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49ers' Smith pleads no contest to gun charges, DUI

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith pleaded no contest Wednesday to three felony weapons charges and two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence.

Former NFL players say teams gave pain pills 'like candy'

The toughness of pro football players might be legendary, but a lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of more than 600 former players contends it was abetted by team physicians and trainers who routinely, and often illegally, dispensed powerful narcotics and other controlled substances on game days to mask the pain.

WNBA begins marketing campaign targeted at LGBT community

The WNBA plans to become the first pro league to specifically recruit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered fans to its games.

Sacramento Kings' new arena project approved by city

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson led the City Council in approving a $477 million arena for the Kings' NBA franchise late Tuesday and immediately hailed the project for raising the city's profile.

Paul George diagnosed with concussion after Game 2 collision

Indiana Pacers guard Paul George was diagnosed with a concussion Wednesday, and as such, his team appears to be more welcoming of the three-day break between games against the Miami Heat.

Rangers await different feel at Madison Square Garden on Thursday

Madison Square Garden underwent a recent $1 billion transformation, and yet it will have another completely different feeling once the New York Rangers hit the ice in the Eastern Conference finals.

Duncan helps Spurs rout Thunder in series opener

The Spurs took advantage of Thunder forward Serge Ibaka's absence, winning game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, 122-105.

Heat, James outlast Pacers in Game 2 to even Eastern Conference Finals

Lebron James had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. Dwyane Wade had 23 points, 13 in the first half when the Heat desperately needed them to stay close, and 10 more in the fourth quarter when they had to rally.

Wainwright throws 1-hitter as Cardinals shutout Diamondbacks

Adam Wainwright allowed one hit, facing one batter over the minimum and very few hard-hit balls, and the St. Louis Cardinals ended an eight-game home run drought with long balls from Matt Adams and Jhonny Peralta in a 5-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Cavs continue lottery luck, get No. 1 pick again

The Cavaliers continued their remarkable run Tuesday, winning the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft for the second straight year and third time in the last four. They moved up from the ninth spot, when they had just a 1.7 percent chance of winning the top selection.

Ex-players sue NFL over use of painkillers

The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages on behalf of more than 500 ex-athletes, charges the NFL with putting profits ahead of players' health. Some football players said they were never told they had broken bones and were instead fed pills to mask the pain.

Age really does know no limits in golf as 11-year-old qualifies for U.S. Women's Open

An 11-year-old girl who won her age group in the youth competition before the Masters has played her way into the U.S. Women's Open next month at Pinehurst No. 2.

Minneapolis awarded 2018 Super Bowl

The owners chose Minneapolis and the $1 billion stadium planned for the site of the old Metrodome to host the championship over New Orleans and Indianapolis.

Warriors introduce Steve Kerr as new coach

The Warriors introduced Kerr as their new coach Tuesday at a packed news conference at the team's downtown Oakland headquarters. Kerr signed with the Warriors for five years and about $25 million after rejecting an offer from mentor Phil Jackson to coach the New York Knicks.

Busch looks to reinvent himself with 'The Double'

On his days away from the track, Busch still can't escape a spirited race. But it's his urge to race, to win, that makes Busch believe — sometimes to his detriment — that he can take on any endeavor in auto racing

No vote on expanded NFL playoffs till fall at earliest

There is strong sentiment among the owners to add a wild-card team in each conference to the postseason, most likely beginning in 2015. Such a setup would eliminate one of the first-round byes, with only the team with the best record in each conference getting a week off at the beginning of the playoffs.

White Sox edge Royals in Game 2 of their series

White Sox pitcher Andre Rienzo (4-0) limited the Royals to two runs and five hits over six innings. He struck out a career-high eight.

White Sox rally from 5-run hole, beat Royals 7-6

White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko simply scoffed when he was asked to summarize in a paragraph Monday night's wild 7-6 victory over the Kansas City Royals. "I don't know if a paragraph is enough," he said.

UPDATE: Rams hoping not to get picked for HBO's 'Hard Knocks'

Michael Sam is out of the TV spotlight and the St. Louis Rams hope to avoid being the subject of another high-profile show.

Miami looks to rebound from Game 1 loss at Indiana

Over the past two years, these teams have met 15 times with Paul George usually drawing the seemingly impossible task of defending LeBron James.