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Column: Time’s up for cheerleaders/dancers at NFL, NBA games

ATLANTA (AP) — This is not a rant against cheerleading. That’s a legitimate sport, played by elite athletes — men and women — who are worthy of admiration for their daring and skill. There might even come a day when cheerleaders are competing for gold, silver and bronze at the Olympics. None of which has […]

Matt Ryan re-signs with Falcons so where’s that leave Packers and Rodgers?

ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan is the NFL’s first $100 million man. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback became the league’s highest-paid player Thursday by agreeing to a five-year contract extension that could be worth as much as $150 million. A person familiar with the deal, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the […]

Little bro Raptors no match for the LeBron

LeBron James had 43 points on 19-of-28 shooting, 14 assists, eight rebounds and just one turnover. TORONTO (AP) — Watching LeBron James at shootaround, Kevin Love knew something special was in store. Maybe not the fadeaway jumpers James kept making, each seemingly with a higher degree of difficulty than the last, but he was sure […]

Coach: WNBA champs Lynx still waiting for White House invite

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve says the team is still waiting for a White House invitation after winning its latest WNBA title in October. Reeve says the lack of an invite from President Donald Trump is disappointing. She noted at practice Wednesday that then-President Barack Obama contacted the Lynx immediately after they […]

Authorities: Slaying possibly linked to killing of ex-Packer

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man whose bullet-riddled body was found dumped along a rural road in Alabama apparently was killed in retaliation for the slaying of a former Green Bay Packers player, authorities said Wednesday. A statement from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said Darryl Thomas, 21, of Center Point appeared to have been […]

Study: Diversity remains low in sports news departments

The number of jobs held by people of color and women in sports departments at newspapers and websites has improved slightly but remains low, with most positions dominated by white males, according to a study released Wednesday. The report by Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports issued the more than 75 outlets […]

Bauer: Pitchers should be able to use substances on ball

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians right-hander Trevor Bauer believes baseball should allow pitchers to use sticky substances on the ball during games. The present rules that ban pitchers from doing so are rarely enforced, he said Wednesday. He added sticky substances increase movement on the ball and give pitchers an advantage. Bauer started a Twitter […]

Unsigned safety Reid files collusion grievance against NFL

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players’ union says former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid filed a grievance against the league, alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners. Reid, a Pro Bowler in 2013, had joined former teammate Colin Kaepernick two seasons ago in kneeling during the national anthem […]

Prunty still interim, but Bucks eying Buldenhozer

The Milwaukee Bucks haven’t told interim coach Joe Prunty he won’t be hired full time but the rumors are swirling on who the team is interested in. Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer is one candidate, sources told the New York Post’s Marc Berman. The Bucks have not officially dismissed or ruled out a return of […]

Jeffers ends Reds comeback, saves Brewers

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ryan Braun hit a tiebreaking double and Travis Shaw ended his deep slump with a two-run homer Tuesday night, powering Milwaukee to a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds in another resurgent night for the Brewers’ struggling offense. Milwaukee came into a series in an historically bad slump — only two runs […]

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