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The Los Angeles Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday and put Magic Johnson, above, in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the franchise's front office. (Nick Ut/AP File Photo)

Magic in charge of Lakers after GM Kupchak fired

With the Los Angeles Lakers mired in the worst years in franchise history, owner Jeanie Buss has turned to Magic Johnson to lead them back to championship contention. And she removed her own brother from his job to do it. Jeanie Buss fired general manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday and put ...

Orlando's Aaron Gordon has been tight-lipped about what he'll do during the NBA All-Star dunk contest on Saturday. He finished runner-up in last year's contest. (Jim Mone/AP)

Jones may be in Gordon’s way for dunk title

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Aaron Gordon is not giving any hints on what he'll do for an All-Star dunk contest encore. He just hopes it's enough this time around. The runner-up in last year's All-Star dunk contest, Gordon is likely considered the favorite going into this year's edition that will ...

Red Wings’ Nyquist suspended 6 games

NEW YORK (AP) — Detroit Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist was suspended for six games without pay by the NHL on Wednesday for high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face. On Sunday in Minnesota's 6-3 home victory, Spurgeon knocked Nyquist to the ice, and Nyquist came ...

Brooklyn Nets' Bojan Bogdanovic (44) passes away from Milwaukee Bucks' Michael Beasley (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in New York. The Bucks won 129-125. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Bucks power past Nets

NEW YORK (AP) — Before heading off to play with the All-Stars, Giannis Antetokounmpo got a reminder of how good it feels to play with Khris Middleton. Antetokounmpo scored 33 points in his final game before his All-Star debut, Middleton had his strongest performance since returning from a ...

Connecticut's Crystal Dangerfield, right, celebrates with teammates Napheesa Collier, Kia Nurse and Gabby Williams in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against South Carolina on Monday in Storrs, Conn. UConn beat South Carolina for its 100th consecutive win. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UConn women’s basketball wins 100th straight

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Add 100 consecutive wins to the UConn Huskies' long list of milestones. Given the team's glitzier numbers linked to national championships, 11 titles and counting, it may seem ho-hum with no added significance. Geno Auriemma's squad already owns the longest winning ...

Detroit Red Wings and Tigers owner Mike Ilitch lifts the Stanley Cup in 1998. Ilitch, also the founder of Little Caesars Pizza died on Friday at the age of 87. (Julian H. Gonzalez/Detroit Free Press via AP)

Tigers, Red Wings owner Ilitch dies at 87

DETROIT (AP) — Billionaire businessman Mike Ilitch, who founded the Little Caesars pizza empire before buying the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, and won praise for keeping the professional sports teams in the city as others relocated to new suburban stadiums, has died. He was ...

Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane (88) controls the puck before passing it to teammate Jonathan Toews for the game-winning goal against the Minnesota Wild in overtime of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. The Blackhawks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Toews, Blackhawks beat Wild in OT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sure, no game is a must-win this time of year. Still, the Chicago Blackhawks couldn't afford to slip much further behind the Minnesota Wild. Jonathan Toews scored a power-play goal 3:09 into overtime to lift the Blackhawks over the Western Conference-leading Wild 4-3 ...

Pistons forward Jon Leuer (30) knocks the ball away from Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) on Wednesday in Auburn Hills. (Carlos Osorio/AP Photo)

Drummond, Pistons rout Lakers

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons handed the Lakers one more defeat at The Palace. Drummond had 24 points and 17 rebounds, and the Pistons routed Los Angeles 121-102 on Wednesday night. It was the last scheduled appearance at The Palace for the Lakers, since ...

Packers release cornerback Sam Shields

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have released cornerback Sam Shields, who was never cleared from the concussion protocol after getting hurt in the season opener. A seven-year veteran, Shields joined the Packers as an undrafted free agent out of Miami in 2010. He played in 80 ...

