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A look at some of 2016’s most inspiring sports moments

We watch sports to see who wins and loses, but also to be inspired - and 2016 offered plenty of examples of the latter, from a touching moment between two strangers on the Olympic track, to a little boy from a war-torn land who met his favorite soccer player, to a warm ovation fueled by empathy for a visiting NHL goalie.

December 23, 2016 | The Associated Press | Pro Sports

Raiders safety Reggie Nelson’s focus is beyond Pro Bowl

ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders safety Reggie Nelson didn't spend much time celebrating his second straight selection for the Pro Bowl - and for good reason.

December 23, 2016 | | Pro Sports

NFL Fun Bunches: Titans, Raiders, Falcons, Redskins

This has not been the most watchable of NFL seasons, although the action and entertainment value has picked up in the second half of the schedule.

December 23, 2016 | | Pro Sports

Durant, Warriors rally for win against Nets

NEW YORK (AP) - The Golden State Warriors knew they would need energy and were missing the guy who often provides it, so they weren't totally surprised by their poor first half.

December 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports

Cavs fend off Bucks behind Irving’s 31 points, 13 assists

CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving had 31 points and a career-high 13 assists, and LeBron James scored 29 as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their second game in two nights over the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-102 on Wednesday despite being without two starters.

December 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports

Kings coach addresses Cousins’ frustration at officiating

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger says he doesn't know if All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins is officiated differently than other players in the NBA.

December 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports

Owners pass new labor deal

A new labor deal in the NBA is on the verge of being finalized, after owners voted Wednesday to approve a proposed seven-year collective bargaining agreement that was tentatively agreed to last week.

December 22, 2016 | The Associated Press | Pro Sports

Ageless Frank Gore provides Colts with strong finishing kick

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Frank Gore never allowed obstacles to get in the way of success.

December 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports

Raiders look to get red zone offense clicking again

ALAMEDA (AP) - Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders' high-powered offense have struggled to score in recent weeks.

December 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports

Cousins scores 21 as Kings rally for win over Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Ty Lawson turned back the clock to his younger, more explosive days and DeMarcus Cousins played the closer role from the free-throw line, helping the Sacramento Kings rally from 20 points down Wednesday night.

December 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports

49ers finding ways to stick together

SANTA CLARA (AP) - At 1-13, the 49ers have every reason to be upset.

December 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports

Curry, Warriors warm up and thump Jazz

OAKLAND (AP) - Stephen Curry scored 25 points with four 3-pointers, Kevin Durant had 22 points and the Golden State Warriors whipped the Utah Jazz 104-74 on Tuesday night after a slow start.

December 20, 2016 | | Pro Sports

Cousins fined, scores 55 to lead King

SACRAMENTO (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins returned from a brief ejection and finished with a season-high 55 points, capping a wild day for the hot-tempered big man and sending the Sacramento Kings past the Portland Trail Blazers 126-121 on Tuesday night.

December 20, 2016 | | Pro Sports

7 Raiders, 6 Falcons selected to Pro Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) - The Oakland Raiders lead the NFL with seven players selected for the Pro Bowl.

December 20, 2016 | | Pro Sports

Donskoi has first multi-goal game, Sharks beat Flames

SAN JOSE (AP) - Joonas Donskoi scored twice and the San Jose Sharks beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 Tuesday night for their fifth win in six games.

December 20, 2016 | | Pro Sports

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Raiders add help at cornerback with deals for Melvin, Wright

ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders added some needed help at cornerback, agreeing to contracts with free agents Rashaan Melvin and Shareece Wright on Friday.

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

Injured Warriors play short, don’t have enough against Kings

OAKLAND (AP) - Buddy Hield made three free throws over the final 27.5 seconds, Willie Cauley-Stein had a late dunk and the Sacramento Kings won ...

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

QBs cashing in _ except for the unwelcome Kaepernick

As free agency kicked off the start of a new football season, the NFL sent a clear message to anyone paying attention:

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

Kane scores 4 goals to lead Sharks past Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) - Evander Kane scored four goals to lead the San Jose Sharks past the Calgary Flames 7-4 on Friday night.

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

UMBC stuns Virginia to make NCAA history

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Jairus Lyles couldn't suppress a smile, knowing that a school known more for chess than hoops had finally made it ...

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

NCAA Upset: No. 10 seed Virginia tops Cal

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Virginia won its first women's NCAA Tournament game in nine years. The Cavaliers' reward is a matchup with the most ...

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

Stenson, DeChambeau tied for Bay Hill lead

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Henrik Stenson gave himself another chance to win at Bay Hill, and he made it a little bit tougher on Tiger Woods.

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

Truex claims 17th NASCAR Cup pole in Fontana

FONTANA (AP) - Martin Truex Jr. claimed the pole for the NASCAR Cup series race in Fontana after a qualifying session in which 13 drivers didn ...

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

Kasatkina upsets Venus Williams to reach final

INDIAN WELLS (AP) - Daria Kasatkina upset Venus Williams 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 in a nearly three-hour baseline struggle to reach the final of the BNP Paribas ...

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

Durant out at least 2 weeks with fractured rib

OAKLAND (AP) - Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks with a fractured rib on his right side, joining fellow All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay ...

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

Stenson leads at Bay Hill, Woods cards 68

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Henrik Stenson had a hot putter, a much quieter crowd and a one-shot lead in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

Federer, Venus roll into semifinals

INDIAN WELLS (AP) - Roger Federer defeated Chung Hyeon 7-5, 6-1 to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Thursday night and equal his ...

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

Chicago, Minneapolis drop out of World Cup bid

NEW YORK (AP) - Chicago, the home of the U.S. Soccer Federation, and Minneapolis dropped out of the North American bid to host the 2026 ...

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

Oshie scores 2 to help Capitals beat Islanders

NEW YORK (AP) - T.J. Oshie scored twice, Dmitry Orlov and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and two assists, and the first-place Washington Capitals ...

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

Rockets clinch Southwest Division title

HOUSTON (AP) - James Harden scored 24 points, Eric Gordon added 23 and the Houston Rockets outlasted the Los Angeles Clippers for a 101-96 victory on ...

March 16, 2018 | | Pro Sports

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