Patriots Owner Makes Strong Defense Of Team

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft made a strong defense Monday night of his team's actions and integrity regarding the NFL's investigation into under-inflated footballs being used in the AFC championship game. At times sounding angry, Kraft said he expected an apology from the league once the Patriots are found to be not guilty of breaking any rules. "I believe unconditionally that the New England Patriots did nothing wrong in this process that was in violation of NFL rules," Kraft said at the team's first media availability in Arizona. Kraft also said it "bothers me greatly" that the reputations and integrity of coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have been "called into question, and by association our team." He added that in 15 years together with Belichick and Brady, they had never lied to him. CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) – January 27, 2015

Gibbs Doesn't Remember Talk Of Deflated Footballs In Past

Joe Gibbs says he was as shocked as everyone else to learn the NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs to gain an advantage over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game. The three-time Super Bowl winning coach says he's never heard of anything comparable happening when he coached the Washington Redskins from 1981-92 and 2004-07. He spoke Monday during NASCAR's annual media tour. Gibbs says he anticipates the NFL will change the way it oversees footballs before games. The Patriots reached the Super Bowl last Sunday with a 45-7 win over the Colts. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – January 27, 2015

Snow Forces NBA To Postpone Knicks, Nets Games

The NBA has postponed home games for both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets because of a snowstorm expected to batter the area. The Knicks were to have hosted the Sacramento Kings on Monday night at the same time the Nets were scheduled to face the Portland Trail Blazers. Sacramento will instead return to Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, March 3, adding an extra game to what was to have been a seven-game trip. The Trail Blazers-Nets game was rescheduled for Monday, April 6. NEW YORK (AP) – January 27, 2015

WA State Over CO 73-68

basketball genericLia Galdeira scored 27 points, Mariah Cooks chipped in 15 more and Washington State edged Colorado in a 73-68 comeback win Sunday. Trailing by eight late in the second half, WSU (13-6, 4-4 Pac-12) edged into its first lead of the game during a 13-0 run that included four straight free throws from Gldeira following a technical foul on Colorado, making it 70-65 with 1:42 left.

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Sports Briefs January 26, 2015


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Dakarai Tucker scored a career-high 19 points, Brandon Taylor added 14 and No. 12 Utah beat Washington 77-56 last night. Tucker and Taylor combined to make eight 3-pointers to give the Utes (16-3, 6-1 Pac-12) their 15th straight home victory dating to last season. All six of Utah's Pac-12 conference wins have come by double-digit margins.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Jamie Weisner scored 21 points to help No. 9 Oregon State beat No. 13 Arizona State 67-54 yesterday to take sole possession of first place in the Pac-12. Oregon State (18-1, 8-0 Pac-12) used a 14-0 run early in the second half to pull away from Arizona State (18-2, 7-1) to win its eighth in a row and end the Sun Devils' 14-game winning streak, one short of the school record.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - LaBrittney Jones came off the bench to score a career-high 30 points and Charise Holloway drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner with 8.5 seconds left in overtime to lift Arizona to an 81-78 win over Oregon yesterday. Lexi Petersen's long 3 as time expired came up short.