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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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Stewart at ease heading into final season of storied career

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Tony Stewart is a man at peace as he heads into the final season of his NASCAR career.

January 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Sharapova wins for 600th time; advances at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Maria Sharapova played two nearly flawless sets on either side of the one where she struggled against Lauren Davis in a slight ...

January 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Revenue sharing debated among MLB owners ahead of bargaining

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) - Major League Baseball owners held a lengthy executive session to discuss bargaining strategy over contentious issues such as revenue sharing ahead ...

January 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Raiders WR Cooper added to Pro Bowl

ALAMEDA (AP) - Oakland Raiders rookie receiver Amari Cooper was added to the Pro Bowl as an injury replacement.

January 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Kobe, Leonard, Lowry NBA All-Star starters

NEW YORK (AP) - Kobe Bryant is the leading vote-getter for his final NBA All-Star Game, and Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry made late moves to ...

January 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Cousins 24 points, 15 rebounds, Kings beat Hawks

SACRAMENTO (AP) - An offensive-minded team through the first half of the season, the Sacramento Kings displayed some defensive tenacity Thursday night.

January 22, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Spieth’s top goal in 2016: Winning the Ryder Cup with US

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Forget the majors, forget an Olympic gold medal: Jordan Spieth's big goal in 2016 is winning the Ryder ...

January 21, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Agassi says match-fixing wasn’t on his radar when he played

Andre Agassi says match-fixing in tennis "never even made my radar" while he was on tour.

January 21, 2016 | | Pro Sports


LA Rams say they’ve collected over 45,000 ticket deposits

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Rams say they have collected over 45,000 season ticket deposits in just two days for their upcoming return season in ...

January 21, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Facebook’s sports product to launch during NFL championships

Facebook Sports Stadium will debut at the NFL's conference championship games and then the Super Bowl. After that, the social media giant's first ...

January 21, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Bills hire NFL’s first full-time female assistant coach

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - The NFL has its first full-time female coach.

January 21, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Murray races into third round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - Andy Murray raced through his second-round match like he was in a hurry to get somewhere, winning 6-0, 6-4, 6-1 against an ...

January 21, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Cousins’ 36 points lead Sacramento past Lakers again

LOS ANGELES (AP) - DeMarcus Cousins had 36 points and 16 rebounds, and Rajon Rondo added 11 points and 17 assists in the Sacramento Kings' sixth ...

January 21, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Curry scores 25 as Warriors breeze past Bulls

CHICAGO (AP) - Stephen Curry glanced at the "72" banner hanging from the rafters during the morning shootaround. A number that for two decades seemed unattainable ...

January 21, 2016 | | Pro Sports


Raiders QB Derek Carr picked as Pro Bowl replacement

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was added to the Pro Bowl roster as an injury replacement for Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers.

January 21, 2016 | | Pro Sports


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