AP source: Cubs, Heyward agree to $184M, 8-year contract (Yahoo Sports)

The Chicago Cubs already boasted one of the best young cores in baseball - and that was before they added one of the top outfielders. Free agent Jason Heyward agreed to a $184 million, eight-year contract with the Cubs, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The agreement with the three-time Gold Glove winner is the latest in a...
Dec 12, 2015 |

Ohio State hires Schiano as defensive coordinator (Yahoo Sports)

Ohio State hired former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Rutgers coach Greg Schiano as co-defensive coordinator on Friday. Schiano, 49, has been out of coaching the past two seasons since being fired by Tampa Bay. Before that he led a massive rebuild at Rutgers, taking one of the worst programs in major college football and turning it into a consistent...
Dec 12, 2015 |

Gronkowski, Edelman back at practice for Patriots (Yahoo Sports)

Key offensive weapons Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman were both back on the New England Patriots practice field Friday, and Gronkowski has a chance to play Sunday night at Houston. The tight end, who has missed one game since hurting his right knee in a loss to Denver Nov. 29, had his second day of limited practice Friday and was listed as...
Dec 12, 2015 |

Freeney, Cardinals clinch playoff spot, stop Vikings 23-20 (Yahoo Sports)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Dwight Freeney considered retirement. A month into the season he still wasn't on a team. Then the Arizona Cardinals came calling, looking to boost their troubled pass rush.
Dec 11, 2015 |

Judge blocks operations of daily fantasy sports sites in NY (Yahoo Sports)

A judge on Friday barred daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel from doing business in New York, ordering the country's two biggest fantasy sports companies to stop taking bets after the state's attorney general argued their operations were illegal gambling. State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez's order siding with Attorney General...
Dec 11, 2015 |

Jets' Revis returns, expects to play vs. Titans (Yahoo Sports)

Darrelle Revis is ready to shut down wide receivers again. The New York Jets cornerback returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis for the first time since suffering a concussion in a game on Nov. 22 at Houston. While he isn't officially cleared yet to play, Revis has his sights set on being on the field Sunday against Tennessee.
Dec 11, 2015 |

Houston's Watt has broken hand but will play Sunday (Yahoo Sports)

Houston star defensive end J.J. Watt isn't worried about people trying to come after him Sunday to take advantage of his broken left hand. ''Let them try,'' Watt said. Watt broke his left hand in practice on Wednesday, but said he'll play Sunday.
Dec 11, 2015 |

Kyrie Irving traveling with Cavs, could play on road trip (Yahoo Sports)

Kyrie Irving is getting on a plane with the Cavaliers. Coach David Blatt said Thursday that Irving - and starting guard Iman Shumpert, who has been out with a right wrist injury - will travel with the team and may play either Friday in Orlando or Tuesday in Boston. ''There's a chance that one of the two or both will play on the trip, but there's...
Dec 11, 2015 |

Pats' Gronkowski back on practice field after knee injury (Yahoo Sports)

Rob Gronkowski was back on the practice field Thursday, just 11 days after suffering a knee injury in a Sunday night loss to the Denver Broncos. With no timeline set on his return, Gronkowski, who sprained his right knee and also suffered a bone bruise, was back after missing four New England Patriots practices. The Patriots and the Gronkowski...
Dec 11, 2015 |

Vikings without 4 defensive starters vs Arizona (Yahoo Sports)

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- As expected, the Minnesota Vikings are without four defensive starters for Thursday night's game against Arizona.
Dec 11, 2015 |

MLB recommends netting between dugouts for all 30 ballparks (Yahoo Sports)

Major League Baseball recommended teams have protective netting between the dugouts for any field-level seats within 70 feet of home plate. The guidelines were announced Wednesday at the winter meetings following a season in which several fans were injured by foul balls, prompting MLB to study fan safety. ''It is important that fans have the...
Dec 10, 2015 |

Mets get 2B Neil Walker from Pirates for LHP Jonathon Niese (Yahoo Sports)

