• In this Sunday, July 28, 1996 file photo, women's 5,000 meters gold medalist Wang Junxia of China, center, is flanked by Pauline Konga of Kenya, right, silver, and Roberta Brunet of Italy, bronze during the medal presentation ceremony at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. The IAAF is investigating the authenticity of a two-decade-old letter published in Chinese media that suggests state-sanctioned doping in the 1990s, and casts doubt on the longstanding world records set by Wang in the women’s 3,000 and 10,000 meters. Wang’s records could be annulled if the former Olympic and world champion has admitted to doping before setting the marks in 1993, the International Association of Athletics Federations said Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

    IAAF looking into claims of state-sanctioned doping in China

    BEIJING (AP) — The IAAF is investigating the authenticity of a two-decade-old letter published in Chinese media that suggests state-sanctioned doping in the 1990s, and casts doubt on the longstanding world records set by Wang Junxia in the women’s 3,000 and 10,000 meters.

  • In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, an official holds the ball behind his back during a break in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game between New Mexico and Boise State in Boise, Idaho. Referees undergo nearly as much scrutiny as the teams that want to join in March Madness, with a field of nearly 1,000 that is winnowed to 100 for tournament time. And just like the teams, the refs have to be on their game to keep advancing. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File)

    Referees try to turn heads, earn spot in NCAA Tournament

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Since the first jump ball of the season rose from their hands, the 1,000 or so referees who work men’s Division I college basketball games have been trying to turn heads and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

  • NCAA academic committee considering changes to APR system

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA may start holding schools more accountable for the academic progress of athletes who are graduate transfers.

  • In this Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 file photo, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly throws to the Baltimore Orioles during a baseball game in Baltimore. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball's first salary arbitration case this year, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    Rays’ Smyly wins 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

    PHOENIX (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Drew Smyly has won baseball’s first salary arbitration case this year.

  • Smyly and Rays argue 1st MLB salary arbitration case of year

    PHOENIX (AP) — Drew Smyly and the Tampa Bay Rays have argued baseball’s first salary arbitration case this year.

  • Alabama football coach Nick Saban talks about his recruiting class during an NCAA college football news conference on national signing day, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, at Naylor-Stone Media Suite in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt/AL.com via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Alabama leads another strong recruiting class for the SEC

    OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Alabama’s still the unquestioned king of Southeastern Conference recruiting.

  • Penn State lands 1 of top RBs in the nation on signing day

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — James Franklin hoped he took a big step toward turning Penn State into Big Ten title contenders Wednesday, landing one of the best running backs and defensive ends in the country.

  • FIFA Presidential Candidate Gianni Infantino speaks during an interview with The Associated Press after he unveiled his 90 day plan that he will implement if he is elected FIFA President, at Wembley Stadium in London, Monday, Feb. 1, 2016.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    FIFA candidate Prince Ali slams blocked funds to Americas

    GENEVA (AP) — A FIFA decision to block funding for the scandal-hit North and South American regional soccer bodies was criticized by presidential candidate Prince Ali of Jordan for its timing and lack of transparency.

  • Nashville Predators' players look over the bench at linesman Don Henderson after he was hit by Calgary Flames' Dennis Wideman during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alberta, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

    NHL suspends Wideman 20 games for abuse of official

    NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL barred Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman 20 games on Wednesday for cross-checking a linesman last week, the second-longest suspension in NHL history for abusing an official.

  • Chicago Blackhawks right wing Richard Panik, center, of Slovakia, celebrates his goal with center Andrew Shaw, front, and left wing Teuvo Teravainen, of Finland, against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Crawford helps Blackhawks to 2-1 win over Avalanche

    DENVER (AP) — Corey Crawford stopped 22 shots, Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin scored and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 on Tuesday night without captain Jonathan Toews.