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FIFA proposes new 6-team playoff ahead of 2026 World Cup

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FIFA wants to stage a new six-team playoff round in the World Cup host country for two places ahead of a 48-team tournament. More>>

'Bathroom bill' could cost North Carolina more NCAA events

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North Carolina is bracing for what could be another costly hit from its "bathroom bill" as the NCAA selects four years of championship sites for a variety of sports. More>>

Fiancee of ex-NFL star testifies in his double-murder trial

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The fiancee of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has testified in his double-murder trial that she learned to keep her mouth shut and "not to ask any questions" in certain situations. More>>

US women's hockey agreement could have far-reaching impact

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USA Hockey's agreement with the women's national team could have a far-reaching impact within the sport and into others. More>>

Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe's main leagues

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Here's the pick of the soccer in Europe this weekend. More>>

AP All-Time Top 100: Maryland tops the list of never No. 1s

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Maryland won a national championship under Gary Williams, but never climbed to No. 1 in The Associated Press poll. More>>

Hosmer, Yelich could benefit from getting off the ground

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How hitters like Eric Hosmer, Christian Yelich and Carlos Correa could get even better. More>>

Westbrook scores 57 in Thunder's 114-106 OT win over Magic

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Russell Westbrook had 57 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 114-106 win in overtime for their second straight dramatic win. More>>

Postseason success for Kentucky, UNC back AP Top 100 perches

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Kentucky, North Carolina and Duke have the postseason success to go with their perches atop the AP Top 100 ranking. More>>

Curry scores 29, leads Warriors' rally over Spurs 110-98

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Stephen Curry scored 29 points, Klay Thompson had 23 and the Golden State Warriors rallied from a 22-point deficit in the opening quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 110-98 for their ninth straight win. More>>

Sizzling St. John's baseball off to best start since 1981

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St. John's baseball team is off to a 19-2 start, its best since the 1981 team that featured Frank Viola and John Franco won 26 of its first 27 games. More>>

Mets' Familia suspended 15 games for domestic violence

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New York Mets reliever Jeurys Familia has accepted a 15-game suspension without pay under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. More>>

Duke, who drove expansion of NCAA Tournament, dies at 88

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Wayne Duke, who was a driving force behind the expansion of the NCAA men's basketball tournament during his 18 years as commissioner of the Big Ten, has died. More>>

Women's basketball regional attendance at 20-year low

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Women's basketball saw its lowest attendance for the NCAA Tournament regionals in 20 years, and there is no change in sight to the format. More>>

Historical marker for tennis great Tilden rejected again

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A Pennsylvania history group has again rejected a proposed marker honoring tennis ace Bill Tilden, whose complicated legacy includes three Wimbledon titles but also two arrests for sexual misconduct with boys. More>>

NCAA academic case hovers over UNC at another Final Four

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North Carolina is in the Final Four for a second straight year and is still awaiting resolution on its multi-year NCAA academic case. More>>

NCAA referee is target of death threats after Kentucky loss

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Law enforcement agencies are investigating after referee John Higgins of Omaha received death threats and he and his roofing company were disparaged on social media after Kentucky's loss to North Carolina in the NCAA South Regional final. More>>

Odd-looking Ronaldo bust steals the show at airport ceremony

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Cristiano Ronaldo has an airport named after him, but it was his odd-looking statue that attracted attention at Wednesday's ceremony honoring the Portugal star in his hometown. More>>

Final Four guide: Teams, players and matchups to watch

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The Final Four this weekend is filled with interesting teams, players, coaches and matchups to watch. More>>

AVP schedule is out, no commitment (yet) from Walsh Jennings

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The AVP domestic beach volleyball circuit has announced an eight-stop tour and left five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings off a list of potential players it called "the most respected names in the sport.". More>>

Justin Timberlake to perform at US Grand Prix in Austin

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Justin Timberlake will perform race weekend at Formula One's only stop in the U.S. this fall. More>>

Lamar Odom regrets affairs, says cocaine helped end career

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Lamar Odom regrets affairs, blames cocaine for helping end his career. More>>

