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Sharper loses bid to be released on bail

Apr 17, 2014

By JACQUES BILLEAUD, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) — Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper has lost his bid to be released on bail in a sexual assault case after an Arizona judge decided there's enough evidence to move forward with charges against him.

Sharper's lawyers had questioned the ...

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Minnesota State team to return under Hoffner

Apr 17, 2014

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota State football players ended their boycott of spring practice and said Thursday they will play for coach Todd Hoffner, who was reinstated after being exonerated of having child pornography on his cellphone.

The players had refused to practice Wednesday as a show of ...

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Kuchar builds on Masters momentum

Apr 17, 2014

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Matt Kuchar continued his stellar play from the Masters by putting together a strong start at the RBC Heritage, shooting a 5-under 66 on Thursday to share the first-round lead with Scott Langley and William McGirt.

There also was ...

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Can Spurs get back at Heat? Can they survive West?

Apr 17, 2014

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer

To get another shot at LeBron James, the San Antonio Spurs may have to go through Dirk Nowitzki, then Dwight Howard and James Harden, and finally Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Survive all that, and maybe they can avenge that NBA Finals heartbreak.

"There's ...

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Ex-quarterback McNabb spends day in Arizona jail

Apr 17, 2014

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been released from an Arizona jail after serving a one-day sentence for a DUI arrest late last year.

Records released by West Mesa Justice Court show the 37-year-old McNabb served his time Wednesday and was released Thursday morning.

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Wildcats G James Young to enter NBA draft

Apr 17, 2014

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard James Young has announced that he will enter the NBA draft, becoming the first of the Wildcats' heralded freshmen to turn pro.

The 6-foot-6 Young led Kentucky with 82 3-pointers last season. He was one of six high school ...

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Pistorius trial: Prosecutor chides defense witness

Apr 17, 2014

By GERALD IMRAY and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — An expert witness for the defense at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius was supposed to help the athlete's assertion that he killed his girlfriend by mistake last year, but he ended his testimony on Thursday ...

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Your Top Plays for Today

Apr 17, 2014

By The Associated Press

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

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REAL MADRID BEATS BARCELONA IN SPANISH CUP FINAL

Gareth Bale's wonder goal gives Real Madrid a 2-1 win over arch rival Barcelona in Spain's Copa del Rey final

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Sandoval's single lifts Giants past Dodgers, 2-1

Apr 17, 2014

By ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Sports Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The swing that Pablo Sandoval hopes snaps him out of his early season slump is not the kind the San Francisco Giants have grown accustomed to seeing from the 2012 World Series MVP.

At this point, he'll take anything he can get.

Sandoval broke ...

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Anaheim Ducks hold off Stars 4-3 in series opener

Apr 17, 2014

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Getzlaf spent the final seconds of the Anaheim Ducks' playoff opener in the dressing room with a large ice bag pressed to a nasty cut on his left cheek.

Playoff success usually requires a little discomfort, and the Ducks got a good taste ...

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Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

Apr 17, 2014

By MURRAY EVANS, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Detroit Pistons had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant. Even on a career night for Caldwell-Pope, advantage Oklahoma City.

Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder secured ...

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Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

Apr 17, 2014

By MURRAY EVANS, Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Detroit Pistons had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant. Even on a career night for Caldwell-Pope, advantage Oklahoma City.

Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Thunder secured ...

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White wash: Yanks sweep Cubs 3-0, 2-0

Apr 16, 2014

By HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — There was nothing mysterious about Michael Pineda's performance this time. Masahiro Tanaka's dominant outing was pretty straight forward, too.

A day that began with snow in the outfield ended with a double whitewashing.

Pineda followed an overpowering ...

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Penguins nip Blue Jackets 4-3 in series opener

Apr 16, 2014

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Beau ...

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Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017

Apr 16, 2014

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture — an MLS team for Atlanta.

"I love this one," Blank said, looking down at the red, black and gold scarf draped over his dark suit. "I haven't taken it off since it was given to me.

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Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson

Apr 16, 2014

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson found a new job pretty quickly, too.

The New York Jets signed the former Titans running back Wednesday, a little over a week after he was officially released by Tennessee on April 7.

Johnson met with the ...

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Manning holds on to heartache of Super Bowl

Apr 16, 2014

By ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer

DENVER (AP) — Broncos fans may want to move on from Denver's Super Bowl debacle. Not Peyton Manning. He's holding on to the heartache to stoke his competitive fire.

In his first public comments since the highest-scoring team in NFL history was destroyed by ...

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Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team

Apr 16, 2014

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks owner Herb Kohl has reached a deal to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for about $550 million.

Kohl announced the deal Wednesday at the BMO Harris Bradley Center hours before the team ...

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Pistorius trial: Defense tries to build case

Apr 16, 2014

By GERALD IMRAY, Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' lawyers at his murder trial Wednesday tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum, but the prosecutor sharply questioned the credentials and findings of a forensic expert for the defense.

Following the tough ...

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