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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2013, file photo, Calgary Flames right wing Akim Aliu loses control of the puck as the blade of his stick breaks off, while Colorado Avalanche's Ryan O'Byrne defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. Former NHL forward Aliu expects

Akim Aliu, who spoke out about racism, signs with Czech team

Jan. 21, 2020 10:05 PM EST

Akim Aliu, the player who helped prompt a new discussion about racism and coaching behavior in hockey, is heading back to the ice. Aliu signed Tuesday in the Czech Extraliga for the remainder of the season. He joins HC Litvínov with 14 games left in the season, giving him a chance to display his game to any...

FILE - In this May 22, 2019, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks to the media during an NFL football owners meeting in Key Biscayne, Fla. NFL owners gather for their winter meeting amid talk of labor negotiations, the future of pass interference review and another episode of the New England Patriots being investigated over questions of inappropriate filming of a future opponent's sideline. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Goodell’s stint atop NFL quite a roller-coaster ride

Jan. 21, 2020 3:42 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — During the fall of 2011, a couple of months after the NFL's lockout of the players ended and the regular season began as scheduled, a class of graduate students was asked to rate the pro sports commissioners. Roger Goodell stood first, far above his peers. A few years later, after such...

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2019, file photo, United States' Kendall Coyne Schofield skates during the Skills Competition, part of the NHL All-Star weekend, in San Jose, Calif. The NHL couldn't help but take notice of the buzz Coyne Schofield infused into its midseason showcase of top talent. Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer, who oversees the all-star game's production, chuckled in saying he was already dreaming up ideas to add women players to the event before Coyne Schofield completed her lap. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Top women's players to be part of NHL All-Star Weekend

Jan. 15, 2020 8:44 PM EST

The magnitude of the moment wasn't lost on Kendall Coyne Schofield — wearing her No. 26 Team USA jersey — as she dug her skates into the ice waiting for the starter's whistle to blow. It took 14.346 seconds, to be exact, for Coyne Schofield to complete her lap in the NHL All-Star fastest skater...

United States' Megan Keller (5) celebrates her goal with Dani Cameranesi (24), Emily Matheson (8) and Annie Pankowski (27) during the first period of a rivalry series women's hockey game against Canada in Hartford, Conn., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

AP Source: NHL All-Star game to feature women 3-on-3 event

Jan. 13, 2020 5:49 PM EST

The NHL is increasing its promotion of women's hockey by adding a three-on-three game between U.S. and Canadian national team members to its All-Star festivities later this month in St. Louis.. The women's game will happen during the Jan. 24-25 weekend that showecases the top players in the NHL, according to...

FILE -  In this June 7, 2009, file photo, NBA Commissioner David Stern announces Los Angeles will be the site of the 2011 NBA All-Star basketball game, at a news conference, in Los Angeles. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dies at 77

Jan. 2, 2020 2:32 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — David Stern had basketball as a passion and law as a profession, one he figured he could return to if a job at the NBA didn’t work out. He never did. Instead he went to Europe, Asia and plenty of other places around the world, bringing with him a league that was previously an...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 6, 2013 file photo, David Stern, NBA Commissioner, right, and Adam Silver, Deputy Commissioner, speak before the start of Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat in Miami. David Stern, who spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power, has died on New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. He was 77. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Reaction to the death of former NBA Commissioner David Stern

Jan. 2, 2020 2:27 AM EST

Reaction from the basketball world and beyond to the death of former NBA Commissioner David Stern on Wednesday at age 77: “For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action. He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends. We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes wherever...

Dallas Stars fans get hyped in the midway outside the Cotton Bowl before the NHL Winter Classic hockey game between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Outdoor hockey in Texas? Sure thang, and was a hoot to boot

Jan. 1, 2020 7:31 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Ryan Clare chewed on a turkey leg as he milled about the Texas state fairgrounds hours before another major sporting event inside historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. No, this wasn't the Texas-Oklahoma football game, always held in October during the fair. Clare has never been to the annual Red...

Dallas Stars right wing Alexander Radulov (47) celebrates his goal with defenseman John Klingberg (3) in the third period of the NHL Winter Classic hockey game against the Nashville Predators at the Cotton Bowl, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Dallas. Dallas won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter)

Stars rally to beat Preds 4-2 in Winter Classic at Cotton

Jan. 1, 2020 7:10 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Stars interim coach Rick Bowness had just seen a very similar comeback by his team, though the surroundings for this one were drastically different. While pigs raced during timeouts next to the outdoor rink, which was built in the middle of a historic football stadium and framed to...

FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game in New Orleans. From the moment two officials watched a Los Angeles Rams defender slam into a New Orleans receiver well before the ball arrived and failed to throw a flag for pass interference that was obvious to tens of millions of fans watching at home, officiating and replay became a constant theme in 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Replay dominated sports in 2019, and expect more this year

Jan. 1, 2020 1:09 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — From the moment two officials failed to throw a flag for obvious pass interference on a play that helped decide the NFC championship — stunning the players, coaches and millions of fans — officiating and replay became a constant theme in 2019. No matter the sport, fans...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, front row from left: Flavien Prat on Country House, Tyler Gaffalione on War of Will, Luis Saez on Maximum Security and John Velazquez on Code of Honor compete in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Year-end sports quiz: Your scholarship as a fan is at stake

Dec. 31, 2019 11:43 AM EST

Your scholarship as a sports fan is up for renewal. Not to worry. Just answer a dozen questions from 2019 and you're on your way. The passing grade? That's up to the crew in the replay booth. JANUARY President Donald Trump served "massive amounts" of burgers, fries and pizza at the White House to Clemson's...