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All-time NBA draft - the best pick from every slot
There’s a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft, just as there will be tonight when the league holds its annual selection ceremony.
Thursday, June 21, 2018


Lester wins 5th straight, Cubs continue pitching prominence
Whether they were making neat grabs or nailing runners at the plate, the Chicago Cubs came through with one sparkling play after another.

It was just what Jon Lester needed.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Herrera's solo homer lifts Phils to 4-3 win over Cardinals
Odubel Herrera smiled when told he was being compared to Ichiro Suzuki and Vladimir Guerrero. He has potential to be known by his first name just like Ichiro and Vlad, too.
Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ozuna misses 2-run double in 10th, Phils top Cards
Aaron Altherr got his first lucky break in a while.

Left fielder Marcell Ozuna dived for and missed Altherr's two-run double with two outs in the 10th inning, allowing the Philadelphia Phillies to rally for a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals
Less than two weeks after lifting the Stanley Cup, Barry Trotz is a free agent and the Washington Capitals are looking for a new coach.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Blackhawks agree to extensions with Hinostroza, Hayden
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to two-year contract extensions with forwards Vinnie Hinostroza and John Hayden.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Osako, Japan top Colombia 2-1 in latest World Cup surprise
Yuya Osako had a surprise in store for those who thought the absence of Shinji Okazaki left Japan little hope of competing with Colombia at the World Cup.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tick, Tock: Time running out for Messi to deliver World Cup
Time is running out for Lionel Messi to bring Argentina a World Cup, which would give him the one thing that's missing from a career that ranks among the greatest.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Clemson QB to Northwestern
Former Clemson quarterback and highly touted recruit Hunter Johnson is transferring to Northwestern.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler
A letter signed by 123 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday urged Michigan State University's governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he has reinforced a "culture of abuse" at the school.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Egypt goalkeeper declines beer-sponsored World Cup award
An Egypt team official has confirmed goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy declined to receive a player of the match trophy at the World Cup for religious reasons.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Texas Tech stuns Gators 6-3 in College World Series opener
Texas Tech cleared the hurdle of winning a College World Series opener. It was a high one, too.
Monday, June 18, 2018

Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs 5-0
John Brebbia pitched in 70 major league games before earning his first career win. When the wait was over, the individual accomplishment was an afterthought compared to the exhilaration of stopping his team's archrival from earning its first sweep in nearly eight years at Busch Stadium.
Monday, June 18, 2018

2 suspended after home plate scuffle
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos were suspended for one game apiece by Major League Baseball on Friday because of a scuffle that followed a collision at home plate.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

On This Date In Baseball - June 17
Saturday, June 16, 2018

There's one likely winner for certain in the World Cup: Vladimir Putin

Peter Rutland,

Wesleyan University

(THE CONVERSATION via AP) — Half a million soccer fans will head to Russia to watch their national teams compete in the FIFA World Cup. Billions more around the world will watch on television. Brazil and Germany are favorites to win the trophy.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

School, fatherhood and football connect these former teammates
(AP) — David Hood has been a dad and a college football player and sometimes he had to do both at the same time.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tourists can now experience the ancient sport of falconry
WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP)  Falconry is an old tradition in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom and the Middle East. But now it's starting to be offered as an activity for tourists at hotels, vineyards and other sites around the U.S., from Vermont to Colorado to California.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tourists can now experience the ancient sport of falconry
WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP)  Falconry is an old tradition in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom and the Middle East. But now it's starting to be offered as an activity for tourists at hotels, vineyards and other sites around the U.S., from Vermont to Colorado to California.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Tourists can now experience the ancient sport of falconry
WOODSTOCK, Vt. (AP)  Falconry is an old tradition in many parts of the world, including the United Kingdom and the Middle East. But now it's starting to be offered as an activity for tourists at hotels, vineyards and other sites around the U.S., from Vermont to Colorado to California.
Saturday, June 16, 2018

MMA star McGregor says he regrets Brooklyn melee

MICHAEL R. SISAK

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor expressed regret Thursday for a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena that saw him caught on camera hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters, and he is negotiating a plea deal to resolve criminal charges in the case.


Friday, June 15, 2018

A manager's umpire rant goes online, and Manfred cries foul
NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is trying to remove from the internet the leaked video of former Mets manager Terry Collins ranting at umpires.
Friday, June 15, 2018

US Open: Gregory faces the music; Phil, Rory do not

JIMMY GOLEN

AP Sports Writer

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Twenty-three year-old Scott Gregory shot 22 over par — dead last in the opening round of the U.S. Open — and then cheerfully answered every question from a group of reporters wanting to know what went wrong.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Putin, Russia get their 1st win at World Cup

JAMES ELLINGWORTH

AP Sports Writer

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin craves sporting glory, and he got another taste of it in the opening match of the World Cup.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Lindor, Ramirez HR, lead Clevinger, Indians over Chisox 5-2

ANDREW SELIGMAN

AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Lindor sensed the Cleveland Indians needed a lift coming off back-to-back losses.

