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1 million Olympic tickets to go on sale Friday

May 8, 2012

By STEPHEN WILSON, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Olympic fans who missed out on tickets for the London Games will get another opportunity this week, including a chance for high-demand seats to the opening ceremony or 100-meter final.

Olympic organizers said Tuesday they are putting nearly 1 ...

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Olympic Hotel Room Rates Skyrocket

May 8, 2012

By SYLVIA HUI, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — It's months before athletes hit the Olympic track, but time is running out for those in another fierce competition: The scramble for a place to stay in London.

Some innkeepers will be charging Ritz rates for Fawlty Towers rooms — and they will get away ...

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Are Nats & O's booms, Pujols & Valentine busts?

May 8, 2012

By BEN WALKER, Associated Press

The Baltimore Orioles began the week with the best record in the majors, with Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals close behind. Albert Pujols was slumping, Bobby Valentine was getting booed and Derek Jeter was hitting nearly .400.

Signs of the season, or mere ...

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Spurs can recharge while awaiting next opponent

May 8, 2012

By LYNN DeBRUIN, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs were feeling good Monday night after sweeping their first-round Western Conference series with the Utah Jazz.

They also were feeling some pain.

"I'm sore," said reserve Stephen Jackson, who played 26 minutes in the ...

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CP3 leads Clips past Grizz in OT to 3-1 lead

May 8, 2012

By GREG BEACHAM, Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — One day after Chris Paul's 27th birthday, the All-Star point guard and his Los Angeles Clippers showed they're growing up splendidly together.

Sure, it's not happening without growing pains during a brutal series with the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Phoenix moves on with 2-1 win over Nashville

May 8, 2012

By JOHN MARSHALL, Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes had been waiting so long for a new owner that they barely blinked when NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced a tentative deal was in place.

They had become immune to the ownership saga and, besides, had more pressing ...

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Rangers strike twice on late PP, stun Capitals 3-2

May 8, 2012

By IRA PODELL, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — With only seconds separating the New York Rangers from a series deficit they would be hard pressed to overcome, lightning struck twice in a matter of moments.

A pair of power-play goals on the same high-sticking penalty against Washington's Joel ...

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IndyCar tests new car at high-banked Texas

May 8, 2012

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Will Power has certainly been good in the IndyCar Series' new car, winning three of the four races this season.

All of those were on road and street courses.

IndyCar drivers are now preparing for the Indianapolis 500, their first race ...

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Minn. House OKs Vikings stadium, raises team share

May 7, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has approved a plan to build a $975 million stadium for the Vikings, but with a big boost in what the team would pay.

The amended plan that passed 73-58 Monday night would raise the Vikings' share to $532 million, or about 55 percent of construction ...

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Ginobili ends slump as Spurs sweep Jazz 87-81

May 7, 2012

By LYNN DeBRUIN, Associated Press

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Manu Ginobili broke out of his shooting slump with 17 points to lead the San Antonio Spurs to an 87-81 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night and a sweep of their first-round Western Conference series.

Ginobili was 0 for 8 from beyond ...

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Rangers strike twice on late PP, stun Capitals 3-2

May 7, 2012

By IRA PODELL, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Marc Staal scored a power-play goal 1:35 into overtime after Brad Richards tied it in the dying seconds of regulation to lift the New York Rangers to a stunning 3-2 victory over the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals ...

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Giants reliever Mota gets 100-game drug suspension

May 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — San Francisco Giants reliever Guillermo Mota was suspended for 100 games on Monday, becoming just the third major league player penalized twice for positive drug tests.

The commissioner's office said the 38-year-old right-hander tested positive for Clenbuterol. In November 2006,

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AG changes Sandusky shower allegation date to '01

May 7, 2012

By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania prosecutors said Monday they now believe the alleged locker-room shower assault of a boy by Jerry Sandusky that ultimately led to football coach Joe Paterno's firing took place a year earlier than they first claimed, prompting ...

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Coyotes a step closer to having an owner

May 7, 2012

By BOB BAUM, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes are a step close to having an owner after three years of waiting.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Monday that the league has reached a preliminary agreement to sell the team to a group headed by former San Jose Sharks CEO ...

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Mickelson joins 5 others in Hall of Fame induction

May 7, 2012

By DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Phil Mickelson loved golf before he was old enough to walk and swing a club. It took him on a thrilling ride of major championships and a few spectacular crashes, eventually leading to his induction Monday night into the World Golf Hall ...

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Column: Goodell better have goods on 'bad' Saints

May 7, 2012

By JIM LITKE, Associated Press

Roger Goodell better have the goods.

Somewhere in the 50,000 pages of documents related to the Saints bounty program better be some compelling evidence that it was much more organized and way more vicious than anything the NFL had ever seen. Otherwise, the ...

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Serena Williams wins, Venus bows out at Madrid

May 7, 2012

MADRID (AP) — Serena Williams beat Elena Vesnina 6-3, 6-1 to reach the Madrid Open's second round, while sister Venus lost 6-4, 6-1 to Angelique Kerber on Monday.

The ninth-seeded Williams had 13 aces and 40 winners against Vesnina, who was struggling with her game on the slippery blue clay court.

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Brewers SS Gonzalez out for year with knee injury

May 7, 2012

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez has a torn ligament in his right knee and will have season-ending surgery, the third Milwaukee player to sustain a serious injury since opening day.

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said Monday that Gonzalez had a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

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Derby winner checks into Pimlico for Preakness

May 7, 2012

By DAVID GINSBURG, Associated Press

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another evidently loves traveling every bit as much as galloping on the track.

The chestnut colt arrived at Pimlico Race Course on Monday after being taken by charter plane from Kentucky to Baltimore. After the ...

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Hargrove's declaration says he followed orders

May 7, 2012

By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargove describes in a sworn statement how he was told by ex-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and current New Orleans assistant head coach Joe Vitt to deny the existence of a bounty program to NFL ...

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