ATLANTA - Mike Smith was fired as the Atlanta Falcons' coach Monday, one day after the end of his second straight losing season and a 34-3 rout by the Carolina Panthers before booing fans at the Georgia Dome.
NEW YORK - Christian Hackenberg hit Kyle Carter for a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Penn State kicked the extra point that Boston College could not, lifting the Nittany Lions to a 31-30 win in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.
Two seasons ago, Statesboro shattered the dreams of Rutland by barging into the Hurricanes' home gym and scoring in the final seconds to claim a state quarterfinal win.
DALLAS - Kenneth Dixon scored one of his two touchdowns on an 80-yard reception and Xavier Woods scored on a 69-yard interception return to help Louisiana Tech beat Illinois 35-18 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday.
They kept us on the edge of our seats and brought us to our feet.
Concussions drove Ben Utecht out of pro football five years ago.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - First-timer Chris Harris Jr. is among the Denver Broncos' league-leading nine Pro Bowlers, including Peyton Manning, whose 14th selection is tied for the most ever among NFL players.
BOSTON - Meb Keflezighi strode alone down Boylston Street, past the patched-up sidewalks and re-opened restaurants that line the path to the Boston Marathon finish line. On his race bib he had the names of those killed there by a pair of homemade bombs, and on his shoulders he would soon drape an American flag.
By DOUG FERGUSON
NEW ORLEANS - Julio Jones' remarkable return kept the Falcons alive in the NFC South playoff race while Jimmy Graham's fumble at the goal line sank the Saints.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks took the lead with a 13-0 run in the third quarter and went on to a 104-87 victory Wednesday night over the Dallas Mavericks, who were without suspended guard Rajon Rondo.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The Inglewood City Council unanimously approved a $2 billion stadium plan backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke that clears a path for the NFL to return to the Los Angeles area for the first time in two decades.
MIAMI - A chemist working out of his suburban South Florida garage was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for supplying banned performance-enhancing substances to a clinic whose customers included professional baseball players such as New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
ATLANTA - The Eastern Conference standings are not the only proof the Atlanta Hawks are mastering Mike Budenholzer's ball-sharing, pass-happy scheme.
INDIANAPOLIS - The questions were similar, and Dorial Green-Beckham had virtually the same response for each one.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that they saw guns stashed in three places in his house before the killing.
The World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos.
PHOENIX - Commissioner Rob Manfred says new rules intended to speed up the pace of games are aimed at luring younger fans to baseball.
MIAMI - The Brooklyn Nets are on pace to finish 34-48 this season.
TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8 1/2 minutes about his season-long drug suspension.
LOS ANGELES - James Hahn had reason to feel like a nobody at Riviera.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Soaked in booze but drinking a Coke, Joey Logano fretted over how he and his new bride would celebrate his most significant victory.
LOS ANGELES - Retief Goosen had gone so long without being in contention on the weekend that he wondered how his nerves would hold up. They were tested Saturday at Riviera, and the two-time U.S. Open champion earned a passing grade.
LOS ANGELES - The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns, the teams said in a joint statement, adding another layer of complexity to a possible NFL return to the region.
INDIANAPOLIS - Marcus Mariota looked awfully comfortable on center stage Thursday.