 

Friday, June 15, 2018

Dave Ryan helps CDGA defeat IPGA in Radix Cup
The Chicago District Golf Association picked up back-to-back victories over the Illinois PGA professionals in the Radix Cup, with the tournament wrapping up on Wednesday.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Padres beat Cardinals, lock up fifth straight series win
Padres manager Andy Green is trying not to get too excited about San Diego's run of success. His players seem to be enjoying it, though.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers, eff. Oct. 15
College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Teenage dream: Soto, 19, powers Nats' win at Yankee Stadium
Juan Soto is barely old enough to be in college, let alone lighting it up at Yankee Stadium.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

New Jersey begins taking legal sports bets, Murphy makes first bets
New Jersey's governor kicked off a new era of gambling Thursday in the state that led the charge for the entire nation to bet on sports legally.
Thursday, June 14, 2018

Hosmer homers, bullpen shines, Padres beat the Cardinals 4-2
The Padres bullpen has stepped up to fill a hole in San Diego’s rotation.

Eric Hosmer homered, San Diego’s bullpen took a perfect game into the sixth inning and the Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Tuesday night for their 10th win in 14 games.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Sports betting focus today at casino conference
A day before New Jersey’s governor makes his state’s first legal wager on a sporting event, sports betting will be the main topic at a major gambling industry conference in Atlantic City.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Shields gets first win since opener, White Sox beat Indians 5-1
The Chicago White Sox had the fog machine and strobe lights going after their latest victory. Considering how little they have had to celebrate this season, they’re not going to let the opportunities go by.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cubs back in 1st place, beat Brewers 7-2 in 11 innings
Anthony Rizzo turned on the power with a long homer down the right-field line in the 11th inning. Jason Heyward delivered a tying single in the eighth against one of the toughest relievers in baseball.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cardinals power past Padres, 5-2, with three homeruns
June is shaping up as a good month for St. Louis first baseman Jose Martinez.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hamilton, Reds end 13-game losing skid vs Cards
Legs, glove and bat — center fielder Billy Hamilton used them all to almost single-handedly stop the Cincinnati Reds' historic losing streak to the St. Louis Cardinals.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Dustin Johnson reclaims world's top spot with win
Dustin Johnson is back in his spot as the world's top-ranked golfer thanks to a dominant victory capped by an absolutely amazing hole-out for eagle.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Wash., Mississippi St. go extras; earn berths in CWS
Before Sunday, Washington was the only baseball team in the tradition-rich Pac-12 to never make it to the College World Series.

The Huskies finally are going to Omaha.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Harrison, Polanco help lead Nova, Pirates over Cubs 7-1
Although reluctant to go on the disabled list two weeks ago, Ivan Nova had to concede Sunday that the break was a great benefit.
Monday, June 11, 2018

Warriors sweep Cavs for second straight title
There were still a few seconds left on the clock when the Golden State Warriors stormed off their bench to begin a celebration that wasn't guaranteed.

They couldn't wait any longer.

They had reached their destination: dynasty.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Trump considers pardon for Ali, wants athletes' advice
Reveling in his pardon powers, President Donald Trump said Friday he's thinking "very seriously" about pardoning former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, whose conviction was already overturned by the Supreme Court in 1971.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Trying to keep Trotz is first priority for champion Caps
Barry Trotz thought of mentors and friends Jack Button, Tommy Ebright, David Poile and Wayne Fleming when he lifted the Stanley Cup over his head.
Saturday, June 9, 2018

Kyle Larson trying for 4 straight victories at Michigan
Kyle Larson is still seeking his first victory of the season.

He may have come to the right place.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Nadal-del Potro, Thiem-Cecchinato in men's semis
Rafael Nadal takes a 10-0 French Open semifinal record into his matchup at Roland Garros against 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Miles Mikolas improves to 7-1 as Cardinals beat Marlins 4-1
Miles Mikolas was prepared to change jerseys — but he was pitching too well to pull the trigger.
Friday, June 8, 2018

With 6-hitter, Berrios pitches Twins past White Sox 7-2
The day after one of their ugliest losses of the season, the Minnesota Twins turned to ace-in-training Jose Berrios for a quick turnaround.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Caps on top! Washington wins Stanley Cup, beats Vegas 4-3
Alex Ovechkin put both hands to his head and screamed while he left the bench and skated into the thick of the Washington Capitals' joyous celebration.
Friday, June 8, 2018

Dynasty's doorstep: Warriors take 3-0 lead in Finals
Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt — and a very familiar spot — as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration.

Another momentous shot for Durant.

And soon, probably another NBA championship.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Bears' Miller won't limit recovery time for leg injury
All Zach Miller knows is he's not setting any limits on his recovery — and his doctors aren't either.

Whether the Chicago Bears' tight end can play again after a gruesome injury last season nearly cost him his left leg still is to be determined.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Hope Solo says don't vote for US World Cup bid
A World Cup winner and Olympic champion with the United States, Hope Solo now wants her country to lose one of its biggest soccer contests: FIFA's vote on the 2026 World Cup host.
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Red Schoendienst dies at 95, was oldest living Hall of Famer
If there was ever anyone who lived his life The Cardinal Way, it was Red Schoendienst.

