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Talladega adding SAFER barriers after Kyle Busch crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Two days after Kyle Busch -- one of NASCAR's biggest stars -- broke his leg and foot in a head-on crash into a concrete wall at Daytona International Speedway, the president of the facility's sister track said more SAFER barriers will be installed before it hosts racing in …

Style points lacking, but Bulls make it 6 wins in 7 games

The Bulls are in no position to judge victories, and that's six in seven games after Monday's 87-71 triumph over the Bucks at the United Center.<p>This season hasn't been a particularly aesthetically pleasing one. To wit, all the improved offense has done is raise concerns about the defensive issues — …

'Cold Actually Feels Good' At The U.S. Winter Swimming Championship

One way to test your mettle in winter is to take one of those quick penguin plunges in icy water. But some stoic swimmers actually carve pools out of frozen lakes and race each other.<p>The sport of winter swimming is popular abroad, especially in Russia, Scandinavia and China. But last weekend, a …

A-Rod 'ready to go,' reports early to Yankees

(Reuters) - Alex Rodriguez, returning from a year-long doping ban, surprised the New York Yankees with his unexpected arrival at the team’s training camp on Monday where he said he cringed at some of the mistakes he had made.<p>New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez (13) takes batting practice …

Baseball

Permanently Rebuilding: 76ers Just Offered Anyone On Their Team For More No. 1 Picks

Remember when the 76ers started building for the future?<p>That was two years ago but so far there’s no sign of it. They’re now working on Future II in the 2015-16 season or, more likely, Future III in 2016-17… assuming, of course, that they have one at all.<p>If they’re not the first to tank in the NBA …

Cal Ripken denies abusive hazing of Gregg Zaun (or anyone else)

Ripken says that no abuse or bullying, as Zaun described, happened on his watch with the Orioles.<p>Gregg Zaun told some pretty far-out stories this …

New York auction with Ali, Liston gloves, Shoeless Joe photo collects $1.1M

The gloves worn by Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston during their infamous 1965 rematch and a rare century-old signed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson fetched over $1.1 million total at an auction Saturday.<p>Both pairs of gloves from the May 25, 1965, bout in Lewiston, Maine — won by Ali with a first-round …

Devils post first 4-game win streak in 2 years, Schneider 38 saves, Gomez, Cammalleri score

Scott Gomez has played with some of the NHL's best goaltenders in his long career.<p>There was Martin Brodeur with the New Jersey Devils, Henrik Lundqvist with the New York Rangers and Carey Price with the Montreal Canadiens. In his second tour in New Jersey, Gomez believes Cory Schneider is now in …

Cardinals release wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr.

The wideout and kick returner was a cap casualty.<p>While the Arizona Cardinals opted to keep Larry Fitzgerald in the desert, another veteran receiver was not so fortunate. On Monday, the team announced the release of Ted Ginn Jr.<p>Ginn joined the Cardinals last offseason as a free agent, signing a …

Cavs' J.R. Smith says triangle offense could hurt Knicks in free agency

J.R. Smith told reporters on Saturday that he wanted to run more when New York was running the triangle.<p>J.R. Smith has been enjoying himself since …

Lionel Messi, Gerard Pique Casino Gossip Draws Sharp Reaction from Luis Enrique

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has played down concerns after Blaugrana stars Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique were pictured outside a casino after midnight on Sunday evening.<p>The pair were joined by former team-mate and current Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas at the venue in Catalonia, just hours …

Ducks score three goals in the third, beat Detroit, 4-3 in shootout

Looking for a substantive example that they've pulled out of their slump, the Ducks found it Monday, scoring three third-period goals and beating the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3, in a shootout.<p>"That's what we wanted," Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said of the Ducks' third consecutive victory. "We wanted …

Ice Hockey

5 UFC Fighters Who Will Turn into Stars in 2015

The mixed martial arts night sky is littered with glowing entities of all shapes and sizes.<p>From perennial champions to fearless contenders, these burning giants ignite the cage whenever they fight.<p>But along the way, in accordance with life itself, some of these masterful virtuosos fade away into …

Juventus vs. Borussia Dortmund, Champions League 2015: Team news, time and TV schedule

Juventus are favourites heading into their clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, but the Germans seem to be hitting form at just the right time.<p>Italian champions Juventus will look to convert their domestic dominance into continental success this season, though standing between them and the …

Huge games looming this week for Top 25 teams

Kentucky faces perhaps its biggest obstacle on the road toward a perfect season during a huge week for teams in The Associated Press Top 25.<p>The …

