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NC St, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona lock up CWS bids; Hogs out
North Carolina State, Texas, Tennessee and Arizona locked up spots in the College World Series on Sunday, with the Wolfpack knocking out No. 1 national seed Arkansas.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Runner says tainted burrito led to test for banned substance
Shelby Houlihan, the American record holder in the 1,500 and 5,000 meters, posted on social media that she's been banned for four years following a positive test for what she concluded was a tainted pork burrito.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

US Swim: Ledecky wins 400, slower than expected
Katie Ledecky touched the wall far ahead of everyone else at the U.S. swimming trials.
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Sooners top Florida State 6-2, force decisive Game 3 at WCWS
Jocelyn Alo knew her hit was gone as soon as she made contact.
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Nikola Jokic becomes lowest draft pick ever to win MVP
Nikola Jokic was selected with the 41st draft pick when he entered the NBA seven years ago.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Aaron Rodgers not present as Packers open mandatory minicamp
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams isn't making any predictions on whether Aaron Rodgers will be throwing to him again this fall.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Unseeded Krejcikova beats Gauff, into French Open semifinals
Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal by coming back from an early deficit and beating 17-year-old Coco Gauff 7-6 (6), 6-3 at the French Open on Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Ramírez, Bieber boost Indians, hand Cards 6th straight loss
José Ramírez homered and drove in four runs, leading Shane Bieber and the Cleveland Indians over St.. Louis 10-1 Tuesday night and sending the Cardinals to their sixth straight loss.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Fowler faces uphill chase on long day of US Open qualifying
Already facing a long day, Rickie Fowler found the road even tougher Monday in 36-hole qualifying as he tried to avoid missing the U.S. Open for the first time in 11 years.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Unseeded Tamara Zidansek reaches semifinal at French Open
Before the French Open, Tamara Zidansek had never advanced past the second round at any Grand Slam.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Paul lasts the distance against Mayweather in exhibition
Floyd Mayweather Jr. outclassed YouTube personality Logan Paul but couldn't stop him inside the distance.
Monday, June 7, 2021

Pulisic scores in extra time, US beats Mexico 3-2
Christian Pulisic lifted a trophy for the second time in eight days, this time his first for the United States.
Monday, June 7, 2021

Clippers, Mavericks set for winner-take-all game 7
Dallas Mavericks (42-30, fifth in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (47-25, fourth in the Western Conference during the regular season)
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Ulbrich brings gritty, 'players first' approach to Jets D
Jeff Ulbrich was a tough and gritty linebacker during his playing days, always willing to do the necessary dirty work.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Taillon scheduled to start as New York hosts Boston
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Kenin reaches 4th round at French Open by beating Pegula
Sofia Kenin advanced to the fourth round of the French Open for the third consecutive year by winning a seesaw match on Saturday against Jessica Pegula, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in a battle of Americans.
Saturday, June 5, 2021

Duke's Krzyzewski eager for a final run
Mike Krzyzewski had pondered for years when it would be the right time to leave a Hall of Fame coaching career that he has long loved.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Crawford's 3-run homer propels Giants past Cubs Thursday, 7-2
Brandon Crawford homered and drove in four runs, Anthony DeSclafani pitched six solid innings and hit an RBI double, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 7-2 on Thursday night.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Vladimir Gutierrez gets first career win, Reds beat Cardinals. 4-2
Jesse Winker hit a two-run homer, Vladimir Gutiérrez earned his first career win and the Cincinnati Reds beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 on Thursday night.
Friday, June 4, 2021

US mens soccer beats Honduras in Nations League
Honduras held the United States even for nearly an entire match, giving most of the young Americans their first flavor of the even harsher rough-and-tumble that awaits in World Cup qualifying.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Suns have high hopes after dismissing Lakers
The Phoenix Suns were one of the NBA's most consistent winners during the decades on either side of the turn of the century. They made 19 playoff appearances in 22 seasons with some of the most entertaining teams and major personalities in recent basketball history.
Friday, June 4, 2021

Baez, Rizzo lead surging Cubs past Padres
Javier Báez lined a two-run homer, Anthony Rizzo had two doubles among three hits and the surging Chicago Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 on Wednesday for their third straight win and ninth in 10 games.
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Osaka steps out of French Open and onto sport's third rail
Most athletes are comfortable talking about injuries, so long as they can point to a bruise, a bandage, a cast or a spot on an X-ray. Some will even venture an educated guess at how long they might take to heal. Their mental health is a different story.
Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Dodgers Taylor's clutch hit double sinks Cardinals
With the tension building and the minutes ticking by, Chris Taylor fouled off pitch after pitch from Genesis Cabrera.

Finally, a breakthrough on the 14th delivery. Taylor drove in three runs with a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning, rallying the Los Angeles Dodgers past the St. Louis Cardinals 9-4 on Monday night to snap a three-game skid.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Japanese Olympic athletes get shots
Japan started vaccinating Tokyo Games-bound athletes on Tuesday, the Japanese Olympic Committee said.

The vaccination of healthy athletes comes as only 2-3% of the general population in Japan has been fully vaccinated. Japanese Olympic Committee officials said about 200 athletes were vaccinated at a training center on the first day of the rollout.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Arkansas top seed in NCAA baseball
Arkansas was rewarded Monday for its dominant run through the Southeastern Conference, landing the No. 1 national seed in the NCAA baseball tournament.

The Razorbacks (46-10) won all 10 of their SEC series and wrapped up their first conference tournament championship on Sunday. After losing three straight games in March, the Hogs never lost consecutive games.

This is the third tournament in a row that Arkansas has been a top-eight national seed.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Virginia lacrosse champs
Matt Moore and Connor Shellenberger scored four goals apiece and goalie Alex Rode made a huge save in the final seconds, and Virginia held off previously unbeaten Maryland 17-16 Monday to win its second straight NCAA men's lacrosse championship.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Irving dodges bottle in Boston in another ugly NBA incident
Kyrie Irving says banning fans who mistreat NBA players won't solve the problem.

It goes much deeper than that.

"(It's) just underlying racism, and treating people like they're in a human zoo," Irving said after a water bottle was thrown at him following Brooklyn's 141-126 victory over the Celtics on Sunday night.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Good company: Helio Castroneves wins Indy 500 for 4th time
The Indianapolis 500 was meant to mark the return of some sort of normalcy, at least for the marquee sporting events that Americans find so meaningful.

For Helio Castroneves, Indy provided a professional rebirth that pushed him into an elite club that last welcomed a new member 30 years ago. He became just the fourth four-time winner of the Indy 500 on Sunday in front of 135,000 fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, easily the largest and loudest sporting event since the start of the pandemic.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Larson gives Hendrick record-breaking win at Coca-Cola 600
The first thing Rick Hendrick thought about as Kyle Larson crossed the finish line to win the Coca-Cola 600 was April 29, 1984.