John Wooden's UCLA set standard for being No. 1 in AP poll

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The programs that bleed blue have dominated when it comes to being No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll _ though the shades of the color have varied. More>>

AP Top 25 polls highlight Top 100 all-time in college hoops

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The Associated Press is ranking the top 100 college basketball programs of all time using 68 years of data from the AP Top 25 poll. More>>

The Latest: Falcons coach Quinn hits reset button

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Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has long advocated that NFL officials be hired full time. More>>

US soccer rebounds with 4 points in 2 qualifiers under Arena

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US rebounds with 4 points in 2 World Cup qualifiers under new coach Bruce Arena. More>>

Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel

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Sean Payton shot down a report that his New Orleans Saints had interest in troubled quarterback Johnny Manziel. More>>

Ex-NFL star Michael Irvin investigated in sex battery case

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Police in Florida are investigating sexual battery allegations made by a woman against former NFL star Michael Irvin. More>>

Referee leaders want on-field official to see video replays

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Two of world soccer's top refereeing leaders want on-field officials to have access to footage when video replays are eventually rolled out across the game. More>>

Federer and Nadal advance, Wawrinka ousted at Miami Open

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Kei Nishikori is back in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open after rallying past Federico Delbonis in three sets. More>>

USA Hockey, women reach agreement; seek growth for sport

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While the impending start of the world championships created urgency for USA Hockey and women's national team to hammer out a deal, the agreement had everything to do with tournaments over the next four years and beyond. More>>

Man o' War exhibit honors racing legend born a century ago

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A new exhibit on Man o' War is opening across the street from the New York racetrack where the thoroughbred racing legend suffered his only defeat. More>>

Vin Scully on opening day: 'I'll probably have things to do'

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The Dodgers are about to play their first opening day since 1950 without Vin Scully calling their games. More>>

Fans can look forward to some major changes in NFL games

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NFL fans could see an enhanced flow of play and fewer restrictions on how demonstrative players can be in their jubilation after big plays. More>>

Blazers beat Nuggets to take 1-game lead for 8th seed

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Jusuf Nurkic had a career-high 32 points with 16 rebounds against his former team, CJ McCollum had 39 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 122-113 to take hold of the eighth seed in the Western Conference. More>>

Wizards beat Lakers 119-108 to clinch division title

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John Wall scored 34 points and Washington rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-108, clinching the Southeast Division title for its first division crown in 38 years. More>>

Dempsey, Pulisic star again as US ties 1-1 at Panama

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Clint Dempsey scored his 56th international goal, moving within one of Landon Donovan's scoring record, as Christian Pulisic contributed another outstanding assist in a 1-1 tie at Panama in a World Cup qualifier. More>>

Brazil 1st to qualify for World Cup, Argentina in danger

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A resurgent Brazil squad under new management became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday, the same day archrival Argentina heightened its risk of missing a spot at Russia 2018. More>>

Oshie's OT goal for Caps beats Wild 5-4 after Ovi hat trick

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T.J. Oshie scored his second goal of the game 1:42 into overtime to bookend Alex Ovechkin's hat trick, and Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 for their fifth straight victory. More>>

Curry's 32 lead Warriors over Rockets 113-106

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Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets. More>>

Whiteside's buzzer-beating tip-in lifts Heat past Pistons

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Hassan Whiteside tipped in a shot at the buzzer to lift the Miami Heat over the Detroit Pistons 97-96. More>>

USA Hockey, women's players reach agreement to avoid boycott

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USA Hockey has reached a wage agreement with women's national team players to avoid a boycott of the world championships. More>>

Bourjos, Gennett, Asher switch sides as opening day nears

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Speedy outfielder Peter Bourjos and infielder Scooter Gennett were among the players on the go as big league teams tweaked their rosters less than a week before opening day. More>>

Sharapova proud of her passion, integrity as doping ban ends

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Maria Sharapova believes she succeeded in a fight against injustice when he managed to get her doping ban reduced to 15 months. More>>

Arkansas panel backs gun ban at stadiums after SEC plea

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The Southeastern Conference says it wants Arkansas lawmakers to exempt college sporting events from a new law expanding where concealed handguns are allowed, citing concerns about safety at its games. More>>

