Beagle Miss P wins Best in Show at Westminster Kennel Club dog show

Congrats to Miss P!

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NEW YORK — Miss P, a 4-year-old Beagle from British Columbia, won Best in Show at the 2015 Westminster Kennel Club all-breed dog show at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday.

David Merriam, a dog breeder and former California state trial judge, picked the winner in the event’s final round. Miss P, representing the hound group, beat six others for the top prize, including the crowd-favorite Old English Sheepdog named Swagger and Charlie, the Skye Terrier that took the Reserve Best in Show honors for runner-up.

“I’m sure she’s hungry,” said Miss P’s handler, Will Alexander. “I’m overwhelmed.”

Owned by Eddie Dziuk and Lori and Kaitlyn Crandlemire of Enderby, Miss P is formally known as Ch Tashtins Lookin For Trouble. This week marked her second showing at Westminster, and her 20th career Best in Show prize. The Crandlemires plan to retire Miss P from competition after her big…

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Kevin Durant skewers the media: ‘You guys really don’t know [expletive]’

First Marshawn, Now Kevin.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder are having their first rough season since 2009, and with a record of 28-25 at the All-Star break, the team is currently under the microscope of basketball writers and analysts nationwide.

Perhaps inspired by Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch, a number of Thunder players have expressed their frustration with the media this season. Russell Westbrook stonewalled a reporter in January, and now with hundreds of reporters in New York City for the All-Star game, Kevin Durant ripped the media on Saturday.

Durant was asked about the security of Thunder coach Scott Brooks’ job, and Durant wasn’t very pleased with the question. The reigning MVP went on to say that reporters “love us one day and hate us the next.”

Via NewsOK:

“You guys really don’t know [expletive]…. To be honest, man, I’m only here talking to y’all because I have to. So I…

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Daughter of ex-MLB pitcher signs to pitch for JUCO team

Good for her and I wish her the best of luck.

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Sarah Hudek, daughter of former journeyman MLB reliever John Hudek, will commit to a scholarship to pitch for the Bossier Parish Community College, a junior college in Louisiana.

The Shreveport Times has more details:

“This is not a gimmick and I could care less about media attention,” (head coach Aaron) Vorachek said. “I’m signing her to help us win ballgames.”

Vorachek said the 5-foot-10 Hudek is a left-handed pitcher throwing 82 miles per hour….

“Coach Vorachek is a great guy who sees me as a player who can help his team and not just as a girl. He has accepted me as a player,” Hudek told The Times. “I’m excited about the opportunity and I’ll do whatever I can to help BPCC win games.”

Lefties who…

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Johnny Manziel’s college coach: ‘There are certainly some things we feel like we could have done better’

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On Wednesday, Texas A&M head football coach Kevin Sumlin opened up about his former quarterback, Johnny Manziel, after Manziel entered treatment on Monday.

In the above video, Sumlin expressed his support for Manziel to FOX Sports:

“I support him, his family supports him, we support the family, Texas A&M does too. Because there’s a lot of things that he has gone through … this is another one of those situations where I think he has obviously decided to take some action and the best thing that we can do — that I can do — is support his action and hope it works out for the best.”

He continued:

“There really hasn’t been anybody like Johnny … I think everybody looks back on [it] and says what they would have done, what should have been done. That’s a heck of a lot easier than dealing with it as…

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Five takeaways from a Super Bowl that lived up to the hype

A game for the ages. #SB49

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BOX SCORE: Patriots 28,  Seahawks 24

For complete coverage of the Patriots’ win over the Seahawks, check in with USA TODAY Sports’ NFL coverage here. Did you miss a commercial or the halftime show? For the Win has you covered here.

Football can be wonderful

It’s been an awful year. In fact, it hasn’t been easy to unabashedly cheer on the sport of football for a few years now. We know concussions — there were some Sunday — ravage players and leave them disabled. And then, of course, there was the league’s struggle to deal with domestic violence issues early in the year. Add in Deflategate — a controversy that likely won’t go away anytime soon — and it’s easy to see why so much of the focus was away from the game this year.

This game, though, had everything. Chris Matthews emerged from nowhere. Tom Brady, who we know…

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ESPN’s Suzy Kolber fights back tears during emotional tribute to Stuart Scott


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The NFL Countdown crew aired a touching tribute to late anchor Stuart Scott Sunday, who lost his battle with cancer last month. Anchor Suzy Kolber fought back tears as she spoke about her close friend.

“What will I miss the most? He was universally known for his hugs. Strong, meaningful and filled with love. We can’t replace that. But we are happy we had him in our lives, and the legacy lives on, which is of course what Stuart was all about.”

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USA TODAY Sports’ Super Bowl XLIX picks

It’s Super Bowl Sunday!

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The duel in the desert approaches. (Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports) The duel in the desert approaches. (Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports)

(Note: Landscape mode recommended if viewing this on mobile device. Picks are made straight up, not against the spread.)

H. Jones
Playoffs 7-3 7-3 9-1 8-2 5-5 5-5 7-3
Last week 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 2-0
2014 regular season 164-91-1
Patriots vs. Seahawks Patriots Patriots seahawks seahawks Patriots Patriots Patriots
Score 23-17 24-20 24-23 24-21 24-20 31-24 26-24
Patriot to watch Rob Gronkowski Rob Gronkowski Rob Gronkowski LeGarrette Blount Rob Gronkowski Rob Gronkowski Rob Gronkowski
Seahawk to watch Earl Thomas Marshawn Lynch Kam Chancellor Kam Chancellor Marshawn Lynch Kam Chancellor Russell Wilson
Game MVP Tom Brady Tom Brady Marshawn Lynch Russell Wilson Tom Brady Tom Brady Tom Brady
Pre-playoff Super Bowl picks Jarrett

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