That's when Hendrick won for the first time as a NASCAR Cup Series owner when Geoff Bodine took the Sovran Bank 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Monday, May 31, 2021

CBS hitting stride with Champion's League coverage
(AP) — Pete Radovich has directed some of CBS Sports' most memorable openings featuring Jay-Z, John Malkovich and Patrick Stewart.
Saturday, May 29, 2021

Young, Morant call fan behavior disgusting, unacceptable
(AP) — Memphis guard Ja Morant says the treatment of his family during Game 2 in Utah was "very unacceptable." Atlanta guard Trae Young has seen the video of a fan spitting on him and calls it "disgusting."
Saturday, May 29, 2021

EU leaders express support for holding Tokyo Olymics
The European Union’s two top officials expressed support Thursday for holding the Tokyo Olympics despite growing opposition to the event in Japan because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Thursday, May 27, 2021

Joe West breaks umpiring record with 5,376th game
No arguing this: Cowboy Joe is No. 1 on the chart.
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

US warns against all travel to Japan as Olympics loom
U.S. health officials and the State Department on Monday warned Americans against travel to Japan because of a surge in coronavirus cases in the country, which is preparing to host the Olympics in just two months.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

NBA's young superstars showing their time is now in playoffs
Trae Young didn't look like a postseason rookie in silencing a rocking road crowd in New York.

"The moment wasn't too big for him," Atlanta teammate Lou Williams said.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Green Bay QB Rodgers doesn't attend Packers' 1st day of OTAs
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wasn't present for the first day of organized team activities Monday, and his future with the team remains uncertain.

Rodgers confirmed in an ESPN interview that he wasn't at Monday's session. Although these OTAs are voluntary, Rodgers generally has participated in them in the past.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

La Russa a winner vs old team, White Sox beat Cardinals 5-1
White Sox manager Tony La Russa wound up a winner in his first game against the team that ensured his Hall of Fame induction as Chicago beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 Monday night behind Lance Lynn's arm and Andrew Vaughn's bat.
Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Bernal wins 16th stage to extend Giro lead; Caruso up to 2nd
Egan Bernal took a major step toward his second Grand Tour title by winning the wet and mountainous 16th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Monday.

The 2019 Tour de France champion rode alone over the top of the snowy Giau Pass then carefully navigated the technical and wet descent into Cortina to add to his overall lead.

Monday, May 24, 2021

One more thrill: Phil Mickelson wins at 50 in raucous PGA
Standing on the 18th tee with a two-shot lead in a championship he refused to imagine himself winning, Phil Mickelson took one last violent swing with a driver — the club that betrayed him 15 years earlier in the U.S. Open.

His tee shot Sunday in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island landed only a few yards off the fairway, but it still nestled among the people — the gallery packed tightly between the ropes and a row of hospitality tents — screaming the name of their aging hero.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Avalanche complete 4-game sweep of Blues with 5-2 win
Philipp Grubauer made 18 saves and Gabriel Landeskog scored the go-ahead goal in the second period as the Colorado Avalanche completed a four-game sweep of the St. Louis Blues with a 5-2 win Sunday in Game 4 of the West Division series.

Brandon Saad, Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon and Valeri Nichushkin also scored for Colorado, which recorded its first series sweep since beating Vancouver in the 2001 Western Conference quarterfinal round.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Baez's HR in 10th leads Cubs to 2-1 win over Cardinals
Jávier Báez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie and propel the Chicago Cubs to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night.

Báez hit an 0-1 slider from Alex Reyes (2-1) 417 feet onto the center field batter's eye for his 11th home run of the season. It was just the second earned run allowed by Reyes in 25 innings this season.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Rahal/Letterman cars idled after photo shoot
Photogate spilled over to a second day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when all three of Bobby Rahal's cars were idled on pit lane at the start of Friday's practice as punishment for their ill-timed effort to take a team picture  on the famed speedway.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Avs score 3 in 2nd, beat Blues 5-1; take 3-0 series lead
Ryan Graves had a goal and two assists, Philipp Grubauer made 31 saves, and the Colorado Avalanche used a three-goal second period to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-1 on Friday night and take a 3-0 series lead in their first-round West Division matchup.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Grizzlies beat Warriors to advance
Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies came with aggression, determination and absolutely no fear, going at Golden State every which way — crashing the offensive glass to create extra chances, jumping in the passing lanes to force turnovers and getting far more production from the bench.
Saturday, May 22, 2021

The NBA playoffs: Things to know as tourney
The best time of the NBA season is here. The playoffs have arrived, the 16-team field that will vie for the Larry O'Brien Trophy is set, and here are 10 storylines to watch along the way:
Saturday, May 22, 2021

Pujols hits 1st homer with Dodgers and 668th of career
Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer, his first for the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night.
Friday, May 21, 2021

Jokic, Embiid, Curry announced as NBA MVP finalists
Denver’s Nikola Jokic finished ninth in the MVP voting last season. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid and Golden State’s Stephen Curry didn’t get listed on a single ballot a year ago.
Friday, May 21, 2021

MacKinnon records hat trick, Avs beat Blues 6-3 in Game 2
Nathan MacKinnon had two special guests in the stands — his mom and dad.
Friday, May 21, 2021

Flaherty earns ML leading 8th win as Cards beat Pirates 8-5
Jack Flaherty earned his major league-leading eighth win of the season as the St. Louis Cardinals scored five runs in the second inning to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-5 on Wednesday night.

Flaherty (8-0) allowed two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out seven in six innings of work. He is the first Cardinals pitcher to win eight straight starts since John Tudor and Joaquín Andújar each accomplished the feat in 1985.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Giolito gives Sox 8-inning, 2-hit outing to beat Twins 2-1
The Chicago White Sox have been carefully built into a World Series contender over the last few years, and they're playing this season like they believe it.

Lucas Giolito gave up two hits over eight innings with a season-high 11 strikeouts, guiding the White Sox over the Minnesota Twins 2-1 on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Turnbull twirls 5th no-hitter of season
Spencer Turnbull walked out of the bullpen Tuesday night feeling terrible, hoping a shaky pregame warmup would dissipate once he stepped on the mound.

A few hours later, Turnbull was being slammed in the face with a shaving cream pie and doused in water, beer and baby powder by his Detroit Tigers teammates on the grass at T-Mobile Park.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

LeBron vs. Steph: Play-in game will be superstar tussle
LeBron vs. Steph.

Oh, what a way to get into NBA playoff mode.

The matchups for the NBA's new play-in tournament are set. It starts Tuesday night with the Eastern Conference: No. 10 Charlotte at No. 9 Indiana and No. 8 Washington at No. 7 Boston. And things shift to the Western Conference on Wednesday night: No. 10 S

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

MacKinnon, Grubauer lift Avs to 4-1 win over Blues in Game 1
Gabriel Landeskog found an early way to calm down the Colorado Avalanche — he dropped the gloves and brawled.

That fighting spirit energized a roaring crowd — biggest of the season — and certainly rubbed off on the team.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Contreras homers off Lester as Cubs power past Nationals 7-3
Willson Contreras and the Chicago Cubs heaped praise on Jon Lester and Kyle Schwarber in their return to Wrigley Field on Monday. They even shared some of their candy.

That was about as far as they were willing to go when it came to their warm welcome for their former teammates.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

White Sox beat Royals on wild pitch
A COVID-19 outbreak that sidelined star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. and three other key position players hasn't slowed the San Diego Padres in the slightest.

On Sunday, it was a cast of call-ups that came up big for the Padres. Among them: Rookie Ivan Castillo, who had a pinch RBI single for his first big league hit to cap a go-ahead, four-run rally in the fourth inning of a 5-3 victory against the NL Central-leading St. Louis Cardinals that completed a three-game sweep.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Hendricks takes shutout to 9th, Cubs beat Tigers
Kyle Hendricks took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers 5-1 on Sunday.

