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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 …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sprint Cup Vickers to replace Stewart at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Brian Vickers will replace injured driver Tony Stewart at Daytona International Speedway. Stewart-Haas Racing scheduled a Friday news conference to discuss its plans for the No. 14 Chevrolet. A person familiar with the situation told AP …

Monarchs sign former UNH standout Matt Fornataro

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Manchester Monarchs announced Wednesday that they signed former University of New Hampshire forward Matt Fornataro. Fornataro, 30, most recently played for the Graz 99ers in Austria, totaling 26 points on 10 goals and 16 assists. Fornataro also played in Sweden, playing in 145 games and scoring 90 …

Celtics rally late, overtake Clippers in overtime 139-134

Thursday, February 11, 2016

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas had 36 points and 11 assists, including a fadeaway jumper that sent the game to an extra period, to help the Boston Celtics overtake the Los Angeles Clippers, 139-134, in overtime on Wednesday night. …

Source: Donaldson, Blue Jays nearing $28.65M, 2-year deal

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to the Associated Press on …

Panthers’ Newton dismisses criticism of Super Bowl postgame behavior

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton isn’t apologizing for acting like a “sore loser” after the Super Bowl. The league’s MVP has been widely criticized for walking out of a three-minute press conference after a 24-10 loss to the …

Patriots request waivers for running back Ball

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The New England Patriots requested waivers on running back Montee Ball. The move Tuesday to cut the former Wisconsin standout comes a day after Ball found out that he wouldn’t face felony charges after an apparent argument with …

Decreasing number of TV subscribers a concern at ESPN

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

LOS ANGELES – ESPN, the sports network that drives Disney’s profit engine, has hit a soft patch. Subscribers have fallen by about 7.2 million over the last three years, according to Nielsen, and it’s coming off a round …

NASCAR changes structure to charter-based system; race field cut to 40

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – NASCAR announced a dramatic overhaul of its business model Tuesday, shifting to a franchise-like system that is intended to provide actual value and financial stability to team owners after decades of heavy reliance on sponsors. …

Lucic and plenty other Kings score in rout of Bruins

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

BOSTON – Milan Lucic scored in his return to Boston, Drew Doughty had a power-play goal for his 300th career point and the Los Angeles Kings had nine goal scorers in a 9-2 rout of the Bruins on …

Bucks slip by Celtics on free throw with less than a second left

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

MILWAUKEE – Greg Monroe isn’t used to being out of the starting lineup. Benched at the start of Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, the Milwaukee Bucks center responded with a huge game. He scored 29 and …