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Not-household-name players get All-Star votes from NBA peers
Semi Ojeleye, Cedi Osman and Royce O'Neale have never started in an NBA game. Cameron Payne last played in April. Matt Costello has scored two points in his NBA career....

Power Five conferences approve medical benefits extension
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The five largest conferences in NCAA Division I have approved a measure requiring their schools to extend medical coverage for two years after athletes leave campus....

Smith watches Kyrgios beat Tsonga, the Aussie kid's dream
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- With Will Smith in the crowd and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga across the net, Nick Kyrgios was in his element as the main attraction for a night at the Australian Open....

Gold medalist to Nassar: I won't live as a victim any longer
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Olympic gold medalist Jordyn Wieber described herself in court Friday as one of 140 survivors of sexual assault by Larry Nassar, as Michigan State University called on the state's attorney general to investigate the school's handling of complaints against the disgraced former sports doctor....

IOC: More initiatives coming to promote Korean unity
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- Olympics organizers on Friday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and promised that "much more exciting initiatives" promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend....

Q&A: James Patterson on Aaron Hernandez's fall from grace
BOSTON (AP) -- Eight months after ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison, a new book by bestselling author James Patterson is reviving unanswered questions....

AP Source: Panthers part ways with special teams coordinator
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- There has been another coaching shake-up with the Carolina Panthers....

Oklahoma's Young, Duke's Bagley lead list of top performers
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Duke's Marvin Bagley III and Arizona's Deandre Ayton have met every expectation as college freshmen with star potential....

Players turn up the heat on Australian Open weather policy
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- French player Alize Cornet has called for the extreme heat policy at the Australian Open to be re-evaluated after she said she nearly fainted in the broiling temperatures during her third-round match Friday at Melbourne Park....

Major mistake costs Vonn a victory in Cortina downhill
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) -- A fast recovery prevented Lindsey Vonn from crashing into the safety netting and possibly compromising another Olympics....

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