Antonio Brown’s big-money deal won’t cripple Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Now that Antonio Brown’s business plans — reminiscent of a loud, deep, resonant sound — are complete, thanks to a massive four-year extension, both Brown and the Pittsburgh Steelers should feel confident in this deal. Forget the Facebook Live fiasco. The team zoned in on a Brown deal …

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Players ready to break out in 2017

Everyone has a different definition of a breakout player. I like a definition vague enough for me to list rookies as well as second-, third- and fourth-year players who will turn their modest success into a whole other level of performance and production. Here are the players I think will …

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Stephen Curry unusually inaccurate, but Warriors still cruise

PHILADELPHIA — The Golden State Warriors held off the Philadelphia 76ers119-108 in the type of game they’d have perhaps squandered last season. Although Golden State still isn’t a high free throw attempt-earning team, the acquisition of Kevin Durant (27 points, 11 free throws on Monday) has helped the Warriors in …

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DeRozan’s Clutch Jumper, 37 Points Lead Raptors Past Knicks

NEW YORK (AP) DeMar DeRozan made a turnaround jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining, finishing with 37 points and leading the Toronto Raptors to a 92-91 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night. The Raptors won their fourth in a row, doing it with DeRozan and defense after learning …

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LeBron returns from strep-throat to lead Cavs past Bucks

CLEVELAND (AP) LeBron James returned from a bout with strep throat and scored 24 points, Kyrie Irving added 25 and the Cleveland Cavaliers held off the Milwaukee Bucks 102-95 on Monday night. James missed Saturday’s loss to Chicago – the Cavs fell to 0-4 this season without their superstar – …

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Grizzlies claw past Nuggets thanks to 31 from Conley

DENVER (AP) Mike Conley scored 31 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter, and the Memphis Grizzles held off the Denver Nuggets 105-98 on Sunday. Zach Randolph finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Memphis, which snapped a two-game skid. Marc Gasol chipped in 23 points and found his …

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