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Feb 22

Blackhawks outlast Senators in shootout

Nick Schmaltz scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give Chicago a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, just the Blackhawks’ second victory in 11 games. Schmaltz fired a wrist shot between the legs of Mike Condon after Patrick Kane and rookie Alex DeBrincat connected in the

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Feb 22

Story behind story of Austin Dillon’s lucky penny gets another surprising chapter

Austin Dillon thought it was just another run-of-the-mill interview. After all, the 27-year-old NASCAR driver has had plenty of those since Sunday night, when he won his first Daytona 500. But instead, as he answered questions Wednesday morning at Rich…

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Feb 22

NASCAR’s Daytona 500 was emotional, thrilling … and nobody watched. Get used to it.

In the world of NASCAR, the Daytona 500 is unparalleled. It is the most prestigous, most-watched and most-coveted race of the season. And this year, a record low number of people watched it. Sunday’s iteration drew a 5.1 overnight rating on Fox, beating out the 2014 race (which was rain-delayed for

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Feb 22

Blackhawks outlast Senators in shootout

Nick Schmaltz scored in the seventh round of the shootout to give Chicago a 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, just the Blackhawks’ second victory in 11 games. Schmaltz fired a wrist shot between the legs of Mike Condon after Patrick Kane and rookie Alex DeBrincat connected in the

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Feb 22

NASCAR’s Daytona 500 was emotional, thrilling … and nobody watched. Get used to it.

In the world of NASCAR, the Daytona 500 is unparalleled. It is the most prestigous, most-watched and most-coveted race of the season. And this year, a record low number of people watched it. Sunday’s iteration drew a 5.1 overnight rating on Fox, beating out the 2014 race (which was rain-delayed for

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Feb 22

Bubba Wallace’s take on Denny Hamlin claiming a flat tire at the line

The memory of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 victory at Daytona International Speedway isn’t far from driver Austin Dillon’s memory. In fact, Dillon can watch the victory through a window at the team’s shop, where it plays continuously. Twenty years ago, Earnhardt received a lucky

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Feb 21

High-stakes tweeting: How social media has changed the game for NBA players

Stephen Curry has a rule with Twitter. Before he sends a tweet, he’ll re-read it at least once. “If I hesitate for a half of a second, then most likely I won’t tweet it,” Curry told the Bay Area News Group. Curry has written many drafts that have never seen daylight. Some were responses

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Feb 21

Jack McCallum’s ‘Golden Days’ connects fortunes of Lakers and Golden State Warriors, plus more sports books

"Golden Days" by Jack McCallum, Ballantine, 336 pages, $28 Jack McCallum no longer covers the NBA on a regular basis for Sports Illustrated, but thankfully he still writes books about the game. His latest effort, "Golden Days," show…

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Feb 21

Shannon Ryan: Where is the NHL’s Chris Long?

As Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist during the national anthem to call attention to racial injustice before an NFL preseason game, teammate Chris Long slung his arm around Jenkins’ shoulder. “I just told Malcolm, ‘I’m here for you,’ ” Long told The Philadelphia

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Feb 21

Tuesday’s Sports In Brief

COLLEGE BASKETBALL LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville officials are not happy with the NCAA’s decision that mandates the school vacate its 2013 men’s basketball championship in the wake of an embarrassing sex scandal, and interim President Greg Postel did not hide his disappointment. It’s

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Feb 21

Tuesday’s Sports In Brief

COLLEGE BASKETBALL LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville officials are not happy with the NCAA’s decision that mandates the school vacate its 2013 men’s basketball championship in the wake of an embarrassing sex scandal, and interim President Greg Postel did not hide his disappointment. It’s

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Feb 20

Marla Ridenour: East’s No. 1 seed may be iffy, but GM Koby Altman injected hope into Cavs

In a span of 24 hours, the postseason outlook for the Cavaliers went from bleakness to exhilaration. Before general manager Koby Altman’s Feb. 8 roster transformation, fans wondered if the Cavs would even make the playoffs, an unthinkable notion for a LeBron James-led team. After three trades involving

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Feb 20

Austin Dillon: You drove the Number 3 and that is why I want to drive it

The memory of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 victory at Daytona International Speedway isn’t far from driver Austin Dillon’s memory. In fact, Dillon can watch the victory through a window at the team’s shop, where it plays continuously. Twenty years ago, Earnhardt received a lucky

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Feb 20

Austin Dillon: He has given me everything in my career

The memory of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 victory at Daytona International Speedway isn’t far from driver Austin Dillon’s memory. In fact, Dillon can watch the victory through a window at the team’s shop, where it plays continuously. Twenty years ago, Earnhardt received a lucky

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Feb 20

Austin Dillon got the Number 3 back into victory lane and it feels good

The memory of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt’s 1998 victory at Daytona International Speedway isn’t far from driver Austin Dillon’s memory. In fact, Dillon can watch the victory through a window at the team’s shop, where it plays continuously. Twenty years ago, Earnhardt received a lucky

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Feb 19

Hank Aaron is on hold? ‘That’s awesome!’ Bubba Wallace said of surprise Daytona call.

Sometimes, coming in second place can be pretty awesome. That was the case Sunday when Darrell “Bubba” Wallace – NASCAR’s only black driver – made runner-up in the Daytona 500. But another symbolic moment came just before the race started, when Wallace got a surprise phone call from another African-American

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