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Heat's Bosh out for season with blo...

Heat's Bosh out for season with blood clots

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will miss at least the remainder of the season after developing blood clots on one of his lungs, the team announced Saturday.
Source: Eagles agree to trade McCoy...

Source: Eagles agree to trade McCoy to Bills

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Kentucky (30-0) rallies to stay und...

Kentucky (30-0) rallies to stay undefeated

No. 1 Kentucky overcame a nine-point deficit in the second half to keep its perfect season intact and beat Georgia 72-64 on Tuesday.
'$UH?' billboards aimed at DT up in...

'$UH?' billboards aimed at DT up in Detroit

The Lions declined to use the franchise tag on star defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh on Monday and, soon after, a group of investors decided to act during what might be Suh's last week with the Lions, financing "$UH?" billboards around Detroit.
LeBron passes Allen for 21st on sco...

LeBron passes Allen for 21st on scoring list

LeBron James continued to make his mark on the record books Tuesday, as he passed former teammate Ray Allen for No. 21 on the NBA's all-time scoring list in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 110-79 win over the Boston Celtics.
Knicks fined for Phil's 'great-look...

Knicks fined for Phil's 'great-looking kid' talk

The NBA has fined the New York Knicks an undisclosed amount for president Phil Jackson's public comments on Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell, NBA spokesman Tim Frank confirmed Tuesday.

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AP sources: Eagles deal running bac...

AP sources: Eagles deal running back McCoy for Bills' Alonso

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) LeSean McCoy will lead Rex Ryan's "ground and pound" running attack for the Buffalo Bills next season.

Two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade McCoy, their star running back, to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. The people spoke under condition of anonymity because the teams had not announced the deal.

ESPN first reported the trade.

The deal has been agreed to, but can't be completed until the 2015 league season begins on Tuesday.

McCoy had an inconsistent season last year after leading the NFL with 1,607 yards rushing in 2013. At his best, McCoy is an elite multidimensional running back who has been a proven threat as both a runner and receiver.

He enjoyed his best season in 2013, scoring nine touchdowns rushing, adding 539 yards receiving and one touchdown.

One reason for McCoy's drop in production last season was a banged-up offensive line in which all five projected starters never played one game together.

McCoy's addition leaves C.J. Spiller in search of a new team. He is eligible to become a free agent next week.

Buffalo's 2010 first-round draft pick told the NFL Network the Bills informed him of the trade, and told him "they were going in that direction, pretty much giving me a `Thank you for your service."'

"Nothing has changed," Spiller said about his offseason approach. "The game plan is still the same. The only thing is that I won't be returning to Buffalo."

Alonso will be reunited with Chip Kelly, who coached the linebacker at his previous job at Oregon. Alonso made an immediate impact in Buffalo after being selected in the second round of the 2013 draft.

He emerged as a top defensive rookie of the year contender after leading Buffalo with 159 tackles, two fumble recoveries and tying for the team lead with four interceptions while barely missing a snap in playing all 16 games.

Alonso's career was derailed in July when he sustained a season-ending left knee injury during a pre-training camp workout at Oregon. He spent all of last season recovering and is expected to be healthy for the start of spring minicamps.

In Buffalo, McCoy, 26, will be reunited with former Eagles running back Bryce Brown, who was acquired by the Bills in a trade in May.

With questions at quarterback, the Bills are intending to introduce a run-heavy offense under Ryan and new offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

The trade to acquire McCoy is the next in a series of moves to upgrade the Bills' running attack, which sputtered under former coach Doug Marrone, who opted out of his contract on Dec. 31. Buffalo finished 25th in the NFL in yards crushing in managing 1,482 yards to set a 16-game season franchise low.

That was regarded as a huge disappointment for a team that entered the season featuring an established one-two running back tandem of Spiller and Fred Jackson.

Injuries didn't help. Spiller missed seven games with a broken collarbone, while Jackson was slowed by knee and groin injuries.

