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Jan 21, 2015

Golfer Johnson: cocaine 'not issue'

Golfer Dustin Johnson says in a magazine interview that cocaine is not the reason he chose to sit out the last six months to get his life in order. “I did not have a problem,” Johnson told Sports Illustrated when asked about cocaine. “It’s ...

Nishikori rolls past Almagro in straights sets in opener

Jan 20, 2015

Nishikori rolls past Almagro in straights sets in opener

Kei Nishikori took the first steps he hopes will lead to Grand Slam glory with a hard-fought opening win over Nicolas Almagro at the Australian Open on Tuesday. Nishikori, who lost to Marin Cilic in last year’s U.S. Open final, won a 2-hour, 7-minute ...

Jan 20, 2015

NFL 'looking into' deflated ball claims

The NFL is investigating whether the New England Patriots deflated footballs that were used in their 45-7 AFC Championship Game victory over the Indianapolis Colts. “We are looking into it,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy wrote in an email to AP on Monday. “We do ...

Jan 20, 2015

Elway hires Kubiak to run Broncos

John Elway and Gary Kubiak are back together drawing up blueprints for the Denver Broncos to get back to the Super Bowl. Elway hired Kubiak, the ex-Houston Texans head coach, Monday, inking his former backup QB and offensive coordinator to a four-year contract. Kubiak ...

Ex-Olympic judo champ Saito dies

Jan 20, 2015

Ex-Olympic judo champ Saito dies

Hitoshi Saito, a two-time Olympic judo champion and head of the All Japan Judo Federation’s committee for enhancement, died of intrahepatic bile duct cancer Tuesday in Osaka, an AJJF official said. He was 54. Saito won gold medals at two consecutive Olympic Games, in ...

Hurricanes storm past Maple Leafs

Jan 20, 2015

Hurricanes storm past Maple Leafs

The Carolina Hurricanes took advantage of the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs and kept up their strong play this month. Eric Staal scored twice and Anton Khudobin stopped 34 shots to lead the Hurricanes to a 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs on Monday night. ...

Vonn sets World Cup record

Jan 20, 2015

Vonn sets World Cup record

Lindsey Vonn won a super-G Monday for her record 63rd World Cup victory and celebrated with an embrace from a surprise visitor — boyfriend Tiger Woods. The American eclipsed Annemarie Moser-Proell’s 35-year-old record of 62 World Cup wins with a flawless run down the ...

Nadal opens Australian Open campaign with emphatic win

Jan 19, 2015

Nadal opens Australian Open campaign with emphatic win

Rafael Nadal didn’t give the impression he was lacking any confidence as he raced through the first round of the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win Monday over Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny. Coming back from a right wrist injury and an appendix ...

Nash carries Rangers by Penguins

Jan 19, 2015

Nash carries Rangers by Penguins

A pair of shutout losses last week briefly cooled off the streaking New York Rangers. A productive 48-hour span buoyed by the return of Rick Nash’s shooting touch made sure the dip didn’t turn into a slump. Nash scored 26 seconds into the game ...

Patriots steamroll Colts in AFC championship game

Jan 19, 2015

Patriots steamroll Colts in AFC championship game

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are headed to a special place where no head coach or player has gone more — the Super Bowl. They earned their trip with the second-most lopsided AFC championship victory ever. The New England Patriots’ dominant duo earned a ...

Jan 19, 2015

Broncos pick Kubiak to lead team

Gary Kubiak is John Elway’s No. 2 again. The Denver Broncos general manager and executive vice president was hashing out a four-year contract with his former backup quarterback to become the team’s head coach, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told AP Sunday ...

Jan 19, 2015

Creator of sports instant replay dies

Tony Verna, a television director and producer who invented instant replay for live sports games 51 years ago, has died. He was 81. Verna died Sunday at his Palm Desert home after battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia, his daughter Tracy Soiseth said. CBS used instant ...