Los Angeles police brace for the Academy Awards – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesIt takes a small army to get Hollywood Boulevard ready for its biggest party of the year: Streets are closed. Lights are set up. Rain canopies are brought…

Two New Mexico State players suspended after brawl – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe Western Athletic Conference has suspended two New Mexico State players following an on-court brawl Thursday night in a loss at Utah Valley. Junior guard K.C. Ross-Miller has been…

NFL-Tight end Pitta signs five-year deal with Ravens – Chicago Tribune

Chicago TribuneFeb 28 (Reuters) – Tight end Dennis Pitta, who is a favored target for quarterback Joe Flacco, has signed a five-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens, the National Football…

Trout’s Deal Sets Record, But It’s for Only $1 Million – New York Times

New York TimesMike Trout has his first seven-figure contract. Up ahead is what figures to be a nine-figure deal. “It feels good,” Trout said Wednesday after agreeing to a $1…

AJ Pierzynski doesn’t like the new home plate collision rule – Call to the Pen

Call to the PenSep 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers designated hitter A.J. Pierzynski (12) reacts to hitting a double in the fifth inning of the game against the…

Celtics play a sour note in Salt Lake City – Boston Herald

Boston HeraldLAGGING BEHIND: Utah guard Trey Burke goes to the basket for two of his 12 points in front of forward Brandon Bass during the first quarter of the Celtics’…

Finland routs US 5-0 for bronze in men’s Olympic hockey – Fox News

Fox NewsTeemu Selanne scored two goals and Tuukka Rask had a 26-save shutout, helping Finland rout the United States 5-0 Saturday to win hockey bronze at the Sochi Games. Selanne,…

Winter Olympics: Canada scores two late goals then beats Team U.S. in … – New York Daily News

New York Daily NewsSOCHI, Russia — It was almost midnight by the Black Sea, and black was the perfect color for the occasion. The medal ceremony from hell was unfolding…

Ted Ligety captures gold medal in giant slalom – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Ted Ligety had been working up to this moment since he became the best in the world at what he does seven years ago. Now,…

Chart-topping Missouri nuns to release Lent album – Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake TribuneGower, Mo. • Eight times a day, a group of nuns files into a chapel in their rural northwest Missouri monastery to chant and worship. Quite unexpectedly, this…

Olympics: US grabs two medals in super-G, Ted Ligety falters – Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake TribuneKrasnaya Polyana, Russia • The light was right, the course was still decent. But one little bump knocked Ted Ligety right into the danger zone at the Sochi…

Olympics: Phil Kessel scores 3 to help US rout Slovenia 5-1 – Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake TribuneThe U.S. men’s hockey team finished its preliminary round undefeated Sunday following an easy 5-1 victory over Slovenia, showing no letdown from its emotional shootout win over Russia…

US Routs Slovenia in Olympic Hockey – Wall Street Journal

Wall Street JournalThe U.S.’s Phil Kessel (right) scores his third goal against Slovenia on Sunday as teammate James van Riemsdyk (left) celebrates. Getty Images. SOCHI, Russia—One day after its thrilling…

Andrew Weibrecht finds more magic, lands again on olympic podium – USA TODAY

USA TODAYHardly anyone gave Andrew Weibrecht a chance in Sunday’s Super-G, including Weibrecht himself once he saw the draw and found he’d be skiing 29th. He won a bronze medal…

Duke survives Maryland’s upset bid in last ACC war – USA TODAY

USA TODAYMaryland forward Charles Mitchell’s running jump hook with 2 seconds left hung on the rim briefly before falling out — along with the Terrapins’ upset hopes. No. 9 Duke…

USA’s Matt Antoine claims bronze in men’s skeleton – USA TODAY

USA TODAYKRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — For three heats in men’s skeleton, good friends Matt Antoine and John Daly of the USA alternated between third and fourth place, each knowing a…

US Speedskating gambles on new suit, loses big – MiamiHerald.com

MiamiHerald.comSOCHI, Russia — When U.S. Speedskating hooked up with Under Armour to develop a new high-tech speed skinsuit that would revolutionize the sport at the Sochi Olympics, the vision was…