Right down to his ruby name. The team color, of course.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Horse racing playing catch-up on jockey concussion protocol
Mike Smith knows the feeling. A headache. Maybe some dizziness. As a younger jockey he got concussions, felt better and went back to riding. “I’ve had several,” Smith said. “It’s just like you hit your head playing any sport.”
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Gymnastics exec told to keep quite about Nassar
The former president of USA Gymnastics refused to answer questions Tuesday from a Senate subcommittee about how he handled allegations of sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar, and another former executive sat next to him and asserted that her former boss instructed her and others to keep quiet about athletes' claims.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Warriors, Cavaliers both say they're not going to White House
Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Zach Eflin pitches into eigth inning, Phillies beat the Cubs 6-1
When the wind is blowing in at Wrigley Field, it's a green light for pitchers to get aggressive. That's precisely what Zach Eflin did Tuesday night to produce his best outing of the season.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Urena gets first win as Marlins snap skid, beat the Cards 7-4
With some help from Miami's hitters, Jose Urena finally got his first win of the season.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Trump calls off Eagles Super Bowl visit over anthem dispute
Digging deeper into a culture war that he's repeatedly stoked, President Donald Trump on Monday called off a visit to the White House by the Philadelphia Eagles, citing the dispute over whether NFL players protesting racial injustice must stand during the playing of the national anthem.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Pana's Jenna Dudra has excellent season for Blackburn
Freshman Jenna Dudra enjoyed an excellent season for the Blackburn College women’s basketball team this winter.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Tigers draft Auburn right-hander Casey Mize No. 1
Casey Mize went from undrafted three years ago all the way to No. 1.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

QB Murray to play for OU after being drafted by A's
Kyler Murray says he is committed to playing football for Oklahoma this season even after becoming a top-10 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

2017 Baseball Draft Selections
Results from the Major League Baseball draft held Monday, June 4.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Curry dazzles from deep, Warriors take 2-0 lead
Stephen Curry backpedaled in pure joy. He skipped, hollered and let the ball fly from everywhere with that feeling he gets when there's no way it will miss — unwavering even with a defender's hand in his face.
Monday, June 4, 2018

FIFA: North America World Cup bid outscores 'high-risk' Morocco

(AP) — FIFA inspectors warned voters deciding the host of the 2026 World Cup that Morocco's plans pose a "high risk" to the tournament due to a lack of infrastructure, while awarding North America's bid a significantly higher score in an evaluation report.

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Manziel makes Canadian Football League debut in Hamilton's loss

HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Johnny Manziel was content with his first time in a game in more than two years.

 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Once bygone, Bare-knuckle boxing looks to comeback
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — In 1889, the great John L. Sullivan, the Boston Strong Boy, beat Jake Kilrain in 75 rounds — yes, 75 — in what the International Boxing Hall of Fame has called the "last significant bare-knuckle bout in boxing."
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cavs' Love, Thompson avoid suspension for Game 1 altercation
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — J.R. Smith's blunder, a disputed replay overturn and a key missed free throw dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers an emotionally crushing loss in an opener of the NBA Finals that was ripe to be taken away from the defending champion Golden State Warriors.
Saturday, June 2, 2018

As leagues debate transfer rules, NCAA moves toward major reform

RALPH D. RUSSO

AP College Football Writer

(AP) — The NCAA is about two weeks away from finally making some substantial reforms to transfer rules. The changes will not be quite as extensive as some had hoped and the work is not complete, but considering previous failed attempts, getting anything accomplished on transfers can be counted as a success.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Quintana, Zobrist lead Cubs to five-one win over banged-up Mets

MIKE FITZPATRICK

AP Baseball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — Everything went so well Thursday night for the Chicago Cubs that free-swinger Javier Baez even drew a walk.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Munoz's three-run HR caps 5-run 9th, Cardinals beat Pirates 10-8

STEVE OVERBEY

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Yairo Munoz was just looking for a fly ball to the outfield.

Instead, he connected for the biggest homer of his career.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Warriors withstand James' 51, win Game 1

JANIE McCAULEY

AP Sports Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Golden State Warriors somehow withstood LeBron James' latest brilliance on the NBA Finals stage.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Musgrove beats Cubs 2-1, angers them on bases
Joe Musgrove's fine work on the mound was overshadowed by his aggressiveness on the bases.

Musgrove pitched seven strong innings and his hard slide led to both teams emptying their benches in another tense moment in the series between NL Central rivals, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Reyes returns, throws four scoreless; Cardinals lose 3-2 to Brewers
It was a memorable return for Alex Reyes. Same for Orlando Arcia, albeit for much different reasons.

Reyes pitched four scoreless innings for St. Louis in his return from Tommy John surgery, but Arcia hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Milwaukee's two-run seventh and the Brewers held off the Cardinals for a 3-2 win on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Holtby spectacular as Capitals beat Knights to even Cup Final
Alex Tuch collected the skittering puck with absolutely nothing between him and the tying goal with two minutes left in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Braden Holtby reacted with pure instinct.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Iguodala out for Golden State in Game 1 of NBA Finals
Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will miss Game 1 of the NBA Finals as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee that cost him the last four games of the Western Conference finals.
Thursday, May 31, 2018

Rizzo shakes off boos to spark rally, Cubs top Pittsburgh 8-6
Anthony Rizzo has no intention of easing up at home plate, even after Major League Baseball said he should have been called out for interference when he took out Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz and sparked a debate about what is — and what isn't — a legal slide.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Warriors await word on top defender Iguodala as LeBron looms
Klay Thompson sat on the floor in the middle of his teammates and pointed to his "2018 NBA FINALS" hat during a locker-room photo.
Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Major League Baseball: Rizzo's slide was not dirty, it was illegal
Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes Anthony Rizzo's slide that upended Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Elias Diaz at home plate on Monday is still perfectly legal. So does Maddon's superstar first baseman.

