Opinion: Why Lakers may be worse with addition of LeBron James
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:48:47 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
With nine games to go, the Los Angeles Lakers are 32-41 and in danger of finishing with a worse record than last season's miserable mark of 35-47.


Giannis Antetokounmpo or James Harden? NBA MVP race is far from decided
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:44:56 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
An informal straw poll of 25 media members finds the race between Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden could still be decided in the last two weeks.


Insider: Nate McMillan puts Pacers on spot, they respond with blowout of Nuggets
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 06:04:55 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
The Pacers' four-game losing streak began in Denver, but they ended it emphatically Sunday, 124-88, as Bojan Bogdanovic scored 35 points.


Magic shut down 76ers in 2nd half, win 119-98, close on 8th
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:27:29 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Orlando held the Philadelphia 76ers without a field goal for a stretch of nearly 12 minutes Monday night in the Magic's 119-98 victory


Former Knicks, NYU player Cal Ramsey dies at 81
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:59:00 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Cal Ramsey, NYU star who went on to play and broadcast for the Knicks, dies at 81


Breaking down the NBA playoff races, which are winding down
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 02:08:24 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
The playoff field is largely set in the NBA, though there's still a ton left to be decided in the final weeks


Lakers ride Kuzma's hot 3rd to beat Kings 111-106
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 02:01:59 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Kyle Kuzma scored 21 of his 29 points in the third quarter, LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists and the Los Angeles Lakers ended a five-game losing streak with a 111-106 win over the Sacramento Kings


Curry returns to score 26 and Warriors beat Pistons
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:10:08 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Stephen Curry had 26 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the Golden State Warriors rebounded a night after a blowout loss with a 121-114 win over the Detroit Pistons


Jeremy Lamb hits miracle 3 from half-court to lift Hornets over Raptors
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:13:09 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Jeremy Lamb banked in the winning 3-pointer from just beyond half-court to beat the Raptors 115-114 and keep the Hornets in the playoff race.


Throw it down: Best dunk photos of the NBA season
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:29:48 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
A look at some of the best dunk photos taken during the 2018-19 NBA season.


NBA triple-double tracker: 2018-19
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:25:16 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Keep up with this year's leaders and track every triple-double of the 2018-19 NBA season.


NBA triple-double tracker: 2018-19 season leaders
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 00:08:28 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Keep up with this year's leaders and track every triple-double of the 2018-19 NBA season.


FC Cincinnati romps over New England Revolution in a dominant 2-0 victory
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:28:43 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
For the second week in a row, FC Cincinnati took the game to its opponent and attacked in lethal doses.


Ronaldo injured for Portugal; big wins for France, England
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:55:55 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
An injury to Cristiano Ronaldo exacerbated Portugal's frustrating start to its European Championship title defense but things couldn't be going much better for free-scoring England and France


Racist abuse mars England's latest big win under Southgate
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:27:44 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Starting a competitive international before he has even started an English Premier League game, 18-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi helped England beat Montenegro 5-1 for a second straight big win in European Championship qualifying


Catalonia beats Venezuela 2-1 in friendly in Spain
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:24:34 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Venezuela has followed its win over Lionel Messi's Argentina with a 2-1 loss to a Catalonia squad in a friendly on Friday


Ronaldo not too worried after leg injury in Portugal draw
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:12:29 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Cristiano Ronaldo sustained a muscle injury and had to be substituted before halftime of Portugal's match against Serbia in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship


Ronaldo injured in Portugal's 1-1 draw against Serbia
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:53:23 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Portugal has drawn 1-1 with Serbia in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship as Cristiano Ronaldo played only half an hour before being substituted with a muscle injury


England to complain to UEFA about racist abuse in Montenegro
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:21:55 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
England manager Gareth Southgate says the English Football Association will make an official complaint to UEFA after alleging at least one of his players received racist abuse during the European Championship qualifier at Montenegro.


Soccer's treatment of head injuries under new scrutiny
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:03:13 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Switzerland defender Fabian Schaer will miss his team's next European Championship qualifier after playing despite a head injury in a 2-0 win at Georgia


Messi to play for Argentina in Copa America, coach says
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:00:59 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Lionel Messi will play for Argentina in the Copa America in June in Brazil, according to coach Lionel Scaloni


Mbappe, Griezmann, Giroud score as France routs Iceland 4-0
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:52:36 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
World champion France fully capitalized on Iceland's defensive deficiencies and lack of imagination to demolish the North Atlantic nation 4-0 in qualifying for the 2020 European Championship


Neymar already looking to extend his contract with PSG
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:57:27 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Neymar's father says the Brazil striker is already looking to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain


