Saturday, 31 December 2016

Frolik, Flames beat Coyotes 4-2

 
Calgary Flames' goalie Brian Elliott makes a save against Arizona Coyotes' Jamie McGinn during the first period of an NHL game in Calgary, Alberta, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016. (Larry MacDougal/The Canadian Press via AP)
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Michael Frolik had a goal and an assist in Calgary's four-goal first period, and the Flames beat the Arizona Coyotes 4-2 on Saturday night.

It's already 2017 in some parts of the world

 
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As 2016 draws to a close, revelers around the world are bidding a weary adieu to a year filled with political surprises, prolonged conflicts and deaths of legendary celebrities.

Florida State running back Dalvin Cook declares for NFL draft

 
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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook is heading to the NFL.

Georgia to lean heavily on RBs Chubb, Michel in 2017

 
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Kirby Smart capped his debut season at Georgia with a smile.

Trump sends New Year wishes to all, even his ‘many enemies’

 
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PALM BEACH, Florida — President-elect Donald Trump has an unusual New Year’s message for his Twitter followers.

McCain visits frontline Ukraine troops in anti-Putin gesture

 
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Sen. John McCain, who has emerged as the chief opponent within the Republican party to Donald Trump's warming relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin,

Friday, 30 December 2016

Michigan's Jabrill Peppers misses Orange Bowl with injury

 
Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) runs drills during NCAA college football practice, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Miami. Michigan plays Florida State in the Orange Bowl Friday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Jabrill Peppers gave Michigan a little of everything this season.

Florida State edges Michigan in wild Orange Bowl

 
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) -- Renegade, the horse that serves as Florida State's mascot, took an uncharacteristic tumble while prancing on the field before kickoff.

Stars show up for Ronda Rousey's return at UFC 207

 
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LAS VEGAS — As the VIP section at T-Mobile Arenafiled in ahead of Ronda Rousey's UFC

Ronda Rousey knocked out in 48 seconds at UFC 207

 

LAS VEGAS – Ronda Rousey was once again pummeled by a striker and lost her second consecutive bout.

Putin-Trump 'bromance' broadens post-sanctions

 
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President Vladimir Putin's surprise decision Friday to forgo retaliation in response to sanctions imposed by President Obama the day before is the latest sign of his "bromance"

The Russian hacking saga: How we got here

 
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The story of alleged Russian hacking aimed at influencing the U.S. election has all the makings of a blockbuster film — computer hackers with goofy names,

UFC needs Ronda Rousey back on her feet

 
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LAS VEGAS — The narrative of the week is that Ronda Rousey is on a silent quest for redemption, fighting for her pride,

Playoff: Why Washington will shock Alabama in the Peach Bowl

 
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ATLANTA — Among the few who have given Washington a chance to beat Alabama in Saturday’s Peach Bowl,

Taiwan president plans U.S stops, bound to irk China

 
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TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan’s president will transit through Houston and San Francisco next month while traveling to Central America,

In tit-for-tat move, Russia indicates it may expel U.S. diplomats

 

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Russia's foreign minister said Friday that his country should consider expelling 35 American diplomats, in a move that if implemented would amount to a tit-for-tat response to U.S. sanctions on Russia.

Dana White: McGregor not in my plans for next 10 months

 

It was initially reported that McGregor would be out of the Octagon until early summer due to his longtime girlfriend, Dee Delvin,

Former Bills, Falcons safety Keion Carpenter dies at 39 after accident on family vacation

 

Safety Keion Carpenter, who spent seven seasons with the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons, died on Thursday morning at a hospital in Miami. He was 39.

5 things you need to know Friday

 
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For the first time since Ronda Rousey’s unbeaten record was brutally ended by Holly Holm 13 months ago, the former champion will climb back into the octagon Friday at UFC 207.

Obama hits back for Russia hack, but leaves top spy off the hook

 

In what White House officials portrayed as tough retaliation for Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. election,

Thursday, 29 December 2016

NFL Week 17 kickoff times, TV info, betting spreads

 
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Bears LB Leonard Floyd (concussion) remains in protocol and is unlikely to play. Vikings RB Adrian Peterson (knee, groin) is unlikely to play.

Roger Federer says he hopes to play for 2 or 3 more years

 
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PERTH, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer says he hopes to play for at least another three or four years and that his "mind-set is for the long-term" in assessing his tennis future.

Obama sanctions Russian officials over election hacking

 
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WASHINGTON — Responding to evidence that Russia hacked Democratic Party officials during this year's presidential election,

Officer down: Police deaths hit a 5-year high

 
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The number of U.S. police officers killed in the line of duty hit a five-year high in 2016 — and there were more ambush-style attacks than in the past two decades, according to statistics released Thursday.

New Year’s Eve will be one second longer this year

 
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As if 2016 couldn't get long enough, an extra second will be added to the year's final day.

Donald Trump dismisses US sanctions threat to Russia

 
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President-elect Donald Trump has dismissed the US threat to increase sanctions against Russia, saying "we ought to get on with our lives.

