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Russian Troops Testing Ukraine Border: Officials

Russian military forces are “pulsing the border” and making a “run toward Ukraine” — but pulling up well short — in their “training exercise," U.S. officials told NBC News on Thursday.<p>But it’s not clear whether the Russian forces are actually preparing to cross the border into Ukraine or simply …

Russia

Analysis: Kremlin doesn't see Ukraine as a real country

<b>(CNN)</b> – There is no way the U.S. is going to stand by while one country takes land from another, President Barack Obama declared during his trip overseas.<p>But no, he wasn't talking about Russia snatching Crimea from Ukraine. He was reassuring the Japanese that the U.S. will not allow China to seize …

Russia not easing Ukraine crisis would be 'expensive mistake' – John Kerry

Secretary of state warns unless Moscow takes steps to de-escalate situation, Washington would impose more sanctions<p>The US secretary of state, John Kerry has accused Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine.<p>In unusually blunt language, Kerry said on Thursday …

Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels; Russia starts drill near border

SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists’ military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.<p>The …

Russia

Global shares, dollar slide on Ukraine scare; gold rises

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock indexes fell on Friday on concern the tensions between Ukraine and Russia may depress economic activity in Europe, while the 30-year U.S. Treasury bond yield reached the lowest in nearly a year as investors sought safety in U.S. debt.<p>The uncertain outlook over the …

NBA Playoffs 2014: Picking Teams That Will Outplay Their Seeding

With just two of the higher-seeded teams in the lead in the eight first-round series, the NBA playoffs are off to a great start.<p>I'm inclined to believe the unpredictable start is a trend more than it is an aberration. I have several teams locked in to advance further in these playoffs than their …

Which Dark-Horse Playoff Teams Can Win 2014 NBA Title?

The NBA playoffs, uniquely among American professional sports’ postseasons, are dominated by the juggernauts.<p>Before the Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos for the franchise’s first Super Bowl title in February, the NFL’s last three champions had won 10 or fewer games in the preceding regular …

Heat and Trail Blazers take 2-0 NBA playoffs series leads

Miami beat Charlotte 101-97 Portland defeat Houston 113-92 Dallas win in San Antonio to square series<p>LeBron James was again to the fore as Miami beat Charlotte on Wednesday to take a 2-0 lead in their NBA first-round playoff series, while Portland also went up 2-0 with a win at Houston and Dallas …

Pacers vs. Hawks: Game 3 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2014 NBA Playoffs

The Atlanta Hawks have existed to be written off. First in the preseason, then as the Knicks came barreling toward their hold on the No. 8 seed, then when they were matched up with the monolith Indiana Pacers in Round 1.<p>Every time, they keep proving their doubters wrong.<p>Four Hawks starters scored …

Report: Thunder are 'optimistic' Westbrook returns against Heat

The Thunder are reportedly confident that Russell Westbrook will return from injury on Feb. 20 against the Heat.<p>Russell Westbrook’s original …

Basketball

Russell Westbrook: The Point and the Counterpoint

Back on Christmas Day, the Oklahoma City Thunder were in Manhattan to square off against the New York Knicks. The game wasn’t close — OKC torched the …