Reports: Raiders might court Gruden

With the Oakland Raiders searching for a new head coach, their gaze might turn to a name from their past.

Dunn expected to retire without postseason at-bat

Veteran slugger Adam Dunn, who finally made it to the playoffs with the Oakland Athletics but never got off the bench in Tuesday night's wild-card game, is expected to retire after a 14-year career.

NBA roundup: Bryant, Nash join Lakers for first practice

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant practiced Tuesday for the first time since his knee injury 10 months ago and said he felt good afterward.

Penguins' Crosby to make preseason debut

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is scheduled to play in his first preseason game Wednesday night at the Detroit Red Wings.

NHL Board of Governors appove sale of Islanders

The sale of a minority stake in the New York Islanders to Scott Malkin and Jonathan Ledecky from Charles Wang was unanimously approved at the National Hockey League's Board of Governors meetings Tuesday.

Michigan fans rally for Brandon's ouster

University of Michigan students started a petition this week calling for the ouster of athletic director Dave Brandon in the wake of the football team's missteps, and a rally was held Tuesday night in Ann Arbor to support the cause.

Tennis bids farewell to Li Na

It was the long goodbye as China bid farewell to its sporting heroine in a tearful ceremony.

Why FIFA said 'no women allowed'

Sepp Blatter once suggested women footballers should wear tighter shorts -- now his organization, FIFA, has been accused of blatant sexism in its selection of the person to lead an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Beyonce, Jay-Z and David Beckham -- at a soccer game?

They're three of the world's biggest superstars -- but few would have expected to see them together taking in a soccer match in Paris.

Royals make playoffs in epic, Wild Card win

We throw around the word "epic" so casually that we have to dig deep into our thesaurus to accurately convey what happened at Missouri's Kauffman Stadium Tuesday night.

Corvallis' Sims commits to Oregon State

Less than a year after announcing his transfer to Corvallis High School, this fall Jesse Sims announced that next year he'll be leaving Corvallis for Corvallis... after his verbal commitment to play football at Oregon State University.

Sparano named Raiders' interim coach

The Oakland Raiders announced Tuesday that Tony Sparano will take over as he team's interim head coach.

Michigan AD admits 'mistakes' handling Morris injury

Contradicting comments from head coach Brady Hoke the day before, Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement sent at 12:50 a.m. Tuesday that mistakes were made in handling quarterback Shane Morris' "probable, minor concussion."

NC State's Doeren offers apology to Florida State

North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren apologized Tuesday for implying that Florida State faked injuries during the Seminoles' 56-41 victory over the Wolfpack on Saturday.

Lions' Fauria injured while potty-training puppy

Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria didn't injure his left ankle on the field during a game or practice.

Tigers send out Scherzer for Game 1 of ALDS

Right-hander Max Scherzer will be the Game 1 starter for the Detroit Tigers in their American League Division Series against the Baltimore Orioles, the team announced Tuesday.

Rafael Nadal on the comeback trail again

Rafael Nadal took to the court Tuesday for the first time in three months and looked as though he had never been away as he blitzed past Frenchman Richard Gasquet at the China Open.

FCC throws out NFL blackout rule

After a unanimous 5-0 vote Tuesday, the FCC ended a 40-year-old ruling that blacked out NFL games in local broadcast areas.

NFL: Ref botched call on player's Muslim prayer

Husain Abdullah can kneel and pray pretty much anywhere in America he wants. Except, perhaps, for an NFL end zone.

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps arrested

Legendary Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, was arrested early Tuesday in Maryland on a DUI charge, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

Phelps, known as the "Baltimore Bullet" and winner of 18 Oly...

Reports: Michael Phelps arrested on DUI charges

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence early Tuesday, TMZ and WBAL reported.

Bryant on Lakers: 'Our mission is just to get better'

As much as Kobe Bryant previously faced obstacles head-on and with grit exceeded by no current NBA player, the upcoming season presents one of the greatest challenges of his distinguished career.

LeBron "nowhere near" decision on 2016 Olympics

LeBron James said he has not decided whether he will play for Team USA during the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Rondo insists injury came during fall at home

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo insisted Monday that he suffered a broken bone in his left hand during a fall at home last week, while adding that he expects to remain with the team after his contract expires following this season.

FCC sacks NFL blackout rule

In an era of billion dollar television broadcasting contracts with the NFL, there is no longer a need for blackout rules regulated by the Federal Communications Commission.

