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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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Nick Young eager to help Warriors in any role

OAKLAND (AP) - Nick Young passed up a shot, and then another, uncharacteristic of the charismatic guard with a sweet stroke.

September 27, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Sharks’ Joel Ward could bring anthem protests to NHL

SAN JOSE (AP) - Sharks forward Joel Ward told The Mercury News he might take a knee during the national anthem at an upcoming game, becoming ...

September 27, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Valencia, Alonso each hit home runs against former A’s club

OAKLAND (AP) - After James Paxton had his special season interrupted by an injury in August that cost him more than a month, you bet the ...

September 27, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Martinez hits grand slam as D-backs rout Giants

PHOENIX (AP) - J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam and drove in six runs, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks and their lineup of regulars to an ...

September 27, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Giants planning to extend protective netting

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The San Francisco Giants plan to expand the protective netting behind home plate going into next year.

September 27, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Flags, anthems can divide nations

JERUSALEM (AP) - President Donald Trump's clash with scores of professional football players who knelt during "The Star-Spangled Banner" last weekend has set off a ...

September 27, 2017 | | Pro Sports


NFL anthem protests evolve past Kaepernick’s original intent

The Associated Press

September 27, 2017 | | Pro Sports


NFL opts not to react to Trump’s anthem kneel ‘rule’ tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) - No matter what challenges his administration faces, President Donald Trump is keeping up his running commentary on the NFL - tweeting Tuesday about the ...

September 27, 2017 | | Pro Sports


NBA players want change, and must decide how to proceed

MIAMI (AP) - NBA teams are going to do something.

September 27, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Stricker says US golf team to stand during national anthem

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - On that rare occasion the national anthem is played in golf, U.S. captain Steve Stricker says his team will ...

September 27, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Move from Watson to Newhouse at RT pays off for Raiders

ALAMEDA (AP) - The Oakland Raiders' decision to move on from former second-round pick Menelik Watson to newcomer Marshall Newhouse has appeared to pay off early ...

September 27, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig benched after late arrival

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Yasiel Puig is running into problems with the Los Angeles Dodgers yet again.

September 26, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Aaron Judge hits 49th, 50th HRs, breaking McGwire’s rookie record

NEW YORK (AP) - Aaron Judge has broken Mark McGwire's major league record for home runs by a rookie, going deep twice on Monday to ...

September 26, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Hundley, Cueto lead Giants past Diamondbacks

PHOENIX (AP) - Nick Hundley hit a three-run homer, Johnny Cueto pitched well over six innings and the San Francisco Giants beat the resting Arizona Diamondbacks ...

September 26, 2017 | | Pro Sports


Mariners win over A’s

OAKLAND (AP) - Mitch Haniger homered twice and Felix Hernandez won for the first time in more than two months as the Seattle Mariners defeated the ...

September 26, 2017 | | Pro Sports


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