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Mickens impresses at NFLPA Bowl

Former UW wide receiver Jaydon Mickens had three catches for 49 yards and a touchdown at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday.

Blatt’s firing caught James ‘off guard’

CLEVELAND, Ohio — LeBron James says that he was “just as surprised and caught off guard” as his teammates when Cleveland head coach David Blatt was fired on Friday, four days after the Cavaliers had suffered their worst loss of the season.

NFL’s best all-time QB rivalry coming to an end?

DENVER — This 17th meeting of two storied quarterbacks should have happened on a snowy night in late November, when the then-undefeated New England Patriots played a Week 12 game in the Mile High City.

Chapman won’t be charged

NEW YORK — New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman will not face charges stemming from an October domestic dispute between Chapman and his girlfriend, during which the pitcher allegedly fired shots in his Florida home. Broward County Assistant State Attorney Stefanie Newman wrote in a close-out memo Wednesday that conflicting accounts and insufficient evidence made a conviction unlikely. Davie, Florida, police had previously closed the Oct. 30 matter for similar reasons. The South Florida Sun Sentinel first reported the prosecutors’ decision.

Thunder defeat Nuggets for fifth straight win

DENVER — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook each had a double-double, while Enes Kanter scored a season-high 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds, as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Denver Nuggets 110-104. “Enes did a really good job tonight,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said of the center. “He was really active on the glass, he got a lot of offensive rebounds, he kept possessions alive, he scored, he did a lot of really good things.”

Bills break ground with first full-time female coach

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Bills became the first National Football League (NFL) team to appoint a full-time female coach when they announced Kathryn Smith as their new head of quality control-special teams on Wednesday. “Kathryn Smith has done an outstanding job in the seven years that she has worked with our staff,” Bills head coach Rex Ryan said in a statement of Smith, who also worked with him at his previous team, the New York Jets.

DeRozan rises to inspire Raptors to sixth straight victory, over Celtics

TORONTO — DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 115-109 victory over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, the home team extending their winning streak to a season-best six games. Center Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who improved to 27-15 with the triumph against a tenacious Celtics.

Knicks reclaim top spot as Forbes’ most valuable team

NEW YORK — The New York Knicks reclaimed their distinction as the NBA’s most valuable team, worth $3 billion, according to a Forbes poll released on Wednesday that showed the average team value rose 13 percent from last year. The average NBA team’s value rose to $1.25 billion from $1.1 billion last year, a jump Forbes said was driven primarily by media and sponsorship deals that are typically being renewed at double or even quadruple the previous amounts.

City may seek to renegotiate Super Bowl contract over costs

SAN FRANCISCO — Legislation will be introduced in San Francisco’s City Council next week demanding that the city renegotiate its contact with the National Football League for hosting Super Bowl 50 due to rising costs, a city superintendent said. The move stems from a budget and legislative analyst report last week warning that taxpayers could be on the hook for nearly $5 million in expenses associated with securing public events leading up to the game, unwelcome news to a city already facing a $100 million budget deficit.

Patriots not underestimating Manning

DENVER — Peyton Manning has been plagued by injury and questionable form recently but the New England Patriots are not underestimating the Denver Broncos quarterback’s ability heading into their pivotal AFC championship game. The five-time NFL Most Valuable Player will be two months shy of his 40th birthday when he takes the field for what could be the final game of his storied career but the Patriots know he still can still dominate a game.

Serena slams Hsieh to march into third round

SYDNEY, Australia — Defending champion Serena Williams ramped up her bid for a 22nd grand slam title with a dominant 6-1 6-2 win over unseeded Taiwanese Hsieh Su-wei to charge into the Australian Open third round.

Tigers land free agent outfielder Upton

DETROIT — The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a six-year contract worth $132.75 million with free agent outfielder Justin Upton, reported on Monday. The deal for the 28-year-old, who batted.251 with 26 home runs and 81 runs batted in with the San Diego Padres last year, was pending a medical, Major League Baseball’s official website said.

Manning and rival Brady to battle for Super Bowl berth

DENVER — Peyton Manning and Tom Brady will renew their storied rivalry in Sunday’s AFC title game but the clash will be unlike any other as it may be the last between two of the National Football League’s greatest quarterbacks. When Manning leads his Denver Broncos onto the field to face the New England Patroits he will be two months shy of his 40th birthday and playing what could be the final game of a career that includes a Super Bowl win, five most valuable player awards and numerous passing ...