• Ranking the Super Bowl commercials

    Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    The Super Bowl commercials were considered a little tamer than usual, to which America says, “thanks, Madison Avenue.” There’s enough sex on the sidelines of the Super Bowl. We don’t need it during the commercials. Here’s one man’s opinion of the 10 best commercials from Super Bowl 50: Coca-Cola: The Ant-Man swipes a Coke from The Incredible Hulk, igniting a wild chase through the city. Then when the Ant-Man is cornered, he not only gives up the Coke, but opens it for his too-big-fingered foe. Apartments.com: I’d never heard of apartments.com, but I’ve heard “The Jeffersons” theme song, and it’s always a keeper.

  • Why didn't Cam Newton try to recover the fumble?

    Monday, February 8, 2016 at 04:42 PM

    Fiftysomething football players lose a Super Bowl every year. It’s never an easy thing. You don’t know if you’ll get back. You live with the dozens of small plays that went against you and might have made the difference. But Losing a Super Bowl the way Cam Newton lost it is different. Newton, a lightning rod leading up to Super Bowl 50, for his celebrations, exuberant for a quarterback, became a lightning rod leading away from Super Bowl 50. Not just for his meager performance — 18 of 41 passing, 265 yards, one interception and two lost fumbles. And not just for his immature post-game antics — barely answering questions for a short period of time, then trudging out.

  • Buddy Hield hits game-winner to lift Sooners over Texas 63-60

    Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10:13 PM

    The Sooners trailed for much of the game and Hield was mostly cold from the field before taking over late, finishing with 27 points.

  • Offense overcomes poor defensive effort in win over Suns

    Monday, February 8, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Kevin Durant scored 25 of his 32 points in the second half and Oklahoma City pulled away in the final four minutes to hand the Phoenix Suns their eighth consecutive loss, 122-106 on Monday night.

  • Tommie Smith & John Carlos: from villains to heroes

    Monday, February 8, 2016 at 07:45 PM

    Smith and Carlos, more linked than any two athletes in American history, have lived forever since Mexico City, 47-plus years. They say God brought them together a half century ago for a singular purpose. God, plus Track & Field News.

  • Cowboys suffer 63-56 defeat at TCU

    Monday, February 8, 2016 at 08:04 PM

    With last-place TCU's win over OSU, the Horned Frogs now have company from the Cowboys in the Big 12 basement.

  • BRIEF: Mountain West honors Air Force guard CJ Siples

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The Mountain West named CJ Siples its men's basketball player of the week on Monday, recognizing the sophomore's play over his first two starts as Air Force's point guard. Replacing the injured Trevor Lyons before Tuesday's 70-62 victory over Wyoming, Siples averaged 19 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.5 steals in the wins over the Cowboys and Boise State. "He really grew," coach Dave Pilipovich said. "He's really gained confidence this last week." Siples shot 64.7 percent (11 of 17) from the field in those two games, including 57.1 percent (4 of 7) from 3-point range. He also hit 12 of 14 free throws. He had 25 points in a 61-53 victory over Boise State and in 70 minutes over the two games committed

  • Walker scores 30 as Hornets beat Bulls, 108-91

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets are finally close to being 100 percent healthy again, and are working their way back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Kemba Walker scored 30 points as the Hornets led from the start and bet the Chicago Bulls 108-91 on Monday night. Charlotte (25-25) reached the .500 mark for the first time since it was 17-17 on Jan. 4 in the midst of losing seven straight and nine out of 10. The Hornets' latest win was their second straight and fourth in the past five games, and left them just a half-game behind eighth-place Detroit in the Eastern Conference standings. "To be back at .500 a game before the All-Star break, that shows where we are," said Charlotte guard Nico

  • Living with people they bite, Zika mosquitoes hard to fight

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The mosquitoes that spread the Zika virus are among the hardest species to fight because they live and breed in tub drains, dog bowls, buckets, flower pots and other spots where water collects inside the houses and yards of the people they bite, insect experts noted Monday. Because they stick close to home, Zika-carrying mosquitoes are hard to target with larvacide and insecticide sprays, they said. "You're not going to find them in roadside ditches or in swamps," said Mark Cothran, mosquito control director for Gulf County, Florida. "You're going to find them in dog food bowls or in 5-gallon buckets. It almost requires going door-to-door to dump out containers.

