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Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season

Monday, January 26, 2015

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant will have surgery tomorrow on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team announced Bryant’s surgery yesterday. He injured his shoulder last week in New Orleans. The Lakers said they’ll announce a timetable for Bryant’s recovery after surgery, but Coach Byron Scott said Kobe “is …

Venus Williams shows old form; sister Serena joins her in Australian Open quarterfinals

Monday, January 26, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – Fireworks lit up the sky above Rod Laver Arena the moment Venus Williams completed her fourth-round win at the Australian Open last …

Report: NFL targets locker room Patriots locker room attendant in deflation investigation

Monday, January 26, 2015

The New England Patriots’ ordeal involving the use of deflated footballs in their AFC championship game victory has seen another development. According to Fox Sports’s …

Curry leads Warriors to 19th straight home win, 114-111 over Celtics

Monday, January 26, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. – Golden State Coach Steve Kerr figured his team was due for an off night after four consecutive blowout wins. Fortunately for the Warriors, it happened at Oracle Arena, where they haven’t lost in more than …

Watt gets two turnovers, dances in friendly Pro Bowl

Monday, January 26, 2015

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Few moved very fast, no one flattened a quarterback and there were no bone-jarring hits in the gentle, friendly version of football played at the Pro Bowl yesterday. Even in a game dominated by offense, …

Tim O’Sullivan column: It’s time to root for the bad boys of the NFL

Sunday, January 25, 2015

The NFL may never find any illicit deflating proof, but it seems fairly apparent now: Something shady happened to those footballs last Sunday in Foxborough, despite Bill Belichick’s denials in yesterday’s bizarre and impromptu press conference. When the …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Sunday, January 25, 2015

NFL Pro Bowl officials to use tablets for video reviews GLENDALE, Ariz. – The NFL will test having game officials use tablets for video reviews in tonight’s Pro Bowl Coaches and players for the first time have been using the Microsoft Surface tablets on the sidelines all season …

2 Williams sisters, 2 Madisons into 4th round at Aussie Open

Sunday, January 25, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams loves having Venus back to keep her company in the second week of a Grand Slam, and credits her older sister with giving her the motivation to reach the fourth round of the …

Belichick on deflated balls: ‘We try to do everything right’

Sunday, January 25, 2015

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Saying his team “followed the rules to the letter,” New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick described in detail how his team prepares its footballs on game day and defended his players from chatter that they …

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks mourned in sports world and beyond

Sunday, January 25, 2015

CHICAGO – To Chicago Cubs fans, Ernie Banks was sunshine that cut through decades of darkness. To baseball players, he was the spirit of the game. His teammates loved him, and his list of admirers included President Barack …

Sherman, Seahawks take the trash-talk lead over Patriots

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Richard Sherman gave Tom Brady an earful and trolled him on Twitter a few years ago. Now the All-Pro cornerback says the star quarterback isn’t really a choir boy. Sherman vs. Brady. Jeremy Lane vs. Rob Gronkowksi. Doug …

World Cup of Hockey tournament set for 2016

Sunday, January 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The World Cup of Hockey is making a long-awaited return in 2016. And the NHL intends to host it every four years. “We decided that bringing back the World Cup was vitally important,” NHL Commissioner …

Weber’s 108.5-mph blast gives him hardest shot at NHL skills

Sunday, January 25, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Not that they did before, but it’s official now: No one wants to get in front of Shea Weber’s shot. The Nashville Predators defenseman fired the hardest shot of 108.5 mph at the NHL All-Stars …