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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 …

Lillard’s double-double leads Trail Blazers over Rockets

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Damian Lillard had 21 points and 10 assists to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Portland Trail Blazers built a big lead early and rolled to an easy 96-79 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday. The …

Monarchs overcome Jackals, 4-2

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Alex Guptill and Yann Sauve scored first-period goals and Matt Leitner and Maxim Kitsyn added a pair in the third period as the Manchester Monarchs beat the Elmira Jackals, 4-2, on Saturday. Colin Stevens made 27 saves as Manchester outshot Elmira, 33-29. …

Headlines from around the world in sports

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Boxing Gunmen shoot boxing fans at Dublin hotel; 1 dead, 2 wounded DUBLIN – Gunmen disguised as police opened fire Friday on boxing fans at a Dublin hotel, killing one man and wounding two others in an attack …

Goodell proposes what might be called Odell Beckham Jr. Rule

Saturday, February 6, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO – Call it the Odell Beckham Jr. Rule. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is pushing to require the ejection of any player who is flagged for two personal fouls in a game. “We should take that out …

Column: There’s a troubling new game in town: attack the ref

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Usually, we come to criticize referees, umpires and those who officiate the games we play. Today, we come to give them props for the thankless job they do. And, more important, to plead for their protection. Unless you’ve …

Plaintiffs in NHL concussion case now count 105 ex-players

Saturday, February 6, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Long after the end of his NHL career, Steve Payne is living an empty-nest life with his wife and three dogs in western Wisconsin. There is one problem: His brain has aged about a …

Manziel’s father worried quarterback self-destructing

Saturday, February 6, 2016

CLEVELAND – With Johnny Manziel’s professional career in doubt and his personal life crumbling, his father fears for his safety. The troubled quarterback was under investigation by two police departments following allegations that he hit his former girlfriend …

Both kickers hoping Super Bowl 50 comes down to them

Saturday, February 6, 2016

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – They both visualized Adam Vinatieri growing up, these even-keeled kickers who are hoping to emulate “Mr. Clutch” in Super Bowl 50. Maybe it’s not the mighty legs of Cam Newton or the beautiful mind …

Bradley’s 3-pointer at horn gives Celtics 104-103 win

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Once he got control of the ball and let his shot fly, Avery Bradley prepared to get mobbed. The Celtics had pulled off the improbable. Bradley made a 3-pointer from the corner at the horn to give Boston …

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 …