Peyton Manning threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Julius Thomas and dominated in his two series, leading the Denver Broncos past the San Francisco 49ers 34-0 on Sunday to spoil the NFL debut at sparkling $1.2 billion Levi's Stadium.
Jameis Winston and defending national champion Florida State are No. 1 in the Associated Press preseason college football poll. The Seminoles will start the season No. 1 for the sixth time — the first since 1999, when they became the first team to hold the top spot for the entire season.
Hawaii was ranked No. 17 in Monday's AVCA Coaches Top 25 preseason volleyball poll, one place higher than the Rainbow Wahine's ranking at the end of last season. It came as no surprise to coach Dave Shoji, who lost eight players — including four starters — from last season's 25-5 squad.
Heavy rain, strong wind and the threat of power outages will not prevent the University of Hawaii football team from practicing Friday. "We'll find a place to practice," head coach Norm Chow said. "If we have to go inside, we'll go inside. We have to do something."
Usually during the first week of football season, much of the talk is on how the top teams will fare. Not so, this year. Because of the two hurricanes, all high school football games statewide scheduled for the weekend have been canceled or postponed.
When Cardinals manager Mike Matheny came to the mound in the seventh inning, Adam Wainwright focused on recording another out. Matheny left his ace in for one more hitter with two on and Wainwright responded with one more big pitch.
Greg Salas almost seemed surprised by all the fuss. Sure, the former University of Hawaii receiver was perhaps the biggest star of the New York Jets' scrimmage Saturday night. But as far as he was concerned, there was nothing unusual about his performance.
Former Turtle Bay representative Tony Finau won the Stonebrae Classic on Sunday for his first Web.com Tour title, closing with a 4-under 66 for a three-stroke victory. "I'm overwhelmed," the long-hitting Finau said.
A year into his major league career Lance Lynn stood at a crossroad in his life. He was a daily user of smokeless tobacco dating back to his minor league days, a tasty time-killer and social stress reliever.
Keenan Allen really did think about quitting last summer. "It was just a thought," the San Diego Chargers' top wide receiver said. "But it was tough." Allen was referring to his initial training camp, when the third-round pick from California could do little right.
With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he were 23 years old again. Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday.
Robbie Lawler withstood a flurry of stinging punches by Matt Brown in the fifth round and held on for a unanimous decision Saturday night, setting up a rematch with UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.
After 4 hours, 23 minutes and a dozen pitchers combining to throw 397 pitches, Nori Aoki gave the Kansas City Royals a win. Aoki singled home Lorenzo Cain in the 14th inning to lift the Royals to a 2-1 victory over Cleveland.
Geno Smith is a changed quarterback. Puzzled pauses in the New York Jets' huddle have been replaced by commanding playcalls. He's also barking out audibles at the line of scrimmage and reading defenses unlike he did at any point during his rookie season.
The celebration began long before Rory McIlroy had a chance to drink out of the claret jug.
McIlroy was upstairs in the clubhouse at Royal Liverpool for the traditional toast with the R&A, unable to ignore the chants below from club members waiting for a glimpse of the British Open champion.
Last week, the Indiana Pacers lost Lance Stephenson.
On Monday, they replaced one of the NBA’s best young players with shooting guard Rodney Stuckey.
It’s a swap that will make it a challenge for Indiana to win a third straight title in a division that might be the toughest in basketball.
As he made his way to the 18th green, Sergio Garcia experienced a sensation that had eluded him in his 17 previous British Opens. He felt no despair, no devastation, no defensiveness. Garcia had been defeated, but en route to losing to Rory McIlroy, he had won a hard-earned prize: contentment.
With his thinning hair and his thickening waistline, Butch Harmon has a way of blending into the crowd when he follows his players' competitive rounds on foot. On Saturday at the British Open, though, there was no missing him.
The University of Hawaii athletic department has been warned to expect more drastic budget cuts for the next two years, likely $2 million — or more — each year, in the wake of a newly announced campus-wide austerity plan.
Rory McIlroy only saw birdies at Royal Liverpool, mostly on his scorecard, and even one pheasant that trotted across the eighth green as he was lining up a putt. That was but a minor interruption in his command performance Friday in the British Open.
