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Column: Nothing smart about staging UFC fights or NFL draft

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Dana White must be a smart guy. He did, after all, build UFC from almost nothing into the entertainment and sports juggernaut it is today. Roger Goodell is pretty smart himself. He's been able to keep 32 owners happy while filling their pockets with even ...

AP source: Cowboys sign DE Aldon Smith, suspended since 2015

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer The Dallas Cowboys are taking a chance on another suspended defensive end, signing Aldon Smith to a contract while his playing status in the NFL is uncertain. A person with direct knowledge of the deal said Smith signed Wednesday with Dallas. The ...

Hockey players in the minors face uncertainty, job fears

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Tom Parisi made the long drive from South Carolina to his home just south of Boston with a lot on his mind. The ECHL season had just been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the 26-year-old wondered if he'd need to dig for oysters on the beach ...

Survey: Athletic directors bracing for financial crisis

By RALPH D, RUSSO AP College Sports Writer Athletic directors at the nation's biggest schools are bracing for a potential financial crisis related to the coronavirus pandemic. According to a survey conducted by LEAD1, an association of athletic directors from 130 major college football ...

Rugby in crisis as unions engage in ‘unprecedented dialogue’

By STEVE DOUGLAS AP Sports Writer USA Rugby has filed for bankruptcy. The Australians are facing a black hole of more than $70 million. England leaders have drawn up worst-case scenarios of an even bigger financial hit. The coronavirus pandemic has left rugby on its knees over the last two ...

NCAA’s greatest hits: Austin Carr’s record 61 points in 1970

By Eric Olson AP Sports Writer Austin Carr played for Notre Dame in an era when prolific scorers dominated college basketball. LSU’s Pete Maravich was scoring 40 a night and still No. 1 on the points list. Niagara’s Calvin Murphy, Purdue’s Rick Mount and St. Bonaventure’s Bob ...

AP source: Jaguars dumping QB Nick Foles in trade to Bears

By Mark Long AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to mitigate one of the costliest mistakes in franchise history. The Chicago Bears could benefit from the purge. The Jaguars agreed Wednesday to trade quarterback Nick Foles to the Bears for ...

Gronk gone wild! Gronkowski set to host WrestleMania

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Gronk is going to WrestleMania. Rob Gronkowski, the retired New England Patriots tight end, is set to host WrestleMania in April from WWE's performance center. The WWE's annual wrestling extravaganza — often called the Super Bowl of wrestling — was originally ...

Free agent deals can’t be official even as NFL year begins

By Arnie Stapleton and Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writers Tom Brady preparing to trade the red, white and blue threads of this century's most successful franchise for one of the NFL's bottom feeders served as the highlight of a topsy-turvy start to the league's new year Wednesday. Brady, ...

Diggs highlights Buffalo’s offseason haul

By John Wawrow AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Frustrated by the Bills collapse in an AFC wild-card playoff loss at Houston, general manager Brandon Beane opened the offseason suggesting Buffalo wasn't one player away from being a better team. Beane backed up that sentiment by ...