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March 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is set to make his Cactus League debut Monday, giving him two weeks to get ready for opening day. Hamilton strained his left calf three weeks ago. He is expected to be the Angels' designated hitter Monday - and the cleanup hitter and left fielder in the March 31 opener against the Seattle Mariners. Neither Hamilton nor Manager Mike Scioscia expressed doubt about whether Hamilton would be prepared for the opener. Hamilton got 60 at-bats last spring, in 21 games.
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March 17, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Well, the NCAA bracket came out Sunday night for the men's basketball tournament starting this week. Have you filled out yours yet? Can we have a peek at your Final Four? How many No. 1 seeds have you got in there? MARCH MADNESS: Fill out your bracket Surely you have Wichita State - the top seed in the Midwest Regional which made the Final Four last year and is the only undefeated team in this year's tournament. Or are the Shockers your upset special? After all, they didn't play a particularly tough schedule and may have to get through Michigan, Duke and Louisville - not to mention a possible first-weekend matchup against Kentucky - just to get to the national semifinals in Arlington, Texas.
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March 17, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Playing at Denver on the second night of back-to-back games is considered one of the toughest things to do in the NBA. Even for a streaking team like the Clippers, it figures to be a tall task. The Clippers have won 11 consecutive games, the longest current winning streak in the league. They have tied the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves for the second-longest winning streak in franchise history. The franchise record is 17 games in a row, set by last year's team. But the Clippers play in Denver on Monday night, and they have lost three consecutive games there, the last time on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Randy Foye.
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March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
In a sport that isn't lightning fast to begin with, Kevin Na has earned a reputation as one of the slowest players on the PGA Tour. His glacial pace at the Valspar Championship over the weekend has revived calls for golf to institute a basketball-like shot clock. Don't look for Na -- who was cited for pace of play during the third round -- to support a change.  "I got criticized but I really don't think it's fair," he said after the tournament. "I was just playing my game.
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March 17, 2014 | By Todd Martin
Johny Hendricks, who pulled out a courageous win over Robbie Lawler by coming on strong in the second half of the final round on Saturday, moves to the top of this month's welterweight rankings.   Heavyweight   1. Cain Velasquez 2. Junior Dos Santos 3. Fabricio Werdum 4. Travis Browne 5. Antonio Silva 6. Josh Barnett 7. Alistair Overeem 8. Stipe Miocic 9. Mark Hunt 10. Stefan Struve   April 19 on Fox, Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum will fight to determine the next contender for UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
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March 17, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Metta World Peace had his contract bought out by the New York Knicks last month, at his request, because they wouldn't let him lead, not because he was spending a lot of time on the bench. That is what the former Lakers forward told the New York Post on Sunday. “I didn't mind playing any role, but I didn't see myself having a role, not even a leadership role,” World Peace said. “I was fine with being on the bench, but at times I wanted to help lead. But at times I tried to lead, it was met with resistance.
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March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
Russian President Vladimir Putin -- who has a lot on his mind these days -- took a few minutes Monday to thank his country's athletes for their dominant performance in the Sochi Paralympics. The Russian team won 30 golds and a total of 80 medals during the two-week competition. The next closest team, Ukraine, had five golds and 25 total. "Thank you very much for the inspiration that you have given millions of people, who are ready to do as you do and not just engage in sport and fitness, but set the highest goals in life," the president was quoted as saying on the Kremlin's website.
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March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
In a sport that isn't lightning fast to begin with, Kevin Na has earned a reputation as one of the slowest players on the PGA Tour. His glacial pace at the Valspar Championship over the weekend has revived calls for golf to institute a basketball-like shot clock. Don't look for Na -- who was cited for pace of play during the third round -- to support a change.  "I got criticized but I really don't think it's fair," he said after the tournament. "I was just playing my game.
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March 17, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Well, the NCAA bracket came out Sunday night for the men's basketball tournament starting this week. Have you filled out yours yet? Can we have a peek at your Final Four? How many No. 1 seeds have you got in there? MARCH MADNESS: Fill out your bracket Surely you have Wichita State - the top seed in the Midwest Regional which made the Final Four last year and is the only undefeated team in this year's tournament. Or are the Shockers your upset special? After all, they didn't play a particularly tough schedule and may have to get through Michigan, Duke and Louisville - not to mention a possible first-weekend matchup against Kentucky - just to get to the national semifinals in Arlington, Texas.
