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Pine tar, Vaseline, spit all part of baseball

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By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer It's fair to suspect that Michael Pineda isn't the only pitcher trying a few tricks on the mound from time to time. More>>

Sharapova advances to Stuttgart quarterfinals

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Defending champion Maria Sharapova defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-3 on Thursday to set up a Porsche Grand Prix quarterfinal with top seed Agnieszka Radwanska. More>>

Michael Phelps wins 100 fly heat in comeback meet

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A giddy Michael Phelps qualified fastest for the 100-meter butterfly final Thursday in his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics. More>>

Government to review Northwestern bid to unionize

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The National Labor Relations Board has granted Northwestern University's request that it review its ruling that football players at the university are essentially employees of the school with full collective bargaining... More>>

Kosar believes he's off TV for slurred speech

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Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes he's been unfairly sacked as a TV broadcaster. More>>

Another goalie switch for the Flyers coming up

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A tag-team goalie tandem helped the Philadelphia Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Finals four years ago. They hope it gets them through the first round this spring. More>>

Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal

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New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar. He said he won't appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts. More>>

NCAA board endorses more power for big schools

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The NCAA's board of directors endorsed a proposal Thursday giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization. More>>

Kosar believes he's off TV for slurred speech

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Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes he's been unfairly sacked as a TV broadcaster. More>>

Kosar believes he's off TV for slurred speech

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Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar believes he has been removed as a TV commentator for Cleveland's preseason games because of slurred speech he attributes to concussions sustained in the NFL. More>>

Wiggins, Froome missing for Team Sky at Giro

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This year's Giro d'Italia will be missing two of cycling's biggest names after Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome, the last two winners of the Tour de France, were left out of Team Sky's nine-man lineup for... More>>

When Bosh steps up, Heat reap benefits

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In Miami, it's called the Big Three for a reason. More>>

Arab-Israeli women break ground on pro soccer team

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When the Israeli women's soccer team Hapoel Petah Tikva lost a number of its players to Israel's national team ahead of World Cup qualifiers, founder Rafi Subra made a decision that set the team apart from many of... More>>

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone rejects bribery charges

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone rejected accusations of bribery as he went on trial Thursday in a case that could threaten his grip on the sport, telling a Munich court that he was blackmailed by a German banker who... More>>

Teen Chinese golfer getting used to attention

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One year after his stunning debut at the Masters, Chinese 15-year-old golfer Guan Tianlang is growing accustomed to being in the spotlight. More>>

Quiros, Dyson share lead at China Open

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Alvaro Quiros and Simon Dyson each shot a 5-under 67 to share the lead after the first round of the China Open on Thursday. More>>

Hanyu determined to build on success of Sochi

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Yuzuru Hanyu has barely had time to dwell on the Olympic and world titles he won in the first quarter of 2014, yet he's already thinking about how to improve for next season. More>>

Announcer relishes role as voice of Kentucky Derby

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From his perch with a panoramic view of the world's most famous racetrack, the new voice of Churchill Downs will sit out one of the most anticipated moments of the tradition-soaked Kentucky Derby. More>>

Pineda says he'll learn from ejection for pine tar

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The pine tar glistened on Michael Pineda's neck, improving his grip and inviting trouble. More>>

Michael Phelps launches comeback in 100 butterfly

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Returning to swimming after a 20-month retirement, Michael Phelps is easing back into the sport he once dominated by racing one of his best events. More>>

Stars even with Ducks after 4-2 win in Game 4

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The young Dallas Stars keep overcoming early 2-0 deficits. With their latest comeback in Game 4, they are now even with the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks. More>>

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Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105

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LaMarcus Aldridge's son JJ, who turned 5 on Wednesday, texted him after the Portland Trail Blazers' playoff win and told him he looked like Spider-Man on one of his dunks. More>>

Kane leads Blackhawks past Blues, 4-3 in OT

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Patrick Kane had his shot all along. Same for his dazzling puck-handling skills and the vision that sees the plays before they happen. More>>

Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1

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Blowing their playoff opener turned out to be great therapy for the Dallas Mavericks. More>>

Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

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The pine tar on Michael Pineda's neck was a stain for the New York Yankees. More>>

Benzema gives Real Madrid 1-0 win over Bayern

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Real Madrid hopes a narrow home win put it in position to reach the Champions League final for the first time since 2002. More>>