Neutral arbitrator will hear Rice's appeal

Ray Rice's appeal of his indefinite suspension from the NFL will be heard by a neutral arbitrator.

Isles agree to terms with top pick Del Colle

The New York Islanders and forward Michael Dal Colle agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract.

Georgia's Gurley falsely accused of assault

Heisman Trophy candidate University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley was falsely accused of assaulting a man early Sunday in a downtown Athens bar, local police said Monday.

Report: Fisher denies Florida State faked injuries

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher fired back at North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren, who accused Florida State of faking injuries in Saturday's game in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Raiders confirm Dennis Allen fired

The Oakland Raiders have fired head coach Dennis Allen, according to multiple reports. An Oakland spokesman confirmed the firing late Monday night to the Oakland Tribune.

Chiefs demolish Patriots on 'MNF'

Jamaal Charles found the end zone three times and the Kansas City defense stifled the New England offense for most of three quarters as the Chiefs scored a 41-14 victory over the Patriots on Monday night.

Doctor: Jovan Belcher likely had CTE

Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher likely had a devastating brain disease when he shot and killed his girlfriend and then himself two years ago, a doctor says in a new report.

Bobcat freshman kicker Luke Daly receives Big Sky honor

Montana State freshman Luke Daly named the Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday

NFL's Dwyer formally charged with domestic abuse

Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer has been indicted on a felony charge of aggravated assault stemming from two July arguments with his wife.

Avs sign McLeod, Stuart to extensions

The Colorado Avalanche on Monday signed forward Cody McLeod to a three-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season and defenseman Brad Stuart to a two-year extension through 2016-17.

Bills bench Manuel; Orton to start

Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone said Monday that EJ Manuel would not start in Week 5 against the Detroit Lions.

Cowboys CB Claiborne out for season

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne has a torn patellar tendon in his left knee and is out for the remainder of the season.

Suns sign Morris twins to extensions

The Phoenix Suns signed forwards Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris to multiyear contract extensions Monday reportedly worth a combined $52 million for the twin brothers.

Twins fire Gardenhire after 13 seasons

The Minnesota Twins fired manager Ron Gardenhire on Monday after 13 seasons.

Slimmed-down James 'feels good' to be back

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Four years after he tore off his Cavaliers jersey following a disappointing playoff loss at
Boston, LeBron James completed his stunning return by putting it back on Friday.
"It feels good, it feels right," he said. "I'...

Deng forgives Ferry for comments

Miami Heat forward Luol Deng doesn't have any hard feelings toward Danny Ferry after the Atlanta Hawks general
manager made insensitive remarks about him in June.
Ferry has taken an indefinite leave of absence after making racial comments a...

Ryder Cup: Five things we learned from Gleneagles

If you're a U.S. golf fan, or Tom Watson, look away now.

After a heavy defeat to Europe in the Ryder Cup, it's time for soul searching and reflection.

With the next competition taking place at Hazeltine in Minnesota in 2016, here are five lessons for a...

Stewart plans to keep on racing

Tony Stewart, taking questions from reporters for the first time in the seven weeks since the tragic death of Kevin Ward Jr., said Monday that he will continue his racing career.

Heat's McRoberts recovering from toe surgery

Miami Heat forward Josh McRoberts is expected to be brought along slowly during training camp after the forward
confirmed Sunday that he underwent toe surgery shortly after last season.
The Heat signed McRoberts, 27, in free agency knowing ...

Rockets sign F Mitchell

The Houston Rockets on Friday signed rookie forward Akil Mitchell, a participant on the team's Orlando and Las Vegas
Summer League squads.
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Mitchell appeared in 133 contests and held career averages of 6.9 points on 5...

Crosby to miss Saturday's game

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will not play Saturday's preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets
after his grandmother passed away, the team announced.
Crosby traveled to Nova Scotia to be with his family.
Crosby, the team...

Blues' Schwartz signs two-year deal

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Stephen Strasburg threw six scoreless innings and delivered the first run of the game with a
safety squeeze that scored left fielder Bryce Harper as the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 5-1 on Saturday
for the...

Blues sign D Sergeev

The St. Louis Blues signed defenseman Dmitrii Sergeev to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Sunday.

Specter of Talladega motivates Johnson to win soon

Jimmie Johnson wasn't shy about revealing his game plan for the next round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Ousted drivers from Chase explain what went wrong

For much of Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway, Kurt Busch looked like the driver most likely to make the leap from the wrong side of the bubble to the Contender Round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.