March Madness ratings soar following dips for Super Bowl, Oscars

March Madness ratings soar following dips for Super Bowl, Oscars

The networks also said the first weekend of the tournament was streamed on March Madness Live more than ever before with 69.1 million live streams , an increase of 24 percent over a year ago. Sports Business Journal reports that CBS and Turner combined for a 7.8 overnight rating Sunday, the best first Sunday of the tournament since 1993. Read More

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elina Vesnina to contest Indian Wells final

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elina Vesnina to contest Indian Wells final

It was an all-Russian quarterfinal with the eighth seed taking on 19th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova . He overcame four match points against 12th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the third round and was two points from losing against Malek Jaziri in the third set before he pulled out a 4-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 fourth-round victory. Read More

Antonio Conte: All Chelsea players are of equal importance at training

Antonio Conte: All Chelsea players are of equal importance at training

Right wing-back Moses had been a doubt for the trip to the bet365 Stadium, having failed to finish Monday's FA Cup quarter-final clash with Manchester United due to a calf injury. We have a target (to win the League and FA Cup) and it's important we concentrate on trying to reach that target. "I prefer to keep for me, which are these couple of situations, but I think you understand the reasons". Read More

Harrington Cheltenham's golden girl due to Power surge

Harrington Cheltenham's golden girl due to Power surge

When Djakadam blundered, Power took the initiative. Runner-up in both the last two runnings of the race, he also accounts for 16% of all ante-post bets through Oddschecker, the most of any of the runners taking their place in today's field. Read More

Manchester United books Europa League quarterfinal berth

Manchester United books Europa League quarterfinal berth

Manchester United have finally found a breakthrough against FC Rostov through Juan Mata. He struggled against Rostov in the first-leg, and against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final, and put in another underwhelming performance on Thursday. Read More

Adrian Peterson Won't Return to Vikings After Latavius Murray Signing

The Vikings signed Latavius Murray to a three-year, $15 million deal this week. Vikings fans will rejoice to see a true workhorse back pick up Adrian Peterson's mantle. For Minnesota, it's a shift from one of the more explosive runners of all-time to a big, lunch-pail type between the tackles runner. "It was an experience", Murray said of free agency. Read More

NFL Free Agency: Jets target Dont'a Hightower re-signs with Patriots

NFL Free Agency: Jets target Dont'a Hightower re-signs with Patriots

The Jets had Hightower in New Jersey for a visit on Sunday and Monday. Pittsburgh's insecurity likely stems from their time with running back LeGarrette Blount, who the Steelers signed away from New England in 2014 only for the back to quit on them midseason and immediately go back to the Patriots once released. Read More

Texans trying to trade for Patriots CB Malcolm Butler

Would you be okay with the Texans coughing up their second round pick for a proven, veteran cornerback? (The wideouts appeared to be involved in a passive-aggressive tweet-off this past week.) By moving Cooks now, New Orleans picks up an extra first-round pick (plus a third), giving the team plenty of ammunition to address glaring holes on the defensive side of the ball. Read More

Bouchette On Hightower Visiting Steelers: 'I Don't Get It'

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported on Tuesday that the Jets' interest in signing Hightower is very real. The Jets putting this kind of personalized effort into their free agent pitches could be the kind of thing that pays off with a different player somewhere down the line, though, so not all is lost, even if Hightower returns to New England. Read More

The Vegas Favorite for the Title — Duke Blue Devils

The Vegas Favorite for the Title — Duke Blue Devils

Last season, OSU lost as a No. 2 seed to No. 6 seed Tennessee in the Sweet 16. The Huskies are expected to be the No. 1 overall seed for the fourth-straight year after finishing the regular season a ideal 29-0. The first opponent is Hampton (20-12), which upset MEAC regular-season champion Bethune-Cookman, 52-49, in last Saturday's MEAC tournament championship game to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament . Read More

NCAA Tournament: A Guide to the Madness

NCAA Tournament: A Guide to the Madness

If Kentucky advances the victor of 5/12 matchup, Ohio State or Western Kentucky will await them on Sunday the 19th. Last season, Ohio State was a 3-seed, but found itself eliminated in the Sweet 16 by 7th-seeded Tennessee. Duke (27-8, 11-7 ACC) will also play in Greenville Friday, but will play as the No. 2 seed in the East region. After sleeping on it, I am going with Duke as the #1 seed in Memphis, opposite Kentucky as the #2 seed. Read More

