• Wilfork: Patriots aren't picking up my option

    Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork said Thursday he will not be back with New England next season, ending an 11-year stay in which he won two Super Bowls and established himself as the cornerstone of the Patriots' defense. In a statement on Twitter, Wilfork said the team told him it would...

  • NFL: Greg Hardy is eligible to sign free agent contract

    Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy will be allowed to sign a new contract even if he remains on the commissioner's exempt list. League spokesman Greg Aiello said Thursday in an email to The Associated Press, "There's nothing to prevent a...

  • Prosecutors: No criminal charge for NASCAR driver Kurt Busch

    Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — NASCAR driver Kurt Busch will not face criminal charges over claims by his ex-girlfriend that he smashed her head into a bedroom wall and choked her, Delaware prosecutors said Thursday. The decision by the state attorney general's office ends the criminal...

  • Baylor women going for 5th straight Big 12 tourney title

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    There is nothing unusual about Baylor going into the Big 12 women's tournament already with a trophy. Coach Kim Mulkey and the No. 6 Lady Bears (27-3) won their fifth consecutive regular-season championship this season. What is a bit surprising is how dominating they were in winning...

  • AP source: Bills safety Searcy to test free agency

    Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills safety Da'Norris Searcy will test free agency next week to find out what he's worth after proving himself as a full-time starter last season. A person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press of Searcy's plans on Thursday. The person...

  • AP source: Cubs reach minor league deal with LHP Phil Coke

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the situation says left-handed reliever Phil Coke has agreed to a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal. Coke is expected to join the...

  • Coach's adopted toddler builds a life with hoops team

    Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Joanne Boyle offered a quick prayer before clicking the photo link of a days-old girl in a Senegalese orphanage. Maybe, after so many years of waiting, this would be the child the Virginia women's basketball coach could bring home. The fuzzy picture popped...

  • Just for kicks: Guthrie takes 'Sneakerheadz' mainstream

    Updated: 9 min ago

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie strode to the table with a television camera trained on him, settling down behind a pair of microphones. His voice clear and his words concise, Guthrie announced in a mock news conference that he was hanging up his cleats. The Kansas City Royals...

  • Veteran defensive tackle Dockett joins 49ers on 2-year deal

    Updated: 36 min ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has signed a two-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers that will keep him in the NFC West after playing all of his 10 NFL seasons with Arizona. Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the deal Thursday morning for the three-time Pro...

  • Peyton Manning back for 18th season, signs contract

    Associated Press
    Updated: 58 min ago

    ENGLEWOOD — Peyton Manning has passed his physical and signed his revised contract Thursday. The five-time MVP agreed to a $4 million pay cut to $15 million, but he can earn all of it back through incentives. Manning mulled retirement after the Broncos' playoff loss to the...

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