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NBA commissioner lauds refs, players for airing differences

By GREG BEACHAMAP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league’s players and referees are on their way to forging an improved relationship. In his state-of-the-league news conference before the All-Star Saturday festivities at Staples Center, Silver said the NBA “should be playing a very …

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Junior at peace with Daytona 17 yrs after Earnhardt’s death

By MARK LONGAP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Dale Earnhardt Jr. made peace with Daytona International Speedway long ago. Seventeen years after his dad’s death, Earnhardt had only positive vibes Sunday at the famed racetrack where his father died. Dale Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap crash in …

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Mets GM says, yes, he thinks Tim Tebow will play in majors

By BILL WHITEHEADAssociated Press PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) – Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Mets spring training camp on Sunday, and the attention immediately turned to whether the quarterback who became an outfielder could make it all the way to Citi Field in the future. Guess what? …

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Hirscher: 2nd gold by largest Olympic GS margin in 50 years

By HOWARD FENDRICHAP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) – Here’s one way to explain just how dominant Marcel Hirscher was Sunday: His winning margin of 1.27 seconds was the largest in the men’s giant slalom at an Olympics in 50 years. Here’s one way to explain just how dominant …

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TOP 25 REWIND: Michigan State, Villanova earn big road wins

By AARON BEARDAP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – In a season marked by parity, No. 2 Michigan State and No. 3 Villanova turned in big road performances as reminders of their title potential in March. The Spartans (26-3) completed one of the biggest comebacks in NCAA history to win …

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The Latest: ‘Big One’ happens in closing laps of Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The Latest on the Daytona 500 (all times local): ___ 6:20 p.m. “The Big One” happened late in the Daytona 500. Ryan Blaney spun defending race winner Kurt Busch with two laps to go in regulation, settling off a 12-car melee that included several top …

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Danica done: Patrick wrecks in final race of NASCAR career

By DAN GELSTONAP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Danica Patrick and Aaron Rodgers brought a dose of A-list attraction to a pit road scene that was more fitting for a red carpet. The starry-eyed sweethearts were mobbed by fans and media clicking away for a snapshot of some …

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No. 22 Michigan tops No. 8 Ohio St 74-62, helps other rival

By LARRY LAGEAP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – Jordan Poole went on a scoring tear, sending Michigan’s seniors out with a win in their last home game. The freshman guard came off the bench and scored 12 of his 15 points in the first half to help the …

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AP source: Hosmer, Padres reach preliminary eight-year deal

By JANIE McCAULEYAP Baseball Writer PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) – Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse. The on-field vibe seemed equally cheery, as country music blared as players went to work …

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Capitals forward calls fans racial taunts ‘disgusting’

By JOHN WAWROWAP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – This wasn’t the first time Devante Smith-Pelly has had racial taunts directed at him during a hockey game. And the Washington Capitals forward knew immediately what the intent of the message was when a few fans began chanting “basketball, basketball, basketball,” …

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