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Manfred knows he’ll get hit as commish _ his name is on ball

NEW YORK — Rob Manfred knows he’ll get pounded now that he’s baseball commissioner — his name is printed in blue script on the sweet spot between the seams of every big league ball. “Probably good if I get hit hard,” he said, smiling and laughing. “A little more offense. We don’t have to deal […]

Snow forces NBA to postpone Knicks, Nets games against Kings, Blazers

NEW YORK — The NBA has postponed home games for both the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets because of a snowstorm expected to batter the area. The Knicks were to have hosted the Sacramento Kings on Monday night at the same time the Nets were scheduled to face the Portland Trail Blazers. Sacramento will instead return to Madison […]

NASCAR to leave championship format unchanged in 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — NASCAR won’t change its new championship format, which chairman Brian France said Monday is “overwhelmingly popular” with fans. The Chase was revamped last year into an elimination-style system that created a winner-take-all final race among four drivers. Kevin Harvick won the season finale at Homestead in November to claim his first Sprint Cup title. […]

Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season

EL SEGUNDO — Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team announced Bryant’s surgery Monday. He injured his shoulder last week in New Orleans. The Lakers will announce a timetable for Bryant’s recovery after surgery, but coach Byron Scott […]

Tim Brown hopes 6th time is charm in Hall of Fame vote

ALAMEDA — After watching fellow receivers Cris Carter and Andre Reed get that coveted Pro Football Hall of Fame call the past two years, Tim Brown hopes it’s finally time for his number to be called. Brown is a finalist for a sixth straight year since first becoming eligible in 2010 and only has one […]

Raiders sign Charles Woodson for 2015 season

ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders signed pending free-agent safety Charles Woodson to a one-year contract extension on Monday, bringing him back for an 18th season in the NFL. The team announced the contract by releasing a picture on Twitter of Woodson signing the deal next to Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Brown. Woodson was […]

Rams notify St. Louis they’ll go year-to-year on dome lease

ST. LOUIS — The Rams took a step toward lame-duck status in St. Louis and a possible move back to the West Coast, notifying the city’s Convention and Visitors Commission on Monday that they intend to shift to a year-to-year lease agreement for their use of the Edward Jones Dome. The CVC, which operates the […]

Gamecocks still No. 1; Chattanooga joins women’s hoops poll

Jim Foster has become the first coach to lead four schools into The Associated Press women’s poll, with Chattanooga entering the rankings at No. 25 on Monday. Foster guided Saint Joseph’s, Vanderbilt and Ohio State to the rankings before coming to Chattanooga in 2013. It’s the Mocs first appearance in the poll since 1984 when […]

Scott Dixon shines in masterful final drive in Rolex win

Scott Dixon’s teammates spent the final three hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona raving about his talent while watching him seal a victory in one of the most prestigious endurance races in the world. The three-time IndyCar champion would take none of the credit. Dixon, who carried the heaviest load for Chip Ganassi Racing’s […]

LeBron, Cavs climb in standings, back in title conversation

CLEVELAND — LeBron James sat in his corner cubicle with a towel wrapped around his waist and a look of satisfaction on his face that had been missing for weeks. His body, recovered from a two-week break, has refreshed the way he hoped. So has his team after two trades improving Cleveland at both ends […]

Capitals among East contenders; West race too tight to call

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Alex Ovechkin’s familiar gap-toothed grin has returned with the Washington Capitals in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff hunt. Hardly anyone’s smiling in the West, where the standings are far more convoluted heading into the post-All-Star break of the NHL schedule, which opens with 11 games Tuesday. “It’s hard,” St. Louis […]

Playoff not interested in moving semis of New Year’s Eve

The College Football Playoff says there is no interest in ESPN’s suggestion to move next season’s semifinals from New Year’s Eve to Saturday, Jan. 2. The Sports Business Journal first reported high-ranking ESPN executives had talked to College Football Playoff officials about switching the dates for the 2016 semifinals. College Football Playoff executive director Bill […]

Fireworks help celebrate Venus Williams’ Australian Open run

MELBOURNE, Australia — Fireworks lit up the sky above Rod Laver Arena the moment Venus Williams completed her fourth-round win at the Australian Open on Monday night. It’s been that kind of tournament so far for the 34-year-old, seven-time Grand Slam winner. Williams advanced to her first quarterfinal in a major since Wimbledon in 2010 […]

US women to host New Zealand, Ireland, Mexico, South Korea

CHICAGO — The U.S. will host exhibition games against New Zealand, Ireland, Mexico and South Korea to prepare for the Women’s World Cup. The Americans said Monday that will play New Zealand on April 4 in St. Louis. They meet Ireland on May 10 at San Jose, California; face Mexico on May 17 at Carson, […]

NBA D-League All-Star events set for Feb. 15 in Brooklyn

NEW YORK — The NBA Development League All-Star game will be held Feb. 15 in Brooklyn, with 3-point and slam dunk contests also scheduled. The game will begin at 2:30 p.m. at Barclays Center, a few hours before the NBA’s All-Star game takes place at Madison Square Garden. Before its 20 All-Stars take the court, […]

