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  Los Angeles honors Kobe, Gianna Bryant with public memorial

The celebration of life will feature music and retrospectives on Bryant’s career, along with speakers reflecting on his impact on his sport and the world.

Player reps not voting on NFL labor deal; more talks Tuesday

NFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot charge; police say he had 157 pounds of weed

  Denny Hamlin declared winner of the Daytona 500; Newman in serious condition

Newman released from hospital; Chastain to race Las Vegas

  Newman ‘awake and speaking’ after fiery Daytona crash

  Former NASCAR driver Candace Muzny found dead in home

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Cards’ Mikolas to get injection, likely to miss season start

  Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game 157-155 in revamped format

  Sticking to script: Bregman, Astros discuss sign stealing

Trump expected to attend Daytona 500 race Sunday in Florida

Browns’ Garrett reinstated by NFL after 6-game suspension

2 Ohio State football players accused of rape, kidnapping

Roger Kahn, elegant ‘Boys of Summer’ author, dies at 92

The author of 20 books and hundreds of articles, Kahn was particularly noted for the 1972 baseball best-seller, "The Boys of Summer."

Super Bowl napper’s now sleeping celebrity

A man takes a nap during the Super Bowl and now he’s an internet sensation.

Kenin of US tops Muguruza at Australian Open for 1st major

Kenin was seeded 14th. She had never been past the fourth round of a major tournament until now.

Roses for Kobe and Gianna as Lakers return to action

The Lakers prepared to play their first game since the crash.

NBA All-Stars to wear Kobe’s No. 24 and Gianna’s No. 2

AP Source: Baker reaches agreement to become Astros manager

Football Hall of Fame defensive end Doleman dies at age 58

AP source: Astros, Dusty Baker working on manager deal

  Kobe Bryant’s sudden death in helicopter crash shocks fans, athletes around the world

  Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna among 9 killed in helicopter crash, reports say

Hockey’s young stars shine in NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament

Hockey’s young skill was on display at the NHL All-Star 3-on-3 tournament.

49ers’ Katie Sowers to be first female coach in Super Bowl

The offensive assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers, Katie Sowers, will be the first female and first openly LQBTQ coach to participate in the big game.

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker elected to baseball Hall of Fame

Derek Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick for the Hall of Fame while Larry Walker also earned baseball’s highest honor on Tuesday.

Super Bowl 54 may be most expensive one yet

Ticket prices to Super Bowl 54 in Miami could be the most expensive ever.

New Mets manager Beltrán out amid sign-stealing scandal

Carlos Beltrán is out as manager of the New York Mets before a single game. It’s the latest fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League Baseball.

Previously undetected lymphoma led to ESPN reporter’s death, fiancée reveals

Aschoff’s fiancée said after his autopsy, they found out he had stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his lungs. It’s an aggressive kind of cancer that can be undetectable until it’s very advanced.

Demi Lovato to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl

A week before the Super Bowl, Lovato will perform at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Jan. 26.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign stealing scandal

The move came one day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport’s sign-stealing scandal.

Australian Open qualifying begins despite poor air quality from wildfires

Smoke haze and poor air quality from wildfires has caused problems for players in practice and qualifying for the Australian Open.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired in sign stealing scandal

Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch, GM suspended through World Series for team's sign-stealing; club fined $5 million.

Dallas Cowboys moving on without Jason Garrett as coach

Jason Garrett is out as coach of the Dallas Cowboys after missing the playoffs with an underachieving team in a make-or-break season.

The King reigns: LeBron James is AP’s male athlete of decade

LeBron James has been selected as The Associated Press male athlete of the decade.

Serena Williams aces AP Female Athlete of the Decade honors

Williams won 12 of her professional-era record 23 Grand Slam singles titles over the past 10 years. No other woman won more than three in that span.

The Fun Guy: Kawhi Leonard is the AP’s male athlete of 2019

Kawhi Leonard was an easy winner in the voting conducted by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers.

