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Suns fire head coach Earl Watson just 3 games into NBA season

The Phoenix Suns fired coach Earl Watson just three games into the NBA season. The Suns announced the firing Sunday night after hours of meetings at the team’s headquarters. [Read entire story]

Former Raiders running back Latavius Murray helps lead Vikings past Ravens

Even though he was signed to help the Vikings replace Adrian Peterson, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray has been behind nearly from the day he set foot in Minnesota. Plowing through the [Read entire story]

San Jose Earthquakes clinch playoff spot with late goal to beat Minnesota

With the Earthquakes needing a win in their final regular-season game Sunday to clinch the last Western Conference playoff berth, Marco Urena scored in the third minute of stoppage time to beat Minnesota United 3-2 at [Read entire story]

Browns’ Joe Thomas could miss rest of season

The last great hope for the Browns faded Sunday. Rock-hard and shatter-proof, Joe Thomas missed an offensive play, and he’s going to miss many more. Cleveland’s iron man left [Read entire story]

Fox renewed O’Reilly contract despite knowing of allegations

NEW YORK — The parent company of the Fox News Channel says it knew a news analyst planned to file a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill O’Reilly when it renewed the popular personality’s contract in February. [Read entire story]

Stamkos, Kucherov help Tampa Bay top Pittsburgh

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov are making it look easy and the Tampa Bay Lightning are reaping the benefits. The Tampa Bay stars both extended their season-opening points streaks to nine games and [Read entire story]

Vanishing act as Magic make Cavaliers disappear in rout

Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and the Orlando Magic snapped a 17-game losing streak against the Cleveland Cavaliers, routing the defending Eastern Conference champions 114-93 on Saturday night. [Read entire story]

Lakers rookie Ball bounces back with big game in beating Suns

Lonzo Ball barely missed a triple-double with 29 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in his second NBA game and the Los Angeles Lakers held on to beat the host Phoenix Suns 132-130 on Friday night. The [Read entire story]

Packers place QB Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve

The Green Bay Packers placed Aaron Rodgers on injured reserve Friday after the quarterback had surgery on his broken collarbone. Rodgers is eligible to play after eight weeks, but coach Mike McCarthy [Read entire story]

Oilers break skid with last-minute goal to beat Blackhawks in OT

The Edmonton Oilers haven’t gotten off to the start they wanted — and just about everyone expected. On Thursday night, they used sharp goaltending from Cam Talbot and a more energetic effort to inch [Read entire story]

No. 25 Memphis scores 42 in 2nd half for comeback win

Riley Ferguson threw for 471 yards — including a go-ahead, 21-yard TD pass with 1:28 left — and Patrick Taylor rushed for a career-high four touchdowns as No. 25 Memphis overcame a 17-0 halftime deficit to beat host [Read entire story]

Lin is out for season — knee injury

NEW YORK — Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a ruptured patella tendon of the right knee. Lin was hurt midway through the fourth quarter of the [Read entire story]

Jaden Schwartz’s hat trick leads Blues past Blackhawks

Jaden Schwartz missed the final seven minutes of the first period after taking a big hit and going headfirst into the boards. He shook it off in a big way for the St. Louis Blues. Schwartz returned for [Read entire story]

Damian Lillard, Blazers hand Suns’ largest loss in franchise history

Damian Lillard scored 27 points and visiting Portland handed the Suns the most one-sided loss in their franchise’s 49-year history, 124-76 on Wednesday night. The 48-point rout exceeded Phoenix’s [Read entire story]

Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was still not doing enough to protect its users. The policy [Read entire story]

Judge set to rule on Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal of suspension

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott was granted another legal reprieve in his fight to avoid a six-game suspension over domestic-violence allegations. A federal judge granted a temporary restraining [Read entire story]

Judge set to rule on Ezekiel Elliott’s appeal of suspension

Dallas running back Ezekiel Elliott was granted another legal reprieve in his fight to avoid a six-game suspension over domestic-violence allegations. A federal judge granted a temporary restraining [Read entire story]

Sabres give Housley first win as NHL coach

Phil Housley finally got win No. 1 with the Sabres on Sunday in Anaheim. Chad Johnson made 25 saves, Benoit Pouliot scored the go-ahead goal in the last minute of the second period and Buffalo beat the [Read entire story]

Shorthanded Giants respond in Denver for 1st win of season

Eli Manning ignored the loss of four wide receivers, and the reeling Giants capped a stormy week of injuries and infighting by stunning the Broncos 23-10 in Denver on Sunday night. The Giants (1-5) [Read entire story]

Multiple workers injured in explosion at Louisiana oil rig

KENNER, La. — An oil rig exploded Sunday night in Lake Pontchartrain, causing multiple severe injuries to workers, police said. Kenner Police Department spokesman Sgt. Brian McGregor said rescue boats [Read entire story]