Roundup: Arizona falls to Arizona St. in 2 OT – Boston Globe

Boston GlobeJermaine Marshall scored 8 of his 29 points in the second overtime and Jordan Bachynski blocked T.J. McConnell’s layup attempt with six seconds left, sending Arizona State to a…

House of Cards: Kevin Spacey Sparkles in Season 2 – People Magazine

People MagazinePolitics, as the saying goes, is the art of the possible, the attainable, but cable shows have to aim and hit higher than that – especially if they star…

Don’t spoil ‘House of Cards’ for Barack Obama, please – Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles TimesThe second season of Netflix’s political thriller “House of Cards” got released at midnight PST, and while many wasted no time tearing into the twisty Kevin Spacey-Robin Wright…

5 favorite moments from Thursday at the Sochi Olympics – CNN

CNNSweden’s Alexander Majorov performs during the men’s short program figure skating on Thursday, February 13. We know the Winter Olympics mostly through the power of television, as a spectacle in…

US Men Sweep Podium In Slopestyle Skiing – ESPN

ESPNAmericans Joss Christensen, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper swept the podium in men’s slopestyle skiing Thursday, putting on a spectacular show to boost America’s lagging medal count and provide the…

‘Mattress Mack’ forks over $7 million in Seahawks win – Houston Chronicle

Houston ChronicleThe attention-grabbing Houston furniture store owner had vowed “never to do another contest” after losing $685,000 on a promotion giving away free furniture to 100 customers who correctly guessed…

Full-Court Press: Syracuse wins thriller, but Duke reveals blueprint to beat Orange – SportingNews.com

SportingNews.comNo. 17 Duke had an incredible amount of things going against it in its matchup against No. 2 Syracuse. A record Carrier Dome crowd. Foul trouble that left them without…

What we’re saying: Syracuse basketball’s dramatic overtime win over Duke (links … – The Post-Standard

The Post-StandardBefore looking ahead to Syracuse’s game on Monday against Notre Dame — you up for some more basketball?!? — a look back at the syracuse.com coverage from the Orange’s…

Broncos to hold first full practice of Super Bowl week outdoors – USA TODAY

USA TODAYJERSEY CITY — The Denver Broncos will practice outdoors on the artificial turf field at the New York Jets’ facility in Florham Park, N.J., on Wednesday. Players will wear…

Kragthorpe: Seahawks ride old-school bus to Super Bowl – Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake TribuneNewark, N.J. • The Seattle Seahawks seem out of place in New Jersey, and not just because they’re nearly 3,000 miles from home. They’ve arrived in Super Bowl…

Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger dies at 94 – CNN

CNN(CNN) — Pete Seeger, the man considered to be one of the pioneers of contemporary folk music who inspired legions of activist singer-songwriters, died Monday. He was 94. Seeger’s best…

Lynch faces $100K fine if he’s mute for Media Day – New York Post

New York PostOne of the subplots to Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday is whether notoriously media-shy Marshawn Lynch will even be there — and how much he would be…

Lorde, Macklemore & Lewis are favorites at Grammy Awards – USA TODAY

USA TODAYWill Lorde lord over the Grammy Awards, or are Macklemore & Ryan Lewis planning a Heist of the top honors Sunday night? Both newcomer acts as well as the…

Sundance 2014: ‘Whiplash’ takes home Grand Jury and Audience Awards – Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment WeeklyWhiplash, director Damien Chazelle’s story of a young jazz drummer, took home both the U.S. Grand Jury and Audience Dramatic awards at the Sundance Film Festival awards Saturday night.…

Live: Sundance hands out awards – Salt Lake Tribune

Salt Lake TribunePark City • After 10 days and 121 feature films, the 2014 Sundance Film Festival marks the conclusion Saturday with its annual Awards Night ceremony and party. Jury…

Telling women’s stories will change the world, Sundance filmmakers say – Salt Lake Tribune

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What would the tennis world look like if Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had … – Herald Sun

Herald SunROGER Federer and Rafael Nadal have won 30 grand slam titles between them, and played one another eight times in the final of a major tournament. Federer has won…

USA Basketball announces 2014-16 roster – USA TODAY

USA TODAYUSA Basketball has announced the National Team for 2014-16 and it has several returning members and a few new faces. In the returning group are three-time Olympic medalists and…