The Bills have already taken a gamble to upgrade their offensive line by signing guard Richie Incognito, who had been out of football since the middle of the 2013 season for his involvement in the Miami Dolphins' bullying scandal.

Roman has an established track record for running the ball after spending the previous four seasons overseeing the 49ers' offense. The 49ers finished among the top 10 in yards rushing all four times.

Roman's approach isn't expected to change in Buffalo based on comments he made during his introductory news conference in January.

"If you can exert your will at the line of scrimmage, it's going to open a lot of other things in the offense," Roman said. "So to simply say, `Hey, we're just going to run the football,' well, nobody simply runs the football. But we want to run the football to a level of where people respect and fear us in our ability to do so."

The quiet and soft-spoken - but hard-hitting - Alonso quickly emerged as a fan favorite in Buffalo for his durability and on-field intensity.

With two interceptions in a 23-20 win over Baltimore on Sept. 29, 2013, Alonso became the league's first rookie linebacker since Al Richardson in 1980 to have an interception in three straight games.

After playing the middle linebacking role as a rookie, Alonso was set to move to an outside position before he hurt his knee.

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AP Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report.

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AP source: Vikings to meet with Adr...

AP source: Vikings to meet with Adrian Peterson on Wednesday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Peterson is about to feel what it's like to be recruited again.

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman plan to travel to Peterson's home near Houston on Wednesday to meet with their disgruntled star running back, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because neither side was publicly discussing the process.

Peterson's wife, Ashley, will also be part of the meeting in which Zimmer and Spielman will try to convince the 2012 league MVP that he should remain with the Vikings after missing almost all of last season while addressing child abuse charges in Texas.

It will be the first time Peterson will meet face to face with Vikings officials since September, and time is of the essence. The new league year, including trades and free agency, opens March 10.

The door opened for the sides to meet after a federal judge ruled last week that an arbitrator erred in retroactively punishing Peterson under the league's new personal conduct policy even though Peterson whipped his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch before the policy change. The NFL increased the minimum suspension for acts of domestic violence from two games to six.

U.S. District Judge David Doty said the arbitrator failed in his duties and sent the case back to league. The NFL is appealing Doty's ruling. It has removed Peterson from the suspended list and placed him back on paid leave, which allows the running back to meet with Zimmer and Spielman.

The case could also return to arbitration or be settled.

USA Today first reported the planned meeting.

Peterson has expressed displeasure with what he believes is a lack of support from key members of the Vikings front office throughout his ordeal. That, coupled with a possible desire by the Vikings to restructure a contract that is set to pay the soon-to-be 30-year-old Peterson $12.75 million next season, has put a strain on the relationship.

"I think it's been very clearly stated that we want Adrian Peterson back," Spielman said on Monday. "There's no question about the talent. He's a unique talent, and he's under contract with us next year."'

Peterson told ESPN last month that he felt "uneasy" with the team.

Spielman has declined to comment on the Vikings' plans for Peterson's salary, but the team has made several high-profile statements in the last two months in support of Peterson, including from Spielman, owner Mark Wilf and COO Kevin Warren.

No one has been more vocal in his support of Peterson than Zimmer, the straight-talker who only got to coach Peterson for one game in his first season on the job. Throughout last season while the legal process played out, Zimmer was the lone Vikings voice to regularly back Peterson.

Now he'll have a chance to try to smooth things over between the organization and the face of the franchise.

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Denver Nuggets fire coach Brian Sha...

Denver Nuggets fire coach Brian Shaw with team in slide

DENVER (AP) Last week, Denver Nuggets players broke their huddle with a chant of "1-2-3 ... Six weeks," interpreted by some as a countdown to the end of a season gone sour.

Brian Shaw didn't even make it that far. The first-time head coach was fired after 1 1/2 seasons on Tuesday, with the team at 20-39 and struggling to win at home. Assistant coach Melvin Hunt was promoted to interim coach and the Nuggets promptly won in his first game, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 106-95 to end a six-game slide.

The timing of the dismissal was somewhat surprising given that just last week general manager Tim Connelly seemed to signal Shaw's job was safe at least through the end of the season.

