the day before the scheduled race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but not ...

Vikings' Peterson: Ruling 'brings me one step closer'

A day after winning his appeal against the NFL, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said Friday that the decision by Judge David Doty "brings me one step closer to getting back on the football field."

Kvapil out of Atlanta after car stolen

Travis Kvapil's orange stock car, the ride he intended to use for qualifying Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, was stolen from his hotel parking lot early Friday morning.

Rodriguez enjoys first day in Yankees' camp

On his first official day back with the New York Yankees after a yearlong suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs, Alex Rodriguez blasted a few balls out of the park during batting practice at Legends Field in Tampa, Fla., and generally appeared at ease with the attention surrounding his return.

NBA pioneer Earl Lloyd dies at 86

Earl Lloyd, the first African-American man to play in the NBA, died Thursday at the age of 86.

Falcons release RB Jackson

The Atlanta Falcons released veteran running back Steven Jackson on Thursday, adding to a growing list of rushers who have been or will be released before free agency begins March 10.

Jackets trade Horton to Leafs for Clarkson

The Columbus Blue Jackets dealt injured right winger Nathan Horton to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for veteran right winger David Clarkson in the second of two trades made by the team on Thursday.

MLB notebook: Brewers bring back K-Rod

Reliever Francisco Rodriguez agreed Thursday to a two-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers with a team option for a third year.

NHL roundup: Crawford, Blackhawks blank Panthers

Goalie Corey Crawford made 20 saves to earn the 12th shutout of his career and his second this season, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-0 win over the Florida Panthers on Thursday night at the BB&T Center.

Louisville's Jones pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy

Former Louisville point guard Chris Jones pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and sodomy in court Thursday.

NBA notebook: Rose will have surgery Friday

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is scheduled to have surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee on Friday.

Top 25 roundup: Arizona clobbers Colorado

Forward Stanley Johnson scored 15 points, and seventh-ranked Arizona beat Colorado 82-54 Thursday night.

Andy Murray upset by teenager Borna Coric

Andy Murray got a taste of 18-year-old Borna Coric's pursuit of the extraordinary as the Croatian pulled off one of the biggest upsets of his nascent tennis career with a straight sets victory over the world No. 3.

2021 Confederations Cup won't be in Qatar

First the World Cup, now its little brother: FIFA has announced that the Qatari summer will be too hot to hold the Confederations Cup in 2021, and the tournament will thus be moved.

Afghanistan wins 1st-ever cricket World Cup match

Afghanistan achieved an historic victory Thursday as it beat Scotland to win its first ever cricket World Cup match.

Appearing at the tournament for the first time, the war-torn country beat the Scots by one wicket with just three balls to spare -- s...

Vikings RB Peterson wins appeal

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson won his appeal Thursday when Judge David S. Doty granted a petition to vacate the indefinite league-imposed suspension handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell.

Basketball teams banned for throwing game

Two major high school girls basketball teams have been banned from postseason play after allegedly throwing a game.

Report: Angels' Hamilton admits drug relapse

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, a former drug addict and alcoholic, admitted to Major League Baseball officials Wednesday that he had a relapse involving cocaine, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported.

NFL notebook: Bush, Jones, Hawk among cuts

Among the NFL roster cuts made Wednesday were bigger names in the likes of Reggie Bush, A.J. Hawk and Jacoby Jones.

Broncos, Manning pursue restructured contract

The Denver Broncos are working on a revised contract with quarterback Peyton Manning before the team announces his return for the 2015 season, according to a report.

Top 25 roundup: Kentucky moves to 28-0

The only thing more frightful than the snowstorm outside Humphrey Coliseum was the play inside of No. 1 ranked and unbeaten Kentucky as the Wildcats defeated Mississippi State 74-56 on Wednesday night in a Southeastern Conference clash.

NHL game roundup: Pens edge Caps, avoid season sweep

Center Evgeni Malkin has three assists and center Sidney Crosby added his 20th goal of the season to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.

NBA game roundup: Hawks win NBA-best 26th home game

Forward Paul Millsap had 15 points and eight rebounds to spark the Atlanta Hawks to a 104-87 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.