Hendricks (3-4) allowed eight hits and struck out a season-high eight in eight-plus innings without allowing a walk.

“When I threw my last bullpen a couple days ago, everything felt really sharp and I was able to put my pitches where I wanted them,” he said. “That gave me a lot of confidence coming into today. I could move in and out and avoid the center of the plate.”

Monday, May 17, 2021

Flaherty's first to 7 wins, Cards beat Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty put his frustrating history at Milwaukee’s American Family Field behind him.
Friday, May 14, 2021

Rosario's 10th inning hit gives Indians win over Cubs
Amed Rosario's bases-loaded single with two outs in the 10th inning gave the Cleveland Indians a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.

Rosario, who drove in Cleveland's first run with a sixth-inning double, singled to right on a 1-1 pitch from Keegan Thompson (1-1), giving the Indians a sweep of the two-game series.

Cleveland has won eight of nine and 12 of 15.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Brewers capitalize on 2-out rally in 8th to beat Cards 4-1
Travis Shaw hit a tiebreaking double and Avisaíl García added a two-run homer in the eighth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers capitalized on some good fortune to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-1 on Wednesday night.

The decisive rally that snapped the Cardinals' four-game winning streak came after it appeared Ryan Helsley (3-1) would retire the side in order.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Brady-Prescott kicks off NFL, plus a return to London
The NFL is returning to London in October and Tom Brady begins his pursuit of an eighth Super Bowl title against Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys when Tampa Bay hosts the league's annual kickoff game on Sept. 9.

The first game in London since the coronavirus pandemic will be played on Oct. 10 as the Atlanta Falcons face the New York Jets. A week later, the Jacksonville Jaguars meet the Miami Dolphins. Both games will be played at the stadium of Premier League soccer team Tottenham. The Falcons and the Jaguars will be the home teams.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Thankfully, hectic final days await in the NBA
This didn't happen last year.

There was no frantic final few days of the NBA regular season, replete with all the jostling for playoff positioning as well a scoring race that might go down to the wire. And there's never been the added layer of eight teams going to a play-in tournament, which, given its popularity, can already be considered a success before it even starts.

A year ago, there only was something called seeding games that a few teams chose to sleepwalk through, in a bubble, without fans, with eight teams already home for the summer — or spring, summer and fall, as it turned out.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Ohtani is making history as two-way player
The only weakness in Shohei Ohtani's incredible two-way game these days is his control, and it's bugging the Los Angeles Angels' star.

Ohtani has fully emerged as one of the best hitters and also one of the most intriguing starting pitchers in baseball early in his fourth big league season. He's still a meticulous perfectionist with no real hobbies or interests outside of getting better — and video games, of course.

Monday, May 10, 2021

'Hawks beat Stars in fans' return to United Center
Alex DeBrincat and the Chicago Blackhawks lingered on the ice when it was over, holding their sticks in the air.

For the first time all season, it felt like home.

DeBrincat scored two more goals, Kevin Lankinen made 37 saves and the Blackhawks welcomed fans back to the United Center with a 4-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday night.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Suns in hunt for NBA's top record, beat Knicks
Chris Paul got knocked to the ground by a flagrant foul and popped up angry.

The Phoenix Suns guard first took his frustration out by yelling at New York coach Tom Thibodeau. Then he turned his attention to handling the rest of the Knicks on the basketball court

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Embiid strengthens MVP bid, 76ers hold off Pelicans 109-107
Joel Embiid's MVP credentials can be debated. The 76ers are leaving no doubt they are the best in the East.

Embid had 37 points and 13 rebounds to the tune of “MVP! MVP!” chants and Philadelphia inched closer toward securing the top spot in the East with a 109-107 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

Don’t necessarily count coach Doc Rivers among those impressed with winning the conference.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Mets overwhelm Cardinals 7-2 for split after 4-1 loss in opener
Tomás Nido hit a two-run homer and Jonathan Villar added a solo shot and an RBI single, powering the New York Mets over the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Wednesday night for a doubleheader split.

The loss ended a six-game winning streak for the NL Central-leading Cardinals (19-13).

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Rizzo hits winning single in 11th inning, Cubs beat Dodgers 6-5
Anthony Rizzo sprinted toward the third-base dugout as his teammates tried to mob him. It was quite a scene — and quite a series.

A three-game sweep against the defending champions?

The Cubs will take it.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Oriols' Means throws 3rd no-hitter of season, tops M's 6-0
The clubhouse celebration that awaited John Means was more than 50 years in the making for the Baltimore Orioles and more like a playoff berth being clinched rather than a Wednesday win in May.

Only a wild pitch in the dirt kept the Orioles from celebrating perfection. That's how dominant Means was in throwing the major leagues' third no-hitter of the season in Baltimore's 6-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Kershaw goes 1 inning in DH opener, Dodgers swept by Cubs
The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer to the mound, hoping two of baseball's best pitchers would put the brakes on this recent skid. Instead, they came away with two more losses.

Kershaw lasted one inning in the shortest start of his stellar career, Bauer didn't get through the fifth in the nightcap, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Dodgers 7-1 and 4-3 Tuesday to sweep a day-night doubleheader.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Svechnikov helps Hurricanes rally past Blackhawks 6-3
Carolina's top line is rolling now with Teuvo Teravainen back from a lengthy absence.

It's a key reason why the Hurricanes are surging toward the postseason in pursuit of the Presidents' Trophy.

Andrei Svechnikov ended an eight-game goal drought by scoring twice in Carolina's 6-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday night, keeping the Hurricanes in control of the race for home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Tobias Harris, Curry carry 76ers past Bulls in 106-94 win
Tobias Harris scored 21 points, Seth Curry added 20 and the Philadelphia 76ers won their fifth straight game, beating the Chicago Bulls 106-94 on Monday night.

Philadelphia built a big third-quarter lead and then held on, staying ahead of the Brooklyn Nets for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

White Sox's Robert could miss rest of year with hip injury
Luis Robert couldn't put any weight on his right leg as he was helped off the field Sunday. A day later, the news was no less painful for the White Sox or their promising young center fielder.

Robert could miss the remainder of the season after a scan Monday showed he has a torn right hip flexor, another major blow for a team eyeing a deep playoff run.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Welcome to Top 10, Melo: Anthony joins elite scoring list
Carmelo Anthony looked like he was all done just a couple of seasons ago.

Now, he's part of a truly exclusive club in the NBA.

Welcome to the Top 10, Melo.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Around the Majors: Recap headed by Waino dominating Mets
Adam Wainwright came off the COVID-19 injured list and hung tough, St. Louis got a lights-out performance from its bullpen and the Cardinals beat New York for their fifth straight win.

After the game, the Mets fired hitting coach Chili Davis and assistant hitting coach Tom Slater. New York has struggled badly with runners in scoring position this season, a trouble spot last year as well when Davis worked remotely because of coronavirus concerns.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Completed Chicago Bears draft has heavy offensive lean
Trading up to draft quarterback Justin Fields in the first round and tackle Teven Jenkins in the second round of the NFL draft only started the process of fortifying the offense for the Chicago Bears.

They had plenty of work to do after being mired near the bottom of NFL offensive statistics for the last two seasons. So they wound up making their first five picks on the offensive side, including a second tackle in Round 5 in Missouri's Larry Borom.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Martínez goes 8, Bader 3-run HR as Cards sweep Pirates 3-0
Carlos Martínez pitched eight marvelous innings, Harrison Bader hit an early three-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0 on Sunday for a three-game sweep.

