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With Zion injured, No. 8 UNC routs No. 1 Duke 88-72

Luke Maye took full advantage of a freak injury to freshman sensation Zion Williamson, finishing with 30 points and 15 rebounds to lead No. 8 North Carolina past No. 1 Duke 88-72 on Wednesday night. A star-studded crowd that included former President Barack Obama, Spike Lee and Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey Jr. packed into Cameron looking for another highlight-filled show from Williamson &mdash...
Duke star Williamson sprains knee after Nike shoe blows out

Duke star Williamson sprains knee after Nike shoe blows out

Freshman sensation Zion Williamson was knocked out of the North Carolina-Duke rivalry game with a knee sprain after his Nike shoe blew out during the top-ranked Blue Devils' opening possession Wednesday night. While describing the sprain as mild and the knee as stable, coach Mike Krzyzewski said he doesn't know how much time Williamson will miss.

Obama arrives for North Carolina-Duke matchup

Former President Barack Obama has arrived at Cameron Indoor Stadium for top-ranked Duke's game against No. 8 North Carolina. Obama entered the arena about 30 minutes before tipoff Wednesday night, slapping high-fives with the Cameron Crazies behind one basket as they chanted his name. Obama is a noted college basketball fan who has ties to both programs.
A new country, big excitement in Mexico over Tiger Woods

A new country, big excitement in Mexico over Tiger Woods

Two small openings on both sides of a tree-covered path were packed with fans young and old, some with caps they wanted signed, others holding phones to capture the moment. They were screaming one word that translates in any language at the Mexico Championship. "Tiger!" Tiger Woods eventually walked by on his way to the range at Chapultepec Golf Club, and the volume got louder.
Love healthy, optimistic as Cavs fight to season's finish

Love healthy, optimistic as Cavs fight to season's finish

Kevin Love relaxed on the beach under the warm Caribbean sun during the All-Star break. He hopes it finally shines on him and the Cavaliers in the second half of a depressing, gloomy season. Offering optimism about his future and Cleveland's, Love returned to the practice floor with his teammates on Wednesday following the league's annual midseason celebratory interruption.
Chiefs turning to Spagnuolo to shore up sieve-like defense

Chiefs turning to Spagnuolo to shore up sieve-like defense

Steve Spagnuolo spent much of his year out of coaching making the 45-minute drive from his home in Philadelphia to the headquarters of NFL Films in Mount Laurel, New Jersey. Spagnuolo had finished a tour as the interim coach of the New York Giants and missed out on the full-time job after the season.
76ers All-Star C Embiid out a week with sore left knee

76ers All-Star C Embiid out a week with sore left knee

Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid will miss at least a week with a sore left knee. Embiid underwent an MRI on Tuesday, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapy until he is evaluated again next week. The 24-year-old Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers.
Washington Capitals put playoff hero Smith-Pelly on waivers

Washington Capitals put playoff hero Smith-Pelly on waivers

The Washington Capitals placed playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly on waivers Wednesday ahead of next week's NHL trade deadline. Coach Todd Reirden told reporters in Toronto the plan was to waive winger Dmitrij Jaskin, who did not practice, but the team changed course.

Steelers won't tag Bell; will explore trade for Brown

Le'Veon Bell is free to go. Antonio Brown, maybe not so much. The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to place a transition tag on Bell, allowing the star running back to reach the open market when free agency begins next month.
Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'

Obama joined by Curry to tell minority boys 'you matter'

Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place. Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother's Keeper, an initiative he launched after the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Stricker appointed US captain for Ryder Cup in home state

Stricker appointed US captain for Ryder Cup in home state

Steve Stricker paid his dues to become a Ryder Cup captain, and it had nothing to do with winning a major. He didn't make his first team until he was 41 in the 2008 matches at Valhalla, a rare U.S. victory, and played in two more. He spent the next six years in the back room as an assistant captain to Tom Watson, Davis Love III and Jim Furyk, and he was captain of the formidable U.S.
Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations 'unfounded'

Mariano Rivera calls child support allegations 'unfounded'

Just weeks after becoming baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, Mariano Rivera is defending himself from accusations in his native Panama that he has failed to support two children he had outside his marriage. The former New York Yankees' closer on Tuesday called the demands filed against him in the Central American country "unfounded." "I have always acted ... as a good...

