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LeBron James highlights strong U.S. basketball roster

 With LeBron James sticking around and some of the NBA's best players joining him, the U.S. basketball team could be better than ever.

 

Stanislas Wawrinka continues run to finals in Australian Open

Stanislas Wawrinka backed up his upset of four-time champion Novak Djokovic by reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 6-3, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4) win over Tomas Berdych in the Australian Open semifinals on Thursday.

Cleveland Browns hire Mike Pettine as new coach

Mark Fayne, Ryan Carter spark Devils over Blues 7-1

The snow was falling steadily outside, the crowd inside the Prudential Center was small and the offensively challenged New Jersey Devils were hosting the high-flying St. Louis Blues. The Devils rewarded the several thousand fans who braved the storm with a stunning 7-1 rout.

No. 14 Kentucky routs Texas A&M 68-51

Alex Poythress scored a season-high 16 points as No. 14 Kentucky routed Texas A&M 68-51 on Tuesday night.

Goodell suggests ditching the PAT kick

Roger Goodell doesn't want to stand pat with the PAT. He's suggesting potential changes in the extra point that, well, might have some legs.

Column: Bookies and the NFL both wary of weather

Oddsmakers in Las Vegas will be keeping a close eye on the weather as a possible factor in whether the Denver Broncos can cover what is now a 2 ½-point spread against the Seattle Seahawks.

T.J. Oshie scores twice to lead Blues over Coyotes

Jaroslav Halak made 20 saves and T.J. Oshie scored twice as the Blues rode their hot goalie to a 2-1 win.

Column: A-Rod's performance-enhancing drug use 'most potent we've seen.'

Peel away the pseudo-science and Anthony Bosch's bragging and what remained was "probably the most potent and sophisticated drug program developed for an athlete that we've ever seen," U.S. Anti-Doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart said.

Judge: $765M might not cover NFL concussion claims

A federal judge is slowing down the proposed $765 million settlement of NFL concussion claims, questioning if there's enough money to cover 20,000 retired players.

Indiana beats No. 3 Wisconsin 75-72

Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell scored 25 points and Stanford Robinson added a career-best 13 to help the Hoosiers overcome a 10-point second-half deficit and stun No. 3 Wisconsin 75-72.

Harbaugh leads 49ers back to NFC championship

Jim Harbaugh has been at his emotional best — or, to some, worst — with his cartoon-like faces and quirky sideline antics in leading San Francisco back to the NFC championship game for the third time in as many years since taking over as 49ers head coach in January 2011.

Lions hire ex-Colts coach Jim Caldwell

The Detroit Lions hired Jim Caldwell on Tuesday to replace fired coach Jim Schwartz.

Patriots secondary set for rematch with Manning

"I practice against a great quarterback every day," Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan said before his playoff debut against Andrew Luck. "So I think practicing against Tom (Brady) makes everything a little bit easier."

No. 7 Florida wins, sets record for consecutive home victories

No. 7 Florida breaks the school record for consecutive home wins in its 72-50 rout of Georgia.

Optimism after hearing over NFL salary cap fight

The NFLPA is appealing a ruling by U.S. District Judge David Doty in Minneapolis rejecting the union's attempt to reopen the lawsuit that guided labor matters from 1993 until a collective bargaining agreement was reached in 2011.

Clarks' attorney: 'juicer' comment too vague to hurt Pujols

A motion filed Monday on behalf of Clark seeks dismissal of the defamation lawsuit filed by Pujols in October. Clark's attorney, Albert Watkins, said Clark's on-air comments were too vague to cause real harm to Pujols.

Emmert: Stipend 'less threatening' to NCAA members

NCAA President Mark Emmert said Monday that providing a stipend to student-athletes seems less threatening to the schools that earlier knocked down a proposal to increase the value of a scholarship to cover the full cost of attendance.

Cristiano Ronaldo wins FIFA best player award

Having spent four years in the shadow of his great rival Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo broke down in tears after being elected the Ballon d'Or winner for 2013 on Monday — a rare display of emotion that showed just how important it was for the Portugal winger to get his hands on the trophy again.

A-Rod sues MLB, union to overturn drug ban

Alex Rodriguez sued Major League Baseball and its players' union Monday, seeking to overturn a season-long suspension imposed by an arbitrator who ruled there was "clear and convincing evidence" he used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the sport's drug investigation.

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