  • Clippers 76ers Basketball

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul (3) in action during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Clippers won 98-92 in overtime.

  • Abilene Christian holds off Lamar 71-67

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — Jaylen Franklin scored 18 points and Abilene Christian held off Lamar 71-67 Monday night. Abilene Christian (11-13, 6-5 Southland Conference) led by six after Franklin's jumper with 1:26 to go. It turned into a free throw shooting contest from there. Lamar made six in a row, compared to two for Abilene Christian, and the difference was two points with 20 seconds left. Jalen Little then made four straight from the line for ACU, while Quan Jones' late 3-point attempt fell short for Lamar. Little finished with 14 points and was 8 of 10 from the line. Franklin was 7 of 14 from the field. The Wildcats shot nearly 47 percent. Lamar (10-14, 2-10) was led by Nick Garth with 20 points. Jones scored

  • Oklahoma St TCU Basketball

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    TCU Horned Frogs guard Chauncey Collins (1) dribbles the ball behind his back to shake off Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Tyree Griffin (2) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fort Worth, Texas, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. TCU won, 63-56.

  • Chargers hire businessman to lead stadium initiative effort

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers chairman Dean Spanos hired businessman and former developer Fred Maas on Monday to head the team's citizens' initiative process to get a measure for a new stadium on the November ballot. Maas is expected to bring a new voice to the team's long, bitter attempt to replace aging Qualcomm Stadium. He is considered to have a good relationship with City Hall and was the city's stadium point man under former Mayor Jerry Sanders. Spanos said attorney Mark Fabiani will continue to be part of the stadium process. Fabiani spent most of last year attacking Mayor Kevin Faulconer's proposals to keep the team, and the Chargers' attempts to move to the Los Angeles area angered many fans.

  • Kansas Texas Basketball

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Texas guard Brooke McCarty, front, drives the ball against Kansas forward Caelynn Manning-Allen, rear, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016, in Austin, Texas. Texas won 70-46.

  • OU baseball: Sooners bolster schedule with more road games this season

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 3 hr ago

    After a 34-27 record last season failed to produce an NCAA Tournament berth for Oklahoma, Sooners, coach Pete Hughes overhauled the schedule this year. Oklahoma will play mostly road games this season as Hughes aims for his first postseason appearance in his third year at the helm.

  • Louisville Duke Basketball

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Louisville head coach Rick Pitino watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Durham, N.C., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

  • Panthers' Aleksander Barkov leaves with injury after hit

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has been knocked out of a game against the Detroit Red Wings. Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader landed his left shoulder high on Barkov in the second period of Monday night's game. Soon after Barkov passed the puck up ice from deep in Florida's end, he was hit hard by Abdelkader and lost his stick while he fell back onto the ice. Barkov's return to the game was ruled out because of what the team described as an upper-body injury. The 20-year-old Finn is among Florida's leaders with 16 goals and 35 points. He signed a six-year extension worth about $35 million with Florida last month.

  • Singletary scores 19 and Albany beats Binghamton 69-56

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — Evan Singletary scored 19 points and Albany reached 20 wins for the second straight season, defeating Binghamton 69-56 on Monday night. Singletary finished just short of his sixth 20-point game, Joe Cremo added 13 points and Mike Rowley scored 10 points with 10 rebounds for Albany (20-6, 9-2 America East Conference), two-time defending AEC champions. Singletary and Peter Hooley drained 3-pointers as the Great Danes launched a 16-6 game-opening run. Binghamton rallied to tie at 27 and trailed 33-31 at halftime. Albany started the second half on a 7-1 run for its fifth-straight win in conference.

  • Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher; Rambis gets interim job

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Derek Fisher had just finished a long playing career when Phil Jackson picked him to coach the New York Knicks. Just 1 1/2 seasons later, Jackson decided he needed someone else. Fisher was fired Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race. "It's time for us to make a change, turn this team around and move forward and get some wins and keep going down the road we had started here at the beginning of the year," Jackson said at the team's practice facility. Associate head coach Kurt Rambis was promoted to interim head coach at least through the rest of the season.