The New York Mets quickly bounced back after losing out on their first choice of second basemen, acquiring Neil Walker from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday for left-hander Jonathon Niese. The Mets had made it known they were targeting Ben Zobrist as their No. 1 goal this offseason. ''He's a guy we had on our short list but didn't know if he'd...
Dec 10, 2015 |

Johnny Manziel: 'I was forced to learn a hard lesson' (Yahoo Sports)

Johnny Manziel didn't like being punished for partying. Speaking to reporters for the first time since being demoted last month for off-field behavior, Manziel didn't apologize for his actions, offered no promises and said he feels fortunate to be back in the starting lineup this week against San Francisco. Browns coach Mike Pettine punished...
Dec 10, 2015 |

Bills LeSean McCoy still carrying a Chip on his shoulder (Yahoo Sports)

LeSean McCoy had a blunt response to Eagles coach Chip Kelly's offer to shake hands on the field in Philadelphia on Sunday. ''Chip can't shake (anything),'' the Bills running back said, using a profanity on Wednesday. Nine months have passed since Kelly decided to part ways with the Eagles' most dynamic offensive threat at the time, trading McCoy...
Dec 10, 2015 |

IBF confirms its heavyweight belt stripped from Fury (Yahoo Sports)

The IBF has confirmed it stripped British boxer Tyson Fury of its world heavyweight belt because his next fight is not against its mandatory challenger. The International Boxing Federation says in a statement on Wednesday that Fury was supposed to meet Vyacheslav Glazkov next, but couldn't because Fury was contractually obligated to a rematch with...
Dec 9, 2015 |

Diamondbacks get pitcher Shelby Miller from Braves (Yahoo Sports)

The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday for overall No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson, outfielder Ender Inciarte and pitching prospect Aaron Blair. The Diamondbacks obtained minor league left-hander Gabe Speier in a trade that gave Arizona its second top-flight starter in two days....
Dec 9, 2015 |

Zobrist agrees to $56 million, 4-year deal with Cubs (Yahoo Sports)

The Chicago Cubs keep adding players who used to be on Joe Maddon's teams. Free agent infielder Ben Zobrist agreed Tuesday to a $56 million, four-year contract with the Cubs, a deal that spurred Chicago to trade Starlin Castro to the New York Yankees for pitcher Adam Warren. A two-time All-Star, Zobrist gets a $2 million signing bonus, payable by...
Dec 9, 2015 |

Thompson, Warriors improve to 23-0, beat Pacers 131-123 (Yahoo Sports)

Klay Thompson and the Golden State Warriors spent the first three quarters playing as flawlessly as their unbeaten record. On a night Thompson scored a season-high 39 points and reigning MVP Stephen Curry nearly had a triple-double, the Warriors improved to 23-0 by stopping Indiana's furious fourth-quarter comeback and holding off the Pacers...
Dec 9, 2015 |

Quarter-back: Johnny Manziel starting again for Browns (Yahoo Sports)

Johnny Manziel's timeout has ended. The polarizing quarterback will play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, returning to the lineup after being benched two games by coach Mike Pettine for defiantly partying during the team's bye week. Pettine is giving Manziel another chance after the second-year QB broke a promise that he wouldn't become a...
Dec 9, 2015 |

Hezbollah buries militant Qantar, says Israel will be held accountable

Lebanon's Hezbollah group said on Monday that Israel would be held accountable for killing prominent militant Samir Qantar in an air strike in Syria, and accorded him an elaborate funeral of... Read More

Russia says black box from warplane downed by Turkey unreadable

Investigators in Moscow said on Monday they were unable to retrieve information from the damaged black box of a Russian warplane shot down by Turkey last month, data the Kremlin hoped would support... Read More

Exclusive: U.S. glossed over Oman's human rights record during Iran talks

By Jason Szep, Matt Spetalnick and Yara Bayoumy WASHINGTON/MUSCAT (Reuters) - As the United States negotiated this year’s nuclear pact with Iran, the State Department quietly agreed to spare the... Read More