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New York

Jacoby Ellsbury reaches 3 times in Yanks’ loss to Pirates – ESPN

Jacoby Ellsbury reaches 3 times in Yanks’ loss to PiratesESPNBRADENTON, Fla. — Jacoby Ellsbury reached base in all three plate appearances of his New York Yankees’ spring training debut, scoring twice Wednesday in 6-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Ellsbury, who left World Series champion Boston for a $153 …2014 Yankees preview: Will club miss […]

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San Francisco

With tensions rising, 2014 could be make-or-break for Jim Harbaugh – CNN

CNNApparently that theory no longer applies in San Francisco, which, including the playoffs, is tied for the most overall wins (41) in the league over the past three seasons — a run of success that dovetails exactly with the three-year Jim Harbaugh …USC made run at San Francisco 49ers’ Jim HarbaughNFL.comOwner: 49ers quickly nixed BrownsESPNMultiple […]

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Oakland

Oakland A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson already thinking about October – San Jose Mercury News

Oakland A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson already thinking about OctoberSan Jose Mercury NewsPHOENIX — Friday was the second day of full team workouts for the A’s, but third baseman Josh Donaldson, even at this early date, can’t help but think ahead. To October. After making it to the playoffs the last two seasons and coming […]

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For Cleveland Cavaliers to make playoffs, Kyrie Irving has to build on recent … – The Plain Dealer

The Plain DealerCLEVELAND, Ohio — Kyrie Irving winning the MVP in the All-Star Game makes for a fun weekend for Cavaliers fans. But here’s what was more meaningful — how Irving has played in the five-game winning streak. He is averaging 20.1points, 6.7 assists and …NBA Trade Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers willing to move Dion Waiters, […]

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Sports

Goodell promotes playoff expansion… again – Cincy Jungle

Cincy JungleNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke during Friday’s Super Bowl XLVIII news conference, highlighting the benefits of expanding the field in the playoffs by two teams (one per conference). Make no mistake about it. The NFL is here to make money.Roger Goodell: NFL hears opponents of Washington Redskins’ nicknameWashington PostNFL’s Goodell envisions changes, more playoff […]

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San Antonio Spurs vs. Houston Rockets: Live Score and Analysis – Bleacher Report

Bleacher ReportIf the San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets meet in the playoffs, hopefully it won’t be under these circumstances. The Rockets topped the Spurs, 97-90, rallying back from an early 15-point deficit in a battle of injury-depleted teams on Tuesday night.Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at. Houston RocketsPounding The RockSan Antonio Spurs vs Houston […]

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Sports

Roger Goodell: NFL to consider playoff games on Friday, Monday with possible … – SI.com

SI.comRoger Goodell hinted that the league is moving toward playoff expansion. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images). NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this month that the league was seriously considering expanding the playoffs to allow two more teams into …Goodell: Extra points could go away in NFLChicago TribuneNFL considering proposal to abolish extra pointsNFL.comRoger Goodell: NFL considering […]

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San Francisco

Rivalry Between Seattle and San Francisco Heats Up the West Coast – New York Times

Rivalry Between Seattle and San Francisco Heats Up the West CoastNew York TimesThe Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers act like the N.F.L.’s fiercest rivals, which might seem strange for teams that have never met in the playoffs. Stranger still, the tension’s origins trace to five years ago, when both teams were bad and […]

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NFL

Aaron Hernandez not allowed to watch AFC Championship game – CBS sports.com (blog)

CBS sports.com (blog)Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez wasn’t allowed to watch his old team play against Indianapolis last week in the divisional round of the playoffs and things won’t be changing for Sunday’s AFC Championship game. Bristol County Sheriff Thomas …Sheriff: Aaron Hernandez can’t watch AFC title gameNew York Daily NewsFormer Patriots TE Aaron […]

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Sports

Ten things that intrigue me from NFL Championship Game Weekend – CBSSports.com

CBSSports.comPatriots QB Tom Brady vs. Broncos QB Peyton Manning — Does it get any better than seeing these two matched up for a shot at the Super Bowl? They’ve met three times in the playoffs, and Brady leads 2-1. Manning won the last playoff meeting. Can he make …The Playbook: Previewing Broncos-Patriots, Seahawks-49ersSI.comAFC, NFC championship […]

