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  • Johnson's group to purchase Dodgers

    NEW YORK (AP) — One Los Angeles institution is buying another.
    A group that includes former Lakers star Magic Johnson and longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten agreed Tuesday night to buy the Dodgers from Frank McCourt for a record $2 billion.
    The price would shatter the mark for a sports franchise. Stephen Ross paid $1.1 billion for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins in 2009, and in England, Malcolm Glazer and his family took over the Manchester United soccer club in 2005 in a deal then valued at $1.47 billion.
    Mark Walter, chief executive officer of the financial services firm Guggenheim Partners, would become the controlling owner.

  • Tebow introduced in Big Apple

    FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Tim Tebow got his first New York close-up Monday.

    And he handled it all with the same cool approach — smiling, polite, composed — that has won over so many football fans around the country.

    Speaking at news conference in the Jets' field house, because the media crush so great the session couldn't be held in the team's normal press room, the headline-grabbing New York backup QB went out of his way to play down any conflict between himself and starter Mark Sanchez.

  • Commentary: Tebow walking into a chaotic situation

    NEW YORK — Chaotic, arrogant, sometimes even crass.
    And if you think the New York Jets are bad, you should see their fans.
    Welcome to The Big Apple, Tim Tebow. If you can make it there ... well, let’s just say the attention you received in Denver — the obsessing over your throwing technique, what kind of teammate you were, your religious beliefs, your musical preferences, where you went for dinner and, yes, even your Tebowing — will seem like a quick once-over compared to the microscope you’ll be under in Manhattan.
    “I think it’s a great market; it’s a great city,” Tebow said late Wednesday night.
    Better watch what you wish for.

  • NFL suspends Payton

    The National Football League announced on its website the New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will be suspended for one season without pay for his role in the Saints’ bounty program.
    The league levied punishments for Payton, team general manager Mickey Loomis and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams Wednesday morning. The NFL Players Union requested the team not take any action on the involved Saints defensive players until the union completed its own investigation.
    According to NFL.com, Williams has been suspended indefinitely and Loomis has been suspended for the first eight games of the 2012 season.

  • Manning, Broncos reach a big deal

    DENVER (AP) — The big deal is done. Peyton Manning is a Denver Bronco.
    A person familiar with negotiations says that Manning and the Broncos completed his five-year contract worth about $96 million on Tuesday morning.
    The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Manning is to be introduced at a news conference at Broncos headquarters later.
    The agreement ends a wild chase for perhaps the most valued free agent in the history of the NFL, a quarterback who has won an unprecedented four league MVP awards and took the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl victory in 2007.

  • VIDEO: Broncos Fans Welcome Manning, Wonder About Tebow

    Broncos fans were excited by the news that free agent quarterback Peyton Manning was reportedly negotiating a contract with the team. The AP caught up with fans who were wondering what adding Manning will do to current quarterback Tim Tebow.

  • Lobos win, Aggies fall in March Madness

    It was a mixed day for the state of New Mexico during the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Portland, Ore., Thursday.
    Fifth-seeded New Mexico held off Long Beach State 75-68 and the Lobos will face Louisville in a third-round matchup Saturday in the West Regional. Thirteen-seeded New Mexico State, meanwhile, was unable to handle Indiana inside and fell 79-66 to Indiana in the South Regional.
    In the New Mexico game, Kendall Williams scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and bottled up Long Beach State star Casper Ware defensively.
    When New Mexico needed a big shot, Williams delivered. His 3-pointer with 4:38 left pushed the Lobos ahead for good after Long Beach State (25-9) took a 61-59 lead on a steal and windmill dunk from James Ennis.

  • New Mexico holds off Long Beach State 75-68

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The expectation back in New Mexico is that this will finally be the year the Lobos get past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.

    They barely got out of the second round Thursday.

    Kendall Williams scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and bottled up Long Beach State star Casper Ware defensively as fifth-seeded New Mexico held off the 49ers for a 75-68 win in the West Regional.

    Drew Gordon added 18 points and 13 rebounds, but New Mexico's punishing forward was mostly a complement to Williams in the second half. The sophomore went 6 of 11 from the field, hitting a pair of important 3-pointers. The Lobos (28-6) then made their free throws in the final minute to close it out.

  • New Mexico holds off Long Beach State 75-68

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The expectation back in New Mexico is that this will finally be the year the Lobos get past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.

    They barely got out of the second round Thursday.

    Kendall Williams scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and bottled up Long Beach State star Casper Ware defensively as fifth-seeded New Mexico held off the 49ers for a 75-68 win in the West Regional.

    Drew Gordon added 18 points and 13 rebounds, but New Mexico's punishing forward was mostly a complement to Williams in the second half. The sophomore went 6 of 11 from the field, hitting a pair of important 3-pointers. The Lobos (28-6) then made their free throws in the final minute to close it out.

  • Read this before jumping into the deep end of NCAA pool

    Welcome to BracketRacket.

    Think of it as one-stop shopping on game days for all your NCAA tournament needs. We'll have interviews with celebrity alums drawn from sports, entertainment and politics, plus "bracket-buster" picks, photos, news, gossip, stats, notes and quotes from around the tourney sites — all of it bundled into a quick read that will give diehard fans and officer-poolers alike plenty of material to sound smart during the day ahead. Look for it Thursday through Sunday mornings on the first two tournament weekends. So without further ado:

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