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FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2015, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Dave Stewart, left, and Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa, right, introduce pitcher Zack Greinke to the media during a press conference, in Phoenix. Spring training is a time for optimism, when players bask under the warm sun of Florida and Arizona while fans dream about their team playing under the bright lights of October.(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Over and out: Some MLB teams open with little playoff shot

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Spring training is a time for optimism, when players bask under the warm sun of Florida and Arizona while fans dream about their team reaching the bright lights of October. For Atlanta, Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Philadelphia, there’s little hope of getting to the 2016 postseason following decisions to jettison veterans and rebuild for the future. Colorado and San Diego also …

Lloyd’s late goal gives United States 1-0 win over Mexico

Sunday, February 14, 2016

FRISCO, Texas – Carli Lloyd scored off a rebound of her own penalty kick in the 86th minute and the United States beat Mexico, 1-0, …

Krejci breaks tie, leads Bruins past Wild, 4-2

Sunday, February 14, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Missing scoring leader Patrice Bergeron, the streaking Boston Bruins had little trouble pushing aside the free-falling Minnesota Wild for yet another …

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 …

Bruins prospect Subban stable after fracturing larynx

Monday, February 8, 2016

BOSTON – Boston Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban is in stable condition after fracturing his larynx during an AHL game on Saturday. The Bruins said in a statement on their website Sunday that the goalie was transported to Maine …

Jackals beat Monarchs, 5-4, behind McPherson hat trick

Monday, February 8, 2016

Allan McPherson scored a hat trick to lead the Elmira Jackals to a 5-4 victory over the Manchester Monarchs on Sunday. With the game tied 3-3 after two periods, McPherson scored his second goal just 37 seconds into the third period to put the Jackals ahead, then made …

Broncos ‘D’ dominates Panthers in 24-10 Super Bowl win

Monday, February 8, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Peyton Manning gave himself a chance to have a super ending to his career, and Von Miller and the Denver defense made the plays to secure the title for the Broncos. Manning and Panthers …

Broncos linebacker Miller earns Super Bowl MVP honors

Monday, February 8, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Von Miller was second to none in the Super Bowl. Five years after being drafted No. 2 behind Cam Newton, the Broncos linebacker harassed Carolina’s quarterback from start to finish Sunday, forcing two fumbles, …