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USC triumphs in wild Holiday Bowl

It wasn’t until Nelson Agholor knocked down a desperation pass by Nebraska’s Tommy Armstrong Jr. inside the 10-yard line that Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian could exhale and celebrate. After blowing most of an 18-point, third-quarter lead, the No. 24 Trojans beat No 25 Nebraska 45-42 in a wild Holiday ...

Browns suspend receiver Gordon

Dec 28, 2014

Browns suspend receiver Gordon

Josh Gordon will end his troubled season just as it began — suspended. The Browns’ enigmatic wide receiver was suspended Saturday for missing a team walk-through and will miss the finale in Baltimore. Gordon, who led the NFL in yards receiving last season, served ...

Dec 28, 2014

India's Rahane, Kohli defy Australia

India batsmen Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli struck inspired centuries during a record fourth-wicket partnership at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday to help India claw its way back into the third test against Australia on day three. The pair united with India vulnerable ...

Dec 28, 2014

Wild Oats XI wins Sydney to Hobart

Wild Oats XI took line honors in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race for a record eighth time on Sunday, holding out a late challenge from American super-maxi Comanche in its big race debut. Australian-owned Wild Oats crossed the finish line to complete the ...

Dec 27, 2014

Kameda Gym management sues Japan Boxing Commission

The company that manages the three boxing Kameda brothers said Saturday that the management of their Kameda Gym have filed a suit against the Japan Boxing Commission, claiming the gym’s de facto suspension is unreasonable. The suit was filed with the Tokyo District Court ...

Chiefs lose Smith to lacerated spleen

Dec 27, 2014

Chiefs lose Smith to lacerated spleen

Alex Smith thought he had some indigestion. It turned out to be a lacerated spleen. Now, the Kansas City Chiefs will put their already slim playoff hopes in the hands of career backup Chase Daniel, who will make his second-ever start Sunday against San ...

La. Tech blows out Illinois

Dec 27, 2014

La. Tech blows out Illinois

Louisiana Tech’s Houston Bates had a career day against his former team. Bates’ 4½ sacks in the Heart of Dallas Bowl matched the number he had in three seasons at Illinois. Bates, who graduated and transferred to finish his eligibility closer to home was ...

Devils fire coach DeBoer

Dec 27, 2014

Devils fire coach DeBoer

Pete DeBoer, who coached the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup finals in his first season in 2011-12, was fired Friday, with his aging and diminished team in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season. Devils president and general manager ...

Watt trying to join elite company

Dec 27, 2014

Watt trying to join elite company

Should J.J. Watt be the NFL’s Most Valuable Player? Many who are paid to find ways to slow down the overpowering defensive end for the Houston Texans say yes. “I’d vote for him,” Cincinnati offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said. “I’ve never had a game ...

McCullum dominates Sri Lanka

Dec 26, 2014

McCullum dominates Sri Lanka

New Zealand’s big-hitting skipper Brendon McCullum was hailed Friday for his rollicking 195 to dramatically turn the opening day of the first test against Sri Lanka. His dominating 134-ball performance which led New Zealand to 429-7 at stumps also carried special significance for the ...

Kaepernick looks forward

Dec 26, 2014

Kaepernick looks forward

Colin Kaepernick is in the process of considering how he might go about his offseason regimen to bounce back from a disappointing year, and employing a mechanics coach or quarterback guru as Tom Brady and other stars have done is being discussed. “That’s still ...

Dec 25, 2014

Manning intends to return in 2015

Peyton Manning says he plans to return to the Denver Broncos in 2015 for his 18th NFL season. Manning was asked during his weekly news conference Wednesday if there was a set of circumstances that would lead him to retire. He replied: “I have ...

Dec 25, 2014

Change gives Nash first hat trick

It took 141 regular-season games and one extra day for Rick Nash to get his first hat trick with the New York Rangers. A little help from the NHL official scorer on Christmas Eve made it so. About 12 hours after the Rangers beat ...