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Heat overcome huge deficit, run win streak to 24

March 21, 2013

CLEVELAND (AP) — The jilted billionaire owner offered an olive branch. The scoreboard leaked fluid, causing a long delay. The home team, missing its top three scorers, built a mammoth lead over the defending NBA champions. A fan sprinted onto the court, hoping to convince LeBron James to come back home. Just an ordinary night Read More

NFL passes helmet rule, ends tuck rule

PHOENIX (AP) — NFL owners passed a player safety rule Wednesday barring ball carriers from using the crown of their helmets to make forcible contact with a defender in the open field. Several coaches and team executives expressed concern about officiating the new rule, but Commissioner Roger Goodell championed it and it passed Wednesday as Read More

Freeney, Abraham set to visit Broncos

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Von Miller might have a new pass-rushing partner by week’s end. Free agents Dwight Freeney and John Abraham are set to visit Denver on Thursday, 48 hours after the Broncos submitted a new contract proposal to Elvis Dumervil. Freeney, 33, and Abraham, 34, are both older and less productive than Dumervil, Read More

Bears part ways with Urlacher

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears are parting ways with veteran linebacker Brian Urlacher after 13 years. General manager Phil Emery said Wednesday that the team couldn’t reach a contract agreement with Urlacher.  He has, for years, been the heart and face of the franchise. He is now a free agent after missing Read More

NCAA tourney sparks basketball fever in New Mexico

March 20, 2013

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With some of their strongest teams in years, New Mexico and New Mexico State are creating quite the NCAA tournament buzz across the state. Mountain West Conference champion and No. 3 seed New Mexico (29-5) is in the West Regional and will face No. 14 seed Harvard (19-9), the Ivy League Read More

Kentucky stunned by Robert Morris in NIT

MOON, Pa. (AP) — Mike McFadden hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining and Robert Morris shocked defending national champion Kentucky 59-57 in the opening round of the NIT on Tuesday night. The Wildcats decided not to call timeout after the second free throw but Kyle Wiltjer’s 3-pointer before the buzzer bounced harmlessly off Read More

Tom Watson gives back one of nine captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Tom Watson is giving back one of his captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup. In his first big move since he was appointed U.S. captain last year, Watson said Wednesday he would take the top nine players off the Ryder Cup standings and select three players as captain’s picks. For the Read More

NCAA tourney a homecoming for Montana players

March 19, 2013

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Thursday’s second-round NCAA tournament game between Montana and Syracuse will be a homecoming of sorts for Grizzlies guard Will Cherry. The East Regional matchup will be held in San Jose, Calif., just south of Cherry’s hometown of Oakland. Kareem Jamar, who also is from California, tells the Missoulian he and Cherry Read More

Miami slips past Boston 105-103 for 23d win in a row

BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James and the Miami Heat escaped Boston with their 23rd win in a row. All that’s in front of them now is the NBA record for consecutive victories. Five years to the day after the Celtics snapped Houston’s winning streak at 22 games, James scored 37 points and made the go-ahead Read More

Iguodala’s three lifts Nuggets over Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) — The Denver Nuggets’ 12th consecutive win didn’t come easily or without controversy. While Andre Iguodala’s 3-pointer with 7.1 seconds left in overtime will go down as the game-winning shot in the Nuggets’ 119-118 win over Chicago, the Bulls feel otherwise. “We felt like we got it stolen from us,” Bulls forward Carlos Read More

NFL meetings: Goodell says no expanded playoffs for 2013

PHOENIX (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens’ reward for winning the Super Bowl might be a road trip. Traditionally, the NFL champions kick off the next season by hosting a Thursday night game. Baltimore earned that privilege with its 34-31 victory over San Francisco last month. Problem is, the guys next door, baseball’s Orioles, are scheduled Read More

Miami Heat head to Boston looking to make it 23 wins in a row

March 18, 2013

(AP) — No extra motivation needed when the hated Heat come to Boston. LeBron James’ 45-point masterpiece on their own floor that kept them from reaching the NBA Finals last year, Ray Allen swapping sides over the summer, and recent years of bad blood and great games would’ve had the Celtics ready Monday night. Now throw in Read More

