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Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, center, helps sort food donations for The Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

It’s Kobe’s world, at least for 1 more All-Star weekend

Friday, February 12, 2016

TORONTO — Kobe Bryant answered questions in Spanish and Italian, raved about Canadian hospitality, showed off knowledge of both Greek basketball and English soccer. He announced plans to go to the Philippines and Taiwan, thanked fans from Japan and even asked a reporter how to say a phrase in Mandarin. It all made perfect sense. The basketball world belongs to …

Shaq, Iverson finalists, Yao could join them in Hall of Fame

Friday, February 12, 2016

TORONTO — Shaquille O’Neal was just 9 years old when his stepfather began teaching him basketball with a plan to dominate like Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Young Shaquille didn’t even know who they were. Now he’s on the verge of joining them in basketball immortality. “He told me this day …

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia 1st to draw lifetime drug ban

Friday, February 12, 2016

NEW YORK — Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under Major League Baseball’s drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time. The commissioner’s office said Friday that Mejia tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone, which athletes have used to increase …

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 …

Browns deny lying about Johnny Manziel’s concussion

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

CLEVELAND — The Browns are defending their handling of Johnny Manziel’s late-season concussion. The team issued a statement on Tuesday saying Manziel was diagnosed with a concussion on Dec. 30 by an independent neurologist, countering an NFL Network report that they lied about the injury to cover up …

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 …