"We were hopeful we could dig ourselves out of the hole, play more respectful basketball," Connelly explained. "Unfortunately, our struggles have been pretty immense and led to today."

Bucks coach Jason Kidd said he had dinner with Shaw the night before and that Shaw didn't appear to have any sort of inkling his firing was imminent.

"This wasn't anything, I don't think, he saw coming," Kidd said after his team's morning practice. "It's unfortunate what happened with B-Shaw, being one of my mentors as a player and also a good friend."

Shaw went 56-85 for a .397 winning percentage. The Nuggets were in the midst of 10 straight losses at home - one shy of tying the franchise record set in 1997-98 - before ending the skid on Tuesday night. The team has also nosedived since the All-Star break, going 1-6, and attendance has suffered.

Forward J.J. Hickson said Shaw addressed the team before departing. Shaw's message was simply to "finish up strong and be pros. Wished all of us luck," Hickson recounted.

Asked if Shaw lost the locker room, Hickson said, "not in my opinion."

"Have to look in the mirror individually, and own up to some of the stuff that's going on around here," Hickson added.

Nuggets President Josh Kroenke said the team will look for a permanent coach after the season.

"This has been a trying season for all of us," Kroenke said in a statement. "And we appreciate Nuggets fans continued faith and patience as we build our proud organization back to the NBA's elite."

Shaw replaced George Karl, who was ousted after Denver won a franchise-record 57 games in 2012-13 only to be bounced from the first round of the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

The first season as an NBA head coach for Shaw was marked by injuries and a dispute with point guard Andre Miller, who was eventually traded to Washington. The Nuggets went 36-46, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03. The Nuggets returned to health this season, but failed to live up to expectations.

The affable Shaw was seemingly on the hot seat in November after Portland torched the Nuggets for 84 points in the first half. It was the most points scored in the first half by a Denver opponent since Phoenix scored an NBA-record 107 points on Nov. 10, 1990.

Things began to settle down, though, and the Nuggets went on a five-game win streak. Later, Shaw even eliminated morning shoot-arounds on game days to give his players more time to rest.

In January, Ty Lawson was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence. A month later, the speedy point guard skipped the first practice after the All-Star break when he missed his flight back from Las Vegas. That didn't sit well with Shaw, who kept Lawson out for a game.

Last Friday against Utah, Nuggets players uttered the "1-2-3. ... Six weeks" chant when Shaw wasn't around. Shaw told The Denver Post and other outlets Monday the chant "all stemmed from me saying that we hadn't won a game in six weeks on our home floor. So I just want to set the record straight in terms of that. That's the real truth behind what's taken off and put us all in a bad light."

After winning three titles with the Los Angeles Lakers during his playing career, Shaw won two more as an assistant under Phil Jackson before becoming associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers. He interviewed for a dozen head coaching positions before Kroenke hired him on June 25, 2013.

Kroenke called Shaw a "champion and a gentleman." He noted that since the Kroenke family purchased the franchise in 2000 "we have constantly strived to field a competitive team." In noting the 10 consecutive playoff appearances and 57-win season in 2012-13, he said: "Expectations have been raised and we want more."

Hunt, who's in his fifth season as an assistant for the Nuggets, said he will borrow some tactics from both Karl and Shaw.

"All 10 toes are in," Hunt said. "We're going to figure out a way to win games."

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AP Sports Writer Arnie Stapleton contributed to this report.

AP Source: Greg Hardy to meet with ...

AP Source: Greg Hardy to meet with NFL officials

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy will meet with NFL officials in New York on Wednesday to discuss his domestic violence case, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.

The person spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no public announcement of the meeting has been made.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said the league had no comment.

The meeting means Hardy's lengthy legal saga could be coming to an end soon.

Hardy has been on the commissioner's exempt list since September.

He becomes a free agent March 10. While he's not expected to re-sign with Carolina, he could command millions on the market.

