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Puppies, rings, mullets highlight Daytona 500 media day

NASCAR's biggest stars took center stage for the annual event held inside Daytona International Speedway on Thursday.

Packers coach McCarthy gives up offensive play-calling duties

McCarthy is handing off play-calling duties to Tom Clements, whom he promoted from offensive coordinator to associate head coach. Edgar Bennett was named offensive coordinator, while Bennett's responsibilities as the wide receivers coach were given to Alex Van Pelt, who will now coach both quarterbacks and receivers.

Cavaliers finding a groove as All-Star break arrives

With 14 wins in 15 games entering a Thursday night showdown with the Bulls in Chicago before starting the All-Star break, the Cavs, revamped by two trades and James' two-week wellness break, have put a turmoil-filled few months behind them. They again look like a team capable of winning an NBA title.

Ken Hitchcock reaches milestone in Blues' 6-3 win over Lightning

Hitchcock's 693rd regular-season win broke a tie with Dick Irvin. The Blues coach only trails Joel Quenneville (739), Al Arbour (782) and Scotty Bowman (1,244), who scouted the game as a Chicago senior adviser.

Derrick Rose scores 30, Bulls beat Cavaliers 113-98

Chicago won its fourth straight after dropping 10 of 15 and entered the All-Star break with a 1.5-game lead in the Central division over the Cavaliers.

AP source: Weeks, Mariners agree to $2 million, 1-year deal

In 121 games last season with Milwaukee, he hit .274 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs. He became a free agent after the Brewers voided his $11.5 million salary for 2015.

Former Royals starter James Shields agrees to deal with Padres

James Shields helped Kansas City reach the World Series last season but declined a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Royals.

Woods says he'll return to competition when his game is ready

Hopeful of having injuries behind him, Woods made a horrific start to the new year. He shot a career-high 82 in the second round of the Phoenix Open to miss the cut by 12 shots. And then he withdrew after 11 holes of ordinary golf at Torrey Pines because of tightness in his back from a fog delay.

AP source: Karl to coach Kings after All-Star Break

The Sacramento Kings and George Karl have agreed to the framework of a deal for him to take over as coach, a person familiar with the negotiations said Wednesday.

Dmitrij Jaskin boosts Blues past Coyotes 2-1

The Blues are 3-0 against the Coyotes, among the lowest-scoring teams in the NHL. The first two games were blowouts, 6-0 and 6-1.

LeBron James feels no need to clarify 'Love' tweets

The social media mix-up began Saturday when James tweeted: "Stop trying to find a way to FIT-OUT and just FIT-IN. Be apart of something special! Just my thoughts." The phrases "fit out" and "fit in" are the same words Love used earlier this season to describe how he was trying to mesh with his new team.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade will not play in All-Star Game

Wade has missed Miami's last six games and will remain inactive when the Heat close their pre-All-Star schedule in Cleveland on Wednesday night.

AP Source: Kings, George Karl in talks about coaching job

If hired, Karl could coach the Kings in their first game back on Feb. 20 at home against Boston. That also would give him a few practice days to help ease the transition.

Jon Jay, Cardinals agree to 2-year contract for $10,975,000

Jon Jay gets a $1.25 million signing bonus under Monday's agreement, $3.5 million this year and $6,225,000 in 2016.

Hossa gets go-ahead goal, Blackhawks edge Blues 4-2

St. Louis has lost two straight since a franchise-record 13-game point streak. The Blues are 20-5-2 at home.

Bills to sign Incognito, key figure in bullying scandal

In a two-sentence release Saturday night, the Bills said they reached an agreement in principle to sign Incognito. He was a free agent and had been out of football since being suspended and missing the final eight games of the 2013 season.

Paul fined $25,000 for criticizing female official

The NBA announced the fine on Saturday. Paul was given a technical by rookie referee Lauren Holtkamp on Thursday night in the third quarter of a 105-94 loss to the Cavaliers, a game that featured five technicals against the Clippers.

Foligno leads goal parade in Blue Jackets' 7-1 rout of Blues

Nick Foligno set a career high with his 19th and 20th goals of the season and also had an assist, and the Columbus Blue Jackets had their most productive game in a 7-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Friday night.

Judge takes Peterson arbitration arguments under advisement

The latest dispute between the NFL Players Association and the NFL over the league's personal conduct policy was aired Friday in federal court, as Adrian Peterson listened to arguments about his suspension that the union is trying to have overturned.

Jurors in ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez's trial tour his home

Hernandez was not allowed on the tour, but lawyers for both sides attended, as did Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh, who is overseeing the case.

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