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Williams tells TV station Panthers are releasing him

Williams told Charlotte television station WBTV Monday that he was informed of the decision in a meeting last week with general manager Dave Gettleman and coach Ron Rivera.

Comeau scores twice, leads Penguins past Blues 4-2

The win snapped a three-game skid in which Pittsburgh had managed only one goal in each game. Comeau said the Penguins just got back to basics.

MLB makes small pace of game changes, passes on bigger steps

Many of the more radical ideas experimented with during the Arizona Fall League were not adopted, such as a 20-second clock between pitches, a limitation of pitcher's mound conferences involving catchers and managers, and no-pitch intentional walks.

Kurt Busch loses appeal to overturn NASCAR suspension

A three-judge panel upheld NASCAR's suspension, but attorney Rusty Hardin said Busch will now go to final appeals officer Bryan Moss, who indicated he would hear it Saturday night.

Blues ride big second period, beat Bruins 5-1

Petteri Lindbohm, Alex Pietrangelo and T.J. Oshie scored on the Blues' first three shots of the second to chase Subban and cancel Tuukka Rask's scheduled night off. Rask, who has played in 25 of the last 26 games, flipped a chair before leaving the bench.

COMMENTARY: Which NFL team going to LA? The envelope, please ...

How Goodell handles this plot twist will go a long way toward determining whether he's worth that $44 million annual salary to the people who pay it — his bosses, the 32 NFL owners.

NFL's competition committee may consider replay expansion

The committee co-chairman said Friday that while many coaches and team officials are proposing changes, including the possibility of making penalties reviewable, they may not happen before next season.

Cardinals plan to limit Wainwright's workload

Wainwright averaged 222 innings the past three seasons. He went 20-9 last year, then had surgery to remove torn cartilage from his right elbow after St. Louis was eliminated by the Giants in the NL Championship Series.

Three NFL teams in Los Angeles? Not viable, experts say

The Oakland Raiders, the San Diego Chargers and the St. Louis Rams each have gained a foothold in the LA area. The Raiders and Chargers announced Thursday that they are planning a shared stadium in Carson, in the Los Angeles suburbs, if both teams fail to get new stadiums in their current hometowns.

It's on: Mayweather says he and Pacquiao to fight May 2

Floyd Mayweather Jr. will meet Manny Pacquiao on May 2 in a welterweight showdown that will be boxing's richest fight ever. Mayweather himself announced the bout Friday after months of negotiations, posting a picture of the signed contract online.

Blazers grieve for Jerome Kersey; death linked to blood clot

Kersey died Wednesday night at 52. The state medical examiner said Thursday a blood clot had traveled from his left calf to his left lung, causing a pulmonary thromboembolism. Kersey had minor knee surgery last Friday, but it could not be immediately determined if the surgery caused the clot.

Knight lands with Suns, Bucks get Carter-Williams in three-team trade

Milwaukee traded guard point guard Brandon Knight to Phoenix in a three-team deal Thursday that also sent Michael Carter-Williams from Philadelphia to Milwaukee, according to a person familiar with the deal. The Bucks also got guard Tyler Ennis and forward Miles Plumlee from Phoenix.

Garnett returning to Minnesota in deadline deal

The Minnesota Timberwolves are sending forward Thaddeus Young to the Brooklyn Nets for Garnett, two people with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The people spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been officially announced.

Suns send point guard Dragic to Miami

The Heat swung a deal to acquire Dragic — a third-team All-NBA player last season — from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA's standard trade call had not yet taken place to make the deal official.

Marcus Mariota becomes feature attraction at NFL combine

When asked about reading more complex defenses and the perception that he can't make NFL throws, Mariota responded by simply saying that's somebody's opinion.

Elway: Broncos want Payton Manning back, still awaiting word

Manning and Elway met last week in Denver. Several outlets reported that Manning told the Broncos he wanted to return. But the visit came and went without an announcement.

Royals head to spring training with hopes of World Series return

Pitchers and catchers will report to the Royals' spring training home in Surprise, Arizona, on Thursday.

Rotation uncertain for Cardinals entering spring training

The two-time defending Central Division champions are accustomed to making deep October runs, with 11 postseason appearances the last 15 years. Still, a team can't have enough arms this time of year.

Eric Hosmer, Royals agree to two-year deal

The two sides avoided arbitration by coming to an agreement less than 24 hours before an anticipated hearing in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Day 1 at the NFL Combine is a trip to the doctor

With the league's increased scrutiny on concussions, establishing each player's real history has become a priority.