Lindsey Vonn proposes to fiancé P.K. Subban

Lindsey Vonn popped the question to hockey star P.K. Subban, though the couple has been engaged since he first proposed to her in August.

‘True to 7’: Nike releases Kaepernick-inspired ‘Air Force 1’ sneakers

On Monday, the sneaker company released the “Nike Air Force 1 Colin Kaepernick,” also known as “True to 7.”

AP Exclusive: Computer plate umps allowed in new labor deal

Umpires agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball in the development and testing of an automated ball-strike system as part of a five-year labor contract announced Saturday, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

NBA sends teams proposal for 78-game season, other changes

Players on the winning team in the in-season tournament would get a $1 million prize each.

Herman Boone, immortalized in ‘Remember the Titans,’ dies at 84

Herman Boone, the legendary high school football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film “Remember the Titans,” has died at the age of 84.

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has emergency brain surgery

The NBA says former Commissioner David Stern suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage earlier and underwent emergency surgery.

10 ex-NFL players charged with defrauding healthcare program

Prosecutors allege the players targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health Reimbursement Account Plan, which was established as part of a collective bargaining agreement in 2006.

22 MLB teams to expand protective netting at ballparks

Seven teams will expand protective netting to the foul poles and 15 other teams will expand their netting to the area in the outfield where the stands begin to angle away from the field.

Spy Harder: Patriots caught videotaping in Spygate sequel

Those rules were also an issue in 2007, when the Patriots were caught videotaping opposing team signals.

World Anti-Doping Agency imposes 4-year ban on Russia

The ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee means that Russia’s flag, name and anthem will not appear at the Tokyo Games, and the country also could be stripped of hosting world championships in Olympic sports.

College Football Playoff showdowns: LSU vs. Oklahoma; Ohio State vs. Clemson

The selection committee revealed the pairings Sunday for the national semifinals and the final four was no surprise.

Charges filed in stabbing of ex-Ohio State QB Terrelle Pryor

A woman was charged with attempted homicide in a Pittsburgh stabbing that critically injured former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who is also facing a charge, police said.

Cardinals’ Josh Shaw suspended for betting on NFL games

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Josh Shaw has been suspended through at least the end of the 2020 season for betting on NFL games on multiple occasions this season, the first time in more than 35 years a player has been banned for gambling.

PETA wants Georgia to retire Uga because ‘HE LOOKS MISERABLE!’

For the second time this year, the University of Georgia has found itself in the crosshairs of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Brawl breaks out after Michigan high school football game

The Michigan high school football playoff game between Denby and Almont ended early with a confrontation between Almont fans and Denby players and coaches.

Dwayne Haskins misses Redskins’ final play to take selfies with fans

Washington Redskins rookie Dwayne Haskins missed the final play of the game because he was celebrating and posing for selfies with fans.

Harvard-Yale game delayed by student protest; 20-30 arrested

Protesters wearing the colors of both Harvard and Yale staged a sit-in at midfield of the Yale Bowl during halftime of the 136th edition of the annual football rivalry known as The Game.

Steelers QB Rudolph fined $50,000 for brawl with Browns

Rudolph was fined $50,000 on Saturday by the NFL for his involvement in the melee that began when Browns defensive end Myles Garrett pulled off his helmet and hit him over the head with it.

Snowboarding visionary Jake Burton Carpenter dies at 65

Carpenter quit his job in New York in 1977 to form the company now known simply as Burton. His goal was to advance the rudimentary snowboard, then called a "Snurfer," which had been invented by Sherman Poppen a dozen years earlier.

Garrett’s suspension for helmet attack upheld after appeal; Rudolph denies racial slur use

Myles Garrett’s season is over after the NFL’s indefinite suspension of the Cleveland Browns star defensive end was upheld Thursday by an appeals officer.

  Pirates pitcher Vazquez faces more child sex-related charges

Suspended Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez is facing additional charges stemming from an alleged illegal sexual relationship with an underage girl.