Major League Baseball? Not so much

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Goalies under siege in Game 1 Stanley Cup shootout
Marc-Andre Fleury and Braden Holtby have been two of the hottest goaltenders during the postseason.

Their duel between the pipes looked more like survival in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final as the Vegas Golden Knights outlasted the Washington Capitals, 6-4.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Round Four: It's Cleveland vs. Golden State, again
Round 4 — as many predicted, and others probably lamented — is happening. Cleveland and Golden State will meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals, the Warriors looking for a third championship in that span and LeBron James and the Cavaliers trying to wrestle the crown away just as they did in the 2016 series.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Rizzo's slide draws Pirates' ire in Cubs' win
Anthony Rizzo's seventh home run of the season gave the sleep-deprived Chicago Cubs an early lead on Monday afternoon. His two-run single in the ninth put the finishing touches on a 7-0 romp over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Villar, Yelich homer in Brewers' 8-3 win over Cardinals
With Jesus Aguilar hitting so well, Ryan Braun walked into manager Craig Counsell's office with the unusual request of asking to be dropped lower in the Milwaukee batting order.
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Epstein: No trade talks for Cubs despite Machado speculation
CHICAGO (AP) — The idea of Manny Machado joining Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo in a powerhouse lineup sure is a tantalizing one.

Whether that happens or not, the Chicago Cubs are banking on the players they have to perform up to expectations. So far, that hasn't happened. And if fans are frustrated, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein understands.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Gordon leads Rockets over GS 98-94 to lead series 3-2
Chris Paul's grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination.
Friday, May 25, 2018

NFL players, coaches grapple with new policy
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wanted to be talking about football matters — Seattle's recommitment to the run game, the addition of two new coordinators, almost anything to do with what happens between the lines.
Friday, May 25, 2018

Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson one-hundred years later
President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction.
Friday, May 25, 2018

In second start, Plutko pitches gem; Indians shutout Cubs 1-0
Adam Plutko was nervous. Not about making his second major league start, really. It was all about stepping to the plate.

Once that was over, everything fell into place.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Royals score three in the tenth inning to down Cardinals 5-2
Drew Butera doesn't get much playing time.

But the Kansas City Royals backup catcher made the most of his opportunity on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Stand or stay out of sight: NFL takes on anthem protesters
Stand or stay out of sight.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

NBA wants 'integrity fee' from betting
The NBA is defending its quest to receive part of the money that states or gambling companies take in as part of legal sports betting.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Celtics beat Cavs 96-83 in Game 5, lead East finals 3-2
LeBron James is tired. The young Boston Celtics seem to be getting stronger.
Thursday, May 24, 2018

Ramirez hits 14th homer, Indians rout Cubs 10-1
Jose Ramirez hit his 14th homer and the Cleveland Indians routed the Chicago Cubs 10-1 on Tuesday night in their first meeting at Wrigley Field since the 2016 World Series.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sato back to defend Indy 500 victory with new team
The fans lined up one by one in the most orderly fashion, waiting for their chance to take a photograph or snag an autograph from the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Central Illinois native Bigelow competed in first Indianapolis 500 in 1911
The Indianapolis 500 has been a Memorial Day tradition since its first running in 1911, and today attracts some 250,000 spectators and a national television audience.  Though those numbers have declined since the infamous IRL-CART split in 1996, the race is still a premier event on the national sports calendar.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Mikolas gets 1st shutout, Cardinals beat Royals
Miles Mikolas was pitching in Japan a year ago. Now he's one of the top pitchers in the majors.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

LeBron's 44 helps Cavs even series with Celtics
LeBron James knows the path to the NBA Finals better than anyone in today's game.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Olympian sues US Swimming, claims failure to act
Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith sued USA Swimming on Monday, alleging the sport's national governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and failed to protect her while shielding him.
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Flaherty fans 13 for 1st MLB win, Cards beat Phillies
Even after such an impressive outing, Jack Flaherty just wanted to talk about his hitting.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Aaron Wise gets 1st tour win, shatters scoring record
Aaron Wise had to kick his mom out of his hotel room because she was too chatty during a four-hour rain delay before his best shot at a first PGA Tour victory.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Backed by HRs, Darvish beats Reds 6-1 for 1st win with Cubs
More than seven weeks into the season, Yu Darvish finally has his first win for the Chicago Cubs.
Monday, May 21, 2018

Return of Bump Day may boost Indy 500 qualifying

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske still bemoans the memories from the 1995 Indianapolis 500.

