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Kraft takes the offensive, defends team, seeks NFL apology
CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) -- The New England Patriots came out swinging upon their arrival at the Super Bowl....

Manfred knows he'll get hit as commish _ his name is on ball
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rob Manfred knows he'll get pounded now that he's baseball commissioner - his name is printed in blue script on the sweet spot between the seams of every big league ball....

Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery, likely out for season
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant will have surgery Wednesday on his torn right rotator cuff, likely ending his 19th season with the Los Angeles Lakers....

LeBron, Cavs climb in standings, back in title conversation
CLEVELAND (AP) -- LeBron James sat in his corner cubicle with a towel wrapped around his waist and a look of satisfaction on his face that had been missing for weeks....

AP source: Yanks thinking of not making $6M payment to A-Rod
NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Yankees are thinking about not making a $6 million payment to Alex Rodriguez if he hits six home runs and ties Willie Mays at 660 for fourth place on the career list....

Thunder F Durant out vs Wolves with sprained toe
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Kevin Durant is sitting out the Thunder's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night with a sprained big toe on his left foot....

Smith goes from MVP to barely seeing field for Seattle
PHOENIX (AP) -- Malcolm Smith stood out for always being in the right spot....

Super Bowl Media Day: The art of saying little to nothing
PHOENIX (AP) -- This is not a story about Super Bowl Media Day. Thank God. This IS a story about the story of Super Bowl Media Day....

No. 15 Iowa State holds off No. 19 Texas 89-86
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa State accomplished what it set out to do: respond to a brutal loss at Texas Tech with another big win over a ranked team....

Nadal loses; Sharapova to play all-Russian semi in Australia
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Two rounds after Roger Federer's unexpected exit from the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal has joined him on the sidelines....

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