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George leads Pacers past Nets 106-99

INDIANAPOLIS - Paul George is starting to make the New Jersey Nets cringe whenever they play the Indiana Pacers.George scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Pacers to a 106-99 win over the Nets on Tuesday night.And it's not the first time George has spoiled things for the Nets. George, who...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 4:40 AM

Seidenberg's long goal lifts Bruins past Sens

BOSTON - Dennis Seidenberg wound up and stepped into a slapshot from centre ice, hoping just to get the puck deep into Ottawa's zone or maybe generate a quick rebound.Seidenberg was as surprised as anyone else to see the puck skip off the ice, then get past Senators goalie Craig Anderson for the...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 4:30 AM

Van 't Schip to leave A-League for Europe

MELBOURNE, Australia - Melbourne Heart says Dutch coach John van 't Schip will leave the A-League club at the end of the season to return to Europe.The Heart said Wednesday van 't Schip told the club of his decision on Tuesday, despite the fifth-placed side turning in an encouraging performance...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 4:19 AM

Kovalchuk gets SO winner, Devils beat Rangers 4-3

NEWARK, N.J. - David Clarkson scored the tying goal for New Jersey in the final minute of regulation, and Ilya Kovalchuk netted the only goal in the shootout as the Devils snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.Kovalchuk had the first...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 3:40 AM

Sam Vaughan, editor and author, dead at age 83

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Sam Vaughan, a longtime editor and publisher at Random House and Doubleday who worked with Dwight D. Eisenhower, Duke Ellington and many others has died. He was 83.Random House Inc. announced Tuesday that Vaughan died in his sleep Monday night at his home in Tenafly, N.J."Sam was a...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 3:37 AM

All-star Tavares has 4 points in Islanders 5-2 win

RALEIGH, N.C. - John Tavares scored two goals and had two assists to lead the New York Islanders over the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2 on Tuesday night.P.A. Parenteau and Matt Moulson scored power-play goals to give the Islanders a 2-0 lead after two periods and help New York move two points ahead of...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 3:19 AM

Former Cubs GM Jim Hendry hired by Yankees

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Former Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was hired Tuesday to be a special assignment scout for the New York Yankees.Hendry spent 17 seasons with the Cubs and was GM from July 2002 until he was fired on Aug. 18, unable to help the team win the World Series for the first time...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:38 AM

Diamondbacks settle with Montero and Roberts

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a pair of one-year contracts that settled arbitration cases, giving catcher Miguel Montero US$5.9 million and infielder Ryan Roberts $2,012,500.Montero's agreement Tuesday came just ahead of the scheduled start of what would have been...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:28 AM

Moseley and Padres agree to 1-year deal

SAN DIEGO - Right-hander Dustin Moseley has agreed to a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.Moseley will make US$2,012,500 this year, $12,500 below the midpoint of what he requested and the Padres offered. Moseley had asked for $2.55 million, San Diego...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:25 AM

Violence fears prompt Argentine cancellation

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - The Argentine Football Assocation has called off a third-division match, fearing an outbreak of violence in a game between the club Nueva Chicago and rival General Lamadrid.AFA suspended the game scheduled for Wednesday after the death on Tuesday of Nueva Chicago fan Aldo...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:21 AM

Tottenham signs Saha, agrees to Pavlyuchenko exit

LONDON - Tottenham signed striker Louis Saha from Premier League rival Everton and reached a deal to offload Roman Pavlyuchenko to Lokomotiv Moscow in the final hours of the transfer window on Tuesday.Manager Harry Redknapp signed Saha despite the 33-year-old Frenchman scoring just twice in 20...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:20 AM

Leader City 1-0 loses at Everton after Gibson goal

LIVERPOOL, England - Manchester City's Premier League title hopes were hit after losing 1-0 at Everton from a goal by former Man United midfielder Darron Gibson on Tuesday.Gibson's first goal since leaving Old Trafford in the January transfer window via a deflection off Gareth Barry on the hour...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:17 AM

Falcons' Smith hires Danna to coach secondary

ATLANTA - Falcons coach Mike Smith has put the final touches on his staff by hiring defensive backs coach Joe Danna from the Dolphins and promoting Glenn Thomas to quarterbacks coach.Danna replaces Bob Bratkowski, who was named Jacksonville's offensive co-ordinator after former Falcons offensive co...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:59 AM

Athletic beats 3rd-tier Mirandes 2-1 in semifinals

MIRANDA DE EBRO, Spain - Athletic Bilbao beat Mirandes 2-1 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal on Tuesday, yet conceded a stoppage-time goal to give the third-tier club some hope ahead of the second leg next week.Mirandes' partisan crowd of 8,000 spectators at Anduva stadium were...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:52 AM

3 Patriots players dealing with illnesses

INDIANAPOLIS - Three players on the New England Patriots are dealing with illnesses just a few days before the Super Bowl.Left tackle Matt Light and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer skipped Tuesday's media day with illnesses, coach Bill Belichick said. Linebacker Jerod Mayo attended but said he has a...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:37 AM

Lightning' Hedman returns from concussion

TAMPA, Fla. - Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Victor Hedman is back after missing 13 games because of a concussion.Hedman was in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against Washington. He was hurt on Dec. 27 against Philadelphia by what Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman called a clean check....

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:32 AM

Romney leads Gingrich in early Florida returns

TAMPA, Fla. - Mitt Romney has jumped ahead in early returns Tuesday night as he reaches for a resounding victory in the Florida primary, the biggest test so far in a Republican presidential race with Newt Gingrich that is growing steadily more negative with no quick end in sight.Returns from 11 per...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:05 AM

Men's Olympic hoop qualifying tourney bracket set

Lithuania has been drawn into the same group as tournament host Venezuela in next summer's men's basketball qualifying tournament that will determine the final three Olympic berths.Nigeria also was placed in Group B on Tuesday. Group A is Greece, Puerto Rico and Jordan. Russia, the Dominican...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:02 AM

Livan Hernandez, Astros agree to minor league deal

HOUSTON - The Houston Astros have agreed to a minor league contract with former World Series MVP Livan Hernandez.The 36-year-old pitcher was invited to major league spring training. Hernandez was the opening day starter for Washington last season and started 29 games for the Nationals, going 8-13...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 12:45 AM

Anthony to play; Davis unlikely until next week

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Carmelo Anthony is in the New York Knicks' starting lineup after missing two games with a variety of injuries.Anthony has been battling a sprained right ankle, sprained left wrist and sprained right thumb. He worked out Tuesday morning and again after arriving at Madison Square...

Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 12:40 AM