FIFA to hear Chelsea's transfer ban appeal on April 11
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 12:07:24 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
FIFA will hear Chelsea's appeal against a one-year transfer ban on April 11 for breaking rules that monitor signing youth players


After playing with head injury, Schaer to miss Swiss game
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:45:30 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Switzerland defender Fabian Schaer will miss his team's next European Championship qualifier after playing despite a head injury in a 2-0 win at Georgia


US midfielder McKennie out several weeks with ankle sprain
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:41:49 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
US midfielder Weston McKennie expected out several weeks with sprained ankle


Federer finishes with flurry of aces in 3rd round at Miami
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:32:36 -0400
From rssfeeds.usatoday
Roger Federer finished with a flurry of aces and advanced to the fourth round of the Miami Open by beating Filip Krajinovic in straight sets


On College Basketball: What’s Next in the N.C.A.A. Tournament? Let’s Look Ahead
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:34:06 GMT
From https:
Sorting the favorites and the almost favorites in the N.C.A.A. tournament's Sweet 16.


On Pro Basketball: With the Playoffs Out of Sight, What’s Left for the Lakers?
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:58:54 GMT
From https:
As an off-season of uncertainty approaches, Coach Luke Walton is trying to keep his job, young players are aiming to prove themselves, and LeBron James is holding himself up to "basketball gods."


On Pro Football: Gronk Cruises Away from N.F.L., Leaving a Big Hole
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:56:24 GMT
From https:
It might not be just the New England Patriots who miss him. The N.F.L. lacks colorful characters, and the tight end Rob Gronkowski was one of them.


On College Basketball: Easy as 1, 2, 3: Favorites Dominate the N.C.A.A. Bracket
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:23:23 GMT
From https:
The tournament's top 12 seeds, and two No. 4s, all advanced to the second week of the N.C.A.A. tournament.


Paul George, at Peace in Oklahoma City, Reels In a Career Year
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 07:00:06 GMT
From https:
George, a star forward for the Thunder, is playing his best basketball in his second season for a team many thought would only be a pit stop in his career.


The Off-Season Life of an M.L.B. Hot Potato
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:51:48 GMT
From https:
For players like Austin Brice, being on the cusp of a 40-man roster can lead to a frustrating winter of being passed from team to team with no chance to prove themselves.


N.C.A.A. Tournament: Duke Avoids Upset in Win Over Central Florida
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 03:40:16 GMT
From https:
In a bid for the upset of the tournament, Central Florida came up just short, with a pair of shots in the final seconds rimming out.


For the First Time, an N.H.L. Game Is Broadcast in Plains Cree
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:14:46 GMT
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Sunday night's game between Montreal and Carolina had commentators who used an Algonquian language spoken by many of Canada's Indigenous people.


Patriots Suffer Big Loss: Gronkowski Will Retire
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:52:14 GMT
From https:
The Patriots' dominant tight end, known for his combination of size and speed, announced his retirement on Instagram.


Roger Federer Advances and Bianca Andreescu Retires at Miami Open
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 23:45:45 GMT
From https:
Federer got off to a slow start before crushing Filip Krajinovic. Andreescu, coming off a win at the BNP Paribas Open, pulled out because of a shoulder injury.


Prosecutors Announce Charges Against Michael Avenatti
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:08:01 GMT
From https:
Federal prosecutors accused the lawyer Michael Avenatti of attempting to extort more than $20 million from Nike. Mr. Avenatti is best known for representing Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump.

N.C.A.A. Women’s Tournament: Texas A&M and South Carolina Hold On’ UConn Wins
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 04:17:51 GMT
From https:
The Huskies, with Napheesa Collier scoring 27 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, beat Buffalo to move into the round of 16 for a 26th consecutive season.


Miami Open: Sloane Stephens Is Routed; Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep Hold On
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 03:54:19 GMT
From https:
Halep will next face Venus Williams, whose opponent, Daria Kasatkina, did not win her serve once.


Islanders 2, Coyotes 0: Islanders Blank Coyotes and Keep Pace With the Capitals
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 03:55:40 GMT
From https:
Robin Lehner stopped 31 shots for the Islanders, who moved ahead of the Penguins for second in the Metropolitan Division.


DePaul downs Longwood in CBI quarterfinals
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:40:31 -0400
From feeds.reuters
Max Strus scored 26 of his 38 points in the second half and drew a pivotal charge in the final minute to lift host DePaul to a 97-89 victory against Longwood in a CBI quarterfinal on Monday night in Chicago.


LSU on attack with Michigan State on deck
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 22:35:33 -0400
From feeds.reuters
One program is busy proving people wrong. The other is back where many always expected it to be.


