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Outdoor Life: Make memories with an outdoor journal

Fifteen years ago I decided to start keeping a fishing logbook. As I look back on it today I'm amazed at the number of times I've been and the number and variety of fish that have been caught over that time. It is something that I often refer to because I'm always looking for an edge on the fish, but more importantly for me it has become a way to remember people, events and treasured moments. In essence, each entry is a snapshot of a day spent on the water.

November 18, 2014 | By ALVIN RICHARDSON | Sports


Alabama takes top spot in latest playoff rankings

With just three weeks until the College Football Playoff committee releases its final rankings, Alabama, Oregon and Florida State seem to be in control of their championship chances.

November 18, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


Peterson suspended through at least end of season

MINNEAPOLIS - Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings dimmed further Tuesday, with the NFL suspending the star running back without pay for at least the rest of the season.

November 18, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Pro Football Writer | Sports


Harvick wins Homestead to claim 1st championship

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Kevin Harvick charged through the field, picking off car after car, passing two other title contenders on a series of restarts. As he aggressively chased the victory and his first Sprint Cup title, it was clear that winning did indeed matter most in NASCAR's new championship formula.

November 16, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press | Sports


Georgia loses Gurley to season-ending knee injury

Georgia tailback Todd Gurley's season has ended with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

November 16, 2014 | Associated Press | Sports


Margin matters in new playoff

In college football, it's not just about whether you win or lose. It's about the final score, too - and how much of a bump a comfortable margin of victory gives a team in the eyes of playoff judges.

November 13, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP Sports Writer | Sports


Trout, Kershaw claim MVPs

NEW YORK - Clayton Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award in nearly a half-century, coasting an easy victory Thursday.

November 13, 2014 | The Associated Press | Sports


Kershaw, Kluber win Cy Young

NEW YORK - Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was a unanimous winner for his third NL Cy Young Award after leading the majors in victories and ERA and throwing a no-hitter.

November 12, 2014 | The Associated Press | Sports


Baby steps for a golf country still in infancy

SHANGHAI - The graceful movement was enough to get the full attention of Adam Scott, who knows a good golf swing when he sees one.

November 11, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Federer wins over Nishikori at ATP

LONDON - Roger Federer made the most of Kei Nishikori's erratic play Tuesday to secure a 6-3, 6-2 victory and move closer to a semifinal spot at the ATP Finals while Andy Murray posted his first victory to stay in contention at the elite tournament.

November 11, 2014 | By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer | Sports


Another SEC West showdown

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Mississippi State and Alabama are the only Southeastern Conference teams that still control their fates in the playoff scramble.

November 10, 2014 | By JOHN ZENOR AP Sports Writer | Sports


Vikings awaiting word on Peterson

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - The NFL Players Association has filed an expedited grievance with the NFL to reinstate Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

November 10, 2014 | By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer | Sports


Abreu, deBrom named top rookies

NEW YORK - Jose Abreu and Jacob deGrom were far from the major leagues at the start of 2013.

November 10, 2014 | By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer | Sports


Newman's late pass dooms Gordon at Phoenix

AVONDALE, Ariz. - Kevin Harvick finally has a shot to win his first Sprint Cup championship, while Jeff Gordon was once again denied in his drive for No. 5.

November 09, 2014 | By JENNA FRYER Associated Press | Sports


Atlanta Falcons snap five-game losing streak

TAMPA, Fla. - Standing in a winning locker room for the first time in nearly two months, Matt Ryan stopped short of saying the Atlanta Falcons are back on track after ending a five-game losing streak.

November 09, 2014 | By FRED GOODALL Associated Press | Sports


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Court intervenes in disputed Oklahoma game

OKLAHOMA CITY - The ruling on the field stands: A high school football team from a tiny Oklahoma town is moving on to the state semifinals, having topped an Oklahoma City powerhouse after an improperly enforced penalty with 64 seconds left.

December 11, 2014 | By CLIFF BRUNT Associated Press | Sports


Mumps spreading through NHL locker rooms

NEW YORK - Once mumps invades a professional sports dressing room, it finds a fertile breeding ground and the NHL is finding that it is not easy to get rid of.

December 11, 2014 | By IRA PODELL AP Hockey Writer | Sports


Badgers' Gordon is dark horse

MADISON, Wis. - The voice sounded a little weary. The steps were a bit slow, at least compared to Melvin Gordon's usual gait around Camp Randall Stadium.

December 11, 2014 | By GENARO C. ARMAS AP Sports Writer | Sports


Winter meetings heating up

SAN DIEGO - Baseball's winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids.

December 10, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


Panthers' Newton discharged, but Anderson to start Sunday

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Cam Newton will not play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while recovering from an automobile crash that left him with two fractures in his lower back.

December 10, 2014 | By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer | Sports


Lester signs with Cubs

SAN DIEGO - Jon Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs, the first big deal of the offseason involving a top-level starting pitcher and one Chicago hopes will help end more than a century of frustration at Wrigley Field's Friendly Confines.

December 10, 2014 | By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer | Sports


NFL owners approve new personal conduct policy

IRVING, Texas - NFL owners moved quickly and unanimously Wednesday to change the league's personal conduct policy. Now the question is how, or whether, the players' union responds.

December 10, 2014 | By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Sports Writer | Sports


Stricker's semi-retirement could see some big changes

WINDEMERE, Fla. - Steve Stricker's easy ride into semi-retirement could be coming to a crossroads.

December 09, 2014 | By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer | Sports


Monken's quest: Beat Navy

WEST POINT, N.Y. - When Jeff Monken awakens every morning only one thing is on his mind, and it's been that way since he was hired as head coach at Army a year ago: #BEATNAVY.

December 09, 2014 | By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer | Sports


NCAA chief: UAB cutting football is 'troubling'

NEW YORK - NCAA President Mark Emmert said Tuesday that it was troubling to see the University of Alabama-Birmingham drop its football program, but he believes Olympic sports are more vulnerable to cuts as schools look at athletic budgets.

December 09, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football | Sports


Class action lawsuit filed over high school football concussions

A class action lawsuit targeting how high schools handle football concussions has been filed in Illinois, the first of its kind. The lawyer behind the suit, Joseph Siprut, is also behind a similar suit at the college level, reaching a settlement that is currently under review by a judge.

December 09, 2014 | By ERIC SCHULZKE Deseret News National | Sports


Chiefs' Eric Berry diagnosed with cancer

December 08, 2014 | By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer | Sports


Three selected as Heisman finalists

December 08, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer | Sports


In Vegas, Ohio State not worthy of playoff

LAS VEGAS - What if the people who make their living rating teams every day were in charge of seeding the college football playoffs? What if the inaugural playoff season wasn't decided by a group of people with different agendas that might factor into their judgment?

December 08, 2014 | By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Writer | Sports


'Bama, FSU, OSU, Oregon star in powerful playoff

GRAPEVINE, Texas - The first College Football Playoff expanded the national championship race, made the regular season even more intriguing and produced a final four with major star power.

December 07, 2014 | By RALPH D. RUSSO Associated Press | Sports


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