  • Ferguson's career-high 24 helps Army beat Colgate 82-72

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Kevin Ferguson scored a career-high 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and Army beat Colgate 82-72 on Monday night. It was Ferguson's third consecutive game with a double-double and the 11th overall for his career. Tanner Plomb finished with 18 points and Kyle Wilson added 13 for Army (14-11, 5-8 Patriot League). The Black Knights finished with 16 team assists and won the rebounding battled 39-26. Austin Tillotson scored 16 and Jordan Robertson added 13 to lead Colgate (11-13, 7-6), which opened 6-2 in league play but has since lost four of its last five. Two Dana Batt free throws for Colgate cut the Army lead to 56-53 with 11:11 to go.

  • APTOPIX UConn South Carolina Basketball

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Connecticut forward Breanna Stewart (30) drives to the hoop against South Carolina forward Sarah Imovbioh (24) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. Connecticut defeated South Carolina 66-54.

  • Chattanooga gets 72-66 OT win over Mercer in SoCon showdown

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    MACON, Ga. (AP) — Eric Robertson hit six 3-pointers and scored 20 points and Chattanooga won its ninth straight game by edging Mercer 72-66 in overtime Monday night. Demetre Rivers scored the first basket of overtime but Mercer did not hit its next field goal until the 16-second mark when Phillip Leonard pulled the Bears to 70-66. Chattanooga's Johnathan Burroughs-Cook answered with two free throws for a six-point lead. Tre' McLean added 16 points and Justin Tuoyo 14 for Chattanooga (22-3, 11-1 Southern), which made just 37 percent from the field but hit 17 of 20 free throws. Rivers, a sophomore, scored a career-best 20 points for Mercer (18-7, 8-4), which had a four-game winning streak snapped. Leonard finished with

  • George's big finish leads Pacers past Lakers 89-87

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's Paul George scored all seven of his second-half points in the final 71 seconds Monday night and Monta Ellis made two free throws with 20.6 seconds left to seal an 89-87 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. George finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. Myles Turner added 14 points and 13 rebounds on a night the Pacers (28-24) blew a 17-point second-half lead, then scored nine straight points for the win. Kobe Bryant scored 19 points in his final appearance in Indianapolis. He made three straight 3-pointers to give the Lakers an 82-79 lead with 2:30 left to play. But he also missed two 3s in the final 20 seconds. When he was pulled out of the game with 10.8 seconds to go, the Pacers' cr

  • Parrish, TCU top Oklahoma St 63-56, snap 7-game Big 12 skid

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Brandon Parrish led four players in double figures with 15 points and TCU recovered from its lowest-scoring half of the season to rally past Oklahoma State 63-56 on Monday night. The Horned Frogs (11-13, 2-9 Big 12) snapped a seven-game conference losing streak with their second win in four games after beating Tennessee in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Jan. 30. After shooting 26 percent and falling behind 25-19 at halftime, TCU made 12 of its first 16 shots in the second half and outscored the Cowboys 44-31. Oklahoma State (11-13, 2-9), playing without freshman point guard Jawun Evans for the second straight game because of a right shoulder injury, was led by Leyton Hammonds with 16 points.

  • NMSU BASKETBALL: Siakam named WAC Player of the Week

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Basketball Siakam named WAC Player of the Week LAS CRUCES — New Mexico State’s Pascal Siakam made history as he was selected as the Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for the fifth time this season, becoming the first player in WAC history to be so honored. Siakam collected his seventh career WAC Player of the Week honor. Siakam averaged 22 points on 62 percent shooting, 13.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, two blocks and one steal per game as the Aggies went 2-0 on the week to take sole possession of first place in the WAC standings. In the 70-50 win over Grand Canyon last Thursday, Siakam led all players with 17 points and 16 rebounds to go along with three assists, two blocks and two steals.

  • White-hot Warney leads Stony Brook past Hartford 85-72

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    STONY BROOK, N.Y. (AP) — Jameel Warney scored a career-high 36 points on 16-of-18 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Ahmad Walker had 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists to help Stony Brook beat Hartford 85-72 Monday night. Warney has 17 double-doubles this season and 56 in his career. Carson Puriefoy added 22 points for Stony Brook, which has won 16-consecutive games — the longest active winning streak in Division I men's basketball. The Seawolves (20-4, 11-0 America East) have won at least 20 games in five-straight seasons. Stony Brook scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 46-31 lead and Hartford (7-18, 2-8) trailed by at least nine the rest of the way. Pancake Thomas led the Haw