NFL owners revamp video replay for officiating

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NFL owners give video replay final decisions to league officiating staff with input from the referee on the field. More>>

The Latest: Goodell plans to attend Patriots' opener

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said at the NFL owners meetings that nothing has changed regarding Tony Romo, who sat out most of 2016 while Dak Prescott was winning Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and leading the team to a 13-3 record and NFC East crown. More>>

Coaches at women's NCAA Final Four have deep connections

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The coaches at the women's NCAA Final Four are hardly strangers. More>>

Tar Heels' Maye headlines list of Final Four X-factors

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North Carolina's Luke Maye headlines a list of potential X-factors at this weekend's Final Four. More>>

Star gymnasts testify at Congress about sex-abuse scandal

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3 retired star gymnasts tell Senate committee of sexual abuse by USA Gymnastics officials. More>>

FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

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FIFA says it has opened a disciplinary case against Lionel Messi after TV pictures showed the Argentina forward verbally abusing a match official in a World Cup qualifying game against Chile. More>>

Dantonio says MSU 'extremely concerned' about allegations

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Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio says the Spartans are "extremely concerned" about allegations of sexual assault made against three football players, and he says other questions about his team and spring practice are "trivial" in comparison. More>>

Harry Giles leaves Duke after 1 year to enter NBA draft

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Duke forward Harry Giles is entering the NBA draft following a freshman season that was slowed due to knee surgery. More>>

Nationals: Trump declined invite for opening day 1st pitch

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The Washington Nationals say President Donald Trump has declined an invitation to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before their game on opening day. More>>

Florida coach sorry after shoving Auburn player after game

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Florida softball coach Tim Walton was involved in an altercation with Auburn shortstop Haley Fagan after Walton gave Fagan a slight push during postgame handshakes. More>>

Longtime Cowboys TE Witten signs extension through 2021

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Dallas tight end Jason Witten has signed a four-year contract extension that virtually guarantees the 14-year veteran will spend his entire career with the Cowboys. More>>

Suspended Noah: Using supplement to aid injuries 'backfired'

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Knicks' Joakim Noah sorry for taking supplement that led to 20-game suspension. More>>

NFL players push lawmakers on criminal justice reform

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NFL players are in Washington pushing for meaningful changes to the nation's criminal justice system. More>>

NC State freshman guard Dennis Smith Jr. declares for NBA

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North Carolina State star freshman Dennis Smith Jr. is headed for the NBA. More>>

Virtue, Moir team to beat in ice dance at Helsinki worlds

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Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir returned from a two-year hiatus following their silver medal at the Sochi Olympics to post the three highest scores of all time. More>>

Browns coach Jackson likes private workouts, not pro days

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Browns coach Hue Jackson has little use for pro days, especially when looking at quarterbacks. More>>

Frank Mason of Kansas unanimous pick for AP All-America team

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Frank Mason III of Kansas has been unanimously selected to the 2016-17 AP All-America team. More>>

'Canes: Lack strained neck in scary game-ending collision

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The Carolina Hurricanes say Eddie Lack is out of the hospital with a strained neck after the goalie was crashed into on the final play of an overtime loss to Detroit. More>>

NFL owners approve Raiders' move to Las Vegas, so what now? Video included

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The Raiders will be moving to Las Vegas sometime in the not distant future, but Mark Davis' team is likely to belong to Oakland until 2020. More>>

Westbrook, Thunder top Mavs 92-91 with 14-0 finishing run

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Russell Westbrook hit a pull-up jumper with seven seconds left and the Oklahoma City Thunder erased a 13-point deficit in the final four minutes to beat the Dallas Mavericks 92-91. More>>

Leonard scores 25 as Spurs dismantle ailing Cavs, 103-74

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Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs dismantled the ailing Cleveland Cavaliers 103-74 in a showdown that turned into a major letdown for the defending NBA champions. More>>

No. 1 South Carolina follows men's team, reaches Final Four

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Kaela Davis scored 23 points and A'ja Wilson added 16 and top-seeded South Carolina held off No. 3 seed Florida State 71-64 in a furious finish to win the Stockton Regional. More>>