St. Louis has won seven straight against the Pirates and is 20-6 versus Pittsburgh since the start of the 2019 season. The sweep was the second in three series for the Cardinals, who have won eight of 10 overall.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Castellanos, Reds top Cubs 13-12 in 10 innings
Nick Castellanos hit a game-ending RBI single in the 10th inning, lifting the Cincinnati Reds to a wild 13-12 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday.

Jesse Winker began the Cincinnati 10th on second and advanced on Willson Contreras' passed ball. Castellanos then cleared a five-man infield when he poked a liner into center field against Craig Kimbrel (0-1).

Monday, May 3, 2021

Ramirez, Hernandez, Indians blank White Sox
José Ramirez and Cesar Hernandez homered, Amed Rosario had three hits and the Cleveland Indians beat the Chicago White Sox 5-0 on Sunday.

Zach Plesac and three relievers limited the White Sox to four hits as Cleveland took two of three in a series between AL Central foes that both made the playoffs last year. The Indians have won five of their last seven.

Andrew Vaughn had two hits for the White Sox, who had won seven of nine.

Monday, May 3, 2021

Bears trade up in Round 2 for Teven Jenkins
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — In a trading mood for a second straight night, the Chicago Bears moved up in the second round of the NFL draft Friday to take Oklahoma State right tackle Teven Jenkins with the 39th overall pick.
Saturday, May 1, 2021

Bears trade up with Giants to draft Ohio St QB Fields
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears are banking on Justin Fields to develop in a way Mitchell Trubisky did not and give them the stability they are seeking at quarterback for years to come.
Friday, April 30, 2021

Packers GM: 'We are not going to trade Aaron Rodgers'

(AP) — Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says he can't envision any scenario in which he would deal quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Friday, April 30, 2021

Cubs' Rizzo gets a good laugh after striking out Braves' Freeman
Freddie Freeman loved facing Anthony Rizzo in a lopsided game Wednesday night.

He just didn't like striking out.

Freeman, the reigning NL MVP of the Atlanta Braves, was 4 for 4 before stepping in against Rizzo, the Cubs' first baseman who had pleaded with manager David Ross to let him face Freeman with Chicago wanting to save its bullpen in the seventh inning of a 10-0 los

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Blues rally to beat Wild 4-3 on Thomas' goal with just 0:23 left
The Minnesota Wild recently became the third West Division team to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

The St. Louis Blues made quite the case to join them with this comeback.

Robert Thomas tracked down a skipping puck and snapped it into the top of the net with 23 seconds left, capping a three-goal third-period rally by the Blues for a 4-3 victory on Wednesday night to stop the Wild's seven-game winning streak.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Martinez gets 1st win as starter since 2018, Cards top Phils
Carlos Martinez pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning for his first win as a starter since 2018, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Paul Goldschmidt and Tommy Edman hit two-run doubles. Nolan Arenado doubled twice and made a dazzling catch as St. Louis won for the fourth time in five games.

Martinez (1-4) allowed two runs, one of them earned, in 7 1/3 innings. He had been 0-9 in his last 12 starts — his previous win came on Sept. 1, 2019, the year he spent as the Cardinals' closer.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Acuña hits long HR as Anderson, Braves shut down Cubs 5-0
Ian Anderson allowed one hit in seven innings, Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a long home run and the Atlanta Braves beat the skidding Chicago Cubs 5-0 on Tuesday night.

Anderson (2-0) won his second consecutive start, after throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings in a 4-1 win at Yankee Stadium last Wednesday. He walked only one Cubs batter and struck out eight.

"His last two outings have been excellent," Acuña said through a translator. "He's a tremendous pitcher. I'm not surprised at all. He's a superstar in my opinion."

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Tigers overcome season-high 5 errors, beat White Sox 5-2
Miguel Cabrera and Niko Goodrum homered, José Ureña went seven innings for his first win in two years, and the Detroit Tigers overcame a season-high five errors to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Owners of the worst record in the majors, the Tigers matched their highest error total since they committed five against the White Sox in Chicago on Aug. 31, 2014. Third baseman Jeimer Candelario allowed a run to score in the first when he missed a throw and helped bring home another in the third with a throwing error as Chicago grabbed a 2-1 lead. But despite the struggles on defense, Detroit opened a nine-game trip on a winning note after losing 10 of 11.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

NFL draft could see record run of QBs taken
As soon as the San Francisco 49ers traded three first round picks to move up to No. 3 overall, it became clear that quarterbacks would come off the board at a record pace at the NFL draft.

Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are expected to be the top two picks to Jacksonville and the New York Jets, with the Niners likely picking between Mac Jones, Trey Lance and Justin Fields at No. 3.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Braves beat Cubs 8-7 on Freeman 3-run HR
The Braves were eager to make up for their embarrassing performance the previous day.

They brought in a little extra help.

Call it the Power of Sage.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Packers GM Gutekunst's history shows he's willing to deal
Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst has made at least one trade on the opening night of the draft each of the past three years.

NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes that trend could continue next week.

"I would bet they'll be on the move again," Jeremiah said.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Bears enter draft with issues to address on offense, defense
The Chicago Bears come into the draft with a long to-do list and big questions about the direction of the franchise. For all the uncertainty, one thing is clear.

General manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy can't afford to fumble this.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Kentucky wins first volleyball title in 4 sets over Texas
Kentucky's Alli Stumler bumped into coach Craig Skinner at the team hotel a few hours before the NCAA volleyball championship match and had a question for him.

"You ready to win a natty?" she said she asked him.

Of course, Skinner was. So was Stumler. The All-American had a season-high 26 kills, the biggest coming on the final point of the match, as Kentucky won its first national championship in women's volleyball with a four-set victory over Texas on Saturday night.

Monday, April 26, 2021

Avalanche beat Blues to clinch playoff berth
Andre Burakovsky scored twice and Brandon Saad and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare added goals as the Colorado Avalanche clinched a playoff berth with a 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

“It shows a lot of team character,” Burakovsky said. “We're not making a lot of mistakes. We're chipping in when we need to. We're working down low and we're successful that way. Any time you put your skates on you have to come out and compete.”

Friday, April 23, 2021

NCAA tweaks football OT format to shorten games
College football teams will have to go for 2 after touchdowns starting with the second overtime possession, and beginning in the third round each team will get one play to score from the 3-yard line.

The NCAA playing rules oversight panel on Thursday approved a proposal made last month by the playing rules committee to tweak the overtime format.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Vucevic dominates as Bulls pound Hornets 108-91
Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points and matched a season high with 16 rebounds, Coby White and Thaddeus Young scored 18 apiece, and the Chicago Bulls beat the struggling Charlotte Hornets 108-91 on Thursday night.

The Bulls built a 14-point halftime lead and put this one out of reach in the third quarter on the way to their third win in four games.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Tokyo under 'emergency orders' with Olympics 3 months away
 Only three months before the postponed Olympics are set to open, Tokyo and Japan's second largest metropolitan area of Osaka have been placed under emergency orders aimed at stemming surging cases of the coronavirus.

