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Toronto Raptors forward Anthony Bennett (15) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Hoops Becomes Part Of Canadian Fabric

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri stood in the bowels of the Bell Centre in Montreal as roars from a capacity crowd a few hundred feet away drowned out his voice. The boisterous fans were not there to watch the city’s beloved Canadiens. Hockey, the sport synonymous with Canada, was absent on this night. They were there to watch the …

These NFL Teams Could Mimic Panthers’ Rapid Rise

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Carolina Panthers’ Super Bowl defeat last Sunday left their season ending on a decidedly sour note. But that loss to the Denver Broncos in Santa Clara, Calif., didn’t change the fact that the Panthers accomplished far more during the just-completed NFL season than just about anyone would have thought possible. They were …

In Brief: Mets Pitcher Banned for Life

Saturday, February 13, 2016

New York — Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under Major League Baseball’s drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time. The commissioner’s office said Friday that Mejia tested positive for the anabolic steroid Boldenone, which athletes have used to increase …

Shiffrin Ready to Take Comeback to Snow

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Two months ago, Mikaela Shiffrin was just hoping to be back on skis before the snow melted. A week from now, the Lyme native will return to World Cup racing on a knee that healed much faster than …

Go While Getting Is Still Good: Manning Should Retire

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Santa Clara, Calif. — The football fates gave an NFL legend a sendoff here Sunday befitting his all-time greatness. Now it’s up to Peyton Manning to gratefully accept the gift and not push his luck by continuing to …

Agent: Lynch Is Leaving Football

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. What he ended up providing was an attitude and style that became the foundation for bringing the first Super Bowl title to the …

Cuba Still Losing Its Stars to U.S. Pros

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — Star Cuban infielder Yulieski Gourriel and his younger brother slipped away from their hotel in the Dominican Republic early Monday in an apparent effort to launch careers in Major League Baseball. The departure …

Pens’ Crosby on High Boil

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pittsburgh — Sidney Crosby scored on a pair of breakaways to extend his goal streak to a career-best seven games and added two assists to help the Pittsburgh Penguins continue their surge with a 6-2 win over the …

Floundering Knicks Dump Coach

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Associated Press Greenburgh, n.y. — Derek Fisher had just finished a long playing career when Phil Jackson picked him to coach the New York Knicks. Just 1½ seasons later, Jackson decided he needed someone else. Fisher was …

Ho, Hum: Chelsea, Man U Tie

Monday, February 8, 2016

London — A second stalemate of the season between Chelsea and Manchester United saw the fallen powers slip further from relevance in this unusual Premier League season. The 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge did little to help either …

NFL’s Goodell Still Defending the Indefensible

Monday, February 8, 2016

San Francisco — Hope you were careful Sunday sitting on your sofa watching the Super Bowl. As NFL commissioner Roger Goodell informed us at his annual state of the game address on Friday, football might be hazardous, but “there are risks in life. There are risks sitting on …

Overaggressiveness Costs Fowler a Win

Monday, February 8, 2016

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Rickie Fowler hit two balls into the water on the par-4 17th hole to give Hideki Matsuyama an unexpected victory Sunday in the Waste Management Phoenix Open. After blowing a two-shot lead on the 317-yard hole in regulation when he blasted a driver through the …

Another Ovechkin Record in Another Victory

Monday, February 8, 2016

Washington — Alex Ovechkin became the third player in NHL history to reach 30 goals in his first 11 seasons, and Braden Holtby made 33 saves as the Washington Capitals beat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in their traditional …