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May 5, 2015 - 12:24pm
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Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan has rehired Isiah Thomas — this time to run the WNBA's New York Liberty.

Dolan's Knicks didn't win a single playoff game during Thomas' stint as team president from December 2003 to April 2008 despite regularly owning the NBA's highest payroll. Thomas also went 56-108 in two seasons as their coach before being fired.

He remained with the Knicks in an unspecified role, even after a lawsuit brought by former...

May 5, 2015 - 12:20pm
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — La'el Collins' agent says his client is not meeting with NFL teams about his pro football future at this time.

Collins, who is represented by Deryk Gilmore, is an undrafted free agent because NFL teams decided against selecting the former All-Southeastern Conference offensive tackle from LSU in last week's draft.

Collins was widely projected as a first-round choice. While he has not been named as a suspect or a person of interest...

May 5, 2015 - 11:38am
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The coordinator of officials for the Mid-American Conference and Summit League is the NCAA's new national coordinator of men's basketball officiating.

The NCAA announced Tuesday that J.D. Collins would take over immediately for John Adams, who retired after last month's Final Four.

The job requires Collins to provide national leadership for officials, regional advisers, conference coordinators and coaches to assure and increase...

May 5, 2015 - 11:29am
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rico Abreu, the reigning USAC national champion and winner of this year's Chili Bowl, is among the 12 drivers named to NASCAR's latest "Next" class.

The Next program is designed to spotlight NASCAR's emerging stars, and has included in its previous four classes 2014 Sprint Cup rookie of the year Kyle Larson and reigning Xfinity Series champion Chase Elliott.

Of the 28 drivers who have previously been part of the Next program,...

May 5, 2015 - 11:06am
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods says he hasn't been sleeping well because of what he calls a tough three days — his split with Lindsey Vonn and the anniversary of his father's death.

Woods and the Olympic ski champion announced on Sunday they decided to end their relationship because of their hectic travel schedules. That was nine years to day that Woods' father, Earl, died.

Woods says this three-day window through Tuesday — the...

May 5, 2015 - 10:57am
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Malik Rucker is leaving the program.

The Hawkeyes announced Tuesday that they have honored Rucker's request to be released from his scholarship so he can transfer to another school.

Rucker, a Minneapolis native, played sparingly as a redshirt freshman last season. He made appearances in six games, recording five tackles.

Iowa opens the 2015 season on Sept. 5 against Illinois State....

May 5, 2015 - 10:53am
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MONTREAL (AP) — The World Anti-Doping Agency has criticized a French documentary showing how the use of micro-doses of banned substances could boost performance while escaping biological passport rules.

The documentary aired by French TV network France 2 monitored eight athletes for a period of 29 days during which they were injected with micro-doses of EPO, human growth hormone and blood transfusions.

Their performance in a series of physical tests...

May 5, 2015 - 10:34am
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Danish man was given a one-year suspended sentence on Tuesday for fixing two matches in Denmark's second-tier football league nearly five years ago.

The 28-year-old man, who cannot be named under a court order, was found guilty in a match-fixing scheme involving an unnamed Filipino organization.

The man appealed the ruling that was the first match-fixing trial in Denmark.

He gave the Filipino...

May 5, 2015 - 10:01am
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May 5, 2015 - 9:16am
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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Alabama prosecutors are dismissing charges against NFL linebacker Rolando McClain stemming from his arrest in a park in his hometown in 2013.

Court records show prosecutors asked a judge Monday to end the case against the 25-year-old Dallas Cowboys linebacker.

McClain was arrested in April 2013 when Decatur police were trying to clear a crowd that had gathered for a softball game. He allegedly cursed at officers and pulled away...

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