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MLB: Cooperstown gets Braves boost

NEW YORK — Cooperstown has a Southern accent this weekend as 40,000 people — about 16 times last year’s total — visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame for its annual induction ceremony Sunday in central New York state.

NBA: Sterling trial hears its final testimony

LOS ANGELES—A dementia expert raised questions about whether two doctors properly conducted mental exams that found longtime Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling mentally incapacitated as testimony concluded Wednesday in the trial to determine whether Shelly Sterling acted properly when she sold the team in May without her husband’s consent.

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NBA: Boozer heading to the Lakers

Carlos Boozer is headed to the Lakers’ crowded frontcourt after Los Angeles made the winning bid for the veteran forward waived by the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty clause.

MLB: 10 things to look for in second half

Hope is the operative word for so many teams in the second half of the season, which, depending on your perspective, is either the dividend or curse of the parity Bud Selig has bestowed upon the big leagues. It feels as if everyone has a road map to October, including the Yankees. And, yes, we’re also looking at you, Little Blue Engine from Flushing.

Mother of 2 makes NFL cheerleading squad at age 40

NEW ORLEANS — She hadn’t done splits and high kicks since her cheerleading days in high school, but 40-year-old dance instructor Kriste Lewis set a lofty goal: to try out for the New Orleans Saints cheerleading squad, known as the Saintsations.

College Football: South Carolina’s Spurrier holds court at SEC Media Days

HOOVER, Ala. — Steve Spurrier recently made news for insinuating that Alabama has underachieved under Nick Saban because they’ve sign the No. 1 recruiting class almost every year. He didn’t necessarily back off that stance at SEC Football Media Days when asked to clarify on Tuesday, though he was more complimentary of Saban’s ability to recruit than inability to win every game the Crimson Tide plays.