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Unites States' Alex Morgan (13) and Morgan Brian (14) celebrate a goal scored by Morgan against Costa Rico during the first half of a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament soccer match Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Frisco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

US opens Olympic qualifying with 5-0 victory over Costa Rica

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Alex Morgan scored 12 seconds in and added another goal in the 62nd minute and the U.S. women’s team opened CONCACAF qualifying for the Rio Olympics with a 5-0 victory over Costa Rica on Wednesday night. Morgan’s goal was the fastest in CONCACAF Olympic qualifying history, and the team said it is believed to be the …

Ski jumping the latest event to step to the plate at Fenway

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — Olympic silver medalist Devin Logan pictures herself standing atop the 140-foot ski jump that towers over Fenway Park’s Green Monster, hitting her jump and then coming to a stop right about where a batter would stand. “Sliding into home plate, coming in safe, hearing the crowd cheer like I just hit …

Lisa Borders announced as new WNBA president

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

NEW YORK — Lisa Borders has been a fan of the WNBA ever since she helped bring a team to Atlanta. Now she’s the league’s new president. The WNBA announced the move Wednesday, three months after former president Laurel J. Richie stepped down. “I have been more than a fan. I led the …

‘Great Expansion’ of 1967 showed NHL was for real

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The NHL’s “great expansion” of 1967 delivered hockey to California, led to the “Broad Street Bullies” and legitimized the league as a major force in North American professional sports. Fifty years ago this week, the owners of the …

Panthers turn page to 2016 after deflating Super Bowl loss

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dave Gettleman has been on both ends of the spectrum when it comes to Super Bowl — winning two with the New York Giants as a front office assistant and losing on Sunday as general …

Lucic scores in return to Boston; Kings rout Bruins 9-2

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON — Milan Lucic looked as though he didn’t want the night to end, taking the ice after both teams left to thank the fans who showered him with cheers most of the game. It was a banner …

Khris Middleton’s free throw lifts Bucks over Celtics 112-111

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MILWAUKEE — Khris Middleton made one of two free throws with 0.6 seconds left and the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Boston Celtics 112-111 in improbable fashion on Tuesday night. Middleton drew a foul on Avery Bradley to get …

Sports costs at ESPN weigh down Disney’s Force-ful quarter

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

LOS ANGELES — ESPN, the sports network that drives Disney’s profit engine, has hit a soft patch. Subscribers have fallen by about 7.2 million over the last three years, according to Nielsen, and it’s coming off a round …

Broncos parade through Denver, leave questions for later

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

DENVER — From the top of a fire truck, Von Miller thrust the Super Bowl trophy into the air again and again as the Denver Broncos convoy made its way through streets lined with blue-and-orange clad fans. Behind …

US women start quest for 4th straight Olympic gold medal

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The United States starts its pursuit of a fourth straight gold medal in women’s Olympic soccer over the next two weeks at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament in Texas. Coming off their first World Cup title since 1999, the …

NASCAR allows franchise system to give team owners value

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR announced a dramatic overhaul of its business model Tuesday, shifting to a franchise-like system that is intended to provide actual value and financial stability to team owners after decades of heavy reliance on sponsors. …

Jozy Altidore determined to avoid injury in a big year ahead

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CARSON, Calif. — Jozy Altidore feels he has watched far too many of the United States’ biggest games from the sidelines over the past nine years, so he decided to do something about it. The striker showed up …

Newton defends actions at Super Bowl: ‘I will not conform’

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton isn’t apologizing for acting like a “sore loser” after the Super Bowl. The league’s MVP has been widely criticized for walking out of a three-minute press conference after a 24-10 loss to the …