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Lakers receive spoils from 2nd straight NBA title

Lakers receive spoils from 2nd straight NBA title

LOS ANGELES (AP)—The Los Angeles Lakers unveiled their latest NBA championship banner Tuesday night on the west wall of Staples Center and got their rings handed to them by Commissioner David Stern. Then they were nearly handed a large dose of humility by the Houston Rockets before erasing a 15-point deficit and pulling out a 112-110 victory.

Waiver Wire: Week 8 pickups

Waiver Wire: Week 8 pickups

• For more fantasy football analysis, go to RotoExperts.com The bye weeks have been easy up to this point. The pain is coming.

Celts beat Heat 88-80 despite 31 from James

Celts beat Heat 88-80 despite 31 from James

BOSTON (AP)—Not so fast, LeBron. Playing under Boston’s 17 championship banners, the Miami Heat team put together to win its own NBA title couldn’t win its first game, as the new Big Three lost to the old Big Three of the Celtics, 88-80 on Tuesday night.

Oliver recalls another memorable Texas-SF matchup

Oliver recalls another memorable Texas-SF matchup

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Long before Game 1 of this year’s World Series, Texas reliever Darren Oliver took part in another memorable matchup between the Rangers and San Francisco Giants. Oliver was the starting pitcher for the Rangers when they hosted the Giants on June 12, 1997, in baseball’s first interleague game.

Baseball writer Bill Shannon dies in NJ house fire

Baseball writer Bill Shannon dies in NJ house fire

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Bill Shannon, a baseball historian, author and an official scorer at New York Yankees and Mets games for decades, died in a house fire Tuesday. He was 69.

AP source: Sandberg not likely to be on Cubs staff

AP source: Sandberg not likely to be on Cubs staff

[unable to retrieve full-text content]A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg is not expected to land on the Chicago Cubs’ coaching staff next season. The person, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly, says Sandberg could continue to manage the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa affiliate if he wants.

Rogge urges tough action by FIFA in bid scandal

Rogge urges tough action by FIFA in bid scandal

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP)—IOC President Jacques Rogge is urging FIFA to follow the same tough approach against corruption in World Cup bidding as the Olympic body took following the Salt Lake City bribery scandal. Rogge said FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who is an IOC member, has called him to keep him informed of the investigation into allegations of vote-selling and collusion in the contest for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

NFC teams not looking Super

NFC teams not looking Super

NEW YORK (AP)—Maybe they should put two AFC teams in the Super Bowl this season. The search for someone worthy of playing for the league title sure looks easy in that conference, where the Patriots, Jets, Steelers, Ravens, Colts, Texans and Titans are dangerous, and sometimes dominant.

White Sox bring back Castro, Thornton

White Sox bring back Castro, Thornton

CHICAGO (AP)—The Chicago White Sox have picked up club options on All-Star left-handed reliever Matt Thornton (notes) and backup catcher Ramon Castro (notes) . The team also released right-hander Carlos Torres (notes) on Tuesday.

Hall in the Hall: Canton gets Redskins CB’s jersey

Hall in the Hall: Canton gets Redskins CB’s jersey

ASHBURN, Va. (AP)—After tying an NFL record with four interceptions in a game, DeAngelo Hall (notes) is getting his jersey picked off—and shipped to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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