Athlete injuries

FILE - In this Dec. 13, 1966, file photo, Tommy Nobis of the Atlanta Falcons poses. Nobis, the first player ever drafted by Atlanta in 1966 and a hard-hitting linebacker who went on to spent his entire 11-year career with the team, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017, after an extended illness, the team announced. He was 74. (AP Photo/File)
December 13, 2017 - 6:05 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — Tommy Nobis, the first player drafted by the expansion Atlanta Falcons and a hard-hitting middle linebacker who was never fully recognized for his talents on a struggling franchise that failed to make the playoffs during his long career, died Wednesday. He was 74. The team said he...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry (35) blocks a shot in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are relying on a youth movement in net in their pursuit of NHL history. The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions have the youngest goalie tandem in the league in 23-year-olds Matt Murray and Tristan Jarry, who are at the forefront of a wave of young netminders making a difference.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
December 13, 2017 - 9:03 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jim Rutherford knows what it's like to be a young goaltender trying to find his way in the NHL. Rutherford went through it with the Detroit Red Wings in the early 1970s, thrust into action at 21 years old with a franchise in the middle of a bumpy transition. Yet that's where the...
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Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Vegas Golden Knights, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
December 13, 2017 - 1:29 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cam Ward earned his 300th career win when Phillip Di Giuseppe's goal in the fifth round of a shootout lifted the Carolina Hurricanes to a 3-2 victory over Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. Marcus Kruger and Trevor van Riemsdyk scored for the Hurricanes in regulation. Ward, who...
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December 12, 2017 - 11:07 pm
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers has been "medically cleared to return" to action after missing seven games with a broken right collarbone, the Green Bay Packers quarterback announced on Instagram Tuesday night. Rodgers was hurt during a loss to Minnesota on Oct. 15. He returned to practice on...
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Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, right, passes against Atlanta Hawks' Taurean Prince in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
December 12, 2017 - 10:44 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James always takes pride in being efficient. His numbers Tuesday night were several steps beyond that. James had 25 points and tied a career-high with 17 assists, as Cleveland defeated the Atlanta Hawks 123-114 — the Cavaliers' 15th win in 16 games. James, as he has done all...
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Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter talks with members of the media at the Major League Baseball winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
December 12, 2017 - 9:21 pm
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado could be on the move. To a new position — or a new team. Big names emerged in trade talk Tuesday, with Machado, New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey and Detroit pitcher Michael Fulmer heating up the winter meetings. And no surprise,...
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December 12, 2017 - 6:09 pm
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Falcons running back Tevin Coleman and left guard Andy Levitre were not on the field as the team returned to practice Tuesday following a four-day break. Coleman has been in the concussion protocol since Atlanta beat New Orleans last Thursday. He was injured in the fourth...
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December 12, 2017 - 10:55 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Hornets center Cody Zeller will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his torn medial meniscus in his left knee. The team says the surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. It remains unclear how long Zeller will be out. Zeller, 25, injured his knee in the third quarter of the Hornets game...
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
December 12, 2017 - 1:16 am
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins wore their perfect season uniforms, and for at least one game in 2017, they looked the part. Tom Brady was intercepted twice by Xavien Howard and held without a third-down conversion Monday night, and Miami snapped the New England Patriots' eight-game...
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Boston Celtics' Jaylen Brown, right, pressures Chicago Bulls' David Nwaba during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
December 11, 2017 - 11:39 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis are starting to draw attention for their play together instead of their fight with each other. Mirotic scored 24 points, Portis added a career-high 23 and the Chicago Bulls blew out Boston 108-85 on Monday night with Celtics star Kyrie Irving sidelined...
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