Athlete injuries

Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec celebrates at the finish area during a ski World Cup Women's Downhill, in Val Gardena, Italy, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
December 18, 2018 - 8:19 am
SELVA DI VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Ilka Stuhec won a World Cup downhill race Tuesday for her first victory since missing all of last season, including the Pyeongchang Olympics, with an injury. The Slovenian skier finished 0.14 seconds ahead of Nicol Delago, who grew up alongside the Saslong course...
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Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph reacts to a call during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
December 18, 2018 - 2:14 am
DENVER (AP) — Just six days after needling his quarterback for not being aggressive enough, Broncos coach Vance Joseph found Denver's season on the brink and his job on the line. He backed down. Trailing the Browns by four points in the waning minutes and facing fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 6,...
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New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss, left, stops a shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche right wing Mikko Rantanen, right, as New York defenseman Ryan Pulock covers in the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
December 18, 2018 - 1:05 am
DENVER (AP) — On one sequence, the Islanders' Joshua Ho-Sang got whistled for two different hooking penalties. That was four minutes of power-play time. Colorado couldn't score. New York was let off the hook. Instant momentum changer. Goaltender Thomas Greiss bottled up Colorado's fast-flying...
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New Orleans Saints' Drew Brees (9) scrambles against the Carolina Panthers in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)
December 18, 2018 - 1:01 am
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints still have one of the league's top-scoring offenses, but lately it's the defense that's been carrying the NFL's most complete team. On a night when Brees and the offense couldn't get much going and made some uncharacteristic mistakes, New...
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, drives to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
December 18, 2018 - 12:31 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni has witnessed James Harden have the only 60-point triple-double in NBA history, lead Houston to the Western Conference finals and win his first MVP award. But what Harden has done for the previously underperforming Rockets in the last three games has...
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Minnesota Timberwolves' Josh Okogie (20), of Nigeria, and Robert Covington (33) celebrate after the Sacramento Kings took a timeout during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
December 18, 2018 - 12:17 am
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns got the Minnesota Timberwolves started and then enjoyed watching rookie Josh Okogie and the bench deliver the big blow. Towns had 14 points and 14 assists in just 21 minutes, Andrew Wiggins scored 17 and the Timberwolves beat the road-weary Sacramento Kings 132...
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CORRECTS ID TO DEVIN BOOKER NOT AUSTIN RIVERS Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (1) drives past New York Knicks' Emmanuel Mudiay (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
December 17, 2018 - 11:14 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A 4-24 record didn't discourage the Phoenix Suns, so a seven-point halftime deficit certainly wouldn't. The young Suns wiped away the second one, and insist they'll keep chipping away at the first. "We're building," guard Devin Booker said. "We're getting better every game." Booker...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) celebrates a basket with Sterling Brown (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Detroit, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
December 17, 2018 - 10:56 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo was called for two quick fouls, and with 9:02 remaining in the first quarter, he went to the bench. When he returned, there was still plenty of time for the Milwaukee star to make an impact. "No matter how many fouls I have, I've got to be aggressive. If I get...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Serena Williams returns a shot against Krystyna Pliskova during their first-round match of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France. The women's tennis tour has approved rule changes that involve seedings after a return from pregnancy. Former No. 1 players Williams and Victoria Azarenka are recent mothers on the tour. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)
December 17, 2018 - 5:48 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The women's tennis tour approved rule changes Monday that are meant to ensure players are not penalized after they return from pregnancy or an injury that causes a long absence. The changes were prompted, in part, by the experiences of former No. 1 players Serena...
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FILE - In this April 13, 2018, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers head coach Dave Hakstol gives instructions during the third period in Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, in Pittsburgh. The Flyers fired head coach Dave Hakstol Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
December 17, 2018 - 4:52 pm
It took less than two weeks as general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers for Chuck Fletcher to see what he needed to see with coach Dave Hakstol. The Flyers were still making too many mistakes, still not playing up to their talent level and it was all too clear the message wasn't getting across...
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