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Stakes rise in Turkey
Stakes rise in Turkey's Afrin assault as pro-Assad militia arrive

By Ellen Francis and Ece Toksabay BEIRUT/ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey warned on Wednesday that pro-Damascus forces would face "serious consequences" for entering Syria's Afrin region to help Kurdish fighters repel a Turkish offensive. The Syrian Kurdish YPG militia said Turkish planes bombed a town in Afrin on Wednesday.

US doing little to combat Russia meddling in next elections
US doing little to combat Russia meddling in next elections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Russians are going to try it again. Even President Donald Trump's intelligence chiefs say so. But with congressional primaries just two weeks away, the U.S. has done little to aggressively combat the kinds of Russian election meddling that was recently unmasked in federal court.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: The endless 'will they, won't they'
Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: The endless 'will they, won't they'

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the Canadian ice dancing pair people (we) love to ship, took gold in Pyeongchang on Tuesday. This might also be their last Olympics together, which has led people (us) to speculate: are they gonna date now or what? The two certainly seem to have feelings for each other. There's the on-ice kissing, the way they look at each other, the steamy Moulin Rouge program that is somehow sexier than anything in Moulin Rouge. (There's also this one to "Stay" by Rihanna, which will destroy you.) SEE ALSO: How to calm your nerves while watching the Olympics And there is, of course, this moment. PLATONIC #VirtueMoir IN GIF FORM NOTHING ACCIDENTAL ABT...

Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods' odds plummet ahead of Honda Classic

Woods is listed at 60/1 to win at PGA National, making him a much bigger long shot, according to Vegas, than he was for his first two PGA Tour starts of 2018. Woods was 25/1 at the Farmers Insurance Open, where he finished T-23 after making the cut on the number. Once again, Woods struggled with his driver, and he wound up hitting only 16 of 36 greens in regulation during his two rounds.

U.S. Ice Dancing Team Breaks Down After 'Heartbreaking' Mistake
U.S. Ice Dancing Team Breaks Down After 'Heartbreaking' Mistake

The dream of an Olympic medal came to a crashing end Tuesday for U.S. ice dancing team Madison Chock and Evan Bates.

Devin McCourty: "We all knew" Malcolm Butler wasn
Devin McCourty: "We all knew" Malcolm Butler wasn't starting

Patriots safety Devin McCourty has heard all the theories. But unlike most people wondering why cornerback Malcolm Butler didn't play defense in the Super Bowl, he had a hint it was coming. "As far as I know, all of that is the furthest thing from the truth," McCourty told Ryan Dunleavy of NJ.com. "We

'Tired' Jimmy Butler sits out All-Star Game at his own request

Jimmy Butler leads the NBA in minutes played per game at 37.3. Butler was tired and asked Mike D'Antoni to give him some rest, according to both parties (despite speculation this was really a win for the Los Angeles nightlife). Butler did not play in Sunday's All-Star Game.

Stewart-Haas teammates Almirola, Busch distraught at Daytona
Stewart-Haas teammates Almirola, Busch distraught at Daytona

Teammates Aric Almirola and Kurt Busch had better-than-decent shots at winning the Daytona 500. "My heart is broken," Almirola said following an 11th-place finish. Almirola was leading on the final lap when Austin Dillon got a big run on the outside.

The Latest: Wallace overcome with emotion after historic run
The Latest: Wallace overcome with emotion after historic run

Darrell Wallace Jr. sobbed in his mother's arms after he posted the best finish for a black driver in the Daytona 500. Wallace was runner-up to winner Austin Dillon, and the emotion of the achievement hit the rookie driver inside the track's media center. Desiree Wallace told her son how much she loved him, and sister Brittany, who gave her kid brother his nickname "Bubba," told her brother how proud she was of him.

The clubs Bubba Watson used to win the Genesis Open
The clubs Bubba Watson used to win the Genesis Open

Tied with Patrick Cantlay as he played the 14th hole at Riviera Country Club, Bubba Watson stood 48 feet, 7 inches away from the hole and in the sand on the par 3. But then Watson did Bubba things, holing the bunker shot to grab a two-shot lead after

Kobe Bryant: If you need Lakers to recruit you,
Kobe Bryant: If you need Lakers to recruit you, 'you ain't the one'

The Lakers will pursue star free agents this summer and/or next. If Kobe Bryant had his way, the Lakers won't roll out the red carpet for any of those players. "You know, the thing about this franchise is that you shouldn't need recruiting to come in it," Bryant said.