 

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Special teams lift Lightning back in East final vs Caps

FRED GOODALL

AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning stormed back in the Eastern Conference final against the Washington Capitals, thanks in part to a thriving power play and suddenly reliable penalty-killing unit.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Smith's third-period goal lifts Vegas over Jets, 3-2

W.G. RAMIREZ

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights were a 500-to-1 long shot to win the Stanley Cup before the NHL season began in October. Their surprisingly successful inaugural season is still rolling along, and they're one win from a berth to the Stanley Cup final.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

USA Gymnastics VP Faehn out amid Nassar scandal
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics has parted ways with senior vice president Rhonda Faehn, who has come under fire recently from victims of a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison for abusing athletes.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Houston teams, players offer support after school shooting
HOUSTON (AP) — Rockets star Chris Paul is among many in the Houston sports world offering condolences to the families affected by an area school shooting that left 10 people dead.
Saturday, May 19, 2018

Right-hander Velasquez helps Phillies down Cardinals 6-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Vince Velasquez attributes his recent resurgence to something in his head, not his arm.


Friday, May 18, 2018

Fowler, Carpenter get going in Cardinals' 7-5 win over Minnesota
Dexter Fowler and Matt Carpenter were expected to be key members of the St. Louis Cardinals this season, among the top three hitters in the batting order.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

Acuna gets big hit as Braves score three in 8th to beat Cubs 4-1
Even the youngest player in the majors knows better than to be surprised by another extra-base hit from Ozzie Albies.
Thursday, May 17, 2018

NFL's Carolina Panthers sold to Tepper
The Carolina Panthers are off the market.

The Panthers announced Wednesday they have signed a "definitive agreement" to sell the team to David Tepper, the founder and president of global hedge fund Appaloosa Management.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cubs throw out 2 runners at home, rally to beat Braves 3-2
Willson Contreras threw one away, then made the tag at home plate to keep the Braves off the scoreboard in the very first inning.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Celtics survive 42 points from LeBron, down Cavs 107-94
The Celtics punched the Cavaliers first and never looked back in rolling to a Game 1 rout. LeBron James took a literal shot to the jaw in Game 2 but kept right on scoring. So did the Celtics.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Games tonight
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Albies and Bautista homer as Braves outslug the Cubs 6-5
Nobody expected 5-foot-9 Ozzie Albies to be among the major league home run leaders. Same with the Atlanta Braves’ rise to the top of the NL East.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Zobrist defies MLB again with spikes
Ben Zobrist was joined by Chicago Cubs teammates Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek in wearing black spikes on Monday despite a warning from Major League Baseball that he was in violation of the sport’s uniform regulations.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A look at where legal sports betting is headed in the US
The Surpeme Court struck down a 26-year-old federal ban on sports betting on Monday, allowing states to decide whether they want to allow legal wagers on football, basketball, baseball, hockey and other games.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Richard fans 10, Wainwright struggles as Pads beat Cards 5-3
After a slow start to his season that included four straight losses, 34-year-old Clayton Richard is looking strong for the San Diego Padres.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Celtics take Game 1 of East finals, beating Cavaliers 108-83
The assignment for Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris in his first start this postseason was easy to explain but nearly impossible to execute.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Trial on tap in Giants, Eli Manning memorabilia lawsuit
Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday in a New Jersey memorabilia dealer's lawsuit that accuses New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of conspiring with the team's equipment staff to sell bogus "game-used" helmets to unsuspecting collectors as part of a long-running scam.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Simpson completes a big win at Players
Starting with the largest Sunday lead ever at The Players Championship was harder than Webb Simpson imagined. Hearing one big roar after another from Tiger Woods playing four groups ahead of him didn't help. Through it all, Simpson managed his game and his nerves.
Monday, May 14, 2018

Pham homers as Cards top Padres 2-1
After three seasons in Japan, pitcher Miles Mikolas is making a strong first impression with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Yankees, Red Sox to play in London 2019
The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the Olympic Stadium in London next year.
Friday, May 11, 2018

Cubs stop five-game slide with 14-2 win over Marlins
The Chicago Cubs broke out of their offensive slump in a big way.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

James, Cavs sweep Raptors to make conference finals
Once the sweeping was done, LeBron James peeled off his jersey and headed toward the locker room. He stopped on the way to share a moment with his two sons, who held basketballs while patiently waiting to take some shots.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Twins rally late for a 5-3 victory over Shields
With the White Sox struggling, James Shields doesn't want to hear about moral victories or solid efforts.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Fowler's HR in 14th rallies Cardinals past Cubs
Dexter Fowler had a flair for the dramatics during his two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, from game-winning home runs early in his first year at Colorado to the leadoff blast in Game 7 of the World Series in 2016.
Monday, May 7, 2018

Pujols becomes 32nd player in the 3,000-hit club
SEATTLE (AP) — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols got his 3,000th hit, reaching the mark with a broken-bat single Friday night against Seattle and becoming the 32nd player in major league history to join the exclusive club.
Saturday, May 5, 2018

College football legend Crisler was Illinois native

By Tom Emery

Breeze-Courier columnist

ILLINOIS — As a high school freshman in 1913, Fritz Crisler was a self-described “skinny kid” who “didn’t weigh more than 100 pounds.”  It was an inauspicious beginning for a man whose impact on college football is practically unmatched. 