The measures, which take place during Japan's “golden week” holiday period, are meant to limit travel and keep people out of public places. They are to end on May 11, just ahead of a widely reported visit to Hiroshima by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Arrieta pitches Cubs to 3-1 win over Mets
Jake Arrieta delivered. Eric Sogard scored on a daring dash. Jason Heyward set up another run with a nifty slide.

On another tough night at the plate, the Chicago Cubs made just enough plays to eke out a win.

Arrieta pitched five effective innings Tuesday and Craig Kimbrel escaped a jam in the ninth, sending the Cubs to a 3-1 victory over the Mets.

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

DeJong hits 2 of Cards' 5 HRs in win over Nats
Here's how Paul DeJong explained the game plan the St. Louis Cardinals devised to face Washington's Joe Ross for the second time in less than a week: "We just wanted, as a group, to stay on the fastball."

And here's how Cardinals manager Mike Shildt described his hitters' successful strategy: "It's not a rocket science report. It's not overly earth-shattering."

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Nola pitches 1st 9-inning shutout, Phillies beat Cards 2-0
Aaron Nola laughed when he said he was ready to fight if Phillies manager Joe Girardi didn't let him start the ninth inning.

No rumble needed.

"I knew he had never had a nine-inning shutout and that was important to him and that's why I let him go," Girardi said.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Freeman, Braves pound Cubs 13-4, lose Acuña to injury
The Atlanta Braves say it's next man up when it comes to their rash of injuries so far this season.

They might need a few men to step up if Ronald Acuña Jr. has to go on the injured list.

Acuña's abdominal strain cast a shadow over Atlanta's 13-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night, even after the Braves bashed four homers in the first inning against Kyle Hendricks.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Major League Baseball scores from Friday
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Corey Seager hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer on Tim Hill's first pitch of the 12th inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Diego Padres 11-6 Friday night in a tense, entertaining first matchup this season between NL West rivals who have visions of deep playoff runs.
Saturday, April 17, 2021

Head of Tokyo Olympics again says games will not be canceled
TOKYO (AP) — The head of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday was again forced to assure the world that the postponed games will open in just over three months and not be canceled despite surging COVID-19 cases in Japan.
Friday, April 16, 2021

Indians bounce back beat White Sox 4-2
CHICAGO (AP) — Slumping José Ramírez connected for a go-ahead, two-run homer off Lance Lynn in the sixth inning and the Cleveland Indians bounced back from being no-hit, beating the Chicago White Sox 4-2 Thursday.
Friday, April 16, 2021

Big 2nd period leads Avalanche past Blues
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mikko Rantanen and J.T. Compher each had a goal and an assist and the Colorado Avalanche won their fourth straight with a 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
Friday, April 16, 2021

Rodón settles for no-hitter after HBP in 9th
Carlos Rodón jumped around near the mound, surrounded by exuberant teammates. All the injuries, all the uncertainty, it seemed like a lifetime ago.

From no roster spot to no-hitter — Rodón had arrived at his moment.

The left-hander threw the second no-hitter of the young baseball season Wednesday night, losing his bid for a perfect game on a hit batter with one out in the ninth inning, and the Chicago White Sox cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Indians outlast Giolito, White Sox, 2-0 in 10 innings
Shane Bieber wasn't sure where this ranked among his best performances. The AL Cy Young Award winner knew it was high on the list.

Bieber pitched three-hit ball over nine innings for Cleveland while Lucas Giolito nearly matched him before the Indians broke through in the 10th to beat the Chicago White Sox 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

NFL players call for virtual offseason, shun in-person work
NFL players were locked out of team headquarters last offseason because of the coronavirus pandemic.

This year, their union wants them to boycott any in-person OTAs.

Members of the Broncos, Seahawks and Super Bowl champion Buccaneers said Tuesday they'll do just that.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Contreras hits back with HR, Cubs beat Brewers, 3-2
After getting hit time and time again by Milwaukee Brewers pitchers, Willson Contreras finally hit back.

Contreras delivered a two-run homer in the eighth inning and enjoyed his trip around the bases as the Chicago Cubs rallied past Milwaukee 3-2 Tuesday night, ending a three-game skid and snapping the Brewers' three-game winning streak.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Cardinals hammer Strasburg,14-3
Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt and Matt Carpenter all homered off Stephen Strasburg and the St. Louis Cardinals hammered the Washington Nationals 14-3 on Tuesday night.

Jack Flaherty (2-0) allowed one run on three hits with six strikeouts in five innings as St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Urias drives in 3 and Brewers down the Cubs 6-3
Pinch-hitter Luis Urías drove in three runs with a go-ahead double and the Milwaukee Brewers scored six times in the sixth inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-3 on Monday night.

Freddy Peralta (2-0) struck out 10 over six innings of two-hit ball for the victory. Milwaukee has won five of six, while the Cubs lost for the fifth time in six games.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Valanciunas leads late burst, Grizzlies beat Bulls
Jonas Valanciunas had 26 points and 14 rebounds, leading a fourth-quarter burst that carried the Memphis Grizzlies to a 101-90 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.

Valanciunas, who had 32 points and 22 rebounds a night earlier in a loss to the Indiana Pacers, scored 10 in the fourth as Memphis used an 18-6 run to break open a close game.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Kyle Schwaber debuts, leads Nationals over Cardinals, 5-2
Kyle Schwarber doubled home a run in his delayed Nationals debut, Andrew Stevenson had a pinch-hit homer and Washington beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 Monday night.

Schwarber, Josh Bell and Josh Harrison were in the starting lineup after being sidelined for Washingtons first six games by a coronavirus outbreak that prompted the postponement of the teams season-opening series and left the club short-handed. The Nats ended a five-game skid, while the Cardinals lost their third straight.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

T-wolves owner: A-Rod partner in agreement to buy NBA club
Former baseball star Alex Rodriguez and e-commerce mogul Marc Lore signed a letter of intent Saturday to buy the Timberwolves and keep the NBA team in Minnesota, owner Glen Taylor said.

The agreement, which also includes the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, opens a 30-day window for negotiations to be finalized. If accountants and attorneys for both sides agree, the deal would then need to be approved by the league.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Valanciunas leads Memphis against Bulls following 34-22 showing
Chicago Bulls (22-30, 10th in the Eastern Conference) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (26-25, eighth in the Western Conference)
Monday, April 12, 2021

Cubs break out of slump, slip by Pirates 4-2
Craig Kimbrel's two-year journey through the wilderness appears to be over.

The seven-time All-Star stuff is back. And the Chicago Cubs closer used every bit of it while finishing off the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates in a 4-2 win on Thursday to become the 12th pitcher in major league history with 350 career saves.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Lynn pitches 1st shutout of season, White Sox top Royals 6-0
There wasn't much doubt Lance Lynn would go back out to finish this one. Manager Tony La Russa turned to him and asked how he was feeling.

"He looked at me and said, 'Are you good?'" Lynn said. "I said, 'I'm gonna finish it. Does that sound good?' He goes, 'Sounds good.' And that was pretty much it."

Friday, April 9, 2021

Comeau's two goals, Hintz lead Stars past Blackhawks, 5-1
Blake Comeau scored twice, Roope Hintz had a goal and three assists and the Dallas Stars beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-1 on Thursday to end a two-game slide.

