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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 …

NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell to require teams to interview women for exec jobs

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will implement a “Rooney Rule” requiring that women be interviewed for executive positions with teams around the league and in his own office, too. Goodell made the announcement Thursday in his …

Thomas scores 17 as Celtics stave off Pistons’ rally, 102-95

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — As one of the NBA’s top defensive teams this season, the Celtics have inevitably found themselves with some big leads. They’re still mastering how to play with those cushions. Isaiah Thomas had 17 points and seven …

Newton, Panthers stay true to personality at Super Bowl

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Cam Newton wearing $850 Versace gold and zebra-print pants on a cross-country flight. Josh Norman sporting a Mexican wrestling mask with a Panthers logo and calling himself “El Bandolero” on Opening Night. Teammates photobombing …

Parenteau scores in OT, Leafs come back to beat Bruins 4-3

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON — The Toronto Maple Leafs had plenty to celebrate Tuesday night. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored a power-play goal with 1:54 left in overtime and Toronto rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Boston …

Celtics wear down Knicks for 97-89 victory

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK — The Celtics toughened up their defense and were simply too tough for the Knicks. Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and eight assists, and Boston wore down New York in a 97-89 victory on Tuesday night. …

Cam Newton wants black QB issue put away for good

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Cam Newton wants any discussion of black quarterbacks in a Super Bowl put away. For good. Newton on Tuesday emphatically tried to lay to rest any relevance of an African-American quarterback appearing in the …

Cam Newton: Carolina’s nice guy LB Luke Kuechly has ‘alter ego’

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Luke Kuechly strolls happily through the Carolina Panthers locker room smiling and addressing teammates as he passes. He stops at defensive tackle Dwan Edwards’ locker first and shares a laugh before moving up the …

Lady Gaga to sing national anthem at Super Bowl

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

NEW YORK — Lady Gaga is set to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday. The NFL told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Gaga will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Levi’s Stadium in Santa …

Practice squad receiver helped Peyton Manning get to Super Bowl 50

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jordan Taylor sauntered into the locker room, a spiffy custom-made charcoal suit slung over his right shoulder. “Let me see it,” Peyton Manning asked excitedly. The Denver Broncos’ practice squad receiver unzipped the white …

IndyCar puts safety at top of priority list entering 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar officials are trying to make racing safer and more appealing in 2016. After spending a busy offseason trying to stop cars from flipping and limiting the dangers of flying debris, Mark Miles spent Tuesday explaining …