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Sunday, February 7, 2016

NFL Miller, two other Broncos fined by NFL for AFC title game SAN FRANCISCO – Denver Broncos Von Miller, T.J. Ward and Shiloh Keo were …

Teammates, coaches say Newton’s success not by accident

Sunday, February 7, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cam Newton didn’t just stumble into becoming one of the NFL’s best players. Sure, he has all the physical attributes any …

NHL look ahead: Capitals running away with the East, Penguins stirring

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

It certainly looks like the Washington Capitals are running away with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The 14-point gap between the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals and the second-place New York Rangers is almost as big as …

Golf Snedeker winds up a winner at Torrey Pines SAN DIEGO – Brandt Snedeker wound up winning the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday without hitting a shot. Snedeker closed with a 3-under 69 in nasty wind and rain on Sunday. There was some question whether his lead would hold when the final round at Torrey Pines was suspended because of the conditions. Turns out the wind was just as bad – perhaps even worse considering the change in direction – and no one could top his score of 6-under 282. K.J. Choi missed a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th that would have forced a playoff. He closed with a 76 and finished one shot behind. Jimmy Walker made bogey on four of the eight holes he played Monday and wound up three shots behind. Baseball Yankees’ Bird to have shoulder surgery and miss season NEW YORK – Yankees first base prospect Greg Bird will have right shoulder surgery Tuesday and will miss the entire 2016 season. New York said Monday that Bird’s labrum will be repaired by Dr. David Altchek at The Hospital for Special Surgery. The team said the injury is a reoccurrence of one originally sustained last May. Bird, who turned 23 in November, made his big league debut on Aug. 13 and took over at first base when Mark Teixeira got hurt. Bird hit .261 with 11 homers, 31 RBI and nine doubles in 157 at-bats and had been viewed as protection against injuries to the oft-hurt Teixeira, who is entering the final season of his contract. NFL Raiders DE Tuck retires after 11 seasons OAKLAND, Calif. – Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL. Tuck announced his decision Monday and says he leaves the NFL with very few regrets. Tuck played his first nine seasons with the New York Giants, helping them win two Super Bowl titles. He spent the past two years in Oakland where he was a mentor to All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack. Tuck was an All-Pro in 2008 when he had 12 sacks. He finishes his career with 66½ sacks, 22 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three interceptions in 147 career games. Tuck missed the final 11 games this season with a torn pectoral muscle. Soccer New York Red Bulls hire Burpo as goalkeepers coach HARRISON, N.J. – The New York Red Bulls hired Preston Burpo as their goalkeepers coach. The Major League Soccer team announced the hiring on Monday. A former MLS goalkeeper, Burpo was on coach Jesse Marsch’s staff with the Montreal Impact in 2012, and with D.C. United for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Burpo signed with Seattle Sounders FC, then in the United Soccer League, in 1997. He played nine seasons with Seattle before moving to MLS side Chivas USA in 2006, where he was a teammate of both Marsch and current Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan. Burpo made 59 career appearances in MLS, 22 with Chivas USA before stretches with the Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution. College NCAA board votes to extend President Emmert through 2020 INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA said its board of governors voted to extend the contract of President Mark Emmert three years, through October 2020. In a statement released by the NCAA on Monday, Kansas State President and board Chairman Kirk Schulz said Emmert is “integral in leading the association forward as we navigate the complex and challenging way ahead, while better supporting student-athletes.” The board approved an extension during the NCAA convention last month in San Antonio. The vote included an option to add another year to the deal. Emmert has led the NCAA since 2010. He was previously the president of the University of Washington. His tenure has been marked by dramatic changes in the way the NCAA does business and near constant pressure from lawsuits against the association. Olympics IOC president visits Los Angeles as city bids for 2024 Games LOS ANGELES – The president of the International Olympic Committee is in Los Angeles to visit proposed venues for the 2024 Olympic Games. Thomas Bach’s visit on Monday comes five months after the city was selected as the U.S. candidate for the international sporting event. The committee steering LA’s bid said Bach and other IOC officials will visit the University of Southern California and UCLA campuses and the Getty Center. They’re also scheduled to meet local boosters, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, Magic Johnson and several American Olympic medalists. On Sunday, Bach and his delegation checked out Staples Center, another proposed venue for the 2024 Games, when they watched the Los Angeles Lakers play the Charlotte Hornets. Los Angeles is up against Rome, Paris, Budapest, Hungary, and Hamburg, Germany, to host the 2024 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee will make the selection in 2017. Los Angeles was home to the Olympics in 1932 and 1984.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Golf Snedeker winds up a winner at Torrey Pines SAN DIEGO – Brandt Snedeker wound up winning the Farmers Insurance Open on Monday without hitting a shot. Snedeker closed with a 3-under 69 in nasty wind and rain …

Bruins goalie Gustavsson on injured list

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BOSTON – The Bruins placed goalie Jonas Gustavsson on the injured list and recalled goaltender Malcolm Subban from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis. Boston General Manager Don Sweeney said Monday that Gustavsson is waiting to be cleared for full participation by the medical staff. Gustavsson started …

Senators’ Karlsson among players to watch in second half

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Erik Karlsson is on the ice more than any other NHL player and is scoring unlike any defenseman in the past two decades. The two-time Norris Trophy winner is on pace for 85 points, which would be the …

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 …