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Earnhardt Jr. wins 2nd Daytona 500 a decade later (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 24/02/2014 à 07:26:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Through rain and wrecks, on Daytona's longest day, this was a drought Dale Earnhardt Jr. was determined to end. NASCAR's most popular driver won the Daytona 500 for the second time - a decade after his first victory - to snap a 55-race losing streak dating to 2012. The victory Sunday night ended a streak of futility at Daytona International Speedway, where he finished second in three of the previous four 500s. ''Winning this race is the greatest feeling that you could feel in this sport besides accepting the trophy for the championship,'' said Earnhardt, who climbed from his car in Victory Lane and hugged every member of his Hendrick Motorsports crew.

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Collins back in NBA, Nets beat Lakers 108-102 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 24/02/2014 à 07:06:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Jason Collins #46 of the Brooklyn Nets and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers battle for position under the net in the second half at Staples Center on February 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. The Nets defeated the Lakers 108-102. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Although Jason Collins played only 10 1/2 minutes in his first game with the Brooklyn Nets, it was a groundbreaking appearance. Collins became the first openly gay player in the four major U.S. professional sports leagues, and Deron Williams had a season-high 30 points along with seven assists in a 108-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. ''I know that I can play in the NBA and it felt good to be out there tonight,'' Collins said.

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Baseball set to announce plate-collision rule (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 24/02/2014 à 04:10:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

Baseball's new guidelines regarding home plate collisions will be released on Monday. MLB executive vice president Joe Torre made the revelation Sunday after wrapping up a series of meetings to discuss expanded replay with the 15 teams that conduct spring training in Florida. The former New York Yankees manager did not provide specifics about the plate-collision rule except to say baseball wants to curb intentional contact. ''If nothing else on that play, we want to eliminate those very vicious hits where you target the catcher as opposed to home plate.'' Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said there doesn't appear a radical change to existing guidelines, noting catchers still will be able to block the plate if the ball arrives in time.

Day survives the magic of Dubuisson in Match Play (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 24/02/2014 à 04:01:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

Jason Day, of Australia, right, his wife, Ellie, and son Dash, pose with the trophy after winning his championship match against Victor Dubuisson, of France, during the Match Play Championship golf tournament on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Marana, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Both times, Jason Day felt the Match Play Championship was his to win Sunday. And both times, he watched Victor Dubuisson turn the impossible into pars in the wildest conclusion ever to a tournament that is unpredictable even in normal circumstances. Dubuisson finally ran out of magic.

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Heat beat Bulls without LeBron, 93-79 (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 24/02/2014 à 01:36:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

MIAMI, FL - February 23: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat goes up for the reverse layup against the Chicago Bulls at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on Feb. 3, 2014. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

LeBron James watched from the bench in a stylish gray suit, and with the game deadlocked at halftime, he took off his necktie. Stout defense plus Chris Bosh's outside shooting and a boost from Miami's reserves helped the Heat overcome the absence of their MVP on Sunday to beat the Chicago Bulls 93-79. ''We were missing a pretty big man,'' Dwyane Wade said. Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden replaced James for his first NBA start since December 2009, and reserves Chris Andersen, Michael Beasley and Ray Allen helped the Heat pull away in the second half.

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Yanks, Gardner agree on $52 million, 4-year deal (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 23/02/2014 à 23:12:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

New York Yankees center fielder Brett Gardner bunts during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees agreed Sunday to a four-year contract worth $52 million. ''It shows the level of confidence, belief and trust, and the type of player and person he is,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

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Michigan beats Michigan St 79-70 for league lead (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 23/02/2014 à 22:07:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

Michigan guard Nik Stauskas (11) reacts by holding up three fingers to celebrate his 3-pointer in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan State at Crisler Center, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Ann Arbor, Mich.. Michigan won 79-70. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Over the last few weeks, as opposing defenses keyed in on him, Michigan's Nik Stauskas has remained patient, hesitant to force anything at the offensive end. Then Michigan State came to town - and that all changed in a big way. Stauskas scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, repeatedly making contested shots from the perimeter to help the 20th-ranked Wolverines to a 79-70 win over the 13th-ranked Spartans on Sunday. Michigan rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit and wrested first place in the Big Ten from its in-state rival.

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Costly, political, successful: Sochi Olympics end (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 23/02/2014 à 20:21:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

Athletes walk in the arena during the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Flushed with pride after its athletes' spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated Sunday night with a visually stunning finale that handed off a smooth but politically charged Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin, these Olympics' political architect and booster-in-chief, watched and smiled as Sochi gave itself a giant pat on the back for a Winter Games that IOC President Thomas Bach declared an ''extraordinary success.'' The crowd that partied in Fisht Olympic Stadium, in high spirits after the high-security games passed safely without feared terror attacks, hooted with delight when Bach said Russia delivered on promises of ''excellent'' venues, ''outstanding'' accommodation for the 2,856 athletes and ''impeccable organization.'' The spectators let out an audibly sad moan when Bach declared the 17-day Winter Games closed.

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Sweden's Backstrom fails doping test in Sochi (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 23/02/2014 à 18:00:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

Finland goalkeeper Kari Lehtonen blocks a shot off a rebound by Sweden forward Nicklas Backstrom during the first period of a men's semifinal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Sweden center Nicklas Backstrom failed a doping test for a substance found in an allergy medication and was withdrawn from Sunday's hockey final at the Sochi Olympics. Backstrom, who plays for the Washington Capitals in the NHL, was scratched just before the game began and had to watch Sweden's 3-0 loss to Canada on TV. Sweden coach Par Marts was critical of the IOC's timing, saying Backstrom was tested in connection with the team's 5-0 win over Slovenia last Wednesday, but he was only told 20 minutes before the final that his center couldn't play. ''It's like kindergarten.'' Asked about Merts criticism of the doping process, IOC spokesman Mark Adams said, ''We will not comment on any potential process until it has concluded.'' NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly issued a statement saying the substance Backstrom tested positive for was not on the league's list of banned substances.

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Canada beats Sweden 3-0 for Olympic hockey gold (Yahoo Sports)

Yahoo Sports - Top News par Anonyme le 23/02/2014 à 17:37:00 - Favoriser (lu/non lu)

Canada forward Jonathan Toews waves the Canadian flag after Canada beat Sweden 3-0 in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Sidney Crosby skated in alone on Henrik Lundqvist, faking Sweden's goalie to the ice with a textbook-quality deke and sliding a perfect backhand into the net. Canada did everything by the book at the Sochi Olympics, winning all six games with a ferocious commitment to defense and discipline. When Canada's captain finally got his first goal of the games Sunday, it had none of the dramatics of Crosby's last Olympic goal four years ago in Vancouver. Jonathan Toews scored in the first period, Carey Price made 24 saves in his second consecutive shutout, and Canada defended its Olympic men's hockey title with a 3-0 victory over Sweden.

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