Kansas Jayhawks freshman Andrew Wiggins has been named one of ten semifinalists for the 2014 Naismith Trophy. The Naismith trophy is awarded yearly by the Atlanta Tipoff Club to the college basketball Player of the Year. Wiggins was also named a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, awarded to the U.S. Basketball Writers Associations player of the year, and named one of six finalists for the USBWAs Wayman Tisdale Award, given to the player named top freshman of the year. The Vaughn, Ontario native leads Kansas and all Big 12 freshmen with a 16.3 scoring average.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. - Alan Gordon hit the crossbar in the opening minute for San Jose and that was as close as the Earthquakes and the Colorado Rapids got to scoring in their 0-0 draw Saturday. Chris Wondolowskis header cleared the crossbar late in the first half for San Jose (0-2-3). The Earthquakes are off to their worst start in 14 seasons. They opened 0-3 as the San Jose Clash in 1998. Colorado (3-1-2) had its modest two-game winning streak snapped. The Rapids had few scoring chances until the final two minutes and the stoppage time at the end of the game.
TORONTO - Ben Thomsen and Morgan Pridy were among nine skiers formally nominated Monday to the Canadian team for the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Thomsen, from Invermere, B.C., finished 12th in a World Cup downhill over the weekend to meet the criteria for nomination in the final race before the qualification window closed. Pridy, from Whistler, B.C., recorded a 21st-place finish in the super-G at Kitzbuhel, Austria. They were joined on the nomination list by Torontos Phil Brown, Mike Janyk of Whistler, and Trevor Philp and Brad Spence, both of Calgary.
The Winnipeg Jets will bring their 2013-14 season to a close on Friday evening as they visit the Calgary Flames. Viewers in the Jets region can watch the game on TSN and listen to it on TSN 1290 starting at 7:30pm ct/8:30pm et. The Jets are hoping to conclude their schedule with a fourth victory in six games as they will miss the playoffs for a seventh straight season. The franchise has made the postseason only once since joining the NHL as the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999-2000 and this marked the clubs third season since relocating to Winnipeg.
NYON, Switzerland - UEFA says Greek referee Tasos Sidiropoulos did not show a yellow card to the wrong CSKA Moscow player in Wednesdays Champions League game against Manchester City.Reports of CSKAs 2-1 win suggested Sidiropoulos should have sent off Pontus Wernbloom by showing the Sweden defender a second yellow card for his 77th-minute foul on City forward Sergio Aguero.Instead, Sergei Ignashevich was booked in what was widely reported — including by Man Citys official website — as a case of mistaken identity.UEFA says Sidiropoulos explained in his written match report that Ignashevich wa
STANFORD, Calif. -- Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron might hear it from every angle if they were paying any attention or had a moments spare time. They could be reminded every day that this is the first time since 1990 the U.S. heads to a World Cup with no central defenders having played previous minutes in soccers showcase event. And that makes an already daunting task in Group G much more challenging for the Americans, who face Ghana, Portugal and Germany next month in Brazil. The competition for spots on the Americans back line is fierce, leaving no time to analyze the groups inexperience.
PHILADELPHIA -- Jonathon Niese stayed warm, and the surprising New York Mets cooled off Philadelphia. Niese pitched seven steady innings on a rainy Tuesday night and Daniel Murphy had three hits to lead New York to a 6-1 victory over the Phillies. Ruben Tejada doubled and had two RBIs for the Mets, who chased Cole Hamels in the fifth and have won seven of nine. They improved to 15-11 overall, marking the first time New York has been four games over .500 since July 14, 2012. "Conditions are really tough and Jon just keeps cruising along," Mets manager Terry Collins said.
LONDON, Ont. - Ryan Rupert and Chris Tierney combined for five goals and nine points as the London Knights crushed the visiting Mississauga Steelheads 7-1 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Rupert scored three times and added an assist for the Knights (28-7-4) while Tierney had two goals and three assists. Brett Welychka and Matt Rupert had a goal and an assist apiece for London and Max Domi tacked on four assists. Dylan Smoskowitz scored the lone goal for the Steelheads (15-21-4), who dropped their third straight game. Jake Patterson made 25 saves for the Knights.
LOS ANGELES -- Dan Craig and his crew have been at Dodger Stadium from dusk to dawn every night for the past week, patiently building a sheet of NHL-quality ice in the middle of the iconic baseball field. Theyre just about ready to drop the puck in sunny Southern California. The ice is solid, the fans have bought nearly every ticket, and the two local teams are eager for their historic showdown under the lights and stars. Only a few tweaks remain before the Los Angeles Kings face the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday in the NHLs first official outdoor game in a warm-weather climate.
Arsene Wenger has his eyes on a top-three finish in the Premier League as he looks to avoid a Champions League play-off. The Gunners occupy third spot ahead of their Super Sunday game with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light this weekend after they defeated West Brom 2-0 on Thursday night.Arsenals title bid faltered badly amid a poor run of results after the turn of the year but a 20th consecutive season of Champions League football remains on the cards.