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NFL fans could see an enhanced flow of play and fewer restrictions on how demonstrative players can be in their jubilation after big plays
PHOENIX (AP) -- Time to celebrate?...

While the impending start of the world championships created urgency for USA Hockey and women's national team to hammer out a deal, the agreement had everything to do with tournaments over the next four years and beyond
While the impending start of the world championships created urgency for USA Hockey and the women's national team to hammer out a deal, the agreement had everything to do with tournaments over the next four years and beyond....

The Dodgers are about to play their first opening day since 1950 without Vin Scully calling their games
WASHINGTON (AP) -- On Monday, the Dodgers will play their first opening day since 1950 without Vin Scully calling their games. He won't be in the stands. He won't make a point of watching on TV, either....

Clint Dempsey scored his 56th international goal, moving within one of Landon Donovan's scoring record, as Christian Pulisic contributed another outstanding assist in a 1-1 tie at Panama in a World Cup qualifier
PANAMA CITY (AP) -- Christian Pulisic was sent tumbling to the ground early on. The 18-year-old phenom bounced back up, and so did the United States....

A city famous for its over-the-top persona is eagerly welcoming an NFL franchise that boasts an equally outsized reputation and the promise of big league legitimacy for the desert gambling oasis
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- A city famous for its over-the-top persona is eagerly welcoming an NFL franchise that boasts an equally outsized reputation and the promise of big-league legitimacy for the desert gambling oasis, which up to now has seen major sporting events just passing through....

John Wall scored 34 points and Washington rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-108, clinching the Southeast Division title for its first division crown in 38 years
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Water pooled on a table in the middle of the noisy locker room and soaked in the carpet. The Washington Wizards had just celebrated clinching the Southeast Division for the franchise's first division title in 38 years....

Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets
HOUSTON (AP) -- Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors didn't get much time to celebrate their 60th win, not with a game at San Antonio coming Wednesday night....

Jusuf Nurkic had a career-high 33 points with 16 rebounds against his former team, CJ McCollum had 39 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 122-113 to take hold of the eighth seed in the Western Conference
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Jusuf Nurkic knows what his former team is missing. He illustrated that Tuesday night and got serenaded by his new fans in the process....

Hassan Whiteside tipped in a shot at the buzzer to lift the Miami Heat over the Detroit Pistons 97-96
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Hassan Whiteside used his good hand to push the Miami Heat closer to a most unlikely playoff berth Tuesday night....

A resurgent Brazil squad under new management became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday, the same day archrival Argentina heightened its risk of missing a spot at Russia 2018
SAO PAULO (AP) -- A resurgent Brazil squad under new management became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday, the same day archrival Argentina heightened its risk of missing a spot at Russia 2018....

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