Dubinsky, Foligno lift CBJ to 1st home playoff win

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In the dressing room after Brandon Dubinsky's late goal forced overtime, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno half-jokingly said he'd get the winner. More>>

Pineda tossed for pine tar; Red Sox beat Yanks 5-1

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Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was ejected for using pine tar less than two weeks after appearing to get away with using a foreign substance in another game against Boston, and the Red Sox beat New York 5-1 on Wednesday... More>>

Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

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LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward. More>>

10 Things to See in Sports: AP's top sports photos

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By The Associated Press Here's a look at some of the defining moments, exciting scenes, triumphs and defeats from the world of sports. More>>

Yanks pitcher Pineda ejected for substance on neck

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Less than two weeks after pitching against Boston with what appeared to be pine tar on his pitching hand, the New York Yankees' Michael Pineda was ejected from a game against the Red Sox on Wednesday night after... More>>

Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers

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Mike McCarthy promises there won't be any bad memories plaguing his Green Bay Packers when they open the NFL season on Sept. 4 at Super Bowl champion Seattle. More>>

Phelps having fun in his return to swimming

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Michael Phelps is making a comeback after nearly two years out of the pool for the simplest of reasons: He missed the sport that has been his entire life. More>>

Cubs lose to Diamondbacks 7-5 on Wrigley's 100th

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The Chicago Cubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first game at Wrigley Field in the most appropriate way: with a gut-wrenching loss. More>>

Padres' Josh Johnson to undergo 2nd elbow surgery

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San Diego Padres starter Josh Johnson is scheduled to undergo elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time and will miss the entire season. More>>

Trumbo to miss extended time with stress fracture

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Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo will be sidelined for an extended period of time because of a stress fracture in his left foot. More>>

Party a century in the making for Wrigley Field

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There was a giant replica cake right next to the Ernie Banks statue, and an old-time band played as fans made their way through the main entrance. More>>

Emmert supports more efficient, effective NCAA

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Mark Emmert wants the NCAA to fast-track upgrades for college athletes - regardless of whether a player union is pushing for them. More>>

Kvitova beaten in 1st major upset at Stuttgart

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Alisa Kleybanova defeated third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3) to provide the first major upset at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday. More>>

Bobcats' Al Jefferson in starting lineup

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Al Jefferson is in Charlotte's starting lineup for Game 2 of the Bobcats' Eastern Conference first-round series against the Miami Heat. More>>

Oldest living ex-MLB player dies in Cuba at 102

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Conrado Marrero, the diminutive Cuban right-hander who pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1950s and in 2011 became the oldest living former Major League Baseball player, died in Havana on Wednesday. He was 102,... More>>

Wizards back home with 2-0 lead over Bulls

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The Chicago Bulls failed to score for more than seven minutes. More>>

Hantuchova, Peng reach quarters in Morocco

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Top-seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia beat last year's runner-up Lourdes Dominguez Lino of Spain 7-5, 6-2 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Grand Prix SAR. More>>

Bucharest defending champ Rosol reaches quarters

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Defending champion Lukas Rosol reached the Nastase Tiriac Trophy quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over eighth-seeded Jarkko Nieminen of Finland on Wednesday. More>>

David Moyes statement after Man United firing

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By The Associated Press Statement released by David Moyes on Wednesday, a day after Manchester United announced he left as manager after less than a season in charge. More>>

Jackson seeking Knicks coach, says it won't be him

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The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated. More>>

Cardinals player gets probation for assault plea

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A judge on Wednesday sentenced Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington to a year of supervised probation for assaulting a former girlfriend who is the mother of his daughter. More>>

Murray breaks down in tears at Scottish ceremony

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His victory speech at Wimbledon was easy compared to this. More>>

Liverpool, Sterling top this week's AP soccer poll

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By JACK BEZANTS Associated Press Liverpool tops The Associated Press global soccer poll this week for the fifth time this season and for the second consecutive week after its 3-2 win over Norwich kept it... More>>

Giggs to be assisted by ex-Man United teammates

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Ryan Giggs will be assisted by a trio of former Manchester United teammates as he tries to stabilize England's biggest club after the abrupt dismissal of David Moyes. More>>

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

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Dozens of Sherpa guides packed up their tents and left Mount Everest's base camp Wednesday, after the deaths of 16 of their colleagues in an avalanche exposed an undercurrent of resentment by Sherpas over their pay,... More>>

