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Belt’s HR helps Giants beat Rockies

DENVER (AP) — Brandon Belt homered into the third deck, Ryan Vogelsong threw six scoreless innings and also doubled and the San Francisco Giants held on to beat the Colorado Rockies 11-8 on Friday night.

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Houston star Harden’s unique game hard to stop _ and to like

HOUSTON (AP) — Whether he’s stirring the pot after a big shot or flailing his arms to draw contact en route to the basket James Harden evokes strong reactions from fans and players alike.

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James leads Cavs to win over Hawks

ATLANTA (AP) — LeBron James scored 30 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers took total command of the Eastern Conference final even without injured star Kyrie Irving, routing the Atlanta Hawks 94-82 on Friday night for a 2-0 lead with the series heading to Ohio.

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Posted: may. 23, 2015 12:04 a.m. | | James leads Cavs  to win over Hawks Comments 0 Comments

Questions about safety over 99th Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — They call the Indianapolis 500 “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” for its high speeds, rich history, enormous crowd and the take-your-breath-away competition.

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Djokovic looms in Nadal’s toughest ever draw at French Open

PARIS (AP) — The tennis equivalent of climbing three mountains, just to reach the Roland Garros final. Never have the obstacles loomed so large between Rafael Nadal and another trophy on the red clay of Paris.

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Posted: may. 23, 2015 12:04 a.m. | | Djokovic looms in Nadal’s toughest ever draw at French Open Comments 0 Comments

Kevin Na closes with ‘good bogey,’ leads wet Colonial

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kevin Na had gone 26 holes without a bogey at Colonial before his last tee shot Friday was swept away by flowing water after going into a rain-swollen drainage culvert.

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Weidman, Belfort end 2-year dance in title fight

Chris Weidman and Vitor Belfort have been waiting to trade punches since early last year. Way back then, Weidman was a new champion with no real injury problems, and Belfort had just knocked out his last three opponents with spectacular head kicks.

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Posted: may. 23, 2015 12:03 a.m. | | Weidman, Belfort end 2-year dance in title fight Comments 0 Comments

Longoria helps power Rays past A’s

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Scott Kazmir had not given up a home run with men on base in seven straight winless starts. And, then, he faced his former teammate.

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Posted: may. 23, 2015 12:03 a.m. | | Longoria helps power Rays past A’s Comments 0 Comments

Lundqvist stands tall, Rangers beat Lightning

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Henrik Lundqvist stopped 38 shots to rebound from two subpar performances and help the New York Rangers shut down the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-1 on Friday night in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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No immediate surgery for A’s Coco Crisp

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have ruled out immediate neck surgery for outfielder Coco Crisp.

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Smith suspended for rosin, sunscreen on arm

ATLANTA (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell didn’t see a shiny substance on reliever Will Smith’s right arm until it was too late.

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Warriors hold off Harden, Rockets

OAKLAND (AP) — James Harden had Game 2 on his fingertips — and then he didn’t.

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Curry earns 1st-team spot, Cousins on 2nd

NEW YORK (AP) — Golden State’s Stephen Curry, the league MVP, and LeBron James are the only unanimous selections to the All-NBA first team.

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Bumgarner homers off Kershaw, Giants again blank Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Madison Bumgarner acknowledged that hitting a home run off Clayton Kershaw was a little out of the ordinary. Outpitching the reigning NL MVP and Cy Young winner, though, has become almost commonplace.

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New 49ers running back Bush ready to prove himself again

ANTA CLARA (AP) — Reggie Bush wants to return punts again, and he brought up the idea to the San Francisco 49ers when he joined the team as a free agent this spring.

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Ducks beat Blackhawks in Game 3

CHICAGO (AP) — Frederik Andersen and the Anaheim Ducks left that grueling Game 2 loss back in Anaheim. They brought their special teams to Chicago.

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Closing birdie for Spieth to share Colonial 1st-round lead

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Masters champion Jordan Spieth made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole with darkness falling for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday in the rain-delayed Colonial.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 11:15 p.m. | | Closing birdie for Spieth to share Colonial 1st-round lead Comments 0 Comments

Banged-up Cavaliers, Hawks adjust for Game 2

ATLANTA (AP) — While the Atlanta Hawks try to figure out who will guard LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers are just grateful the four-time MVP is still standing.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 11:15 p.m. | | Banged-up Cavaliers, Hawks adjust for Game 2 Comments 0 Comments

Antonio Smith under investigation in Texas

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Denver Broncos defensive end Antonio Smith is under investigation in Texas over a criminal allegation the local sheriff described Thursday as “sexual in nature.”

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Gentry interviews with Pelicans, still focused on Warriors

OAKLAND (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Thursday that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans’ job.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 11:15 p.m. | | Gentry interviews with Pelicans, still focused on Warriors Comments 0 Comments

Rays shut out struggling Athletics

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — It was another rough night for the Oakland Athletics — offensively and physically.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 11:14 p.m. | | Rays shut out struggling Athletics Comments 0 Comments

Ron Washington rejoins Athletics as coach

OAKLAND (AP) — Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been hired as a major league coach for the Oakland Athletics, returning to the club where he was a coach for 11 years.

