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FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2013, file photo, Ronda Rousey, left, of Venice, Calif., punches Miesha Tate of Yakima, Wash., during the UFC 168 mixed martial arts women's bantamweight title fight in Las Vegas. Rousey won by a third round tap out. Rousey has dominated every challenger in her two-year reign as the UFC's only women's bantamweight champion. Cat Zingano still believes she has a legitimate shot at Rousey's belt in UFC 184 on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/David Becker, File)

Ronda Rousey, Cat Zingano take center stage for UFC 184

Thursday, February 26, 2015

LOS ANGELES — By many measures, a historic event will happen when Ronda Rousey steps into the octagon with Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184 on Saturday night. Two unbeaten mixed martial artists are facing off for a UFC title belt for just the third time in the promotion’s 20-year history. Rousey (10-0) is the most accomplished …

NASCAR back on track for extra day of testing in Atlanta

Thursday, February 26, 2015

HAMPTON, Ga. — After the glitz of Daytona, now it’s time for the NASCAR grind. The Sprint Cup drivers returned to the track Thursday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, getting an extra day to test out the new rules package that will be in effect for the first time. “This really feels like the …

Judge rules for Peterson, opening door for reinstatement

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A federal judge has opened the door for faster reinstatement of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, ruling an NFL arbitrator “failed to meet his duty” in a child abuse case that brought national backlash for the league and widened its rift with the players’ union. This was the second high-profile defeat in …

NASCAR got the drama-free Daytona 500 it needed

Monday, February 23, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It was a bumpy buildup to the Daytona 500, which for days was overshadowed by disputes, drama, an injury to Kyle Busch and the suspension of his older brother, Kurt. Dozens of cars were …

Investors purchasing PawSox, moving team to Providence

Monday, February 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A group of investors headlined by Red Sox president Larry Lucchino announced Monday they had purchased the Pawtucket Red Sox and would relocate the team to Rhode Island’s capital. Lucchino and several Rhode Island businessmen purchased the Triple-A baseball club for an undisclosed price from …

Jon Lester ready to help Cubs take step toward a winning culture

Monday, February 23, 2015

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jon Lester has been through this before. He knows all about a desperate fans base going through a difficult drought. He’s seen an organization go through a sharp cultural change. He knows what it’s …

Red Sox extend manager John Farrell’s contract through 2017

Sunday, February 22, 2015

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox hoped to work out a new deal for manager John Farrell before they opened camp. They nearly got it done. So while Boston pitchers and catchers held their first …

Blues ride big second period, beat Bruins 5-1

Friday, February 20, 2015

ST. LOUIS — Vladimir Tarasenko became the youngest St. Louis player to score 30 goals in 23 years, getting the last two scores in the Blues’ 5-1 win over the sagging Boston Bruins on Friday night. Petteri Lindbohm, …

It’s on: Floyd Mayweather says he and Manny Pacquiao to fight May 2

Friday, February 20, 2015

LAS VEGAS — The Fight is finally on. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing’s richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of …

Raiders, Chargers plan possible shared Los Angeles-area home

Friday, February 20, 2015

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns, the teams said in …

Hometown eager to celebrate Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler

Friday, February 20, 2015

VICKSBURG, Miss. — The day before the Super Bowl that would change Malcolm Butler’s life, he posted a picture of the Vicksburg city seal on his Facebook page, thanking family and friends for supporting him during his journey …

Aaron Hernandez jurors see video of victim getting into car

Friday, February 20, 2015

FALL RIVER — Grainy surveillance video shown Friday to jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez shows the victim an hour before he was killed climbing into a car that prosecutors say …

Point guards on the move on NBA trade deadline day

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Point guards moving quickly made this trade deadline a transition game. Goran Dragic, Michael Carter-Williams, Reggie Jackson and Brandon Knight all were dealt Thursday in the final hours that trades were allowed, as a number of teams handed …