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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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Days later, fans struggle with Seahawks’ loss

SEATTLE (AP) - As shocking as it was, the Seattle Seahawks' last-minute loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl Sunday was probably not even the worst loss in the city's sports history.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Blank says Falcons ‘wrong’ to add fake crowd noise to games

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Tuesday he has seen enough of the NFL's investigation of fake crowd noise at Atlanta's home games to acknowledge wrongdoing.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Diana Taurasi to skip WNBA season

PHOENIX (AP) - The toll of playing year-round basketball finally caught up with Phoenix Mercury star Diana Taurasi.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Caddies sue over wearing bibs with logos

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A group of PGA Tour caddies sued the PGA Tour in federal court Tuesday for making them wear bibs that have the logo of the tournament sponsors without sharing in what it estimates as $50 million in endorsement revenue.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Auriemma picks up win 900 as UConn beats Cincinnati

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - UConn coach Geno Auriemma reached 900 wins faster than any other college basketball coach, and has no plans to slow down.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Herb Magee remains stuck on 999 wins

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Herb Magee needs a second attempt at joining Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in the 1,000-win club.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Sharks lose to Oilers in shootout

SAN JOSE(AP) - Jordan Eberle scored twice in regulation and Rob Klinkhammer scored in the 13th round of the shootout to help the Edmonton Oilers snap a 15-game losing streak in California by beating the San Jose Sharks 5-4 on Monday night.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Edelman cleared to play after concussion test

PHOENIX (AP) - Julian Edelman passed a concussion test after a big hit in the Super Bowl appeared to leave him groggy, allowing him to continue and catch the winning touchdown a few minutes later, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Monday.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Tom Brady, in ‘midst of my career’ at 37, set on more titles

PHOENIX (AP) - Tom Brady knows what's next: more Super Bowl wins.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Belt reaches $3.6M, deal with Giants, avoiding arbitration

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has agreed to a $3.6 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Falcons hire Seahawks’ Dan Quinn as coach

ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons' long wait for new leadership on the field finally ended Monday when Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn was named the team's coach.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Seattle coach Pete Carroll stands by decision to pass

PHOENIX (AP) - Less than 16 hours later, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was still stunned by the outcome while defending the decision to call a pass from the 1-yard line in the Super Bowl's closing seconds, a choice that will long be debated.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel enters treatment

CLEVELAND (AP) - Johnny Manziel has sought help to change his off-field lifestyle.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Kevin Love still finding his way in Cleveland

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - In his first game at Target Center since he was traded, it was abundantly clear to Kevin Love just how far away he has gotten from Minnesota.

February 03, 2015 | | Pro Sports


Djokovic wins 5th Australian Open crown

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - This was one occasion where Novak Djokovic couldn't really empathize with Andy Murray, his long-time friend.

February 01, 2015 | | Pro Sports


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