Top-ranked Wildcats deny Dogs' upset bid

ATHENS, Ga. - No. 1 Kentucky overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to keep its perfect season intact, beating Georgia 72-64 on Tuesday night.

Early bettors backing Pacquiao

LAS VEGAS - Manny Pacquiao has always believed he can beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in the ring. Turns out a lot of other people are believers, too.
By Tim Dahlberg

Tar Heels wallop Yellow Jackets

ATLANTA - Just in time for a rematch with Duke, No. 19 North Carolina established some late-season momentum by beating Georgia Tech.

Devils down struggling Predators

NEWARK, N.J. - Cory Schneider made 33 saves, and the playoff-hopeful New Jersey Devils beat NHL-leading Nashville 3-1.

Hawks surge past Harden-less Rockets

ATLANTA - Jeff Teague scored 25 points, Horford added 18 and the NBA-leading Atlanta Hawks rallied from an 18-point deficit to win their fifth consecutive game.
By George Henry

Dortmund is No. 1, filly No. 9 in AP's Run for the Roses

Dortmund is showing he's ready to race sooner than later - and trainer Bob Baffert isn't about to slow him down.
By Richard Rosenblatt

Harrington's schedule to be very busy

The Honda Classic was the fifth consecutive tournament Padraig Harrington played, and he wound up winning in a playoff for his first PGA Tour victory since the 2008 PGA Championship.
By Doug Ferguson

Australian rugby star reaches deal with 49ers

SAN FRANCISCO - Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne agreed to a contract with the San Francisco 49ers, a person with knowledge of the deal said.
By Janie McCauley

Ex-Washington County star named first-team All-ACC

GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina sophomore and former Washington County star Allisha Gray was one of 10 players named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference.

Ryder Cup task force showing no regard for fall events

DORAL, Fla. - Now that players on the task force have solved their Ryder Cup problems, the next job is to repair damage to their own tour.
By Doug Ferguson

Bills acquire McCoy from Eagles

A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade LeSean McCoy to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso.

NCAA working to better handle academic-misconduct

A group of 20 university presidents and college athletics administrators is crafting a proposal to better define when the NCAA should investigate cases of academic cheating by student athletes.
By Ralph D. Russo

Paine looks to continue winning ways in SIAC Tournament

Paine begins play in the Southern Inter­collegiate Athletic Conference Tourna­ment on Wednesday enjoying a different schedule than in years past.
By Chris Gay

Shaw out as Nuggets coach

DENVER - The Denver Nuggets fired coach Brian Shaw after 1½ seasons, with the team at 20-39 and on a six-game losing streak.
By Pat Graham

A-Rod 'a little nervous' ahead of return

Alex Rodriguez returns for his first game in 17 months, slated to be a designated hitter for two or three at-bats against the Philadelphia Phillies.
By Ronald Blum

Bumgarner struggles in spring debut

MESA, Ariz. - World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion San Francisco Giants 9-4 Tuesday.

UCLA fighting for spot in NCAA Tournament

LOS ANGELES - These are humble days for UCLA basketball, with the Bruins desperate to get into the NCAA Tournament any way they can.
By Beth Harris

Women's SEC Tournament set to tip off in Arkansas

Arkansas (16-12) enters the Women's SEC Tournament as the No. 9 seed, but that hasn't stopped the Razorbacks from being projected as an NCAA Tournament team by many under first-year coach Jimmy Dykes.

Predators name Quinn new football leader

North Augusta defensive coordinator Derrick Quinn is Fox Creek's new head football coach.
By Wayne Staats

NASCAR falls flat in follow-up to Daytona 500

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - NASCAR did not have its finest weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where the follow-up to the Daytona 500 began with the theft of a race car and a parked SUV rolling into Denny Hamlin's motorhome.
By Jenna Fryer

Kurt Busch agrees to reinstatement guidelines

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kurt Busch has agreed to follow NASCAR's recommended guidelines to be eligible for eventual reinstatement.
By Jenna Fryer

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Wildcats fall to Bulldogs

Though Laney reached a state semifinal for the sixth year in a row, the Wildcats won’t play for their second state championship in four years.
By Wayne Staats