Saturday, May 5, 2018

Pujols gets 2,999th hit, Angels blast Orioles 12-3

GREG BEACHAM

AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Angel Stadium crowd rose in breathless unison when Albert Pujols stepped up for his final try at his 3,000th career hit before the Los Angeles Angels left town on a five-game road trip.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Taylorville's Morgan has good season for Blackburn softball

Tom Emery

CARLINVILLE -- Junior utility player Mercedez Morgan of Taylorville enjoyed a solid season with the Blackburn College softball team this spring.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Falcons' Ryan signs 5-year, $150M deal

PAUL NEWBERRY

AP Sports Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Ryan is the NFL's first $100 million man.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Tatum shines, Brown returns as Celtics beat Sixers 108-103

KYLE HIGHTOWER

AP Sports Writer

BOSTON (AP) — The youth movement is alive and thriving for the Boston Celtics.


Friday, May 4, 2018

James scores 43 as Cavaliers beat Raptors 128-110 in Game 2

IAN HARRISON

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) — Watching LeBron James at shootaround, Kevin Love knew something special was in store.


Friday, May 4, 2018

7th heaven: LeBron carries Cavaliers past Pacers
LeBron James wasn't ready to go home or to Philadelphia or Los Angeles. He's heading to Toronto, bringing a Cavaliers team that isn't done yet.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Chatwood, Cubs sweep Brewer series with 2-0 win
For four straight days, Tyler Chatwood, Jose Quintana, Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks put on a pitching clinic.
Monday, April 30, 2018

Bears draft Georgia LB with No. eight pick in draft
Roquan Smith mentioned Dick Butkus and Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs. The Georgia standout hopes to add his name to the list of great Chicago linebackers.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Fowler, Pham lead Cards over Mets 4-3 in 13 innings
Dexter Fowler has hit in six different lineup slots in the last six games for the St. Louis Cardinals. In the series finale against the New York Mets, he was at the right spot at the right time.
Friday, April 27, 2018

Mitchell scores 33, Jazz rout Thunder 113-96
Shutting down the Utah Jazz offense is proving easier said than done for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth's 60th home run in 1927
As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Modest Nadal impressed by record Masters title
Usually modest about his achievements, Rafael Nadal allowed himself a moment to appreciate his record 31st Masters title on Sunday.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Arenado out at plate in game-ending replay reversal
Nolan Arenado broke for home the moment Brandon Morrow's bases-loaded pitch bounced to the backstop. Arenado wound up causing an unusual ending that left the Colorado Rockies with a painful loss.
Monday, April 23, 2018

Sutton competes, fundraises at Boston Marathon
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Wizards top Raptors 122-103 to get series to 2-1

HOWARD FENDRICH

AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — All of about 2 minutes into the game, Washington forward Markieff Morris and Toronto's OG Anunoby needed to be separated after a near-fight that drew in other players.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Pacers erase 17-point deficit to take 2-1 series lead over Cavs

MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers kept insisting this team was different.

Anyone who doubted them coming into the playoffs understands now.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mets rally for 9 runs in 8th to stun Nationals
Six outs from getting swept at home by Washington, the New York Mets stunned their NL East rivals with a nine-run rally instead.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Reds fire manager Bryan Price after 3-15 start
The Reds fired Bryan Price on Thursday after their 3-15 start, the first managerial change in the major leagues this season.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Illinois youth tackle football ban dead for now
The sponsor of a proposal to ban Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the measure aimed at delaying the effects of helmet-banging head trauma lacks the votes to pass this session.
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Wade turns back the clock in Game 2 win over 76ers
Dwyane Wade snuffed out one 76ers' rally by popping a 16-foot fadeaway with the shot clock ticking down. Wade made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Durant, Thompson push Warriors to 2-0 lead on Spurs
Stephen Curry watched another lopsided win from the bench in sheer delight, wearing a sport coat and big smile. The steady hands of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson certainly have made the two-time MVP's absence far less daunting for the defending champions so far in these playoffs.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Mengden goes 8 crisp innings in A's 8-1 win over White Sox
After more than two years of trying, Oakland pitcher Daniel Mengden finally got his first career win at the Coliseum.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Area girls help Millikin sweep Wheaton
Taylor Jordan of Moweaqua and Gracie Brookens of Blue Mound continued to help the Millikin Big Blue softball team this weekend as they remain undefeated at home after sweeping Wheaton on Friday, April 13.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018

'People are still suffering': MLB back in storm-hit San Juan
Hiram Bithorn's statue is no longer standing. The stadium bearing his name is ready to bustle again.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Kodaira rallies to win 3-hole playoff at RBC Heritage
Early on, Satoshi Kodaira was thinking only of playing well enough Sunday to make it to next week's PGA Tour stop. Those worries are over for the 28-year-old from Japan, who rallied from six shots behind to win the RBC Heritage in a playoff and gain an invitation to join the tour as a regular.
Monday, April 16, 2018

3 of a kind: Vegas closes in on series sweep
James Neal has been scoring big goals in pressure-packed playoff hockey games since way before the Vegas Golden Knights were even a gleam in owner Bill Foley's eye.
Monday, April 16, 2018

Pitch framing under more scrutiny
The concept of pitch framing is not exactly new, but it certainly seems to be under a bit more scrutiny now. There was even a bench-clearing incident earlier this month when Arizona manager Torey Lovullo started arguing with the plate umpire about St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina's framing. Lovullo said he praised Molina while using a profanity. The two had a shouting match.
Monday, April 16, 2018

