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Coach's adopted toddler builds a life with hoops team
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Joanne Boyle offered a quick prayer before clicking the photo link of a days-old girl in a Senegalese orphanage. Maybe, after so many years of waiting, this would be the child the Virginia women's basketball coach could bring home....

Peyton Manning has some unfinished business
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- Peyton Manning has unfinished business....

A-Rod singles in first at-bat following drug suspension
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez returned to the New York Yankees after an absence of more than 17 months, lining a single into short left field in his first at-bat and going 1 for 2 with a walk in a 3-1 spring-training loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday....

With Peterson's status in question, Vikings pay a visit
The Minnesota Vikings have made their in-person pitch to Adrian Peterson, the latest step toward resolving the star running back's unclear status....

Big men Kaminsky, Okafor lead way in top player race
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- It might be a two-man game when it comes to the race for player of the year....

Your Top Plays for Today
Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide...

LEADING OFF: Lee, Darvish take the mound for spring debuts
A look at the highlights of what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:...

On the wild slide: Lake Placid site offers skeleton rides
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Sledding can be pleasant and pastoral, with big toboggans, snowy hills and rosy cheeks. And then there's skeleton sledding: belly down, head first on a sled the size of a throw rug, hard ice whooshing by your face....

Westbrook has career-high 49, lifts Thunder past 76ers in OT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Russell Westbrook donned a mask and played like a superhero....

Masters buildup begins for Rory McIlroy at Cadillac
DORAL, Fla. (AP) -- Rory McIlroy says he is not thinking about the history that waits at the Masters, even though that's all he seems to be talking about....

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