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FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2015, file photo, Nyquist, front right, with Mario Gutierrez up, finishes ahead of Swipe, left, with Victor Espinoza up, to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Keeneland race track in Lexington, Ky. Nyquist is gearing up for his 3-year-old debut in the seven-furlong San Vicente at Santa Anita on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Nyquist 1st out of gate of Top 10 Kentucky Derby contenders

Monday, February 8, 2016

He’s an Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old with five victories in five career races. What’s not to like about Nyquist? Nothing so far, and that’s why the bay son of Uncle Mo opens at No. 1 on The Associated Press Top 10 list of Kentucky Derby contenders. And he’s not even trained by Bob Baffert. Winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Nyquist …

Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher; Kurt Rambis gets interim job

Monday, February 8, 2016

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Derek Fisher had just finished a long playing career when Phil Jackson picked him to coach the New York Knicks. Just 11/2 seasons later, Jackson decided he needed someone else. Fisher was fired Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in …

Von Miller awaits offseason filled with fun, financial reward

Monday, February 8, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — On top of his game and now the world, Von Miller’s docket is quickly filling up. A parade. Lots of parties. A princely payday. “I was just talking to Coach Kubiak, I was asking if you could make the plane do backflips on the way home,” Miller said Monday after …

Peyton Manning spoils his fans again, walks off with a second title

Monday, February 8, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Everyone got spoiled. Over two decades of watching Peyton Manning play on the biggest stages, fans became numb to all he could do — the way he dissected defenses with clinical precision, the way …

Agent confirms Seahawks star Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

Monday, February 8, 2016

SEATTLE — When Marshawn Lynch was brought to Seattle early in the 2010 season, he was acquired because the Seahawks desperately needed a running back. What he ended up providing was an attitude and style that became the …

Slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin returns to racing next week

Monday, February 8, 2016

Two months ago, Mikaela Shiffrin was just hoping to be back on skis before the snow melted. A week from now, she will return to World Cup racing on a knee that healed much faster than even she …

Von Miller powers Broncos to Super Bowl 50 win over Cam Newton, Panthers

Sunday, February 7, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Peyton Manning gave himself a chance to have Super ending to his career, and Von Miller and the Denver defense made the plays to secure the title for the Broncos. Manning and Panthers quarterback …

Brad Marchand scores on penalty shot in OT, Bruins top Sabres 2-1

Sunday, February 7, 2016

BOSTON — Brad Marchand scored on a penalty shot midway through overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. Loui Eriksson also scored while the Bruins improved to 7-2-1 …

Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer at horn gives Celtics 104-103 win

Friday, February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND — Once he got control of the ball and let his shot fly, Avery Bradley prepared to get mobbed. The Celtics had pulled off the improbable. Bradley made a 3-pointer from the corner at the horn to …

Manning last game? Newton’s finest moment? We’ll see

Friday, February 5, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Peyton Manning’s last game? Cam Newton’s finest moment? For all the golden tinge the NFL is placing on Super Bowl 50, this one just might come down to how the two star quarterbacks deal …

Goodell proposes what might be called Odell Beckham Jr. Rule

Friday, February 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Call it the Odell Beckham Jr. Rule. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing to require the ejection of any player who is flagged for two personal fouls in a game. “We should take that out …

15 Hall of Fame finalists, 4 connected to Polian

Friday, February 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Bill Polian entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame last year, making one of the most dynamic speeches heard at the Canton shrine. This year, Polian has nearly as strong a connection to the hall. …

Dave Mirra, who broke barriers on a BMX bike, dies at 41

Friday, February 5, 2016

Dave Mirra did things few people could on a BMX bike, using a combination of natural ability, fearlessness and innovation to take the sport to places many never thought possible. He was a giant in the big-air world of action sports, becoming one of the most decorated athletes …