FIFA suspends Barcelona transfer ban during appeal

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Barcelona was cleared Wednesday to sign new players during the offseason after FIFA froze the Spanish soccer club's one-year transfer embargo pending an appeal. More>>

Pacers rally past Hawks 101-85 to even series

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The Pacers got tired of talking trash. More>>

Pujols 1st to hit HRs No. 499, 500 in same game

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Albert Pujols smiled as he explained why he felt the need to apologize to his wife for hitting homer No. 500 so quickly after No. 499. More>>

Wizards beat Bulls 101-99 in OT to take 2-0 lead

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This one looked like it was slipping away from the Washington Wizards. Then, in a flash everything changed. More>>

Rangers beat Flyers 4-1 in Game 3, take 2-1 lead

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While his teammates mobbed him after a late goal, Dan Carcillo trash-talked with Flyers fans through the glass before hitting the bench for a celebration. More>>

Your Top Plays for Today

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Sharks beat Kings 4-3 in OT, take 3-0 series lead

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After Patrick Marleau's fourth career playoff overtime goal silenced Staples Center for maybe the next-to-last time this season, the veteran San Jose Sharks forward attributed his knack for postseason heroics to one... More>>

Ellsbury returns, helps Yanks beat Red Sox 9-3

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Jacoby Ellsbury wasted little time reminding the Red Sox how he used to help them win. More>>

Canadiens sweep Lightning after 4-3 win

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The Montreal Canadiens swept their way into the second round of the NHL playoffs, and now look forward to some rest. More>>

Sherpas leave Everest; some expeditions nix climbs

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Sherpa guides were leaving Mount Everest's base camp on Wednesday as part of a walkout following the mountain's deadliest disaster, as some expedition companies announced that they were canceling their climbs this... More>>

DeRozan scores 30 as Raptors beat Nets 100-95

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DeMar DeRozan put his playoff jitters aside and turned in an All-Star performance for the Toronto Raptors. More>>

Rangers beat Flyers 4-1 in Game 3, take 2-1 lead

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Never afraid to raise his fists, Dan Carcillo made his mark in the league as a puncher more than a postseason star. More>>

Pujols' 500th HR helps Angels beat Nationals 7-2

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Heading toward the plate after the 500th homer of this career, Albert Pujols glanced ahead and saw a throng of Los Angeles Angels teammates waiting right there to greet him. More>>

Bills coach Marrone had cancerous mole removed

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Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone said Tuesday night he had a cancerous mole removed, and added it will not have any effect on him doing his job. More>>

Pacers rally past Hawks 101-85 to even series

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When the Indiana Pacers needed a lift. Paul George stepped up. All over the court, over and over again. More>>

Bruins beat Red Wings 3-0 in Game 3, take 2-1 lead

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The Boston Bruins took full advantage of Detroit's mistakes, and their stellar goaltender's flawless performance. More>>

Gwynn on leave of absence due to health issues

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Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn is taking a leave of absence from his job as San Diego State's baseball coach as he recovers from undisclosed health issues. More>>

5 former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders sue over pay

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Five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders on Tuesday sued the team over a pay system they say had them working hundreds of hours for free at games and at mandatory public appearances at which they were subjected to groping... More>>

MLB suspends 4 after Brewers-Pirates brawl

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Major League Baseball has suspended four players involved in last Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers. More>>

Sharapova survives scare to progress at Stuttgart

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Defending champion Maria Sharapova survived a first-round scare at the Porsche Grand Prix by defeating Lucie Safarova 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-6(2) on Tuesday. More>>

Champions League: Chelsea, Atletico in 0-0 draw

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Chelsea capitalized on its defensive strategy, playing to a 0-0 draw with Atletico Madrid on Tuesday in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal. More>>

Tennessee hires Southern Mississippi's Tyndall

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Tennessee's coaching position had just become available when Donnie Tyndall received a text message urging him to pursue the job. More>>

Spurs' Popovich wins NBA Coach of the Year

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By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer The San Antonio Spurs, the model for stability and sustained success in the modern NBA, were still a shaken team when they showed up for training camp in October,... More>>

Kentucky freshman Julius Randle to enter NBA draft

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Kentucky forward Julius Randle took a lot of time and talked to a lot of people before deciding to leave after one season for the NBA draft, where he is expected to be among the top five selections. More>>

