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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Danny Salazar breezed through his first outing for the Cleveland Indians this spring. No extra adrenaline from facing the Chicago Cubs. No interest in revisiting the World Series. Just another day at work. Salazar pitched two crisp innings, and Cleveland and Chicago played...
Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) dunks on Detroit Pistons forward Jon Leuer (30) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.  AP Photo/Paul Sancya
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Jaylen Brown was ready to shoot when the ball came to him in the right corner. Even he couldn’t have anticipated what was to come. Brown sank a 3-pointer while being fouled with 37.6 seconds remaining, and the Boston Celtics ended up with five points on that...
Kurt Busch, left, celebrates in Victory Lane with New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. AP Photo/Terry Renna
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Outlaw, Smoke and Gronk turned the Daytona 500 into party central. The good times were just getting started in victory lane Sunday night. Flanked by sexy models, the triumphant trio chugged drinks and gave NASCAR the buzz it craved in the season opener. Might as...
Rickie Fowler reacts as he watches his putt on the 12th hole during the final round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Fowler won the tournament.  AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Golf’s youngest and biggest stars keep winning. Rickie Fowler has mostly been watching. He wasn’t in Hawaii when Justin Thomas swept the Aloha State by a combined 10 shots, including a PGA Tour record for 72 holes and a 59 at the Sony Open. He took off the final...
Dallas Stars left wing Antoine Roussel (21) slides into Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. The Bruins won 6-3.  AP Photo/LM Otero
DALLAS (AP) — Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins kept surging under interim coach Bruce Cassidy, moving up in the race for the playoffs that begin in mid-April. For defenseman Johnny Oduya and the Dallas Stars, the immediate future is much more uncertain. Bergeron had two goals and an...
Lindsey Vonn of the United States, who refused the start, talks to reporters in the finish area during the women's alpine combined Super-G race of the Alpine Skiing World Cup, in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017. Alessandro della Valle/Keystone via AP
CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Lindsey Vonn wasn’t about to risk another injury, and neither was Mikaela Shiffrin. Vonn and Shiffrin, along with some of their American teammates on the World Cup tour, pulled out of the Alpine combined race on Friday because of dangerous conditions on the...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Gordon is working in the broadcast booth. Carl Edwards is spending time with family. Tony Stewart is hanging out at dirt tracks. Some of NASCAR’s biggest stars have stepped away over the last 15 months, a thought-provoking trend that doesn’t appear to be ending...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kurt Busch’s car could have been parked at an auto show. Models in skimpy attire lingered around his Monster Energy car, posing for a steady stream of fans wanting snapshots and selfies. Even among the cluster of candy, beer and fast food companies adorned on cars...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. prepares to get in his car during a NASCAR auto racing practice session at Daytona International Speedway, Friday, Feb. 24, 2017, in Daytona Beach, Fla. AP Photo/John Raoux
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The good news for NASCAR is that all signs indicate Dale Earnhardt Jr. has a legitimate shot to win the Daytona 500. A victory for NASCAR’s most popular driver, in his return to racing after a concussion sidelined him the second half of last season, would be a massive...
In fantasy draft prep, you’ll hear three terms more than any others: breakout, sleeper, and bust. Looking at the negative of the three, how do we define what a bust is? It really depends on whom you ask. A bust can be a player who doesn’t live up to his average draft position (ADP) or high...

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