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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, …

A-Rod gives apology but no explanation ahead of return

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NEW YORK — It appears the only place Alex Rodriguez might detail his drug use is on a witness stand. The ever controversial New York Yankees star decided against holding a news conference ahead of his return to …

‘Miracle’ mementoes: Herb Brooks’ Olympic stuff up for auction

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The “Miracle on Ice” was a triumph years in the making under the careful, demanding and creative guidance of coach Herb Brooks. Some of the documents that were part of the improbable U.S. victory over the Soviet Union …

All in, or sit out: NBA teams decide as trade deadline nears

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

NEW YORK — The East was a two-team race at last year’s trade deadline, and Larry Bird made the move he thought would win it. When the Indiana Pacers acquired Evan Turner from rebuilding Philadelphia, they hoped it …

TJ Brodie lifts Flames over Bruins 4-3 with 2 ticks left in OT

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — TJ Brodie scored with 2 seconds left in overtime to give the Calgary Flames a 4-3 comeback victory over the Boston Bruins on Monday night. As Brodie cut down the wing, he sent the …

Yankees to retire numbers of Pettitte, Posada and Williams

Monday, February 16, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees are retiring the uniform numbers of Andy Pettitte, Jorge Posada and Bernie Williams and will honor the trio with plaques in Monument Park this season along with Willie Randolph. Pettitte (46), Posada …

Keselowski still taking long road toward respect in NASCAR

Monday, February 16, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Brad Keselowski might as well sign up as the next celebrity target at a comedy roast. His fellow NASCAR drivers already have plenty of practice hurling cutting barbs his way — just minus the …

‘Big game hunter’ McMurray looks for more major victories

Monday, February 16, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jamie McMurray’s first full day at Daytona International Speedway included a photo opportunity of the driver standing amid the track’s famed trophies. On his wrist was the Rolex he’d won two weeks earlier …

Portuguese water dog is the pooch to watch at Westminster

Monday, February 16, 2015

NEW YORK — True to his breed, Matisse the Portuguese water dog likes to play in the koi fish pond. He enjoys going on long bicycle runs, chewing Benny Bully’s liver treats and falling asleep on his back. …

Lance Armstrong loses $10 million arbitration ruling

Monday, February 16, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas — An arbitration panel ordered Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports Corp. to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with a promotions company for what it called an “unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy” …

Warriors, Hawks on top, LeBron set to chase when NBA resumes

Monday, February 16, 2015

NEW YORK — LeBron James isn’t used to looking up at so many teams at the All-Star break. The Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks occupy his former perch atop the standings, and Stephen Curry and Paul Millsap …