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Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017
ATLANTA (AP) -- Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture - an MLS team for Atlanta....

Let the (real) games begin: It's NBA playoff time
MIAMI (AP) -- Finally, the NBA playoffs are set....

Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons had Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. The Oklahoma City Thunder had Kevin Durant. Even on a career night for Caldwell-Pope, advantage Oklahoma City....

Grizzlies grab 7th seed, beat Dallas 106-105 in OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Grizzlies had every reason to ease up in the regular season finale after pushing hard the past three months to reach the postseason....

Bradley leads Red Sox past White Sox in 14 innings
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox used patience and 15 walks to rally and force extra innings....

Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson
NEW YORK (AP) -- Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson is looking to quickly prove his critics wrong....

At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours....

Anaheim Ducks hold off Stars 4-3 in series opener
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Anaheim Ducks roared to a big early lead before blowing three-quarters of it. They skated circles around the Dallas Stars early, only to hold on by their fingernails late....

Angels beat A's 5-4 on Iannetta's HR in 12th
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Chris Iannetta swung the bat like a guy who definitely didn't want to catch one more inning....

Forensic expert faulted at Pistorius trial
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- The prosecutor at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Olympian, cross-examined one of the defense's forensic experts Thursday after the judge overseeing the case warned spectators watching the televised proceedings in an adjacent room for their "unruly" behavior....

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