Hardy, 26, was convicted of assault on a female and communicating threats last summer, but charges were dismissed Feb. 9 during an appeal trial when his accuser couldn't be located to testify. Prosecutors say Hardy reached a civil suit agreement with the accuser.

The NFL has said it is investigating Hardy's case.

The league unsuccessfully petitioned to have evidence from Hardy's first trial unsealed. Without that evidence, it may be difficult for the league to suspend Hardy.

Hardy potentially faces up to a six-game suspension from the NFL for violating its domestic abuse policy even though the charges against him were dismissed.

Hardy is seeking immediate reinstatement from the NFL - before he hits the free agent market next week - after a federal judge cleared way for Adrian Peterson's return to the league. Like Peterson, Hardy spent the majority of last season on the commissioner's exempt list preventing him from playing football.

Hardy was Carolina's franchise player last season.

Despite being convicted last summer he was allowed to play in Carolina's first game before eventually being placed on the commissioner's exempt list when Roger Goodell began to toughen his stance on domestic violence offenders in the wake of the Ray Rice incident.

Still, Hardy collected $13.1 million last year from the Panthers as their franchise player. He had 15 sacks in 2013, tying a franchise record.

Hardy posted photographs from photographs on social media of New York on Tuesday, but did not mention a meeting with the NFL.

NOTES: The Panthers announced Tuesday they have re-signed defensive tackle Colin Cole to a one-year contract. Details on the contract were not available.

Trooper: Fingerprints show victim i...

Trooper: Fingerprints show victim in Hernandez's rented car

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) A state police trooper who specializes in fingerprint analysis testified Tuesday in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez that the fingerprints of the former NFL player and his alleged victim, Odin Lloyd, were found inside a car that was allegedly used to drive Lloyd to his death.

Prosecutors say Hernandez, then a New England Patriot tight end, and two friends, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace, picked up Lloyd from his home early on the morning of June 17, 2013, shortly before he was killed.

Hernandez also is charged in another case with the fatal shootings of two men in 2012, and prosecutors previously suggested as a possible motive for Lloyd's death that Hernandez may have showed Lloyd the spot where the double slayings took place. But a judge ruled last year that prosecutors can't tell the jury about the double slayings.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper David Mackin, who processed the fingerprints found inside a Nissan Altima that Hernandez had rented, testified Tuesday that Lloyd's fingerprints were found on the handle of the rear passenger side door.

Lloyd's sister testified Monday that she saw Lloyd get into the rear passenger side of a silver Nissan that night but could not see the driver. Video from a neighbor's surveillance camera also showed Lloyd getting into a car at 2:32 a.m. Prosecutors have said Lloyd was dead by 3:30 a.m., shot to death in an industrial park near Hernandez's home.

Mackin testified that Hernandez's fingerprints were found on the inside handle of the driver's side. Surveillance footage from the night of the killing shows Hernandez getting into the driver's seat of a Nissan Altima, which he had rented the previous week.

The fingerprints of Ortiz and Wallace also were found inside the car, Mackin said. Wallace's fingerprints were found in various places, including on the inside driver's side window, the driver's side seatbelt latch, the front passenger inside door handle and the inside rear passenger door window. Ortiz's fingerprints were found on the rear passenger inside door handle.

Ortiz and Wallace have also been charged with murder and have pleaded not guilty. They will be tried separately.

Around 2 a.m. the day of Lloyd's slaying, Hernandez and Ortiz were captured on video at a gas station south of Boston. It shows Hernandez putting gas in a Nissan Altima before entering the gas station and buying gum and cigars with Ortiz. They get back in the car, with Hernandez in the driver's seat and Ortiz in the back. They leave at 2:12 a.m. Prosecutors have said the group then drives to Lloyd's home in the Dorchester section of Boston.

During cross-examination Tuesday, defense attorney James Sultan went after Mackin's credentials, saying Mackin was not certified as a fingerprint expert.

The defense has tried to paint a picture of a shoddy police investigation, and suggested that Mackin was on the prosecution's side.

