Gophers
May 19

'Guarantee games' could take a hit as college football revisits scheduling

Guarantee games, or buy games, are essential to many athletic departments that field Division I football teams but have far smaller budgets than those at Power Five schools.
Vikings
May 19

Football still possible at 3 California schools despite online plans

The California State University system's plan for a mostly virtual fall semester due to the coronavirus pandemic doesn't necessarily close the door on football at its three schools that play in the far-flung Mountain West Conference.
Gophers
May 19

Darner out as men's hoops coach at Green Bay after 5 years

Linc Darner is out as the men's basketball coach at Green Bay after posting winning records in four of his five seasons on the job.
Vikings
May 19
Ohio State center Josh Myers (71) is one of those NFL prospects who, during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, haven't had another chance to stand out

Virus has NFL prospects dreading lost season

The coronavirus pandemic has brought an extra level of anxiety for current college players hoping for a breakout season, or at least one that will raise their profile with NFL scouts.
Vikings
May 18
In this Jan. 8, 2014, photo, former University of Mississippi and NFL football player Ben Williams speaks to the media at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss

Bills, Ole Miss lineman "Gentle Ben" Williams, 65, dies

Robert Jerry "Ben" Williams Jr., former Buffalo Bills defensive end and the first African- American player to appear in a game at Mississippi, has died. He was 65.
Gophers
May 18

Spouse of broadcaster killed in Louisiana plane crash sues

The husband of a broadcast journalist who was killed in a Louisiana plane crash along with four others has filed a lawsuit against the aircraft's owners and insurers, as well as the pilot's estate.
Gophers
May 18

Column: Former Georgia player shows power of persistence

For all its ills, there are times when college athletics gets it just right.
Gophers
May 18

Mother gets time served for $400K college admissions bribe

A woman who was locked up for five months in a Spanish prison after her arrest in the college admissions bribery scheme won't spend any…
Gophers
May 18

Correction: Paul Newberry-Persistence Pays Off story

In a story May 15, 2020, about former Georgia football player Shedrick Wynn earning his college degree, The Associated Press erroneously reported that Jalen Jackson is his son. Jackson is his stepson.
Gophers
May 17
University of Akron infielder Sydney Jascoe

LSU plan, Akron cuts, highlight divergent pandemic effects

In one part of the country, LSU coach Ed Orgeron smiles and mentions a "light at the end of the tunnel." Some 1,000 miles north at Akron, women's tennis players, along with men's cross-country runners and golfers, learned their teams were being disbanded.
Vikings
May 16

Lefty QB Tua Tagovailoa a rarity in the right-handed NFL

When Tua Tagovailoa signed his rookie contract with the Miami Dolphins, the left-handed quarterback from Alabama didn't have to worry about smudging his signature.He signed…
Vikings
May 15
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers says Packers' decision to draft Love surprised him

Aaron Rodgers acknowledges Green Bay drafting a quarterback in the first round surprised him and complicated his hopes of playing his entire career with the same team.
Vikings
May 15

Colorful player, coach Pepper Rodgers dies at age 88

Pepper Rodgers, a colorful personality who helped Georgia Tech to an unbeaten season as a player in 1952 and went on to coach the Yellow Jackets as well as Kansas, UCLA and Memphis teams in both the USFL and CFL, died Thursday. He was 88.
Gophers
May 13

The Latest: College hoops coaches salute essential workers

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Many of college basketball's top coaches and biggest rivals have teamed up…
May 13

MLB draft picks feel fortunate to avoid this year's process

Ethan Hearn has some good friends who are eligible for baseball's amateur draft this year. Hearn is just an interested spectator this time around, and he feels pretty fortunate about his situation.
May 12
Jimmy Lake speaks during a news conference about taking over the head coaching position at Washington.

Pac-12 football coaches pitch uniform start to season

As Pac-12 football coaches pitched an NCAA-mandated uniform start to the season, some of the latest plans to fight the coronavirus in California further muddled…
May 12
The Mid-American Conference is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, and men's and women's basketball w

MAC eliminating and scaling back postseason tournaments

The Mid-American Conference is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, and men's and women's basketball are among nine sports that will have postseasons scaled back.
May 12

Virus sparks debate on whether more prospects will stay home

Concerns about the new coronavirus are preventing football prospects from visiting campuses this spring and keeping college coaches from traveling to evaluate them.North Carolina coach…
May 12

Budget crunch could impact how college teams opt to travel

When college sports teams finally return to play, they might not be traveling quite as far as they did for road games before the pandemic.
Coronavirus
May 11
Capt. Ashley Birdsall of the Minnesota Army National guard in the Joint Operations Center officer for the Guard’s COVID-19 response unit.

They were Minnesota athletes. Now they're on teams fighting COVID-19

These former college athletes sometimes look back to lessons they learned through sports. The one most often mentioned is teamwork.