AP Source: Giants' Hill facing 3rd suspension

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A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that New York Giants safety Will Hill is facing a possible third suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. More>>

Nadal to face fellow Spaniard at Barcelona Open

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Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will look to get his clay court season back on track against Albert Ramos at the Barcelona Open after his fellow Spaniard won on Tuesday in the first round. More>>

Seppi and Mahut make early exits in Bucharest

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Sixth-seeded Andreas Seppi was knocked out of the first round of the Nastase Tiriac Trophy on Tuesday, along with seventh-seeded Nicolas Mahut. More>>

Redskins' Snyder says team name is 'not an issue'

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Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Tuesday it's time for people to "focus on reality" concerning Native American matters instead of criticizing the team's nickname. More>>

Defending champ Schiavone loses in 1st round

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Defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy lost to Spanish qualifier Beatriz Garcia Vidagany 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the Grand Prix SAR on Tuesday. More>>

Armstrong coach Bruyneel banned for 10 years

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By GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer Lance Armstrong's longtime coach, Johan Bruyneel, was banned for 10 years on Tuesday for helping to organize massive doping on teams led by the disgraced cyclist. More>>

David Moyes out as Manchester United manager

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It's some feat to turn one of the world's most storied and valuable sports brands into a mere also-ran in the space of 10 months. More>>

Djokovic: Wrist better, will try to play in Madrid

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By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Saying his right wrist is not as badly hurt as he feared, Novak Djokovic plans to be back on the tennis tour in two weeks - and at the French Open later next month. More>>

UNC reading specialist says she is resigning

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The reading specialist who questioned the literacy level of athletes who were admitted to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says she's resigning at the end of the semester. More>>

Ex-champ Briggs disrupts Klitschko news conference

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Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs disrupted a news conference on Tuesday ahead of Wladimir Klitschko's title bout against Alex Leapai - demanding a fight of his own against the reigning champion. More>>

1 year after bombs, Boston Marathon a celebration

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Unfinished business. Defiance. Hope, strength and resilience. They used different words but the meaning was the same for thousands of people who were stopped by twin bombings at last year's Boston Marathon and came... More>>

Dawson to retire as chief executive of R&A

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Peter Dawson is to retire next year as chief executive of The R&A after 16 years with the governing body in charge of the Rules of Golf and organizing the British Open. More>>

5 potential replacements for Moyes at Man United

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A look at five potential full-time replacements for David Moyes as Manchester United manager after his firing on Tuesday: More>>

American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

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A year ago, an injured Meb Keflezighi watched the Boston Marathon from the stands at the finish line on Boylston Street, leaving five minutes before the bombs went off. More>>

5 potential replacements for Moyes at Man United

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A look at five potential full-time replacements for David Moyes as Manchester United manager after his firing on Tuesday: More>>

Granlund's dive gives Wild win in Game 3 vs. Avs

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The Minnesota Wild were denied at the net by Semyon Varlamov time after time, a 44-shot barrage in regulation that resulted in, alas, zero goals. More>>

Clippers rout Warriors 138-98, even playoff series

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After getting knocked down in their playoff opener, Blake Griffin and the Clippers answered with a dominant performance in shutting down the Warriors as soon as the game began. More>>

Lehtonen, Stars win 3-0 in Game 3 over Ducks

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Kari Lehtonen stopped all 37 shots and the Dallas Stars clearly frustrated the top-seeded Anaheim Ducks. More>>

Lehtonen, Stars win 3-0 in Game 3 over Ducks

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Kari Lehtonen had 37 saves, with some tremendous stops, for his first career postseason victory, and the Dallas Stars beat Anaheim 3-0 Monday night in their first home playoff game in six years. More>>

Blackhawks blank Blues 2-0 in Game 3

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Corey Crawford was there every time. Slap shots, wristers, backhands and tips, he stopped each one of them. More>>

Grizzlies beat Thunder 111-105 in OT to tie series

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Nothing rattled the Memphis Grizzlies. More>>

Davis slam leads Pirates over Reds 6-5

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Ike Davis made his first home run with the Pittsburgh Pirates a memorable one. More>>

Ibanez's 3-run double leads Angels over Nats 4-2

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In the first major league matchup featuring twentysomething stars Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, it was a guy born two decades earlier, Raul Ibanez, who came through with the biggest hit. More>>

