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Boston Celtics' Avery Bradley shoots the game-winning three point shot as Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert, right, watches in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Cleveland. The Celtics won 104-103. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer at horn gives Celtics 104-103 win

Friday, February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND — Once he got control of the ball and let his shot fly, Avery Bradley prepared to get mobbed. The Celtics had pulled off the improbable. Bradley made a 3-pointer from the corner at the horn to give Boston a stunning 104-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, the Celtics’ eighth win in nine games. “I knew it was there,” said Bradley, who had to regain his dribble before launching the winner. “It’s a great feeling. I lost the ball for a second and I didn’t even think I had enough time to get the shot off — but I did.” After …

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 with the dynamic defenses bent on humbling them. There can’t be a better storyline than …

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 of the hands of the officials when it gets to that point. They will obviously …

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 …

Cam Newton: ‘I’m an African American QB that scares people’

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suggested for the first time Wednesday that race may play a factor in why he’s become a lightning rod for public criticism. “I’m an African-American quarterback that scares people because they …

Broncos learned their lessons from Super Bowl letdowns

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Before his whirlybird spin in the air forever etched him in NFL lore, two-time Super Bowl champion John Elway called his mother on the team flight from Pittsburgh after winning the AFC championship on Jan. …

Kerber, Konta win on another distracting day in Melbourne

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia — Angelique Kerber and Johanna Konta advanced to the Australian Open semifinals Wednesday on another day when the integrity of tennis was part of the tournament conversation. The first Grand Slam of the season has been …

Corey Perry, Ducks pull away to beat Bruins 6-2

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BOSTON — The Anaheim Ducks aren’t exactly itching to take a breather right now. Corey Perry scored his 20th goal and added an assist and the Ducks continued their recent surge with a 6-2 win over the Boston …

Peyton Manning to Bill Belichick: ‘This might be my last rodeo’

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

DENVER — Peyton Manning isn’t saying that Super Bowl 50 is his grand finale. He’s just saying it could be. NFL Network cameras caught an intriguing exchange between Manning and New England coach Bill Belichick after Denver’s 20-18 …

Ex-sailing CEO: I was fired for trying to move Rio event

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

RIO DE JANEIRO — The former CEO of World Sailing says he was fired for pushing to get rid of polluted Guanabara Bay as the sailing venue of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Peter Sowrey tried to …

AP NewsBreak: US athletes urge expansion of Russian probe

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

U.S. Olympic athletes sent a letter to leaders of the International Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency this week, urging them to expand the investigation into Russian doping to sports beyond track and field. The letter came in response to the two-part report detailing doping inside Russia’s track …

AP Source: Review coming of tennis’ anti-corruption group

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Responding to reports that possible evidence of match fixing was not properly investigated, tennis’ governing bodies are setting up an independent review of the sport’s anti-corruption group, a person familiar with the plans tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the review of …