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The Latest: East practice starts for Sunday's All-Star game
TORONTO (AP) -- The Latest on Saturday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):...

Seeking a Splash: Klay goes for All-Star 3s upset of Curry
TORONTO (AP) -- Klay Thompson believes, even if he knows many don't....

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia 1st to draw lifetime drug ban
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia became the first player to receive a lifetime ban under Major League Baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time....

FIFA ethics committee bans Jerome Valcke for 12 years
GENEVA (AP) -- Jerome Valcke, Sepp Blatter's long-time right-hand man, was banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years Friday for misconduct during his term as FIFA secretary general....

Bosh out of NBA All-Star Game due to calf injury
TORONTO (AP) -- Chris Bosh's All-Star participation for this year is over, before he ever took the floor in the city where his career began....

It's Kobe's world, at least for 1 more All-Star weekend
TORONTO (AP) -- Kobe Bryant answered questions in Spanish and Italian, raved about Canadian hospitality, showed off knowledge of both Greek basketball and English soccer. He announced plans to go to the Philippines and Taiwan, thanked fans from Japan and even asked a reporter how to say a phrase in Mandarin....

Van Gaal doubts Man United's top-4 chances after latest loss
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal cast doubt on his team's chances of qualifying for next season's Champions League after a 2-1 loss at relegation-threatened Sunderland in the Premier League, placing the Dutchman under fresh scrutiny on Saturday....

Coaches adapt to limits on their ability to call timeouts
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Coaches are still getting accustomed to a new NCAA rule that restricts them to calling timeouts only when the ball is dead. The new wrinkle has produced some interesting scenarios down the stretch of close games....

Mickelson's round stalls, Kang's does not
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- The back nine didn't go according to plan for Phil Mickelson during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and the par-3 14th hole at Monterey Peninsula served as the best illustration....

Pearson's overtime goal powers Kings to 5-4 win over Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Kings often work overtime. And it's paying off for them in a big way....

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