Last-minute audible: Kaepernick workout moves to high school

Colin Kaepernick threw passes for about 40 minutes on a high school field, then signed autographs for hundreds of fans who gathered in an end zone to watch his NFL workout that was suddenly moved Saturday, the latest strange twist in the saga of the exiled quarterback.

Browns’ Garrett suspended for rest of season by NFL for swinging helmet at QB

Garrett ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and clobbered him on top of the head, triggering a brawl between the rival teams.

Cardinals reach agreement to stay on KMOX Radio

The St. Louis Cardinals will remain on their longtime radio flagship station through at least 2024, and with the same team of announcers

NFL says 11 teams have signed up for Kaepernick’s audition

The NFL said Thursday that 11 teams have committed to attending Colin Kaepernick’s workout in Atlanta this weekend and that more teams are expected to attend the former NFL quarterback’s audition.

Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams on Saturday

Colin Kaepernick plans to audition for NFL teams on Saturday in a private workout arranged by the league to be held in Atlanta.

Football coach suspended for running up score on undefeated team

A rule preventing lopsided scores was violated when a New York high school football coach left his first-team players in a game that was already well in hand.

Black cat scampers on field during Monday Night Football

The cat scampered on the field during a Giants drive in the second quarter and delayed the game for a few minutes while it was chased out of the stadium.

Penske buys Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar Series

The deal was done in roughly six weeks and began when Tony George, grandson of Tony Hulman, approached Penske before the season-ending race in California in September.

Nationals fan chops off beard for first time since 2012

A man who said he wouldn't shave his beard until the Nationals took the pennant has taken it off.

Golden State Warriors’ Curry undergoes hand surgery, to miss at least 3 months

Stephen Curry underwent surgery on his broken left hand.

  Helmets in play when it comes to flag football safety

Many consider it to be a safer alternative to tackle, but some leagues are now requiring kids to use helmets

  Nationals top Astros in Game 7 to win 1st World Series title

Howie Kendrick and Anthony Rendon homered in the seventh inning as the Washington Nationals overcame a two-run deficit and rocked the Houston Astros 6-2 Wednesday night in Game 7 to claim the first World Series title in franchise history.

  Ex-All-Star slugger Josh Hamilton charged with child injury

According to an affidavit by a Keller Police Department detective, Hamilton's daughter told police that he went on a rampage Sept. 30.

Nats beat Astros 7-2, force Game 7 in World Series

Stephen Strasburg gutted through without his best fastball to throw a five-hitter Tuesday night, and now it’s on to Game 7 in the first World Series ever in which the visiting team won each of the first six games.

NCAA board approves athlete compensation for image, likeness

The board voted unanimously on Tuesday to clear the way for the amateur athletes to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness.”

Cole pitches Astros to 3-2 Series lead over Nats

The Houston Astros handed the ball to Gerrit Cole, and he gave them a firm grip on the World Series.

Trump draws boos when introduced to crowd at World Series

President Donald Trump's low-profile appearance Sunday night at Game 5 of the World Series came at a high-profile moment of his presidency. Yet he still drew loud boos and jeers when introduced to the crowd.

Trump intends to uphold tradition of presidents and baseball

President Donald Trump's plan to attend Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday will continue a rich tradition of intertwining the American presidency with America's pastime.

Astros pound Nats 8-1, even World Series 2-2

Houston and Washington are all even in a World Series that has been one big road show.

Altuve, Astros show up in World Series, win Game 3 in DC 4-1

The World Series finally showed up back in Washington, 86 years later — and, sparked by José Altuve, the Houston Astros finally showed up in this World Series.

Chiefs’ Mahomes throwing during practice after knee injury

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes planned to throw during practice Wednesday, raising the possibility the reigning league MVP could return sooner than expected from a dislocated kneecap

Nationals’ Trea Turner stole a base, so Taco Bell will give us a free taco

Participating Taco Bells will give fans a free taco between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Oct. 30.

Staff fired, season canceled when suspended player suits up disguised as new player

A school in St. Louis has forfeited the 2019 season and fired all of its football coaches after a scandal involved a suspended player participating while disguised as a non-existent one.