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Sports Report: NBA All-Star Break Starts, February 13-15


In the NBA, Chicago bested Cleveland 113-98. Today marks the beginning of the NBA All-Star break.

George Karl is getting another chance to revive a struggling NBA franchise. The Sacramento Kings have an agreement in principle to hire Karl as head coach. He is the sixth-winningest coach in NBA history and is expected to be on the sideline in their first game following the All-Star break against Boston in Sacramento next Friday.


Over on the ice, the Rangers doubled up Colorado 6-3, the Islanders edged Toronto 3-2, Pittsburgh beat Ottawa in a shootout 5-4, Edmonton skated by Montreal in overtime 4-3, Anaheim defeated Carolina 2-1, St. Louis topped Tampa Bay 6-3, Minnesota beat Florida 2-1, Nashville won against Winnipeg 3-1, and it was Los Angeles over Calgary 5-3.


Justin Hicks rolled in an 18-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole to complete an 8-under 64 in the first round of the Pebble Beach Pro-Am. That earns him a share of the lead with J.B. Holmes.

John Daly capped off his 7-under 65 with a birdie on 18 for his lowest opening round in ten years. He's tied for third with Jim Furyk, Brandt Snedecker and three others.


Former Giants cornerback Terrell Thomas is retiring after an NFL career shortened by three reconstructive surgeries on his right knee. Thomas and the Giants announced the retirement today. Thomas last played in an NFL game in 2013 for the Giants. He became a free agent, had a tryout with the Seattle Seahawks and his former Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll, but did not make the team. He sat out last season.

Jets coach Todd Bowles has hired University of Buffalo defensive line coach John Scott Jr. as the team's quality control-defense coach. Scott was hired by Buffalo last month after spending the previous two seasons as Texas Tech's defensive line coach. Scott played defensive end at Western Carolina and spent two seasons with Greensboro of arenafootball2 and one year with Montreal of the CFL.

A proposal to build an 80,000-seat stadium in the Los Angeles suburbs that could become the home of an NFL team has taken a step forward.

Los Angeles County election officials said Thursday they have verified enough petition signatures to allow the plan to go before voters in Inglewood, where the stadium would be built.

That vote could come in June.

If voters approve, stadium construction could begin in about a year.


A person familiar with the negotiations has told The Associated Press the Kansas City Royals and reliever Kelvin Herrera have agreed to a two-year, $4.15 million package that avoids arbitration. Herrera made just over $520,000 last year while recording a 1.41 ERA and a .214 batting average against in 70 regular-season games last year. He also had a 1.80 earned run average in the postseason as the Royals reached the World Series for the first time in 29 years.

A high-profile Chicago attorney says he's working with local Little League officials to investigate the international governing body's decision to strip the Chicago team of its national title.

Attorney Victor Henderson says that he'll look into Little League International's ruling that local officials knowingly added ineligible players to the Jackie Robinson West team.

Little League International announced Wednesday that Jackie Robinson West was being stripped of its 2014 title because team officials falsified boundaries to include ineligible players and tried to persuade surrounding leagues to go along with the scheme.

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