Ramifications of Rinne’s return – ESPN

ESPNFor instance, the Nashville Predators appear to be, finally, getting their No. 1 goaltender back. After taking five months off to recover from a nasty E. coli infection stemming from…

#8CrazyInstagrams: Dale Jr. dishes on music, BBQ & all those selfies – FOXSports.com

FOXSports.comIt’s been a busy week for Dale Earnhardt Jr. First, there was the little matter of his Daytona 500 victory on Sunday, the second time he’s won NASCAR’s biggest race.…

Best, worst and weirdest quotes from the Winter Olympics – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Best, worst and weirdest quotes from the Winter OlympicsMilwaukee Journal SentinelSochi, Russia – With nearly 3,000 athletes competing in the XXII Winter Olympics, someone was bound to say something funny.…

NASCAR’s carousel goes through the paces again – Greensboro News & Record

Greensboro News & RecordAustin Dillon, right, talks with his grandfather and car owner, Richard Childress, left, in his garage before a practice session for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup…

Injury history could hurt Jared Abbrederis in NFL draft – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Injury history could hurt Jared Abbrederis in NFL draftMilwaukee Journal SentinelIndianapolis — Wide receiver Jared Abbrederis of Wisconsin has a history of head injuries that could affect how high he…

US men’s team humiliated in Sochi – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeSOCHI, Russia — It took a generation but Finland’s hockey team finally got even for having to play the role of the no-name opponents in the Miracle on Ice…

Oscar juggernauts a rarity at Academy Awards – USA TODAY

USA TODAYOscar’s best-picture race already is considered a nail-biter. But it could also launch a film into the history books. With 10 nominations apiece, American Hustle and Gravity enter the…

Hamlin, Kenseth win Budweiser Duels at Daytona – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joe Gibbs Racing continued to flex its muscle cars by sweeping Thursday’s Budweiser Duels. Matt Kenseth survived a three-wide photo finish with runner-up Kevin Harvick…

Winter Olympics 2014: Kim Yu Na hints at retirement shock defeat to Russian … – Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.ukKim Yu Na’s quest to become the first woman to retain her Olympic figure skating title since Katarina Witt over a quarter of a century ago ended in a surprise…

U.S. Speedskating’s problems in Sochi illuminate organizational dysfunction – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal SentinelSochi, Russia — Long-track speedskaters from the United States never skated better in the months leading up to the Winter Olympics than they did last fall. They won…

Russia stuns with Olympic gold in women’s figure skating, US shut out – CBS News

CBS NewsRussia stuns with Olympic gold in women’s figure skating, U.S. shut out … When she won the free skate Thursday at the Sochi Games, she denied South Korea’s Yuna…

US women win silver, bronze in women’s bobsled – CBS News

CBS News… medaled at the Olympics. Meyers became the first American woman with two bobsled medals. And Williams – whose entire bobsled career spans about six months – is now…

Jorrit Bergsma knocks off Kramer in 10000 meters – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal SentinelIn his fifth Olympics, De Jong won his fourth 10,000 medal with a time of 13:07.19. He’s now got two bronzes to go along with a gold and…

Meryl Davis and Charlie White win first-ever US gold in Olympic ice dancing – CBS News

CBS Newsdavis-white-ap408155070323.jpg. Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States react in the results area after competing in the ice dance free dance figure skating finals at the Iceberg…

Steven Holcomb drives US to first two-man Olympic bobsled medal since 1952 – CBS News

CBS NewsSOCHI, RUSSIA – FEBRUARY 17: pilot Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton of the United States team 1 celebrate after a run during the Men’s Two-Man Bobsleigh on Day 10…

Wolverines can’t overcome Frank Kaminsky and Badgers – Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free PressWisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) shoots the ball in front of Michigan Wolverines forward Jon Horford (15) in the second half at Crisler Arena. The Badgers won,…

Phil Kessel has hat trick as US sails to quarterfinals – ESPN

ESPNSOCHI, Russia — Phil Kessel scored two of his three goals in the opening five minutes and became the first U.S. player to record an Olympic hat trick in more…

USA’s Bode Miller and Andrew Weibrecht win medals in Olympic super-G – CBS News

CBS News Bronze medalist Bode Miller of the United States (L) and silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht of the United States celebrate during the flower ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Men’s Super-G…