Royals outfielder Jorge Soler likely out to start season

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Outfielder Jorge Soler will likely begin his first season in Kansas City on the disabled list after straining his oblique in a minor league game. Soler, acquired from the Cubs in December for closer Wade Davis, hurt himself on a swing over the weekend. More>>

Lack leaves on stretcher; Wings win in OT again

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Andreas Athanasiou crashed into Eddie Lack as he scored in overtime, giving the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory over Carolina on a play that left the Hurricanes goalie with a frightening injury. More>>

UConn, South Carolina, Miss State and Stanford in Final Four

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Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies have been on an unprecedented Final Four run, making it there for the 10th straight year this season. More>>

Federer rolls into fourth round at Miami Open

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Roger Federer had no trouble reaching the fourth round at the Miami Open, prevailing in straight sets over Juan Martin del Potro. More>>

After late goals broke Panama's hearts in 2013, US returns

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Looking for its second straight win under coach Bruce Arena, the U.S. returned to Panama, where stoppage-time goals four years ago eliminated the hosts from contention for their first World Cup berth. More>>

UConn routs Oregon, heads to 10th straight Final Four

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Napheesa Collier scored 28 points and UConn beat Oregon 90-52 to advance to its 10th consecutive Final Four. More>>

Senators urge USA Hockey to end dispute with women's team

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14 US senators write hockey leader over concerns about treatment of women's national team. More>>

Oakland fans: Raiders 'lost them forever' with Vegas vote Video included

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Oakland's mayor asks NFL owners to delay vote on proposed move by Raiders to Las Vegas. More>>

NFL owners approve Raiders' move from Oakland to Las Vegas Video included

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NFL owners approved the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas at the league meetings on Monday. More>>

Agreement puts Jeanie Buss in control of Lakers for life

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A battle over control of the Los Angeles Lakers is over after an agreement was reached to have Jeanie Buss serve as controlling owner of the storied NBA franchise. More>>

Coaches: Carolina Final Four advantage to fade after tipoff

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Coaches for Oregon, South Carolina and Gonzaga concede Roy Williams and his North Carolina players have an advantage when it comes to knowing how to deal with the hot spotlight during Final Four week. More>>

New Indiana coach delivers all right words in introduction

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New Indiana coach Archie Miller intends to win the in-state recruiting battles and bring back a defense-first philosophy back to the tradition-rich program. More>>

Correction: Penn State-Abuse story

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Former Penn State president Graham Spanier has been found guilty of one count of child endangerment over his handling of a child sex abuse complaint against retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. More>>

Day wants to play Masters, depending on mother's prognosis

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Jason Day says he expects to travel to Augusta, Georgia on Friday and start practicing for the Masters. More>>

Plum unanimous choice as AP women's basketball All-American

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Kelsey Plum is a unanimous choice to The Associated Press women's basketball All-America team. More>>

Quad man: Nathan Chen, skater to beat at worlds in Helsinki

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Quadruple jumps give US champion Nathan Chen the edge entering worlds in Finland. More>>

Tipping Off: Second half of Final Four field to be decided Video included

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Half the women's Final Four field is complete after two thrilling games. More>>

After Match Play, can anyone beat Dustin Johnson?

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Dustin Johnson has been around long enough to realize he's not going to win every golf tournament he plays. More>>

Last-shot practice pays with Final Four for North Carolina

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Roy Williams still has not watched the tape of the 2016 national championship game and likely never will. More>>

TIPPING OFF: Final Four welcomes trio of 1st-time coaches Video included

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Gonzaga's Mark Few, Oregon's Dana Altman and South Carolina's Frank Martin are all first-time coaches at this year's Final Four. More>>

South Carolina: The surprise of the Final Four

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Gonzaga is in its first Final Four but the Zags had knocked on the door a few times. More>>

Ducks soar in 6-3 win over Rangers, returning Lundqvist

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Andrew Cogliano scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Jonathan Bernier made 25 saves and the Anaheim Ducks won their fourth straight game by defeating Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers 6-3. More>>