Texas, George Mason highlight 16-team CBI field; Wyoming gets Lehigh Tuesday

Texas and George Mason highlight the 16-team field for the sixth annual College Basketball Invitational. Out of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 15 years, coach Rick Barnes and the Longhorns (16-17) aren’t going to the NIT, either. Instead, they accepted an invite to the lower-level CBI and will play at Houston on Read More

Colorado State’s Eustachy taking fourth school to NCAAs

(AP) — Colorado State first-year coach Larry Eustachy is taking his fourth school to the NCAA tournament. The Rams earned an at-large bid Sunday. They’re the eighth seed in the Midwest and will face No. 9 seed Missouri at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Thursday.Eustachy took over from Tim Miles in April and led Read More

Vikings nab Greg Jennings

March 16, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms on a deal to land free agent receiver Greg Jennings from their rivals in Green Bay. Jennings gives Minnesota the No. 1 receiver third-year quarterback Christian Ponder has desperately needed. The person requested Read More

Delay forces Broncos to cut Dumervil

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Time really is money. Nobody knows that better than Elvis Dumervil and the Denver Broncos. Dumervil found himself out of a job and the Broncos were without their best defensive end Friday afternoon after they reached an agreement on a new contract, but saw it all come undone when tardy filing Read More

Adam Scott one shot back at Innisbrook

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Adam Scott had a breakthrough with his short game this winter, and it’s so good now that he hardly even has to use it. Scott had a putt for birdie on 16 holes in a second round that was without a bogey and without much stress. He wound up with Read More

Kyle Bush sets track record en route to pole at Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Count Kyle Busch among those who likes NASCAR’s new race car. Of course, a new track record is bound to draw praise from any driver. Busch won his first career pole at Bristol Motor Speedway on Friday with a lap in his Toyota at 129.535 mph, breaking Ryan Newman’s 10-year-old track Read More

Heat claim 21st straight with win over Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — LeBron James and Chris Bosh each scored 28 points, and the Miami Heat made it 21 straight wins, beating the Milwaukee Bucks 107-94 on Friday night. Only three other teams have won 20 in a row in one season, and the Heat now trail just the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers (33) and Read More

Dominicans beat U.S. in WBC, 3-1

March 15, 2013

MIAMI (AP) — Dominican manager Tony Pena sat at a microphone in an interview room, choking back tears. Just beyond the walls, in the stadium plaza, his celebrating countrymen made a jubilant clamor. “I feel so emotional,” Pena said finally. “Today was the battle of two titans.” The Dominican Republic won, beating the United States Read More

Falcons get RB Jackson; Matt Cassel to Vikings

(AP) — The Atlanta Falcons replaced Michael Turner with another proven, productive running back. Steven Jackson, the top running back in free agency, agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal with the Falcons on Thursday. Also getting new deals were backup quarterback Matt Cassel in Minnesota, pass rusher Cliff Avril in Seattle and cornerback Keenan Lewis Read More

San Diego State defeats Boise State 73-67

March 14, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jamaal Franklin had 19 points and eight rebounds as San Diego State held off Boise State for a 73-67 victory in the Mountain West tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Xavier Thames scored 18 points and Chase Tapley 17 for the fourth-seeded Aztecs (22-9), who advanced to Friday’s semifinals against No. 1 Read More

Broncos agree to 2-year deal with Wes Welker

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos gave Peyton Manning a new target — Tom Brady’s favorite receiver. Wes Welker’s signing for $12 million over two years highlighted another busy day for the Broncos on Wednesday. In addition to bringing Welker on board, Denver also agreed to terms on a two-year deal with defensive tackle Terrance Read More

Kobe hurts ankle, out indefinitely

ATLANTA (AP) — Kobe Bryant has been playing some of his best basketball since the All-Star break, almost single-handedly pushing the Los Angeles Lakers into the playoff race.Now he’s facing what may be his toughest opponent of the season. Bryant is out indefinitely with what he calls the worst sprained ankle of his 16-year career, Read More

Heat streak: Miami becomes 4th team to win 20 in a row

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — With LeBron James by his side in the locker room, Dwyane Wade took a moment to admire Miami’s streak. “Twenty is special,” Wade said. “Win 20 games in a row, it’s awesome. You can’t get around it. We’re going to try to go for the next one.” James and Wade have an Read More

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