Jason Robertson and Miro Heiskanen also scored to help Dallas pull closer in the battle for the fourth place and the final playoff spot in the Central Division. The Stars (14-14-10) have 38 points, but have played just 38 games because a COVID-19 outbreak delayed their start this season.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Arenado's late HR lifts Cards over Brewers in home debut
Nolan Arenado hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the eighth inning of his home debut with the Cardinals, lifting St. Louis over the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 Thursday as fans returned to Busch Stadium for the first time since 2019.

Arenado, a five-time All-Star acquired from Colorado on Feb. 1 after eight seasons with the Rockies, followed a walk to Austin Dean with the score 1-1. Arenado turned on a first-pitch 96.6 mph offering from Drew Rasmussen (0-1) and sent the ball 373 feet to left for his second homer this season.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Molina HR, Carlson slam lead Cards over Marlins 7-0
Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer and Dylan Carlson added a grand slam, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over Miami 7-0 Wednesday for a three-game sweep that dropped the Marlins to 1-5 for the first time since 2015.

Jack Flaherty (1-0) allowed one hit in six innings, a leadoff single by Corey Dickerson, who advanced on a walk before he was caught stealing. After another walk, Flaherty settled down. He allowed only two more runners, both on walks, and struck out six.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Cain homers twice, Woodruff sharp, Brewers beat Cubs 4-2 in 10
Lorenzo Cain hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot in the 10th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday.

Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff had a no-hit bid going until Ian Happ led off the seventh with a clean single. It was scoreless until then — after that, the ball began to fly.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Cards rally past Marlins
Yadier Molina hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly off former batterymate Sandy Alcantara to cap a three-run rally in the sixth inning that sent the St. Louis Cardinals over Miami Marlins 4-2 on Tuesday night..

Dylan Carlson hit his second homer of the season for an insurance run in the ninth.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

White Sox topple Mariners 10-4
Jose Abreu hammered a grand slam into the second deck for his 200th career home run, Luis Robert and Zack Collins both went deep for the first time this season and the Chicago White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 10-4 on Tuesday night.

A miserable night for the Mariners began when starting pitcher James Paxton exited early due to a left forearm strain, and continued with a barrage of long balls from the White Sox.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Peralta, Brewers blank Cubs 4-0
Freddy Peralta pitched five sharp innings, Travis Shaw hit a three-run homer and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 on Tuesday night to stop a three-game slide.

Peralta (1-0) struck out eight and walked four. Kris Bryant doubled in the fourth for Chicago's only hit of the game.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Golden Knights earn 6-1 win over Blues
Alec Martinez scored two goals and William Carrier added a goal and an assist, sparking the Vegas Golden Knights to a 6-1 victory over the struggling St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Tomas Nosek, Jonathan Marchessault and Nicolas Hague also scored for Vegas.

Vegas coach Pete DeBoer liked what he saw from his team, which had been scuffling in recent games.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Molina's early double, Cardinals pitching stops Marlins 4-1
Yadier Molina hit a bases-loaded double during a three-run first inning, Daniel Ponce de Leon and the St. Louis bullpen protected the lead, and the Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Monday night.

Molina drove in two runs with his 382nd double, moving past Hall of Famer Johnny Bench for eighth place on the career list among catchers.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Contreras, Báez, Bote HRs lift Cubs over Brewers 5-3
Willson Contreras, Javier Báez and David Bote homered during a four-run fourth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs over the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 on Monday night.

Trevor Williams pitched perfectly until Omar Narváez's leadoff single in the sixth — Narváez also broke up a no-hit bid in the eighth inning Saturday against Minnesota. Narváez added a three-run homer in the seventh.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Baylor nearly flawless in title game rout of Gonzaga
Baylor knew it would need to play to near-perfection to end Gonzaga's flawless season.

The Bears just about did.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Stanford wins women's NCAA title
Tara VanDerveer hugged each of her Stanford players as they climbed the ladder to cut down the nets, capping a taxing whirlwind journey and ending an exhausting championship drought for the Cardinal.

It took 29 years, that included 10 weeks on the road this season because of the coronavirus, for VanDerveer and the Cardinal to be crowned NCAA women's basketball champions again.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Spieth ends drought, wins Texas Open
Jordan Spieth tapped in for par to win the British Open for his third major and 11th victory in just five years on the PGA Tour. He never imagined he would go 1,351 days before he felt that way again.

He went 82 events on tour without winning. Once the No. 1 player, he was headed out of the top 100 in the world.

And now he's back.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Zach Davies wins Chicago debut as Cubs beat Pirates 4-3
Zach Davies worked quickly. He moved the ball around the plate. He made a couple of big pitches at key moments.

It was a familiar scene for the Chicago Cubs. Only Davies was wearing their uniform this time.

Davies pitched into the sixth inning in his Cubs debut, leading his new team to a 4-3 victory over the short-handed Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Castellanos leads Reds over Cards
Nick Castellanos came out swinging with his bat a day after being ejected for inciting a bench-clearing melee, hitting a three-run homer and triple to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 12-1 rout over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Tyler Naquin also a three-run shot for the Reds, who won two in a row to take the opening series in matchup of NL Central teams that earned wild-card spots last season.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Ohtani, Walsh lead Angels past ChiSox 7-4
In the first inning alone, Shohei Ohtani threw a ball nearly 101 mph and hit a homer that jumped off his bat at 115 mph.

By the time he left, the Los Angeles Angels' two-way star had dazzled on the mound and at the plate in a historic two-way performance.

Monday, April 5, 2021

MLB All-Star Game yanked from Georgia over voting law
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta lost Major League Baseball's summer All-Star Game on Friday over the league's objections to sweeping changes to Georgia voting laws that critics — including the CEOs of Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Coca-Cola — have condemned as being too restrictive.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Utah Jazz beat Bulls for record 21st straight win at home
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz have not lost at home since the calendar turned to 2021. Their latest victory was one for the history books.
Saturday, April 3, 2021

Cards open fast, top Reds 11-6
CINCINNATI (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenado and the boosted St. Louis Cardinals started with quite a burst.
Friday, April 2, 2021

Hayes homers, Pirates 2-hit Cubs 5-3 on chilly opening day
CHICAGO (AP) — It was breezy and chilly — but not nearly cold enough to contain Ke'Bryan Hayes.
Friday, April 2, 2021

Trout, Pujols lead Angels' late-game rally past White Sox, 4-3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout smacked a single down the left-field line to drive in David Fletcher in the eighth inning, and Angel Stadium rocked with the roar of a crowd much bigger than the 13,207 masked people in attendance.
Friday, April 2, 2021

Welcome back! MLB openers bring stars, hope and crowds
(AP) — Great to see ya, Buster Posey. Been a while, Tony La Russa. Good luck, Madison Bumgarner and every other National League pitcher toting a bat.
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Lindor, Mets agree to $341 million, 10-year deal
NEW YORK (AP) — Francisco Lindor and the New York Mets have agreed to a $341 million, 10-year deal, keeping the All-Star shortstop in Queens for the long haul after acquiring him from Cleveland in the offseason, according to a person familiar with the agreement.
Thursday, April 1, 2021

Final Four now set, but can anybody beat Gonzaga?
It's not easy to bury a team as good as USC, let alone in a half, no matter how easy Gonzaga made it look. Somehow, coach Mark Few called it in advance.

