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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) takes a break from drills during an NFL football practice, Friday, Jan. 29, 2016, in Englewood, Colo. The Broncos are preparing to face the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Peyton Manning a Panther? Carolina tried, but failed in ’98

Friday, February 5, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If the Carolina Panthers had their way, maybe Peyton Manning would be playing for them – not against them – in the Super Bowl. When Manning was coming out for the 1998 draft, the Panthers approached Indianapolis Colts General Manager Bill Polian with a megadeal offer. It included trading fourth-year quarterback Kerry Collins and multiple draft picks, …

Manziel’s ex-girlfriend says embattled Cleveland quarterback hit her

Friday, February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND – Johnny Manziel’s ex-girlfriend told police the Cleveland Browns quarterback hit her during an argument last weekend in Texas and said he appeared to …

Stewart to miss start of Sprint Cup season with broken vertebra

Friday, February 5, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle, …

The Super Bowl’s most memorable trick plays

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

The appetite for gadgets and gimmicks at the Super Bowl is typically low. Surprising the other team with a safety blitz or deep pass, sure, but the risk of true trickery can often seem too steep with a …

‘Thursday Night Football’ to air on both CBS and NBC

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Thursday Night Football will air on both CBS and NBC next season. The NFL agreed to a two-year deal with the networks, the league announced Monday. CBS had broadcast games in partnership with NFL Network the past two seasons. A person familiar with the contracts …

A look at some memorable Super Bowl meltdowns

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Getting to the Super Bowl takes years of hard work and sweat for the players who reach the game. Surviving the week of lead-up before the game proved too challenging for a handful of players. …

Blackhawks reign again, but West challengers are chasing

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Those offseason predictions of the Chicago Blackhawks’ decline were a bit premature. The Western Conference leaders and defending Stanley Cup champions still face a host of challenges to their reign when the West playoff race resumes Tuesday. Chicago …

Reeling Phoenix Suns fire Coach Hornacek

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

PHOENIX – Jeff Hornacek was fired Monday as coach of the Phoenix Suns, who are mired in one of the worst stretches in franchise history. The Suns said an interim coach would be in place by Tuesday. Assistant …

A career on ice for Bow’s Casian

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Growing up in Bow, Desiree Casian was one of the lucky ones. She had a superstar for a female hockey-playing role model. Casian (whose maiden name is Biron) remembers her mother keeping her home from school to watch …

Women’s pro hockey gaining foothold with two leagues

Sunday, January 31, 2016

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Kelli Stack greeted last year’s talk about a U.S.-based professional women’s hockey league with a familiar skepticism. This was hardly the first time the 28-year-old U.S. national team forward had heard buzz about the possibility …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Motorsports Sharp’s ESM team wins Rolex DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Scott Sharp celebrated a second win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona 20 years after his first victory. His Tequila Patron Extreme Speed Motorsports gave Honda its first …

Djokovic wins sixth Australian title; Murray loses fifth final

Sunday, January 31, 2016

MELBOURNE, Australia – In five previous Australian Open wins, Novak Djokovic had never felt so much love. After maintaining his perfect record in six finals at Melbourne Park – and extending his old friend Andy Murray’s streak to …

AP survey: NFL players question teams’ attitudes on health

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Denver Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith is a rarity in the NFL: He does not get injured. The Super Bowl will mark his 179th appearance in 180 games since the middle of the 2005 season, a decade of …