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Howard questionable for Game 2 vs Warriors

OAKLAND (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets spent half the season finding ways to win without Dwight Howard and another chunk of the schedule with the center limited because of an injury.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 1:07 a.m. | | Howard questionable for Game 2 vs Warriors Comments 0 Comments

Ex-Rangers manager to re-join Athletics

OAKLAND (AP) — Ron Washington is getting back into the big leagues, re-joining the Oakland Athletics as an instructor after nearly eight years as the Texas Rangers manager.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 12:42 a.m. | | Ex-Rangers manager to re-join Athletics Comments 0 Comments

Posey homer backs Lincecum’s 3rd win for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in the seventh inning through a thick mist hovering above the field, Tim Lincecum won his third straight decision, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-0 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight victory.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 12:42 a.m. | | Posey homer backs Lincecum’s 3rd win for Giants  Comments 0 Comments

Smith, James lead Cavs past Hawks in Game 1

ATLANTA (AP) — LeBron James scored 31 points, while J.R. Smith made eight 3-pointers and added 28 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday night.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 12:42 a.m. | | Smith, James lead Cavs past Hawks in Game 1 Comments 0 Comments

Riley Curry steals the show

OAKLAND (AP) — Stephen Curry knows he may no longer be the biggest star in his family. At least for one day, that title belonged to his 2-year-old daughter, Riley.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 12:41 a.m. | | Riley Curry steals the show Comments 0 Comments

Timetable for decision on teams in LA could be moved up

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Los Angeles might be in the NFL’s future sooner than anyone thought.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 12:41 a.m. | | Timetable for decision on teams in LA could be moved up Comments 0 Comments

Curry fined $5,000 for flop in Game 1

OAKLAND (AP) — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry said he disagreed with the NBA’s decision to fine him $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules against the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.

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Posted: may. 21, 2015 12:41 a.m. | | Curry fined $5,000 for flop in Game 1 Comments 0 Comments

Smith, Labonte head up NASCAR Hall of Fame class

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Speedway Motorsports Executive Chairman Bruton Smith and two-time Sprint Cup champion Terry Labonte topped the newest group of five headed to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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Kucherov’s OT goal gives Lightning win

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nikita Kucherov scored 3:33 into overtime to give the Tampa Bay Lightning a 6-5 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

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Keuchel solid again to help Astros over A’s

HOUSTON (AP) — Expectations were high for the Oakland Athletics this year after three straight postseason appearances.

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Warriors go small to overcome big deficit in Game 1

OAKLAND (AP) — Down big at home, the Golden State Warriors went small.

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Raiders GM still considers Oakland top option

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Raiders owner Mark Davis walked into a makeshift Black Hole outside The Ritz-Carlton joining a throng of protesters, and vowed to do all he can to keep his team in Oakland. Even as he and Chargers owner Dean Spanos moved ahead on plans for a stadium project in Southern California.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 11:49 p.m. | | Raiders GM still considers Oakland top option  Comments 0 Comments

Gray struggles in A’s loss

HOUSTON (AP) — Sonny Gray was less than his usually reliable self, and the struggling Oakland Athletics couldn’t overcome it.

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Furcal retires after 14 major league seasons

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former NL Rookie of the Year Rafael Furcal is retiring after 14 major league seasons.

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Dodgers finalize 6-year deal with Olivera

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cuban infielder Hector Olivera arrived at the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Arizona after finalizing a $62.5 million, six-year contract Tuesday, and predicted he could be playing in the major leagues within a month.

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Derek Carr sidelined in offseason workouts

ALAMEDA (AP) — When the Oakland Raiders took the field for the start of their first full-team practice since the NFL draft, there was one notable spectator.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 11:48 p.m. | | Derek Carr sidelined in offseason workouts Comments 0 Comments

NFL to change extra-point kicks to longer distance

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The NFL is moving back extra-point kicks and allowing defenses to score on conversion turnovers.

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Land deal closes for NFL stadium near LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders moved a step closer Tuesday to building a new stadium near Los Angeles after a complex land deal was finalized on a site that could become the home of a shared $1.7 billion venue.

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Kraft: Patriots won’t appeal team’s fine, draft penalties

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Now that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is not appealing his team’s punishments in the deflated footballs scandal, only his quarterback’s challenge remains.

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Players’ union asks Goodell to recuse self from Brady appeal

The players’ union has asked NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to recuse himself from the appeal hearing for Tom Brady in the deflated footballs case.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 11:48 p.m. | | Players’ union asks Goodell to recuse self from Brady appeal Comments 0 Comments

Timberwolves get top pick

NEW YORK (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves too often came to the NBA draft lottery and left in worse shape than they arrived.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 11:47 p.m. | | Timberwolves get top pick Comments 0 Comments

Quite a change since 2014; Cavs meet Hawks in East finals

ATLANTA (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers could only watch enviously as LeBron James made a run at another NBA title in Miami.

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NBA MVP, runner-up to clash

OAKLAND (AP) — The MVP race was decided weeks ago. Newly crowned Stephen Curry and runner-up James Harden insist there’s a bigger prize they’ve wanted all along.

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49ers’ Justin Smith retires

SANTA CLARA (AP) — When Justin Smith decided that his body wouldn’t let him perform up to his own lofty standards, he knew it was time to stop playing.

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‘Ice’ keeping cool as Warriors coach

OAKLAND (AP) — With the stakes high and fans ready to question and critique every move, Steve Kerr knew he’d be in the spotlight no matter how things played out this postseason.

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NBA lottery still creating hope and headlines after 30 years

NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Jackson remembers watching old teammate Dave DeBusschere pound his fist in triumph, when the Knicks and NBA were dual winners.

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Posted: may. 19, 2015 12:05 a.m. | | NBA lottery still  creating hope and  headlines after 30 years Comments 0 Comments

No rest for the NFL

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — What offseason?

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Kraft-Goodell relationship frayed

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Robert Kraft has repeatedly stood up for Roger Goodell, supporting the NFL commissioner’s high salary, playing a key role in ending the 2011 lockout, even vouching for his friend amid missteps in the Ray Rice domestic violence case.

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