Eight years after the San Francisco football team announced its plans to move an hour's drive south to Santa Clara, the Niners officially opened their $1.2 billion "sports and entertainment cathedral" during a show-stopping ceremony on Thursday.
Derek Jeter soaked in the adulation from fans and players during one more night on baseball's national stage, set the tone for the American League with a pregame speech and then delivered two final All-Star hits.
With two quick and sublimely deft touches, Mario Goetze ended Germany's 24-year wait for another World Cup title. Goetze scored the winning goal in extra time to give Germany a 1-0 victory over Argentina on Sunday in a tight and tense World Cup final that came down to a few moments of individual skill.
Carmelo Anthony wanted to be a Knick a few years ago, and nothing has changed now. Anthony is staying in New York, announcing his decision Sunday in a posting titled "My City, My Heart" on his website.
Kolten Wong was sitting on a fastball, hoping for extra bases to get something going in the ninth inning. The rookie downplayed his power after giving the St. Louis Cardinals their second straight game-winning, ninth-inning home run on a two-out, full-count drive that soared well beyond the right-field wall.
A federal judge on Monday granted preliminary approval to a landmark deal that would compensate thousands of former NFL players for concussion-related claims. The ruling came about two weeks after the NFL agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages.
There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter. It was an intense standoff, awkward and seemingly irreparable.
Louis van Gaal made the call, and Tim Krul made the saves. In another move that will only add to his reputation as a tactical mastermind, the Netherlands coach led his team into the World Cup semifinals after bringing on Krul with seconds remaining in extra time.
For once Lionel Messi didn't carry Argentina on his shoulders. He didn't have to. Gonzalo Higuain ended a four-game scoreless streak with an early winner as Argentina beat Belgium 1-0 and reached a World Cup semifinal match for the first time since 1990.
Colombia will mark two soccer milestones this week. One is happy, the other tragic. And chances are one doesn't happen without the other. On Friday, Colombia plays in a World Cup quarterfinal for the first time.
Underneath the jingoistic backlash that engulfed Jurgen Klinsmann last month when he dared to say that the United States national team was not currently capable of winning the World Cup was an actual question that is genuinely confusing -- particularly to casual soccer fans.
They know the eyes of the United States will be on them from thousands of miles away, and they say they are ready.
The Americans try to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 when they play Belgium on Tuesday.
Stacy Lewis has worked tirelessly over her career to embrace the overwhelming support in her adopted state of Arkansas. The recovering introvert finally found a way to do so while overcoming her self-imposed pressure Sunday.
Michelle Wie didn't let a hectic national media tour slow the momentum following her U.S. Women's Open victory last week at Pinehurst. She shot a 5-under 66 to finish a stroke behind leader Alena Sharp after the first round of the LPGA NW Arkansas Championship.
Forward Jozy Altidore, who left early in the United States' opening match of the World Cup with a strained hamstring, should be available to face Belgium in the second round, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said Friday.
About 10 minutes before the end of the United States' game against Germany on Thursday, a U.S. Soccer staff member sidled up to one of coach Jurgen Klinsmann's assistants and informed him that Portugal had taken a one-goal lead against Ghana.
Michelle Wie has enjoyed a week full of celebration and national attention since finally winning her first major championship in the U.S. Women's Open. The most recognizable name in women's golf danced with her trophy and appeared on the morning television circuit.
When Jermaine Jones stands for the national anthems of his countries Thursday night, he will soak in the moment. Jones, like four American teammates and his coach, will be familiar with both “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the “Deutschlandlied” before the United States’ World Cup game against Germany.
FIFA has officially charged Uruguay's Luis Suarez with biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini in the teams' World Cup match, a process that could lead to a suspension for Uruguay's best offensive player.
With or without Luis Suarez, Uruguay faces a serious challenge keeping the Colombia juggernaut at bay in the last 16 of the World Cup. Inspired by a brilliant cameo performance off the bench from James Rodriguez, the Colombians completed a near-perfect group-stage campaign with a 4-1 win over Japan on Tuesday that eliminated the Asian champions.
Chasing a shot to his right, Rafael Nadal slipped and tumbled to the Centre Court turf. He popped up, raced across the baseline to get back into the point, and later capped the 14-stroke exchange with a backhand passing winner.
