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NFL bounties amount to incentive system run amok

Mar 5, 2012

By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press

To Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott, the thousands of dollars New Orleans Saints players were paid under their bounty system from 2009-11 is not all that different from the helmet stickers handed out at lower levels of the game.

Little rewards for big ...

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Govt rejects no-handshake advice for UK Olympians

Mar 5, 2012

By ROB HARRIS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Tuesday rejected a warning by the Olympic team's top doctor that athletes should avoid shaking hands at the London Games.

The British Olympic Association's chief medical officer had said athletes should avoid physical contact ...

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Pujols doubles, goes 2 for 3 in Angels debut

Mar 5, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — His first time up to bat for the Angels, Albert Pujols hit an RBI double.

So far, so good.

The new Angels slugger finished 2 for 3, ending his spring debut by popping up with the bases loaded in the third inning of Los Angeles' 9-1 win over an Oakland Athletics split squad Monday.

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AP source: Saints owner backing GM, head coach

Mar 5, 2012

By BRETT MARTEL, Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson isn't backing off his support of his general manager and coach, even as his team is accused by the NFL of maintaining a bounty program to injure opponents.

While Benson cooperates with NFL officials in their ...

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English FA considers at least 3 for coach's job

Mar 5, 2012

By ROB HARRIS, Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — At least three managers are on England's shortlist and the Football Association could appoint Fabio Capello's successor to coach the national team as soon as next month.

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is the leading contender to lead England into ...

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Welker, Bowe get franchise tags

Mar 5, 2012

By BARRY WILNER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — It pays to play a skill position in the NFL, like New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees, or receivers Wes Welker and Dwayne Bowe.

It also pays to be a kicker, as five placekickers and one punter were given franchise tags, protecting their current ...

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Brazil says Blatter apologizes over Valcke remarks

Mar 5, 2012

By TALES AZZONI, Associated Press

SAO PAULO (AP) — FIFA President Sepp Blatter apologized for remarks by one of his top executives about Brazil's preparations for the 2014 World Cup.

Blatter's comments came in a letter to the government Monday, a day after secretary general Jerome Valcke sent his ...

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Crawford shut down by wrist, opening day unlikely

Mar 5, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford will be shut down this week to let his left wrist heal and it's unlikely he'll be ready to play by opening day.

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said Monday that Crawford would held out for five to seven days because inflammation.

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Hansen heading in right direction for Derby

Mar 5, 2012

By RICHARD ROSENBLATT, Associated Press

With a few equipment tweaks and a new running style, Hansen is on his way to becoming one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby.

Fitted with a new bit and running without blinkers for the first time, the near-white Hansen showed he can run from off the ...

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Ride on: Japanese equestrian makes Olympics at 70

Mar 5, 2012

By NESHA STARCVIC, Associated Press

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — He is not riding off into the sunset. Hiroshi Hoketsu is simply riding, and that's just how he likes it.

Hoketsu first went to the Olympics in 1964 when he was 23 and the games were in his native Tokyo. Now nearly 71, Hoketsu will be ...

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Kentucky again a runaway No. 1

Mar 5, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Kentucky, Syracuse and Kansas are the top three teams in The Associated Press' college basketball poll for a second straight week.

Kentucky, which finished unbeaten in the Southeastern Conference, is a runaway No. 1 for a seventh straight week, receiving ...

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Tom Boonen wins 2nd stage of Paris-Nice race

Mar 5, 2012

ORLEANS, France (AP) — Tom Boonen of Belgium led a sprint finish to win a wind-swept second stage of the Paris-Nice race on Monday, as Bradley Wiggins of Britain displayed savvy riding to wrest the overall race lead.

The 31-year-old Belgian captured his 100th career individual stage or race ...

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Japan beats US 1-0 to advance to Algarve Cup final

Mar 5, 2012

By The Associated Press, Associated Press

Megumi Takase scored on a header in the 84th minute, and world champion Japan beat the United States 1-0 Monday at Faro, Portugal, in a rematch of last year's World Cup championship game. With the win, the Japanese advanced to the final of the Algarve Cup.

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No hurdles too high for Pearson in Olympic year

Mar 5, 2012

By JOHN PYE, Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sally Pearson doesn't bother trying to conceal her ambitions now that she's a world champion.

An Olympic gold medal is top of her list for 2012. A world record in the 100-meter hurdles would be a bonus.

With the London Olympics track ...

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McIlroy a No. 1 that gets no argument

Mar 5, 2012

By DOUG FERGUSON, Associated Press

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy made quite a first impression in America, even when he lost.

He made his pro debut on American soil in the Arizona desert at the 2009 Match Play Championship. As a 19-year-old, McIlroy advanced to the quarterfinals ...

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Official: Robles out of world indoor championships

Mar 5, 2012

By ANNE-MARIE GARCIA, Associated Press

HAVANA (AP) — Olympic hurdles champion Dayron Robles will skip the world indoor championships in Istanbul this weekend because of a minor leg problem, a Cuban track official said Monday.

Robles is troubled by a "small bother in one leg" and doesn't want to ...

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Judge: NY Mets owe up to $83M to Madoff trustee

Mar 5, 2012

By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets' owners must pay up to $83 million to the trustee recovering money for Bernard Madoff investors, a judge said Monday, though he expressed doubt that the trustee will succeed in proving at a trial this month that he's entitled ...

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Texans FB Foster agrees to 5-year deal with Texans

Mar 5, 2012

By CHRIS DUNCAN, Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) — Arian Foster got what he wanted from the Houston Texans, agreeing to a new five-year contract.

Foster's agent Mike McCartney said Monday that a deal was done, though Foster had not yet signed it.

Foster was an undrafted free agent in 2009, and ...

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Polish train crash puts spotlight on rail safety

Mar 5, 2012

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA and VANESSA GERA, Associated Press

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The deadly train collision that left 16 people dead has put the spotlight on Poland's long-neglected railroad system, which officials are scrambling to develop as they prepare to co-host one of Europe's biggest sporting ...

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Robinson, Davis emerge as top POY candidates

Mar 5, 2012

By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Bill Self remembers having arguments with his own kids over who was better, Magic Johnson or Larry Bird, and the Kansas coach always went with the pride of French Lick.

The reason was simple: The Lakers simply oozed talent, so Johnson didn't ...

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