PARIS (AP) — They are some of soccer's biggest names, but they won't be playing at the World Cup next year. A look at five players whose absence will make the tournament in Brazil a lesser spectacle.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC: There is no point watching the World Cup because Ibrahimovic won't be playing in it — at least that's what he says. While the striker has always been his own biggest fan, he does have a point that the tournament will not be as...
HOUSTON (AP) — UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam have been named finalists for the Lombardi Award for college football's best lineman or linebacker.
Barr has 50 tackles, including 14 ½ for losses, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Donald has 22 ½ tackles for losses and 10 sacks and his 28 ½ career sacks are most among active players in the FBS....
MIAMI (AP) — Richie Incognito agreed to postpone his grievance hearing challenging his suspension by the Miami Dolphins until the NFL completes its investigation into the team's bullying scandal.
The hearing had been scheduled for Thursday.
"I will cooperate fully with the ongoing investigation with a goal of resuming my career with the Miami Dolphins at the conclusion of this investigation," Incognito said in a statement released through the NFL...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Javier Lopez found a nice fit in San Francisco from the moment the Pittsburgh Pirates dealt him to the Giants at the 2010 trade deadline.
It hasn't hurt he won a pair of World Series championships.
The free agent left-hander reached agreement on a $13 million, three-year contract to stay with the Giants. The deal is pending a physical, likely to take place next week, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Thursday....
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals agreed to a $32 million, four-year contract with left-hander Jason Vargas on Thursday, trying to fill the void in their rotation created by Ervin Santana's free agency.
Vargas was 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts for the Angels last season. He was 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA before going on the disabled list with a blood clot in his arm that required surgery.
Kansas City was searching for a veteran to replace...
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — With an 86-yard kickoff return against Utah, Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas authoritatively announced that he's back.
The dynamic running back had been hobbled this season by an ankle injury that kept him out of nearly four entire games. Now he insists he's fully healed and ready for the final stretch of his junior season.
Thomas' big return coincided with Oregon's rebound in the Pac-12 Conference. Following the Ducks' 44-21 victory...
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — Lydia Ko didn't feel any differently on the first tee Thursday than she has at any other LPGA Tour events she has played, even the two that she won. It just took her a few hours before she started producing the kind of golf that brought so much attention to her professional debut.
The 16-year-old from New Zealand overcame a double bogey on her third hole with three birdies on the back nine at Tiburon Golf Club for a 1-under 71.