Patriots player mum as police search for clues in man's death
June 20th, 2013
05:05 AM ET

Patriots player mum as police search for clues in man's death

Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is used to throngs of media clamoring to ask him questions, but the NFL star has never had to deal with them camping outside his home.

After reports that the player had been questioned in connection with a homicide not far from his Massachusetts house, that's what he's been faced with for the past three days.

A line of reporters waited on the road in front of his house Wednesday, along with neighbors eager for a word from the player.

Nearby, police sifted through the woods for clues that could shed some light on what happened to Odin Lloyd, 27, who was found dead less than a mile from Hernandez's expansive home in North Attleborough.

Hernandez has yet to say anything publicly.


Filed under: Football • Massachusetts • Pro football
Spurs, Heat meet in game 7
June 20th, 2013
05:00 AM ET

Spurs, Heat meet in game 7

Game 7 of the NBA Finals will be all about heart, Miami Heat superstar LeBron James said.

The four-time MVP is seeking his second NBA crown when his Heat hosts the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night.

Both teams are well-prepared, he said, and they know each other well. They know what will work on offense, what to do on defense. What gives a team an edge will be each player's mental makeup.

"I think it's about heart and determination at this point," he said Wednesday.


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Filed under: Basketball • LeBron James • NBA
June 16th, 2013
06:27 AM ET

Putin: I did not steal Super Bowl ring

The Russian president is fighting back: no, he did not steal a Super Bowl ring. And no, he's not rocking the diamond-encrusted prize on his finger, either.

President  Vladmir Putin's spokesman denied accusations that the president pocketed a Super Bowl ring that belonged to the New England Patriots' owner, Robert Kraft.

"I took out the ring and showed it to (Putin). And he put it on and he goes, 'I can kill someone with this ring,'" Kraft said, according to Bleacher Report. "I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out."


Filed under: Russia • Sports • World
June 5th, 2013
09:44 AM ET

Report: Some 20 baseball players may face suspension

Major League Baseball is set to suspend some 20 players in the coming weeks due to a scandal involving performance-enhancing drugs, according to an ESPN report.

The network says it is potentially the worst drug abuse case in the history of baseball. The league declined to comment to CNN, but confirmed that an investigation is in the works.

Baseball's highest-paid player, New York Yankee Alex "A-Rod" Rodriguez, as well as Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers are among those facing suspension, ESPN said, citing unnamed sources. Both have denied using performance-enhancing drugs, or PEDs.


Filed under: Baseball • Sports
April 24th, 2013
06:26 PM ET

Daytona speedway to update fences

In response to a crash during a February race at the Daytona International Speedway that injured dozens of spectators in the stands, officials at the track will add cables on crossover gates and tether the frames of the gates to posts in time for NASCAR races in July, representatives for the Florida speedway said Wednesday.

Changes were also made at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama, where events will be held this weekend. The 2.67-mile track is known as one of the fastest on the NASCAR circuit.

There are seven crossover gates, a part of the massive metal fence that opens to allow people to cross the racing surface, at each track, officials said.

On February 23, a jaw-dropping wreck occurred on the last lap of the Nationwide Series race when Kyle Larson's car went airborne and pieces of his car flew into the grandstands. At least 28 people were injured, officials said.

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Filed under: Auto racing • Florida • NASCAR
April 23rd, 2013
07:59 PM ET

Lance Armstrong sued by U.S. for post office sponsorship funds

The Justice Department late Tuesday formally filed its case against Lance Armstrong and his company Tailwind Sports for millions of dollars that the U.S. Postal Service spent to sponsor the cycling team.
"The USPS paid approximately $40 million to sponsor the USPS cycling team from 1998 to 2004," the court document says.
The government said it was intervening to recover triple the amount of the sponsorship funds under the False Claims Act, which could bring a total of more than $100 million in damages.

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Former NFL announcer Pat Summerall dies
April 16th, 2013
06:10 PM ET

Former NFL announcer Pat Summerall dies

Pat Summermall, the football player turned legendary play-by-play announcer, died Tuesday, He was 82.

