- Associated Press - Friday, March 4, 2016


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors matched one record set by Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls as they close in on the bigger mark.

Curry scored 33 points in his return from an ankle injury and the Warriors tied Chicago’s NBA record by winning their 44th straight regular-season home game, 121-106 over the Oklahoma City Thunder.


NEW YORK (AP) - New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could again be facing a four-game suspension for Deflategate after federal appeals court judges spent time shredding some of his union’s favorite arguments for dismissal.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan gave a players’ union lawyer a tough time, with Circuit Judge Denny Chin even saying evidence of ball tampering was “compelling, if not overwhelming,” and there was evidence to support a finding that Brady “knew about it, consented to it, encouraged it.”

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Peyton Manning is inching toward a historic repeat.

If he doesn’t decide to retire in the next few days, the Denver Broncos will almost certainly release the iconic quarterback just like the Indianapolis Colts did four years ago under equally extraordinary circumstances.

The Super Bowl champs need the $19 million he’s due in 2016 to address a host of other offseason needs, chief among them: paying his replacement.

Manning, who turns 40 in a couple of weeks, has been pondering his future since hoisting his second Super Bowl trophy last month after Denver’s defense carried the Broncos to a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.

HOUSTON (AP) - Arian Foster’s time with the Houston Texans has ended after seven seasons.

The four-time Pro Bowler, who was scheduled to make $6.5 million next season, was released after a season when he missed 12 games with groin and Achilles tendon injuries.

General manager Rick Smith announced the move. Houston also released tight end Garrett Graham and safety Rahim Moore.

The 29-year old Foster spent time on the practice squad before rising to lead the NFL in rushing with 1,616 yards in 2010. Foster ran for 1,246 yards in 2014 for the fourth 1,000-yard rushing season of his career.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - Von Miller won’t have to worry about getting fined for the dances he’s about to come up with next.

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Associated Press that the Super Bowl MVP will be a contestant on ABC’s upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the show’s full cast won’t be revealed until next week on “Good Morning America.”


DORAL, Fla. (AP) - Phil Mickelson’s scores from Doral over the past two years clearly suggested that the redesigned Blue Monster wasn’t completely to his liking.

He had to re-learn a course that he played for more than 20 years, and indicated Thursday that he finally has the new Doral figured out.

Mickelson shot a 5-under 67 in the opening round of the Cadillac Championship, the first World Golf Championships event of the year. Seeking his first win since the British Open in 2013, Mickelson made seven birdies and finished the day one shot back of leaders Scott Piercy and Marcus Fraser.

Fraser had seven birdies before his lone bogey of the day, and Piercy also got to 7 under at one point before settling for his 66.


Brandi Chastain, whose penalty kick gave the United States the 1999 Women’s World Cup title, has pledged her brain for concussion research.

The 47-year-old Chastain announced her donation to the Massachusetts-based Concussion Legacy Foundation. Upon her death, her brain will go to the VA-BU-CLF Brain Bank, a joint project with the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University School of Medicine.

Researchers are studying the postmortem human brain and spinal cord tissue in hopes of diagnosing and treating chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a degenerative condition caused by a blow or blows to the head.


JOHANNESBURG (AP) - South Africa’s highest court has dismissed Oscar Pistorius’ appeal of his murder conviction, a lawyer said, signaling that the former track star’s long legal battle since he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp may be drawing to a close.

The ruling by the Constitutional Court clears the way for a judge to sentence the double-amputee runner for murder at a hearing scheduled for April 18.

Pistorius, who killed Steenkamp in 2013, had appealed to the Constitutional Court, saying another court erred when it overturned a manslaughter conviction and declared the Olympic athlete guilty of murder.

Pistorius spent one year of a five-year sentence in jail for the lesser offense. He is currently under house arrest, staying at his uncle’s mansion in Pretoria.


LONDON (AP) - Rio de Janeiro’s Olympics bid was clean, the organizing committee head said after French prosecutors widened their investigation into athletics corruption to include bidding for the 2016 and 2020 Games.

“They did not mention Rio. Never,” Carlos Nuzman told The Associated Press of the French authorities.

Rio beat Chicago, Madrid, and Tokyo for the 2016 Olympics in a 2009 vote. Tokyo is the 2020 host.


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Conor Dwyer is not the headliner at the Arena Pro Swim Series, but he stole the spotlight from Michael Phelps on the first day of competition.

Dwyer, competing for the first time in 2016, used a tremendous burst on the final turn to blow past Dion Dreesens of the Netherlands and win the 200-meter freestyle. Dwyer finished in 1:46.9, more than a second ahead of Dreesens, who led the race for the first three laps.

Phelps and fellow Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky also won on the opening night of the event that is part of a seven-meet series to prepare swimmers for this June’s Olympic qualifying. Phelps took the 100-meter butterfly and Ledecky, normally a distance swimmer, won the 200-meter freestyle.

Phelps nipped Tom Shields by .07 in the butterfly, but wasn’t happy with his performance.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Despite an outbreak of the Zika virus, Michael Phelps says his fiance and newborn son will accompany him to the Rio Olympics.

Nicole Johnson is due to give birth to the couple’s first child in May. She is with Phelps this week at the Arena Pro Series meet in Orlando, Florida, one of the key tuneup events for the Olympics that begin Aug. 5.

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