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Despite stacked conference, Deron Williams says Nets believe they have chance to win

Brook Lopez is already hurt again, Kevin Garnett is 38 years old and entering his 20th NBA season and Paul Pierce left to go to Washington.

Body found in Ore. is likely Okla. teen seeking ‘Into the Wild’ adventure

A decomposing body, believed to be an Oklahoma teen who ventured into the Oregon wilderness during an “off the grid” exploit, has been found.

Ex-NY Jets, current Titans RB Shonn Greene arrested

Former Jets tailback Shonn Greene has slowed down on the field, but life off the field sped up Friday evening in Franklin, Tenn. before Greene surrendered to authorities. Greene was charged with driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, failure to stop, and illegal parking by Franklin Police.

Five Giants who need to step up after the bye week

Oh, the 3-4 Giants are close to done, well behind the streaking Cowboys and Eagles in the NFC East. But as bleak as things may seem, they headed off into the bye week just two games out of a wild-card berth, and a lot can change in nine games.

Nebraska's Ameer Abdullah runs all over Rutgers, 42-24

Ameer Abdullah ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns and set a school record with 341 all-purpose yards, leading No. 16 Nebraska to a 42-24 victory over Rutgers on Saturday.

Mexican governor steps down over college kidnappings

The governor of Mexican Guerrero state has stepped down amid accusations of corruption over the kidnappings of 43 students at a rural teaching college.

Possible explosions rattle downtown Phoenix hotel: reports

Explosions have been reported at a downtown Phoenix, Arizona, hotel, according to KNXV-TV. The Sheraton hotel located at 340 N. 3rd Street has been evacuated, but there’s no sign of a fire, the TV station wrote, citing Phoenix Fire Department.

Knicks Preview: A position-by-position breakdown of the 2014-15 roster

Next summer’s projected cap space is for another day. The Knicks — from James Dolan to Phil Jackson to Derek Fisher to Carmelo Anthony and on down the roster — have talked big about returning to the playoffs this season following last year’s 37-win failure.

John Denver receives star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Things are a little sunnier on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following the posthumous unveiling of a star for John Denver.

Texas sex offender gets 99 years for assaulting girl in shower

Juan Cerda Alvarado received the maximum sentence Friday for the 2011 assault in Fort Bend County. Prosecutors said he attacked a girl he had known for years while she shower at her home. The girl’s mom caught the perv when she noticed his wet clothing.

Florida man shot over dog leaving feces in neighbor’s yard

A defecating dog fueled a shooting at a Florida home, hospitalizing one man during the violent fight.

Staten Island crook breaks into deli with sign ‘No hanging out’

Perhaps he didn't see the sign. A crook broke into a Staten Island deli and rifled through a cash register, blatantly ignoring a "No hanging out!"

Brooklyn man stabs, kills live-in boyfriend; East New York men shot and killed: cops

A 27-year-old Brooklyn man who relatives said would “never hurt a fly” stabbed his live-in boyfriend to death Friday, authorities and stunned family members said.

Calif. deputy shot dead 26 years after dad killed on the job

A California sheriff’s deputy was shot dead 26 years to the day after his father was killed in the line of duty. Det. Michael Davis Jr. was on the hunt for a cold-blooded gunman, who had already killed one deputy and shot a civilian in the head, when the suspect opened fire with an assault rifle, striking him and his partner, authorities said.

Usher: I'm ‘not happy’ with all of Justin Bieber’s choices

Usher is not afraid of showing Justin Bieber some tough love. The R&B star is very aware that the “Baby” singer has not been on his best behavior over the past few years, telling Billboard, “I’m not happy with all the choices my friend has made.”

Upper West Side coop sues Empire Hotel rooftop bar over noise, smoke

An Upper West Side coop is suing the operators of a rooftop bar — again — for driving them nuts with noise and smoke until all hours of the morning, according to court papers filed Friday.

Cream bassist Jack Bruce dead at 71

Musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist from the 1960s group Cream, has died. He was 71.

Rex Ryan's Jets can't seem to buy a takeway

Rex Ryan may be a defensive wizard, but he has been utterly stumped by a problem that has plagued his team to an extreme level this season: why can’t the Jets cause turnovers?

Business journalist Terry Keenan dies suddenly at 53

Longtime business journalist Terry Keenan, who reported for CNN and Fox News, died suddenly Thursday night from a massive cerebral hemorrhage, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Laughing 13-year-old shot dead by Indiana neighbor: report

He was shot dead for laughing. An enraged Indiana man blasted his 13-year-old neighbor nine times when he returned home on Friday to find his house burglarized and spotted the boy chuckling, police and relatives said.

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