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Rockets determined to play better in conference semis
HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden and the Houston Rockets are feeling great heading into the Western Conference semifinals for one big reason....



Eric Thames bashes his way into Brewers' record book
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Eric Thames is bashing his way into the Milwaukee Brewers' record book....



NASCAR has huge hole to fill after Earnhardt retires
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- There was a moment during the Bristol Motor Speedway race that captured the essence of Dale Earnhardt Jr....



Sharapova returns to tennis after 15-month doping ban
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Maria Sharapova returned to professional tennis on Wednesday after a 15-month doping ban, completing a one-hour training session on an empty center court less than 10 hours before her first competitive match since January 2016....



T.J. Watt ready to write own tale in NFL with big brother
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Fairly or not, T.J. Watt will draw comparisons to his big brother when he gets to the pros....



Pick 6: 10-win teams in 2016 likely to slip back in 2017
Alabama makes knocking out double-digit victory seasons look so easy, but for most programs, it takes a combination of good play and good fortune that can be difficult to replicate from one year to the next....






Saints, 32-year-old Adrian Peterson agree on 2-year contract
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Adrian Peterson, the NFL's most productive running back for much of the past decade, has decided to head into the twilight of his career as a potential backup in New Orleans' pass-happy offense....



LEADING OFF: Pedroia set to return, Bundy emerging for O's
A look at what's happening around the majors today:...



Turner hits for cycle, Nationals beat Rockies 15-12
DENVER (AP) -- Trea Turner wore everything he could to stay warm, including a red ski mask that covered his face....