Retaliation for Russian Election Hack Could Be Announced Thursday

 
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The Obama administration is expected to announce as early as tomorrow the retaliatory steps it plans to take against Russia for the alleged cyberassault that may have affected the U.S. presidential election, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist Posts Double Breastfeeding Photo With Newborn Twins

 
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Kardashian crew makeup artist and pal Joyce Bonelli gave birth to twin boys this week, posting a powerful pic to Instagram to mark the occasion: In it, the fresh-faced mom is in her hospital bed,

Warriors blow big lead, still beat Raptors

 
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriorsplayed one of their most dominant quarters to start the game, building a 25-point lead.

Washington reflects on playoff path one year after fight for winning record

 
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ATLANTA — As Washington players were being transported from their hotel to Georgia State University for Tuesday’s practice,

Russian plane crash probe rules out explosion

 
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MOSCOW — Flight recorders revealed no evidence of an explosion on board a Russian plane that crashed into the Black Sea,

Trump dubious about sanctions on Russia for hacking

 
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It's fair to say that Donald Trump is skeptical of the idea that Russia should be sanctioned for election-year hacking.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Dana White not expecting another comeback by ex-UFC champ Brock Lesnar

 

Never say never, but it appears Brock Lesnar’s career as a UFC fighter could be over once and for all.

Ronda Rousey is driven by the memory of her father

 
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LOS ANGELES – As she heads into the toughest challenge of her mixed martial arts career on Friday, Ronda Rousey will seek comfort from a familiar source.

Will Trump administration support bioenergy research?

 
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MILWAUKEE — Nine years ago this month, the University of Wisconsin-Madison was awarded its largest single federal grant ever:

Cherished Russian charity worker among dead in plane crash

 
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A beloved Russian humanitarian known as "Dr. Liza" was among the 92 people believed to have perished when a military jet crashed minutes after takeoff Christmas morning from the city of Sochi.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Here's what Obamas said in final Christmas message

 
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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama delivered their final holiday greeting from the White House on Saturday in a video that was part nostalgia, a laundry list of accomplishments and a wish for a joyous holiday for U.S. families.

Trump spokesman Miller won't be joining White House

 
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There's already been a shake-up on President-elect Donald Trump's communications team

Tracking Santa: How NORAD brings Christmas joy to kids everywhere

 
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — More than 1,000 volunteers are tracking Santa's Christmas Eve flight around the world and relaying his status to kids excited for a visit from St. Nick.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Trump v. the 'swamp:' Odds favor swamp

 
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WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trumpfrequently pledged during the campaign that he would slash the size of the federal government and rein in spending, once proclaiming “we will cut so much, your head will spin.”

U.S. abstains on U.N. vote condemning Israeli settlements

 
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In an unprecedented diplomatic rebuke of Israel, the United States abstained Friday on a United Nations Security Council resolution demanding an end to Israeli settlements, allowing the highly charged measure to pass.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Trump names Conway White House counselor

 
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Donald Trump appointed campaign manager Kellyanne Conway as his White House counselor on Thursday, and tapped long-time Republican Party spokesman Sean Spicer as the next White House press secretary .

Top 5 A’s prospects: Franklin Barreto oozes athleticism

 
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Throughout the offseason, USA TODAY Sports Weekly will be profiling the top five prospects from each major league team as part of its Organizational Reports series.

Bill Belichick: Patriots did not know severity of Michael Floyd's DUI arrest

 
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The New England Patriots did not know that wide receiver Michael Floyd’s blood alcohol level after an arrest on a drunk driving charge earlier this month was .217 when the team claimed him off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals.

2016 investigations: Tracking Trump, toxins and teachers

 
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Trump and the Law: A deep dive into President-elect Donald Trump's 4,000-plus lawsuits

Meet Moscow’s Batgirl, a symbol of the new Russia

 
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KAZAN, Russia — Welcome to Barviha and your host, Roman Galimov. He posts racy pictures of himself and his model wife on Instagram.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Eastern Michigan's bowl trip a long time coming

 
FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2015, file photo, Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton celebrates in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Toledo in Toledo, Ohio. Two years ago, it was hard to imagine EMU playing any kind of postseason football game. In fact, it was hard to envision it four months ago. The Eagles haven't played in a bowl since 1987, but that drought finally ends Friday when coach Chris Creighton's team takes on Old Dominion in the Bahamas. (AP Photo/David Richard, File)
Eastern Michigan's trip to the Bahamas Bowl this season caps a striking turnaround for the Eagles. Athletic director Heather Lyke began preparing for this moment a while ago.

Iowa, McCaffery walks off court without handshake for UND

 
Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon (3) is fouled by North Dakota center Carson Shanks (5) while driving to the basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, in Iowa City, Iowa. Iowa won 84-73. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Rise of Warriors and sad passing of Craig Sager

 
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On this episode of the NBA A to Z podcast, Sam Amick talks with Bay Area News Group columnist and former Golden State Warriors beat writer Marcus Thompson about how the team rose from being one of worst teams in the league to the current dynasty. They talk about covering the team in those early days.

Oregon running back Royce Freeman to return for senior season

 
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Oregon running back Royce Freeman says he'll return to the Ducks for his senior year.

Former Cardinal Michael Floyd's blood-alcohol level was 0.217% after his Scottsdale arrest, blood test shows

 
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Former Arizona Cardinals receiver Michael Floydwas extremely intoxicated when he was pulled over by Scottsdale police on Dec. 12, according to results of a blood analysis released Wednesday.
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