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Lillard scores 43 as Blazers beat Spurs in 3 OT
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- The Portland Trail Blazers know firsthand how cold and methodical the veteran San Antonio Spurs can be when they have a team in trouble....

Things to know about Friday's baseball news
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:...

Interim coaching jobs present challenges in bowls
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Barney Cotton choked up as he described the challenges that come with serving as Nebraska's interim head coach....

APNewsBreak: Dodgers end Yanks' payroll streak, owe most tax
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....

LA Dodgers chart new course with rebuilt roster
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Andrew Friedman has thoroughly overhauled a 94-win team in his first two months running the Los Angeles Dodgers. None of his myriad moves made a bigger, more baffling splash than his trade of popular slugger Matt Kemp and $32 million to a division rival for what might be no more than half of a catching platoon....

Rondo wants another title run in move to Dallas
DALLAS (AP) -- Rajon Rondo wants another ring and another parade and knew it probably wasn't happening anytime soon with the rebuilding Celtics....

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....

St. Louis Rams 'Hands Up' players give back at holiday event
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....

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

AP sources: Umpires, MLB reach 5-year agreement
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....

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