In other testimony Tuesday, prosecutors showed the jury text messages that Hernandez, sent to Lloyd hours before the shooting. In them, Hernandez says he wants to meet with Lloyd.

"I'm coming to grab that tonight u gon b around I need dat and we could step for a little again," Hernandez wrote in one text to Lloyd at 9:05 p.m. on June 16. He sent more messages urging them to get together.

Jimmie Johnson pulls away for anoth...

Jimmie Johnson pulls away for another Atlanta Sprint Cup win

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) Jimmie Johnson pulled away after the final restart with 13 laps to go Sunday, winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Johnson, a six-time Cup champion, started near the back after failing to get in a qualifying run because of inspection issues. But the No. 48 Chevrolet was the fastest car on the track at the end of the weekend, cruising across the finish line a comfortable 1.803 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick.

It was the 71st victory of Johnson's career, and his fourth at the 1.54-mile trioval south of Atlanta.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was third, followed by Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano.

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AP sources: Eagles deal running bac...

AP sources: Eagles deal running back McCoy for Bills' Alonso (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2014, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy carries the ball during an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md. A person familiar with the deal says the Eagles have agreed to trade star running back McCoy for Buffalo Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso. The person spoke under condition of anonymity Tuesday night, March 3, 2015, because the teams had not announced the deal. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

LeSean McCoy will lead Rex Ryan's ''ground and pound'' running attack for the Buffalo Bills next season. Two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade McCoy, their star running back, to the Bills for linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy had an inconsistent season last year after leading the NFL with 1,607 yards rushing in 2013. Buffalo's 2010 first-round draft pick told the NFL Network the Bills informed him of the trade, and told him ''they were going in that direction, pretty much giving me a 'Thank you for your service.''' ''Nothing has changed,'' Spiller said about his offseason approach.

Kentucky still perfect, rallying fr...

Kentucky still perfect, rallying from 9 down to beat Georgia (Yahoo Sports)

Kentucky forward Marcus Lee (00) reacts after scoring in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Georgia, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

As Kentucky exhaled after its first close call in a while, a Wildcats fan held up a sign that said it all: ''UK. Facing the largest second-half deficit of its so-far perfect season, No. 1 Kentucky clamped down defensively, ripped off a 14-0 run and put away pesky Georgia 72-64 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten heading into the regular-season finale. ''You have kids here who have a will to win, they believe they're going to win, and they made the plays they needed to make,'' coach John Calipari said. They were really challenged in this one by Georgia (19-10, 10-7), which had the sellout crowd roaring when Yante Maten tipped in a miss of his own shot on the second attempt to put the Bulldogs up 56-47 with just over 9 minutes remaining.

Kansas rallies to beat West Virgini...

Kansas rallies to beat West Virginia in OT and win Big 12 (Yahoo Sports)

Kansas guard Frank Mason III (0) shoots a free throw during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Kansas defeated West Virginia 76-69. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Bill Self has won 190 of the 199 games he's coached in Allen Fieldhouse. The ninth-ranked Jayhawks were down 18 points to No. 20 West Virginia, a team that had beaten them on the road two weeks earlier. Frank Mason III scored the final six points of overtime and the Jayhawks clinched their 11th straight Big 12 regular season championship with a 76-69 victory Tuesday night. They missed by only one point of matching the biggest comeback in the 60-year history of Allen Fieldhouse.

AP source: Vikings to meet with Adr...

AP source: Vikings to meet with Adrian Peterson on Wednesday (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Nov. 24, 2013, file photo, Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson celebrates after rushing for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers in Green Bay, Wis. A federal judge has cleared the way for Peterson to be reinstated. U.S. District Judge David Doty issued his order Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, less than three weeks after hearing oral arguments.(AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)

Adrian Peterson is about to feel what it's like to be recruited again. Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman plan to travel to Peterson's home near Houston on Wednesday to meet with their disgruntled star running back, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. Peterson's wife, Ashley, will also be part of the meeting in which Zimmer and Spielman will try to convince the 2012 league MVP that he should remain with the Vikings after missing almost all of last season while addressing child abuse charges in Texas. It will be the first time Peterson will meet face to face with Vikings officials since September, and time is of the essence.

