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U.S. men's hockey is 2 wins from Olympic gold

Phil Kessel

(Credit: Phil Kessel and Zach Parise have led the U.S. to a perfect record in Sochi. (MCT/Chuck Myers))

The U.S. men's hockey team is just two wins away from its first Olympic gold medal since the "Miracle on Ice" in 1980 and will look to continue its winning ways Friday morning. After Russia's surprising elimination in Wednesday's quarterfinals, the semifinals will get underway with two excellent matchups, the United States vs. Canada and Finland vs. Sweden.

Here's a look at the semis, along...

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Nets land G Thornton in trade with Kings

Marcus Thornton plays with the Kings on December

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The Nets acquired Marcus Thornton from the Kings in exchange for Jason Terry and Reggie Evans, the team announced yesterday.

Thornton, who is scheduled to make $8.6 million next season in the final year of his deal, is averaging career lows in points (8.3), field goal percentage (.381) and 3-point percentage (.318). Now in his fifth season, the 26-year-old guard averaged double-digit scoring...

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Jeter: 'I still have a season to play'

Derek Jeter spoke about his decision to retire

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Derek Jeter made it very clear when met with reporters yesterday outside Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., that it was not a retirement press conference. Instead, he stressed that he was focused on this upcoming season, the final one of his illustrious MLB career.

“I still have a season to play,” Jeter said. “This is just letting you guys know that this is gonna be my last year, but I felt...

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Nets begin second half Wednesday with a soft road trip

The Brooklyn Nets have had problems on the

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The Nets begin a six-game road trip tonight against the Jazz (19-33) and look to gain some ground in a mediocre Eastern Conference.

Although underachieving with a 24-27 record, the Nets are in seventh place in the East and entered yesterday just a game behind the fifth-place Hawks. They are in excellent position to rise up the standings but need to play better on the road.

Brooklyn is...

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NYC running group to support Russia's LGBT community

A member of the Front Runners club displays

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Forget marathons — these New Yorkers are running all the way to Moscow, sort of.

Since Jan. 25, Front Runners New York, an LGBT running group, has been hitting the streets to support those in Russia who are coping with anti-gay laws and violence.

Timed to coincide with the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Front Runners’ original plan was to collectively run 4,664 miles, the distance between...

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Bode Miller defends interviewer over questions about late brother

Bode Miller at the Winter Olympics on February

(Credit: Bode Miller at the Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014. (Getty Images/Alexander Hassenstein))

Winning an Olympic medal is an emotional experience no matter what - but for American alpine racer Bode Miller, who took home the bronze for men's super-G yesterday, the victory was overshadowed by an even more emotional interview.

In a post-race exchange, NBC's Christin Cooper moved Miller to tears with questions about his brother, snowboarder Chelone Miller, who died last April at age 29...

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Ticket prices surge on secondary market for Derek Jeter's last game

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Yankee fans will have to shell out big bucks if they want to attend Derek Jeter's final regular season game at Yankee Stadium.

Tickets for the Sept. 25 game against the Baltimore Orioles soared on secondary markets such as StubHub and eBay following Jeter's announcement.

The cheapest ticket sold Wednesday on StubHub was initially $35, but prices skyrocketed. At 2:30 p.m., the cheapest...

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Jeter defined Yankee greatness over last 20 years

Derek Jeter

(Credit: Derek Jeter and Joe Torre won four World Series together. (AFP/Getty Images/John Mabanglo))

Plenty of greats have worn pinstripes, but only a few Yankees define an era. Derek Jeter is one such player, epitomizing one of the greatest periods in Yankees history as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle did before him.

For Bronx Bombers fans born in the '80s and '90s, Jeter is baseball. It's that simple.

At 12 seasons, he will have been the Yankees captain far longer than any...

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Quick to start in goal in U.S. men's hockey opener

Jonathan Quick

(Credit: Jonathan Quick plays for the Los Angeles Kings. (Getty Images/Bruce Bennett))

U.S. men's hockey officially begins its quest for gold at the Winter Olympics on Thursday when the puck drops against Slovakia in Sochi, Russia.

Team USA features 13 of the 25 players who saw action for the team that won silver four years ago in Vancouver. In a surprising move, goaltender Jonathan Quick (Kings) will get the start today instead of Ryan Miller (Sabres), the 2010 tournament's...

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Yankees introduce Masahiro Tanaka to the Bronx

The Yankees introduced pitcher Masahiro Tanaka at a

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The Yankees introduced the final piece of their $465-million offseason Tuesday, unveiling pitcher Masahiro Tanaka at a news conference that featured nearly 200 media members, the most since the team introduced Hideki Matsui in 2003.

General manager Brian Cashman started the news conference by bluntly stating, "This is big."

After describing how the Yankees extensively scouted Tanaka...

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