Onyenwere's 30 points help UCLA knock off Maryland
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:46:27 -0400
From feeds.reuters
Michaela Onyenwere scored 30 points to lead No. 6 seed UCLA over No. 3 Maryland 85-80 on Monday night in a second-round NCAA Tournament game in College Park, Md.


Coastal Carolina crushes West Virginia for CBI victory
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:34:37 -0400
From feeds.reuters
Freshman guard DeVante Jones pumped in a game-high 32 points Monday night as Coastal Carolina routed West Virginia 109-91 in the CBI quarterfinals at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown.


NC State takes out Kentucky, heads to Greensboro
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:34:02 -0400
From feeds.reuters
Kiara Leslie's 26 points and 10 rebounds lifted North Carolina State to a 72-57 victory against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament's second round Monday night at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C.


South Dakota State's late run beats Syracuse
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:27:36 -0400
From feeds.reuters
South Dakota State advanced to its first Sweet 16 by winning 75-64 at Syracuse in a second-round NCAA Tournament game in the Portland region on Monday.


NFL notebook: Gruden affirms Carr as Raiders' QB
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 21:11:26 -0400
From feeds.reuters
Amid rumors and speculation that the Oakland Raiders could be looking to move on from Derek Carr, coach Jon Gruden said Monday that Carr's status is set for 2019.


MLB notebook: Orioles' Cobb (groin) lands on IL
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:40:30 -0400
From feeds.reuters
The Baltimore Orioles placed scheduled Opening Day starter Alex Cobb on the 10-day injured list with a strained right groin, the club announced Monday.


Federer, Anderson advance to fourth round in Miami
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:21:47 -0400
From feeds.reuters
Roger Federer overcame a sluggish start to defeat Filip Krajinovic 7-5 6-3 and Kevin Anderson's booming serve proved too much for Joao Sousa as the big names advanced to the fourth round of the Miami Open on Monday.


Status of Kentucky PF Washington remains in doubt
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 20:20:48 -0400
From feeds.reuters
Kentucky standout power forward PJ Washington is slated to have the cast removed from his left foot Tuesday but his status is in doubt for Friday's Sweet 16 game against Houston.


Canadian teenager Andreescu retires in Miami fourth round
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 19:33:01 -0400
From feeds.reuters
Bianca Andreescu's dominant recent impressive run ended at the Miami Open as the Canadian teenager who has taken the tennis world by storm retired with a shoulder injury while trailing 6-1 2-0 in her fourth-round clash with Estonia's Anett Kontaveit.


Report: Buccaneers expected to sign QB Gabbert
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 17:44:33 -0400
From feeds.reuters
After being cut by the Tennessee Titans 10 days ago, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are expected to sign quarterback Blaine Gabbert, according to a report Monday.


Bears-Packers game to kick off NFL's 100th season
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 16:29:10 -0400
From feeds.reuters
The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers will kick off the NFL's 100th season when they meet at Chicago's Soldier Field on Thursday night, Sept. 5, the NFL announced on Monday.


Defensive-minded Michigan, Texas Tech dig in for regional semifinal
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:29:33 -0400
From feeds.reuters
Michigan vs. Texas Tech in the Sweet 16. First one to 50 wins?


Predators' Watson on long-term injury loan to AHL club
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:22:57 -0400
From feeds.reuters
Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been assigned to the club's AHL affiliate in Milwaukee on a long-term injury loan.


Gronk's agent: Return possible if Brady asks
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 15:21:12 -0400
From feeds.reuters
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement Sunday on Instagram, but his agent isn't convinced we've seen the last of him.


Fashion and champagne grace Nigeria polo party
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 14:32:42 -0400
From feeds.reuters
When polo comes to Lagos, the champagne flows and exuberant fashion colors adorn the green fields.


Marlins release SP Straily three days before opener
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 13:33:53 -0400
From feeds.reuters
In somewhat of a surprise move, the Miami Marlins released veteran starting pitcher Dan Straily just three days before the start of the regular season, the team announced Monday.


Top U.S. court rebuffs challenge to Nike over Michael Jordan photo
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 10:18:56 -0400
From feeds.reuters
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider reviving a copyright case in which Nike Inc was accused of unauthorized use of photographer Jacobus Rentmeester's famous 1984 photograph of basketball superstar Michael Jordan soaring through the air.


North Carolina controls Washington, advances to Sweet 16
Date: Mon, 25 Mar 2019 06:04:45 -0400
From feeds.reuters
Luke Maye poured in 20 points as top-seeded North Carolina defeated ninth-seeded Washington 81-59 in the NCAA Tournament's second round Sunday afternoon at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.