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     The U.S. government's star witness in a big-money bribery case engulfing the world of soccer has begun testifying at the trial of two former Fox executives accused of paying bribes to rig the bidding process for broadcasting rights to two of the sport's biggest competitions.

      Alejandro Zendejas, a 24-year-old forward who played twice for Mexico, is among 13 players who could make their U.S. national team debuts under interim coach Anthony Hudson in exhibitions against Serbia on Jan. 25 and Colombia three days later.

      SEATTLE — The transfer portal has changed the college-football landscape, and because of that, high school recruiting has changed too. How much the transfer portal has reduced the opportunity for high school players to get football scholarship offers can be debated. There can also be a debate on what has had the biggest impact on opportunities: the transfer portal that allows players to move ...

      Olivier Nkamhoua scored 27 points and Zakai Zeigler had 22 points and 10 assists to lead No. 4 Tennessee over No. 10 Texas 82-71 on Saturday night in an SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Josiah-Jordan James added 14 and Santiago Vescovi had 12 for Tennessee, which led by as many as 22 midway through the second half. Sir’Jabari Rice scored 21 to lead Texas. Marcus Carr and Brock Cunningham finished with 11 each.

      Ashley Joens scored 32 points to lead No. 18 Iowa State to an 86-78 win over No. 14 Oklahoma, overshadowing the Sooners’ Taylor Robertson becoming the Division I leader in 3-pointers. Robertson’s first basket of the game, at 4:18 of the first quarter, moved her past Kelsey Mitchell, who had 497 3s when she finished at Ohio State in 2018. Taylor had 500 3s by the end of the first quarter and finished 6-of-8 behind the arc and scored 25 points. Robertson had a four-point play to get Oklahoma within three midway through the fourth quarter but Iowa State went 13 of 15 from the foul line in the quarter. The Cyclones finished 30 of 34 overall.

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      Tua Tagovailoa’s parents said this past week he’ll play next season. He remains in concussion protocol and will skip the Pro Bowl. Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells wrote the Miami Dolphins are at risk relying on him. It’s only the second week of the Dolphins offseason and if it seems conversation already is funneling to one player that’s because it is. Just as it did during the 2022 season. ...

      Damar Hamlin released a video Saturday in which he says he’s thankful for the outpouring of support and vows to pay it back, marking the first time the Buffalo Bills safety has spoken publicly since he went into cardiac arrest and needed to be resuscitated on the field in Cincinnati on Jan. 2. Hamlin said now was “the right time” to speak after the Bills’ season ended and because he needed time to recover and gather his thoughts. The 5 1/2-minute video was posted on Hamlin's social media accounts.

      PITTSBURGH — I was sad when Buffalo lost to Cincinnati last week but not for the reasons you might think. I am not a Bills fan — don't particularly care for the Bills, to be honest — and while the Damar Hamlin story was captivating and inspiring, no, that didn't have me rooting for the Bills, either. My interest in the Bills winning had everything to do with my desire to see the Bills play the ...

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The single most impactful player in the AFC Championship Game plays quarterback for the Chiefs. The biggest unknown in the AFC Championship Game is the quarterback for the Chiefs. You can see why the Vegas oddsmakers have had a tough time with this one. Patrick Mahomes will play through a high-ankle sprain, his true effectiveness to be determined. Even by his own admission. ...

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