Exposed: Why China Would Lose a War against America
Exposed: Why China Would Lose a War against America

When it comes to a war with the U.S. how well would Beijing be able to use all that stuff? The real question seems pretty simple: yes, China is certainly developing all the military and technology goodies to field a potent force. Sure, Beijing is certainly developing a world-class military, but can its soldiers operate all that equipment competently?

Paul Pierce: Doc Rivers changed policy after blowing Tim Duncan free agency (VIDEO)
Paul Pierce: Doc Rivers changed policy after blowing Tim Duncan free agency (VIDEO)

Bowen's story was that Duncan had a fairly simple request, and when Rivers refused, that's when the Orlando Magic lost their chance to pair Duncan with Tracy McGrady and Grant Hill. Now, Hill has confirmed that story as a first hand witness.

Report: Kings angered Cavaliers and Jazz by trying to include Georgios Papagiannis in trade at last minute
Report: Kings angered Cavaliers and Jazz by trying to include Georgios Papagiannis in trade at last minute

The Cavaliers were busy leading up to the trade deadline. One of the trades Cleveland general manager Koby Altman actually made - a three-teamer with the Jazz and Kings that netted Rodney Hood and George Hill and sent Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to Utah and Iman Shumpert to Sacramento - could have fallen apart. Unsurprisingly, the Kings are getting blamed.

The Latest: Patrick slips up, reveals Indianapolis 500 ride
The Latest: Patrick slips up, reveals Indianapolis 500 ride

Danica Patrick let it slip Wednesday that she will drive the Indianapolis 500 for Ed Carpenter Racing. Patrick was upset about the error, dropping the microphone at Daytona 500 media day and mumbling in disgust. "Oh, (shoot), did I just say that out loud?" Patrick said.

Report: Clippers
Report: Clippers' Refusal to Take Iman Shumpert Held Up DeAndre Jordan Trade to Cavs

The Cavaliers were tantalizingly close to acquiring DeAndre Jordan from the Clippers at the trade deadline, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports, but the deal hit a hiccup over Iman Shumpert. The Cavs hand long been rumored to be targeting Jordan, who is expected to become a free agent at the end of the season. The Clippers were also widely expected to trade him before the deadline and had reportedly talked to the Wizards and Rockets, among others.

Trade Grades: Lakers Land Isaiah Thomas in Deal That Could Come Back to Bite Cavs
Trade Grades: Lakers Land Isaiah Thomas in Deal That Could Come Back to Bite Cavs

Only a few hours after LeBron James leapt into Isaiah Thomas and Cedi Osman's arms following a buzzer-beating game-winner in overtime over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers traded seven players to four different teams before Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline. Out are Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Jae Crowder, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade. In are George Hill, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

NBA Trade Rumors Roundup: Latest News, Buzz, Updates as Deadline Approaches
NBA Trade Rumors Roundup: Latest News, Buzz, Updates as Deadline Approaches

The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. ET, and news and rumors are flurrying around the league as teams look to shake up their rosters in anticipation of the stretch run. The free-falling Cavaliers have long been expected to make a move before the deadline, most often being linked with Kings point guard George Hill, but Cleveland has yet to strike a deal with just hours until that 3 p.m. deadline. The Lakers, on the other hand, have made most of their young players available in an attempt to free up salary commitments going forward.

The Latest: Georgia, Ohio State both do well on signing day
The Latest: Georgia, Ohio State both do well on signing day

Georgia and Ohio State both got some good news on signing day. The Bulldogs look as if they will hold off Alabama in the race for the top recruiting class on Wednesday's national signing day. Georgia flipped linebacker Quay Walker from his Alabama commitment and signed the four-star prospect.

Report: Clippers and Lou Williams nearing contract extension
Report: Clippers and Lou Williams nearing contract extension

After scoring 50 points in a game earlier this season, Lou Williams - on an expiring contract and the trade block - gave a public impassioned plea to stay with the Clippers past the trade deadline. Extension discussions between guard Lou Williams and the LA Clippers have gathered significant momentum, and a new contract is within reach before the NBA trade deadline Thursday afternoon, league sources told ESPN. Rival teams were increasingly resigned late Tuesday night that Williams, 31, was exiting the trade market and returning to the Clippers on a multiyear contract, league sources said.

