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For Rubio and more, passing of trade deadline brought relief
MIAMI (AP) -- Ricky Rubio was trying desperately to take his own advice. Minnesota's point guard told anyone who would listen to him not to worry about the trade deadline, or fret about what moves might be coming....

LaJoie uses wreck, Johnson pitch to land Daytona 500 spot
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Corey LaJoie's pitch to BK Racing for a ride in the Daytona 500 was going nowhere....

Going, going, gone: NASCAR stars starting to step away
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Gordon is working in the broadcast booth. Carl Edwards is spending time with family. Tony Stewart is hanging out at dirt tracks....

Rockets rout Pelicans, 129-99, in Cousins' New Orleans debut
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- What a bummer of a beginning to the Boogie-and-Brow era in the Big Easy....

Poulter facing pressure of a different variety
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Ian Poulter used to start every Monday by opening the link to the Official World Golf Ranking....

Tom Brady: The Movie? Fans divided and foes say they'll pass
BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady: The Movie?...

Charles Oakley attends Knicks-Cavaliers game in Cleveland
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Charles Oakley, still at odds with the New York Knicks, watched his former team in his hometown Thursday night....

Curry flurry: MVP's huge third quarter propels Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Well-rested on fresh legs, Stephen Curry found his 3-point touch during one phenomenal flurry in one game-breaking quarter....

Kane's hat trick leads Blackhawks past Coyotes 6-3
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Blackhawks and their marquee players are starting to get in a groove....

George stays with Pacers but wanted input on trade talks
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Paul George finished practice Thursday by laughing, joking and slapping hands with the same teammates he's played with all season....

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