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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

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

NBA Knicks fire Coach Fisher; Rambis named interim coach NEW YORK — The New York Knicks fired Coach Derek Fisher midway through his second season. The Knicks made the decision Monday after losing Sunday for the fifth straight …

Agent confirms Seahawks star Lynch plans to retire

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SEATTLE – When Marshawn Lynch was brought to Seattle early in the 2010 season, he was acquired because the Seahawks desperately needed a running back. What he ended up providing was an attitude and style that became the …

Will Osweiler step in as Peyton steps out in Denver?

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – One of the biggest winners from the Super Bowl didn’t even take a snap. Brock Osweiler is a free agent the Broncos probably can’t afford to lose if Peyton Manning retires. And judging by how …

Miller awaits offseason filled with fun, financial reward

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – On top of his game and now the world, Von Miller’s docket is quickly filling up. A parade. Lots of parties. A princely payday. “I was just talking to Coach Kubiak, I was asking if …

League-leading Capitals aim to end troubling power-play drought

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

WASHINGTON – The Capitals are winners of three in a row and sitting pretty atop the NHL, so not much seems to be going wrong for Washington. They do, however, have one glaring problem – power-play goals – …

Top Cuban player slips away with brother to join U.S. majors

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball. The departure …

Super Bowl gets 111.9 viewers, down from last year

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Denver’s victory over Carolina in the Super Bowl reached an average of 111.9 million viewers, a number down from the last two years. Still, it represents the third most-watched television event in U.S. history. The Super Bowl had …

Bradley’s 25 points help Celtics beat Kings

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOSTON – The Boston Celtics enjoyed a season-high scoring day to keep their current winning stretch rolling along. Avery Bradley scored 25 points, Isiah Thomas had 22 and the Celtics held off the Kings, 128-119, on Sunday for …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Monday, February 8, 2016

Speedskating Canada’s St-Gelais, Hamelin win short track 500s DRESDEN, Germany – Canadian speed skaters Marianne St-Gelais and Charles Hamelin won 500-meter races at a short track World Cup meet on Sunday. St-Gelais captured the women’s race in 43.080 seconds, ahead of Britain’s Elise Christie (43.115) and Dutch skater …

NBA reviewing if jump-on-back foul should be flagrant

Monday, February 8, 2016

NEW YORK – The NBA is reviewing whether the act of jumping on a player’s back to intentionally foul him should be interpreted as a flagrant foul. Boston Celtics Coach Brad Stevens told reporters Sunday that a memo …