Athlete injuries

New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (9) scrambles against the Carolina Panthers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
December 17, 2018 - 11:51 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — New Orleans put the clamps on Cam Newton, and the Saints beat the Carolina Panthers 12-9 on Monday night to take a big step toward locking up home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs. The Saints' defense, which has been among the best in the league the last six weeks, held...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, drives to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
December 17, 2018 - 10:55 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 47 points to help the Houston Rockets hold off the Utah Jazz 102-97 on Monday night for their fourth straight win. It was Houston's first victory over the Jazz this season after dropping the first two meetings. The team's current winning streak comes following a...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams returns a shot against Krystyna Pliskova during their first-round match of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France. The women's tennis tour has approved rule changes that involve seedings after a return from pregnancy. Former No. 1 players Williams and Victoria Azarenka are recent mothers on the tour. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
December 17, 2018 - 5:48 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The women's tennis tour approved rule changes Monday that are meant to ensure players are not penalized after they return from pregnancy or an injury that causes a long absence. The changes were prompted, in part, by the experiences of former No. 1 players Serena...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol gives instructions during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Pittsburgh. The Flyers fired head coach Dave Hakstol Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
December 17, 2018 - 4:52 pm
It took less than two weeks as general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers for Chuck Fletcher to see what he needed to see with coach Dave Hakstol. The Flyers were still making too many mistakes, still not playing up to their talent level and it was all too clear the message wasn't getting across...
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Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore (21) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter, left, and middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
December 17, 2018 - 3:39 pm
MIAMI (AP) — With another season stumbling toward the finish line, the Miami Dolphins can begin thinking about 2019, and that includes Frank Gore. The NFL's leading active rusher is expected to miss the rest of the year with a sprained foot, a person familiar with the situation said Monday. The...
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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, left, passes under pressure from Los Angeles Rams nose tackle Ndamukong Suh during the second half in an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
December 17, 2018 - 1:29 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles already knew Nick Foles could do it. After all, it was only last December when the veteran quarterback replaced an injured Carson Wentz and upset the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum. Less than two months after that breakthrough game, he was an improbable...
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Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy celebrates after an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Chicago. The Bears won 24-17. (AP Photo/David Banks)
December 17, 2018 - 12:33 am
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears clinched the NFC North and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention. They could not have asked for a sweeter scenario. Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns, Eddie Jackson ended Rodgers' NFL-record streak without an...
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Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore (21) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter, left, and middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)
December 16, 2018 - 8:49 pm
Miami's Frank Gore hurt his left ankle on the second-to-last play of the first quarter and didn't return to the Dolphins' loss at Minnesota on Sunday. Gore, the NFL's active rushing leader, had five carries for 14 yards in Miami's 41-17 loss. Backup defensive tackle Ziggy Hood (hamstring) limped...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2018, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos heads for the field during a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The New York Mets have agreed to a $19.5 million, two-year contract with Ramos, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The Mets will turn to the two-time All-Star, who is coming off a strong year with the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018 because the deal has not been announced and is still pending a physical. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
December 16, 2018 - 8:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets have agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The agreement signals an end to the Mets' pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Instead, New York turned to a two-time...
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Indianapolis Colts' Eric Ebron (85) runs out of a tackle by Dallas Cowboys' Chidobe Awuzie (24) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
December 16, 2018 - 8:19 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts running back Marlon Mack kept his eyes down the field and his legs churning Sunday. His teammates took the cue. The offensive line created enough space for Mack to run for a career-high 139 yards and two scores, an improving defense smothered the league's...
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