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LSU advances with 79-74 victory over Yale

Third-seeded LSU has advanced in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament, holding off upset-minded Yale 79-74. The Tigers led 45-29 at halftime and pushed the edge to as many as 18 points before the Bulldogs rallied down the stretch with a barrage of 3-pointers. But LSU made enough free ...

Calipari: Washington out for NCAA opener with sprained foot

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Kentucky coach John Calipari says in a tweet that leading scorer and rebounder PJ Washington has a sprained foot and will miss the second-seeded Wildcats' NCAA Tournament opener against No. 15 seed Abilene Christian. Calipari also said Thursday on his verified ...

March Madness arrives: Round 1 of NCAA Tournament starts

By The Associated Press undefined Millions of brackets are filled with millions of guesses and it's time to find out how they fare. The crush of March Madness hits Thursday with 16 games in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Reigning champion Villanova is playing and so is Michigan, the ...

Cristiano Ronaldo fined $22K by UEFA for obscene gesture

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo has been fined 20,000 euros ($22,750) by UEFA for making a provocative gesture after Juventus beat Atletico Madrid in the Champions League. UEFA says its disciplinary panel found the Juventus star guilty of improper conduct. Ronaldo was fined the ...

Flyers, Blackhawks, Sabres and Lightning to Europe in ’19-20

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Jakub Voracek was psyched at the mere suggestion the Philadelphia Flyers might play an NHL game in his native Czech Republic. "I'm not going to lie to you, it would be great," Voracek said with a smile. "Obviously to play an NHL game in your home country, ...

NCAA Tournament: Let the games begin – in earnest

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks. There's Kansas and Michigan State to provide some blue-blood flavor, ...

Harden scores 57 but Grizzlies top Rockets 126-125 in OT

By CLAY BAILEY Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — James Harden did everything he could to bring the Houston Rockets back from a big deficit in the fourth quarter. He got them to overtime, but his 57 points weren't enough. All because of a last-second free throw. Mike Conley scored 35 ...

Harper gets 1st hit, Machado 1st home run of spring training

By The Associated Press undefined Bryce Harper got his first hit with Philadelphia, and Manny Machado homered for San Diego. Both of baseball's big offseason free agents are finally getting into the swing of things at spring training. Harper lined a 97 mph fastball to center field for a ...

Growing match-fixing probe in tennis snares more players

By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — French police have questioned another batch of tennis players in a growing investigation into a match-fixing syndicate suspected of paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix low-level matches, judicial officials said Thursday. Seven ...

Marshall scores 20 to lead Xavier past Toledo 78-64 in NIT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Naji Marshall had 20 points and 21 rebounds as Xavier beat Toledo 78-64 in the NIT first round on Wednesday night. Tyrique Jones had 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Xavier (19-15). Quentin Goodin added 11 points. Paul Scruggs had 10 points and six rebounds ...

NCAA Tournament primed to top itself again

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer The NCAA Tournament somehow seems to be getting better every year, almost as if each bracket is extending from the previous one. Last year was one of the maddest of Marches, starting with Maryland-Baltimore County becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a ...

Oats has Buffalo shedding basketball’s mid-major label

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo coach Nate Oats was so caught up in the possibility of facing his former boss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the significance of the West Region's top-seeded team initially escaped him on Selection Sunday. "You know, I ...

AP source: Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year deal

By The Associated Press undefined Mike Trout is about to cash in. Big time. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations ...

Belmont gets 1st NCAA tourney win, tops Temple in First Four

By The Associated Press undefined DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Kevin McClain scored 29 points and led the decisive second-half run as Belmont got its first NCAA Tournament win, pulling away to an 81-70 victory Tuesday night and ending Temple coach Fran Dunphy's career in the First Four. The ...

Raiders sign LB Vontaze Burfict after release by Bengals

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The move Tuesday puts Burfict on a new team one day after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he spent his first seven seasons. During his time with Cincinnati, Burfict was repeatedly suspended by ...

New rules likely coming but not to replay

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer. Officiating is especially a hot topic around the league after a ...

Early reveal UConn women not top seed; Baylor No. 1 overall

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Everyone got an early look at the women's NCAA Tournament bracket, revealing that UConn isn't a No. 1 seed for the first time since 2006. The accidental early release of the 64-team bracket by ESPN just provided a couple of extra hours for the 11-time ...

Spurs extend streak to 9 straight, beat Warriors 111-105

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonia Spurs aren't concerned with making statements. They just want to pile up as many victories as they can late in the season. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds ...

Capitals’ signing of Snively is evidence of Ovechkin effect

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Joe Snively cheered for the Washington Capitals growing up and played his youth hockey at their practice facility as part of the Little Caps program. Soon, he could be playing for the big Capitals. Snively on Monday signed a two-year, ...

Kang, Gonzalez win starting jobs in Pirates’ infield

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jung Ho Kang and Erik Gonzalez have won starting jobs in the infield with the Pittsburgh Pirates. General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Kang has beaten out Colin Moran at third base and Erik Gonzalez has won the shortstop competition over Kevin Newman. "It ...