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Hall of Famer Ernie ‘Mr. Cub’ Banks dead at 83

The pioneering and famously affable slugger was hailed by the team for which he played 19 seasons as "the greatest Cub in franchise history."

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‘SNL’ takes on Tom Brady and DeflateGate

The New England Patriots QB reminds people that he is not a "science computer" and had nothing to do with deflating footballs.

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Watt gets 2 turnovers, dances in friendly Pro Bowl

J.J. Watt intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble and danced for the crowd

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon talks with reporters after a voluntary minicamp workout at the NFL football team's facility in Berea, Ohio Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

AP Source: Browns WR Josh Gordon fails another drug test

A person familiar with the situation says troubled Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has failed another drug test.

The rink at Nationwide Arena is prepared for the NHL All-Star hockey weekend in Columbus, Ohio, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.

Tavares scores 4, Team Toews outscores Team Foligno, 17-12

John Tavares of the New York Islanders matched a record with four goals, and Team Toews beat Team Foligno 17-12 on Sunday night in the highest-scoring NHL All-Star game.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski reacts during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia Tech in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014. Duke won 66-48.

Coach K gets 1,000th win as No. 5 Duke tops St. John’s

Mike Krzyzewski earned his 1,000th career win Sunday, making him the first NCAA Division I men's coach to reach the milestone.

Official game balls for the NFL football Super Bowl XLIX wait for final inspection at the Wilson Sporting Goods Co. in Ada, Ohio, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. The New England Patriots will play the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona.

Super Bowl XLIX: Carroll, Belichick excelled after failing the first time

The two men vying to put their fingerprints on the Lombardi Trophy are testament to the axiom that men who flop in their first NFL head coaching job can subsequently flourish.

Maria Sharapova of Russia chases down on a shot to Petra Martic of Croatia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

Maria Sharapova beats Peng in 4th round at Australian Open

Second-seeded Maria Sharapova is through to the Australian Open quarterfinals after a 6-3, 6-0 win over China's Peng Shuai on Sunday.

'MR. CUB:' U.S. President Barack Obama presents the Presidential Medal of Freedom to baseball Hall of Fame player Ernie Banks at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington Nov. 20, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS/LARRY DOWNING

Cubs great Ernie Banks dies

The Chicago Cubs say Hall of Famer and two-time MVP Ernie Banks was 83 when he died Friday night. The team did not provide a cause of death.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the sidelines in the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass.

Belichick on deflated balls

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is defending the way his team preps its game balls…

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) drives against New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, in New Orleans. The Pelicans won 96-80.

Kobe to be re-examined before deciding injury fate

Bryant was examined Friday in Los Angeles. He tore his rotator cuff Wednesday in New Orleans.

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after defeating Tim Smyczek of the U.S. during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

So close: Nadal, Sharapova survive at Aussie Open; Venus Williams into 4th round

Nadal was taken to five agonizing sets by No. 112-ranked Tim Smyczek. Sharapova needed to save two match points before prevailing 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 over fellow Russian Alexandra Panova,

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A look back at some of the biggest and best moments in sports this week.

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NFL conducts dozens of interviews into ‘DeflateGate’

The NFL said evidence thus far supports the conclusion that under-inflated footballs were used by the Patriots.

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Golden State’s Curry tops LeBron in All-Star voting

Stephen Curry rode a late surge to become the top overall vote-getter for the NBA All-Star game.

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Friday’s Sports Minute

A look at some of the big sports stories making headlines today, Friday, Jan. 23.

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Patriots’ ball scandal could take shine off Super Bowl

A growing storm over the New England Patriots' alleged use of illegal balls threatens to overshadow what could be a classic matchup with the Seattle Seahawks.

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Marino says Seahawks have edge in tough Super Bowl

Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino gives the defending champions an edge in the Super Bowl.

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A ‘bad lip reading’ of the year in football

A look back on what NFL players (maybe) said this year.

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Seattle CB Lane doesn’t worry about Gronkowski

Lane said the Seahawks won't approach Gronkowski any differently from how they defend other receivers.

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