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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 …

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 …

Johnny Manziel’s father worried quarterback self-destructing

Friday, February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND — With Johnny Manziel’s professional career in doubt and his personal life crumbling, his father fears for the troubled quarterback’s safety. Manziel is facing a criminal investigation by police following allegations that he hit his former girlfriend …

Ryan Spooner leads Bruins past Sabres 3-2 in shootout

Thursday, February 4, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Five players on the Buffalo Sabres had a chance to stop Brad Marchand before the streaking Boston Bruins forward finished his end-to-end rush with a flourish. Marchand scored his eighth goal in eight games to …

NFL critic crashes news conference about concussions

Thursday, February 4, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — An uninvited guest at the NFL’s annual pre-Super Bowl news conference about health and safety, Chris Nowinski stood nearby and listened Thursday as one of the league’s chief advisers about concussions declined to acknowledge a …

Peyton Manning’s legal team looked into documentary

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Private investigators working for Peyton Manning visited the source of a report that he and other star athletes had obtained performance-enhancing drugs before the documentary aired late last year, according to a report from The Washington Post on …

Police: BMX rider Dave Mirra dies at 41 of apparent suicide

Thursday, February 4, 2016

GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Police say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died in North Carolina. He was 41. Greenville police said Thursday night that Mirra’s body was found earlier in the day with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. Authorities say they responded to an apparent suicide …

Amherst snowshoe runner Erik Wight taking advantage of trip to Italy for world championships

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Erik Wight’s wife called him weak. She was kidding, “ribbing him,” as he calls it. The longtime endurance runner and Amherst resident had been running exclusively on trails since he was in his mid-40s. Winter historically hibernated that …

Jack Riley, US hockey coach at 1960 Olympics, dies at 95

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Jack Riley, the Army coach who in 1960 guided the U.S. to its first Olympic gold medal in hockey, has died. He was 95. Riley died Wednesday on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, the U.S. Military Academy said Thursday. …

Injured Tony Stewart to miss start of final NASCAR season

Thursday, February 4, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle, Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday. The three-time NASCAR champion sustained a “burst fracture of …