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Practice and pancakes: How the NBA's Marcus Morris made it to the top

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 08:57:07 -0400

Meet the Boston Celtics' Marcus Morris and see what to took for him to rise to the ranks of the NBA.


AFC team needs for NFL draft: Will Patriots invest top picks in receiver, tight end?

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:24:08 -0400

The Patriots and Raiders are among the AFC teams that could be a wild card to take a quarterback early in the NFL draft.


'My story's getting interesting': White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson's quest to be the best

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:46:45 -0400

Chicago's 25-year-old shortstop has been one of the best hitters in the league through the first month of the season.


Opinion: With MLB suspension coming to an end, reality sets in for Cubs shortstop Addison Russell

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:46:24 -0400

Addison Russell talks about his journey as he leaves for a minor-league stint before rejoining the Cubs after 40-game domestic violence suspension.


These sports words just made it — in the dictionary

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:09:55 -0400

"Garbage time" and "Tommy John surgery" are among the sports-related terms that were added to Merriam-Webster's dictionary Monday.


The emotion and intensity of the 2019 NBA playoffs

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 07:34:57 -0400

Playoff basketball brings a different type of emotion and intensity out of NBA players. Often, those moments are captured on camera.


NBA playoff schedule: First-round matchups, dates and TV times

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 01:48:47 -0400

The long regular season is over and it's finally playoff time. The quest for the Larry O'Brien Trophy and the NBA championship is on.


UFC's Santiago Ponzinibbio invites Anthony Pettis to 'come get this beating'

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:07:46 -0400

Santiago Ponzinibbio takes issue with the UFC ranking Anthony Pettis ahead of him in its official rankings and would like to change that.


Opinion: Nick Bosa's lack of conviction worse than his conservative views

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 18:13:29 -0400

DE Nick Bosa scrubbed his social media accounts of his conservative opinions, in part because he knows San Francisco might draft him


Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams raves about 2019 Masters triumph

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:40:22 -0400

Williams, who ended his dozen-year run as Tiger's full-time caddie in 2011, said he was awed and impressed by Woods' run to his fifth Masters.


The story behind why an NFL linebacker made a stop for a good Samaritan tire change

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 18:54:09 -0400

This was no stranger that Indianapolis Colt Darius Leonard saw stranded on the side of the road. That was Ms. Isbell, his high school biology teacher.


MLB 2019 predictions: World Series, award picks for new baseball season

Wed, 27 Mar 2019 17:42:59 -0400

The USA TODAY Sports baseball staff had a variety of picks for who will raise the Commissioner's Trophy at the end of October.


'Dangerous' and 'unprofessional': NBA world reacts to Russell Westbrook's media approach

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 11:31:57 -0400

Russell Westbrook has been the topic of much conversation during these NBA playoffs, and for the most part, it hasn't been regarding his play.


Opinion: Bucks have all the hallmarks of an NBA Finals team

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:35:40 -0400

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks completely dominated the Pistons in a first-round sweep, showing they have what it takes for a deep playoff run.


USA Gymnastics signals confidence for its future with announcement of 2020 Olympic trials

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:56:37 -0400

USA Gymnastics announces site of 2020 Olympic trials, sign it is confident it will remain sport's governing body.


NFL draft 2019 rankings: Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams lead defense-heavy top 50

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:14:00 -0400

It's a good year to be looking for a defensive lineman, as the 2019 NFL draft is long on talent for disruptive rushers up front.


Stanley Cup playoff schedule: Results, dates, times, TV for NHL postseason

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 01:24:38 -0400

The 2018 champion Washington Capitals and runner-up Vegas Golden Knights are back as 16 NHL teams compete for the Stanley Cup.


Pirates pitcher weeps on the mound after heartbreaking injury

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:25:53 -0400

Promising right-hander Nick Burdi missed most of the last three seasons with injuries.


California high school football player presumed drowned in rip current

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:31:12 -0400

Naphtali Moimoi, a California high school football player signed with Wyoming, is believed to have drowned in a rip current at Half Moon Bay.


Former MLB player Eric Byrnes sets 24-hour speed-golf record with 420 holes

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:52:58 -0400

Former major-league player Eric Byrnes set a world record by playing 420 holes of golf in a 24-hour span.


Get on the gridiron and join our new Facebook Group, 'The Ruling Off the Field'

Fri, 20 Jul 2018 10:01:53 -0400

If you're as excited about football season as we are, we've got the perfect spot for you.


Inspired by Tiger Woods, ex-Notre Dame player eyes NFL future after making headlines with porn star

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:02:20 -0400

A dalliance with a porn star captured the headlines, but former Notre Dame player Justin Brent eyes an NFL future with the support of his family.


The Avengers and their sports counterparts

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 15:30:38 -0400

The Avengers and their sports counterparts


Texas family charged in scheme to buy Masters tickets fraudulently

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:15:07 -0400

Four members of a family from Texas face charges over a scheme to illegally obtain Masters tickets and resell them for a profit.


Bryce Harper ejected for first time as a Philadelphia Phillie

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:15:20 -0400

The outfielder was tossed for the first time in a Phillies uniform for criticizing the umpire from the dugout during Monday's game at the Mets.


Opinion: Bryce Harper's antics show why MLB needs an automated strike zone

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:09:06 -0400

Bryce Harper got ejected on Monday for arguing reasonable strike calls, proving why MLB needs an automated strike zone.


