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Kubiak retires after 36 years in NFL

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak has retired after a 36-year career as a player, coach and adviser in the NFL, the team announced Thursday. The decision, though widely expected, will force head coach Mike Zimmer to hire a sixth offensive coordinator in ...

Stars finally set to start delayed season

DALLAS — The Dallas Stars are finally set to open their season, more than 10 months after playing their last home game, nearly four months after losing the deciding Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final and a week after every other NHL team got back on the ice. The Stars’ return comes ...

Colts’ Rivers retires after 17 NFL seasons

INDIANAPOLIS — When Philip Rivers first started tossing footballs as a high-school ball boy, he heaved them any way he could. The throwing motion stuck — and success soon followed. Rivers used that strange, shot put-like style to land a college scholarship, become a first-round draft ...

Brady, talented receivers finding chemistry

TAMPA, Fla. — When Tom Brady drops back in the pocket he has a bunch of options to attack opposing defenses, including a talented collection of receivers that’s possibly the best he’s played with in more than a decade — maybe even his entire career. For starters, Mike Evans is ...

Trump pardons brother of football’s Brian Urlacher

CHICAGO (AP) — The brother of Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher has been pardoned of federal charges that he recruited for a multi-million dollar illegal offshore gambling ring, Casey Urlacher, the mayor of the tiny Chicago suburb of Mettawa, was among those pardoned in ...

Dodgers HOF pitcher Don Sutton dies

LOS ANGELES — Don Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation spanning an era from Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela, died Tuesday. He was 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said Sutton died at his home in Rancho ...

Woods’ season delayed after 5th back surgery

Tiger Woods has suffered a setback with his back, disclosing Tuesday that he recently had a fifth surgery that will keep him from starting the year until after the West Coast Swing on the PGA Tour. Woods will not play next week in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, which he has ...

Bills, Bucs risen from droughts

In the 1990s, the Bills buffaloed their way to four successive — if not successful — Super Bowls. No other franchise has managed that. About a decade later, the long-downtrodden Buccaneers swashbuckled to an NFL title. Ever since, pretty much nothing for those teams. Until ...

Improving Knicks beat Magic

NEW YORK — Elfrid Payton’s words at the podium Monday had to be sweet music to the ears of New York Knicks coaches and executives. “We’re not satisfied,” Payton said after the Knicks’ 91-84 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday. For a franchise that has spent the most ...

No in-person NFL combine

The NFL will not allow in-person workouts for the scouting combine due to health and safety precautions because of COVID-19. The league informed teams Monday that any workouts will take place on the individual pro days on college campuses. Interviews of prospects and psychological testing ...

Belarus stripped of hockey worlds

ZURICH (AP) — The hockey world championships were pulled from Belarus on Monday following pressure from opposition groups and a threatened boycott by sponsors. The International Ice Hockey Federation cited safety concerns and said it will seek a new country to co-host the tournament with ...

Chargers hire Brandon Staley as coach

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Brandon Staley won’t have to move that far for his first head coaching opportunity. Staley agreed to become the Los Angeles Chargers’ coach on Sunday night after one season as the defensive coordinator for the crosstown Rams. The Chargers made the ...

Urban Meyer hired as Jaguars head coach

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Urban Meyer agreed to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday, leaving the broadcast booth and returning to the sidelines after a two-year absence that followed another health scare. The 56-year-old Meyer was team owner Shad Khan’s top target, ...

UFC won’t punish fighters for pot use

The UFC will no longer punish fighters for using marijuana in most cases, making a major change to its anti-doping policy. The world’s largest mixed martial arts promotion confirmed Thursday that it will no longer worry about positive tests for carboxy-THC, the psychoactive ingredient ...

Tide QB Mac Jones leaving early for NFL draft

Four stars from Alabama’s national championship team, including Heisman Trophy finalist quarterback Mac Jones, are leaving early to enter the NFL draft. Jones, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, cornerback Patrick Surtain II and defensive lineman Christian Barmore announced their intentions ...

Pebble Beach for pros only this year

The only stars at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am this year will be the players and the golf course. The spike in COVID-19 cases in California led organizers to cancel the pro-am portion of a tournament with a long history of entertainers, celebrities and CEOs mixing with the pros ...

Browns get coach back

CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Stefanski is back to lead the Cleveland Browns. Stefanski returned to the team’s facility Thursday, 10 days after the first-year coach tested positive with the virus and after he missed Cleveland’s playoff win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Instead ...

Harden headed to Nets in 4-team deal

James Harden is heading to Brooklyn, joining old teammate Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to give the Nets a potent trio of the some of the NBA’s highest scorers. The Nets agreed to acquire the three-time scoring champion from the Houston Rockets on Wednesday in a move he has sought for ...

Olympic swimmer charged in Capitol riot

Five-time Olympic swimming medalist Klete Keller was charged Wednesday with participating in a deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol after video emerged that appeared to show him among those storming the building last week. An FBI complaint, citing screenshots from the video, asked that a ...

Goalies not the only ones with masks in NHL this year

Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice struggled to blow a whistle while wearing a mask. Barry Trotz couldn’t see if one of his New York Islanders players was skating toward him because his mask had helped fog up his glasses. “It was ugly there for a while,” Maurice said. “There’s some ...