AP Sportlight
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Busch brothers will start on the front row at Bristol
Kyle and Kurt Busch haven't always seen eye-to-eye.
Saturday, April 14, 2018

Cards' 13-4 win extends Red's worst start since '55
Jose Martinez had a career night, and he wasn’t alone in a Cardinals offense that finally found its stride at the expense of the major leagues’ worst team.
Friday, April 13, 2018

Fighting Illini sign five more for Underwood's 2nd season
Illinois has signed five players to national letters of intent, including three guards and a 7-footer from Senegal.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Kennard, Moreland have career nights as Pistons rout Bulls
Eric Moreland got the most playing time of his career — and he delivered with peak production.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Albers hangs on for first save as Brewers top Cardinals 3-2
Following a pair of extra-inning games, the Milwaukee Brewers hoped to establish a decent margin in their series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Nova pitches hot Pirates past Cubs 8-5 in Wrigley opener
The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed opening day very much this year. All three of them.
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Lawsuit accuses three ex-Michigan St. basketball players of rape
A woman who attends Michigan State University filed a federal lawsuit against the school Monday alleging that three former men's basketball players sexually assaulted her at an off-campus apartment in 2015 and that she was discouraged from reporting what happened.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Crabbe's career-high 41 lifts Nets to 3rd straight win, Bulls lose
The rebuilding Brooklyn Nets have finally started to click over the season's final month. Allen Crabbe is hoping it'll carry over to next season.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

James, Love lead Cavs past Knicks to Central title
LeBron James used to downplay winning division titles. Not this time. Not after what these Cleveland Cavaliers have been through this season. This one is worth appreciating.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Holland makes Cards debut, Brewers win in 10
Greg Holland's debut for the St. Louis Cardinals was a dud. Holland walked four batters in the 10th inning and forced home the go-ahead run Monday night that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-4 win over the Cardinals.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Avalanche head back to playoffs after 5-2 win over Blues Sunday
Gabriel Landeskog sat at his locker stall, his skates still laced and most of his gear still on. The only thing missing was his jersey, which was given to a lucky fan.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Kyle Busch wins at Texas
Kyle Busch's return to Victory Lane only 10 races after his last win just seemed to take much longer. There were all those runner-up finishes in between, one in particular.
Monday, April 9, 2018

No one laughing at No. 11 Patrick Reed now after Masters win
Patrick Reed got some laughs a few years back when he declared himself a top five player, with little on his resume to back it up. No one is laughing now.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Framed: Diamondbacks beat Cards 4-1 after benches clear
Torey Lovullo claimed his Arizona Diamondbacks were being framed. The manager set off a benches-clearing incident in his team's 4-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday by maintaining eight-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was earning unwarranted strike calls.
Monday, April 9, 2018

Chief Wahoo removal by Cleveland Indians not enough for logo foes

CLEVELAND (AP) — Chief Wahoo's farewell from the field isn't nearly enough for the logo's detractors.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Canadian police say fourteen dead after hockey bus crash

NIPAWIN, Saskatchewan (AP) — Canadian police said early Saturday 14 people were killed and 14 people were injured after a truck collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team to a playoff game in Western Canada.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Truex, Harvick know how to get to front at tracks like Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick certainly know their way to the front at 1 1/2-mile tracks like the one at Texas Motor Speedway.

Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Truex has won five of the last eight races on 1 1/2-mile tracks since the middle of last season.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

McGregor's UFC future in doubt in wake of felony charges

NEW YORK (AP) — Cocksure and uncouth, Conor McGregor was never afraid to defy authority.

He dressed in fur coats and swung chairs at news conferences, reaped the riches of his dalliance with boxing, and demanded his boss cut him an ownership stake in the MMA promotion that made him one of the sport's most notorious names.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lester, Cubs blank Brewers 8-0; Knebel going to DL

DAVE BOEHLER

AP Baseball Writer

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Jon Lester's second start was a big improvement over his first outing.


Friday, April 6, 2018

Martinez cruises, Molina homers as Cards beat Brewers
Carlos Martinez stayed in control and felt stronger as the game wore on. After a dud of an outing on opening day, Martinez returned to the form that has made the St. Louis Cardinals' ace one of the top young right-handers in the game.
Thursday, April 5, 2018

Kershaw gives up 2 HRs, D-backs beat Dodgers
Daniel Descalso and David Peralta did something no two players had ever done before against Clayton Kershaw in the same game.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Ohtani smacks homerun in first home at-bat, Angels beat Indians 13-2
Shohei Ohtani got his first major league home run and his first celebratory ice bath. There could be more on the way for the Japanese sensation.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Markkanen, Kilpatrick lead Bulls over Hornets, 120-114, for 3rd straight
Many believe it's in the Bulls' best interests to lose as many games as possible as the regular season winds down. The players don't.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

There's new old-look Tiger Woods at Augusta National
The power off the tee and the sharpness with his short game made him look like the Tiger Woods of old. The smile on his face and the company he kept Tuesday at the Masters — a practice round with Phil Mickelson — suggested someone entirely different.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Nick Saban, LeBron James fueding over TV show
Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't scrapping a program that drew a complaint from LeBron James.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Yelich, Braun go deep in 9th, Brewers beat Cards
Ryan Braun walked away in the eighth and walked off in the ninth. Braun and Christian Yelich hit consecutive homers off Dominic Leone with two outs in the ninth, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 5-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018

