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“We’re disappointed with our performance today, that isn’t a true reflection of how we play,” Afghanistan’s English coach Andy Moles said. “We haven’t disgraced ourselves, but that wasn’t a true reflection of the work that we do in preparation and the way we play our cricket.”

East Team’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, dunks the ball during the second half of the NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason Szenes, Pool)

“We had a lockout before when I was in the league and our game was really good at that time, too,” James, the four-time MVP and face of the sport told The Associated Press during the NBA’s mid-season showcase. “Hopefully, we don’t have to reach that point because both sides love where we’re at and what we’re doing.”

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2015, file photo, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer smiles during an introductory news conference at Nationals Park, in Washington. While much of the Northeast and Midwest navigates bitter cold and piles of snow, spring training begins in earnest this week when pitchers and catchers file into camps in Florida and Arizona. The Nationals strengthened their already solid rotation by signing free agent Scherzer to a $210 million, seven-year contract. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Following several massive free-agent deals and blockbuster trades, there are plenty of compelling story lines heading into baseball’s first spring training since Rob Manfred took over as commissioner in January.

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2013, file photo New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez answers questions from the media at a news conference following a Class AA baseball game with the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Phillies in Trenton, N.J. Alex Rodriguez has issued a handwritten apology "for the mistakes that led to my suspension" but has turned down New York's offer to use Yankee Stadium for a news conference and has failed to detail any specifics about his use of performance-enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek, File)

“I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be,” he said. “To Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the players’ association and you, the fans, I can only say I’m sorry.”

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2012 file photo, Lance Armstrong speaks to delegates at the World Cancer Congress in Montreal. A three-man arbitration panel has ordered Armstrong and Tailwind Sports to pay $10 million in a fraud dispute with SCA Promotions, the promotions company announced Monday, Feb. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes, File)

“Perjury must never be profitable,” the majority wrote in the new decision. “Tailwind Sports Corp. and Lance Armstrong have justly earned wide public condemnation. That is an inadequate deterrent. Deception demands real, meaningful sanctions.”

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