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Bengals clinch spot in playoffs

Dec 23, 2014

Bengals clinch spot in playoffs

With everything on the line, the Bengals picked off Peyton Manning in the closing minutes — twice, no less — and ran themselves right back into the playoffs. One breakthrough win gave them a chance for another. Dre Kirkpatrick returned Manning’s third interception of ...

Canucks blast lowly Coyotes

Dec 23, 2014

Canucks blast lowly Coyotes

Alex Burrows scored twice and Ryan Miller made 38 saves as the Vancouver Canucks hammered the Arizona Coyotes 7-1 on Monday night. Daniel Sedin, Kevin Bieksa, Brad Richardson, Chris Higgins and Shawn Matthias also scored for Vancouver (20-11-2), which won its second straight. Miller ...

Dec 23, 2014

Ex-Klitschko brothers' trainer dies

A German boxing official says that Fritz Sdunek, who coached Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko among other champions, has died. He was 67. News agency dpa reported that the head of the Federation of German Professional Boxers, Thomas Puetz, said Sdunek died on Monday following ...

Dec 23, 2014

Ali's condition 'vastly improved'

A spokesman for boxing great Muhammad Ali says the former heavyweight champion’s condition has “vastly improved” since he was admitted to a hospital with a mild case of pneumonia during the weekend. Ali spokesman Bob Gunnell said Monday that Ali’s doctors hope to discharge ...

Dec 23, 2014

Neureuther victorious in slalom

Felix Neureuther took advantage of soft snow conditions to win a World Cup slalom race Monday night and take the lead in the discipline standings from Austrian rival Marcel Hirscher, who finished only seventh. Leading after the opening leg, Neureuther clocked a two-run combined ...

Nishikori scoops athlete of 2014 award

Dec 22, 2014

Nishikori scoops athlete of 2014 award

Kei Nishikori, who took the tennis world by storm this year, when he reached the finals of the U.S. Open and competed at the season-ending Tour Finals, was named the winner of the grand prize at the Japan Pro Sports Awards on Monday. The ...

Blackhawks defeat Leafs

Dec 22, 2014

Blackhawks defeat Leafs

Playing with heavy hearts, Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks earned a difficult win. Kane had a power-play goal and two assists, leading Antti Raanta and the Blackhawks to a 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night. The Blackhawks played with ...

Jets speak out about slain officers

Dec 22, 2014

Jets speak out about slain officers

Sheldon Richardson was stunned when he heard the news Saturday that two New York City police officers were killed in the line of duty. The New York Jets defensive lineman who has been critical of law enforcement in the past spoke out Sunday in ...

Seahawks dominate Cards

Dec 22, 2014

Seahawks dominate Cards

Seattle’s defense was stifling as usual and its offense had a record-breaking eruption against a defense that’s supposed to be one of the NFL’s best. That team from the Pacific Northwest sure looked a lot like the Super Bowl champs of last season in ...

Dec 22, 2014

FSU clears Winston of violations

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday. Former Florida Supreme Court judge Major Harding ...

Dec 22, 2014

Koudelka tops Swiss great Ammann

Roman Koudelka edged four-time Olympic champion Simon Ammann for victory in a World Cup event Sunday on the Swiss veteran’s home hill. Koudelka of the Czech Republic leaped 135.5 and 138.5 meters to score 289.6 points, 5.2 ahead of 33-year-old Ammann who jumped 134 ...