Brooklyn Beckham Reportedly Fails to Make Grade at Arsenal Academy

Brooklyn Beckham "will not be retained next season" by Arsenal, according to Sami Mokbel of the <i>Daily Mail</i>. It is suggested the 15-year-old—who was looking to land a two-year scholarship with the north London club's Hale End academy—is some way behind the club's other prospects in his development as …

Soccer

Marshawn Lynch trying to trademark 'I'm just here so I won't get fined'

Marshawn Lynch came up with a new phrase at Super Bowl Media Day and now he has plans to monetize it.<p>Beast Mode is going into Business Mode. Seahawks …

Jameis Winston could still play baseball, Nate Allen cleared of wrongdoing, and other NFL news

Meanwhile, the ex-Packers special teams coordinator warned Brandon Bostick not to field the infamous onside kick that gave the Seahawks life in the NFC title game.<p>The NFL Scouting Combine delivered a number of narratives, but none dominated the week more than Florida State quarterback Jameis …

Report: Blue Jackets shopping James Wisniewski ahead of deadline

The Columbus Blue Jackets are reportedly shopping James Wisniewski as the trade deadline nears.<p>A name that should intrigue more than a few general …

5 Hidden Gems the Pittsburgh Steelers Should Have Noticed at the Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine concluded on Monday, with teams taking away key data from the invitees' drills and workouts to help round out their pictures of the prospects.<p>The combine may not change teams' opinions on the draft's better-known players, but it does present an opportunity for the more …

Benedito suspects Barcelona board contemplated Messi sale

The presidential candidate says the Argentine attacker has had "big offers" from Europe's elite clubs and hopes no rash decision is taken before the summer elections.<p>Barcelona presidential candidate Agusti Benedito suspects the club's current board has seriously contemplated selling star player …

UFC Fight Night 61: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers

Heading into UFC Fight Night 61 with four consecutive losses, Frank Mir needed a win over Antonio Silva in a big way on Sunday.<p>The UFC has kept other fighters around following five defeats in a row; however, given his age and the fact that he doesn't have anything left to prove, Mir may have seen …

Tom Brady wants to become a movie star

Tom Brady is always thinking three moves ahead. The next one could be a move to Hollywood. You'll soon be seeing Brady in <i>Ted 2</i> and the movie adaptation of <i>Entourage</i>, but like any great competitor, he's always wanting more.<p>A source told Star magazine: "At 37, Tom knows he only has a few seasons left …

NFL Free Agency 2015: Rumors and Predictions for Under-the-Radar Players

Some of the biggest names in the NFL are set to hit free agency this offseason, although the lesser-known competitors are also likely to make a major impact.<p>While teams work to re-sign or put franchise tags on players like Ndamukong Suh, Dez Bryant or Demaryius Thomas, the rest of the league gets …

Football (U.S.)

Pakistan chief selector sent home after casino visit

Pakistan chief selector Moin Khan was ordered to return home immediately on Tuesday and explain his visit to a casino before the team's 150-run loss against the West Indies in the Cricket World Cup.<p>Moin went to the casino in Christchurch, New Zealand, two days before the defeat last Saturday.<p>"There …

Kaka named Orlando captain for inaugural MLS season

Orlando City has confirmed that Kaka will captain the side for its inaugural MLS season.<p>Kaka will captain Orlando City during its inaugural MLS campaign, the expansion franchise confirmed on Tuesday.<p>The Florida outfit kicks off its first season against fellow newcomer New York City on March 8, with …

Shawn Marion Injury: Updates on Cavaliers Star's Hip and Return

Veteran Shawn Marion is in search of his second career NBA title before calling it quits, but the Cleveland Cavaliers swingman has been on the shelf due to injury. He is expected to return Sunday night against the Orlando Magic.<p>Continue for updates.<p>Marion Expected to Return vs. Magic<p>Sunday, March 15<p>…

Westbrook Sets Thunder Record with 12 Assists in 1st Half

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook set a team record for most assists in a half Sunday, dishing out 12 during the first half of a 119-94 win over the Denver Nuggets, per the Thunder's official Twitter account.<p>Westbrook finished the contest with 21 points, 17 assists and eight rebounds, …

Michael Sam to appear on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Sam will be on ABC's primetime hit while still searching for work in the NFL.<p>Michael Sam has decided to accept an invitation to be on ABC's <i>Dancing with the Stars</i>. Sam is not the first former NFL player to be on the program, with Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith famously gracing the …