Thompson's second half sparks Warriors past Grizzlies 106-94

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Klay Thompson scored 21 of his 31 points in the second half and the Golden State Warriors pulled away in the fourth quarter and beat the Memphis Grizzlies 106-94 on Sunday for their seventh straight win. More>>

William, Mississippi State women earn 1st Final Four berth

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Morgan William scored a career-high 41 points, and No. 2 seed Mississippi State upset top-seeded Baylor 94-85 in overtime to reach the Final Four for the first time. More>>

Stanford rallies, edges Notre Dame 76-75 to reach Final Four

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Alanna Smith's jumper with 23 seconds left capped Stanford's rally from a 16-point deficit in the second half, Erica McCall blocked a last-second shot and the Cardinal edged top-seeded Notre Dame 76-75 to reach its first Final Four since 2014. More>>

Maye hits late jumper to lift North Carolina to Final Four

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Luke Maye hit a jumper with 0.3 seconds left, and top-seeded North Carolina held off Kentucky 75-73 to earn the Tar Heels' second straight trip to the Final Four and 20th all-time in Sunday's showdown of college basketball's elite in the South Regional. More>>

South Carolina headed to Final Four, beats Florida 77-70

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Sindarius Thornwell scored 26 points and South Carolina earned its first trip to the Final Four with a 77-70 victory over Florida on Sunday. More>>

US women's hockey players hoping for wage dispute resolution

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The U.S. women's hockey team remains hopeful it can resolve its ongoing dispute with USA Hockey in time to participate in the world championships. More>>

Johnson wins Match Play to sweep World Golf Championships

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Dustin Johnson became the first player to sweep the World Golf Championships with a dominant week that included more drama that he needed in the Dell Technologies Match Play. More>>

Raiders to Las Vegas should happen Monday with little delay Video included

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Barring an unforeseen obstacle, the Oakland Raiders seem certain to get approval Monday to relocate to Las Vegas. More>>

Carolina (North) your tour guide for this year's Final Four

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Consider North Carolina the tour guide at this year's Final Four. More>>

Mets' Matz has tender elbow, status for opening day in doubt

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New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz has been scratched from his next start because of tenderness in his left elbow, putting his status for opening day in doubt. Matz had been scheduled to throw Monday in a minor league game. More>>

The Latest: East vs. West set in Final Four next weekend

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Florida finished the first half with a 17-9 flourish to take a 40-33 lead at halftime against South Carolina in the East Regional final. More>>

Williams leads Rockets to easy 137-125 win over Thunder

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Lou Williams scored 31 points off the bench, James Harden finished with 22 points and 12 assists, and the Houston Rockets never trailed while cruising to a 137-125 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. More>>

Florida falls short for Final Four, but finds hope in White

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The first NCAA Tournament in which Florida's Mike White has ever coached provided plenty of hope for the future of Gators basketball in the post-Billy Donovan era. More>>

Germany, England, Poland stay on course in WCup qualifying

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Germany, England and Poland all took another step toward World Cup qualification but the Netherlands' failure to do the same cost national coach Danny Blind his job. More>>

Son of Indians GM blurts out Lindor contract info on radio

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The 6-year-old son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff spilled a little secret while appearing on the team's radio broadcast. More>>

Defoe scores on return for England in front of ill friend

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Jermain Defoe made a scoring return after more than three years out of the England team as the Group F leaders eased to a 2-0 victory over Lithuania in World Cup qualifying on Sunday. More>>

Danny Blind fired as coach of Dutch football team

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The Dutch football association has fired national coach Danny Blind. More>>

Alejandro Valverde wins Tour of Catalonia for 2nd time

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Alejandro Valverde of Spain won his second Tour of Catalonia on Sunday. More>>

Gonzaga's national title chance a breakthrough moment

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Gonzaga had great players go through Spokane, great teams that won year after year, laying the foundation for the program's big breakthrough this season. More>>

Top-seeded Jayhawks just can't shake their Elite Eight blues

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Kansas came up short again as a No. 1 seed in the Elite Eight. More>>

