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Sports Report: 'Deflategate' Investigation, Carmelo Anthony Out For Season


In the NHL, Edmonton bested Boston in a shootout 4-3, Ottawa doubled up Montreal 4-2, Detroit beat Chicago in a shootout 3-2, Los Angeles topped Colorado 4-1, Minnesota edged Calgary 3-2, and it was Tampa Bay over Anaheim 4-1.


The NBA will return to its regular season schedule tonight.

Carmelo Anthony will have surgery on his left knee, and the New York Knicks say he will miss the rest of the season. Knicks president Phil Jackson says Anthony could be ready to play again in four to six months, which would have him back before training camp.

A person with knowledge of the discussions tells The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the Timberwolves have had exploratory discussions with the Brooklyn Nets about possibly bringing Kevin Garnett back to Minnesota. Garnett spent his first 12 years in Minnesota before being traded to Boston, where he won a championship.


The group behind Boston's bid for the 2024 Olympics is reaching beyond the city for input on their proposal. Boston 2024 says it will hold a series of 20 community meetings in the coming months around Massachusetts — venturing as far west as Springfield.


Investigations into the use of underinflated footballs in the AFC Championship game continue. Outside the Lines is reporting that sources say an NFL employee in charge of gathering game balls for charity, handed a kicking game ball to a Patriots’ locker room attendant where the attendant gave the ball to an alternate official who noticed the ball didn’t have the pregame markings the referee had put on the ball.

The Minnesota Vikings still have a jersey waiting for Adrian Peterson.

In the strongest statement yet, Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says he expects the star running back to stay with the team after his suspension is lifted.

Peterson's last carry came more than five months ago, before the child-abuse case involving his young son became public in his native Texas.

Spielman says Peterson has admitted his mistake, adding: "I'm sure he's doing everything he can to not only make himself better as a football player but also a better person off the field."

Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark says he's retiring after a 13-year playing career to embark on a sports broadcasting career.

Clark broke into the NFL with the New York Giants, won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers and had two stints with the Redskins, including last season. Clark finished with 16 interceptions in 177 games, with 152 starts.

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has agreed to a two-year deal that keeps him with the Arizona Cardinals. The 31-year-old has been the Cardinals' top receiver since 2004 and led them to their only Super Bowl appearance. He had 63 receptions for 734 yards and two touchdowns last season as his role with the team changed.


In men’s college basketball, Florida State defeated Boston College 69-60 and Syracuse bested No. 12 Louisville 69-59.

The NCAA has placed West Virginia's athletic department on two years' probation for recruiting violations involving illegal text messages and phone calls in 14 sports. An NCAA Division I infractions committee determined coaches in 14 sports sent impermissible texts and made phone calls to prospects and parents between June 2010 and February 2013. Most of the infractions occurred in women's gymnastics, football, women's basketball and women's soccer.

WVU athletic director Shane Lyons says he's disappointed by the violations, which were self-reported to the NCAA.

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