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  • PHOTO: UConn unveils new logo -- and it's pretty terrific

    April 11, 2013 10:45 PM 120

    Those inside UConn's athletic and marketing departments have been working over the past two years to rebrand the school. They wanted a new look and, more than anything, something consistent. So on Thursday, the school unveiled its new logo -- and, wow -- isn't that pretty great? How often do we see a new emblem unsheathed to a reaction of underwhelm

  • Minnesota snowstorm puts Mets-Twins weekend series at Target Field in jeopardy

    April 11, 2013 10:13 PM 130

    Reports from Target Field had crews removing snow from the field and the Twins hopeful the ballpark would be ready for the series opener Friday night. MINNEAPOLIS-- The Mets were in a holding pattern Thursday. After flying into Minneapolis after their loss in Philadelphia Wednesday night, they were waiting for Mother Nature and the Twins to make a decision

  • NFL free-agent news tracker: James Harrison visits Bengals, Saints sign Jason Smith, Rob Gronkowski delays surgery and more

    April 11, 2013 10:05 PM 129

    The NFL is in a kind of dead period as the league gears up for the 2013 NFL Draft. Free agency has slowed down as all the big-money players are off the market, but there are still a handful to be signed and moves that are being made. James Harrison is visiting Steelers rivals, Jason Smith was signed and Rob Gronkowski's forearm issues continue. The New Orleans

  • Wrist surgery, out 6 weeks

    April 11, 2013 9:22 PM 151

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is expected to miss about six weeks because of a broken bone in his left wrist. General manager Rick Hahn says before Chicago's game at Washington on Thursday that an MRI showed Beckham hurt the left hamate bone. He'll need surgery. Beckham says he first felt pain in the wrist while fouling

  • USC hires Cynthia Cooper-Dyke as women's basketball coach

    April 11, 2013 8:21 PM 155

    Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, who played on two NCAA championship teams at USC and starred in the WNBA, has been hired as USC's women's basketball coach, the school announced. Cooper-Dyke, who coached last season at Texas Southern, replaces Michael Cooper, whose USC team finished 11-20 last season. Cooper-Dyke has also coached at UNC-Wilmington and Prairie View A&M. She has an eight-year

  • Texas HS football coach mowed down by cart sues Cowboys Stadium for $1 million

    April 11, 2013 8:03 PM 152

    Alfred 'Willie' Amendola was humiliated, but not badly hurt, when he was 'struck, without warning, by a motorized cart, which employees ... failed to exercise proper control over,' the suit filed Tuesday in Dallas County Court states. Broken bones heal over time, but a bruised ego requires a lengthy, and apparently a costly, recovery process

  • UCLA Coach Steve Alford apologizes for comments on Pierre Pierce

    April 11, 2013 7:46 PM 131

    Alford on a handful of occasions vehemently defended his player, saying he was innocent. Pierce pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. In 2005, Pierce was thrown off the Iowa team after another incident involving a woman. He pleaded guilty to two charges of first-degree burglary, assault with intent to commit sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief

  • Reports: Nebraska RB Braylon Heard will transfer to Kentucky

    April 11, 2013 7:25 PM 124

    Heard, a sophomore last year for the Cornhuskers, will sit out the fall of 2013 and have two seasons of eligibility remaining for the Wildcats. He also considered transferring to Pittsburgh. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder rushed for 348 yards and three touchdowns for Nebraska in 2012, averaging 6.7 yards per carry. However, he was third on the tailback depth

  • Masters Par 3 Contest 2013: Phil Mickelson leads early on Wednesday at Augusta

    April 11, 2013 7:07 PM 145

    Phil Mickelson is trying to add more obstacles to the challenge of winning a fourth green jacket. The lefty made his way through the par-3 course at Augusta National Golf Club in 23 strokes, finishing at 4-under to hold the current lead. It's a well-known jinx that no player who has won the Masters Par-3 Contest on Wednesday has gone on to win the green

  • Saints add depth at OT, sign Jason Smith to one-year contract

    April 11, 2013 6:49 PM 166

    NEW ORLEANS — The Saints have signed offensive tackle Jason Smith to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday. The 6-foot-5, 308-pounder has played for the St. Louis Rams and New York Jets, starting 26 of the 45 games he has played since entering the NFL in 2009 out of Baylor. He spent three seasons in St. Louis, starting 15 games his second