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Vonn wins women's World Cup downhill in France

VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — American skier Lindsey Vonn won a World Cup downhill race Saturday on the same course where she re-injured her troublesome right knee one year ago, clinching a 61st career victory to continue her strong comeback following two operations.

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Saturday 12/20/2014
Things to know about Friday's baseball news
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

There was a flurry of news around Major League Baseball on Friday as teams worked to retool before the holiday break. Here are some things to know about all the player moves and other changes:

APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks' payroll streak, owe most tax
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

AP sources: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year agreement
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Several people familiar with the deal say Major League Baseball and its umpires have reached agreement on a five-year labor contract.

Friday 12/19/2014
Raptors hand Pistons 12th straight home loss
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Toronto Raptors felt right at home at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday night.

APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks' payroll streak, owe most tax
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

NEW YORK (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have ended the New York Yankees' 15-year streak as Major League Baseball's biggest spenders and owe more than $26.6 million in luxury tax.

Rondo wants another title run in move to Dallas
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

DALLAS (AP) — Rajon Rondo wants another ring and another parade and knew it probably wasn't happening anytime soon with the rebuilding Celtics.

Howe's family reports rapid improvement
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

DETROIT (AP) — Gordie Howe's family says the hockey great has made a dramatic improvement after he participated in a stem cell clinical trial.

2 Armstrong associates settle lawsuit with Landis
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two of Lance Armstrong's longtime business partners have agreed to pay the federal government $500,000 to settle a whistleblower lawsuit filed by former teammate Floyd Landis.

Rays, Padres, Nats complete 11-player trade involving Myers
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Rays, Padres and Nationals finalized an 11-player trade Friday that sent 2013 AL Rookie of the Year Wil Myers from Tampa Bay to San Diego and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. from Washington to the Rays.

St. Louis Rams 'Hands Up' players give back at holiday event
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

JENNINGS, Mo. (AP) — The St. Louis Rams players who did the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture treated residents of nearby Ferguson to some holiday cheer on Friday.

Padres to acquire OF Justin Upton from rebuilding Braves
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

ATLANTA (AP) — With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal.

Selig to become baseball commissioner emeritus
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

NEW YORK (AP) — Bud Selig will be given the title of baseball commissioner emeritus when he retires next month.

Gold medalist Michael Phelps pleads guilty to DUI
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps avoided jail time on Friday when a judge placed him on probation for pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge for the second time in 10 years. The punishment came with a warning.

Penguins Olli Maatta tests positive for mumps
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta is the third member of the team diagnosed with mumps.

Jerry Sandusky is denied $4,900-a-month pension
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.

Sponsors pay big bucks to join college bowl games
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in front of fans watching on TV and in the stands.

Marathon runner Jeptoo's 'B' sample positive
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 6:45 am

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Marathon runner Rita Jeptoo's "B'' sample tested positive, Kenya's athletics federation said Friday, confirming an earlier test that found traces of a banned performance enhancer.

Phillies finalize deal sending Jimmy Rollins to Dodgers
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 3:31 am

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have finalized their trade of Jimmy Rollins, sending the All-Star shortstop and $1 million to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-hander Zach Eflin and left-hander Tom Windle.

FIFA will not reopen 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 12:01 am

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Defiantly declaring that FIFA is no longer in crisis, Sepp Blatter said Friday the decision to hold the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar won't be revoked and the governing body will publish a confidential probe into the process that picked those countries as hosts.

Parity abounds among women's hoops elite
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 9:30 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley is sure of two things this season — there's more parity than ever at the top of women's basketball and her Gamecocks likely won't remain No. 1 for long.

Sepp Blatter says FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 6:31 pm

MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Sepp Blatter says FIFA will not reopen the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Pope boosts Rome's 2024 bid but warns: 'I won't be around'
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 6:04 pm

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has given a papal thumbs up to Rome's bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics amid talk that the Vatican might host some events. But he is warning: "I won't be around."

Jags' Marks caps 21-13 win over Titans with sack
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 4:47 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Sen'Derrick Marks slipped by Andy Levitre, grabbed Charlie Whitehurst around the legs and dragged him to the ground.

A look at NFL's most underappreciated, overblown
Updated: December 20, 2014 - 12:15 am

Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys head into Sunday's game against the Colts leading the NFC East and on the verge of a playoff berth. A ton of the credit for that should go to head coach Jason Garrett's assistants.

Best of the season's 39 bowl games
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 4:02 pm

The College Football Playoff era is here and as the bowl season starts, it feels a bit like a New Year's three-for-one special: Three big games instead of one.

Warriors beat Thunder 114-109 after Durant injury
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:31 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr could only shake his head and grin while Kevin Durant put on the best performance of his young season in the first half.