Fleury, 3-goal flurry lead Pens past Jackets, 4-3

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The Pittsburgh Penguins also have another P-word going for them: patience. More>>

Chicago's Sale headed to DL with arm problem

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Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale is headed to the 15-day disabled list with what the team believes is a strained muscle in his throwing arm. More>>

Bulls' Noah the Defensive Player of the Year

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There were some emotional moments and some funny stories as Joakim Noah accepted the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year award on Monday, like this one. More>>

In show of defiance, 32,000 run Boston Marathon

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Some ran to honor the dead and wounded. Others were out to prove something to the world about their sport, the city or their country. And some wanted to prove something to themselves. More>>

Jason Giambi back in Indians lineup

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Jason Giambi pulled the red-and-blue block "C'' cap off the hook in his locker, slipped it on and worked the bill, bending it to his exacting standards. More>>

Pacers want actions to make statement vs. Hawks

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Indiana's next game is the most important of the season. More>>

MARATHON WATCH: Silence, then exultation in Boston

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By The Associated Press A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. For further updates, visit http://bigstory.ap.org. More>>

Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson after lost season

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Mike Woodson had the Knicks on top of their division and in the second round of the playoffs, destinations that had become unreachable and practically unimaginable in New York. More>>

Chiefs begin offseason workouts after long break

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More than three frustrating months after their season ended in Indianapolis, the Kansas City Chiefs gathered for the start of offseason workouts on Monday and there was plenty of news for coach Andy Reid to deliver. More>>

Timberwolves' Rick Adelman retiring after 23 years

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As his 23rd season as an NBA coach entered the home stretch, Rick Adelman looked tired. More>>

NYCFC to play 2015 home games at Yankee Stadium

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New York City FC will play homes games at Yankee Stadium during its first season in 2015. More>>

Manning says he and Gase didn't break NFL rules

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Peyton Manning wants to clear up a couple of things about his recent visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., that raised eyebrows at NFL headquarters and the hackles of some Tennessee fans. More>>

Six-run 3rd inning lifts Orioles over Red Sox 7-6

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A year after the Boston Marathon bombings, the Red Sox had plenty of chances to make a special day even more memorable. More>>

Six-run 3rd inning lifts Orioles over Red Sox 7-6

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The Baltimore Orioles scored six runs off Clay Buchholz in the third inning then held on to spoil Boston's Patriots' Day morning game a year after the Boston Marathon bombings with a 7-6 win over the Red Sox on... More>>

Pinehurst No. 2 ready for double dip of US opens

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Pinehurst No. 2 is ready for its double dip of U.S. opens. More>>

Kenya's Rita Jeptoo wins Boston Marathon again

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Rita Jeptoo of Kenya successfully defended the Boston Marathon title she said she could not enjoy a year ago after the fatal bombings. More>>

Wade looks like himself in Game 1 win for Heat

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Dwyane Wade is not planning on missing any more games this season, and that means life on the Miami Heat equipment room staff is going to get considerably more demanding. More>>

Heisman winner Winston earns first win of season

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Florida State's Jameis Winston had a slower seven days after a busy previous week that included the spring football game. The Heisman winner played in just two of four games, but did throw a career-high 4.2 innings... More>>

Uganda suspends track coach over sex abuse charges

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Uganda's athletics body suspended a coach who is accused of sexually harassing female runners, an official said on Monday, after Ugandan police started investigating the man whose alleged misconduct has sparked calls... More>>

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest avalanche

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Buddhist monks cremated the remains of Sherpa guides who were buried in the deadliest avalanche to hit Mount Everest, a disaster that has prompted calls for a climbing boycott by Nepal's ethnic Sherpa community. More>>

High court to hear dispute about TV over Internet Video included

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Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their... More>>

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Aldridge leads Blazers over Rockets 122-120 in OT

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LaMarcus Aldridge was playing on another level Sunday night and had the emotional intensity to match the best performance of his career. More>>

Sharks take 2-0 series lead with 7-2 win vs. Kings

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The only similarity in the rematch of a tightly played seven-game series between Los Angeles and San Jose is that the home team keeps winning. More>>

Kuchar rallies from 4 back to win RBC Heritage

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Matt Kuchar knew his next victory was coming, he just wasn't sure when. More>>

Sharks take 2-0 series lead with 7-2 win vs. Kings

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The San Jose Sharks got a spark from an unusual place and turned a close game into another laugher against Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings. More>>

