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    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have released running back Steven Jackson, who in two seasons with the team couldn’t recapture his 1,000-yard form that made him one of the league’s top backs with the…

  • Fantastic Style wins Santa Anita feature by a head

    ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Fantastic Style held off late-closing Majestic Presence to win the $58,000 Bean Bag purse by a head Friday at Santa Anita for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Ridden by Martin…

  • Atlanta Braves shortstop Simmons slowed by oblique strain

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons has a slight left oblique strain. On the day of the team’s first full-squad workout, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez couldn’t give a date when Simmons will…

  • Colts agree to extension with backup QB Hasselbeck

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Matt Hasselbeck agreed Thursday to a one-year contract extension to back up Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. A 16-year NFL veteran, Hasselbeck originally signed with the Colts as a free agent two…

  • New Rangers manager Banister addresses team: ‘Why not us?’

    SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — New Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister finally got to address the entire team Thursday, more than four months after getting the job. In a team meeting before the first full-squad workout,…

  • Golf Capsules

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy’s first shot was a 2-iron out of play. A relentless wind with gusts that approached 35 mph provided…

  • Herman survives windy day; McIlroy stumbles at Honda Classic

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Playing in America for the first time this year, Rory McIlroy’s first shot was a 2-iron out of play. A relentless wind with gusts that approached 35 mph provided…

  • Thursday’s College Baseball Scores

    SOUTH Selma at Lane, ppd.

  • Ronda Rousey, Cat Zingano take center stage for UFC 184

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — By many measures, a historic event will happen when Ronda Rousey steps into the octagon with Cat Zingano in the main event of UFC 184 on Saturday night. Two unbeaten mixed…

  • Nevada gambling regulators sign off on Olympic betting

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Come summer 2016, when the best of the best athletes climb podiums wearing gold, silver and bronze medals, Las Vegas gamblers could very well be counting their green. Nevada gambling regulators…

  • The Honda Classic Par Scores

    Thursday At PGA National Resort and Spa, The Champion Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Purse: $6.1 million Yardage: 7,140; Par 70 First Round Jim Herman 33-32—65 -5 Brendan Steele 32-34—66 -4 Padraig Harrington 34-33—67 -3 Martin…

  • The Honda Classic Scores

    Thursday At PGA National Resort and Spa, The Champion Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Purse: $6.1 million Yardage: 7,140; Par 70 First Round Jim Herman 33-32—65 Brendan Steele 32-34—66 Padraig Harrington 34-33—67 Martin Flores 32-35—67 Patrick…

  • Kings center DeMarcus Cousins doubtful to play against Spurs

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings say center DeMarcus Cousins is doubtful to play against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night because of a sprained left ankle and bruised left hip. Cousins limped…

  • Roma beats Feyenoord in twice-suspended Europa League match

    ROME (AP) — Roma beat 10-man Feyenoord 2-1 in a highly charged Europa League match that was briefly suspended twice because of yet more fan trouble. Four other Italian clubs — Inter Milan, Napoli, Fiorentina…

  • CBJ trade injured Nathan Horton to Leafs for David Clarkson

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs traded bad contracts. The Blue Jackets acquired disappointing right wing David Clarkson from the Maple Leafs on Thursday in exchange for injured right…