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Updated: December 19, 2014 - 8:01 pm

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Warriors beat Thunder 114-109 after Durant injury
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 2:46 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry had 34 points and nine assists, and the Golden State Warriors rallied from an early 17-point deficit to beat Oklahoma City 114-109 on Thursday night after Thunder star Kevin Durant left with a sprained right ankle.

Penn State, BYU to meet for title
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 2:02 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It would be difficult to find two schools with more differing pedigrees heading into a championship match than Penn State and Brigham Young.

Padres, Dodgers finalize Kemp trade
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 1:46 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Slugger Matt Kemp has joined the Padres after San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers finalized a five-player trade Thursday night.

Durant leaves Thunder game with ankle injury
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 2:02 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant did not return for the second half against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday night after twisting his right ankle.

Jaguars hold off Titans late, win 21-13 in home finale
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 1:17 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Blake Bortles revived a stagnant offense. Jordan Todman provided some cushion. And Sen'Derrick Marks sealed it with the most rewarding sack of his career.

A's trade All-Star catcher Derek Norris to Padres
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 1:17 pm

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The revamping Oakland Athletics made yet another trade of a star player this offseason, sending catcher Derek Norris and minor league right-hander Seth Streich to the San Diego Padres on Thursday night for righties Jesse Hahn and R.J. Alvarez along with an international signing bonus slot.

Thursday 12/18/2014
Jones scores 21 to lead No. 2 Duke over UConn
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 12:46 pm

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Two possessions into the second half, Mike Krzyzewski had seen more than enough from his young and talented Duke team and let them know it in forceful terms that any young man would understand.

Titans cling to 10-7 lead over Jaguars at halftime
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 12:31 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Rookie quarterback Blake Bortles revived a Jacksonville offense that had been stagnant for four games, leading the Jaguars on back-to-back touchdown drives for a 14-10 lead over the Tennessee Titans after three quarters Thursday night.

Celtics trade Rondo to Mavericks
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 8:01 pm

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics traded point guard Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night, cutting ties with the last remnant of their last NBA championship while giving Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks a chance at another title.

Anthony sits out Knicks' game against Bulls
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 11:17 am

CHICAGO (AP) — New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony sat out Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore left knee.

Helfrich: Ekpre-Olomu won't play against FSU
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 10:47 am

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon coach Mark Helfrich confirmed Thursday that the third-ranked Ducks will be without star cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu when they face Jameis Winston and Florida State in their playoff game Jan. 1.

'Hands Up' players to attend Ferguson Christmas party
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 10:31 am

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jared Cook wants to be more than hands up, he wants to be hands on this holiday season.

Kris Medlan and Royals agree to $8.5 million, 2-year deal
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 10:01 am

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After twice having Tommy John surgery, Kris Medlen was looking for a team to give him a chance.

39 bowl games and a reason to watch every one
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 10:01 am

Over the next three weeks, 38 bowl games and a national championship game will be played from Boise to the Bahamas and various points in between. You should watch them all. Here's why:

NCAA executive backs athlete image compensation
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 7:46 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oliver Luck is ready to embark on another rebuilding project.

Bears bench QB Jay Cutler for Clausen
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 7:16 am

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The thought crossed Jay Cutler's mind as soon as he found out he was being benched: He might have played his final game for Chicago.

Steroids trial pushed back for A-Rod's cousin
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 6:31 am

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has delayed for two months the trial of a cousin of New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez on charges stemming from dealings with the clinic that illegally provided performance-enhancing drugs to baseball players.

Rivera: Newton 'probably' will start vs. Browns
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:16 am

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers' Cam Newton will "probably" start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns barring any physical setbacks this week, Carolina coach Ron Rivera said after the quarterback practiced on Thursday.

Drug supplier pleads guilty in MLB doping case
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 3:16 am

MIAMI (AP) — A man who admitted working as a black market chemist at a garage lab in his suburban home pleaded guilty Thursday to being the main supplier of banned performance-enhancing substances in Major League Baseball's most recent steroid scandal.

Harlon Hill finalist Vander Laan leads AP Little All-America
Updated: December 19, 2014 - 2:46 am

Harlon Hill Trophy finalists Jason Vander Laan of Ferris State and Anthony Bilal of Lake Erie highlight The Associated Press Little All-America team, honoring the top players in Divisions II and III and NAIA.

McDowell jayvee teams stay perfect
Posted: December 18, 2014

BLACK MOUNTAIN – A total of nine McDowell players scored in Wednesday’s 54-7 rout of the Owen Warlassies in junior varsity basketball action.

Lady Titans too much for Owen
Posted: December 18, 2014

BLACK MOUNTAIN – Coming off a pair of important victories last week, the McDowell Lady Titans continued to move steadily along Wednesday evening as four players scored in double figures in a 68-37 win on the road against the Owen Warlassies.

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