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  • Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford, middle, is mobbed by teammates after sinking a three point shot at the buzzer to win an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Crawford came off the bench to score 13 points to beat the Trail Blazers 98-95.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

    Jamal Crawford's buzzer-beater lifts Wizards past Blazers

    "If I could get the game ball you know I would keep it," Crawford said after his 30-foot-jumper beat the clock and gave Washington a 98-95 win over Portland on Monday night.


  • First-down line could be coming to NFL stadiums

    Fans watching NFL games on television have grown accustomed to the imaginary yellow line that runs across the field in accord with the first-down marker.


  • FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2012 file photo, suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton watches from the stands during an NFL football game between the Saints and the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Payton following a season-long suspension for his role in the team's bounty scandal. The announcement comes Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, a day after Payton met with Goodell. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

    Sean Payton reinstated as Saints coach after 1-year ban

    Payton says in a statement that he recognized mistakes were made "which led to league violations," and adds he's "excited to be back as head coach of the New Orleans Saints."


  • Azarenka advances to semifinals at Australian Open

    Defending champion Victoria Azarenka has advanced to the Australian Open semifinals with a 7-5, 6-1 win over former two-time Grand Slam winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.


  • NFL hopes to decide Pro Bowl future by April

    The NFL is hoping to decide the fate of the Pro Bowl by the time it releases next season's schedule in April. And the fate of the league's all-star game will largely depend on how much effort this year's participants put into the game.


  • Ravens’ veterans finally get shot at Super Bowl ring

    Center Matt Birk, safety Ed Reed and guard Bobbie Williams head a list of longtime veterans who will be making their first Super Bowl appearance when the Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3.


  • NFL lifts suspension of Saints coach Sean Payton

    Sean Payton is back as coach of the New Orleans Saints.


  • SANDS: Wijk aan Zee presents Dutch bounty of chess action

    Like one of those busy Pieter Bruegel peasant harvest paintings that seem to be breaking out of the frame, the annual blowout Tata Steel Tournament at the Dutch coastal city of Wijk aan Zee features an almost overflowing bounty of chess. There's a huge nine-round Swiss event for amateurs, a seven-round rapid tournament and, of course, three -- count 'em, three -- 14-player invitational round-robin tournaments in which the weakest "C" tournament boasts six grandmasters and an average rating of over 2460.


  • Washington Nationals left fielder Mark DeRosa (7), left, and Washington Nationals center fielder Bryce Harper (34), center, celebrate with their teammates as the Washington Nationals clinch the National League East at Nationals Park, sending them into the playoffs, Washington, D.C., Monday, October 1, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Mark DeRosa signs with Blue Jays

    Mark DeRosa has agreed to a $775,000, one-year contract with Toronto, giving the Blue Jays more infield and outfield depth as they try for their first playoff berth since 1993.


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