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AP sources: Suspending Pro Bowl an option

Apr 26, 2012

By BARRY WILNER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Have NFL fans seen the last of the Pro Bowl?

The game could be suspended next year, two people familiar with discussions said Thursday.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, among others, expressed concerns about the quality of play after January's game,

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4 tied for Mobile Bay LPGA Classic lead

Apr 26, 2012

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Jennifer Rosales birdied five of the first seven holes on the back nine and finished with a 5-under 67 on Thursday in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic for a share of the first-round lead with Katie Futcher, Lindsey Wright and Caroline Hedwall.

Rosales, the Filipino player who won ...

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BCS takes big step toward college football playoff

Apr 26, 2012

By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — College football is on the verge of finally having a playoff, its own version of the final four.

For the first time, all the power brokers who run the highest level of the sport are comfortable with the idea of deciding a championship the ...

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Loomis 'angry' about wiretapping allegations

Apr 26, 2012

By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Embattled Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had plenty to discuss before Thursday night's NFL draft, even if his club had no first-round pick.

Topics on the table included wiretapping, Drew Brees' contract talks and New Orleans' bounty ...

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Redskins' Brandon Meriweather arrested for DUI

Apr 26, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Police in Virginia say Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence after he refused a breath test.

Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck says the NFL player was pulled over shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday on ...

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Parity reigning in NHL playoffs

Apr 26, 2012

By JOHN MARSHALL, Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes roused a dormant fan base with an energetic season-ending burst that carried into the playoffs.

Lunch-pail likable and brilliantly resilient, they have made hockey cool in the desert again and given the NHL playoffs a ...

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NHL fans let loose with racist comments after loss

Apr 26, 2012

By JESSE WASHINGTON, Associated Press

It had all the makings of a feel-good hockey moment — except the guy who scored the goal was black.

Soon after Joel Ward eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins on Wednesday with a Game 7 overtime goal for the Washington Capitals, Twitter ...

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Not all great NBA players make great executives

Apr 26, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Not all great NBA players make great NBA executives. With Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bobcats in line to finish this season with perhaps the worst record in NBA history, a list of five executives who dazzled as players and baffled as decision-makers:

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NBA sets mark for minority coaches

Apr 26, 2012

By BRIAN MAHONEY, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Doc Rivers was a little surprised by the number, though not by the trend.

Fourteen NBA head coaches are black, tying the 30-team league's own record for the most ever in a sport.

"I didn't even know that it's half, which is probably a better ...

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Minn. GOP lawmakers want game-tied stadium taxes

Apr 26, 2012

By PATRICK CONDON, Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Most Republican lawmakers who control Minnesota's Legislature never met a tax increase they liked, but a handful said Thursday that the state's portion of the cost of a new Minnesota Vikings stadium should be funded with new taxes on the ...

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No series hangover: Texas has majors' best record

Apr 26, 2012

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers are sending a clear message to anyone wondering how they would recover from that crushing World Series loss.

There is no hangover effect from being so agonizingly close to winning it all.

The Rangers (15-4) entered ...

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Playoff races going down to final day of season

Apr 26, 2012

By TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — There's one day left in the NBA's truncated regular season, and only two of the eight first-round postseason matchups opening this weekend have all the particulars decided.

Indiana has home-court over Orlando, and San Antonio has it against Utah.

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Bernie Fine lands consulting job with Israeli team

Apr 26, 2012

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine has a new job.

The 66-year-old Fine has been hired as a consultant by the Maccabi "Bazan" Haifa franchise of the Israeli Basketball Super League. The team made the announcement Thursday.

Fine will be based in the U.S.

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Jordan's Bobcats could become NBA's worst ever

Apr 26, 2012

By STEVE REED, Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest NBA player ever, is poised to become the owner of the worst team in league history.

His embarrassingly bad Charlotte Bobcats have one last shot to avoid the title.

Heading into Thursday night's ...

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Column: Saints bounty scandal looms on draft eve

Apr 26, 2012

By TIM DAHLBERG, Associated Press

The moment NFL fans have been waiting for since the last seconds ticked away in the Super Bowl arrives Thursday. It's the draft.

And It figures to be a grand event, full of the kind of pomp and circumstance the NFL is famous for, even though the glamour picks and ...

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FIFA publishes anti-corruption code of conduct

Apr 26, 2012

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — FIFA published on Thursday a new code of conduct for all soccer players and officials that includes direct orders to reject bribery and corruption in the game.

FIFA has sent drafts of the code's 11 core principles to 208 soccer nations ahead of its ...

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Capitals beat Bruins 2-1 in OT to advance

Apr 26, 2012

By JIMMY GOLEN, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Tim Thomas had every reason to be confident heading into overtime of Game 7 in Boston's first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals.

After all, the Bruins won three seventh games in last year's run to the Stanley Cup title.

"I'm ...

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Spurs top Suns in Nash's possible Phoenix farewell

Apr 26, 2012

By BOB BAUM, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — No one could say for certain that this was Steve Nash's final game in a Phoenix uniform, but the Suns' fans certainly sensed it was.

As a meaningless 110-106 loss to the depleted San Antonio Spurs wound down on Wednesday night, the crowd stood and ...

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BCS officials work on whittling postseason options

Apr 25, 2012

By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — When Bowl Championship Series officials leave the beachside hotel where they've gathered to hammer out the future of college football's postseason, they want to have the choices narrowed down to two or three.

The 11 conference ...

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Monterrey repeats CONCACAF Champions title

Apr 25, 2012

TORREON, Mexico (AP) — Monterrey won the CONCACAF Champions League title on Wednesday, taking the two-game series with a 3-2 aggregate total against fellow Mexican club Santos Laguna after a losing the second game 2-1 Wednesday night.

Monterrey, which won the first leg 2-0 last week, became the ...

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