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Houston ends No. 5 Cincinnati’s 16-game win streak, 67-62

HOUSTON (AP) – Defense has been Cincinnati’s cornerstone this season. The Bearcats defense couldn’t make up for a second half offensive slump Thursday night, and Houston made Cincinnati pay. Corey Davis Jr. and Devin Davis each scored 16 points, and Houston beat No. 5 Cincinnati 67-62 to snap the nation’s …

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Halak stops 50 shots, Islanders beat Rangers 3-0

By ALLAN KREDAAssociated Press NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Islanders invariably raise their game against the Rangers. This time they kept that trend – and a winning streak – against their crosstown rivals going with a shutout. Jaroslav Halak had a season-high 50 saves for his first shutout …

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Happ’s double-double leads Wisconsin over No. 6 Purdue

By GENARO C. ARMASAP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Ethan Happ made his mentor proud. On a night when Wisconsin honored Frank Kaminsky, one of the best players in program history, Happ led the current crop of Badgers to their biggest win of a challenging season. Happ finished with …

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Bengals QB McCarron wins grievance, becomes free agent

By JOE KAYAP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) – AJ McCarron won his grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals and will become an unrestricted free agent next month, making him one of the more attractive quarterbacks on the market. McCarron challenged the Bengals’ decision to put him on a non-football injury list …

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Federer on brink of surpassing Agassi record

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) – Roger Federer is within touching distance of becoming the oldest male to reach the top of the world rankings after marching into the quarterfinals of the ABN AMRO tournament. The 20-time Grand Slam champion went through after making it 13 wins in as many matches against …

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Gophers’ Lynch drops appeal, denies sex assault allegations

By STEVE KARNOWSKIAssociated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Former University of Minnesota basketball standout Reggie Lynch dropped his appeal Thursday of his expulsion over allegations of raping two women, while insisting “I did not commit any of the acts that I am being accused of.” Flanked by his lawyer and mother, …

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A talkative Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reflects on becoming himself

By JOHN ROGERSAssociated Press NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. One thing Abdul-Jabbar has never been – at least not in public – is chatty. “I’m not known for being …

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Broadcaster Wolf, 80, sues Imus, alleging age discrimination

By KAREN MATTHEWSAssociated Press NEW YORK (AP) – The sportscaster who popularized the phrase “Let’s go to the videotape!” filed an age discrimination lawsuit on Thursday over his firing from shock jock Don Imus’ radio show. Warner Wolf, who’s 80 years old, charges in a lawsuit filed in state Supreme …

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Players win 3 of 5 arbitration cases, lead teams 11-8

PHOENIX (AP) – Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer, Houston’s Collin McHugh and Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi won their salary arbitration cases Thursday, and Toronto’s Marcus Stroman and Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson lost. Decisions for all five pitchers had been held for simultaneous announcement to prevent any of the cases from being affected by …

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From comfort to high-tech: Food a serious quest at Olympics

By FOSTER KLUGAssociated Press PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) – First, U.S. snowboarding star Chloe Kim tweeted about being “down for some ice cream” while competing in Pyeongchang, then about being “hangry” because she hadn’t finished her breakfast sandwich. Clearly, food is a big deal for Olympians, and it’s usually much …

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