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Your Top Plays for Today

Thursday - 2/6/2014, 2:09am  ET

The Associated Press

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide

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--WINTER OLYMPICS UNDERWAY IN SOCHI

Competition begins at the Winter Olympics, 32 hours before the Opening Ceremony.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/early-start-thursday-sochi-olympics-events

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--BLACKHWAKS BEAT DUCKS IN SHOWCASE EVENT

In a game boasting the NHL's two best teams and 15 Olympians, Chicago beats Anaheim 2-0.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/chicago-blanks-ducks-2-0-meeting-nhls-best

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--BECKHAM ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR MIAMI TEAM

David Beckham turns team owner, launches plans for new MLS team in Miami.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/beckham-exercises-option-buy-mls-team-miami

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--SPURS BEAT WIZARDS FOR 16TH STRAIGHT TIME

San Antonio extended its dominance of Washington to 16 straight wins.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/spurs-win-16th-row-vs-wizards-125-118-2ot

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--MADRID, BARCA ON TRACK FOR COPA DEL REY FINAL

Real Madrid and Barcelona on track for a 'Clasico' Copa del Rey final after both win the opening legs of their semifinals.

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Madrid-spank-Atletico-in-Copa-semifinal-Barca-win-5207948.php

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--IOC CHIEF SLAMS WORLD LEADERS FOR POLITICIZING OLYMPICS

IOC chief slams world leaders for using the Winter Olympics to promote political ideas.

http://wintergames.ap.org/article/bach-slams-politicians-over-sochi-olympics

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--BRAZILIAN PLAYERS THREATEN STRIKE OVER FAN ATTACK

Brazil's pre-World Cup dramas continue, with players threatening to go on strike in this weekend's Sao Paulo state championship due to an attack by angry fans at a training ground.

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Brazilians-prepare-to-go-on-strike-after-attack-5204483.php

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---SWANSEA FIRES LAUDRUP AS HEAD COACH

Swansea fires Danish great Michael Laudrup as head coach, just a year after giving the Welsh club its first major trophy.

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Swansea-fires-manager-Michael-Laudrup-5204044.php

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--PIETERSEN'S ENGLAND CAREER OVER AFTER ASHES WHITEWASH

Former England cricket captain Kevin Pietersen had his international career ended after nine turbulent years.

http://news.yahoo.com/pietersen-england-career-over-being-dropped-193144588.html

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--CALLAHAN SHRUGS OFF TRADE TALK TO LEAD RANGERS VICTORY

New York Rangers captain Ryan Callahan shakes off trade talk to score the first two goals in a 5-1 win over Colorado.

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268755/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=SLbY19z4

--CHELSEA WINS AT MAN CITY TO OPEN UP EPL TITLE CHASE

Chelsea enlivens the English Premier League title race with a 1-0 win at championship favorite Manchester City.

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Chelsea-beats-Man-City-1-0-in-title-showdown-5200940.php

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--IOC CHIEF BACKS SOCHI SECURITY MEASURES

IOC chief Thomas Bach backs Russia's security measures for Sochi Olympics.

http://wintergames.ap.org/article/bach-i-am-still-assured-security-sochi

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--WIMMING GREAT THORPE GOES INTO REHAB AFTER BRING FOUND 'DISORIENTED'

Olympic swimming great Ian Thorpe is in rehabilitation after being round disoriented on a Sydney street.

http://wintergames.ap.org/article/olympic-great-ian-thorpe-rehab

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--THUNDER GRINDS PAST GRIZZLIES WITH DURANT AGAIN THE KEY

Oklahoma City beats Memphis to exact some revenge for last season's playoff defeat.

http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_268754/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=PU22rFYT

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--CORINTHIANS FANS ATTACK PLAYERS AT TRAINING

Angry Corinthians fans attack players at training in further sign of Brazilian football's ills ahead of this year's World Cup.

http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Brazilian-football-scrutinized-again-after-attack-5200499.php

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