Oscar horse race to be a photo finish – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleLOS ANGELES (AP) — Many of the winners who will take home an Oscar on Sunday have long been forecast, their triumph made seemingly self-evident after months of … Read More

Non-Stop: Bring back the Liam Neeson who likes to wreak vengeance – The Globe and Mail

The Globe and MailNo one beats the living hell out of bad guys so thoroughly enjoyably on screen as Liam Neeson. It makes no sense, but there it is. The … Read More

Oscars: A look back at some early, pioneering roles for black actors – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesNearly three-quarters of a century before the film “12 Years a Slave,” a scathing indictment of slavery, was nominated for nine Academy Awards, Hattie McDaniel won a supporting … Read More

Oscars pit gravitas of ‘Slave’ against pull of ‘Gravity’ – Reuters

ReutersLOS ANGELES (Reuters) – To historian Brenda Stevenson, a scholar on American slavery, “12 Years a Slave” is a masterful cinematic work that achieves more than any other film on … Read More

The ‘Bachelor’ dumped again, but not by KC’s Nikki Ferrell – Kansas City Star

Kansas City StarWarning: This story contains spoilers about Tuesday night’s episode of “The Bachelor.” Keep your besitos to yourself! Andi Dorfman became yet another “Bachelor” contestant to dump Juan Pablo … Read More

After all the hype, NFL prospect Michael Sam’s combine performance was … – Yahoo Canada Sports (blog)

Yahoo Canada Sports (blog)Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam previously said he wanted to be judged only by his athletic performance, not his sexual orientation. If that is the case, … Read More

Chris Harrison on The Bachelor: ‘Essentially, Juan Pablo Was Dumped’ – People Magazine

People MagazineThis week, The Bachelor fans can expect double the episodes and more than double the drama, according to host Chris Harrison, who spoke with PEOPLE Wednesday. Juan Pablo met … Read More

Venezuela Streets Blocked as Verbal Bout Heated Before Talks – Bloomberg

BloombergAnti-government protesters blocked streets in Caracas this morning after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded insults ahead of a meeting to ease tensions. Demonstrators used tree trunks, sewer … Read More

NFL Scouting Combine Day 3 recap: Michael Sam’s day and Khalil Mack’s … – SB Nation

SB NationINDIANAPOLIS – Saturday at the NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium was Michael Sam Day. The media that crowded around Sam was a larger group than the one … Read More

North Carolina uses second-half surge to defeat fifth-ranked Duke – Kansas City Star

Kansas City StarCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — There are any number of ways to explain North Carolina’s 74-66 victory over fifth-ranked Duke, one that had a sea of light blue filling … Read More

With Dolphins’ bullying inquiry ended, punishment comes next – Kansas City Star

Kansas City StarThe NFL investigation into Miami’s locker-room harassment scandal is over, but the fallout for the Dolphins is just beginning. More News. Read more NFL News. The future of … Read More

Mancuso eighth for struggling US ski team – Washington Post

Washington PostU.S. skier Julia Mancuso competes during the Women’s Alpine Skiing super-G at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on Feb. 15, 2014. (Oliver Morino / … Read More

Brad Keselowski discusses life as a champion, trash-talking, Danica Patrick … – FOXSports.com

FOXSports.comFOXSports.com sat down with NASCAR driver Brad Keselowski on Wednesday afternoon to talk about a variety of subjects. FOXSports.com: After you won the 2012 Sprint Cup Championship, you said you … Read More

Muzzled? Brad Keselowski says he’s taking advantage of ‘backchannels’ – Kansas City Star

Kansas City StarDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Has former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski been “muzzled,” or does he simply have better access to the sport’s decision makers now? … Read More

Yankees captain Derek Jeter announces via Facebook that the 2014 season will … – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsIt was the Facebook post read ’round the world. Yankees fans probably didn’t “Like” the news of Derek Jeter’s decision to retire after the upcoming season, but … Read More

Bode Miller falls to eighth in downhill – Washington Post

Washington PostKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia – For so much of his career, Bode Miller has tried to divorce himself from his results. They were not how he defined himself. His own … Read More

Team figure skating: USA jumps into medal contention – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSOCHI, Russia — All that angst was for nothing. Meryl Davis and Charlie White moved the United States off the bubble and right into the medal mix of the … Read More