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December 13, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Reigning Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre vacated his belt on Friday, saying his life “is a … zoo right now.” UFC President Dana White, who did not want the popular veteran mixed martial artist taking a break when the fighter originally announced he would take time off following his split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks last month, now says he's content with St-Pierre's decision. St-Pierre held the welterweight belt since 2007, successfully defending it 10 times.
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March 17, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Playing at Denver on the second night of back-to-back games is considered one of the toughest things to do in the NBA. Even for a streaking team like the Clippers, it figures to be a tall task. The Clippers have won 11 consecutive games, the longest current winning streak in the league. They have tied the 1974-75 Buffalo Braves for the second-longest winning streak in franchise history. The franchise record is 17 games in a row, set by last year's team. But the Clippers play in Denver on Monday night, and they have lost three consecutive games there, the last time on a buzzer-beating three-pointer by Randy Foye.
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March 17, 2014 | By Todd Martin
Johny Hendricks, who pulled out a courageous win over Robbie Lawler by coming on strong in the second half of the final round on Saturday, moves to the top of this month's welterweight rankings.   Heavyweight   1. Cain Velasquez 2. Junior Dos Santos 3. Fabricio Werdum 4. Travis Browne 5. Antonio Silva 6. Josh Barnett 7. Alistair Overeem 8. Stipe Miocic 9. Mark Hunt 10. Stefan Struve   April 19 on Fox, Travis Browne and Fabricio Werdum will fight to determine the next contender for UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez.
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March 17, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Metta World Peace had his contract bought out by the New York Knicks last month, at his request, because they wouldn't let him lead, not because he was spending a lot of time on the bench. That is what the former Lakers forward told the New York Post on Sunday. “I didn't mind playing any role, but I didn't see myself having a role, not even a leadership role,” World Peace said. “I was fine with being on the bench, but at times I wanted to help lead. But at times I tried to lead, it was met with resistance.
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March 17, 2014 | By David Wharton
Russian President Vladimir Putin -- who has a lot on his mind these days -- took a few minutes Monday to thank his country's athletes for their dominant performance in the Sochi Paralympics. The Russian team won 30 golds and a total of 80 medals during the two-week competition. The next closest team, Ukraine, had five golds and 25 total. "Thank you very much for the inspiration that you have given millions of people, who are ready to do as you do and not just engage in sport and fitness, but set the highest goals in life," the president was quoted as saying on the Kremlin's website.
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March 16, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is set to make his Cactus League debut Monday, giving him two weeks to get ready for opening day. Hamilton strained his left calf three weeks ago. He is expected to be the Angels' designated hitter Monday - and the cleanup hitter and left fielder in the March 31 opener against the Seattle Mariners. Neither Hamilton nor Manager Mike Scioscia expressed doubt about whether Hamilton would be prepared for the opener. Hamilton got 60 at-bats last spring, in 21 games.
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March 15, 2014 | By Todd Martin
UFC 171 takes place Saturday night from Dallas, Texas with a series of high profile welterweight contests. In the main event, Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler will fight to crown a new UFC welterweight champion. Longtime champion Georges St. Pierre elected to take a sabbatical from the sport following a controversial decision win over Hendricks, leaving the division's top prize up for grabs. Many felt Hendricks defeated St. Pierre and now the former NCAA wrestling champion with explosive knockout power will look to win the title he prizes so highly.
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March 7, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Johny Hendricks is counting the days to a fight that could make him the most distinctive face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. If he takes a fight-week break to ease the pressure by pursuing nighttime hunting of coyotes and hogs in Texas, well, that's simply the skilled wrestler with the devastating left hand and distinctive bushy beard being himself. Hendricks' bout against veteran Robbie Lawler on March 15 in Dallas is for the UFC's welterweight title left vacant by Georges St-Pierre.
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February 25, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
It might seem an insane premise, but that's never stopped Nick Diaz before. The unpredictable Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight fighter from Stockton has lost his last two fights and doesn't even occupy a position in the freshly updated UFC top-15 rankings. Yet, Diaz (27-9-1) is planning to take a seat in front of the octagon at American Airlines Arena in Dallas on March 15, making it clear he wants to fight the winner of the welterweight title fight between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler.
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March 7, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Johny Hendricks is counting the days to a fight that could make him the most distinctive face of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. If he takes a fight-week break to ease the pressure by pursuing nighttime hunting of coyotes and hogs in Texas, well, that's simply the skilled wrestler with the devastating left hand and distinctive bushy beard being himself. Hendricks' bout against veteran Robbie Lawler on March 15 in Dallas is for the UFC's welterweight title left vacant by Georges St-Pierre.
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