MIAMI -- The benefit when the competition comes at the bottom of the standings is that you know it will be competitive.
And when it's again the Dallas Mavericks, you know it will come with a bit of an edge.
In a game ...Read more
LOS ANGELES--The Los Angeles Lakers should have installed one of those Turn-o-Matic ticket dispensers -- like the ones at supermarket deli counters -- outside their training room Friday night. "Now serving No. 1 ... Now ...Read more
Kris Bryant reduced his strikeout total by 45, raised his batting average by 17 points and increased his home run total by 13 en route to the National League Most Valuable Player Award in only his second major league ...Read more
Ben Roethlisberger asked for and received Tom Brady's jersey when the Patriots played at Heinz Field in October. It's now hanging in his office alongside jerseys of Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino and Jim Kelly. ...Read more
FRISCO, Texas -- The future is bright for the Dallas Cowboys and 2016 has the chance to go down as one of the franchise's best draft classes.
Running back Ezekiel Elliott and quarterback Dak Prescott put themselves in the...Read more
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Giannis Antetokounmpo heard the knock at his hotel door and figured it was the room service he ordered.
It was, but there was something more. Tagging along outside the door were his mom, Veronica, and his...Read more
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy is not ruling out receiver Jordy Nelson and plans to give him, receivers Davante Adams and Geronimo Allison, and safety Morgan Burnett until game time to prove they'...Read more
Detroit Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy denied an ESPN report that there are currently trade discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves involving point guard Reggie Jackson.
In a series of texts to the Free Press,...Read more
The Mystery of Jessica BensonC.K. Laurence
Jessica Benson is hot, beautiful, bisexual and dead. Her life and death intersects the drama of a professional football team and the detectives who are on the case. The author has been a student of crime activity and weaves an exciting story of mystery and intrigue, ...
LOS ANGELES--Were there a Mount Rushmore for NFL quarterbacks this season, the four playing this weekend would be reasonable picks for those hallowed spots.
Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers, Atlanta's Matt Ryan, Pittsburgh's Ben...Read more
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Petr Mrazek looked like his old self, making save after save to help his Detroit Red Wings teammates.
His 34-save effort earned the Wings a point as they fell to the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2 in overtime, ...Read more
HOUSTON -- The Warriors entered the week an NBA-best 34-6, but lacking signature wins against the league's best competition. Five days later, they're 37-6 with a much more sparkling resume.
After pounding the Cavaliers by...Read more
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Remember when the Penguins couldn't win a game on the road?
Way back in the second week of January?
If so, forget it.
They overcame a sluggish start and went on to rout Carolina, 7-1, at PNC Arena ...Read more
ATLANTA -- Someone had to pay.
So he Hawks took out their frustrations on the Bulls -- for three quarters.
The Hawks led by as many as 34 points but had to hold on for a 102-93 victory over the Bulls Friday night at ...Read more
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula appears to have more than one opportunity to re-enter the NFL after a year away from the game.
The Sporting News reported Friday that Tomsula, 48, interviewed ...Read more
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Hornets were tired of all the questions about never beating one of the NBA Eastern Conference's best teams.
Friday, the Hornets provided an emphatic response, building a 30-point lead ...Read more
BOSTON -- The Blackhawks got a late goal from Marian Hossa in the third period to escape with a 1-0 victory over the Bruins at TD Garden.
It was Hossa's first goal since Dec. 15. Tanner Kero set up the winning goal for ...Read more
BOSTON -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Friday the Blackhawks don't have a specific timetable on center Marcus Kruger's return from a hand injury, but he said they plan to have him back in the lineup before the ...Read more
The Pro Football Writers of America voted Falcons linebacker Vic Beasley as the NFL's most improved player for the 2016 season, the organization announced Friday.
Beasley led the NFL this season with 151/2 sacks and tied ...Read more
Even though four months have passed since the death of Jose Fernandez, the mourning continues for the Marlins.
That's why two team executives traveled to Cuba earlier this week to attend a Mass held in Fernandez's ...Read more
In one revelatory season, Zachary Orr morphed from an unheralded special-teams player to a starting weak-side linebacker and the Ravens' top tackler. Given little chance to make the team in 2014 as an undrafted free agent ...Read more