An uncertain future looms for college hoops
For the past three weeks, it's been all about buzzer-beaters, bracket-busters and basketball — a much-needed reminder about just how beautiful this game can be.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Reds get parade, edge Cubs 1-0 on 2-hitter for their 1st win
Four days into the season, the Reds finally got their opening-day parade — and a win, too. The Cubs? Still trying to locate their offense.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Mikolas wins in return; Cards beat Brewers
Miles Mikolas won in his first big league game after a three-year stint in Japan, but left his biggest impression at the plate. Hitting a home run to help spoil the Milwaukee Brewers' home opener sure was special for the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Never challenged, 'Nova wins another title
Somewhere between all those heart-stoppers and tearjerkers, all the upset-riddled brackets and things we'd never seen before, the best team in college basketball was hiding in plain sight.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Backstrom, Holtby lead surging Capitals past Blues
Braden Holtby made a strong case for more playing time. Holtby made 34 saves and Nicklas Backstrom started a three-goal second period as the surging Capitals beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 Monday night.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Despite 2-for-22 3rd, Bulls beat Magic to end seven-game losing streak
The only consolation the Chicago Bulls could take from their horrendous third quarter was that they still had another one left.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Varlamov strong before exiting as Avalanche blank Blackhawks 5-0
Semyon Varlamov stopped everything — including a hard-crashing Chicago player late in the third period.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

More than Mike: LeBron breaks Jordan's record as Cavs win
LeBron James accepted the game ball and raised it high over his head for everyone to see — the perfect pose.
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Accountant-turned-goalie helps Blackhawks beat Jets 6-2
Scott Foster thought it was going to be just another night. Then the 36-year-old accountant signed a contract, put on his goaltender gear and waited in Chicago's locker room. Then he got into the game.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Happ homers on 1st pitch of season; Rizzo, Cubs beat Marlins 8-4
A large contingent of Chicago Cubs fans crashed opening day in Miami, and one pitch into the major league season, Ian Happ had them on their feet to celebrate while Marlins fans stewed.
Friday, March 30, 2018

Mets beat Cardinals 9-4 in Callaway's debut as manager
Mickey Callaway's first game as a manager with the Mets went exactly according to plan.
Friday, March 30, 2018

It's a catch: NFL owners approve new simplified catch language
Maybe it's too late for Jesse James and the Steelers or Zach Miller and the Bears. No matter, the NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

First winner of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race dies at seventy-five
Dick Wilmarth, a miner who won the first-ever Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and then walked away from the sport, has died. He was 75.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Michigan State official, Stremple, who oversaw Nassar faces charges
A Michigan State University official who oversaw Larry Nassar is facing criminal charges amid an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sports doctor, who is in prison for sexually assaulting patients under the guise of treatment.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Exclusive Party: All 4 number-one seeds reach women's Final Four
The women's Final Four is set, and it's one exclusive party. UConn, Louisville, Mississippi State and Notre Dame are headed to Columbus, Ohio, marking the fourth time in tournament history that four No. 1 seeds made it to the national semifinals.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

NFL committee weighing overdue changes to embattled catch rule
That's a catch. Mention the names Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Zach Miller and Jesse James , and what looked, sounded and felt like a catch wasn't one. If NFL owners pass a proposal from the powerful competition committee, those will be receptions in the future.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Redskins sign ex-Bears linebacker McPhee
The Washington Redskins have signed free-agent linebacker Pernell McPhee.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Sharks beat Blackhawks 4-3 in SO for 8th straight
Despite squandering a late lead, the San Jose Sharks still managed to keep winning.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Illinois' Finke, Lucas decide to transfer
Illinois has lost two more players after Michael Finke and Te'Jon Lucas announced their plans to leave the program.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Forsberg in goal helps Blackhawks beat Islanders 3-1
The Chicago Blackhawks are in an uncertain and wholly unfamiliar place.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Newman leads Kansas past Duke for Final Four bid
Kansas is going back to the Final Four.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Bubba Watson wins Match Play for 2nd World Golf Championship
Bubba Watson was in high spirits for someone with such low expectations at the Dell Technologies Match Play.
Monday, March 26, 2018

Villanova returns to Final Four
With all of the underdogs and upsets that have upended the NCAA tournament, no one has managed to come close to Villanova.
Monday, March 26, 2018

MLB: Stories to watch in 2018

BEN WALKER

AP Baseball Writer

(AP) — Just the thought of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the same lineup sent fans into a frenzy. Come opening day, all of baseball will see which teams really have the muscle.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Curry returns, then injures left knee as Warriors beat Hawks 106-94

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry returned from a six-game absence nursing an injured right ankle only to go down again. This time, it's his left knee.


Saturday, March 24, 2018

Giants' Bumgarner breaks hand, needs surgery
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For the second consecutive season, the San Francisco Giants will be without injured ace Madison Bumgarner for a while.
Saturday, March 24, 2018

Blue bloods Kansas, 'Nova, Duke prevail, interrupt upsets

(AP) — We interrupt this March for underdogs with a reality check from some of college basketball’s blue bloods.


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