He was best known as a broadcaster for teaming with former NFL coach John Madden. Summerall also worked for years alongside former player Tom Brookshier and became the voice of the NFL in the 1970s and 1980s, calling most of the league's signature games.

Summerall called games for CBS, Fox and ESPN and worked more than 10 Super Bowls.

As a player, he was a placekicker, who played for the Chicago Cardinals and New York Giants from 1952 to 1961. He scored more than 500 points as an NFL player.

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Terror at Boston Marathon: 3 dead, 144 hurt
April 16th, 2013
03:42 AM ET

Terror at Boston Marathon: 3 dead, 144 hurt

It was a gruesome end to what should have been a celebration of triumph.

One man's legs were instantly blown off, yet he kept trying to stand up.

Exhausted marathoners had to muscle the energy to flee the bloody scene.

And more than 140 people were hospitalized, some in critical condition.

As authorities try to figure out who triggered the deadly bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon, which killed an 8-year-old boy and two others, many are at a loss to explain why anyone would target the annual event that celebrates thousands of runners from around the world.

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Filed under: Boston • Crime • Justice • Massachusetts • Sports • U.S.
April 15th, 2013
12:35 PM ET

Ethiopia's Desisa, Kenya's Jeptoo win Boston Marathon

A strong kick won the Boston Marathon for Ethiopia's Lelisa Desisa.

Bunched up with two competitors with a mile left, Desisa pulled away in the last few blocks, winning the men's division Monday with a time of 2:10:22.

Kenya's Micah Kogo (2:10:27) and Ethiopia's Gebregziabher Gebremariam (2:10:28) finished second and third. American Jason Hartmann, of Colorado, finished fourth (2:12:12).

In the women's division, Kenya's Rita Jeptoo held off last year's champion to win her second Boston Marathon in seven years with a time of 2:26:25.

Last year's winner, Sharon Cherop of Kenya, finished third (2:27:01) behind Meseret Hailu of Ethiopia (2:26:58).

American Shalane Flanagan, of Oregon, finished fourth (2:27:08).

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April 9th, 2013
11:01 PM ET

UConn women blow out Louisville for title

Connecticut's powerful offense scored almost at will Tuesday night as the Huskies blew out Louisville 93-60 to win the NCAA women's Division I basketball championship in New Orleans.

The title is head coach Geno Auriemma's eighth at UConn, tying him for the most all time with Tennessee's recently retired Pat Summitt.

The 33-point margin is the largest in the history of the tournament final.

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April 8th, 2013
05:07 PM ET

Ex-Rutgers athletics chief gets $1.1M payout

Rutgers University will pay former Athletic Director Tim Pernetti more than $1.1 million after his resignation in the wake of a scandal involving the videotaped abuse of basketball players by the team's former coach.

CNN obtained the terms of Pernetti's separation package through a New Jersey Open Public Records Act request after Rutgers and Pernetti had agreed to keep the terms confidential.

The state university will pay Pernetti his annual $453,000 salary through June 30, 2014. In addition, he will get a lump sum equal to 18 months of salary  - $679,500 - payable by next month, according to the agreement.


Filed under: Basketball • College basketball • New Jersey • Sports
April 7th, 2013
04:31 AM ET

Louisville, Michigan advance to finals

Michigan and Louisville will meet Monday in the NCAA men's basketball championship game in Atlanta after both survived close games Saturday.

Michigan was up by 11 points at halftime leading the Syracuse Orange 36-25.

But the Orange went on a furious comeback in the second half, getting the game to within three points with a little more than 7 minutes left.

The Wolverines handled Syracuse's tough zone defense down the stretch, winning 61-56. Michigan's backcourt of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke led the way against Syracuse's pesky defenders.

Two crucial foul calls at the end of the game helped the Wolverines secure the win.

They advance to play Louisville, who beat Wichita State earlier Saturday.

Photos: Louisville outlasts Wichita State

The Shockers and Cardinals battled through a tight, low-scoring first half that ended with Wichita State going into the intermission with a slim 26-25 advantage.

Louisville's 72-68 win means that its head coach, Rick Pitino, still is in contention to win his second national championship - the other coming in 1996, when he coached the Cardinals' archrival, the University of Kentucky.