Gallinari helps Nuggets beat Bucks ...

Gallinari helps Nuggets beat Bucks hours after Shaw's firing (Yahoo Sports)

DENVER, CO - MARCH 03: Kenneth Faried #35 and the Denver Nuggets celebrate their victory over the Milwaukee Bucks at Pepsi Center on March 3, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Bucks 106-95. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

A change on the bench gave the Denver Nuggets a boost and ended six weeks of frustration for the struggling franchise. Danilo Gallinari scored a season-high 26 points, Kenneth Faried had 14 points and 14 rebounds and Denver beat the Milwaukee Bucks 106-95 on Tuesday night, hours after Brian Shaw was fired as coach. Guard Ty Lawson had 16 points and 10 assists for Denver, which ended a six-game losing streak and won at home for the first time since Jan. 14. Khris Middleton led Milwaukee with 20 points.

Jameis Winston has predraft meeting...

Jameis Winston has predraft meeting with Buccaneers (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2015 file photo, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston looks to throw during the first half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal against Oregon in Pasadena, Calif. Jameis Winston met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, hoping to make a good impression on the team considering taking the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback with the first pick in the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Jameis Winston met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hoping to make a good impression on the team considering taking the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback with the first pick in the NFL draft. The Bucs confirmed the former Florida State star was in town Tuesday to sit down with club officials who will be involved in deciding whether to draft Winston. Another quarterback option being considered by the Bucs is Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman winner from Oregon.

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Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restor...

Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restores natural order in baseball

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-yea...

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-year, $155 million deal with Yankees

The New York Yankees and prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka agreed Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract.
Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, ...

Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, will face Nadal in semis

Roger Federer regained his dominance over Andy Murray in Grand Slam matches and advanced to his 11th consecutive Australian Open semifinal with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 win Wednesday.
Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thu...

Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thunder past Trail Blazers

Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-97 on Tuesday night.
Browns to interview Bills' Pettine ...

Browns to interview Bills' Pettine with Broncos' Gase out of running

Adam Gase has told the Browns not to wait for him.
Players reportedly wanted A-Rod kic...

Players reportedly wanted A-Rod kicked out of MLBPA after lawsuit

Several angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.

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Poulter, Westwood, Donald, Rose to ...

Poulter, Westwood, Donald, Rose to host British Masters

LONDON (Reuters) - Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Luke Donald and Justin Rose are to take turns in hosting the British Masters, an event that will return to the European Tour calendar this season for the first time in seven years.
MLS on brink of players' strike

MLS on brink of players' strike

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Major League Soccer is on the verge of a players' strike as talks on a new collective contract have failed to bring a deal with just two days until the start of the new season.
Open hosts Royal St. George's to al...

Open hosts Royal St. George's to allow women members

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal St George's, one of three male-only clubs on the British Open rota, has voted to allow women members for the first time, British media reported on Wednesday.
Champion Hamilton seeks greater dom...

Champion Hamilton seeks greater dominance

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton is hoping his Mercedes team will be even more dominant this season even if he also wants rivals to give him more of a challenge.
Singapore's rising mercury a challe...

Singapore's rising mercury a challenge for Ko's hot streak

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's steamy temperatures will be no less a challenge than the star-studded field at the HSBC Women's Champions for teenaged world number one Lydia Ko's bid for her third successive title.
USA Swimming may let Phelps race at...

USA Swimming may let Phelps race at world championships

(Reuters) - Michael Phelps may be handed a chance to compete at this year's world championships in Russia once he completes his suspension for a drink driving conviction, a United States Swimming official said on Tuesday.

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A few words with World Cup broadcas...

A few words with World Cup broadcaster Darke

The poet laureate of soccer in the United States is not an American. ESPN's Ian Darke was born on the south coast of England in the naval port town of Portsmouth and since he landed on American shores fulltime for the 2010 World Cup, his soccer calls have thrilled the American public with the most famous being his description of Landon Donovan's injury-time game-winner against Algeria during that tournament.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup, ACL recovery comes up short

Star Colombian striker Radamel Falcao will miss the World Cup after his ACL recovery falls short.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup

Seattle rises to No. 1

Seattle rises to No. 1

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves...

