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NHL roundup: Stamkos' hat trick leads Lightning

Steven Stamkos recorded his ninth career hat trick and first in more than four years, and the Tampa Bay Lightning ran their season-high winning streak to seven games with a 6-3 victory over the visiting New York Rangers on Monday. Read More


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NBA roundup: Celts dump Pelicans for sixth win in row

Marcus Morris and Jayson Tatum combined to score 52 points as the short-handed Boston Celtics won their sixth game in a row by defeating the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 113-100 on Monday night. More »


NFL notebook: Raiders fire GM McKenzie

Reggie McKenzie is done as Raiders general manager, reportedly eschewing the opportunity to maintain his role through the end of the regular season in Oakland. More »


USOC failed to protect athletes from sex abuse: report

(Reuters) - The United States Olympics Committee failed to protect athletes from the threat of sexual abuse, according to a report released on Monday that showed some top executives took no action as the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal was unfolding. More »


Quinn: Falcons failed to meet expectations

Atlanta Falcons: Coach Dan Quinn isn't hiding from the fact that the Falcons (4-9) are one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL. "As we're sitting here at Week 15, we have four wins," Quinn told reporters. "So you'd better believe we're evaluating everything and doing anything to get it right." Atlanta has dropped its past five games. Early-season injuries began the team's derailment, but mistakes and inconsistent play have continued the decline. "As we're going through it, from players to staff to everything, we want to make sure we look at the body of work and get clear, concise evaluations on everybody," Quinn said. "When you're standing where we're at, it's not what you want to do, but that's part of it and what we're looking at for sure. If you're clearly at four wins during this time, then we have not met expectations." More »


Rondo has fluid drained from hand, return delayed

Rajon Rondo's return to the Los Angeles Lakers has been delayed after he had his right hand drained Sunday, coach Luke Walton told reporters. More »


MLB notebook: Yankees' GM nixes bid for Harper

Don't expect to see Bryce Harper donning pinstripes in the Bronx next year. More »


Cardinals giving no thought to sitting Rosen

Arizona Cardinals: Despite a completely devastated offensive line and others going down with injuries right and left, the Cardinals do not intend to sit quarterback Josh Rosen. To the contrary, they want him to get as many reps as possible. "To sit him, I don't think it'd be advantageous to do that," head coach Steve Wilks said, adding that he doesn't see Rosen developing bad habits. "(Playing) is an opportunity for him to continue to grow." Wilks remains optimistic about what he's seen from the rookie. "You can see the potential and the things he is capable of doing," he said. "...He has the qualities and the skillset. The inconsistency is there, but a lot of it is not just him, it's the personnel and that falls back on us as coaches to put those guys in position to be successful." More »


NBA notebook: Warriors named SI Sportsperson of the Year

Sports Illustrated named the Golden State Warriors as Sportsperson of the Year. More »


Outlook of Henry's season changed with epic performance

Houston Texans: The team's nine-game winning streak is over and veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph didn't necessarily see it as a bad development. "I hate to lose, but probably was the best thing for this team to lose that game," Joseph said of Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The way Joseph sees it, a long string of victories makes players forget the pain and torture of losing. "I think it's a learning experience," Joseph said. "Sometimes you think that winning is easy. I'm not saying that. That's what we were doing as a team, what I think, to go on a nine-game winning streak to make history. Sometimes you get that little lapse going on." More »


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