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Guarding the best shows Heat rookie’s willingness to take on any challenge

Back in the starting lineup with Hassan Whiteside in the midst of a potentially prolonged absence, rookie Bam Adebayo continues to gain valuable experience and show glimpses of his

The No. 1 way in which the Dolphins’ 2018 season cannot be like 2017 (or 2016)

The Dolphins’ offense is enjoying a second-half surge. That is good. The bad? It came a month too late to make a real difference.

This Dolphins tight end might earn another shot with the team in 2018

The fate of Miami Dolphins tight end Julius Thomas seemed determined earlier this season when he wasn’t producing and a 2018 return was unlikely. Now we can’t be so sure.

Will tradition-rich South Florida powerhouse be a state champ again?

Miami Northwestern hasn’t hoisted a state championship trophy in a decade. To reclaim its place as one of the state’s best the Bulls have to overcome one of the nation’s best teams

UM hoping to flip more FSU recruits amid Seminoles’ coaching change

The Miami Hurricanes already have lured one FSU commit and hope to grab at least two more.

Last chance in 2017 to see the 10th-ranked, unbeaten UM basketball team

The 10th-ranked University of Miami men’s basketball team is 7-0 — one of 13 unbeaten teams in the nation — heading into Tuesday’s home game against Boston University.

All-American running back recently transferred to rival school

Miami Central running back James Cook, a University of Georgia commitment, accepted his invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Monday morning during a ceremony at Miami

UM adds commit to heralded 2018 recruiting class. He flipped his pledge from FSU

The Miami Hurricanes added defensive end Patrick Joyner to its highly ranked recruiting class of 2018 after he decommitted from Florida State.

Rare losing season hits hard inside Colts' locker room

Frank Gore came to Indianapolis to earn a Super Bowl ring. He may leave without making a playoff appearance. Sunday's 30-10 loss at Jacksonville sealed the Colts' fate.

Texans look to regroup after mistake and injury-filled game

After yet another loss this weekend, the Houston Texans are trying to figure out how to correct their mistakes and deal with several more injuries after already losing stars J.J.

Antonio Brown active for Steelers vs Bengals with sore toe

Antonio Brown cautiously moved around during pregame warmups and is active for the Steelers' game against the Bengals.

Familiar ring: Cowboys visit Giants as interim coach debuts

Cowboys set to visit Giants after firing of coach Ben McAdoo, seven years after Jason Garrett debuted with Dallas win under similar circumstances.

Raiders overcome early season slide to move into tie for 1st

The Oakland Raiders have clawed their way back into contention in the mediocre AFC West.

Bears coach John Fox looking for answers after another loss

Chicago Bears and coach John Fox continue searching for answers after fifth straight loss.

Panthers’ tackling was ‘bad’ against Saints, and DC Steve Wilks says he knows

What went wrong for Carolina’s defense on Sunday against the Saints? Missed tackles, to start.

Panthers were careful with key players on Sunday, hoping for boost in closing

The Carolina Panthers held out TE Greg Olsen and played LB Thomas Davis sparingly vs. the New Orleans Saints with an eye on their playoff push.

Stephen Silas is filling in as Hornets’ coach Monday. Why that’s tougher than it

Late-game adjustments are toughest thing for a fill-in coach, as Stephen Silas will be Monday.

Gaston Day star among Charlotte Observer prep basketball players of the week

Here are the Charlotte Observer’s high school basketball players of the week

Charlotte Observer high school basketball games of the week, full schedule

Here are the Charlotte Observer high school basketball games of the week and the full schedule for Monday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 10

Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 basketball polls: seven new teams, lots of movement

The Charlotte Observer Sweet 16 boys and girls basketball polls have lots of new faces this week and lots of movement for other ranked teams

Clemson recruit among Charlotte Observer high school football players of the

Here are this week’s NCHSAA, NCISAA, SCHSL prep football players of the week

Why did Keyshawn Woods transfer from the Charlotte 49ers to Wake Forest?

Deacons guard Keyshawn Woods expects things to be “emotional” for him when he returns to Halton Arena on Tuesday to face his old team, the Charlotte 49ers.

Will Muschamp: How fans helped the Gamecocks earn Outback Bowl spot

Will Muschamp's South Carolina Gamecocks football team put in the work to earn a spot in the Outback Bowl. But the fans’ reputation play a role.

Duke’s Grayson Allen is feeling much better. And playing better to prove it.

Duke Blue Devils basketball senior guard Grayson Allen is starting to heat up. After five straight games of scoring 14 points or less, Allen has scored 21 points or more over the

SC State coach on his player’s terrifying collapse and the relief when he

With 13:08 remaining in the first half of a game between NC State and SC State on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, senior starting point guard Ty Solomon collapsed while sitting on the

Trio of Gamecocks make AP All-SEC team

South Carolina Gamecocks football tight end Hayden Hurst made the AP All-SEC first team. DE Dante Sawyer and LB Skai Moore made the second team.

Mayfield, Jackson, Love are Heisman Trophy finalists

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville are Heisman finalists for the second straight year and will be joined in New York

LaVar Ball says he's withdrawing suspended son from UCLA

The father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball says he plans to withdraw his son from school because of concerns related to the freshman's indefinite suspension for his admitted

Michigan AG wants to see Michigan State's Nassar report

Michigan's attorney general is urging Michigan State University to give him an internal report on a campus doctor who sexually assaulted young gymnasts.

Gulati will not seek 4th term as US Soccer president

U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati will not seek a fourth term, announcing his decision two months after the Americans failed to qualify for next year's World Cup.

Udinese and Genoa inch away from relegation zone with wins

Udinese won 3-0 at fellow-struggler Crotone in Serie A to inch away from the relegation zone on Monday.

British Gymnastics suspends men's coach Eddie Van Hoof

LONDON — British Gymnastics has suspended men's coach Eddie Van Hoof as it investigates misconduct.The governing body, which opened the investigation last week, did not specify the

Jimbo Fisher gets 10-year, $75 million deal at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Jimbo Fisher wasn't wearing a white hat when he arrived at Texas A&M on Monday, no signs of a swashbuckling, down-home savior for program desperate to

Buckley: Rob Gronkowski got off easy with 1-game suspension

Can we cut the hand-wringy, first-offender baloney with Rob Gronkowski?Can we eliminate any and all discussions about how the Patriots’ best-of-his-era-if-not-all-time-greatest

Yanks finalize hiring of 'polished communicator' Aaron Boone

NEW YORK — Aaron Boone's hiring was finalized Monday by the New York Yankees, who gave the ESPN broadcaster a three-year contract to succeed Joe Girardi as manager.New York, which

One key factor in Ohtani's decision will be which team can be patient with his

From a distance, particularly from overseas, what Ohtani does looks effortless, throwing 100 mph fastballs one day and literally launching baseballs through the roof of an indoor

NFL suspends Patriots' Rob Gronkowski one game for late hit to head

The NFL suspended New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski one game for a late, gratuitous hit to the head of Buffalo defensive back Tre'Davious White.

Five takeaways from the Clippers' 112-106 loss to Minnesota

What we learned from the Clippers' 112-106 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Giants fire coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese, source says

Coach Ben McAdoo and general manager Jerry Reese were fired Monday by the New York Giants less than one year after taking the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2011, a

What we learned this week in the NHL: The Kings are back

Remember the 1-6-1 slump that triggered flashbacks to the bad, old days of the last few seasons? Neither do the Kings, who have a five-game winning streak and have regained the