• NFL approves rule changes regarding kickoffs, ejections in effort to bolster player safety


    ATLANTA -- NFL owners gave temporary approval Tuesday for a proposal designed to make the kickoff safer. The new rule will be in place for the 2018 season but will be evaluated next spring based on injury numbers and other factors. The NFL fast-tracked the rule after medical data revealed that concussions were five times more likely to happen on kickoffs in 2017 than on other plays. A group of nine special-teams coaches authored the bulk of the plan earlier this month. While it won't look much different to many fans, the new format is intended to reduce the number of high-speed collisions involved in the play. The primary changes include: The elimination of running starts for kickoff coverage teams A requirement that eight of the 11 men on the return team must be aligned in the "setup zone" within 15 yards of the ball No blocking within the "setup zone" until after the ball touches the ground if it is not first caught ...
  • Survivors who stood against Larry Nassar to get Arthur Ashe Courage Award


    The hundreds of athletes who came forward to speak out of the atrocities suffered at the hands of convicted serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at The 2018 ESPYS, it was announced Wednesday. "We are honored to recognize the courage of these women at The 2018 ESPYS, to acknowledge the power of their voices, and to shine a very well-deserved spotlight on what speaking up, fighting back, and demanding accountability can accomplish," Alison Overholt, vice president and editor of ESPN The Magazine, said in a statement. "They have shown us all what it truly means to speak truth to power, and through their bravery, they are making change for future generations. By honoring this group who spoke out, we aim to honor all of those who are survivors of abuse." Nassar, the disgraced USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University team doctor,?was sentenced in January to 40 to 175 years in prison after seven days of...
  • Harden scores 30, Rockets even series at 2 games apiece


    James Harden scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 27 and the Houston Rockets sustained the latest second-half flurry by Stephen Curry, evening the Western Conference finals at 2 games apiece with a 95-92 win
  • Letter: USA Taekwondo wasn't shy about punishing Lopezes


    USA Taekwondo produces letter that shows it was not shy about punishing Lopez brothers
  • Patriots take field for OTA with no Brady, no Gronk


    Three months after losing the Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles, the New England Patriots held their second organized team activity _ without Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski
  • NFL discussing possible steps to deal with anthem protests


    The NFL approves a new owner for the Carolina Panthers and passes several rule changes, but the league has yet to agree on what, if anything to do about national anthem protests
  • AP source: Sharks closing in on 7-year deal with Kane


    AP source: San Jose Sharks closing in on 7-year contract with F Evander Kane
  • Fendrich on Tennis: Savor Nadal's bid for 11th French title


    There are two ways to look at how things might unfold when play begins at the French Open
  • Celtics hope return home can slow LeBron, Cavs in Game 5


    Home Cooking: Celtics hoping return to TD Garden for Game 5 can help slow Cavaliers' resurgence
  • Arsenal hires Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger's successor


    Arsenal has hired Unai Emery as Arsene Wenger's successor in the Premier League club's first managerial appointment in 22 years