Larry Mitchell

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America's 25 best barbecue restaurants, ranked

The St. Louis native spent a year dining at 365 barbecue restaurants across 48 states.<p>In his self-published book, "The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America," he details his journey and homes in on what he believes are the best 'cue joints in the country.<p>The book ranks the top 25 restaurants and …

Solving Crimes With Pollen, One Grain Of Evidence At A Time

Some murder cases are harder to solve than others. The investigation into the killing of Mellory Manning — a 27-year-old woman who was assaulted and murdered in 2008 while working as a prostitute in Christchurch, New Zealand — confounded police.<p>They conducted an investigation and interviewed …

Scott Darling: From humiliation to hero

After Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling started his first NHL playoff game on Sunday, he and his family gathered for dinner at a downtown steakhouse that overlooks the Chicago River.<p>At a nearby table sat puckish teammate Andrew Shaw, who was only too happy to out his teammate to fellow diners as …

Duda, Flores lead Mets past Braves 3-2 for 10th straight

NEW YORK (AP) — Lucas Duda hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that sent the New York Mets to their 10th consecutive victory Wednesday …

White Sox knock Kluber around to beat Indians

Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Samardzija escaped several jams and combined with three other pitchers on an eight-hit shutout to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 6-0 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series.<p>Jose Abreu hit a solo home run in the first …

Judge approves settlement — at least $900M — to NFL concussion lawsuits

A federal judge on Wednesday approved a settlement to resolve a concussion lawsuit between the NFL and thousands of former players.<p>U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody issued the 132-page ruling in Philadelphia saying the settlement was "fair, reasonable, and adequate."<p>The final settlement comes …

NFL

Will a coaching change in OKC help the Thunder keep Kevin Durant?

Is there anything to glean from past coaching changes that attempted to corral impending free agents of a team?<p>When news of the Oklahoma City Thunder …

Judge approves NFL's $765 million concussion settlement

The NFL has received final court approval to pay $765 million to settle concussion-related lawsuits first raised almost two years ago. More than 4,500 ex-players sued the league in 2013, claiming that it failed to protect them adequately against concussions and head injuries. The league had reached …

Stolen bases, Sonny Gray help A’s thump Angels

ANAHEIM — When Oakland’s offense really got rolling Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, the A’s legs are what set things in motion.<p>Oakland stole four bases, two of which set up the team’s first two runs in a 9-2 victory over the Angels. Billy Butler smacked his second homer in two nights, a two-run …

Maxwell lifts Giants over Dodgers in extras

San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Justin Maxwell's RBI single in the bottom of the 10th gave the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday.<p>The Dodgers sent Juan Nicasio (0-1) to the mound in the 10th. Angel Pagan singled and stole second before Brandon Belt was …

Jets lose Game 4, swept out of the postseason

Why Not Us?"<p>The handwriting was nothing to admire on the dressing room board, but the sentiment was exactly right.<p>Why not? Hadn't the Los Angeles Kings done it just a year ago? Down three games to none against the San Jose Sharks in the opening round of the 2014 playoffs, the Kings had come back to …

LEADING OFF: Mets try to tie best win streak in team history

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues today:<p>READY FOR A RECORD<p>The New York Mets will try to tie the team record of 11 straight …

The Aaron Rodgers Lesson: No Shame in Winston, Mariota Skipping the NFL Draft

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sitting in front of a lectern, still dressed in his uniform pants and a T-shirt underneath the stands at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. There was a smile of contentment across his face as he enjoyed the aftermath of winning the Super Bowl against …

NFL

Miami Dolphins Draft Countdown: Making the Case for Nelson Agholor

NFL draft dreams do not always become a reality.<p>So let's say, for the sake of argument, that Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker is not available when the Miami Dolphins go on the clock at No. 14 in the first round. It would be a bummer; Parker has become a fan favorite among mock draft picks …

Football (U.S.)

Giants shoot for sweep of rival Dodgers

(SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco Giants target a three-game sweep of the NL West-rival Los Angeles Dodgers Thursday from AT&T Park.<p>The Giants took Tuesday's opener by a 6-2 score, then recorded a series win with a 3-2 verdict Wednesday night. Gregor Blanco scored the game-winning run on a …

Vintage Tim Duncan helps Spurs fend off Clippers in OT

LOS ANGELES — Future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan will be 39 years old on Saturday.<p>He didn't look that old Wednesday night.<p>The San Antonio Spurs forward channeled his vintage self — kissing shot after shot off the glass in fundamental fashion. Duncan finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds, while …

2015 NHL playoff scores: Anaheim eliminates Winnipeg, Pittsburgh on the brink

The Jets' season came to an end, and the Penguins' went on life support.<p>The Winnipeg Jets and Pittsburgh Penguins both took early leads in their respective games on Wednesday. Neither came away victorious. For the former, it means the end of the season; for the latter, it means room for error has …