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Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks to students after presenting $10.3 million in school recognition funding during a ceremony at Dr. Philips High School, in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Scott awarded 111 schools in Orange County for sustained or significantly improved student achievement as a part of the $124 million in School Recognition Program funding this year to schools across the state. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank)

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 start of the season,” said Kyle Larson, …

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 …

Video shows Hernandez dancing near gas pump before killing

Thursday, February 26, 2015

FALL RIVER — Ex-New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez ran up a $243 bar tab and smoked marijuana in the hours before the boyfriend of his fiancee’s sister was shot to death, according to testimony Thursday at his murder trial. Just over an hour before the killing of Odin Lloyd on June 17, …

Marcus Mariota becomes feature attraction at NFL combine

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Marcus Mariota looked comfortable on center stage Thursday. He had the deliberate walk, the calm demeanor and the perfect answers. All the Oregon quarterback has to do now is prove he can thrive in the NFL. …

Elway: Broncos want Manning back, still awaiting word

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Asked who he thinks Denver’s quarterback will be next season, John Elway left no doubt: Peyton Manning. Asked about how Manning’s contract might read if he does return, Elway was less clear: “The bottom line is, …

Blazers grieve for Jerome Kersey; death linked to blood clot

Thursday, February 19, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. — Terry Porter knew Jerome Kersey was special. There was, of course, the talent on the court, but also something more lasting: the “joy and his smile, the way he embraced life.” Kersey died Wednesday night …

Colts talked to league about balls before AFC title game

Thursday, February 19, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — General manager Ryan Grigson said Thursday that the Colts had contacted NFL officials before last month’s AFC championship game about their concerns with New England’s game balls. Grigson did not say how the team was tipped …

Commentary: Best thing about A-Rod apology is it was in cursive

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Alex Rodriguez finally said he was sorry, though his handwritten apology on the eve of his return to the New York Yankees seemed to fall flat. Not really surprising, but give A-Rod some credit for trying. Doesn’t anyone …

Chelsea fans implicated in ugly incident at Paris station

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

PARIS (AP) — With a racist song ringing in his ears, a black man trying to board a subway train in Paris stands back after twice being pushed away by a group of Chelsea soccer fans. It happened …

NFL Combine Day 1: ‘The doctor will see you now.’

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Prospective NFL draftees don’t flinch at benching 225 pounds until exhaustion or trying to beat their personal best at the 40-yard dash. They do dread one sentence: “The doctor will see you now.” The NFL combine …

Tony Stewart seeks to end string of defeat in Daytona 500

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — In hindsight, 2002 might have been an omen of how heartbreaking the Daytona 500 would be for Tony Stewart. He had established himself as the driver to beat, but never even get a chance …

NASCAR notes: Danica Patrick to a backup car after wreck in practice

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Danica Patrick and Denny Hamlin wrecked during Daytona 500 practice at Daytona International Speedway Wednesday. Patrick’s No. 10 Chevrolet sustained enough damage that she was forced to switch to a backup car and will …

Tail-wagging beagle wins best in show at Westminster

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

NEW YORK — A soft-spoken beagle really raised a ruckus. Wagging her tail a mile a minute, Miss P became America’s top dog Tuesday night by winning best in show in a big surprise at the Westminster Kennel …