Oregon needs monumental upset to reach Final Four

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Oregon coach Kelly Graves planned a trip with his family in January to watch the men's Final Four next week. More>>

Sprint car driver Steele killed in Florida speedway crash

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Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida. More>>

Zags, Ducks give West Coast flair to Final Four in Phoenix

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Gonzaga and Oregon are giving the West Coast a reason to watch the Final Four for a change. More>>

Johnson, Rahm win to set up powerful title match

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Dustin Johnson finally held up his end of the bargain with an error-filled 1-up victory over Hideto Tanihara in the semifinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play. More>>

Play it back: Rematches to decide last 2 spots in Final Four

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The most entertaining college basketball game of the season came in December. More>>

Vettel breaks Ferrari's F1 drought with victory at Aussie GP

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Sebastian Vettel broke Ferrari's Formula One drought with a victory over the Mercedes team of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas on Sunday at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari hadn't won an F1 GP since Vettel's 2015 victory in Singapore. More>>

Stefan Kraft clinches WCup title with win in final event

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Stefan Kraft clinched his first overall ski jump World Cup title with a victory in the final event of the season on Sunday. More>>

Sprint car driver Steele killed in Florida speedway crash

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Sprint car veteran David Steele has died during a race in Florida. More>>

Oregon beats Kansas 74-60 to punch Final Four ticket

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Tyler Dorsey poured in 27 points, Dillon Brooks added 17 and plucky Oregon ended Kansas' romp through the NCAA Tournament with a 74-60 victory Saturday night that gave the Ducks their first Final Four trip in nearly 80 years. More>>

Eye-popping: Wall, Wizards blow past LeBron, Cavs 127-115

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John Wall scored 37 points, Bradley Beal added 27 and the Washington Wizards downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-115 on Saturday night. More>>

The Latest: Big wins for West Coast in regional finals

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With fan favorite Arizona eliminated in the Sweet 16, there are plenty of empty seats at tip off for the West Regional final between top-seeded Gonzaga and No. 11 seed Xavier. More>>

Several women's players spurn worlds inquiry from USA Hockey

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Amid wage dispute, several women's players reject overtures to be replacements at hockey worlds. More>>

Ovechkin hits 30 goals, Winnik scores as Caps beat Coyotes

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Alex Ovechkin recorded his 30th goal of the season and Daniel Winnik scored two goals including the game-winner late in the third period as the Washington Capitals overcame listless stretches to beat the lowly Arizona Coyotes 4-1 Saturday night. More>>

Gonzaga players take unusual journeys to Final Four

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With three starters who transferred and two who were granted extra seasons of eligibility due to injuries, Gonzaga's starters took unusual journeys to the Final Four. More>>

Jones back with Orioles after winning World Baseball Classic

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Adam Jones provided perhaps the best highlight of the World Baseball Classic, when he took a home run away from Manny Machado with a spectacular catch in center field. More>>

Gonzaga beats Xavier 83-59 to reach first Final Four

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Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points while orchestrating Gonzaga's efficient offense, and the Zags finally shook their overrated tag by routing Xavier 83-59 to reach the Final Four for the first time. More>>

Podiatrist who set free throws world record dies at 94

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A California man who made history when he made 2,750 consecutive free throws has died. More>>

Goggled LeBron playing against Wizards despite eye injury

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LeBron James will play in Saturday's game against Washington despite an eye injury. More>>

Clippers clinch playoff berth with 108-95 victory over Jazz

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Jamal Crawford scored 28 points, and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Utah Jazz 108-95 to clinch a playoff berth for the sixth straight year. More>>

Dustin Johnson, Jon Rahm advance to semifinals of Match Play

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Mickelson coasts to another victory to reach Match Play quarterfinals in Texas. More>>

Federer wins opening match at Key Biscayne against US teen

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Roger Federer beat 19-year-old American qualifier Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (2), 6-3 in his opening match at the Miami Open. More>>

Improvement of freshman Fox leads Kentucky to Elite 8

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Kentucky coach John Calipari can point to a distinct difference from the first of the season that has contributed to freshman guard De'Aaron Fox's maturation into the Wildcats offensive leader in the postseason. More>>

