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USA forward Abby Wambach signs autographs for fame after a team practice for a friendly match against Mexico at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., Monday, September 2, 2013. (Chuck Myers/MCT)

Game Will Face Unique Tests in 2015

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The U.S. women will try to give Abby Wambach, 34, a World Cup title before she retires, the Los Angeles Galaxy will try life without Landon Donovan for the first time in a decade and U.S. men’s national team coach Juergen Klinsmann will try not to continue making enemies by speaking his mind and looking for players everywhere but at …

Spleen Injury Sits K.C. QB

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Kansas City, Mo. — Alex Smith thought he had some indigestion. It turned out to be a lacerated spleen. Now, the Kansas City Chiefs will put their already slim playoff hopes in the hands of career backup Chase Daniel, who will make his second-ever start Sunday against San Diego. The Chiefs need to …

Fading Devils Show DeBoer the Door

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Newark, n.j. — Pete DeBoer, who coached the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup finals in his first season in 2011-12, was fired Friday, with his aging and diminished team in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season. Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello would not say who …

Holiday Hoops

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer New York — Nearly two months have passed since the San Antonio Spurs collected their championship rings and began their title defense. The NBA season may have opened Oct. 28, but Christmas is the real coming-out party. Football’s popularity leaves little room …

Skiers Have Reservations Over Airbags

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

By Andrew Dampf AP Sports Writer Val Gardena, Italy — Some skiers are concerned they will turn into the puffy “Michelin Man” when they are not supposed to. Others are afraid they will lose precious hundredths of a …

Patriots in Control of Playoff Destiny

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

With five of the six playoff slots in the NFC and four in the AFC decided, some would think much of the drama of the schedule’s final week has been removed. Think again. All nine of the teams …

Titans Lead Bucs for Top Pick

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer You can win for losing in the NFL. The Tennessee Titans are proving it. Thanks to a nine-game slide, the Titans (2-13) are in line for the top overall pick in next spring’s draft. They hold the edge, according to the …

Harbaugh Won’t Speculate About What Is Next

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Santa Clara, Calif. (ap) — Jim Harbaugh has kept quiet about the speculation surrounding his future for nearly a year. So he has no plans to participate now as he begins what could be his final week coaching …

Predators Rout Columbus, 5-1

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The Associated Press Columbus, Ohio — With the game up for grabs, the Nashville Predators quickly put away the Columbus Blue Jackets — and any doubt — in the third period. Craig Smith scored two goals, Pekka Rinne …

Bengals Rally By Denver

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cincinnati (ap) — Dre Kirkpatrick returned Peyton Manning’s third interception for a touchdown in the closing minutes on Monday night, completing a fourth-quarter rally that gave the Cincinnati Bengals a 37-28 victory and a spot in the playoffs. Kirkpatrick’s 30-yard return with 2:41 left capped a game of …

NFL Roundup: Cowboys Dismantle Colts

Monday, December 22, 2014

Arlington, Texas — Dallas ended a four-year playoff drought Sunday in a dominating 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts, with Tony Romo throwing four touchdown passes and breaking Troy Aikman’s franchise record for yards passing. The Cowboys (11-4) …

In Brief: FSU QB Cleared in Conduct Hearing

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tallahassee, Fla. — Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday. Former Florida Supreme Court judge Major Harding wrote …

Patriots Escape With a Win and a Bye

Monday, December 22, 2014

East Rutherford, n.j. — Tom Brady and the Patriots will be resting at home for the start of the playoffs. The only question left is whether the AFC’s road to the Super Bowl will run through New England. …