Isaiah Thomas on Cavaliers: "When adversity hits, we go our separate ways"
Isaiah Thomas on Cavaliers: "When adversity hits, we go our separate ways"

The Cleveland Cavaliers lost again on Tuesday night. Taking on the Orlando Magic in Florida, Cleveland lost, 116-98, despite having as much as a 21-point lead. LeBron James led the way with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue had to step away from the game as he apparently

Hail Mary convinces McDaniels to stand up Indy, stay in New England
Hail Mary convinces McDaniels to stand up Indy, stay in New England

Fifteen hours of meetings between Josh McDaniels, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft and Jonathan Kraft over the past two days have inspired McDaniels to leave the Indianapolis Colts at the altar. Belichick will return as head coach in 2018.

Ann Coulter Congratulates Super Bowl-Winning QB For Being a Christian, Gets Mocked on Twitter
Ann Coulter Congratulates Super Bowl-Winning QB For Being a Christian, Gets Mocked on Twitter

The Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl in franchise history Sunday night, but controversial conservative commentator Ann Coulter was most excited about the religion of the Eagles' quarterback. "Congratulations, Eagles!!!!!!!!!! QB Nick Foles, Christian! " Coulter tweeted shortly after Foles led the Eagles to a thrilling victory over the New England Patriots.

Eagles stun Patriots for first Super Bowl title
Eagles stun Patriots for first Super Bowl title

By Frank Pingue MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - For a city that produced one of Hollywood's ultimate underdog stories, the Philadelphia Eagles delivered an equally inspiring script by upsetting the New England Patriots on Sunday for their first Super Bowl title. The Eagles were underdogs throughout the NFL playoffs, and just as most expected little from fictional Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa, few onlookers outside the City of Brotherly Love expected them to beat the defending Super Bowl champions. "We've been doubted since Day One," said Eagles tight end Zach Ertz, who caught what proved to be the game-winning touchdown.

Blame me, says Patriots coach Belichick
Blame me, says Patriots coach Belichick

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick blamed coaching mistakes for his team's upset Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. The most successful coach in Super Bowl history was left shellshocked after the Eagles conjured up one of the great performances to win 41-33. Belichick, who had been aiming to win his sixth Lombardi Trophy with the Patriots, pinpointed a lacklustre first half when New England had been unable to put more points on the board.

Super Bowl LII: Three reasons why Patriots lost to Eagles
Super Bowl LII: Three reasons why Patriots lost to Eagles

The New England Patriots were unable to stop the Eagles from winning their first NFL Super Bowl in franchise history as Philadelphia survived to win 41-33 in Minneapolis on Sunday. Super Bowl LII was filled with excitement and scoring. Iconic Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Nick Foles traded touchdown passes most of the second half, as both teams lit up the scoreboard.

Nikola Jokic makes go-ahead 3-pointer, Nuggets top Warriors 115-108
Nikola Jokic makes go-ahead 3-pointer, Nuggets top Warriors 115-108

Nikola Jokic scored 19 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:10 left, and added nine rebounds as the Denver Nuggets beat the Golden State Warriors 115-108 on Saturday night. Will Barton had 25 points and Gary Harris 16 for the Nuggets, who split the four games with Golden State this season. Denver rallied from 12 down in the second half to hand the Warriors their second loss in three games.

Report: Celtics willing to trade Smart for first-round pick
Report: Celtics willing to trade Smart for first-round pick

With Terry Rozier coming into his one in the absence of Kyrie Irving and perhaps surpassing the injured Marcus Smart in the Celtics guard rotation, could Danny Ainge be looking to trade Smart? Wojnarowski said Smart is "a player that's available for a first-round pick," Wojnarowski. "If a team was willing to give Boston a first-round pick, Boston would look at [trading him], if they didn't have to take back a lot of money going out in the future.

Aaron Rodgers on leaving Green Bay: If it can happen to Favre, it can happen to me
Aaron Rodgers on leaving Green Bay: If it can happen to Favre, it can happen to me

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers thinks he has many good years left in him, but he's not sure if all those years will be in Green Bay. Rodgers remembers replacing Brett Favre, who was traded to the Jets before finishing his career with the Vikings. "I think you have to be humble enough to realize if it could happen to Brett, it can happen to you," Rodgers said.

