| Dec 27, 2013
| 8:45 AM
The Boston Marathon bombing was named the sports story of the year Friday in a vote conducted by the Associated Press.
Ninety-six ballots were submitted by U.S. editors and news directors. Voters were asked to rank the top 10 sports stories of the year,...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 3:44 PM
One shot or one play doesn’t necessarily determine the outcome of a game, coaches and players like to say, because there are so many shots and plays during the course of a game.
But there was one shot Thursday night, by Portland’s Nicolas...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 8:15 AM
John Baxter, USC’s special teams coach the last four seasons, said he was told by new Coach Steve Sarkisian that he would not be part of his Trojans staff.
Baxter said he met with Sarkisian earlier this week and was told there was not a scenario...
| Jan 7, 2014
| 3:25 PM
The Bowl Championship Series ranked with the belly putter and designated hitter among sports’ most mocked creations, and often deservedly so. But talk about indelible walk-offs.
As closing scenes go, this was Kirk Gibson taking Dennis Eckersley...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 9:15 PM
That seven-year Southeastern Conference stranglehold on college football's national championship has come to an end.
But it died hard.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston was outplayed by Auburn counterpart Nick Marshall for three...
| Aug 28, 2013
| 10:51 AM
Only two college football teams in the last 40 years went wire-to-wire atop the national polls. Virginia Tech under Frank Beamer played them both.
The Miami Hurricanes’ most recent national champions produced 38 NFL draft choices, 17 first-...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 5:00 PM
Jim Mora came to UCLA known as a hothead prone to bouts of spontaneous verbal combustion.
An out-of-town colleague put it to me this way: "You know he's crazy, right?"
Mora lived up to the reputation by screaming at assistant coaches and midlevel...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 12:15 PM
Following the fourth or fifth FSU touchdown of the game (I’d lost track at that point), I felt the earth tremble and a rush of wind as I was nudged a few feet to my right by a handler while Renegade the Appaloosa horse came thundering by me about...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Johnny Football is dazzling and Alabama is still the team to beat. Got it.
Now it's time to look forward.
This week does not have many marquee games, but weeks like this can be sneaky good and still have an impact on the college football landscape....
| Oct 24, 2013
Virginia Tech could not have asked for a more comfortable ACC football debut. Duke. At home.
The year was 2004, and the Blue Devils were in the throes of a hopeless stretch during which they endured eight winless conference seasons in 12 years....
| Oct 25, 2013
| 3:43 PM
Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden were legends and friends and headed for train-wreck finishes. There was no easy way to extricate themselves from the Penn State and Florida State kingdoms they ruled, so both men decided to hold on until fate intervened....
| Jul 19, 2012
| 4:42 PM
When talking about building his offensive and defensive lines, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has said that at the start of each recruiting cycle, he charges his staff to find the biggest and strongest players they can find. Conventional football...