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Lynch at Media Day: 'I'm here so I don't get fined'
PHOENIX (AP) -- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch constantly repeated "I'm here so I don't get fined" for five minutes before leaving the podium at Media Day....

Tale of Tiger's tooth: 'Dude ... caught me square' on mouth
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Tiger Woods was all smiles Tuesday - and with a full set of teeth....

Super Bowl, Tiger make Phoenix center of sports universe
PHOENIX (AP) -- Tiger Woods will tee off his season in front of 200,000 golf fans and an estimated million people will flock to a revived Phoenix downtown for NFL events....

Former NFLers appeal dismissal of lawsuit over painkillers
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Lawyers representing 1,300 former NFL players filed notice Tuesday that they plan to appeal a federal judge's dismissal of a lawsuit alleging that teams damaged the players' health by routinely - and often illegally - dispensing painkillers....

Nadal's Australian Open goes true to his prediction
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Rafael Nadal kept telling anyone who would listen that his fitness levels wouldn't stand up to the rigors of a two-week Grand Slam tournament. Tomas Berdych proved him right....

Golfer Allenby stands by story, says truth will come out
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- A defiant and at times angry Robert Allenby stood by his story Tuesday that he was robbed and beaten in Honolulu, basing the account on what he remembered and what he was told by a homeless woman who came to his aid....

Tony Stewart returns with a swagger not seen in 2 years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Tony Stewart, walking without a limp for the first time in 18 months, declared himself pain-free and never more eager to start a season....

Brodeur to retire, join St. Louis Blues front office
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Martin Brodeur, one of the greatest goaltenders in NHL history, is retiring....

Shooters find not every basketball is same in college game
When it comes to shooting a basketball, Ryan Boatright, like any player, must adjust to the setting. The lighting of the arena, the softness of the rims, the give of the floor in a storied old gymnasium....

Kurt Busch focusing on racing amid domestic violence case
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Kurt Busch is confident he is in line for his best NASCAR season ever despite a domestic violence case that could keep him off the track....

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