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FILE - This is a 2016 file photo showing Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox baseball team. Sale says he isn't worried that he might not be the ace of the pitching staff after being traded from the White Sox to Boston. The 27-year-old lefty told reporters on Wednesday,Dec. 7, 2016, "We play for a trophy, not a tag."Sale was traded to the Red Sox on Tuesday at the baseball winter meetings. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Sale on yielding ace role: 'We play for a trophy, not a tag'

Chris Sale said he isn't worried that he might not be the ace of the Boston pitching staff after being added to a Red Sox rotation that already includes David Price and reigning AL Cy Young winner Rick Porcello. "We play for a trophy, not a tag," Sale said on ...

Holliday, Yanks finalize $13 million, 1-year contract

Free agent outfielder Matt Holliday and the New York Yankees have finalized a $13 million, one-year contract. Holliday, who turns 37 next month, fits into the Yankees strategy of signing veterans to short-term deals while pivoting toward a youth movement. A seven-time All-Star with a .303 career average, Holliday was ...

Penn State's Saquon Barkley (26) is congratulated by teammate Andre Robinson after catching an18-yard pass for a touchdown during the second half of the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game against Wisconsin, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Clemson, Florida State dominate AP All-ACC team selections

Clemson and Florida State dominated The Associated Press All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team. The ACC champion Tigers placed nine players on the first team while four Seminoles were unanimous picks — running back Dalvin Cook, offensive tackle Rod Johnson, defensive end DeMarcus Walker and cornerback Tarvarus McFadden. The other unanimous ...

IOC extends provisional measures against Russia

Two days before the release of a new report into Russian doping, the IOC on Wednesday extended the provisional sanctions imposed on the country over allegations of systematic cheating and cover-ups. The International Olympic Committee executive board said the measures imposed on July 19 have been extended "until further notice." ...

Cubs get closer Wade Davis from Royals for OF Jorge Soler

The World Series champion Chicago Cubs have acquired star closer Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler. The trade was announced Wednesday at the winter meetings. Davis will take over the ninth-inning role held by Aroldis Chapman, who became a free agent after the Cubs won ...

USF names Weist interim coach after losing Taggart to Oregon

South Florida co-offensive coordinator T.J. Weist will lead the 25th-ranked Bulls in the Birmingham Bowl following coach Willie Taggart's departure to Oregon. Taggart resigned Wednesday to take over a program that appeared in the national championship game just two seasons ago. He went 24-25 in four years at USF, including ...

FILE - In this Nov. 14, 2015, file photo, South Florida coach Willie Taggart runs onto the field after South Florida's 44-23 win over Temple in an NCAA college football game,   in Tampa, Fla. South Florida football coach Willie Taggart has informed the school that he is leaving to become the coach at Oregon, a person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither school was prepared to make an official announcement. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)

Oregon hires Willie Taggart as new head football coach

Willie Taggart has become known for rebuilding programs at Western Kentucky and South Florida. His next endeavor will be much more high profile, trying to turn around the struggling Oregon Ducks. Oregon announced Wednesday that it had hired Taggart to take over following a disappointing 4-8 season and the dismissal ...

FILE - In this Nov. 26, 2016, file photo, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey (5) leaps into the end zone on a 23-yard touchdown reception during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Rice, in Stanford, Calif. McCaffrey will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. McCaffrey announced his decision on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, saying he has done everything he could in college and playing in the NFL has been his dream since childhood. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Stanford's Christian McCaffrey to leave school for NFL draft

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. McCaffrey announced his decision on Wednesday, saying he has done everything he could in college and now wants to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL." "Since I was 6 years old, I've wanted ...

FILE- In this Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 file photo, FIFA President Gianni Infantino speaks during a news briefing ahead of the draw for the soccer Confederations Cup 2017, in Kazan, Russia. Infantino has suggested having 16 three-team groups if the World Cup expands to 48 countries, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)

FIFA president suggests 16 groups in 48-team World Cup

FIFA President Gianni Infantino has suggested having 16 three-team groups if the World Cup expands to 48 countries. Members of the FIFA Council received a recommendation from world soccer's governing body setting out five proposed formats for its showpiece event from 2026 — two 48-team team options, two 40-team options ...

Emmert: 'Pleased' to see Penn State football thriving again

NCAA President Mark Emmert says he is pleased to see how well Penn State's football team has bounced back from the sanctions the program received in 2012 after the Sandusky scandal. No. 5 Penn State (11-2) is having its best season since Jerry Sandusky, a longtime assistant of late Nittany ...

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