Conferences protect bowl teams from taking big financial hit

Five years after Connecticut lost a reported $1.8 million from playing in the Fiesta Bowl, college sports conferences have cut better deals with bowls and put mechanisms in place to protect schools from taking big financial hits from playing in the postseason.

  • Written by ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer

No date set yet for sentencing of Oscar Pistorius for murder

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A day after South Africa's top appeals court convicted Oscar Pistorius of murder, prosecutors on Friday pushed for the Olympian runner to appear in court as soon as possible so that a date can be set for his sentencing.

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

Hail Mary helps Packers close in on NFC North lead

DETROIT (AP) — It's a play Mike McCarthy says the Packers practice every Saturday — because they've been victimized by this type of desperation heave in the past and want their defense to be prepared to stop it.

  • Written by NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer

UCLA upsets No. 1 Kentucky 87-77

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Alford barely mentioned last year's 39-point drubbing by Kentucky and showed no video of it in preparing UCLA for the rematch.

  • Written by BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer

Prison looms for Oscar Pistorius after murder conviction

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murder on Thursday by a South African appeals court that described the once-glittering story of the double-amputee Olympian and Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he killed in his home in 2013, as "a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions."

  • Written by CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press