Twins' Sano cut foot in celebration, out for at least a week

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will miss at least the first week of full-squad workouts after he cut his foot while celebrating his team winning the Dominican Winter League championship. Sano has been wearing a walking boot to protect the wound, which is above the heel on his right foot. Sano reported to camp Sunday and the first full-squad workout was Monday.
Manfred: Slow market may be 'much ado about nothing'

Manfred: Slow market may be 'much ado about nothing'

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred predicts top free agents will all get deals and the second slow free-agent market won't have lasting significance. "In some ways I feel like it's a little much ado about nothing if in fact those players all sign at the end of the day," he said Tuesday. "The season's going to go on.
McDowell defends Daytona 500 decision not to push Logano

McDowell defends Daytona 500 decision not to push Logano

Michael McDowell was still digesting his fifth-place finish at the Daytona 500 when Joey Logano appeared at the front of his car, angrily pointing at the Ford logo. He was questioning McDowell's loyalty to the brand.
Brown meets with Rooney, saying 'it is time to move on'

Brown meets with Rooney, saying 'it is time to move on'

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has ended his lengthy standoff with the team by meeting with president Art Rooney II, though any shot at reconciliation between the two sides appears to be out of the question.
Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92

Former Dodgers great Don Newcombe dies at 92

Don Newcombe, the hard-throwing Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who was one of the first black players in the major leagues and who went on to win the Rookie of the Year, Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards, has died. He was 92. The team confirmed that Newcombe died Tuesday morning after a lengthy illness.
Celtics still figuring things out heading into stretch run

Celtics still figuring things out heading into stretch run

One way or another, the spotlight was always going to shine on the Boston Celtics in an Eastern Conference without LeBron James. After back-to-back losses to James' Cavaliers in the past two conference finals, his departure West to join the Los Angeles Lakers seemed to clear the path for Boston to take the reins in the East. That hasn't happened — yet.
No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach

No. 1 Naomi Osaka loses 1st match since splitting from coach

Naomi Osaka lost her first match since moving up to No. 1 in the WTA rankings — and first since splitting from her coach. The two-time major champion had trouble with her serve and was beaten 6-3, 6-3 by 67th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Championships in a little more than an hour on Tuesday.
Coaching site builds list of those banned from US Olympics

Coaching site builds list of those banned from US Olympics

An advocacy group has published a first-of-its-kind comprehensive list of coaches banned from Olympic sports, creating a database of nearly 1,000 people no longer allowed to work in the U.S. Olympic system because of sex-abuse allegations, doping positives and other criminal activities involving minors. The staff at greatcoach.com compiled the list using information from the U.S.
AP source: Machado, Padres agree to $300M, 10-year deal

AP source: Machado, Padres agree to $300M, 10-year deal

With their city's long-suffering fans desperate for a winner, the rebuilding San Diego Padres delivered their splashiest free agent signing ever by agreeing with All-Star infielder Manny Machado on a $300 million, 10-year deal.
Moustakas has unfinished business in Milwaukee

Moustakas has unfinished business in Milwaukee

Mike Moustakas fell one win shy of reaching the World Series with the Milwaukee Brewers. "I think we had some unfinished business after last year," Moustakas said Tuesday after finalizing a $10 million, one-year deal with the Brewers. "I loved playing here last year. It was a lot of fun.
Shiffrin wins city event, locks up World Cup slalom title

Shiffrin wins city event, locks up World Cup slalom title

Mikaela Shiffrin wrapped up the season-long slalom World Cup title Tuesday, three days after winning her record fourth straight world title in the discipline. And she matched yet another record in the process. Shiffrin won a parallel city event, defeating Christina Geiger of Germany in both runs to win the final by 0.27 seconds.
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