Ageless Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal

Bernard Hopkins, boxing’s ageless wonder at 49, is one victory from becoming the undisputed world light-heavyweight champion and already daring unbeaten pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather to a showdown. Hopkins, the oldest major world champion in boxing history, won a split decision Saturday over Kazak fighter Beibut Shumenov to take the World Boxing Association title and […]

Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson made his first significant move Monday, firing head coach Mike Woodson and his entire staff. Woodson had a 109-79 record in parts of three seasons for the Knicks, but didn’t make the playoffs in the lackluster Eastern Conference this season. The Knicks also announced they will begin their coaching […]

Wie’s win snaps LPGA title drought

American Michelle Wie won her first LPGA title since 2010, firing five-under par 67 for a two-shot victory in the Lotte Championship. Stanford seizes LPGA lead with eight-under 64 AFP Wie had six birdies, and not even a three-putt bogey at the final hole at her home course, Ko Olina, could dim her joy at […]

A look at the pecking order in college sports

An NCAA proposal would give the five biggest conferences a chance to make their own rules, a nod to the revenue their football and basketball programs produce and their need to help players close the gap between the worth of a scholarship and the price of attending college. Those conferences, the ACC, Big Ten, Big […]

Woods has back surgery, will miss the Masters

Woods said on his website that he had surgery Monday in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months, knowing the surgery would keep him from Augusta National next week for the first time since he was in high school. The No. 1 player in the world is a four-time […]

Don Baylor breaks leg while catching 1st pitch

Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Don Baylor broke his right leg while catching Vladimir Guerrero’s ceremonial first pitch Monday night. Baylor will have surgery Tuesday on his right femur. The injury cast a pall over opening day at Angel Stadium. Baylor, who joined the Angels’ coaching staff in the offseason, had to be helped off […]

Brooklyn Nets owner says plans to bring club under Russian jurisdiction

A Russian billionaire said on Monday he planned to relocate his company that runs the Brooklyn Nets basketball team to Russia in keeping with the Kremlin’s call on Russian businessmen to repatriate their assets to help combat new U.S. sanctions. The United States and European Union have imposed visa bans and asset freezes on officials […]

Woods: ‘Still too soon’ to know if fit for Masters

Tiger Woods is not sure whether his ailing back will allow him to play in the Masters, which is two weeks away. ”For Augusta, it’s actually still a little too soon, to be honest with you,” Woods said Monday at a news conference to announce that Quicken Loans is the new title sponsor of his […]

Injury ends former Lakers star Odom’s European stint

Two-time NBA champion Lamar Odom’s foray into European basketball has been cut short due to a back injury, his Spanish club said Sunday. Laboral Kutxa Baskonia said Odom’s personal doctors in New York have ruled him unfit to play for two months, meaning “his present contract with the club has finished”. “The club hopes that […]

Indianapolis Colts owner Irsay arrested for DWI

Irsay was arrested Sunday night in the northern Indianapolis suburb of Carmel on preliminary charges of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Bryant Orem said. Irsay, 54, is being held at the Noblesville jail under $22,500 bond, Orem said. Myra Borshoff Cook, a spokeswoman for Irsay, declined […]