Trade winds swirl ahead of Celtics-Hawks matchup

Two teams with different perspectives on the upcoming NBA trade deadline get together when the floundering Atlanta Hawks visit the Boston Celtics on Friday night. With the deadline a week away, the Celtics (37-15) could have an eye on adding a player or two and could use an $8.4 million salary exemption resulting from Gordon Hayward's injury to get what they need. The Hawks (15-36) are at the other end of the spectrum and will be looking to move players out as part of their rebuild.

Patriots
Patriots' Bernard Reedy will return to $11 an hour job after the Super Bowl

Patriots backup wide receiver Bernard Reedy said before this season that he'll never quit his $11 an hour job driving a van for people with disabilities, and he's standing by that. Reedy confirmed to ESPN this week that after the Super Bowl, he'll be back in Florida working for Care Ride, the company that pays him $11 an hour to help people with disabilities get around. Reedy has had an NFL career that's seen him released and re-signed multiple times, so it's been good for him to know he has another job.

Steelers
Steelers' Ryan Shazier leaves hospital six weeks after severe spinal injury

Ryan Shazier was injured at the start of December. Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier has been released from hospital six weeks after a severe spinal injury sustained during a brutal game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Shazier was injured making a tackle during the game at the start of December, and underwent spine stabilization surgery a few days later.

The Bulls get what they need, and then some, in Nikola Mirotic deal
The Bulls get what they need, and then some, in Nikola Mirotic deal

Not that they were ever going to buy, but the Bulls took the next step in their rebuilding phase when they reportedly dealt Nikola Mirotic and a second-round pick to the Pelicans on Thursday. In exchange they received a first-round pick, a future second rounder, Omer Asik, Tony Allen and Jameer Nelson. The ramifications of the deal aren't league-altering, but they are significant for a Bulls team that just added another asset to what will be an important offseason.

Devin Nunes Made 'Material Changes' To Secret Memo Before It Went To Trump, Democrat Says
Devin Nunes Made 'Material Changes' To Secret Memo Before It Went To Trump, Democrat Says

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee made "material changes" to a secret memo he shared with lawmakers before sending it to the president to approve for final release, the top Democrat on the committee said Wednesday night.

Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash
Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler, wife die in Los Angeles crash

Former NBA forward Rasual Butler and his wife were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Los Angeles early Wednesday. Los Angeles police said in a statement that Butler was speeding before his vehicle jumped a curb, hit three parking meters and a concrete wall and then flipped over twice. Butler, 38, and Leah LaBelle Vladowski, 31, were pronounced dead at the scene, said Ed Winter, assistant chief investigator with the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Washington won
Washington won't be able to trade Kirk Cousins

After word surfaced that the Chiefs will trade (as of March 14) quarterback Alex Smith to Washington, some suggested that Washington will now trade quarterback Kirk Cousins. Technically, Washington can trade Cousins. To do that, however, Washington would have to have Cousins under contract when the window for trades reopens, on March 14.

Kerr labels Warriors
Kerr labels Warriors' blowout loss to Jazz 'disgusting basketball'

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr labelled his side's performance as "disgusting basketball" after the defending NBA champions suffered a blowout loss to the Utah Jazz. Following the 129-99 defeat on Tuesday, Kerr was not afraid to share his opinion about his team's poor display, which meant the Warriors lost their second straight road game, having been beaten by the Houston Rockets earlier this month.

Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio's double-double leads Jazz to thrashing of Warriors, 129-99

Ricky Rubio scored 23 points and handed out 11 assists as the Utah Jazz stunned the Golden State Warriors 129-99 on Tuesday night. The loss ended a three-game winning streak for the Warriors, who had won seven of eight before facing the Jazz. Joe Ingles led a 3-point barrage by the Jazz that gave the team a 13-point lead at halftime that was extended to 18 at the end of the third quarter.

Rubio
Rubio's double-double leads Jazz to 129-99 win over Warriors

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr was disgusted by his team's effort in a 30-point blowout on Tuesday night. For the Utah Jazz, it was the best win of a disappointing season. Ricky Rubio scored 23 points and handed out 11 assists as the Utah Jazz stunned the Golden State Warriors 129-99.

Bulls-Pelicans Nikola Mirotic trade was
Bulls-Pelicans Nikola Mirotic trade was 'at the 2-yard line'

The team is travelling to Portland for a three-game road trip, and Mirotic is on the way there. Mirotic has a no-trade clause, but with a $12.5 million option due to him next season, Goodwill believes Mirotic wants the Pelicans or any other team to pick that up and provide him financial security for another year.

