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Houston star Harden’s unique game hard to stop _ and to like

AP Photo/James Nielsen HOUSTON (AP) — Whether he’s stirring the pot after a big shot or flailing his arms to draw contact en route to the basket James Harden evokes strong reactions from fans and players alike. The internet abounds with people complaining that his...
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UNC receives NCAA notice of allegations in academic case

AP Photo/Gerry Broome North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school’s academic fraud scandal. In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said UNC is reviewing the “lengthy”...

Pirates star McCutchen laughs off leaked pay stub

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Good thing Andrew McCutchen has direct deposit. The Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder laughed off a leaked photo of his pay stub Friday, joking he can handle the attention so long as he still gets paid. McCutchen’s two-week stub was left behind...
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AP sources: Goodell will not recuse self from Brady appeal

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. The NFL told the players’ union on Friday that Goodell will not recuse himself from what the commissioner...
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Harlem Globetrotter great Marques Haynes dies at 89

AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez PHOENIX (AP) — Marques Haynes, the Harlem Globetrotters star often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history, has died. He was 89. The Globetrotters said Haynes died Friday in Plano, Texas, of natural causes. Globetrotters CEO Kurt Schneider...
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Brewers’ Smith suspended 8 games for rosin, sunscreen on arm

AP Photo/John Bazemore ATLANTA (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith has been suspended for eight games for having a foreign substance on his pitching arm during a game at Atlanta. Major League Baseball says Smith plans to appeal, so the penalty is on hold. Smith...
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Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions

AP Photo/Richard Drew SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he’d done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance and signaled he was ready to dominate the bull for...
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Penske, Ganassi and Chevy dominate final Indy 500 practice

AP Photo/Darron Cummings INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Will Power led the final practice session for the Indianapolis 500 in a session that was dominated by Chevrolet. Power turned a fast lap at 229.020 mph in Friday’s final session to put Team Penske on top of the leaderboard....
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Hawks Coach: Carroll’s status vs. Cavs a game-time decision

AP Photo/John Bazemore ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll took part in shootaround Friday morning but is still questionable for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Carroll’s status would...
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Bid to topple Blatter from FIFA rests with Jordanian prince

AP Photo/Francois Mori LONDON (AP) — In soccer, the only certain winner seems to be Sepp Blatter. Every threat to him has been seen off and a stranglehold on the seat of power in the world’s most popular sport has been maintained since 1998. Three men were vying to...