As Matt Barkley stood at the podium last December, flanked by his coach, athletic director, parents, and cheerleaders, University of Southern California fans eagerly waited to hear whether their phenom quarterback would stay in school or declare for the NFL draft. When Barkley announced that "the 2012 team has some serious unfinished business to tend to, and I intend to play a part in it," the crowd roared, the cheerleaders jumped with glee, and the band played the Trojans' fight song as if they'd just won a national championship. You can't fault their excitement, because with Barkley back leading the way, the Trojans will certainly contend for one. More »
Even at some of the biggest programs in the country, some fresh-faced kids straight out of high school are looking to make a mark their first college football season. Here are five freshmen you should keep your eye on this season. More »
NEW YORK (AP) -- Andy Roddick's tennis career will close at the U.S. Open, the site of his biggest triumph.
The 2003 champion at Flushing Meadows and former No. 1-ranked player decided to walk away from the sport whenever his U.S. Open ends, making the surprise announcement at a news conference on Thursday, his 30th birthday.
"I'll make this short and sweet: I've decided that this is going to be my last tournament," said Roddick, wearing a black T-shirt and baseball cap with his clothing sponsor's logos.
"I just feel like it's time. I don't know that I'm healthy enough or committed enough to go another year," he said. "I've always wanted to, in a perfect world, finish at this event."
The 20th-seeded Roddick is scheduled to play 19-year-old Bernard Tomic of Australia in the second round Friday night at Arthur Ashe Stadium. More »
Players on the defensive side of the ball are changing the face of the college game. While some might not like the low-scoring SEC match-ups between LSU and Alabama, their effectiveness in keeping opposing offenses out of the end zone has been a winning formula in the face of the high-powered spread offenses. As the new season begins, here are the top defensive players at each position to keep your eye on. More »
Today the 2012 Paralympic Games opened in London and from now until September 9, some of the best athletes with disabilities in the world will compete in 21 different events ranging from wheelchair rugby to swimming. Some of the sports will require wheelchairs designed with cutting edge engineering. What is really interesting about these chairs is how they vary so much from sport to sport. Just like you wouldn't use a basketball shoe to run track, the wheelchairs paralympians use differ greatly to suit the event. Check out this video by the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn to see how these high-end pieces of sporting equipment are designed. More »
The 2012 Heisman Trophy field is wide open, but not for a lack of talent. With a great crop of returning stars potential winners of the most prestigious individual award in college football will have to come right out of the gate this season with big performances. More »