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Minnesota Wild defenseman Nate Prosser (39) and Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug (47) battle for the puck as Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper (35) covers the net during the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

Bruins beat Wild, who fire coach after game

Sunday, February 14, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild lost yet another game — and coach Mike Yeo lost his job. Yeo was fired after the free-falling Wild’s 4-2 loss to the streaking Boston Bruins on Saturday. Minnesota promoted John Torchetti from its Iowa affiliate in the American Hockey League to interim coach. General manager Chuck Fletcher said recently that Yeo’s job …

Zach LaVine wins dunk thriller to cap All-Star Saturday

Sunday, February 14, 2016

TORONTO — Aaron Gordon soared over his mascot, but nobody flies higher than Zach LaVine in the slam dunk contest. LaVine was perfect just a little longer than Gordon and won a thrilling final event to cap off an entertaining NBA All-Star Saturday. LaVne captured his second straight dunk title — and a …

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 …

Manning last game? Newton’s finest moment? We’ll see

Friday, February 5, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Peyton Manning’s last game? Cam Newton’s finest moment? For all the golden tinge the NFL is placing on Super Bowl 50, this one just might come down to how the two star quarterbacks deal …

Goodell proposes what might be called Odell Beckham Jr. Rule

Friday, February 5, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — Call it the Odell Beckham Jr. Rule. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing to require the ejection of any player who is flagged for two personal fouls in a game. “We should take that out …

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 …