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Kevin Durant leaves Timberwolves gasping
Jan. 27--There was admiration and respect in the Timberwolves' locker room Wednesday night at Target Center for Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant, even in the aftermath of another painful, narrow defeat.

NASCAR changes points system
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- NASCAR chief Brian France said Wednesday the Sprint Cup scoring system would be simplified and that changes would be made in the season-ending title chase.

Tour champ Contador banned for doping
MADRID, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Reigning Tour de France Champion Alberto Contador confirmed Wednesday he has been banned from the sport for a year after a positive drug test.

Henin again retires from tennis
Justine Henin, just more than a year into her return to competitive tennis, said Wednesday she was retiring again, this time because of an elbow injury.

Solo McKinley climber rides out earthquake
ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A Minnesota adventurer rode out a moderate earthquake while stuck in a snow-encased trench on Alaska's Mount McKinley, his expedition manager said.

ASP adds Long Island surfing contest
LONG BEACH, N.Y., Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Long Island will be the venue of the inaugural $1 million Quicksilver Pro New York this autumn, the Association of Surfing Professionals announced Wednesday.

Soccer announcer Gray sacked for sexism
LONDON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- British soccer television announcer Andy Gray has been fired by Sky Sports for allegedly making sexist remarks, the broadcaster said Tuesday.

All in for All-Pro Tom Brady
Jan. 25--It's unanimous: Tom Brady is an NFL All-Pro.

Police: No motive yet in soccer slayings
JUAREZ, Mexico, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Heavily armed men opened fire at a soccer match in western Juarez, Mexico, killing seven people and wounding two, police said.

No. 2 Pitt falls to Notre Dame
Jan. 25--Pitt had used unselfish play and teamwork during its flawless Big East start.

Ex-USC player sues school over accident
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Former University of Southern California running back Stafon Johnson says he has sued the school and a coach over a 2009 weightlifting accident.

Steelers hold off Jets 24-19 to win AFC title
Jan. 24--5/8 -- Pack slight Super Bowl favorite

Steelers withstand Jets' charge in AFC title-game thriller
Jan. 24--Dallas may fancy itself as America's team, but that city is where the Steelers will try to put more distance between themselves and the Cowboys.

Wawrinka beats Roddick at Australian Open
Stanislas Wawrinka ousted Andy Roddick Sunday at the Australian Open, earning a quarterfinals spot against his countryman, world No. 2 Roger Federer.

Steelers defeat Jets, 24-19, to reach Super Bowl
PITTSBURGH -- With a bare-knuckle opening and a hanging-on-by-their-fingernails finish, the Pittsburgh Steelers earned a shot to put another ring on their fingers Sunday, beating the New York Jets, 24-19.

Winter does its part for polar bear swim
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A "Keep Winter Cold" swim in the Potomac River in Maryland to raise awareness of climate change had no trouble meeting that goal for one day at least.

Filipinos find missing U.S. sailboat
CEBU CITY, Philippines, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- A missing catamaran with five Americans aboard was found and rescued Sunday, the Philippine Coast Guard said.

Armstrong's career ends amid allegations
ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The international cycling career of Lance Armstrong ended Sunday in Adelaide, Australia, amid more doping allegations.

Tomlin, Ryan succeed with different styles
Jan. 23--In the hit Internet video of Bart Scott's angry rant after last week's win over New England, the New York Jets linebacker concludes by yelling "CAN'T WAIT!" referring to tonight's AFC Championship Game against the Steelers at Heinz Field.

Harley-Davidson releases new Blackline
MILWAUKEE, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. motorcycle company Harley-Davidson said it had released a new "rebellious" Softail motorcycle it is calling the Blackline.

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