The game also ended Wichita State's remarkable tournament run. The No. 9 seed in the West region beat top-seed Gonzaga and then Ohio State to earn a spot in the Final Four.

Despite being a heavy underdog, the Shockers led for much of the game - leading 47-35 with 13 minutes to go in the contest. But the Cardinals were able to chip away, before finally going ahead with about five minutes remaining.

Louisville, which won the national title in 1980 and 1986, will face Michigan Monday night.

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April 4th, 2013
06:25 PM ET

Assistant to fired Rutgers coach resigns

Rutgers men's assistant basketball coach Jimmy Martelli resigned Wednesday, the university told CNN. The school fired head basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday, days after ESPN broadcast a video showing him physically and verbally abusing players.

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April 4th, 2013
03:36 AM ET

Ware thinking of team, not leg

Kevin Ware's leg may be broken but not his spirit.

Not in the least bit.

Millions of television viewers cringed, when a bone punched through Ware's skin, protruding out of his leg after the University of Louisville guard landed hard from a jump to block a shot Sunday night.

It brought the Elite Eight game against the Duke Blue Devils to a screeching halt in the first quarter.

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April 3rd, 2013
10:37 AM ET

Rutgers coach fired after abusive video broadcast

Rutgers University fired head basketball coach Mike Rice on Wednesday after ESPN broadcast a video showing him physically and verbally abusing players.

"Based upon recently revealed information and a review of previously discovered issues, Rutgers has terminated the contract of Mike Rice," the school said in a tweet Wednesday.

"You f**king fairy ... you're a f**king fa**got," Rice appears to say during one session depicted on the video.

April 2nd, 2013
05:37 AM ET

USC snaps up Enfield from Florida Gulf Coast

The University of Southern California hired Andy Enfield to become the Trojans head basketball coach on Monday, completing a Cinderella season for the rising star.

The former Florida Gulf Coast coach led the No. 15 seeded Eagles to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen - the first time that feat has been accomplished.

Enfield was 41-28 in his two seasons at the school.


Filed under: Sports • U.S. • Uncategorized
Miami Heat's 27-game win streak over
LeBron James and the Miami Heat saw their winning streak end at 27 games with at 101-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.
March 27th, 2013
11:17 PM ET

Miami Heat's 27-game win streak over

The Miami Heat's 27-game win streak ended Wednesday night with a 101-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

The 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers' run of 33 straight consecutive victories remains the NBA record.


Filed under: Basketball • Florida • NBA • Sports
U.S., Mexico tie in key World Cup qualifier
Mexico's Javier Aquino and U.S. defender DaMarcus Beasley go to head-to-head for the ball in Mexico City on Tuesday.
March 27th, 2013
01:00 AM ET

U.S., Mexico tie in key World Cup qualifier

In a World Cup qualifier featuring heated regional rivals, the United States and Mexico tied 0-0 at Mexico City on Tuesday night.

The result was a huge disappointment for the Mexican team, which through the years has dominated the United States at the Azteca Stadium.

The hosts controlled the match, taking 10 shots to the 1 for the United States. Mexico also had 15 corner kicks as most of the game was played in the U.S. end.

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Brackets busted: Florida Gulf Coast defeats No. 2 seed Georgetown
Sherwood Brown of the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles celebrates a 3-point basket against Georgetown on Friday in Philadelphia.
March 22nd, 2013
10:35 PM ET

Brackets busted: Florida Gulf Coast defeats No. 2 seed Georgetown

In an epic upset that will leave many fans crumpling their NCAA Tournament brackets in disgust, No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast laid a 78-68 thumping on No. 2 seed Georgetown on Friday night in Philadelphia.

The Eagles held a slim 2-point lead at halftime but went on a 21-2 run early in the second half, and the Hoyas could never recover.

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Filed under: College basketball • Sports
March 22nd, 2013
10:26 PM ET

Heat extend winning streak

The Miami Heat came from behind again Friday to defeat the Detroit Pistons 103-89 and extend their winning streak to 25 games.

Detroit has now lost 10 straight games.

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