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February 12, 2016 - 12:02pm
4 min 48 sec ago

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Matt Forte won't be returning to the Chicago Bears for a ninth season.

The two-time Pro Bowl running back announced on Instagram Friday morning that the team informed him this week it will not offer him a contract for next season. The team confirmed it, calling him one of the "all-time great Bears."

He will be an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team beginning March 9.

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February 12, 2016 - 11:55am
4 min 48 sec ago

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Wrestling star and actor John Cena will serve as the honorary pace car driver for the season-opening Daytona 500.

Daytona International Speedway made the announcement Friday, more than a week before the Feb. 21 race.

Cena, a 15-time WWE champion, will lead the 40-car field to the green flag in a Toyota Camry. Cena most recently starred in the Golden Globe-nominated "Trainwreck" as well as "Sisters" with Tina Fey and Amy...

February 12, 2016 - 11:40am
4 min 48 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has opened All-Star weekend by paying homage to the league's history in Toronto.

Silver spoke Friday morning at the NBA All-Star Technology Summit, and began his remarks by reminding attendees that the league's enormous success globally stems in part from what happened in Toronto on Nov. 1, 1946 — when the first game in what was then called the Basketball Association of America was played.

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February 12, 2016 - 11:32am
4 min 48 sec ago

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Injured former NASCAR champion Tony Stewart used social media Friday to give fans an update on his health about 30 minutes before his team was scheduled to announce Brian Vickers as his replacement for the Daytona 500.

Stewart used the live-streaming app Periscope to answer fan questions as he walked on a treadmill. He broke a vertebra last week when he crashed an all-terrain vehicle in the sand dunes of Southern California and wound up in a...

February 12, 2016 - 11:11am
4 min 48 sec ago

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — Charl Schwartzel made a charge up the leaderboard at the Tshwane Open, going 6 under through 17 holes of his second round before bad weather brought players off the course on Friday.

Schwartzel had four birdies and an eagle to move to 5 under overall and two shots behind clubhouse leader and South African compatriot Anthony Michael.

Michael carded a 1-under 69 to set the target before a thunderstorm and then hail forced...

February 12, 2016 - 11:06am
4 min 48 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An attorney for Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy says he's been told no decision will be made until next week on charges over a Philadelphia nightclub brawl that left two off-duty police officers injured.

Defense attorney Larry Krasner says authorities told him a decision won't be made until at least Wednesday.

The 27-year-old McCoy is one of four men under investigation in the Sunday fight over a bottle of champagne....

February 12, 2016 - 10:04am
4 min 48 sec ago

ZURICH (AP) — Former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has been has been banned from all soccer-related activity for 12 years by the governing body's ethics committee.

The ethics chamber says Valcke was found guilty of misconduct related to the use of private jets for personal use, destroyed evidence and the sale of World Cup television rights.

The ban comes one month after the 55-year-old Frenchman was fired by FIFA. He had been suspended last...

February 12, 2016 - 10:00am
4 min 47 sec ago
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February 12, 2016 - 9:55am
4 min 48 sec ago

KOLOMNA, Russia (AP) — Jorien Ter Mors of the Netherlands beat U.S. speedskaters Heather Richardson-Bergsma and Brittany Bowe to women's 1,000-meter gold at the world single distance championships on Friday.

Ter Mors won her first career world championship in 1 minute, 14.73 seconds, 0.21 ahead of Richardson-Bergsma.

World record-holder and reigning champion Bowe took the bronze, a further 0.07 seconds back.

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