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Vikings pivot to Eagles after big break vs. Saints

By Dave Campbell - Ap Sports Writer
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Their minds still racing with childlike exuberance over the stunning last-snap victory that sent them to the NFC championship game, many of the Minnesota Vikings remained awake several hours past midni . . . more »


Earnhardt Jr. to help NBC Sports at Super Bowl and Olympics

By Jenna Fryer - Ap Auto Racing Writer
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Nearly every day brings a new experience for Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the first 42 years of his life living in a bubble that consisted of NASCAR and not much else.
Now that he has retired from full . . . more »


Colts closing in on deal to hire McDaniels

By Michael Marot - Ap Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS — New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels could soon be on the other side of an AFC rivalry.
A person familiar with the negotiations said Monday the Indianapolis Colts are “close” . . . more »


Heating up

By Grady Tate - Gtate@newsexaminer.com
Winter weather has not been kind to high school sporting events, and no one has felt the shiver more than the Connersville High School girls basketball team.
After having their Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference game against . . . more »


No. 7 Wesleyan wins thriller over No. 2 Saint Francis

MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan University freshman Kyle Mangas continues to open eyes in his debut season, producing the best of his young career on Saturday in an 89-82 overtime win against No. 2 Saint Francis (Ind.).
Mangas nearly broke the 27- . . . more »


Sports Briefs

By Grady Tate - Gtate@newsexaminer.com
Lincoln’s Pumphrey selected as Player of the Week
Cambridge City Lincoln senior Garrett Pumphrey each had huge games en route to collecting Player of the Week honors from Subway and the Indiana Basketball Coaches Associa . . . more »


Bucs make emotionally challenging call to trade Andrew McCutchen

By Will Graves - Ap Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH — Andrew McCutchen didn’t run from the challenge in Pittsburgh, he embraced it. A rising star on a franchise mired in two decades of losing, McCutchen bet on the Pirates in the spring of 2012 by signing a six . . . more »


Titans split with Mularkey after 1st playoff win in 14 years

By Teresa M. Walker - Ap Sports Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans split with coach Mike Mularkey on Monday after he revived a team with the NFL’s worst record over two seasons and led them to their first playoff victory in 14 years. The Tit . . . more »


Major letdown for U.S. women: Venus, Stephens out at Australian Open

By John Pye - Ap Tennis Writer
MELBOURNE, Australia — U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens was first to go, followed quickly by last year’s Australian Open runner-up, Venus Williams.
CoCo Vandeweghe went out next as things really started to go crazy for t . . . more »


Jaguars stun Steelers, earn trip to AFC championship

By Will Graves - Ap Pro Football Writer
PITTSBURGH — The Jacksonville Jaguars heard the chatter, read the tweets and Instagram posts. And they got a little confused.
Why were the Pittsburgh Steelers talking about the New England Patriots? Didn’t they h . . . more »


Weekend warriors

By Grady Tate - Gtate@newsexaminer.com
Trailing by a point after one quarter against Muncie Central on Saturday night, the Connersville boys basketball team grabbed a two-point lead three minutes into the second quarter, and maintained that advantage through . . . more »


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Goal-line stand lifts Eagles into NFC title
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s defense staged a last-minute goal-line stand and Jake Elliott atoned for a missed extra point with three field goals as the Eagles beat the Atlanta Falcons 15-10 Saturd . . . more »


CHS girls rally from sluggish shooting to take down Eagles

By Grady Tate - Gtate@newsexaminer.com
The Connersville Lady Spartans rebounded from a sluggish start for a big second quarter, taking their game against visiting Guerin Catholic inside Spartan Bowl on Saturday night.
CHS opened the game shooting 0-for-9 from . . . more »


After one for the ages, Australian Open now a survival for the fittest

By John Pye - Ap Tennis Writer
MELBOURNE, Australia — With Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic among the walking wounded and Serena Williams already deciding not to defend her title, injuries and absentees have been the focus of attention ahead of the Australian . . . more »


The case for Keenum: Vikings QB keeps on disproving doubters

By Dave Campbell - Ap Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS — When Minnesota’s offense huddled for the first time that mid-September afternoon in Pittsburgh, Case Keenum’s energy and confidence quickly filled the circle.
The Vikings were forced to turn to the . . . more »


Eyebrows raised

By Michael Marot - Ap Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers are playing harder, moving the ball faster and winning more games than most people anticipated.
Fans in this basketball-crazed state expect nothing less from their favorite teams. Around th . . . more »


Missy Franklin starting new year, new chapter in Georgia

By Beth Harris - Ap Sports Writer
Missy Franklin has gone to the dogs, as in the Georgia Bulldogs.
The five-time Olympic gold medalist has relocated to Athens, Georgia, where she is pursuing a psychology degree and mounting a comeback in the pool.
Starting the new . . . more »


CHS gymnasts improve to 3-0 with win over Rushville

By The News-examiner
RUSHVILLE — Stocked with an over all young squad, Joann Borders and the Connersville High School gymnastics team is 3-0, following a win at Rushville on Thursday night.
But on this night, it wasn’t the younger tumblers that poi . . . more »


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UC wrestlers taken down by Centerville
CENTERVILLE — Looking for a Tri-Eastern Conference win over rival Centerville on Thursday, the Union County High School wrestling team fell short by a 75-6 margin.
The Patriot grapplers earned one win in the match, . . . more »