AP Source: Los Angeles Kings release Mike Richards

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings released Mike Richards on Monday, finally shaking up their relationship with the veteran center who has lost his scoring touch. A person familiar with the move informed The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the Kings had not announced the decision. If the Kings can’t […]

Hope Solo could be left off US World Cup roster

Goalkeeper Hope Solo faces the possibility of being left off the American roster for this year’s Women’s World Cup if she fails to complete tasks set for her by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which may include alcohol counseling. The 33-year-old was suspended for 30 days last Wednesday for what the U.S. Soccer Federation called “an […]

The Week Ahead: Plenty of action close to home

FAIRFIELD — Home, sweet home could easily be the theme for the week ahead. The Solano Community College men’s and women’s basketball teams both have two home games, three of the four city high school wrestling teams have home matches, the city boys and girls basketball teams have crosstown rivalry games and the week ends […]

Serena Williams to meet Cibulkova in Aussie Open quarters

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams avenged her heaviest Grand Slam defeat with a comeback 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Garbine Muguruza on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarterfinals. The top-ranked Williams was pushed all the way by No. 24-seeded Muguruza, who matched her in the heavy-hitting rallies, and who conceded only four games to her in […]

Watt gets 2 turnovers, dances in friendly Pro Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Few moved very fast, no one flattened a quarterback and there were no bone-jarring hits in the gentle, friendly version of football played at the Pro Bowl Sunday. Even in a game dominated by offense, J.J. Watt was the star. The Texans defensive end intercepted pass, recovered a fumble and led the […]

Curry leads Warriors to 19th straight home win

OAKLAND — Golden State coach Steve Kerr figured his team was due for an off night after four consecutive blowout wins. Fortunately for the Warriors, it happened at Oracle Arena, where they haven’t lost in more than two months. Stephen Curry had 22 points and 11 assists, Klay Thompson scored 31 points and Golden State beat […]

Tavares scores 4, Team Toews outscores Team Foligno, 17-12

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It was enough to give a goalie nightmares: A record 29 goals, 25 players with at least two points and eight with at least four. In addition to the high-profile superstars who didn’t make it to Ohio’s capital city for the NHL All-Star game, defense also took a holiday. John Tavares of […]

Bill Haas pulls away to win Humana Challenge

LA QUINTA — Bill Haas pulled ahead with a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th and parred the final two holes for a one-stroke victory Sunday in the Humana Challenge. Haas closed with a 5-under 67 for his sixth PGA Tour title and first since the 2013 AT&T National. He won the 2010 event […]

Quinn has led Seattle to record-setting defense

RENTON, Wash. — Almost every day during training camp and often during the season, Dan Quinn would put on large padded gloves and essentially go through a sparring session with the Seattle Seahawks defensive linemen as they warmed up for practice working on pass rushing techniques. Once Quinn got into the position of being a […]

AP Explains: What makes the Super Bowl such a big deal

PHOENIX — The Super Bowl, at its most basic level, is a game that determines the NFL championship. It has become so much more since the first game was played in 1967. Super Bowl Sunday has become an unofficial holiday in the United States, a day when families and friends to gather to watch the […]

Patriots’ Browner gets a 2nd chance at a Super Bowl ring

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Brandon Browner received a Super Bowl ring last year even though he was watching from home 3,000 miles from the Seattle Seahawks when they won the title. Now the hard-hitting cornerback has a shot at more diamonds and another title, going face-to-face with receivers when the New England Patriots play his former […]

Seahawks’ Thomas says shoulder “pretty good,’ will play in Super Bowl

PHOENIX — Seahawks All-Pro safety Earl Thomas pronounced his separated left shoulder “pretty good” when the team arrived Sunday for the Super Bowl. Thomas was injured in Seattle’s overtime victory against Green Bay a week ago for the NFC championship. He left the game but returned, and says there is no way he won’t be […]

Family attorney: Cubs great Ernie Banks died of heart attack

CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks died after a heart attack, an attorney representing the Hall of Famer’s family said Sunday. With Banks’ widow standing nearby at a news conference at a downtown hotel, Mark Bogen said Banks had the heart attack Friday in Chicago and died later that day. He did not provide any other details. “I want […]

Jeff Gordon to be Fox guest analyst during XFINITY season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Fox Sports will use a rotation of drivers, including Jeff Gordon, in its coverage ofNASCAR’s second-tier XFINITY Series this season. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast 12 races this year while two will be on Fox. Adam Alexander will do play-by-play alongside Michael Waltrip and current Sprint Cup drivers that include Gordon, reigning champion […]

Sherman doubts any punishment ahead for Patriots

PHOENIX — Relishing no longer being in the “villain” role, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is painting his team’s Super Bowl opponent as occupying that position. He also doubts that the Patriots will be punished by the NFL if they are found guilty of doctoring footballs in the AFC championship game. “I think the perception is […]

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