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AP Top Sports News at 1:43 p.m. EST

How often have athletes snubbed the White House?
The routine is familiar. The president makes a few bad jokes. The championship-winning team presents the leader of the free world with a personalized jersey. Everyone smiles for the cameras....

Welcome to NBA trade season, already underway in earnest
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jahlil Okafor viewed New Orleans during All-Star weekend with a different lens than usual, since he thought there was a chance it may have been his next home....

AP Source: Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento - and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis....

Lots of points, lots of dunks, not a lot of All-Star defense
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- It was the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, and a few fans started yelling loudly enough for DeAndre Jordan to hear them from his spot on the Western Conference bench....

Former Derby, Preakness winner Charismatic dies
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Former Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner Charismatic, whose bid for the Triple Crown ended with a dramatic leg injury as he neared the finish line in the Belmont Stakes, has died at a thoroughbred retirement farm in Kentucky....

Dustin Johnson wins at Riviera, goes to No. 1 in the world
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The only question about Dustin Johnson going to No. 1 in the world is: What took so long?...

West Coast Swing whets appetite for Augusta
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The refrain is becoming a tradition unlike any other, especially after a West Coast Swing like this one....

Big hit for Bulls, 'Benny's Day Off' connects online
CHICAGO (AP) -- Dancing on the roof, microphone in hand as he lip-synched to "Twist and Shout," Benny the Bull was putting on quite a performance as his tricked-out black van rolled through downtown Chicago....

Gonzaga, Villanova, Kansas stay 1-2-3 in AP poll
For the third straight week, Gonzaga, Villanova and Kansas are the top three teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll....

UConn still No. 1 while Temple enters AP women's hoops poll
NEW YORK (AP) -- UConn survived one of the toughest tests of its winning streak to remain No. 1 in The Associated Press women's basketball poll....

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