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by AP posted Feb 25 2013 9:09AM


<VIDEO> Jimmie Johnson won his second Daytona 500, grabbing the spotlight from Danica Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in "The Great American Race," but finished in eighth place.
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by Associated Press posted Feb 19 2013 5:38PM
  DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Tony Stewart typically shines during Speedweeks, the nine-day period when he cements himself as a top contender to win the Daytona 500. 
 
     He's back in the spotlight this year, but not the way he's been in the past. 
 
     Stewart has so far been overshadowed by Danica Patrick, who drove a Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet to the pole in qualifying for the Daytona 500. 
 
     It's made Patrick, not Stewart, the star so far at Daytona.  
 
     As Patrick's car owner, Stewart is just fine with that.  Plus, the three-time NASCAR champion has his sights on something bigger: finally winning the Daytona 500. Stewart is winless in "The Great American Race" in 14 career starts. 
 
     Stewart has won Daytona's July Cup race four times, and has 18 career victories at the track. 
 
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by AP posted Feb 19 2013 9:02AM


<VIDEO> Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA team to 10 championships from the Showtime dynasty of the 1980s to the Kobe Bryant era, died Monday. 
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by Associated Press posted Feb 18 2013 6:52PM
  NEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball has pitched an arbitration shutout.
 
     Reliever Darren O'Day completed a $5.8 million, two-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles today, becoming the 133rd and final player to settle without a hearing among the 133 who filed for arbitration Jan. 13.
 
     This is the first year since arbitration began in 1974 that no player who filed went to a hearing.
 
     Baseball's previous record low was three hearings, set in 2005 and matched in 2009 and 2011. Arbitration was suspended in 1976 and 1977 while free agency was put in place.
 
     The high was 35 hearings in 1986.
 
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by WXIN-Indianapolis posted Feb 18 2013 7:49AM


<VIDEO> Chris Hagan talks with the driver after making history Sunday by becoming the first female to win a Sprint Cup pole position.
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by AP posted Feb 14 2013 8:16AM

<VIDEO> Olympic athlete and double-amputee Oscar Pistorius is charged with murder, after a woman was shot dead in his home in Pretoria, South Africa on Thursday. 
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by AP posted Feb 13 2013 9:38AM

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by AP posted Feb 12 2013 10:57AM

<VIDEO> Soccer faces an epic battle against match-fixing, as organised crime makes billions of dollars betting on rigged games. An AP investigation found corruption eating away at the world's most popular sport.
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by Associated Press posted Feb 11 2013 7:17PM
  BOSTON (AP) - The snowed-out game between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 25.
 
     The game was originally to be played on Saturday. It was first pushed back from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then postponed because of the blizzard that dumped as much as three feet of snow on parts of New England.
 
     The new date means the Lightning will play at home against Toronto on Wednesday night, fly to Boston for a game on Thursday night and return to Tampa Bay for the regular-season finale on Saturday.
 
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by AP posted Feb 8 2013 11:36AM


     NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A power company says the cause of the Super Bowl blackout was a faulty device that had been installed to prevent a failure of electric cables leading to the Superdome.
 
     Officials of Entergy New Orleans say the device, called a relay, had been installed to protect the stadium from a cable failure between the company's incoming power line and lines that run into the stadium. 
 
     Company officials said the device performed without problem during January's Sugar Bowl and other earlier events. 
 
     They said the device has been removed and replacement equipment will be installed. 
 
     The power failure cut lights to about half of the stadium for 34 minutes, halting play between the Baltimore ravens and San Francisco 49ers.
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by WXIN-Indianapolis posted Feb 8 2013 9:42AM


<VIDEO> Fox59 Sports' Jeremiah Johnson recaps Illinois' 74-72 victory over #1 Indiana from the Assembly Hall in Ilinois. 
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by Associated Press posted Feb 7 2013 7:10PM
  WASHINGTON (AP) - The Washington Redskins are taking a beating at the Smithsonian.
 
     The team's nickname - deemed by many as an offensive term toward Native Americans - was a prime topic of discussion at a daylong symposium Thursday at the National Museum of the American Indian.
 
     Washington, D.C., native and University of North Florida professor E. Newton Jackson got a round of applause from the packed auditorium when he said he stopped using the nickname decades ago.
 
     Other nicknames and mascots also came under scrutiny, including a red-skinned image named "Mr. Yakoo" used by a high school in Massachusetts.
 
     No one from the audience defended the Redskins name during the morning session. Organizers say the team did not respond to an invitation to participate.
 
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by Associated Press posted Feb 7 2013 7:09PM
  HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The NCAA says it wants a judge to throw out the federal antitrust lawsuit Pennsylvania's governor filed against it over Penn State's $60 million fine and other penalties resulting from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
 
     College sports' governing body said in a filing Thursday it disagrees with just about every allegation in the complaint against it initiated by Gov. Tom Corbett last month.
 
     The NCAA says the penalties imposed under a July consent decree with the university aren't related to regulation of economic activity, so antitrust law doesn't apply. It also argues Corbett lacks standing to sue.
 
     It calls the governor's lawsuit "an inappropriate attempt to drag the federal courts into an intra-state political dispute."
 
     Corbett has said the NCAA overstepped its authority. His spokesman says lawyers will review the NCAA's filing.
 