UConn advances to regional final with 86-71 win over UCLA

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Napheesa Collier had 27 points and 14 rebounds to help UConn beat UCLA 86-71, putting the Huskies in the Bridgeport Regional final. More>>

Familiar foes South Carolina, Florida meet in East final

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There's no need for introductions in the East Regional final. More>>

Elite Eight-bound: Kentucky tops UCLA 86-75 behind Fox's 39

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De'Aaron Fox scored a career-high 39 points as the Kentucky Wildcats beat UCLA 86-75 in a showdown between two of college basketball's goliaths for a spot in the South Regional final. More>>

Indiana hires Archie Miller as new coach

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Indiana has hired Archie Miller as its new coach. More>>

NBA bans Joakim Noah 20 games for drug violation

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Person with knowledge of situation to AP: NBA bans Knicks' Joakim Noah 20 games for drug violation. More>>

Booker scores 70 in Boston, but Celtics outlast Suns 130-120

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Devin Booker scored 70 points, becoming the sixth player in NBA history to reach that total, but the Boston Celtics got 34 points from Isaiah Thomas and outlasted the Phoenix Suns 130-120 on Friday night. More>>

Narrow trail is the path to glory at US Alpine Championships

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Some of the nation's top skiers are swooshing down Sugarloaf's storied Narrow Gauge Trail during the U.S. Alpine Championships. More>>

Lewis Hamilton takes pole in record pace at F1 Australian GP

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Lewis Hamilton took pole position with the fastest lap ever at Albert Park and will start the season-opening Australian Grand Prix at the front of the grid. More>>

Dempsey hat trick lifts US over Honduras 6-0 to rebound

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Clint Dempsey scored his second international goal, 18-year-old phenom Christian Pulisic had one goal and set up three others, and the U.S. routed Honduras 6-0 to get right back in contention for an eighth straight World Cup berth. More>>

TIPPING OFF: Kansas, Gonzaga, Oregon, Xavier eye Final Four Video included

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Kansas, Gonzaga, Oregon and Xavier will get the chance to earn the first tickets to the Final Four on Saturday. More>>

Anything can happen, but favorites sure are playing like it

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Remember when any ol' team could come from nowhere and make the Final Four. More>>

Elite! Chiozza hits 3 at OT buzzer, Gators beat Wisconsin

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Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin on Friday night in the first overtime game of this NCAA Tournament. More>>

SEC, yes the football power, has 3 teams in Elite 8

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The Southeastern Conference, the league best known for winning national titles in football, has the most teams still alive and playing for a trip to the Final Four. More>>

Warriors win sixth straight, beat Kings 114-100

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Stephen Curry had 27 points, seven rebounds and a season-high 12 assists, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Sacramento Kings 114-100. More>>

Chiozza hits 3 at buzzer in OT, leads Florida past Wisconsin

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Chris Chiozza went end to end and made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Florida an 84-83 victory against Wisconsin in the first overtime game of this NCAA Tournament. More>>

The Latest: Chiozza's 3 gives SEC an Elite Eight trio

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NCAA Tournament fans who filled out second chance brackets on ESPN are backing Wisconsin for a Final Four bid more than any other team in the East Region. More>>

Lonzo Ball says he's one and done at UCLA, headed to NBA

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Star UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball says he's one and done at UCLA and headed to the next level. More>>

Nadal advances to start bid for 1st Key Biscayne

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Vesnina makes quick exit at Miami Open, losing to wild card days after winning Indian Wells. More>>

South Carolina beats Baylor 70-50 to advance to Elite Eight

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Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points and seventh-seeded South Carolina cruised past third-seeded Baylor 70-50 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals, the Bears' worst NCAA Tournament loss. More>>

Ko misses just 2nd LPGA cut; Kerr shoots 69 to take Kia lead

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Top-ranked Lydia Ko missed the cut for just the second time in 91 LPGA Tour starts when she bogeyed two of her final three holes Friday at the Kia Classic. More>>

