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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 …

Broncos, Panthers arrive in San Franciso for Super Bowl

Sunday, January 31, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO — They’re here. The Denver Broncos arrived in the Bay Area on Sunday for Northern California’s first Super Bowl since 1985, followed soon after by the Carolina Panthers. Denver’s flight into San Jose, California, was delayed …

Russell Wilson named Pro Bowl MVP

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice in the Pro Bowl on Sunday. The Seattle Seahawks star, who was the first player picked in the all-star game’s …

John Scott, fan vote as captain, gets MVP at NHL All-Star Game

Sunday, January 31, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Fans sent enforcer John Scott to the NHL All-Star Game by voting him captain of the Pacific Division. Then they made him tournament MVP. Scott scored twice during the league’s new 3-on-3 All-Star tournament, bringing …

Novak Djokovic wins 6th Australian title; Andy Murray loses 5th final

Sunday, January 31, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia — In five previous Australian Open wins, Novak Djokovic had never felt so much love. After maintaining his perfect record in six finals at Melbourne Park — and extending his old friend Andy Murray’s streak to …

Angelique Kerber upsets Serena Williams in three sets to win Australian Open title

Saturday, January 30, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams put up both hands after sending a forehand long and high over the baseline in the first set. She wanted nothing to do with yet another unforced error in her Australian Open final …

Celtics run past Magic 113-94 for 5th consecutive win

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — Kelly Olynyk and Marcus Smart scored 16 points apiece as the Boston Celtics won a season-high fifth straight game, beating the slumping Orlando Magic 113-94 on Friday night. The Magic have now lost eight consecutive games …

True or not, match-fixing reports overshadow Australian Open

Friday, January 29, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia — The “Happy Slam” got off to a somber start when allegations of match-fixing in tennis overshadowed the opening day of play at the Australian Open. Hours before the tournament started, the BBC and BuzzFeed reported …

Patriots fan gets tattoo declaring Super Bowl win

Friday, January 29, 2016

BOSTON — A New England Patriots fan was a bit premature when he got a tattoo declaring the team champions of a game they never reached — yet he says he has no regrets. Thirty-one-year-old Burke O’Connell says he strongly believed the Patriots would win the AFC Championship …

Serena Williams within 1 win of 7th Australian Open title

Thursday, January 28, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams provided another reminder of her dominance in women’s tennis with a 6-0, 6-4 win in the Australian Open semifinals against Agnieszka Radwanska, who is soon to move to the No. 3 ranking. Six-time …

Avery Bradley matches season-high 27, Celtics down Nuggets 111-103

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — If the Celtics are going to be a threat in the playoffs this season, they will need consistent effort on the defensive end. They did that for spurts in their 111-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets …