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It seems fitting that three Los Angeles-based players led an All-Star victory on a night the league honored Lakers legend Kobe Bryant. Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard received the Kobe Bryant All-Star MVP award after scoring a game-high 30 points in Team LeBron's 157-155 victory over Team Giannis in Chicago. 

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Mika Zibanejad scored the tying goal with 66 seconds in regulation before adding a shootout goal in the Rangers' 4-3 comeback against the Wild. Minnesota enjoyed a 3-1 lead until Pavel Buchnevich tallied midway through the third period.

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The Toronto Raptors had their franchise-record winning streak stopped at 15 games with a 101-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. 

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The Los Angeles Clippers are the latest NBA team to leave Philadelphia with a loss. The 76ers are a league-best 25-2 at home after Ben Simmons had 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 110-103 victory over the Clippers. 

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The New York Islanders kept Alex Ovechkin off the scoresheet while pulling within seven points of the first-place Washington Capitals in the NHL's Metropolitan Division. The Isles earned a split of their four-game season series as Anthony Beauvillier scored the first two goals in their 5-3 victory at Washington. 

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The Boston Celtics are owners of a seven-game winning streak that has them 1 ½ games behind the first-place Toronto Raptors in the NBA's Atlantic Division. Kemba Walker dropped in 27 points and Jayson Tatum added 26 as the Celtics got past the Thunder, 112-111 at Oklahoma City.

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Julius Randle furnished 22 points and Taj Gibson had 19 as the Knicks picked up their third straight win, 105-103 over the Magic. Elfrid Payton had 15 points and nine assists for New York, which rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter to match its longest winning streak of the season.

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Caris LeVert provided 23 points and the Nets gave D'Angelo Russell a bruising welcome back to Brooklyn with a 129-88 rout of the Warriors. Golden State fell behind 20-4, missing 20 of their 22 3-point attempts in the first half and trailing by as many as 44.

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The Boston Red Sox have parted with Mookie Betts by sending him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a blockbuster deal. Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Bosox have agreed to send the 2018 AL MVP to Los Angeles. 

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Marcus Morris Sr. scored 26 points, including a key jumper in overtime, and the New York Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 139-134. Kevin Love had 33 points and 13 rebounds in possibly his final home game with Cleveland. But the Cavaliers lost for the 11th time in 12 games.

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The Kansas City Chiefs have ended a half-century of frustration. Patrick Mahomes engineered three touchdown drives in the final 6:13 as the Chiefs roared back from a 10-point deficit to defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20 in Super Bowl 54. 

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Gordon Hayward scored 25 points and the Boston Celtics earned their fifth victory in six games with a 119-104 win over the Golden State Warriors. Marcus Smart added 21 points. D'Angelo Russell led the Warriors with 22 points. They have lost five straight.

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Spencer Dinwiddie scored 10 of his 28 points while the Nets were reeling off a 12-4 run to pull away in the fourth quarter of a 125-115 win against the Pistons. Kyrie Irving returned to the Brooklyn lineup to score 20 after missing Sunday's game following the death of Kobe Bryant.

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The Philadelphia 76ers had their big man back in the lineup tonight. Other than his jersey number, it looked like nothing had changed. Joel Embiid delivered 24 points to lead the Sixers to a 115-104 win over the Warriors. 

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The NBA has decided it's too soon for the Lakers to resume their schedule in the wake of Kobe Bryant's death in a helicopter crash. The league has postponed Tuesday's game against the Clippers and will reschedule it. The decision came one day after Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter and seven others perished in the crash.

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The Mets made it official, hiring Luis Rojas as their manager to replace Carlos Beltrán. New York announced the move Thursday, a week after Beltrán departed without managing a game. Rojas, who had been the Mets quality control coach, was given a multiyear contract. Rojas became New York's fourth manager in the past 2 1/2 years — and third in four months. 

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The Celtics cruised to a 119-95 rout of the Grizzlies but finished without Jayson Tatum, who scored 23 points before leaving the game in the third quarter with a groin injury. Daniel Theis had 14 points and Enes Kanter provided 13 with eight rebounds to help Boston win its second straight since a season-worst three-game losing streak.

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Derek Jeter and Larry Walker will be giving speeches in Cooperstown, New York, this summer. Jeter was a near-unanimous selection for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The former Yankees shortstop and longtime team captain appeared on all-but one of the 397 ballots cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Ex-teammate Mariano Rivera is the Hall's only unanimous first-ballot selection.

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The Boston Celtics did a nice job shaking their losing streak, but the Houston Rockets' struggles continue. The Celtics had dropped three in a row before Jayson Tatum delivered 27 points in just 29 minutes of a 139-107 thrashing of the Western Conference-leading Lakers. 

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The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs have earned trips to Miami for Super Bowl 54 on Feb. 2. The Niners are heading to the game for the first time since 2013, while the Chiefs are ending a half-century Super Bowl drought. 

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Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal with 25 seconds left to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 win over the rival New York Islanders. Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist and Tony DeAngelo also scored as the Rangers beat the Islanders for the fourth time in the last five meetings — and second time in four days.

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Tobias Harris scored 34 points, including two big baskets in the final two minutes as the 76ers beat the Nets 117-106. Ben Simmons had 20 points and 11 assists to help the 76ers improve to 19-2 at home.

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The fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing evidence has reached the Boston Red Sox. The Bosox have fired manager Alex Cora a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sport's sign-stealing scandal. 

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Joe Burrow's latest virtuoso performance has turned the LSU Tigers into CFP champions. The Heisman Trophy winner threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns as the boys from Baton Rouge whipped the defending-champion Clemson Tigers, 42-25. 

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The Green Bay Packers were able to stay ahead after building a sizeable lead. The Houston Texans weren't as fortunate. The Packers forged a 21-3 halftime lead before holding off the Seattle Seahawks, 28-23 to advance to the NFC championship game against San Francisco.

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The Philadelphia 76ers announced bad news concerning their roster before creating good news for themselves in the NBA standings. Josh Richardson scored 29 points and Ben Simmons had 19 as the Sixers downed the sputtering Celtics, 109-98. But All-Star Joel Embiid sat out as he prepares to have surgery Friday for a torn ligament in his left ring finger. 

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DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and the Spurs opened on a 22-3 run before holding off the Celtics, 129-114. Boston pulled within 76-69 before Kemba Walker was hit with technical fouls and an automatic ejection in the third quarter, allowing LaMarcus Aldridge to hit two free throws. Gordon Hayward had 18 points for the Celtics, who have dropped two straight for just the third time this season.

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The Rangers were 5-3 winners against the Avalanche as Artemi Panarin provided a goal and two assists. Mika Zibanejad and Ryan Strome each had a goal and an assist to back Igor Shesterkin, who stopped 29 shots to win his NHL debut.

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Missing Kemba Walker, the Boston Celtics became the latest NBA contender to surprisingly come up short against one of the league's worst teams, losing 99-94 to the Washington Wizards, who got 27 points from Ish Smith to lead a depleted lineup Monday night. Walker sat out his third game in a row with the flu, and while the Celtics won the previous two -- against also-rans Atlanta and Chicago -- they couldn't overcome poor shooting, a slow start and a whole lot of Smith.

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Jack Eichel scored on a penalty shot 1:09 into overtime to complete the Sabres' comeback in a 3-2 victory over the Oilers. Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar also scored for Buffalo, which fell behind 2-0 just seven minutes in before ending a four-game losing streak.

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