Orlando Pace still bitter about the Patriots, 16 years later
Orlando Pace still bitter about the Patriots, 16 years later

It's been 16 years since the Patriots' dynasty began with an upset win over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI. It's been 10 years since the Boston Herald reported that the Patriots taped the Rams' walk-through practice the day before that Super Bowl. The latest is Hall of Fame left tackle Orlando Pace, who said this morning on PFT Live that he still doesn't like the Patriots and still wonders if their superb game plan was aided by cheating.

The good, the bad, the ugly, and the desperate in the Blake Griffin trade
The good, the bad, the ugly, and the desperate in the Blake Griffin trade

The conventional wisdom was the Clippers didn't want to trade Griffin - they just maxed him out in July - and couldn't have if they had even wanted to because he's a massive salary for a player with a long injury history. Blake Griffin has been traded to the Detroit Pistons. The Clippers receive: Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first-round pick (1-4 protected this year), a second-round pick.

Lights Dim on Lob City as Clippers Acknowledge Harsh Reality
Lights Dim on Lob City as Clippers Acknowledge Harsh Reality

The moments after a superstar defection are often filled with Comic Sans regret, and so it was that the lights dimmed at Staples Center on June 30 and the public-address announcer flashed forward in time, to Blake Griffin's jersey retirement ceremony. Griffin liked the sound of that, plus the $173 million only the Clips could offer, so he canceled meetings in Phoenix and Denver to instead recruit Danilo Gallinari over lunch at Doc Rivers's house. Chris Paul was off to Houston, after the first truly successful stretch in the history of the franchise, and nobody in L.A. was interested in going back to the Michael Olowokandi days.

The Clippers, Pistons finalize trade to send Griffin to Detroit
The Clippers, Pistons finalize trade to send Griffin to Detroit

Apparently, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has come to the idea that his team is not going to win and it's time to blow it up. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the story, which has since been consumated and confirmed by the teams. The Clippers and Pistons are engaged in serious talks on a deal centered on All-Star forward Blake Griffin, league sources tell ESPN.

Bill Belichick offers thoughts on Jon Gruden returning to Raiders
Bill Belichick offers thoughts on Jon Gruden returning to Raiders

Bill Belichick is the NFL's longest tenured head coach. The New England Patriots' chief strategist has manned his post since 2000, one of a few who have coached against Jon Gruden at the top of their profession. Gruden spent nine years in the broadcast booth between getting fired in Tampa Bay and taking the head coaching gig in Oakland early this month, returning with great fanfare to the team he led from 1998-2001.

Matt Barnes rips Doc Rivers after Clippers trade Blake Griffin
Matt Barnes rips Doc Rivers after Clippers trade Blake Griffin

The Clippers stunned the basketball world on Monday by reportedly trading five-time All-Star and face of the franchise Blake Griffin to Detroit. Matt Barnes, who played with Griffin from 2012 to 2015, weighed in on the trade and wasn't thrilled about the optics of the Clippers trading Griffin right after giving him such a big contract. "So you trade this guy after paying him this much money..? When everyone in the organization & everyone who's played there knows DOC IS THE PROBLEM!!! Smfh cold game! Make sure you pack a jacket BG!!! Love Bro," Barnes wrote on Instagram.

Introducing Your New Favorite NFL Power Couple Just in Time for the Super Bowl
Introducing Your New Favorite NFL Power Couple Just in Time for the Super Bowl

Although it may seem like Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen are destined to remain the reigning king and queen of Patriots football until time comes to an end, there's another New England power couple currently on the rise: Danny Amendola and Olivia Culpo. The star wide receiver and former Miss Universe began dating back in early 2016, but with another Super Bowl on the line and a Sports Illustrated swimsuit debut in the works, their relationship is quickly becoming the talk of the town. Culpo, for her part, hasn't been shy about expressing her love for Amendola and his team online.

Jason Kidd says Giannis Antetokounmpo offered to save his job minutes before firing
Jason Kidd says Giannis Antetokounmpo offered to save his job minutes before firing

The stagnant Milwaukee Bucks shook things up by firing head coach Jason Kidd  Monday. Giannis Antetokounmpo was not happy with the news. Jason Kidd tells ESPN that Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo called him about 15 minutes before Kidd was officially notified he'd been fired by the Bucks and offered to help save his job.

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