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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 …

Deron Williams

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, …

Auto Racing

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 …

American 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 …

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

Major League Baseball

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 …

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, …

International Olympic Committee

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

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 desire of the 14-time major winner, as Jason Day did at length on Monday, though, that …

Tiger Woods

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 …

Stephen Curry

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, …

Lebron James

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 …

St. Louis Cardinals

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, the guy, though not an athlete, knows something about winning. Krause won six NBA championships as GM of the Chicago Bulls.<p>Parse his words, though, …

Chicago Blackhawks

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, …

Toronto Blue Jays

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 …

Arizona Diamondbacks

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 …

Los Angeles Kings

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 …

Shelly Sterling lawyers to ask judge to sign off on Clippers takeover

The latest round in the contentious legal wrangling over ownership of the Clippers is scheduled for Wednesday, when Shelly Sterling’s lawyers plan to go to court to ask a judge to sign off on her takeover of a family trust, an action she used to clear the way for her sale of the NBA …

Donald Sterling

Phil Jackson, Derek Fisher -- can no experience equal great success?

The Knicks are taking a big gamble that Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher can get the franchise on the right track. Will it be a winning gamble?<p>Only in professional sports, and more so in the NBA than anywhere else, can two people be hired to do two jobs they've never done and be paid a combined $85 …

Machado suspended five games for throwing bat

Orioles third baseman plans to appeal ruling resulting from incident with A's on Sunday<p>BALTIMORE -- In his apology following Monday night's game, …

Bob Welch dies at 57 — Cy Young Award winner for A’s in 1990

Bob Welch, a pivotal member of the A’s World Series teams of 1988, 1989 and 1990, has died at 57, the team announced today.<p>The cause of death was unavailable, the A’s said.<p>“I’m just speechless, heartbroken and sad,” Dave Stewart said of his friend and teammate.<p>Welch pitched for the A’s through the …

Will the @miamiheat even the #NBAFinals 1-1 or will the @officialspurs take 2-0 lead? Game 2, 8pm/et on ABC!

Chandler Parsons Wants to Remain with Rockets, Says 'I Love Houston'

Being surrounded by adoring fans and getting treated like a rock star suits Chandler Parsons just fine, which is probably why he'd like to stick with the Houston Rockets.<p>"I want to be here," Parsons told Mark Berman of Fox 26 in Houston while being mobbed by female fans at a Macy's fragrance …

Report: Suns want Kevin Love, could offer Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe

Phoenix has some solid assets to offer Minnesota.<p><b>More Offseason Analysis: Coaching changes, news | Free Agency | Draft</b><p>The Phoenix Suns are in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, according to Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears, and they have the assets to make the Minnesota Timberwolves quite an intriguing …

Yankees Draft Kenny Powers Look-Alike in the 14th Round of the 2014 MLB Draft

With the 422nd pick in the 2014 MLB draft, the New York Yankees selected pitcher Kenny Powers...errr, Sean Carley, out of West Virginia.<p>Powers is, of course, a fictional character played by actor Danny McBride in the hit HBO show <i>Eastbound & Down,</i> while Carley is a very real pitching prospect. He …

Major League Baseball

Best Fits for Jeff Samardzija, David Price and Top MLB Trade Candidates

The MLB trade deadline is still nearly two months away, but with the amateur draft now in the rearview mirror, the rumor mill will likely start to heat up around names like Jeff Samardzija and David Price in the days and weeks to come.<p>This year's trade market figures to be very pitching-heavy, with …

David Price

Russell Martin isn’t having a great day

Russell Martin isn’t having a great day.