Ray Rice wins appeal; NFL suspension vacated

In this Nov. 5 photo, Ray Rice arrives with his wife Janay Palmer for an appeal hearing of his indefinite suspension from the NFL in New York. Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL, which has been "vacated immediately," the NFL football players' union said Friday. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — An arbitrator Friday threw out Ray Rice’s indefinite suspension by the NFL for punching his then-fiancee and now wife in a hotel elevator, freeing him to play again.

Watch No. 12: Tom Brady vs Aaron Rodgers

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady laughs as he listens to a reporter's questions during a media availability at the NFL football team's facility Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots will play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers really do have a lot in common.

Lions begin crucial homestand with win over Bears

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81), defended by Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller (23), pulls in a 6-yard pass for a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions began the homestand that could make or break their season with the type of offensive performance their fans have been waiting for.

Popovich, Ginobili reflect on their rocky start

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2014, file photo, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks with Spurs guard Manu Ginobili during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif. Their first days together were difficult, but Ginobili and Popovich eventually found common ground. In doing so, they made each other, and the San Antonio Spurs, so much better. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

(AP) — On a January night in Indiana more than a decade ago, 26-year-old Manu Ginobili was sitting on the floor near the end of the San Antonio Spurs bench as coach Gregg Popovich walked toward him

D.C. Olympic bid touts ‘unity’ over dysfunction

FILE - This July 4, 2013, file photo shows a U.S. flag, in the shape of the country, in the outfield before a baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park in Washington. The city of political polarization is hoping an Olympic bid can bring everyone together. (AP Photo/Mark Tenally, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Place your hands together in just the right way, with thumbs overlapping and the other fingers pointing to the sky, and you’ve created the symbol for 2024 Olympics in the nation’s

Eagles roll over Cowboys 33-10 for NFC East lead

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) puts his hand to his face as he sits on the bench late during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — LeSean McCoy threw open his arms just before crossing the goal line on a touchdown run that essentially put away another big win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Johnson shines in Detroit’s 34-17 win over Chicago

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) is tackled by Chicago Bears inside linebacker Christian Jones (59) after his 9-yard reception during the first half of an NFL football game in Detroit, Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014. With this catch, Johnson set a new NFL record for fewest games (115) to reach 10,000 career receiving yards. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

DETROIT (AP) — After a week of questions about his limited production of late, Calvin Johnson lifted Detroit’s offense with an emphatic reminder that he’s still one of the game’s most dynamic playe

Thunder knock off Jazz, 97-82

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward (20) dunks in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) and center Steven Adams, right, in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Finally, good things are happening for the Thunder.

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