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The Chicago Blackhawks re-acquired forward Andrew Ladd on Thursday from the Winnipeg Jets. Ladd, 30, leaves his captain’s C behind in Winnipeg and goes to Chicago along with Matt Fraser and Jay Harrison. Ladd previously played in Chicago for two-and-a-half seasons, winning a Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010. He joined the Jets organization later …

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Swells in Waimea Bay, Hawaii, consistently topped 50 feet this week, so organizers gave the green light for the rare Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau big-wave surf competition, according to The Associated Press. The minimum requirements for the competition include continuous 40-foot swells that last long enough for multiple heats. Since the prestigious, invitation-only …

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Stenley Graham deserves every moment of his 15 minutes of fame. Graham hit an incredible one-handed buzzer-beater from three-quarters of the length of the basketball court Wednesday during a high school game. The senior at Oregon’s Ashland High School earned a place on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” according to the New York Daily News’ Mark Emery. WATCH:How …

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Peyton Barber’s family has a penchant for sticking together. That’s why he’s in the 2016 NFL Draft. Barber revealed Wednesday at the NFL Scouting Combine that his mother’s lack of housing drove him to enter the draft and give up his remaining two years of college football eligibility, according to ESPN.com. The Auburn running back …

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The Boston Celtics will enjoy some long-awaited home cooking Thursday night. The Celtics, whose last home game was Feb. 10, are back at TD Garden to take on the Milwaukee Bucks after a three-game, post-All-Star break road trip. The C’s (33-25) went 1-2 on that road trip but are seeking to turn things around as …

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The Houston Rockets made one big move earlier this season and came close to pulling off another at the NBA trade deadline. Apparently James Harden was the catalyst behind both ideas. Harden “pushed” Rockets management to fire head coach Kevin McHale and also wanted the team to trade center Dwight Howard before the Feb. 18 …

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Liverpool progressed to the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League by beating Augsburg 1-0 in the second leg of their series at Anfield on Thursday. James Milner’s fifth-minute penalty kick edged the Reds ahead on aggregate following the goal-less draw in Germany a week ago and proved enough to ensure inclusion in Friday’s draw …

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Tom Brady’s family adopted a new puppy, and the New England Patriots quarterback was so proud that he showed it off to the entire Serengeti. Sort of. Brady, who apparently is now the King of the Jungle in addition to being the King of Facebook, posted a video of himself hanging out with his dogs Lua, …

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UPDATE (3:37 p.m. ET): The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on swingman Joe Johnson, cutting ties with him after three-plus seasons. “The Nets want to thank Joe for his many contributions to the team and the organization,” new Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement released by the team. “Joe has been a quality …

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The acclimation process wouldn’t be overly difficult if Rutgers wide receiver Leonte Carroo is drafted by the New England Patriots. There already are five former Scarlet Knights on the Patriots, and Carroo regularly keeps in touch with defensive backs Logan Ryan and Duron Harmon. “Speaking to those guys that I played with, especially Logan Ryan …

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