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FILE - In this Friday, March 20, 2015, file photo, New York Knicks head coach Derek Fisher stands on the sideline during an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, in Philadelphia. Fisher was fired as New York Knicks coach Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

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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 time. They have dropped nine of 10 and fallen to 23-31, well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Fisher went 40-96. …

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. …

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 …

Monarchs trade forward Harlow to Alaska for future considerations

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Manchester Monarchs made a trade Tuesday, sending forward Matt Harlow to the Alaska Aces for future considerations, according to a team release. The 23-year-old Harlow played 14 games with the Monarchs and totaled two goals and two assists. He began the season with the Elmira Jackals, picking …

Celtics lean on defense to beat Knicks for sixth win in seven games

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK – The Celtics toughened up their defense and were simply too tough for the Knicks. Isaiah Thomas had 20 points and eight assists, and Boston wore down New York in a 97-89 victory on Tuesday night. …

Parenteau scores in OT, Leafs come back to beat Bruins 4-3

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

BOSTON – The Toronto Maple Leafs had plenty to celebrate Tuesday night. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored a power-play goal with 1:54 left in overtime and Toronto rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to beat the Boston …

Suns GM McDonough says team wasn’t responding to fired Hornacek

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

PHOENIX – Phoenix Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough said coach Jeff Hornacek was fired because the players weren’t responding to him. Now the job has gone on an interim basis to Earl Watson, who at 36 becomes the youngest coach in the NBA. It’s a rapid rise for …

Super Bowl 50 features first No. 1 vs. No. 2 draft picks

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

DENVER – In 2011, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos were picking through the rubble of seasons gone horribly wrong – and a draft board that was unusually loaded with talent at the top. The Panthers picked Cam …

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 …