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The sports stories we want to remember from 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Meb Keflezighi strode alone down Boylston Street, past the patched-up sidewalks and re-opened restaurants that line the path to the Boston Marathon finish line. On his race bib he had the names of those killed there by a pair of homemade bombs, and on his shoulders he would soon drape an American flag.

December 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


NFL domestic violence is AP sports story of year

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL's troubles with domestic violence were selected the sports story of the year Tuesday in an annual vote conducted by The Associated Press.

December 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


49ers face big decisions after missing playoffs

SANTA CLARA (AP) - The San Francisco 49ers expect to be right back competing for a Super Bowl with a new coach following the frustration of a lost year that saw coach Jim Harbaugh depart for Michigan.

December 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Bumgarner is AP Male Athlete of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner sat in the outfield alongside Jake Peavy before Game 7 of the World Series and told his teammate exactly what needed to happen: Tim Hudson would work a few innings and get the ball to Bumgarner, who would hand it off to the bullpen to finish the championship.

December 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Jannik Hansen helps Canucks beat Sharks

SAN JOSE (AP) - Jannik Hansen angered the San Jose Sharks with his hit to Tommy Wingels' head. They got even more upset when he scored immediately after leaving the penalty box.

December 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Davis wins AP Female Athlete of the Year honors

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - No one in the sports world had heard of the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year until August.

December 31, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Harbaugh, 49ers agree to part ways

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh walked through the locker room saying emotional goodbyes, offering a handshake or hug while wishing his players well and planning his long-anticipated but bittersweet departure from the San Francisco 49ers.

December 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Handful of coaching openings to fill

NEW YORK (AP) - OK, it is done.

December 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Sparano makes case to keep Raiders job

ALAMEDA (AP) - Tony Sparano won over the locker room and changed the mindset of the Oakland Raiders in 12 games as interim coach.

December 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Teams looking for new coaches, GMs have many options

NFL teams searching for a new coach or general manager have no shortage of qualified candidates.

December 29, 2014 | By ROB MAADDI AP Pro Football Writer | Pro Sports


Buccaneers “earn” first overall draft pick

NEW YORK (AP) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers "earned" the first pick in next spring's NFL draft with their 2-14 record.

December 29, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Harbaugh, 49ers part ways

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh gathered his players and told them he is leaving, and they joined their voices for one final, familiar chant: "Who's got it better than us? No-body!"

December 28, 2014 | | Pro Sports


49ers win Harbaugh’s last game

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Jim Harbaugh is done as coach of the San Francisco 49ers.

December 28, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Raiders’ season closes with loss

DENVER (AP) - Charles Woodson is 38 and beat up from a long season. Still, he hopes to return for an 18th season - if the Oakland Raiders will have him, of course.

December 28, 2014 | | Pro Sports


Sam: Coming out was right thing to do

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Michael Sam dismissed the thought that his sexuality has cost him a spot in the NFL.

December 28, 2014 | | Pro Sports


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Avery Bradley’s 25 points helps Celtics top Sacramento

BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Celtics enjoyed a season-high scoring day to keep their current winning stretch rolling along.

February 07, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Peyton Manning last game?

SANTA CLARA . (AP) - Peyton Manning's last game? Cam Newton's finest moment?

February 06, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Props rule the day for Vegas sports books

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jay Kornegay still finds it painful to talk about the last time the Denver Broncos were in the Super Bowl and the ...

February 06, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Texans-Raiders in Mexico City Nov. 21

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Hola. The NFL is heading back to Mexico.

February 06, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Goodell proposes new ejection rule

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Call it the Odell Beckham Jr. Rule.

February 06, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Manziel’s father worried son self-destructing

CLEVELAND (AP) - With Johnny Manziel's professional career in doubt and his personal life crumbling, his father fears for the troubled quarterback's safety.

February 06, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Nets have season-best night in beating Kings

NEW YORK (AP) - Joe Johnson and the Nets kept pouring it on in their best performance of the season, though the Kings' problems went beyond ...

February 06, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Three-way lead with 65s at Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Rickie Fowler overcame some bad shots for a share of the lead Thursday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Phil Mickelson compounded ...

February 04, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Stewart to miss start of NASCAR season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain ...

February 04, 2016 | | Pro Sports


NFL to require teams to interview women for executive positions

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will implement a "Rooney Rule" requiring that women be interviewed for executive positions with teams around the league ...

February 04, 2016 | | Pro Sports


NFL critic crashes news conference

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - An uninvited guest at the NFL's annual pre-Super Bowl news conference about health and safety, Chris Nowinski stood nearby and listened ...

February 04, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Kubiak hire pays off for Broncos

SANTA CLARA (AP) - It's hard to know who took the bigger risk.

February 04, 2016 | | Pro Sports


PANTHERS ‘POUNDING’

SAN JOSE (AP) - "Keep pounding."

February 04, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Jones’ early save sets tone in Sharks win

ST. LOUIS (AP) - San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones set the tone early Thursday night.

February 04, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Obama salutes NBA champs at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) - A basketball enthusiast, President Barack Obama applauded the Golden State Warriors on Thursday and marveled at how they are revolutionizing professional basketball with ...

February 04, 2016 | | Pro Sports


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