Berry scores 26 points and Carolina defeats Butler 92-80

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Joel Berry II scored 26 points and Justin Jackson added 24 as top-seeded North Carolina moved to the Elite Eight with a 92-80 victory over Butler in the NCAA South Region on Friday night. More>>

Royal Returns: KC's Duffy, Perez back in Cactus League

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Danny Duffy stepped off the big stage and back into spring training. More>>

James to see eye doctor after 112-105 win over Hornets

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LeBron James had 32 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from their worst defensive outing of the season with a 112-105 win over the Charlotte Hornets. More>>

Lakers honor Shaq with high-flying statue outside arena

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The Lakers have honored Shaquille O'Neal with a bronze statue of the Hall of Fame center who helped them to three consecutive NBA titles in better days. More>>

Dale Jr prepares for 600th race after creating own legacy

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. will join an exclusive club this weekend when he runs his 600th NASCAR race. More>>

Gonzaga and Xavier ready for Final Four breakthrough

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Gonzaga's Few, Xavier's Mack have their programs on the cusp of first Final Four. More>>

Jimmie Johnson to start from back after crashing at Fontana

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Jimmie Johnson plans to start from the back when he defends his Fontana title after a spin during practice wrecked his primary car. More>>

Oakland makes last-ditch effort to keep Raiders from Vegas Video included

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With the Raiders gazing at Las Vegas and sticking one foot out the door, Oakland is making a last-minute plea to hang on to them. More>>

Final 4 court assembled in Arizona's NFL stadium Video included

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The court that will be used for the Final Four has been laid in place at University of Phoenix Stadium, the home of the NFL's Arizona Cardinals. More>>

Oklahoma State promotes assistant Boynton to head coach

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Oklahoma State has promoted assistant Mike Boynton to head coach less than a week after coach Brad Underwood left for Illinois. More>>

A day of dominance and survival at Match Play

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Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson had another easy time and advanced to the knockout stage of the Dell Technologies Match Play. Bill Haas delivered another great escape in the longest day at Austin Country Club. More>>

University of Minnesota to review handling of assault case

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The University of Minnesota has ordered a review of how it handled allegations of sexual assault involving football players last fall. More>>

The Latest: Dustin Johnson powers way into round of 16

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Bill Haas provided another reminder to never count him out when he's in a hazard. More>>

Xavier overcame worst slump in 35 years to reach Elite Eight

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The Slump: Xavier overcame its worst losing streak in 35 years to reach the Elite Eight. More>>

BASEBALL 2017: Key dates for the upcoming season

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The World Series champion Chicago Cubs visit the St. Louis Cardinals on opening day. More>>

BASEBALL 2017: Benintendi, Swanson among top rookies

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Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi and Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson are two of baseball's top rookies heading into the season. More>>

Panthers GM not second guessing playing injured Cam Newton

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Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman isn't second-guessing the team's decision to allow quarterback Cam Newton to continue to play last season despite a partially torn rotator cuff in his right throwing shoulder. More>>

The Cubs curbed their curse _ who's next to douse a drought?

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The Chicago Cubs ended baseball's longest curse when they won the World Series last year. More>>

Bettman: Concessions needed for NHL to go to Olympics

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The International Olympic Committee and hockey's governing body will have to make concessions if the NHL is going to send the world's best players to the Winter Games in South Korea next year. More>>

Correction: NCAA-Xavier-Arizona story

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Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points, Sean O'Mara scored inside with 40 seconds left and No. 11 seed Xavier upset No. 2 Arizona 73-71 in the West Region. More>>

US star Lloyd quick to make her mark at Manchester City

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U.S. captain Carli Lloyd did not need long to make an impact in the Women's Champions League with Manchester City. More>>

Avalanche, Senators to play 2 regular-season games in Sweden

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The Colorado Avalanche and Ottawa Senators will play two games in Sweden next season, the NHL's first regular-season games in Europe since 2011. More>>

Only way to fly: Caldwell will win or lose with triples

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Ashley Caldwell's risky triples will either help her earn a trip to the Olympics or keep her home. More>>

Mickelson off to good start at Match Play in Texas

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Mickelson off to strong start in bid to get beyond 3rd round of Match Play. More>>

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