Nadal wins first title on hard court since 2010 Rafael Nadal rallied from a set and 1-3 down in the second to beat Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday, giving the Spaniard his third title in four tournaments since returning from a seven-month injury layoff. More
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Roland Garros the U.S.' kryptonite, but Isner, Serena provide hope - SI.com ... on Serena Williams and John Isner at this year's French ... the onset of a major momentum ... in '82 and '83, she lost in the first round her ... 12/18/2014 - 5:28 am | View Link
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The Kansas City Royals signed former Atlanta Braves right-hander Kri Medlen, who is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery, to an $8.5 million, two-year contract.
Coach Marc Trestman said Cutler will be available as the backup for Sunday’s game at Soldier Field, where boos have rained down on a team that is 5-9 and playing out the string after starting the season with legitimate hopes of a playoff run.
The Panthers’ Cam Newton, who is recovering from injuries suffered in a car crash, will “probably” start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring any physical setbacks this week, Carolina coach Ron Rivera said.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (hip injury) was limited in practice.
The Seattle Seahawks signed linebacker K.
Fantasy owners have been whining all week about how Aaron Rodgers and Peyton Manning picked the wrong time to have bad games last Sunday.
Chargers at 49ers (-2.5): San Francisco is dead, but it played hard last week …
Bills (-5.5) at Raiders:
Oakland wins, gets blown out, wins, gets blown out and … at least wins against the spread.
Robert Griffin III is the only QB with worse body language than Jay Cutler.
Vikings at Dolphins (-6.5): Injuries and bad coaching have done in a talented Miami team again this season.
Might just give Jim Harbaugh a blank check.
Falcons at Saints (-6): Spread looks too high, but New Orleans is due for an easy home win.
Patriots (-10) at Jets:
Chiefs at Steelers (-3): Dwayne Bowe seems to have woken up from a season-long nap, just in time for a big game against a bad pass defense.
Browns at Panthers (off): Off the board because of Cam Newton’s uncertainty.
Ravens (-4.5) at Texans: A lot of actors can’t pull off being the leading man.
Road favorite is a bad role for Baltimore.
Giants at Rams (-5): St.
Couch Potato’s Guide to watching bowl games
With the avalanche of 39 postseason games starting Saturday, longtime coach potatoes realize they need a plan to maximize viewing pleasure while minimizing effort.
 as a public service, we provide our annual Couch Potato’s Guide to the bowl season.
 seasoned couch potatoes are shouting “Hallelujah!” this year because the first college football playoff will help recapture the prized bowl experience of the past.
New Year’s Day used to be sacred, reserved for the very best of college football.
After years of going astray, the New Year’s Day gorge has returned with 12 continuous hours of college football excellence.
All 10 teams in the five-game bonanza are ranked in the College Football Playoff Top 25, with all three of this year’s Heisman finalists as well as the Heisman winner from last year on display against top-shelf competition.
Coach potatoes already are calculating how many snacks are needed to accommodate that glorious bowl-watching marathon.
To quantify the viewing appeal of each game, we provide a Watchability Meter (or WM), a rating from
Clayton Valley-Concord’s football team started 16 weeks ago with a 55-7 win over Carson-Carson City (Nevada) and it will end Saturday in Carson (Los Angeles County) at the CIF state Division II title game.
The Eagles (15-0) have piled up a Bay Area record 803 points and a Northern California record for rushing yards (6,630 yards), which ranks No.
Ten games into Cuonzo Martin’s head coaching career at Cal, he’s 9-1 — the school’s best start since the 2001-02 season.
 the impressive record may not accurately reflect the Bears’ level of play.
According to Kenpom.com, a ranking system that takes into account Cal’s strength of schedule, the Bears are 53rd in the country this year, compared with 64th last season.
Cal, which plays Eastern Washington on Friday night, sits just outside the top 25 in the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls.
The Bears rank No.