Opinion: Eagles DE Chris Long sheds light on importance of district attorney elections

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:28:39 -0400

Eagles DE Chris Long is trying to bring attention to two district attorney races in Northern Virginia, calling the elections a "blind spot."


Opinion: Why nobody should care about Duke having the best recruiting class again

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:58:46 -0400

Four straight top classes. No Final Four appearances.


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NFL mock draft 2019: QB surprises for Giants, others in first round?

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 08:44:33 -0400

The 2019 NFL draft starts Thursday, and the first-round outlook is still defined by its lack of clarity. Here is the latest USA TODAY projection.


USA Today Chosen 25 No. 1 overall player Cole Anthony commits to North Carolina

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:37:06 -0400

USA Today Chosen 25's No. 1 overall player Cole Anthony is headed to North Carolina, picking the Tar Heels over Oregon, Notre Dame and Georgetown.


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Wed, 3 Apr 2019 12:42:20 -0400

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2019 IndyCar Series schedule

Mon, 4 Mar 2019 17:59:04 -0500

Race days and times, track and TV information for the 2019 season.


Opinion: Jazz star Donovan Mitchell is special, and he deserves more praise

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 11:03:12 -0400

22-year-old Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell is a star on the court, but the way he handles himself as a leader may be his most impressive quality.


NFL schedule 2019: All 32 teams' regular-season dates, times, opponents

Thu, 18 Apr 2019 09:17:33 -0400

The NFL announced its full 2019 regular-season schedule on Wednesday. Take a look at the information you need to know for all 32 teams.


Wisconsin freshman quarterback Graham Mertz already turning heads after warm welcome

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 10:01:04 -0400

Graham Mertz is just a freshman spring enrollee, but he is already making a big impression among Wisconsin quarterbacks and could start this fall.


NFL draft 2019 rankings: 50-1

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:21:26 -0400

Ranking the prospects for the 2019 NFL draft from 50-1.


Eagles DE Chris Long still undecided about whether he’ll play again

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 09:17:56 -0400

Chris Long is under contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he alluded to conditions that could lead to his retirement after 11 NFL seasons.


Game 7 picks: Bruins, Maple Leafs meet again; Sharks, Golden Knights battle out West

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 12:39:00 -0400

The Bruins and Maple Leafs are heading to Game 7 of their first-round series once again, while the Sharks look to finish off Golden Knights at home.


2019 NFL draft first-round order: Arizona Cardinals are on the clock with No. 1 pick

Sun, 3 Feb 2019 23:58:42 -0500

Here is a look at the first-round order for the 2019 NFL draft, which places the Arizona Cardinals on the clock with the No. 1 overall pick.


Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant calls San Jose Sharks coach Pete DeBoer a 'clown'

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:20:22 -0400

Vegas coach Gerard Gallant added another layer of tension to Tuesday's Game 7 against the Sharks by calling San Jose coach Pete DeBoer a "clown."


Michelle Wie to 'take some time away', withdraws from LA Open

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:37:25 -0400

Michelle Wie has withdrawn from this week's Hugel-Air Premia LA Open at Wilshire Country Club.


Alex Ovechkin's tying goal is waved off as Hurricanes force Game 7 vs. Capitals

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:38:50 -0400

The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin appeared to tie Game 6 vs. the Hurricanes at 3-3, but the referees ruled goalie interference and the NHL confirmed.


Seahawks trade DE Frank Clark to Chiefs to shake up NFL draft

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:18:42 -0400

The Seahawks and Chiefs made a big pre-draft move in a swap that features defensive end Frank Clark as well as a first-round pick.


NFL mock draft

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 07:22:40 -0400

With the NFL draft beginning Thursday, here is our latest projection for the first round.


Opinion: Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins keeps his cool, tunes out talk of slide in NFL draft

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 10:52:31 -0400

The former Ohio State QB could drive himself silly if he took to heart everything that has been declared, projected, suspected and dissected about him


Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. blasts New York Giants GM in Twitter rant, raves about Cleveland

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:50:18 -0400

The Browns' Odell Beckham Jr. blasted Giants GM Dave Gettleman in an epic Twitter rant and added he's "never been in a place so happy in my life."


Kings coach Luke Walton accused of sex assault in lawsuit

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 14:49:49 -0400

Kings coach Luke Walton accused of sex assault in lawsuit; his lawyer calls woman an 'opportunist'


Global Poker Index: Ranking the top 300 players

Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:02:04 -0400

Who are the best poker players in the world? Find out here ...


One photo from each game of 2019 NHL playoffs

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:01:01 -0400

The quest for the 2019 Stanley Cup is underway. One memorable photo from each game of the playoffs.


UCLA remains at No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports baseball poll

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 12:39:35 -0400

Oregon State, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Georgia complete the top five.


Broncos' Von Miller avoids charge in shark incident, but boat owner gets two counts

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 00:21:12 -0400

Von Miller drew outrage from PETA after posing with a bloody hammerhead shark during fishing trip; he won't be charged, but boat operator was.


Robert Kraft video evidence to be sealed until jury is seated or case is otherwise resolved

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 16:40:51 -0400

Judge rules that video of Robert Kraft’s visit to massage parlor will not be released until after trial is underway or case is otherwise adjudicated.