Aldridge leads Portland over Houston 122-120 in OT

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LaMarcus Aldridge had just fouled out late in overtime after scoring a career-high and franchise playoff-record 46 points when he went to Portland teammate Damian Lillard with a simple message. More>>

Kuchar rallies from 4 back to win RBC Heritage

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Matt Kuchar saw his well-struck 5-iron on the 18th hole at the RBC Heritage come up way short of the target and settle in a front bunker. More>>

Nene dominates, Wizards rally past Bulls, 102-93

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Nene started thinking about how it would all unfold in the middle of the night. No way could he have scripted it any better than this. More>>

Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

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By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many... More>>

Brewers win in 14th after early brawl with Pirates

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Ryan Braun homered in the ninth inning to tie it, then Khris Davis hit a home run in the 14th that put Milwaukee ahead for good. More>>

Jimenez closes with 67 to win Greater Gwinnett

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Miguel Angel Jimenez quickly shifted his focus back to the Ryder Cup after winning his first Champions Tour event. More>>

Prizefighter Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter dies at 76

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By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many... More>>

James, Wade lead Heat past Bobcats 99-88 in Game 1

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Each of the last two Miami championship runs has been highlighted by moments where a sharpshooter enters a game and immediately provides a surprise spark. More>>

Popovich to Sager: 'I promise I'll be nice'

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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says he looks forward to sideline reporter Craig Sager's return and "I promise I'll be nice." More>>

Duncan scores 27 points, Spurs beat Mavs 90-85

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The Spurs rode the wide shoulders of Tim Duncan to victory. More>>

NBA: Refs missed foul call in Warriors-Clippers

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The NBA said referees missed a foul call late in the Warriors' Game 1 win that would have given the Clippers a chance to tie the score. More>>

Flyers rally to beat Rangers 4-2, even series

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This win was three years in the making for backup goalie Ray Emery and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers. More>>

Gomez, Snider ejected after Brewer-Pirates brawl

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Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez and Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider were ejected Sunday after a shouting match quickly escalated into a full-scale brawl. More>>

Harper back in Nationals lineup

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Bryce Harper will start Sunday in for the Nationals a day after he was replaced in the sixth inning for lack of hustle. More>>

Blackhawks D Seabrook suspended for hit on Backes

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Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has been suspended for three games for his hit on Blues center David Backes during their first-round playoff series. More>>

Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters

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Stanislas Wawrinka showed that his first Grand Slam title wasn't a fluke, upstaging his more illustrious countryman to add a maiden Masters trophy in Monte Carlo on Sunday. More>>

Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers

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Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is prepared to make a bid to buy the Buffalo Bills. Donald Trump's on board, too. More>>

Ferrari's Alonso: 'We're still in the fight'

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Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso said his struggling team is "still in the fight" after he finally got on the podium for the first time this season, finishing third at the Chinese Grand Prix. More>>

Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

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Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the Chinese Grand Prix. More>>

Vettel asked to make way for teammate again

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Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel isn't used to being asked to step aside for a teammate. Now it's happened twice in two races. More>>

Westwood wins Malaysian Open

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Lee Westwood ended a two-year winless drought with a seven-shot victory at the Malaysian Open on Sunday. More>>

Hopkins wins split decision over Shumenov

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Bernard Hopkins made some more boxing history, and did it in rather easy fashion. More>>

MacKinnon helps Avs to 4-2 win over Wild

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Teenager Nathan MacKinnon is growing up fast. Almost as fast as he skates. More>>

Durant leads Thunder past Grizzlies 100-86

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Kevin Durant put a dazzling end to Memphis' gritty comeback. More>>

13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

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Nepal's authorities temporarily halted climbing on Mount Everest while search teams dug through snow and ice Sunday for three Sherpa guides missing in the deadliest avalanche on the world's highest peak that killed... More>>

Wie shoots 67, wins LPGA LOTTE Championship

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Michelle Wie rallied from four strokes back entering the day to shoot a 5-under 67 on Saturday and win the LPGA LOTTE Championship. More>>

Blue Jackets edge Penguins 4-3 in double overtime

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Matt Calvert's first career playoff goal gave the Columbus Blue Jackets a badly needed boost. His second ended 4,493 days of futility for a franchise that is quickly morphing from laughingstock to something... More>>