 
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by Associated Press posted Feb 5 2013 2:41PM
  SCHLADMING, Austria (AP) - The U.S. Ski Team says Lindsey Vonn has torn ligaments in her right knee and broken a bone in a crash Tuesday at the world championships.
 
     The team says Vonn will have surgery and will miss the rest of this season but is expected to return for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
 
     The team says Vonn tore her anterior and medial cruciate ligaments in her right knee and fractured a bone in her lower leg.
 
     Vonn lost balance on her right leg while landing a jump, flipped in the air and landed on her backside as she smashed through a gate before coming to a halt.
 
     The four-time overall World Cup winner and 2010 Olympic downhill champion received medical treatment on the slope for 12 minutes before being taken by helicopter to a hospital in Schladming.
 
 
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by Associated Press posted Feb 4 2013 7:09PM
  LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sports fans bet a record $98.9 million at Nevada casinos on the Super Bowl.
 
     The Gaming Control Board says unaudited tallies show 183 sports books made $7.2 million on the action. The San Francisco 49ers started out as a 5-point favorite but the Baltimore Ravens won 34-31.
 
     Odds makers say California fans drove the unprecedented handle, flooding Las Vegas and northern Nevada with wagers on the hometown team. The 49ers hadn't been in a Super Bowl since 1995.
 
     The previous Nevada record was set in 2006, when gamblers wagered $94.5 million.
 
     Casinos say they lost big on proposition bets, including a long-shot on whether there would be a safety. 
 
 
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by Associated Press posted Feb 4 2013 7:06PM
 BALTIMORE (AP) - Baltimore is in party-planning mode a day after the Ravens' Super Bowl victory.
 
     Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city's parade for the team will begin at City Hall on Tuesday morning and end with a free celebration at M&T Bank Stadium.
 
     The lineup was still being finalized as the team arrived back in Maryland Monday afternoon.
 
     The parade will begin at 10:45 a.m. at City Hall, where there will be a new purple, black and white congratulatory banner hanging. The parade will head south on Commerce Street and continue to Pratt and Howard streets. 
 
     The stadium celebration begins at 12:30 p.m. The National Weather Service was forecasting temperatures in the low to mid 30s with a 20 percent chance of light rain or snow.
 
 
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by AP posted Feb 4 2013 9:36AM


<VIDEO> Check out game-winning shot at update high school basketball game
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by AP posted Feb 4 2013 9:30AM


<VIDEO> The French Quarter in New Orleans overflowed with jubilant Baltimore Ravens fans Sunday night following the team's win over the San Francisco 49ers at the Super Bowl.
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by AP posted Feb 4 2013 9:25AM


<VIDEO> Baltimore's streets filled with Ravens fans on Sunday night, after their team defeated the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, 34-31.
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by AP posted Feb 4 2013 4:39AM


<VIDEO>     NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Capping a pretty perfect postseason, Joe Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns Sunday to earn Super Bowl MVP honors for leading the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-29 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.
 
     Flacco became only the sixth quarterback in 47 Super Bowls to throw for three scores in a first half, connecting with Anquan Boldin for 13 yards, Dennis Pitta for 1, and Jacoby Jones for 56.
 
     And the unassuming guy who played his college football at Delaware finished Baltimore's four-game run to the title with 11 TD passes and zero interceptions. It was an impressive run that included road victories against two of the game's best QBs, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
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by AP posted Feb 4 2013 4:38AM


<VIDEO>      NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Baltimore Ravens won their second Super Bowl in 12 years by holding off the favored San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl 47 at the New Orleans Superdome. 
 
     Joe Flacco tossed three touchdown passes in the first half as the Ravens opened a 21-6 halftime edge, including a 56-yarder to Jacoby (jah-KOH'-bee) Jones just before halftime. Jones opened the second half with an electrifying 108-yard touchdown record, the longest kickoff return in Super Bowl history.
 
     Then a power outage delayed play for 35 minutes, which seemed to breathe life into the Niners. Trailing 28-6 when the power went out, San Francisco came to life with 17 points over a 4:14 stretch of the third quarter to make it 28-23.
 
     After Baltimore took a 31-23 lead, the Niners scored a touchdown to cut it to 31-29. San Francisco's two-point conversion failed. Baltimore added a late field goal and then in the final seconds took an intentional safety to make the final margin 34-31.
 
     Flacco was named the Super Bowl MVP. He went 22 of 33 for 287 yards and the three scores. He's the sixth QB in 47 Super Bowls to throw for that many TDs in a half.
 
     Baltimore also won the Super Bowl in 2001.
 
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by AP posted Feb 4 2013 4:36AM


    <VIDEO> NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Officials of the utility company supplying power to the Superdome say the Super Bowl outage occurred when sensing equipment detected an "abnormality" in the system.
 
     A statement from Entergy and the Superdome said Sunday that a piece of equipment monitoring electrical load sensed the abnormality and opened a breaker, partially cutting power.
 
     The statement said backup generators kicked in before full power could be restored.
 
     The Super Bowl was delayed for 34 minutes.
 
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by AP posted Feb 1 2013 10:32AM


<VIDEO> Investigators have confiscated more than $13.6 million worth of phony sports merchandise over the past five months and expect to seize more in New Orleans during Super Bowl week, a federal law-enforcement official said Thursday.
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by AP posted Feb 1 2013 9:11AM
<VIDEO> Caleb Moore Dies 1 Week After Crashing Snowmobile During Winter X Games
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