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Michigan State hires Colorado’s Tucker as next football coach

EAST LANSING — Mel Tucker recalled making $400 a month when he began his career as a graduate assistant at Michigan State, sleeping under his desk hoping to be noticed when coach Nick Saban walked in or out of the building. Two-plus decades later, Tucker is back to lead the Spartans and he ...

Buckeyes on top in Big Ten recruiting

Ohio State is back on top in Big Ten recruiting, with Ryan Day wrapping up his first full signing class Wednesday with a letter of intent from the two-time Michigan high school player of the year. Michigan, Penn State and Nebraska followed the Buckeyes in the Big Ten composite rankings ...

Congress urged to pass anti-doping bill before Olympics

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency urged Congress on Wednesday to pass a bill criminalizing international doping conspiracies before this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, saying it would be a strong deterrent in the absence of adequate punishment for past Russian doping. USADA ...

GALLERY: Bryant’s death draws tributes from LA, globe

NBA great Kobe Bryant, 41, died in a helicopter crash with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday in Calabasas, California, about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Additional coverage: Kobe Bryant left a deep legacy in LA sports, basketball world Los Angeles ...

Los Angeles unites in grief for adopted son Kobe Bryant

LOS ANGELES — The chants rose in the plaza across from Staples Center. "Kobe!" and "MVP! MVP!" They came from hundreds of fans gathered to mourn the death of Kobe Bryant. Candles burned alongside hand-lettered messages scrawled on signs and the pavement. Bunches of flowers piled up, some ...

Kobe Bryant left deep legacy in LA sports, basketball world

LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant inspired a generation of basketball players worldwide with sublime skills and an unquenchable competitive fire. He earned Los Angeles' eternal adoration during his two decades as the fierce soul of the beloved Lakers, and he was respected by basketball fans from ...

Aviation experts suspect Bryant’s pilot got lost in the fog

CALABASAS, Calif. — Coroner's officials worked to recover victims' remains Monday from the hillside outside Los Angeles where a helicopter carrying former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and eight others crashed in a wreck that aviation experts said may have been caused by the pilot becoming ...

Ex-NBA star Kobe Bryant dies in crash

CALABASAS, Calif. — Kobe Bryant, the 18-time NBA All-Star who won five championships and became one of the greatest basketball players of his generation during a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died in a helicopter crash Sunday. He was 41. Bryant died in a helicopter crash near ...

Hockey’s young stars shine in NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament

ST. LOUIS — Young Laila Anderson delivered one of the most poignant moments of the weekend when she introduced the Blues’ four All-Stars. The players who stood out on the ice later weren’t all that much older. Hockey’s youth was on grand display in the NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament ...

Hinch, GM fired for Astros sign stealing after MLB bans pair

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora could be next. Hinch and Luhnow were fired Monday after being suspended by Major League Baseball for the team's illicit use of ...

Lions add defensive coordinator Undlin

ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have hired Cory Undlin to replace Paul Pasqualoni as defensive coordinator. Matt Patricia added the former Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach to his staff on Monday. Patricia and Undlin started their NFL careers together with the New England ...

Patriots star Edelman charged for vandalism

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — New England Patriots star Julian Edelman was arrested in Southern California on suspicion of misdemeanor vandalism after jumping on the hood of someone’s car, authorities said Sunday. Edelman, 33, caused unspecified damage when he jumped on the vehicle ...

Packers come back to edge Lions

DETROIT — Aaron Rodgers was on the money when Green Bay needed him most, overcoming one of his worst games this season. Rodgers threw a short and accurate pass to Aaron Jones, whose 31-yard reception set up Mason Crosby’s 33-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Packers to a 23-20 ...

Red Wings’ Bertuzzi selected to his first All-Star game

NEW YORK (AP) — The host St. Louis Blues will have three players at NHL All-Star Weekend. Captain Alex Pietrangelo, goaltender Jordan Binnington and playoff MVP Ryan O’Reilly will represent the defending Stanley Cup champion Blues for All-Star festivities Jan. 24-25. Forward David Perron ...

Serena Williams named female athlete of the decade

Serena Williams dominated the decade, on the court and in conversation. There were, to begin with, the dozen Grand Slam single titles — no other woman had more than three over the past 10 seasons — and the 3 1/2 years in a row at No. 1 in the WTA rankings. And then there was the ...

Lowly Lions lose to Broncos, 27-17

DENVER (AP) — By his own critique, Drew Lock’s celebratory shuffle dance was shaky at best. His fancy footwork on the field, though, was anything but jittery. The rookie quarterback stood out even above those hard-to-miss, all-orange uniforms worn by the Denver Broncos. Lock threw a ...

Stanford beats Badgers, repeat volleyball title

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The NCAA women's volleyball world had no answer for Stanford outside hitter Kathryn Plummer. Now, it won't need one. Plummer finished off her Cardinal career Saturday night, hammering 22 kills to lead Stanford past Wisconsin, 25-16, 25-17, 25-20 in the NCAA women's ...

Brees sets NFL all-time TD mark in Saints’ win

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees trotted along the sideline holding his helmet and a Hall of Fame-bound ball in his left hand while using his right hand to wave and blow kisses to an adoring Superdome crowd. Another milestone, another memory, for an undersized and once underestimated player ...

Ten ex-NFL players charged with defrauding healthcare system

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten former NFL players were charged in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league’s health care benefit program by submitting false claims for medical equipment, including devices used on horses, the Justice Department said Thursday. The players were charged in ...