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76ers top Celtics to force Game 7 in East semis

May 24, 2012

By DAN GELSTON, Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In the most unpredictable of playoff series, Rajon Rondo was the one consistent playmaker for Boston.

Until Game 6.

Rondo had his quietest game of the second round and the Celtics paid with an ineffective shooting night that left them playing ...

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49ers sign All-Pro punter Andy Lee through 2018

May 24, 2012

By ANTONIO GONZALEZ, Associated Press

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Andy Lee has made every punt and held every field goal and extra-point attempt — minus a few in the preseason — for the San Francisco 49ers since 2004.

Now Lee and his booming leg will be a part of the 49ers even longer.

San ...

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Kipnis and Indians slide past Tigers 4-2

May 23, 2012

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Kipnis left his flesh and blood on home plate as he scored the go-ahead run against the Tigers.

The Cleveland Indians, with Kipnis diving across the dirt to score on a throwing error by Detroit first baseman Prince Fielder in the eighth inning, scraped out a 4-2 win ...

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A-Rod homers twice in Yankees' win

May 23, 2012

By HOWIE RUMBERG, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — On Tuesday night, after another mediocre game at the plate, Alex Rodriguez insisted he was ready to go on a tear.

He knew what he was talking about.

A-Rod gave Will Smith a rude welcome to the major leagues Wednesday night, hitting two homers ...

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Rusty Wallace heads NASCAR Hall of Fame group

May 23, 2012

By PETE IACOBELLI, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Sprint Cup champion Rusty Wallace hated running second to anyone and doesn't plan to start now that he's part of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Wallace, the 1989 series champion who won 55 races, headed the group of five picked Wednesday as ...

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CONCACAF tries to oust Blazer of US from FIFA

May 23, 2012

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A list of financial mismanagement allegations against former North and Central American and Caribbean soccer leaders Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer was outlined to 40 soccer nations Wednesday, just minutes after they elected Jeffrey Webb as ...

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Astrodome spared? Group suggests overhaul, reuse

May 23, 2012

By CHRIS DUNCAN and RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — The Astrodome, a now-empty showplace that has hosted everyone from Elvis Presley to Hurricane Katrina evacuees, should be turned into a multipurpose facility that could spark fresh interest in the city of Houston, a group ...

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Doha and Baku cut from 2020 Olympic bid field

May 23, 2012

By STEPHEN WILSON, Associated Press

QUEBEC CITY (AP) — Doha and Baku were eliminated from the race for the 2020 Olympics on Wednesday as the IOC trimmed the field of candidates from five cities to three.

Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul made the cut as the International Olympic Committee executive ...

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Thomas, Decker building rapport with Manning

May 23, 2012

By ARNIE STAPLETON, Associated Press

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning's two biggest targets are a pair of promising young receivers who have already made their mark in the NFL despite spending lots of time on the sideline.

Neither Demaryius Thomas nor Eric Decker has put together a complete ...

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Haslem suspended for Game 6 of Heat-Pacers

May 23, 2012

By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Udonis Haslem insists he meant no harm. The NBA deemed otherwise, and the Miami Heat will be without one of their co-captains when they try to close out the Indiana Pacers on Thursday night.

Haslem was suspended for Game 6 of the Miami-Indiana ...

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NFL union files suit against league over 2010 cap

May 23, 2012

By BARRY WILNER, Associated Press

The players union claimed Wednesday that the NFL imposed a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season that cost the players at least $1 billion.

The complaint was filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, which oversees the Reggie White settlement ...

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California MMA fighter faces trial in grim slaying

May 23, 2012

EUREKA, Calif. (AP) — A mixed-martial artist accused of ripping out his friend's still-beating heart and removing the man's tongue and skin while he was alive is competent to stand trial on murder, mayhem and torture charges, a Northern California judge has ruled.

Del Norte County Judge William ...

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Zara Phillips carries Olympic torch on horseback

May 23, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Former world equestrian champion Zara Phillips carried the Olympic torch on horseback across the storied Cheltenham racecourse on Wednesday, as thousands of screaming fans watched her light the Olympic cauldron.

More than 16,500 people, including her mother the Princess Anne, were ...

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Segui could be reluctant witness against Clemens

May 23, 2012

By FREDERIC J. FROMMER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former major leaguer David Segui (seh-GEE') is on the verge of having to testify in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, even though he doesn't want to.

Prosecutors want Segui to relate a conservation he had with Clemens' former strength ...

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UK bans leaders who abuse rights from Olympics

May 23, 2012

LONDON (AP) — Britain will ban leaders guilty of human rights abuses from traveling to the U.K. for the 2012 London Olympics, a senior British official said Wednesday.

Jeremy Browne, the Foreign Office minister, answered a question by Labour lawmaker Denis MacShane by saying that people linked to ...

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Susie Wheldon heads to Indy 500 to honor husband

May 23, 2012

By JENNA FRYER, Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Some days are better than others for Susie Wheldon, and there's rarely any warning what will trigger the emotional roller coaster she's been on since husband Dan Wheldon's fatal crash in last year's IndyCar finale.

A familiar coffee ...

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NFL Making Thigh and Knee Pads Mandatory in '13

May 23, 2012

By BARRY WILNER, Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) — The NFL's move to make thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season already has drawn criticism from the guys who will have to wear them.

Not long after Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, said at ...

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James and Wade lead Heat past Pacers, 115-83

May 23, 2012

By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade was bleeding after taking a smack in the head from Tyler Hansbrough, who became the target of a retaliatory shot from Udonis Haslem a few moments later.

When that was over, the Miami Heat kept hitting the Indiana Pacers where it mattered ...

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Kings edge Coyotes 4-3 in overtime to win West

May 23, 2012

By JOHN MARSHALL, Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — A great road playoff run has the Los Angeles Kings in a place they haven't been since the Great One was skating in Southern California.

Dustin Penner scored 17:42 into overtime and the Kings beat the Phoenix Coyotes 4-3 in Game 5 of the ...

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Dodgers rally in 9th to beat Diamondbacks 8-7

May 23, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — Ivan De Jesus showed some surprising muscle at the plate and Dee Gordon hung tough turning two.

Thanks to the young middle infielders, the Dodgers extended their winning streak to six games.

De Jesus hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth to give the Dodgers the lead and ...

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