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LeBron scores 42, Cavs beat Warriors for 18th win in last 20
CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James says he isn't about personal statements. He made one anyway Thursday night....

Judge rules for Peterson, opening door for reinstatement
In NFL limbo for the last five-plus months, Adrian Peterson's future with the Minnesota Vikings is still in question....

No word on possible MLB discipline for Angels star Hamilton
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was on the minds of his teammates Thursday, a day after he was in New York to meet with Major League Baseball officials about an unspecified disciplinary issue....

Ex-Louisville guard Jones pleads not guilty to rape, sodomy
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville coach Rick Pitino had reached his limit with Chris Jones, even before he knew the senior guard was facing felony rape and sodomy charges....

Scale of racism in World Cup host Russia exposed by study
LONDON (AP) -- Russian football is plagued by a racist and far-right extremist fan culture that threatens the safety of visitors to the 2018 World Cup, a report provided to The Associated Press reveals....

Buffalo engineers seek to build better NFL schedule
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Two industrial engineering students at the University at Buffalo decided to see if they could build a fairer NFL schedule. It added up to a tougher challenge than anticipated....

Earl Lloyd, first black player in NBA, dies at 86
Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86....

A's begin baseball's mandatory domestic violence training
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Reliever Dan Otero spoke up, as did many others, with a question on the topic of domestic violence that has been at the forefront of professional sports following the NFL's recent troubles....

Deontay Wilder hoping to deliver self into boxing history
NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) -- Deontay Wilder is driving around in a Hummer and sports cars, leaving his beer delivery truck days far behind. He watched the Super Bowl from the stands instead of his couch and made his rounds at the NBA All-Star game, too....

No. 13 Utah routs Arizona St 83-41 with dominant first half
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Utah Utes sent a message to the Pac-12-leading Arizona Wildcats with their play on Thursday night....

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