USC athletic director Pat Haden to step down in June

AP Photo/Richard Hartog LOS ANGELES (AP) — University of Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will retire on June 30, ending his guidance of the Trojans through a tumultuous period in the school’s history. USC President Max Nikias made the announcement...

Goodell vows to help Oakland, San Diego teams get new venues

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pledged Friday “to do everything possible” to help teams in Oakland and San Diego work to get new stadiums in their current markets. “The league supports both of these teams, but we are working very hard...

Louisville announces postseason ban for men’s basketball

AP Photo/Gerry Broome LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has announced a one-year postseason ban for its men’s basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal in which an escort alleged that a former staffer paid her and other dancers to strip and have...

Gunmen shoot boxing fans at Dublin hotel; 1 dead, 2 wounded

DUBLIN (AP) — Gunmen wearing disguises opened fire on boxing fans at a Dublin hotel Friday, killing one man and wounding two others in an attack that could reflect tensions within Ireland’s top cocaine-smuggling gang. Fans attending the weigh-in ceremonies for a...

Rickie Fowler brings style and substance to Phoenix Open

AP Photo/Rick Scuteri SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Waste Management Phoenix Open is a bit out there by PGA Tour standards. So is Rickie Fowler. As comfortable in a motocross race as a golf tournament as a kid in California, Fowler was as fashion-forward as ever in high tops...

Manziel’s agent drops quarterback after police inquiries

AP Photo/Frank Franklin II CLEVELAND (AP) — Johnny Manziel’s agent has dropped the quarterback following two police investigations in Texas last weekend. Erik Burkhardt released a statement to media outlets Friday saying “with deep regret” he has ended the...

Big spending Chinese clubs show global ambitions

AP Photo/Francisco Seco The European transfer window is not so European any more, with Chinese clubs outspending the continent’s richest clubs in January to prove that the country is now a genuine power in attracting the world’s best players. Chinese spending on...

Referees try to turn heads, earn spot in NCAA Tournament

AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger CINCINNATI (AP) — Since the first jump ball of the season rose from their hands, the 1,000 or so referees who work men’s Division I college basketball games have been trying to turn heads and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Like the teams...

Police: BMX rider Dave Mirra dies at 41 of apparent suicide

AP Photo/ED REINKE GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. He was 41. Greenville police said Thursday night that Mirra’s body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound....

Unlikely Super Bowl stars from Timmy Smith to Larry Brown

AP Photo/Bob Galbraith SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Super Bowl history is filled with great performances from the biggest stars, such as Jerry Rice, Tom Brady and Emmitt Smith. Then there are some unlikely performers who just happened to have their best game on the biggest stage....