While everyone was fixating on the top-seeded Bulldogs' make-it-rain offense, one reporter took the opposite tack. He asked Few the day before their game against the high-flying Trojans whether his defense was getting lost in the shuffle. He replied like he'd been waiting days for that question.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Chicago Blackhawks cool off Hurricanes 2-1
Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat scored in a 3:33 span early in the second period, Kevin Lankinen made 31 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Chicago ended Carolina's three-game winning streak and handed the Hurricanes their second regulation loss in 15 games (11-2-2) despite being outshot 32-16.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

NFL owners approve 17-game regular season, 3 preseason games
The NFL is increasing the regular season to 17 games and planning to have full stadiums for those games.

While reducing the preseason to three games the league will be able to generate additional revenue, of course. America's most popular sport also will provide more content for the broadcast partners who soon will be spending a total of about $10 billion a year on rights fees.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Big Ten becomes big flop after shut out of Final 4
The Big Ten spent most of this season talking about being the nation's best basketball conference.

It pointed to a league-record nine teams ranked one week in December and how its teams comprised nearly half of the top 10 many more weeks. It sent a conference-record nine teams into NCAA Tournament play, which was being contested entirely in Big Ten country.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Zags trusting defense entering USC game
Gonzaga has spent its entire season pushing tempo, knocking down shots and rolling to comfortable wins with one of the best offenses college basketball has seen in two decades.

The Zags’ push for perfection hasn’t ignored the other end of the court, either.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Houston reaches first Final Four since '84
Kelvin Sampson stood atop a ladder and yanked loose the remnants of the net from the rim. He turned toward the red-clad Houston fans and started pumping his right fist, the net clutched in that hand the entire time.

Years of building a once-proud program back to prominence, of putting together a formula that was about way more than flashy offense — it all led to this breakthrough moment for Sampson and the Cougars.

Yes, Houston is going back to the Final Four for the first time since the famed “Phi Slama Jama” era after Monday night's 67-61 win against Oregon State.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

No. 1 Baylor broils Number 3 Razorbacks
Another contender emerged from the mist at the NCAA Tournament — nothing dramatic, mind you, like in the movies, because we already knew No. 1 seed Baylor was very good.

But so was third-seeded Arkansas. Yet the Bears ran the Razorbacks into the ground early and then again when it got close, posting a comfortable 81-72 win that demonstrated they’re much, much better than good and in the mood for bigger game. They won’t have to wait long.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

UCLA-Michigan conjures up more memorable images of March
The names UCLA and Michigan can't help but conjure up some of the most memorable images of March.

There's the Wizard of Westwood, John Wooden, slapping his rolled up game program in his hands. The grace of Lew Alcindor and the funky persona of Bill Walton. The blur of Tyus Edney racing up the floor for a buzzer-beating layup to beat Missouri, and eventually leading the Bruins to their 11th national championship.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Logano takes checkered flag on Bristol dirt
Somewhere under the thick red haze floating over Bristol Motor Speedway, Joey Logano took the checkered flag for NASCAR's first Cup Series race at a dirt track in 50 years.

He couldn't see much — visibility was next to nothing during this Monday dust storm — but Logano clung to the familiar bottom lane around the bullring to collect the checkered flag on this NASCAR experiment.

Logano got a jump on Denny Hamlin on the overtime restart to earn his third career victory at Bristol. But this was not the Bristol of old, the track had been covered with 2,300 truckloads of red Tennessee clay so that NASCAR could add a dirt track to the Cup schedule for the first time since 1970.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Manson scores in OT to lead Ducks to 3-2 win over Blues
Josh Manson scored in opening minutes of overtime and the Anaheim Ducks rallied from a two-goal deficit and beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 Sunday night.

Adam Henrique and Can Fowler scored in regulation for Anaheim, which completed a two-game sweep over the Blues. Anaheim won 4-1 Friday.

"Any time you can battle back in a game like that and get both points against a very desperate team is a great thing for our group," Ducks coach Dallas Eakins said.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Hoosiers bring back former star player Woodson as coach
Mike Woodson won one Big Ten title and one NIT championship while playing for Bob Knight.

He's hoping to celebrate a lot more frequently at his alma mater over the next several years.

Indiana hired the former star player as its new coach Sunday, issuing a four-word statement on Twitter — "Welcome home, Coach Woodson" — before the formal announcement.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Tourney hits halfway point, still the field vs. Gonzaga
The Elite Eight marks the halfway point of the NCAA Tournament, but don't blink. It has the shelf life of chicken nuggets.

By the time your head hits the pillow tomorrow night, we'll be down to a Final Four and find out whether the selection committee is any better at seeding teams than the cooks at your local McDonalds.

Monday, March 29, 2021

Josi lifts Predators past Blackhawks 3-2 for fifth straight
Roman Josi scored with 6:33 left in the third period and the surging Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 on Sunday night for their fifth straight victory.

Viktor Arvidsson and Calle Jarnkrok scored on fluky plays in the first period for Nashville, which won for the seventh time in eight games and moved into a tie with Chicago for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division. Pekka Rinne stopped 27 shots.

Monday, March 29, 2021

49ers trade up to acquire No. 3 pick from Dolphins
The San Francisco 49ers have made a big move to grab their quarterback of the future by trading up with Miami to acquire the No. 3 pick in next month's draft.

The Niners announced Friday they are trading their No. 12 pick along with first-round picks in 2022 and 2023 and their compensatory third-rounder in 2022 to get the third overall pick.

ESPN first reported the deal.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Pac-12's NCAA run could bode well for future
There are many who are basking in the Pac-12 Conference's historic run in the NCAA Tournament. Commissioner Larry Scott is hoping that getting four teams in the Sweet 16 will bode well for the conference's future.

Even if he won't be there to oversee it.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Slugger Jimenez could miss season for White Sox
Chicago White Sox slugger Eloy Jiménez is expected to be sidelined for five to six months after rupturing his left pectoral tendon trying to make a play in the outfield during an exhibition game.

Jiménez needs surgery to repair the injury, putting his season in jeopardy. General manager Rick Hahn said the team will know more when he begins the rehab process.

“Obviously a difficult loss for us, important part of our offense, and one that is a bit of a shock to the system,” Hahn said Thursday on a video conference call, a day after Jiménez was hurt.

Friday, March 26, 2021

All 5 Minnesota teams in NCAA hockey tourney
For all Herb Brooks accomplished in the world of hockey, the Hall of Fame coach of the heralded “Miracle on Ice” team long held a localized goal of growing the college game in his home state.

The NCAA Tournament bracket this year would've made Brooks proud. For the first time, all five of Minnesota's Division I programs made the 16-team field. The regionals start on Friday.

“I think that's a really cool story," said Minnesota coach Bob Motzko, whose team won the Big Ten Tournament and has the No. 3 overall seed.

Friday, March 26, 2021

NASCAR set to play in the dirt for the first time since 1970
Don’t wear white to Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Pack a pair of goggles and be prepared to get really dirty.

Bristol has trucked 23,000 cubic yards of dirt into its famed bullring to host NASCAR's first Cup Series race on literal earth since 1970. This wild experiment was pushed by broadcast partner Fox at the same time NASCAR was looking to diversify its uninspiring schedule.

Speedway Motorsports said it was game — elbowing out Tony Stewart and his well-established Eldora Speedway dirt track in Ohio — and offered up “The Last Great Coliseum” for Sunday's adventure.

