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Report: Deron Williams seeks release from Nets to join Mavericks

As if the Mavs' week couldn't get any crazier, now they could wind up with the former All-Star Dallas native at point guard if a buyout can be agreed to.<p>One might think that the week cannot get any more full of drama, intrigue, and craziness when it comes to NBA free agency and specifically the …

NASCAR dialing up new rules packages to enhance passing

NASCAR on Tuesday announced rules package changes for four of the final nine races of the Sprint Cup regular season and left open the possibility of more in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.<p>The new packages, intended to stoke passing and enliven a product the series has found at times flat this season, …

For Soccer Team’s Parade, a Whirlwind of High-Level Activity in City Hall

As the United States national soccer team prepared to take the field in the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, the phone of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s top political fixer began to buzz.<p>It was Howard Wolfson, a former deputy mayor under Michael R. Bloomberg, and a more than occasional critic of his …

Soccer

Chip Kelly: Agent requested Evan Mathis' release, team complied

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Tuesday that guard Evan Mathis' release last week was in response to "multiple" requests from agent Drew …

Philadelphia

Watch this hitter, catcher and umpire all get hit by the same pitch

Pitt WR Tyler Boyd formally charged with DUI from Friday traffic stop

Pittsburgh's top wide receiver is now officially in serious trouble.<p>Pittsburgh wide receiver Tyler Boyd was formally charged with driving under the influence following a traffic stop early Friday in Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania.<p>News of Boyd being taken into custody following a 2:35 a.m. traffic …

Boston Revises Bid in Effort to Host 2024 Olympics

BOSTON — When Boston 2024, the private group organizing the city’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, unveiled its plans in January, it boasted that it would put on “the most walkable Games in modern times.”<p>Well, spectators may find themselves on some awfully long walks.<p>In a striking about-face, …

Boston

Jason Day examines Tiger Woods’ game and mental state at the U.S. Open

Tiger Woods’ struggles stem from his wayward tee shots and mental state, says Jason Day.<p>Questioning whether Tiger Woods has the motivation to win another grand slam event, starting this week at the U.S. Open, has become a popular parlor game among the punditry. When a playing peer questions the …

Sydney Leroux Returns to Vancouver but Says She Isn’t Looking Back

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — “Nothing better than being back in Vancouver!” Sydney Leroux wrote on her Twitter account Monday night.<p>On Tuesday, Leroux returned to B.C. Place Stadium with the United States national team for its final group match in the Women’s World Cup. Nigeria was the opponent, a …

Canada

Stephen Curry may not be NBA Finals MVP, but he won't complain

USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt break down Stephen Curry and the Warriors' win over LeBron James and the Cavaliers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. USA TODAY Sports<p>CLEVELAND — Stephen Curry was never going to come out of the NBA Finals looking like the best player on the planet.<p>Not when …

LeBron on Finals MVP: 'I'm here to win a team prize not an individual prize'

LeBron James wants to win the NBA Championship not lose and win the Finals MVP.<p>LeBron James has been absolutely dominant in the NBA Finals. He already has two triple-doubles and is insanely averaging 36.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in the series. Without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, …

Cardinals Investigated for Hacking Into Astros’ Database

WASHINGTON — Front-office personnel for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, are under investigation by the F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors, accused of hacking into an internal network of the Houston Astros to steal closely …

Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks Build a Better Dynasty

Jerry Krause once controversially remarked: "Organizations win championships." It gave Chicagoans pause to even consider the possibility. Admittedly, …

Sports

The Kansas City Royals now have 8 players in line to start the MLB All-Star Game

With two weeks left until this year's MLB All-Star Game voting closes, MLB has released its latest update and the Kansas City Royals have continued to dominate the ballot. They now have an MLB record eight players set to start for the American League.<p>The Royals, who have an AL-best 35-25 record, …

Kansas City Royals

LeBron James' Great Triumph Comes During Cavaliers' Failure

The Cleveland Cavaliers will lose the 2015 NBA Finals.<p>While that bit of prognostication comes at a useless moment when the end result seems fairly obvious to at least half the world, it also comes during an ironic watershed moment in LeBron James’ career, because he has never been better.<p>Like a …

Lebron James

Mets end Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak

Wilmer Flores singled to cap a two-out, two-run rally in the 11th inning and the New York Mets ended Toronto’s team record-tying 11-game winning streak, beating the Blue Jays 4-3 Monday night.<p>The Blue Jays trailed 2-1 in the ninth before Jose Bautista tied it with his second home run of the game, …

MLB replay system botches two calls in Angels-Diamondbacks game

The standard of what is required to change a call continues to be stupid.<p>I'm still a fan of replay in Major League Baseball because there are obvious calls that are missed and then correctly overturned. All too often, though, it seems that they still get it wrong. We saw two examples in the same …

Rangers feel down but say they're not out

NEW YORK – In a dressing room filled with forlorn faces coming to grips with the reality of a 0-3 series deficit in the Stanley Cup Final, there was some chatter about the impossible.<p>"I'm not going to lie to you – today, it's pretty much impossible to be upbeat," Rangers forward Brad Richards said …

Chael Sonnen fails random drug test

LAS VEGAS -- UFC light heavyweight Chael Sonnen has failed a random drug test and will not fight Vitor Belfort at UFC 175 on July 5.<p>The Nevada State …

MMA & UFC