WR Cordarrelle Patterson is going to be a Raider

WR Cordarrelle Patterson is going to be a Raider

He also turned in a career-high 52 receptions for 453 yards and two touchdowns to renew his stock as a receiver. I'm willing to bring it out anytime I can. "I'm Blessed to be a part of them now". Like I said, from what I got there, man, to when I left, everyone was showing so much love. But the fact that the Raiders signed Patterson just adds another dynamic weapon to this Raiders special teams unit, and to this team altogether, which has drastically changed its identity over the past 2 ... Read More

Champions League: Leicester City boss Shakespeare wary of Sevilla threat

Champions League: Leicester City boss Shakespeare wary of Sevilla threat

What's more, teams that have lost the first away leg of a Champions League knockout tie 2-1 are W6-D1-L3 in return legs since 2009/10, giving Leicester a decent crack at qualifying. "We have to try and move on as a football club", said Shakespeare. "We knew by getting the away goal it gave us a great opportunity. We were all very happy to see him get it short term, I'm sure it would be the same reaction longer term", the England global said. Read More

On weekend Barcelona lost, Real Madrid set an incredible new scoring record

On weekend Barcelona lost, Real Madrid set an incredible new scoring record

Striker Luis Suarez believes Barcelona's stunning 6-1 thrashing of Paris Saint-Germain may have covered up the cracks in the Spanish giants' season, after they collapsed to a 2-1 defeat by Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. With Barcelona looking for the second goal, Luis Enrique took off Arda Turan and brought on Andres Iniesta. "The opposition played in their own half, they defended well and caused us problems on the counter-attack. Read More

Fans react to Rangers' managerial appointment of Pedro Caixinha

Fans react to Rangers' managerial appointment of Pedro Caixinha

He said: "The last match would have been embarrassing for them. I'd been challenging them all week, saying you're the only ones who believe in yourselves". "I know about the history of the fixture, I know about the game and I know about the emotion behind it". We tried to keep our composure but the pitch is a bit bobbly at the moment and it is not how we want to play. Read More

Will wait and watch: Mayawati on BSP-SP alliance rumours

Will wait and watch: Mayawati on BSP-SP alliance rumours

Akhilesh yesterday hinted at sewing an alliance with the BSP, if need be, in order to form the state government, and most importantly, in a bid to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) out of fray. Union minister Kiren Rijiju said, "Countingsepehle hee haarmaanliya (he has conceded defeat even before counting)". Akhilesh's comment extending a hand of friendship to arch rival BSP created a flutter as the two parties are seen as implacably opposed to each other to even think of a pact. Read More

Bouye Staying in AFC South; Leaves Houston For Jaguars

Bouye Staying in AFC South; Leaves Houston For Jaguars

Jacksonville is reportedly nearing an agreement with free agent cornerback A.J. If he continues playing at a high level, he'll be an asset for many years to come. While he has the size to play outside, Bouye has plenty of experience working in the slot. Now the only question is where Bouye will sign. Cornerback A.J. Read More

Israel stuns South Korea in Classic opener

Israel stuns South Korea in Classic opener

Corey Baker went 4 2/3 scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out three. Team Israel defeated Korea in the first game of the World Baseball Classic . Opening day in 2016 had 238 players born outside the United States on major league rosters, according to an article that appeared in the Houston Chronicle Sunday. Read More

Colin Cowherd Pokes Holes In Possible Browns Offer For Jimmy Garoppolo

Colin Cowherd Pokes Holes In Possible Browns Offer For Jimmy Garoppolo

If two first-round picks is the right price, it's highly unlikely that the Patriots will end up sending Garoppolo packing. I think it seems more and more likely that if a deal does get done, it will be with the Browns . According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer , the Browns are hoping to walk out of the first round with two players on April 29: Myles Garrett and Garoppolo. Read More

Patriots trading again, acquire tight end Dwayne Allen from the Colts

Patriots trading again, acquire tight end Dwayne Allen from the Colts

Allen has three left on the $29.4 million contract he signed last off-season, but the Colts paid almost $12 million of that sum in the deal's first year. In 2014, Allen tied for the team lead with eight touchdown catches. Allen becomes the fourth tight end on the roster. There's a touch of irony in Allen's landing spot, as the Colts originally drafted him and Coby Fleener to emulate the New England tandem of Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Read More