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Ex-NBA star Darryl Dawkins, aka 'Chocolate Thunder' has died
Darryl Dawkins, whose board-shattering dunks earned him the moniker "Chocolate Thunder" and helped pave the way for breakaway rims, has died. He was 58....

AP Exclusive: David Letterman struggling with love of racing
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) -- This kind of list makes David Letterman sick to his stomach and question his love of auto racing....

Greinke, Dodgers finish sweep of Reds with 1-0 win
CINCINNATI (AP) -- One run on a double-play ball was the total sum for the Los Angeles Dodgers' hitters on Thursday....

Spieth stumbles out of the blocks at Barclays
EDISON, N.J. (AP) -- The start of the FedEx Cup playoffs brought out the worst score from Jordan Spieth in three months....

Taking down Bolt is not easy, but a cameraman gives it a try
BEIJING (AP) -- Only when the running stopped and the picture-taking began did Usain Bolt finally meet his match....

Americans add 2 golds at worlds from Felix and Taylor
BEIJING (AP) -- Allyson Felix and Christian Taylor were out of their comfort zones at the world championships....

Serena Williams could face Sharapova in US Open semifinal
NEW YORK (AP) -- Serena Williams could play an All-American U.S. Open....

American Pharoah looks 'super good' at Saratoga Race Course
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) -- No worries, so far. American Pharoah seems to love Saratoga Race Course....

Looking to future, more NCAA athletes seek own trademarks
BOSTON (AP) -- Like their counterparts in the pros, more college football stars are starting to snatch up trademark rights to their names, nicknames and fan slogans....

Verlander's strong stretch an encouraging sign for Tigers
DETROIT (AP) -- In many ways, Justin Verlander is the perfect symbol of an uncertain future for the Detroit Tigers....

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