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Kobe Bryant among 8 finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The list of finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame is considerably shorter than usual. The voters really didn’t need more this year. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — 48 All-Star nods between them — headlined the ...

UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons

By Rob Harris AP Global Soccer Writer LONDON (AP) — English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned by UEFA from the Champions League for two seasons on Friday for “serious breaches” of spending rules in a seismic ruling against one of world football’s wealthiest ...

The First Fan: Obama appears at All-Star NBA Cares event

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Zion Williamson and Trae Young are used to meeting fans who are typically a bit nervous during those interactions. This was different. This time, they were nervous to meet the fan. Former President Barack Obama — a huge basketball ...

Daytona 500 up for grabs as no clear theme has emerged

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first four events leading into the Daytona 500 have produced four different winners. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. put his new team on the pole, while Erik Jones outlasted a crash-fest to win a qualifying race. Joey Logano and William ...

Daytona 500 purse in high gear, topping $23 million

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR will dole out a record $23.6 million to the 40 drivers racing in the Daytona 500. The sanctioning body released the total purse Friday, an about-face for an organization that hadn't released payouts since the 2015 season. NASCAR's charter system with teams ...

A’s Kemp chose not to be part of Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Called up in September 2017 by Houston, Tony Kemp immediately got asked by teammates whether he wanted to be a part of the Astros' sign-stealing scheme. His answer was a firm no, and Kemp didn't feel further pressure to do it. "That ...

Jordan, Wilkins reflect on memorable ’88 dunk contest battle

By TIM REYNOLDS and STEVE REED AP Sports Writers CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins have never talked to one another about the 1988 dunk contest. They might be the only ones. It is still the dunk contest by which all other dunk contests are measured: Two stars, at the peak ...

Ravens OL James Hurst suspended 4 games for PED use

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers. Hurst is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return ...

Red Sox promote Ron Roenicke to interim manager

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox promoted bench coach Ron Roenicke to manager Tuesday, hiring him to replace Alex Cora on the day the team’s pitchers and catchers reported for the start of spring training. The move is an indication that ...

LeBron James among 44 US Olympic basketball team finalists

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LeBron James is considering a return to the Olympics. James — a two-time gold medalist and three-time Olympian — was among 44 players announced by USA Basketball on Monday as finalists for the team that will play in the Tokyo Games this summer. James ...