Davis “disappointed” with finish as US ditches skating suits – CBS News

CBS NewsDavis “disappointed” with finish as U.S. ditches skating suits. Shani Davis of the U.S. covers his mouth after competing in the men’s 1,500-meter speedskating race at the Adler Arena…

Winter Olympics 2014: Bode Miller, Ted Ligety miss out on medals in Sochi … – CBS News

CBS NewsWinter Olympics 2014: Bode Miller, Ted Ligety miss out on medals in Sochi super combined skiing. United States’ Bode Miller makes a jump during Men’s super combined downhill training…

Sprint Unlimited kicks off Speedweeks at Daytona – Fox News

Fox NewsDaytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) – Speedweeks 2014 at Daytona International Speedway gets underway this weekend with The Sprint Unlimited preseason race and time trials for the Daytona 500. For…

Russian skater Evgeny Plushenko pulls out of Winter Olympics and retires – The Guardian

The GuardianPlushenko, a huge crowd favourite, was competing at his fourth Olympics. His controversial inclusion in the team came after he was second in the Russian national championship, which was…

Super Bowl-bound Broncos held it together when Coach John Fox had heart … – Washington Post

Washington PostJERSEY CITY, N.J. — The text messages came first, their subject and frequency enough to stir Jack Del Rio’s concern. Is Coach okay? Video. The Post Sports Live crew…

Brewers officially sign Matt Garza to four-year contract – FOXSports.com

FOXSports.comMILWAUKEE — The Matt Garza saga is finally over, as the Milwaukee Brewers officially announced a four-year contract with the free-agent right-hander on Sunday. Owner Mark Attanasio began a question…

Senior Bowl Chris Borland takes on height concerns – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal SentinelYet the great unknown — if the short and short-armed Borland can do this all in the NFL — will persist. Borland has no problems with this. He…

Super Bowl matchup features No. 1 seeds Seahawks, Broncos – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal SentinelRon Wolf and Charley Armey, a pair of Super Bowl-winning general managers in the 1990s, both favored Seattle in interviews shortly after the Seahawks defeated San Francisco, 23-17,…

Jones carries Rockets past Bucks – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneHouston, TX Sports.com —. Terrence Jones scored a career-high 36 points with 11 rebounds to help the Houston Rockets to a 114-104 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. James Harden…

Colin Kaepernick doesn’t wear sleeves in subzero temperatures – USA TODAY

USA TODAYBecause weather predictions are the only thing less accurate than sports predictions, temperatures in Green Bay for Sunday’s NFC wild card game weren’t -6, like forecasted, but actually a…

49ers lead Packers at halftime at cold Lambeau Field – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneGREEN BAY, Wis. — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has a history -– albeit a short one -– of terrorizing the Green Bay Packers with his athleticism and…

Deep Freeze Puts Chill in Tailgating in Green Bay – ABC News

ABC NewsJeff Giardinelli embraced the cold outside Lambeau Field dressed in a No. 8 Steve Young jersey, red San Francisco 49ers knit cap and Candlestick Park-themed scarf. He’ll remember his…

How important is home field advantage in the wild-card round? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYFor the second time in four seasons, the New Orleans Saints are in the playoffs as an NFC wild-card team, and they again will have to go on the…

Do frigid temperatures at Lambeau really benefit the Packers? – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Frozen Tundra. With a temperature of -5 expected at kickoff of Sunday’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers, Lambeau Field will certainly live up…

James Jones: 49ers will see ‘totally different’ Eddie Lacy – NFL.com

NFL.comEddie Lacy’s underwhelming NFL debut against the 49ers back in Week 1 gave us little indication of what was to come. Green Bay’s rookie running back hardly put a dent…

49ers notebook: More than chilly reception expected in Green Bay – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsIt’s not quite up to Ice Bowl standards, but if the forecast holds up the 49ers-Packers playoff game in Green Bay is going down as one of…

Packers think third time will be charm vs. Colin Kaepernick – USA TODAY

USA TODAYGREEN BAY, Wis. — Cornerback Tramon Williams doesn’t think the Green Bay Packers defense has something to prove in Sunday’s NFC wild-card playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.…