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Trainer Lukas 'disappointed' with peers' behavior

May 16, 2012

BALTIMORE (AP) — Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas criticized the behavior of a few of his peers Wednesday, saying the actions of a few recent Kentucky Derby winners have tarnished the reputation of his profession.

Speaking at Pimlico Race Course, site of Saturday's Preakness, Lukas said, "I'm ...

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70 days, iconic sites: Olympic torch coming to UK

May 16, 2012

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece (AP) —

Time to get out the cameras: Britain's most photogenic man will be bringing the Olympic flame back from Greece.

David Beckham is joining officials at a handover ceremony Thursday in Athens, as the Olympic torch travels from the ruins of the ...

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Esparza 1st US female boxer to qualify for London

May 16, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Flyweight Marlen Esparza has become the first American female boxer to qualify for the London Olympics.

Esparza secured her birth by beating Luu Thi Duyen of Vietnam in the second round of the Women's World Championships in Qinhuangdao, China, on Tuesday. The boxer from Houston ...

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Olympic photo chief creates the image of the games

May 16, 2012

By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Asking Bob Martin to choose between his photos is like asking a parent to decide which child they love the most.

Does he like the rowers straining in the dawn mist, framed by the looming turrets of Windsor Castle? Or the thoroughbred leaping over an ...

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Spurs' win streak hits 15 in 108-92 Game 1 victory

May 16, 2012

By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs had just taken Game 1, and Manu Ginobili didn't want to hear another word about winning 15 in a row or not losing in more than a month.

"I don't even want to know about that," Ginobili said.

On the other side of the AT&T ...

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Kings top Coyotes 4-0 to go up 2-0 in series

May 16, 2012

By JOHN MARSHALL, Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings took the hard hits, some of them questionable, and kept rolling.

The way they've played so far in the playoffs, they saw no reason to get caught up in another team's frustrations.

Discouraging Phoenix with their ...

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Indiana holds off Miami in Game 2, 78-75

May 16, 2012

By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade did almost everything for Miami — until the final minute.

And that has the Heat facing their first big problem of the postseason.

David West scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers took ...

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NHL questions: Can the Rangers go all the way?

May 16, 2012

By DAN GELSTON, Associated Press

The NHL's conference finals opened over the weekend without some of the top teams and big stars that highlighted the regular season.

Long gone are Pittsburgh's powerful point producers — Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. With them went the Presidents' Trophy ...

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Angels fire hitting coach Mickey Hatcher

May 15, 2012

By GREG BEACHAM, Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels fired hitting coach Mickey Hatcher on Tuesday after Albert Pujols and many of his teammates got off to dismal offensive start this season.

Hatcher's dismissal was announced about 90 minutes after the Angels had 12 ...

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Lawrie ejected after wild rage, Rays beat Jays 4-3

May 15, 2012

TORONTO (AP) — Brett Lawrie called it an "unlucky bounce." Major League Baseball is likely to call it a suspension.

A furious Lawrie slammed his batting helmet to the ground after he took strike three and it struck plate umpire Bill Miller in the hip as the ninth inning turned nasty Tuesday night ...

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Pacers win 78-75, late chances doom Miami

May 15, 2012

By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — No Big Three meant one big problem for Miami, and one very big win for Indiana.

David West scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, George Hill added 15 and the Indiana Pacers took home-court advantage away from Miami by beating the Heat 78-75 in ...

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Doctor: Bulls' Derrick Rose out 8-12 months

May 15, 2012

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, Associated Press

CHICAGO (AP) — The doctor who operated on Derrick Rose's knee insists the Chicago Bulls' star can dominate again.

It will take time, though.

Rose faces a recovery of eight months to a year.

The assessment by team physician Dr. Brian Cole on Tuesday means the ...

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Kobe: I don't take charges

May 15, 2012

By JEFF LATZKE, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he doesn't take charges, and he's got a reason for it.

Based on his own analysis of NBA greats from Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen to Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, Bryant believes there's too much of a health ...

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Trainer gives his Derby-winning colt a day off

May 15, 2012

By DAVID GINSBURG, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Four days before the Preakness, I'll Have Another trainer Doug O'Neill was feeling very skittish about his pending appearance on the grand stage.

His nervousness had nothing to do with saddling up the Kentucky Derby winner Saturday with the ...

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Staples Center to host 6 playoff games in 4 days

May 15, 2012

By GREG BEACHAM, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Staples Center is always among the world's busiest arenas, hosting a jam-packed slate of concerts and shows crammed between games for the NBA's Lakers and Clippers and the NHL's Kings.

But the downtown Los Angeles venue is preparing for its ...

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Rangers to try for 2-0 series lead

May 15, 2012

By IRA PODELL, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — For the third straight series, the New York Rangers are basking in the glow of a 1-0 lead earned in the confines of "The World's Most Famous Arena."

The Eastern Conference's top-seeded team has failed in its first two attempts to double that edge at ...

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Accuser tells tale of 2 wives at Clemens trial

May 15, 2012

By JOSEPH WHITE, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid his year-by-year narrative of his complex relationship with Roger Clemens and performance-enhancing drugs, Brian McNamee weaved in a tale of two wives. He said it was his own wife who nagged him into keeping evidence that has become crucial ...

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NASCAR fines Kurt Busch $50,000 after Darlington

May 15, 2012

By JENNA FRYER, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch was fined $50,000 by NASCAR on Tuesday for reckless driving on pit road at Darlington and a post-race altercation with Ryan Newman's crew members.

Busch was also placed on probation through July 25 for his actions Saturday night,

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Cavaliers' Irving selected NBA's top rookie

May 15, 2012

By TOM WITHERS, Associated Press

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Once Kyrie Irving finished cracking jokes, thanking Cleveland's fans, his teammates and coaches, he looked down from the podium at the person who promised this would happen.

He was the NBA's Rookie of the Year.

"This award is for us,"

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Obama kids Beckham about his age, underwear line

May 15, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is ribbing soccer star David Beckham over his age and his outside interests, saying it's a "rare man who can be that tough on the field and also have his own line of underwear."

Obama welcomed Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy to the White House Tuesday to ...

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