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves Chelsea

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes Wor...

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes World Cup roster

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Panther on track for Meydan Gold

Panther on track for Meydan Gold

Brown Panther is firmly on course for the Gold Cup at Meydan at the end of this month after pleasing connections in a routine spin after racing at Wolverhampton on Monday.
Games leads Ferguson charge

Games leads Ferguson charge

Graham Clark speaks to John Ferguson about the strength of his team heading to the Cheltenham Festival.
Last Time at Liverpool

Last Time at Liverpool

Last Time D'Albain is set to skip the St. James's Place Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup at Cheltenham next week and instead wait for the equivalent event over the Grand National fences at Aintree.
Mardle: MvG can lose his cool

Mardle: MvG can lose his cool

Michael van Gerwen is vulnerable to losing his cool as Adrian Lewis and Peter Wright have proved, says Wayne Mardle.
The new 'Sir Viv'

The new 'Sir Viv'

Reckon you know who is the leading World Cup run-scorer so far?
Pirelli picks early season tyres

Pirelli picks early season tyres

Pirelli has nominated the tyres that will be used in the first four grands prix of the 2015 Formula 1 season.

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LeSean McCoy still a top-10 back

LeSean McCoy still a top-10 back

In what qualifies as the first truly huge fantasy football story of 2015, the Buffalo Bills have agreed to trade for LeSean McCoy. In return, the Philadelphia Eagles will acquire linebacker Kiko Alonso. McCoy was a slight disappointment for the Eagles in 2014, and for his fantasy owners. After winning his first rushing title in '13 and racking up 2,146 yards from scrimmage to go with 11 touchdowns, Shady struggled in September behind the Eagles' badly depleted offensive line, and regularly tried to do too much as his mediocre runs mounted. As Philly's blockers started to return to health, McCoy's tape looked more representative of his skills and his numbers improved: He registered at least 80 yards rushing in nine of his team's final 12 games. But Darren Sproles frustrated fantasy owners with several huge plays from scrimmage and siphoned a career-best six rushing TDs from McCoy. Later in the year, Shady suffered...
Peterson, Vikings to meet Wednesday

Peterson, Vikings to meet Wednesday

Minnesota Vikings??coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman will fly to Texas on Wednesday to meet with Adrian Peterson??at his home outside Houston, a league source told ESPN.com's Ben Goessling. Peterson's wife, Ashley, will also be present for the meeting, in which Zimmer and Spielman will try to convince the 2012 league MVP that he should remain with the Vikings after missing almost all of the past season while addressing child abuse charges in Texas. It will be the first time since September that Peterson will meet face-to-face with Vikings officials, and time is of the essence. The new league year, including trades and free agency, begins Tuesday. Peterson, who was placed back on the commissioner's exempt list this past Thursday after federal judge David Doty ordered the NFL to vacate his suspension over child abuse charges, can once again talk directly with the Vikings. Spielman said Monday the team has had " open...
Jim Harbaugh helps women in crash

Jim Harbaugh helps women in crash

Jim Harbaugh's heroics at?? Michigan??apparently stretch beyond the football field. Harbaugh and one of the football program's support staffers stopped to help a pair of women who had been in a car crash on the interstate Tuesday afternoon. A university spokesman confirmed that the Wolverines' head coach and football operations director Jim Minick provided first aid and offered their coats to the women as they waited for law enforcement to arrive shortly before 3 p.m. The police report said the car flipped multiple times while rolling over the median on I-94 before coming to a stop in a snow embankment. No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The 53-year-old driver was partially ejected from the car through the driver's side window. She and her 73-year-old passenger were both wearing seat belts and had "non-life threatening injuries." They were transported to a local hospital via ambulance. Harbaugh and Minick were on their way to the...
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