US WOMEN'S HOCKEY BOYCOTT USA Hockey and the women's national team reached an agreement to end a wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the world championships on home ice that would've been a black eye for the sport. Players and USA Hockey finalized the deal Tuesday night and announced it in a joint statement just three days before the tournament begins in Plymouth, Michigan.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A city famous for its over-the-top persona is eagerly welcoming an NFL franchise that boasts an equally outsized reputation and the promise of big-league legitimacy for the desert gambling oasis, which up to now has seen major sporting events just passing through. Las Vegas is no stranger to big time events catering to all tastes. Champion boxers lace up their gloves at glitzy hotel-casinos on the Strip.
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Latest on the NFL meetings (all times local): 3:40 p.m. NFL players may be wearing different helmets based on their position in the not-too-distant future. The chairman of the league's head, neck and spine engineering subcommittee outlined the research that's leading in that direction in an informal gathering with reporters at the NFL owners meetings on Tuesday. Dr.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Browns coach Hue Jackson has little use for pro days, especially when looking at quarterbacks. Cleveland is still searching for its franchise QB after nearly two decades back in the NFL. The Browns have the top overall draft pick following a 1-15 season, and also the 12th pick. Should they opt to select a quarterback, it will be one who came to a private workout.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Sometime in the not distant future, they will become the Las Vegas Raiders. Until then, likely in 2020, Mark Davis' team belongs to Oakland. Well, sort of. NFL owners approved the Raiders' move to Las Vegas 31-1 at the league meetings Monday. Miami was the lone dissenter.
UNDATED (AP) -- The NCAA Men's Final Four is set, with both North and South Carolina in the mix. The No. 1 Tar Heels have advanced this far for the 20th time. And the seventh-seeded Gamecocks have earned their first berth in the national semifinals. South Carolina will take on Gonzaga in the first semifinal Saturday at Glendale, Arizona. North Carolina will play Midwest champ Oregon in Arizona.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Another large culture change in the National Football League: The Oakland Raiders have been given permission by the league to relocate from northern California to Las Vegas. The Raiders were not willing to remain after the city brought forward its proposals for a new stadium. Las Vegas stepped up with $750 million in public money. The Raiders will likely play two or three more years in the Bay Area before their $1.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- They're not quite the Las Vegas Raiders, at least not yet. There's a stadium to be built and three more seasons to be played before everything is done.
PHOENIX (AP) -- NFL owners have approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas at the league meetings today. The vote was a foregone conclusion after the league and Raiders were not satisfied with Oakland's proposals for a new stadium, and Las Vegas stepped up with $750 million in public money.
The Raiders have been on the move quite a bit in their nearly six decades as a pro football franchise. The team will switch cities yet again. On Monday, NFL owners approved the franchise's eventual move from Oakland to Las Vegas. Here's a look at some of the major moves for one of the NFL's most successful and yet vagabond teams.
BOSTON (AP) -- Chicago Bears wide receiver Deonte Thompson has testified in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez. The former New England Patriots tight end played football with Thompson at the University of Florida. Thompson testified Monday about a Florida party he invited Hernandez to in February 2013. Hernandez smiled when Thompson referred to him as "my guy." Thompson's team, then the Baltimore Ravens, had just won the Super Bowl.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Invoking his father Al's name, and copying what the Hall of Fame owner did with the Raiders, Mark Davis is moving the franchise out of Oakland. NFL owners approved the Raiders' move to Las Vegas 31-1 at the league meetings Monday. Miami was the lone dissenter. "My father used to say the greatness of the Raiders is in the future," Davis said. "This gives us the ability to achieve that.
SAN LEANDRO, Calif. (AP) -- Ivan Davis stared stone-faced at the television as the news came down that the Oakland Raiders would be moving to Las Vegas and was asked if he was a fan of the team. "I used to be," he responded. Davis has been a Raiders fan for about a half-century, celebrating Super Bowl titles, enduring long stretches of losing and sticking by them even during a 13-year move to Los Angeles.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Barring an unforeseen obstacle, the Oakland Raiders seem certain to get approval Monday to relocate to Las Vegas . Several team owners have said this week they don't envision a scenario where Raiders owner Mark Davis doesn't get the required 24 votes to move the team.
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A town built on losers is about to become a big winner in the NFL relocation sweepstakes. And Sundays in Sin City may never be the same. What seemed unimaginable to most just a year ago is about to become a reality.
With the Raiders gazing at Las Vegas and sticking one foot out the door, Oakland is making a last-minute plea to hang on to them. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Friday shared details of investors' plans for the first time for a stadium on the current Coliseum site, and vowed that she and the city are doing all they can to keep the team.
BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's stolen Super Bowl jerseys are back with the New England Patriots. The jerseys worn by Brady during this year's Super Bowl and the 2015 Super Bowl were returned to Gillette Stadium Thursday, the FBI announced. Brady's 2017 jersey went missing from the Patriots' locker room after the team's win over the Atlanta Falcons on Feb. 5, touching off an investigation stretching from Boston to the Mexican border.
A friend once explained the sports writing business this way: "We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us." Martin Mauricio Ortega was OK with the first part, but apparently not the second. The one-time Mexican media executive and part-time memorabilia seller is the only suspect named so far in the overheated investigation into who stole Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey.
When Michigan was slumping earlier in the season, the coach started thinking Super Bowl, not Final Four. John Beilein conjured up the highlight-reel catch that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made during New England's game-tying drive in the Super Bowl, and said the Wolverines should keep that sort of play -- an outlier, as he called it -- in mind.
BOSTON (AP) -- Now that authorities believe they have recovered the jersey stolen from Tom Brady's locker following the Patriots' Super Bowl win last month, the next step will be determining whether it is in fact the MVP quarterback's missing grass-stained garment. So how exactly does that happen? Old-fashioned detective work.