The Big 12 Conference announced Wednesday morning it will withhold 25 percent of Baylor's share of conference revenue until an outside review of the athletic department's compliance with conference regulations and Title IX guidelines. Baylor fired head coach Art Briles, above, last year and parted ways with university President Ken Starr and athletic director Ian McCaw after an investigation by a law firm found allegations of sexual assault brought to the school were not dealt with appropriately. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Big 12 to withhold 25 percent of revenue share from Baylor

The Big 12 said Wednesday it will withhold millions of dollars in conference revenue from Baylor until an outside review determines the athletic department is complying with Title IX guidelines and other regulations in the wake of a sexual assault scandal that has rocked the school. The ...

North Central senior Jason Whitens (30) battles for a rebounds against Bark River-Harris on Jan. 27 in Powers, Mich. North Central won the game 76-29 for its 66th consecutive victory, setting a Michigan boys basketball record. (Adam Niemi/The Daily News)

Jets boys basketball has longest active winning streak in the US

POWERS — North Central is riding the longest boys basketball winning streak in the country. The Jets pounded Menominee 64-42 Tuesday night for their 69th straight victory. USA Today reported Monday the Jets’ streak is the longest known active streak in the country after two West ...

Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric, left, and guard Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot (20) reach in on Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond as pulls down a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Pistons rally in 3rd quarter for win over 76ers

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy wants his team to do a better job during the first few minutes of the second half, and the Pistons certainly responded against Philadelphia. "We've really not played well lately to start the third quarter, and tonight we were really ...

Boston Bruins head coach Claude Julien, above, was fired on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Boston Bruins fire head coach Claude Julien

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins fired Stanley Cup-winning coach Claude Julien on Tuesday as the team was in danger of missing the playoffs for a third straight season. He was the longest-tenured coach in the NHL. General manager Don Sweeney announced the change on Tuesday, naming ...

Patriots add to list of clutch comebacks

There have been bigger comebacks in sports history than what the New England Patriots pulled off in Super Bowl 51. But such a comeback, on the ultimate stage, in a championship-deciding game — that simply doesn't happen very often. Before Sunday, no team in Super Bowl history had ever ...

Pro Picks: To win, Falcons must get pressure on Brady

HOUSTON — Any season when Pro Picks finishes above .500 against the spread is a good one. We’re not looking to be Super Bowl champions here, so we’re happy with our 2016-17 tally. The Falcons and Patriots certainly are seeking the NFL crown, however, and on Sunday at the home of the ...

New England’s Stephen Gostkowski has eight winning kicks in his career.
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Patriots have won last four matchups

HOUSTON (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons say All-Pro receiver Julio Jones is not slowed at all by a sprained toe. Coach Dan Quinn said “it would take an awful lot, an act of nature, for him not to be 100 percent rolling on Sunday.” OPENING LINE — Patriots by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD — ...

United States' Serena Williams laughs as she is interviewed on court following her semifinal win over Croatia's Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Williams sisters, Federer reach Australian Open finals

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — It was one, two and three for the ages as Venus and Serena Williams set up another all-sisters Australian Open final and Roger Federer ensured he'll contend for another Grand Slam title. They're calling it Throwback Thursday at Melbourne Park: three players who ...

Red Wings put Larkin on IR

DETROIT (AP) — The Red Wings have put center Dylan Larkin on seven-day injured reserve with an upper-body injury. Detroit plays only two games in that span, including Tuesday night at Boston. Larkin is tied for the team lead with 12 goals this season. Detroit also announced Monday that ...

Atlanta Falcons players celebrate after the NFL football NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Atlanta. The Falcons won 44-21 to advance to Super Bowl LI. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Falcons beat Packers, move on to Super Bowl

ATLANTA (AP) — While the raucous beats of "Welcome To Atlanta" blared through the Georgia Dome, the Falcons partied like it was 1999. How appropriate. That was the last time they made it to the Super Bowl. Matt Ryan and Julio Jones teamed up for another dynamic performance, leading the ...