Rory McIlroy pads his lead in Dubai to four shots

...in the Coates Golf Classic, but still became the youngest player of either gender to reach No. 1 in the world ranking...and Ha Na Jang (70).Tiger Woods, previously the youngest player of either gender to reach No. 1, was 21 years...

Georgia Regents softball shoots for higher finish with more experience

...Div ision II Southeast Reg ional finals as a senior-laden team in 2012, Georgia Regents faced a bumpy road full of young players and growing pains.The Jaguar women won 18 and 22 games the next two seasons, and as they work toward a Feb. 10...

Seahawks coach praises general manager John Schneider

...Schneider said. "We are still going to be drafting young players and playing young players, so we might not be able to dip into free agency...continue to keep drafting players and playing young players should help us compensate for whatever level...

Braves: Gomes and Atlanta's leadership

...industry, you know it's considered important. Having someone step up and hold the team accountable, or simply taking a young player aside and giving him a pep talk, or just leading by example by playing 100 percent in a mid-August game when it's...

Derrick Rose leads Bulls past Raptors

...free-agent contract.The Pistons are 5-23 and coach and team president Stan Van Gundy says the club wants to develop younger players. He says he felt it best to give the 29-year-old Smith his freedom to go elsewhere.Smith signed a $54 million...

New National Baseball Hall of Fame class shares laughter, admiration

...the plate. It was more like 6 to 10."? Martinez on being elected to the Hall, where he visited when he was a young player with the Montreal Expos and had an appreciation of the game's history:"I couldn't imagine how the game was...

Big plays propel Gators past Pirates in Birmingham Bowl

...screen pass early in the third quarter. It was the Gators' longest play from scrimmage this season.The game gave young players like Lane and Fulwood hope for more playing time under the new regime."It just built a bigger fire inside me and...

Zack Martin could be final piece of puzzle for Cowboys

...yards, needing 29 yards to beat Smith's total of 1,773. "Obviously, he's very gifted, very composed for a young player being thrown in the trenches day one. He's got a bright future," Witten said.


...United States defender DeAndre Yedlin will join Tottenham in January, six months earlier than expected."DeAndre is a young player with great potential who has already achieved a lot in Major League Soccer," Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino...

Rivera, Panthers can repeat as NFC South champs after another strong December push

...attributes Carolina's strong finish to incorporating younger players into the lineup late in the season, and his players...the little things," Rivera said. "A lot of our young players do the little things. Probably the one thing I wish...