Police: Domestic case involving pitcher Chapman is closed (Yahoo Sports)

Police say there was ''insufficient evidence'' to charge Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in a domestic disturbance incident between the pitcher and his girlfriend at his South Florida home, and they've closed the investigation. Joe Torre, MLB's chief baseball officer, said Tuesday that there is no timetable in making a decision on Chapman's...
Dec 9, 2015 |

AP source: D-backs get pitcher Shelby Miller from Braves (Yahoo Sports)

The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to acquire All-Star right-hander Shelby Miller from the Atlanta Braves for overall No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson, outfielder Ender Inciarte and pitching prospect Aaron Blair, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Diamondbacks also would get minor league left-hander Gabe Speier in a...
Dec 9, 2015 |

Cowboys top Redskins 19-16 on Bailey's 54-yard field goal (Yahoo Sports)

LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Dez Bryant's tantrum on the Dallas Cowboys' sideline was not a good look. Neither was Darren McFadden's two-fumble performance. Matt Cassel's passes often sailed nowhere near his receivers.
Dec 8, 2015 |

AP source: Reds agree to trade Chapman to Dodgers (Yahoo Sports)

The Cincinnati Reds agreed to trade hard-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, pending approval of medical records, according to a person familiar with the deal. Chapman, a 27-year-old left-hander, is eligible for free agency after next year's World Series.
Dec 8, 2015 |

Report: Chapman trade to Dodgers on hold (Yahoo Sports)

The proposed trade sending Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers appeared to be on hold Monday night after Yahoo Sports reported that police investigated an accusation of domestic violence involving the pitcher. Yahoo reported more than a dozen police officers responded to Chapman's home in Florida on Oct. 30. Jay...
Dec 8, 2015 |

Steve Sarkisian sues USC for contract breach after firing (Yahoo Sports)

Steve Sarkisian sued the University of Southern California on Monday, alleging the school breached the football coach's contract and discriminated against him on the basis of a disability - namely alcoholism - when it fired him this fall. Sarkisian's attorneys also alleged wrongful termination and invasion of privacy in the complaint filed in Los...
Dec 8, 2015 |

76ers hire Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations (Yahoo Sports)

Home in Arizona, Jerry Colangelo served as a willing mentor to NBA owners who called for advice. Philadelphia 76ers owner Josh Harris wanted more than an opinion on what was wrong with his failing franchise. Harris asked Colangelo to fix - and save - the Sixers as part of the front office.
Dec 8, 2015 |

Spurs rest starters, still romp 119-68 past hapless 76ers (Yahoo Sports)

With Jerry Colangelo sitting courtside, the Philadelphia 76ers gave their new man in charge an up-close look at just how far away they are from becoming a competitive franchise. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard all sat out and the San Antonio Spurs still rolled past the Sixers, 119-68 on Monday night. LeMarcus Aldridge led the Spurs...
Dec 8, 2015 |

Heisman Trophy finalists: Henry, Watson, McCaffrey (Yahoo Sports)

Alabama's Derrick Henry and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey are hoping to return to the Heisman Trophy to the running backs. Clemson's Deshaun Watson can keep it with the QBs. The two star running backs with very different styles and the dual-threat quarterback of the No. 1 team in the country are headed for New York after being named Heisman...
Dec 8, 2015 |

AP Source: Reds agree to deal Chapman to Dodgers (Yahoo Sports)

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to trade hard-throwing reliever Aroldis Chapman to the Los Angeles Dodgers, pending approval of medical records, according to a person familiar with the deal. After defecting from Cuba, Chapman spent the last six seasons with the Reds and saved 146 games in 164 chances.
Dec 7, 2015 |

No drama playoff: Selection committee has it easy this time (Yahoo Sports)

No need to do any Monday morning quarterbacking about the College Football Playoff. ''I just felt it was a little easier this year for me discerning between teams than it was last year in some respects, and I'm talking specifically about the top four,'' said Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long, the committee chairman. This was a striking...
Dec 7, 2015 |

Eagles shock Patriots with 35-28 win (Yahoo Sports)

Eight days ago, the New England Patriots were thinking about an unbeaten season. Najee Goode scored on a blocked punt, Malcolm Jenkins returned an interception 99 yards for another touchdown and Darren Sproles took a punt return all the way on Sunday before the Philadelphia Eagles held on for an improbable 35-28 victory over the Patriots. After...
Dec 7, 2015 |

Newton keeps Panthers perfect with 41-38 win over Saints (Yahoo Sports)

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers displayed composure in the clutch. Newton passed for five touchdowns, capped by a 15-yard scoring strike to Jerricho Cotchery with 1:05 to go, and the Panthers clinched the NFC South with a 41-38 victory over the Saints on Sunday. ''I expected us to win the football game,'' Newton said, adding he wasn't...
Dec 7, 2015 |

Warriors move to 22-0 by pulling away from Nets, 114-98 (Yahoo Sports)

Golden State's first game against the Nets went down to the wire, and the rematch seemed headed the same way. With one of his electrifying flurries, Stephen Curry changed things in a hurry. Curry scored 16 of his 28 points in the third quarter and the Warriors ran their NBA-record start to 22-0 by beating Brooklyn 114-98 on Sunday night.
Dec 7, 2015 |

South Carolina hires Will Muschamp as next football coach (Yahoo Sports)

South Carolina has officially announced Will Muschamp will be its next football coach, replacing the Gamecocks' all-time wins leader Steve Spurrier. South Carolina has scheduled an introductory news conference for Muschamp on Monday morning. University trustees will vote on Muschamp's contract before he meets the media.
Dec 7, 2015 |

Turning points, season-saving plays define playoff teams (Yahoo Sports)

Michigan State needed a miracle. Hail hog helped Alabama get here. A swat saved Oklahoma's season. Clemson turned away a late 2-point conversion that could have cost the Tigers their perfect record.
Dec 7, 2015 |

No. 5 Michigan St edges No. 4 Iowa 16-13 for Big Ten title (Yahoo Sports)

L.J. Scott's late lunge did more than put the ball across the goal line - it all but certainly put No. 5 Michigan State into the College Football Playoff. Quarterback Connor Cook led the Spartans (12-1, No. 5 CFP) on a 22-play drive that set up Scott's 1-yard run on third down. A half-dozen Iowa defenders tried to stop Scott and pushed him...
Dec 6, 2015 |

AP Source: Muschamp agrees to become South Carolina coach (Yahoo Sports)

Former Florida coach Will Muschamp will get a second chance in the Southeastern Conference after agreeing to become South Carolina's next football coach. A person with direct knowledge of the decision said Muschamp will take over the program and hopefully bring some stability to a program that saw longtime coach Steve Spurrier resign in midseason....
Dec 6, 2015 |

Playoff bound: Clemson beats UNC 45-37 for ACC title (Yahoo Sports)

Deshaun Watson did everything in his power to ensure Clemson's perfect season continued. The Heisman Trophy hopeful threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as No. 1 Clemson stayed unbeaten by holding off eighth-ranked North Carolina 45-37 Saturday night in the ACC championship game. Watson's 420 total yards and five total touchdowns set...
Dec 6, 2015 |

No. 2 Alabama clinches playoffs with 29-15 win over Florida (Yahoo Sports)

The confetti fell on another Alabama championship, just not the one the Crimson Tide really wants. With a Heisman-worthy performance from Derrick Henry and another dose of dominating defense, No. 2 Alabama cruised into the four-team playoff with a 29-15 victory over No. 18 Florida in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday. The...
Dec 6, 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