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Sports

Broncos’ John Elway expects Peyton Manning back in 2014 – USA TODAY

USA TODAYENGLEWOOD, Colo. — As a quarterback, John Elway enjoyed nothing more than the NFL playoffs. But now that he’s running the Denver Broncos, postseason has become a miserable experience. “It took me four hours to get the pit out of my stomach after the …Capsule for AFC championship gameWashington PostExplaining Peyton Manning’s ‘Omaha’ call: […]

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NFL

Patriots and Broncos to play for AFC Title – Patriots.com

Patriots.comDownload Game Release >> The New England Patriots advanced to their 10th AFC Championship Game, and third straight AFC title game, after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game last Saturday night at Gillette Stadium.2014 NFL playoffs: What to watch in AFC, NFC championship gamesCBSSports.comPatriots In The AFC Championship GameCBS LocalTale […]

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NFL

49ers ready for road to Seattle, NFC Championship game – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsNearly 10,000 miles more will be soared through these NFC playoffs, with victorious stops in Green Bay and Carolina en route to Sunday’s connection in Seattle for the NFC Championship game. All those frequent-flier miles won’t get the 49ers (14-4) a …NFC Championship 2014: Seahawks, 49ers set for biggest game in NFL’s […]

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Sports

Madden: In the cold, ‘you better be able to run it’ – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe running game wins championships, right? Maybe so. Expect the smash-mouth football trend of these NFL playoffs to continue come Sunday’s championship game showdowns between the power running New England Patriots and Denver Broncos in the …Fact Check: Not from the Northwest? Watch it on TV, bubFlorida Times-UnionTicket gripes, billboard bias, trash talk … […]

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Sports

Brady-Manning, 49ers-Seahawks spice up title games – Boston.com

Boston.comDenver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning warms up before playing against the San Diego Chargers in an The Associated Press Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning warms up before playing against the San Diego Chargers in an NFL AFC …Beast quake: Seahawks fans rock stadium againBoston HeraldNFL playoffs: Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers to play New […]

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Sports

Report cards: Colts can’t answer reinvented Patriots – USA TODAY

USA TODAYThe New England Patriots used a vicious ground game to defeat the Indianapolis Colts 43-22 on Saturday in the AFC divisional playoffs. Below are grades for each team. THE Q: Patriots’ new formula? GROSS:Andrew Luck slobbers everywhere.Preview: Colts at PatriotsReutersSorting the Saturday Pile: Patriots run by Colts 43-22CBSSports.comCharles Barkley embraces Patriots locker room like […]

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Sports

Bell Tolls: Big litmus test for Colts on Patriots’ turf – USA TODAY

USA TODAYConsider the path the Indianapolis Colts have taken to advance to the AFC divisional playoffs, and there is no denying the statements they made along the way with victories against quality opponents. The Colts won at San Francisco. They handled Seattle.Colts’ Luck faces steepest test vs. PatriotsNew York PostNFL divisional playoff preview: Colts, Luck […]

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Sports

No lead safe with comeback kings – Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne Journal GazetteFOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady has been leading successful comebacks for more than a decade. Andrew Luck is just getting started. One of them should have a chance to do that again tonight. The New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts, who have …NFL playoffs: Elite kickers face offNorthJersey.comGostkowski, Vinatieri get kicks in […]

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Sports

Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman fired – Washington Post

Washington PostMIAMI — Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has been fired, marking the first offseason change for a team that missed the playoffs because of a late-season collapse. Owner Stephen Ross was expected to demand some sort of shakeup …Dolphins fire Mike ShermanESPNMike Sherman fired as Dolphins offensive coordinatorPhilly.comDolphins fire offensive coordinator Mike ShermanCBSSports.com77Square.comall […]

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Sports

Alex Smith proved he was the right man for the job – FOXSports.com

FOXSports.comKANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith did something Saturday no other quarterback in NFL playoff history has managed — throw four touchdowns with no interceptions, and still come away with a loss. There are probably several ways to interpret the meaning of …Andrew Luck leads Indianapolis Colts back from 28-point hole to beat Kansas …azcentral.comWould […]

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Sports

No Chris Paul, no playoffs? – ESPN

ESPNThe mildly disappointing season of the Los Angeles Clippers hit another road bump Friday when MVP candidate Chris Paul went down with a separated right shoulder. The timetable for Paul’s return is three to five weeks, though Clippers coach Doc Rivers …Tiago Splitter injury: Right shoulder sprain will ‘definitely’ sideline Spurs big manSB NationRecap: San […]