FSU's Martin becomes third D-I coach to win 1,800

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Florida State's Mike Martin became the third baseball coach in Division I history to reach 1,800 wins, earning the milestone with the Seminoles' 4-3 victory over Wake Forest in 13 innings Saturday night. More>>

Hawks take 1-0 lead by rolling past Pacers 101-93

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Atlanta's Jeff Teague demolished the Pacers' grand playoff plan. More>>

Donald shoots 66, takes lead at RBC Heritage

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Luke Donald believes he's got the right game on the right course - and is ready to make up for so many near-misses at the RBC Heritage. More>>

Warriors beat Clippers 109-105 in playoff opener

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The Golden State Warriors stumbled out of the gate, missing their first eight shots while falling behind by 11 points and forcing coach Mark Jackson to call two timeouts to steady his young team. More>>

Blues beat Blackhawks 4-3 in OT, take 2-0 lead

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Vladimir Tarasenko and St. Louis were in trouble Saturday before a vicious hit by Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook provided an opening for the Blues. More>>

Hometown favorite wants to win Boston, for Boston

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Shalane Flanagan grew up in nearby Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston Marathon and dreamed, like many locals and foreign runners alike, that she would win the race someday. More>>

Harper pulled for not hustling, Nats fall to Cards

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Bryce Harper hit the ball to the mound, jogged to first base and took a right turn to the dugout before getting halfway down the basepath. More>>

Raptors GM Ujiri uses profanity about Nets

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Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri let loose a profanity about the Brooklyn Nets during a pregame address meant to pump up a group of fans outside Air Canada Centre before Saturday's opening game of the NBA playoffs. More>>

Williams scores 24 as Nets beat Raptors 94-87

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The Brooklyn Nets made a case for the important of playoff experience in their opening victory over the Toronto Raptors. More>>

Federer beats injured Djokovic to reach final

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Roger Federer ousted defending Monte Carlo Masters champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 Saturday, and the second-ranked Serb said he plans to take a break to let his injured wrist heal. More>>

Heat open quest for another title vs Bobcats

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If the Miami Heat are going to watch their season and reign atop the NBA end at the hands of the Charlotte Bobcats, then fates of the franchises will have to change in a hurry. More>>

5 things to know about Mavericks-Spurs series

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By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Basketball Writer While San Antonio Spurs steamrolled toward their fourth 60-win season in 11 years, coach Gregg Popovich was asked if there is a secret formula for the... More>>

Detroit gains home-ice advantage, tops Boston 1-0

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At one end of the ice, Jimmy Howard made his best save of the game. At the other, Pavel Datsyuk scored the only goal. More>>

Ryan Getzlaf leads Ducks past Stars 3-2 in Game 2

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Ryan Getzlaf wore the strain all over his exhausted face. In the past 51 hours or so, he had taken a slap shot to the jaw, attended the birth of his third child and propelled the Anaheim Ducks to two gritty playoff victories. More>>

Loney has 4 RBIs, Rays beat Yankees 11-5

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James Loney and the Tampa Bay Rays ended their four-game slide with a late-inning comeback. More>>

Pujols hits 497th homer, Angels beat Tigers 11-6

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Albert Pujols is quietly closing in on 500 home runs. More>>

Datsyuk's late goal lifts Detroit over Boston 1-0

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The Boston Bruins worked all season to get home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. More>>

Mets trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates

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The New York Mets traded slumping first baseman Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night, parting ways with a power hitter who proved to be too inconsistent at the plate. More>>

Canadiens top Lightning again for 2-0 series lead

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The Montreal Canadiens are gaining confidence with every playoff victory. More>>

Harang pulled with no-hitter, Braves beat Mets 6-0

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Aaron Harang knew the score, he'd done this before: No hits, too many tosses. More>>

Avalanche sweeps down Everest, killing at least 12

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Rescuers were searching through piles of snow and ice on the slopes of Mount Everest on Saturday for four Sherpa guides who were buried by an avalanche that killed 12 other Nepalese guides in the deadliest disaster on the... More>>

76ers owner Harris calls 19-win season 'success'

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Billions of dollars couldn't console Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris this season. Ok, maybe just a little. More>>

TNT's Sager to miss NBA playoffs due to leukemia

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TNT analyst Craig Sager will miss the NBA playoffs as he undergoes treatment for leukemia. More>>

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