Winter Olympics: Gracie Gold skates flawless routine as US takes bronze in team … – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsSOCHI, Russia — Gracie Gold never participated in team sports when she was growing up, because she hated having other people rely on her. But she went…

Michael Strahan, Derrick Brooks in Pro Football HOF class – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNEW YORK – Maybe Saturday’s first-ballot election of Seattle Seahawks left tackle Walter Jones as one of five modern-era entrants into the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class…

Egyptian diplomats released after Tripoli kidnapping – BBC News

BBC NewsAt least three of five Egyptian embassy staff kidnapped in the Libyan capital Tripoli have been released, according to Libyan officials. Reports varied, with some saying all of those…

NaVorro Bowman injury: PFT reports 49ers fear ACL and MCL tear – Niners Nation

Niners Nation49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman suffered a tough knee injury in Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. We break down the latest news surrounding the injury. New to Niners Nation? Sign…

Notebook: History points to Masahiro Tanaka risk – Boston Herald

Boston HeraldThat is the question when evaluating Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who’s expected to sign a Major League Baseball contract for more than $100 million sometime this week, and has…

Kings-Thunder Preview – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.comKevin Durant is in the midst of one of the most productive scoring stretches of his stellar career. That likely doesn’t bode well for a Sacramento Kings team that’s still…

Super Bowl 2014: What’s Peyton Manning’s ‘Omaha!’ call? Giants fans are … – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com

The Star-Ledger – NJ.comAsking a quarterback to explain his cadence is probably pointless — why would a QB give away the biggest secrets of his calls at the line to…

Mike Zimmer gets first head coaching job with Vikings – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Vikings have hired Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer as their new head coach. Those who’ve followed Zimmer through the years say they couldn’t be happier for him, even…

49ers take care of business in Carolina, 23-10 – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleCharlotte, N.C. — Jim Harbaugh didn’t gush over his team or smooch any reporter’s bald head. His players – while all smiles – got dressed quickly and answered…

Israel’s ex-PM Ariel Sharon dies – BBC News

BBC NewsIsraelis are beginning a short period of mourning for ex-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon who has died aged 85 of heart failure after eight years in a coma. The public…

All you need to know about Alex Rodriguez’s suspension – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe basics on Alex Rodriguez’s record-breaking 162-game suspension for his ties to performance-enhancing drug use: The penalty: Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz upheld 162 games of a 211-game suspension handed down…

Report cards: Methodical Chargers zap error-prone Bengals – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Cincinnati Bengals had been dominant in Paul Brown Stadium all season … until the San Diego Chargers came to town Sunday and decisively ended the home team’s campaign…

Surgeon says former F1 champ Schumacher improving after second surgery – Fox News

Fox NewsDoctors in France said Tuesday that former Formula 1 world champion driver Michael Schumacher was showing surprising improvement that allowed for a second surgery to treat head injuries the…

Oregon dominates Texas, 30-7, in Alamo Bowl – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesSAN ANTONIO — Quarterback Marcus Mariota had 386 total yards and No. 10 Oregon returned two interceptions for touchdowns, spoiling Texas coach Mack Brown’s farewell with a runaway…

Bears’ season ends with loss to Packers – Chicago Daily Herald

Chicago Daily HeraldIt wasn’t the collective brain cramp late in the first half that lost Sunday’s game for the Bears. Even though 11 defenders stood around watching as Packers wide…

Panthers clinch NFC South title; Dolphins, Ravens out of playoffs – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesThe Panthers (12-4) clinched a first-round bye and home-field advantage for at least one game as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. Carolina could move up to…

Chris Bosh saves LeBron-less Heat against Blazers – USA TODAY

USA TODAYPORTLAND, Ore. – This was the team that said regular season victories don’t matter. All the battles they’ve been through, the three years of trying and triumphant times for…

’12 Years a Slave’s’ Italian distributor apologizes for controversial movie posters … – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsThe Italian distributor of the critically acclaimed “12 Years a Slave” has apologized foran ill-conceived marketing strategy condemned as a throwback to a less enlightened era. Trying…

Lakers vs. Miami Heat: quarter-by-quarter updates – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesHeat 76, Lakers 74 (end of third quarter). The Lakers reclaimed the lead for a moment in the third quarter, but trail the Miami Heat by two points…

Bulls open NBA Christmas schedule with rout of Nets – USA TODAY

USA TODAYNEW YORK (AP) — Taj Gibson scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler added 15, and the Chicago Bulls routed the Brooklyn Nets 95-78 on Wednesday. Trailing 50-49 early in…

Cracker Barrel Employees Given Script To Explain Phil Boycott – TMZ.com

TMZ.comCracker Barrel took such a ridiculous position by boycotting Duck Commander products with Phil Robertson’s punim on it … they had to give their employees a script to deal with…

Cuba’s Raul Castro calls for better US relations – BBC News

BBC NewsCuban President Raul Castro has called for “civilised relations” with the United States, saying the two countries should respect their differences. President Castro said the US should drop its…

FCC Seeks to Do Away With Sports Blackout Rule – New York Times

New York TimesWASHINGTON — The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed repealing its blackout rule, which for decades has been the bane of sports fans whose ability to watch their…

White House taps new chief for health care website – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWASHINGTON — Kurt DelBene, former president of the Microsoft Office Division, will replace Jeff Zients as the administration’s point person on HealthCare.gov, the Department of Health and Human Services…

Damian Lillard’s OT winner lifts Blazers past Pistons – USA TODAY

USA TODAYAUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Damian Lillard’s off-balance jumper with 0.1 seconds left in overtime silenced the Palace crowd and gave the Portland Trail Blazers a 111-109 victory over the…

Desmond Tutu: Not invited to Mandela funeral – USA TODAY

USA TODAYJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Preparations for Nelson Mandela’s funeral have been marred by a public spat between the South African government and retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the most…