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Outback Bowl score: Michigan stains Big Ten's bowl record in loss to South Carolina

Plus, the Jim Harbaugh takes this offseason are going to be fire<p>Michigan's 26-19 loss to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl is big for Michigan and …

Ohio State takes advantage of USC's turnovers to win the Cotton Bowl, 24-7

For all the gaudy numbers Sam Darnold has put up in his two seasons as USC quarterback, there's one statistic he would just as soon forget.<p>Darnold threw 13 interceptions and fumbled nine times this season, handing the ball over 22 times — that's more turnovers than 95 teams committed. Three of …

College Football

Denzel Ward Sits Out Cotton Bowl, Declares for 2018 NFL Draft

Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward announced his intention to enter the 2018 NFL draft prior to Friday's Cotton Bowl Classic against USC.<p>Ward announced shortly before kickoff he would not be suiting up with his teammates for their bowl game:<p>Per an official release from Ohio State, via Dan Hope of …

Fandom 250: Ohio State fans named best in the world

Ohio State Buckeyes fans were ranked atop the college category in this year’s Fandom 250, the ultimate ranking of fanbases worldwide, and No. 1 …

College Sports

Ohio State's Denzel Ward, Billy Price and Nick Bosa Earn AP All-American Honors

The Associated Press named three Ohio State football players to its postseason All-America teams on Monday.<p>Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward and …

Ohio State Football: J.T. Barrett is cemented as Buckeyes’ best QB Ever

An Ohio State football career like no other.<p>In two-and-a-half weeks, the Ohio State football team will officially enter the post J.T. Barrett …

College Football
Baseball

Bosa earns Defensive Rookie of the Year honors

Despite missing the first four games of the season, Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa earned the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year award on Saturday in …

Football (U.S.)

Cowboys' rookie class set itself apart in 2016, gives hope for future - NFL Nation

FRISCO, Texas -- So what should give you real hope about the Dallas Cowboys as the page turns to 2017?<p>Without question it has to be the draft class …

LeBron James receives NBA championship ring (Video)

LeBron James received his highly-anticipated championship ring on Tuesday night.<p>LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers became NBA champions in June …

Basketball

A clash of the Buckeyes between 49ers’ Hyde, Cowboys’ Elliott

In his 41-game career at Ohio State, 49ers running back Carlos Hyde rushed for 3,198 yards and 37 touchdowns.<p>In his 35-game career at Ohio State, Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 3,961 yards and 43 scores.<p>In 2014, Hyde was drafted in the second round, the third running back selected. …

College Football

Look Out, Deshaun Watson: J.T. Barrett Primed to Challenge as Best QB in CFB

COLUMBUS, Ohio — J.T. Barrett's 2016 debut started the way you would have thought it would—with a touchdown pass.<p>He just happened to throw it to the wrong team.<p>Fortunately for No. 6 Ohio State, the Buckeyes quarterback had a school-record seven more scores left in his pocket.<p>If there were any …

Basketball: U.S. routs Serbia for third straight gold

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - A ruthless United States pounded Serbia 96-66 to claim a third straight Olympic men’s basketball title on Sunday, giving coach Mike Krzyzewski a golden send-off.<p>After scrapping to a tense three-point win over Serbia in the group round, the United States quickly removed …

Gymnastics

Michael Phelps caps glittering Olympic career with one final swimming gold

Phelps helps USA win 4x100 individual medley relay – his 23rd gold Adam Peaty leads Great Britain to silver in 4x100 medley relay<p>In the same way the statue of Christ the Redeemer dominates the Rio skyline so Michael Phelps now transcends his sport. It did not require one final gold medal in the …

LeBron James agrees to 3-year, $100 million contract with the Cavs

James will make $31 million in the first year of the deal, according to the report. That will make him the highest paid player in the NBA for the first time in his career.<p>In 2017-18, his salary will "top" $33 million, and will be the highest single-season salary in NBA history. Michael Jordan made …

NBA

Legendary Tennessee coach Pat Summitt dies at 64

Pat Summitt dies early Tuesday morning Samuel M. Simpkins<p>Pat Summitt, who won more games than anyone in college basketball history, man or woman, died early Tuesday, five years since being diagnosed with early onset dementia in the form of Alzheimer’s. She was 64.<p>The legendary coach who never had a …

Holy cow! LeBron James Jr. reportedly has scholarship offers from Kentucky and Duke

In the aftermath of Cleveland’s epic Game 7 victory in the NBA Finals, it was impossible not to fixate on LeBron James and all of the natural …

Basketball
NFL

Cleveland fans break NBA's online store sales record

The Cleveland Cavaliers's historic NBA title victory helped spur the NBAStore.com to the largest sales day in its history.<p>The team's home city waited more than 50 years for a major sports championship. But basketball fans wasted no time snapping up memorabilia to commemorate Cleveland's NBA …

Basketball

Massive crowd swarms Cleveland for Cavs' NBA title parade

LeBron James wins third Finals MVP, now trails only Michael Jordan

The King reigns once more, passes Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird in total Finals MVPs<p>The King reigns once more.<p>LeBron James won his third Finals MVP on …

Ohio State Football: Recapping the Biggest 2016 Offseason News so Far

From signing one of the country's best recruiting classes to sending a historic crop of talent to the NFL draft, it's been a busy and eventful offseason for the Ohio State Buckeyes football program.<p>The Buckeyes entered the quiet season with a loud and convincing 44-28 win over Notre Dame in the …

Alexander Rossi pulls off shocking Indianapolis 500 upset

The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 produced one of the unlikeliest winners in its history.<p>At various points former Indianapolis 500 winners Ryan Hunter-Reay, Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves all thought they were well positioned to claim another Borg-Warner Trophy. Carlos Munoz, who's come …

Ohio State Football: Former Top Recruits Who Will Finally Shine in 2016

Few coaches and programs can recruit at the consistently high level that Urban Meyer has reached at Ohio State, and with five consecutive top-seven recruiting classes, there's blue chip talent at every level of the Buckeyes depth chart.<p>That buried talent was hidden during the 2015 campaign, when 15 …

Ohio State just had the best NFL Draft by any college ever. Let me explain.

Good morning! This is the Read Option, your daily college football newsletter. Sign up for this in your inbox!<p>1. Ohio State's draft was impressive enough in raw total picks ...<p>2016 Ohio State fell short of breaking 2004 Ohio State's seven-round record for the most total picks (14) and 1984 Texas' …

LeBron James Passes Tim Duncan on NBA's All-Time Playoff Scoring List

During the first half of Game 2 in Wednesday's Eastern Conference second-round matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks, LeBron James passed San Antonio Spurs center/forward Tim Duncan for fifth all-time on the NBA's postseason scoring list, via the NBA on ESPN:<p>Duncan has compiled …

Basketball

Ohio State Breaks Record for Most Players Chosen in 1st 3 Rounds of NFL Draft

The Ohio State Buckeyes produced a historically loaded 2016 NFL draft class, setting a league record with 10 players selected in the first three rounds Thursday and Friday.<p>Chris Fallica of ESPN's <i>College GameDay</i> reported on the milestone. The record ninth selection came on the Houston Texans' pick …