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NASCAR driver Brian Vickers answers questions at a news conference at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Vickers will replace injured Tony Stewart in the Daytona 500 auto race. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Recovered and ready to race, Vickers set for Daytona return

Saturday, February 13, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brian Vickers might have been more easily found on TV this week pitching a blood-thinning drug instead of practicing for the Daytona 500. His ubiquitous commercial – which also features Miami Heat star Chris Bosh and golfer Arnold Palmer – was about the only way Vickers stayed in the spotlight for most of the last year. …

NASCAR’s new charter system shuts out storied Wood Brothers

Saturday, February 13, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s been 10 years since the Wood Brothers completed a full Sprint Cup season, and they stopped trying to make it …

Seven players that could change teams before the NBA trade deadline

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Less than a week remains until the NBA trade deadline and there is still plenty of uncertainty about how much activity will actually take place …

Monarchs trade UNH product Block to Orlando

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Manchester Monarchs traded former UNH standout Austin Block to the Orlando Solar Bears and received Steven Hodges on assignment from the Portland Pirates. Block, 26, appeared in 40 games with the Monarchs this season, scoring three goals with nine assists. Block was a key member of the …

Questions linger, but Patriots poised to be AFC’s team to beat in 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

The football-watching world’s obsession with the New England Patriots was put on hold after their elimination from the playoffs with their near-miss defeat to the Denver Broncos in the AFC title game. There has been a temporary cessation …

Shaq, AI, Yao lead class of incoming Hall of Fame hopefuls

Friday, February 12, 2016

TORONTO – Shaquille O’Neal should be a lock. Yao Ming and Allen Iverson could join him. Two larger-than-life big men and one of basketball’s most exciting little guys highlight the list of players, coaches and contributors who are …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Friday, February 12, 2016

NFL Giants hire former Lions general manager for front office EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The New York Giants hired former Detroit Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew as their director of football operations/special projects. The Giants announced the hiring …

Bruins prospect Subban to miss eight weeks with fractured larynx

Friday, February 12, 2016

The Boston Bruins said goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban has a fractured larynx and will miss at least eight weeks. Subban was hit in the throat by a puck Saturday in an American Hockey League game for Providence against Portland. The team says he had surgery in Boston on …

Bruins roar back from loss to Kings by crushing Jets

Friday, February 12, 2016

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Patrice Bergeron scored twice, Brett Connolly had three assists and the Boston Bruins beat the Winnipeg Jets, 6-2, on Thursday night Brad Marchand had a goal and two assists and Loui Eriksson and Jimmy Hayes …

50 years ago, NHL agreed to expansion that put it on the map

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The NHL’s “great expansion” of 1967 delivered hockey to California, led to the “Broad Street Bullies” and legitimized the league as a major force in North American professional sports. Fifty years ago this week, the owners of the …

Nobody likes it, but NBA coaches and players acknowledge hacking has its uses

Thursday, February 11, 2016

MIAMI – San Antonio’s first play of the 2008-09 season was designed and executed perfectly. Spurs center Tim Duncan didn’t bother jumping for the opening tap, conceding it to Phoenix’s Shaquille O’Neal. Five seconds later, Michael Finley wrapped …

Question of punishment arises over Talib’s Super Bowl behavior

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Denver Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib knew exactly what he was doing when he latched onto the facemask of Carolina Panthers wide receiver Corey Brown and wrestled him to the ground during Super Bowl 50. It was a calculated …

A look at what’s on the Red Sox truck headed for spring training

Thursday, February 11, 2016

What’s on the truck The Boston Red Sox loaded up the truck and headed to spring training on Wednesday. What’s on the 53-foot truck, you may wonder. Well, for starters: ∎ 1,100 bats ∎ 20,400 baseballs ∎ 20 cases of bubble gum ∎ 60 cases of sunflower seeds ∎ 200 batting gloves ∎ 200 …