Friday, March 26, 2021

Cavaliers beat Bulls
Darius Garland had 22 points and nine assists, Jarrett Allen added 19 points and nine rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers used a balanced attack to defeat the Chicago Bulls 103-94 on Wednesday night without leading scorer Collin Sexton.

Larry Nance, Jr. had 14 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Cleveland limited Chicago's top scorers Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen in the second half. Isaac Okoro finished with 12 points for Cleveland, which won for just the fourth time in its last 10.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

NHL ref fired after shining spotlight on 'make-up' calls
The NHL announced Wednesday that Tim Peel's career as a league referee is over after he was picked up by a TV microphone saying he wanted to give the Nashville Predators a penalty, an incident that put the notion of "make-up" calls squarely in the spotlight.

Peel will "no longer will be working NHL games now or in the future," the league said. The 54-year-old Peel had planned to retire next month, but his early exit sparked discussion across the league about the approach and mindset of officials tracking the games.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Senior experience showing big value in NCAA tourney
Michigan's second-round game against LSU was intense from the start. Up and down the court the teams went, trading runs and momentum swings with the season on the line.

One player for the Wolverines seemed calm and steady — guard Eli Brooks.

"I think just all the amount of reps we get in practice and being a senior, you see a lot of things through your time in college," Brooks said. "Just being able to be on the court and have those experiences when I was younger I think really helped me out a lot."

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Kyle Hendricks to start on opening day for Chicago Cubs
hicago Cubs manager David Ross selected Kyle Hendricks to start on opening day last season, and it worked out quite well.

He sees no reason to make a change this year.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Lankinen makes thirty-three saves as Blackhawks beat Panthers 3-2
Kevin Lankinen has been working with Chicago goaltending coach Jimmy Waite on finding the puck in traffic and being more patient.

He put that practice to good use Tuesday night.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Vikings get experience boost with Patrick Peterson
Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman was sitting in a lounge last week at the Atlanta airport, having finished scouting at Georgia's pro day, when his phone buzzed.

Patrick Peterson's agent, Joel Segal, was on the line wondering about the Vikings' interest in the eight-time Pro Bowl cornerback.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Oh, baby! Rahm says he'll leave Masters at once for birth of child
Jon Rahm is the third betting favorite at the Masters, listed by Westgate Superbook at 12-1 behind Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau. The Spaniard might suggest a prop bet on whether he starts or finishes the tournament.

His first child is due on Masters weekend, and Rahm made it abundantly clear where his priorities are..

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Illinois' Cockburn targeted in racist post
Illinois big man Kofi Cockburn is the second player to face racist comments on social media following a loss in the NCAA Tournament.

Cockburn shared on Instagram a racist social media post directed at him after the top-seeded Illini lost to No. 8 Loyola Chicago on Sunday.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Kolesar scores 1st NHL goal, Golden Knights top Blues 5-1
Keegan Kolesar was at the Vegas Golden Knights' first development camp in 2017. That was long before the franchise had a practice facility, embarked on a wild inaugural season that finished in the Stanley Cup Final, and before captain Mark Stone arrived in town.

On Monday night, Stone scored twice and Kolesar was the star of the show.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Big upsets mark 2nd day of women's Tourney
After an opening day of top seeds holding serve, the women's NCAA Tournament became a little less predictable Monday as double-digit seeds BYU, Belmont and Wright State advanced.

No. 11 BYU got things started with a 69-66 victory over sixth-seeded Rutgers for the tournament's first upset. Wright State, seeded 13th, followed a short time later by eliminating No. 4 seed Arkansas 66-62.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Free Agency: Patriots, Bucs making biggest waves so far
Bill Belichick never was one to spend wildly in free agency. Watching Tom Brady win another Super Bowl in another city sure changed that.

The New England Patriots doled out $175 million in guarantees in the first 48 hours of free agency following a 7-9 stumble in 2020 that ended their two-decade dominance of the AFC.

The jaw-dropping spending spree netted tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry and receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne for an offense that went from proficient to pitiful without Brady under center.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

In terms of chaos, this year's Sweet 16 field has been historic
By at least one measure, this is the most chaotic Sweet 16 field to date.

The seed numbers of the 16 remaining teams add up to 94, the highest total since the NCAA Tournament expanded in 1985. The previous record of 89 was set in 1986.

This year's regional semifinals include 15th-seeded Oral Roberts, 12th-seeded Oregon State, 11th-seeded Syracuse, 11th-seeded UCLA and eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Loyola Chicago stuns top-seeded Illinois 71-58
If the pregame prayer sounded more like a scouting report, it was. And if Sister Jean didn't have any plans for next weekend, well, she does now.

Loyola Chicago carried out its 101-year-old superfan's plans to a T on Sunday, moving to the Sweet 16 with a 71-58 win over Illinois, the first No. 1 seed bounced from this year's NCAA Tournament.

Cameron Krutwig delivered a 19-point, 12-rebound masterpiece and the quick-handed, eighth-seeded Ramblers (26-4) led wire to wire. The team with the nation's leading defense befuddled powerful Illinois to return to the second weekend three years after its last magical run to the Final Four.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Big upset day in NCAAs: Has the mid-major revolution begun?
In any other college basketball season, four upsets in the eight second-round games played at the NCAA Tournament would be a sign that something big is brewing.

Were those the opening shots in the long-rumored mid-major revolution? Have enough talented kids and smart coaches finally taken up residence at programs outside the Big Six to nudge the balance of power?

Hard to say. Because this one isn't like any other season.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Freshmen shine in women's NCAA tourney
Several freshmen showed no jitters on the opening day of the women's NCAA Tournament.

In fact, they embraced the bright lights of the Big Dance.

Monday, March 22, 2021

Top-seeded Illini cruise past Drexel 78-49 to open NCAAs
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kofi Cockburn muscled his way to 18 points and Illinois cruised past 16th-seeded Drexel 78-49 Friday in the Illini's first NCAA Tournament game as a No. 1 seed in 16 years.
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Dalton says Bears told him starting quarterback job is his

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears apparently won't have a quarterback competition. That job belongs to Andy Dalton.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Norfolk State survives Appalachian State 54-53 in First Four
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Devante Carter made two free throws with 8.6 seconds remaining and Norfolk State held on to beat Appalachian State 54-53 on Thursday night in the First Four after blowing an 18-point second-half lead.
Friday, March 19, 2021

Bills agree to sign former Bear Trubisky as backup to Josh Allen
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — After four sometimes rocky seasons in Chicago, Mitch Trubisky is getting an opportunity to re-establish himself as Josh Allen's backup in Buffalo.
Friday, March 19, 2021

UCLA beats Michigan St 86-80 in overtime in First Four game
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — UCLA showed plenty of fight in its overtime win over Michigan State in a First Four game in the NCAA Tournament.
Friday, March 19, 2021

Doughty, Kopitar lead LA Kings to 4-1 rout of slumping Blues
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drew Doughty, Carl Grundström and Trevor Moore scored in a dominant first period, leading the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

White Sox set sights on champsionship following breakout year
CHICAGO (AP) — Expectations are soaring on the South Side.

The Chicago White Sox come in with their sights set on a World Series championship perhaps as soon as this year following a breakthrough season.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Ross thinks Chicago Cubs lineup will rebound in full season
CHICAGO (AP) — When it comes to all the questions surrounding the Chicago Cubs these days, there is at least one that doesn't seem to be bothering David Ross very much.
Thursday, March 18, 2021

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