Athlete injuries

Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka (9) dunks against the Los Angeles Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
December 12, 2018 - 2:01 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kyle Lowry was in a funk right along with his Toronto Raptors. He had a combined 15 points in his last five games while the team had lost three of four. Adding to their woes, leading scorer Kawhi Leonard was out with a bruised right hip against the surprising Clippers. "It was...
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Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, center, is congratulated after scoring a goal by centers Leon Draisaitl, left, and Connor McDavid in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
December 12, 2018 - 1:12 am
DENVER (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers broke the ice with a four-goal second period. As for the shattered glass in the penalty box, it wasn't their fault. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice in the decisive second period, Mikko Koskinen stopped 39 shots and the Oilers extended their winning streak to four...
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San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) and Phoenix Suns guard Troy Daniels (30) scramble for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
December 12, 2018 - 1:05 am
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Bryn Forbes was happy to finally earn the first double-double of his basketball career, and even happier that it came in another San Antonio Spurs victory grounded in defense. Forbes had a season-high 24 points and a career-best 11 rebounds as the Spurs beat the Phoenix Suns 111-...
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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) cannot catch a pass against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
December 12, 2018 - 12:18 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger's ribs are bruised but not broken. The Pittsburgh Steelers believe the same could be said about their wildly uneven season. Roethlisberger believes he'll play on Sunday when New England visits Heinz Field, one of the few certainties for a team in search of...
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St. Louis Blues' Brayden Schenn, right, scores past Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo as Blues' Alexander Steen, left, watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in St. Louis. The Blues won 4-3. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
December 12, 2018 - 12:14 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Brayden Schenn knows he has to do dig in around the net and make things happen. Schenn did that Tuesday night, capping St. Louis' four-goal third period as the Blues beat the Florida Panthers 4-3. Schenn's tiebreaking goal came off a rebound as he backhanded it past prone Panthers...
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Buffalo Sabres forward Jeff Skinner (53) celebrates his game-winning goal during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Buffalo N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
December 11, 2018 - 11:48 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rather than lament another sloppy performance after being booed off the ice at the end of the second period, Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres decided to do something about it. Eichel scored and had a hand in setting up Jeff Skinner's power-play goal 1:49 into overtime, and...
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Minnesota Wild's Nino Niederreiter of Switzerland, middle, celebrates with teammates Zach Parise, left, and Charlie Coyle, right, after Niederreiter scored a goal against the Montreal Canadiens in the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)
December 11, 2018 - 11:44 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Dumba scored twice, Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves and the Minnesota Wild took out some recent frustrations on the Montreal Canadiens in a 7-1 victory Tuesday night. The Wild scored four times in the second period to recover from a lousy swing through Western Canada, when...
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Toronto Maple Leafs' Tyler Ennis shoots and scores while Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek, of the Czech Republic, defends along with Dougie Hamilton (19) and Jaccob Slavin (74) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
December 11, 2018 - 11:38 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — William Nylander can't make up for lost time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. That's not going to stop the right wing from trying. He had a pair of assists and was active all over the ice Tuesday night in Toronto's 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. "I'm just trying to get back...
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Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8), from Russia, celebrates his goal with defenseman Michal Kempny, from the Czech Republic, at left, in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings, , Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
December 11, 2018 - 11:28 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — In his first season as a Stanley Cup champion, Alex Ovechkin is enjoying hockey as much as ever. It showed again Tuesday night, when he scored his 21st hat trick and first this season to lift the Washington Capitals over the Detroit Red Wings 6-2. The 33-year-old Ovechkin entered...
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Vancouver Canucks forward Tim Schaller, center, chases the puck between Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones, left, and forward Brandon Dubinsky during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
December 11, 2018 - 11:21 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — None of Vancouver's three goals on Tuesday night were particularly pretty. Two bounced in off skates, and the other caromed into the net off the backside of Columbus goalie Joonas Korpisalo. The Canucks will take them. After trailing most of the game, they scored all three in...
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