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Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season

Monday, January 26, 2015

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant will have surgery tomorrow on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers. The team announced Bryant’s surgery yesterday. He injured his shoulder last week in New Orleans. The Lakers said they’ll announce a timetable for Bryant’s recovery after surgery, but Coach Byron Scott said Kobe “is …

Venus Williams shows old form; sister Serena joins her in Australian Open quarterfinals

Monday, January 26, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – Fireworks lit up the sky above Rod Laver Arena the moment Venus Williams completed her fourth-round win at the Australian Open last …

Report: NFL targets locker room Patriots locker room attendant in deflation investigation

Monday, January 26, 2015

The New England Patriots’ ordeal involving the use of deflated footballs in their AFC championship game victory has seen another development. According to Fox Sports’s …

Roof open or closed for Super Bowl?

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PHOENIX – The Super Bowl location in sunny Arizona will present a dilemma for league officials as they grapple with a question faced by many pro sports teams in an era of retractable roofs: whether to play the …

Some things to know as NFL investigates Patriots’ footballs

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The NFL is very precise about its game and equipment – including the number of footballs prepared for games, how much each must weigh, and who monitors them until kickoff. One rule is very clear: Don’t tamper with …

Jets’ new era takes flight as Bowles, Maccagnan introduced

Thursday, January 22, 2015

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – No bold statements. No wild guarantees. Just two serious football guys from New Jersey aiming to turn the New York Jets’ fortunes around. Coach Todd Bowles and General Manager Mike Maccagnan presented a united …

Steelers president doubts 2015 playoff expansion

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PITTSBURGH – Don’t look at NFL expansion of the playoffs as a slam dunk. Pittsburgh Steelers President Art Rooney said yesterday he doesn’t expect the league to expand the playoffs by two teams in 2015. Adding another wild-card team in each conference has been discussed for several years …

So close: Nadal, Sharapova survive second round at Aussie Open

Thursday, January 22, 2015

MELBOURNE, Australia – An agitated Roger Federer spat out the question that Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova easily could have asked the players who pushed them to the limits in the second round of the Australian Open. “Do …

Deflated balls latest in Belichick’s reputation for guile

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Add underinflated footballs to the list of incidents giving Bill Belichick a reputation for guile and playing above the rules. Softer footballs wouldn’t explain all of a rout that earned the New England Patriots a spot in the …

Jim Litke column: How Pats ball boy became America’s Most Wanted

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The most wanted rule-breaker in America today is a New England Patriots ball boy. So whether you think “Deflategate” is a big deal or not, consider this: If the allegations are true, the fall guy won’t be the …

Browns hire DeFilippo as offensive coordinator

Thursday, January 22, 2015

CLEVELAND – The Browns have their sixth offensive coordinator in six years. Cleveland hired John DeFilippo, a former Oakland assistant who has a reputation for developing young quarterbacks, to run its offense yesterday. He fills the vacancy created …

Blackhawks top Penguins in shootout

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane beat Marc-Andre Fleury in a shootout to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2, last night. Toews flipped a shot between Fleury’s legs in the first round, and Kane followed with a wrist shot over Fleury’s glove to help the Blackhawks …

Colts’ Luck, Cowboys’ Romo top picks in draft for Pro Bowl

Thursday, January 22, 2015

PHOENIX – Like sandlot players when they were kids, Hall of Famers Chris Carter and Michael Irvin chose sides last night. This time, they were drafting some of the best football players in the NFL for Team Carter …