Neymar knew the responsibility was his. An increasingly anxious host nation was relying on him to ensure Brazil avoided the almost inconceivable prospect of going out in the group stage of a World Cup on its own soil.
The history-making men's and women's U.S. Opens, held back-to-back at Pinehurst No. 2, could not have produced a more fitting finale. After Martin Kaymer won the men's title, the last woman standing was Michelle Wie.
Cristiano Ronaldo rarely sparkled on a hot and humid night in the jungle, but his inch-perfect stoppage-time cross set up Silvestre Varela for the equalizing goal Sunday in Portugal's 2-2 draw against the United States at the World Cup.
Moths and mosquitoes circled when the United States took the field for practice Saturday evening at Arena da Amazonia, a 40,000-seat stadium built in a remote area of the rainforest where the Rio Negro meets the Amazon.
France is striking at the World Cup again, this time in a way the fans back home will approve of. Four years ago to the day, France’s players shamed the nation by going on strike at the last World Cup.
Edwin Encarnacion started Toronto's big comeback with a three-run homer. Many hours and momentum shifts later, he finished it with yet another. With those two bookend swings, he played the role of comeback kid.
Dropping to the turf on the left knee that was surgically repaired less than a month ago, Uruguay striker Luis Suarez was euphoric. Scoring a second goal against England sealed a 2-1 win on Thursday to revive Uruguay's World Cup campaign.
Comparisons were inevitable by hosting the U.S. Open and U.S. Women's Open on the game golf course in consecutive weeks. Only these had nothing to do with numbers. Stacy Lewis found comfort in comparisons with U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer.
The sandy soil of this part of the state is famous for the amount of water it can absorb. A cloudburst last Thursday night barely registered by the time the U.S. Open resumed on Pinehurst's No. 2 course Friday morning.
NEW YORK >> Once Masahiro Tanaka overcame that early jolt from Jose Reyes, the Japanese rookie did just fine. Tanaka gave up a home run to Reyes on the first pitch of the game, then earned his major league-high 11th victory as the New York Yankees beat Toronto 3-1 Tuesday night for their 14th straight home win over the Blue Jays.
FORTALEZA, Brazil >> He was called a hero and a savior by his Mexican teammates. His Brazilian opponents said he produced miracles. There is no doubt that Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was the one responsible for spoiling Brazil's hopes of another World Cup victory at its home tournament.
John Brooks, a 21-year-old German-American who was playing in his first competitive game for the United States and who was on the field only because a starting fullback was hurt, powered a fierce header into the net in the 86th minute Monday.
About an hour after the season ended, Chris Bosh was standing near the bus ramp from where the Miami Heat would soon depart for the airport and the offseason. Miami's two-year reign was over. And Bosh almost sounded relieved.
Switzerland grabbed a winner with virtually the final kick to earn a 2-1 victory over Ecuador in the World Cup on Sunday, extending a run of come-from-behind wins that are becoming a theme of the tournament.
Costa Rica came from behind to stun Uruguay 3-1 Saturday at the World Cup, opening the tough Group D with a major upset. Costa Rica entered the tournament as one of the biggest underdogs to make it out of the group stage.
The Los Angeles Kings ended the longest postseason in franchise history with the longest game they had ever played. Thanks to Alec Martinez and one beautiful rebound goal, they finished as champions again.
The Netherlands thrashed the world champions 5-1 Friday in the World Cup’s first shocker, toying with an aging Spanish team that has dominated global football for the past six years and avenging a loss in the 2010 final.
Three days of practice at the new Pinehurst No. 2 was enough to make Martin Kaymer believe this would be the same old U.S. Open. Shots at the flag were checking up near the hole. He saw birdies — more than he expected.
With a country that sees itself as the artful soul of football but is conflicted about spending billions of dollars to host its showcase tournament, one of the most troubled World Cups ever kicked off on Thursday.
MIAMI >> Maybe in a video game. Possibly in the pregame layup line. But shoot this way in the NBA Finals, against the two-time defending champions? "It's not something you can plan for," San Antonio reserve Manu Ginobili said. "There was no magic plays. We just moved the ball and every shot went in."
Dwyane Wade thinks there's no one better than the Miami Heat at dealing with the mental challenge of the playoffs. In his eyes, only one other team might compare. He's talking about the San Antonio Spurs.
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