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NEW YORK (AP) — Imagine Kobe Bryant, late in his final All-Star Game, going basket for basket with LeBron James, fans in Toronto on their feet as the NBA’s best put on a show. Suddenly, nowhere near the action, a Western Conference player wraps his arms around Detroit’s Andre Drummond for an...
Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts, left, talks with teammate Jackie Bradley Jr., during a media availability prior to the Boston chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America's awards dinner in Boston, Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox want to send Big Papi out as a winner. From the moment designated hitter David Oritz announced that this will be his last season, his team and teammates have been thinking about a fitting way to send him into retirement. Their conclusion: No specially...
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau was still in high school when he told his father: “I think I can change the game of golf.” On Thursday, he was comparing his trailblazing qualities to those of Albert Einstein and George Washington, and calling himself “The Golf Scientist...
Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews summed up the problem with the NFL’s current overtime rule quite nicely when not even Aaron Rodgers’ latest heroics could save the Packers from yet another playoff loss. “When you are on the losing side, you want to see it changed,” Matthews said. Rodgers...
There’s a new stadium in town. Actually, in every town. It’s on Facebook. Facebook Sports Stadium will debut at the NFL’s conference championship games and then the Super Bowl. After that, the social media giant’s first sports product will cover most major events around the world. With 1.55...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NFL has its first full-time female coach. Kathryn Smith was promoted by the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday night to take over as special teams quality control coach on Rex Ryan’s staff. She will assist special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and his assistant Eric Smith,...
Toronto Raptors forward Luis Scola (4) tries to drive past Boston Celtics forward Amir Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto on Wednesday.  Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP
TORONTO (AP) — The mindset that propelled DeMar DeRozan to a 34-point effort may not have been much of a mystery to his Toronto Raptors teammates, who see it regularly. But it was to DeRozan. “I don’t know,” he said when asked how it felt to equal his second-highest offensive output of the year...
BOSTON (AP) — Junichi Tazawa and the Boston Red Sox have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,375,000. As part of the agreement announced Wednesday, Tazawa could earn a $25,000 performance bonus for pitching in 70 games. The deal is not guaranteed. The 29-year-...
NEW YORK (AP) — Just as a trial was to begin, Major League Baseball and a group of its fans who had sued reached agreement Tuesday to expand the menu of online packages for televised games and lower prices. The deal came weeks after baseball’s lawyers said for the first time the league was going...
MONTREAL (AP) — Coach Michel Therrien’s frustration is starting to boil over. Once again, his Montreal Canadiens came out on the losing end despite outshooting their opponent and the rival Boston Bruins pulled out a 4-1 victory Tuesday night before a booing crowd at the Bell Centre. After...

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