National Sports

Tipping Off: Reaching the Sweet 16 commonplace for UConn

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Reaching the Sweet 16 seems to be a rite of spring for Geno Auriemma the UConn Huskies. They've made the regional semifinals in 24 consecutive years. Still, the Hall of Fame coach takes nothing for granted, despite winning 109 ...

Escalator fall ended US ski racer’s career, launched another

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer His adrenaline rushing at the top, former U.S. skier Cody Marshall steeled himself to tackle the daunting course. Three deep breaths. A quick pep talk. A determined gaze. Eighteen grueling steps later, he reached the bottom of the stairs at the rehab center ...

Narrow trail is the path to glory at US Alpine Championships

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine (AP) — To the casual skier, Sugarloaf's storied Narrow Gauge Trail doesn't seem so cramped or crazy. But that changes when it's prepared for competition and skiers are reaching highway speeds. Suddenly those trees seem awfully close. "The name says it all. That ...

US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win WBC behind dominant Stroman

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The eagle has landed on top. The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot ...

Tipping Off: Michigan talked Super Bowl on way to Sweet 16

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer When Michigan was slumping earlier in the season, the coach started thinking Super Bowl, not Final Four. John Beilein conjured up the highlight-reel catch that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made during New England's game-tying drive in the Super Bowl, and ...

Westbrook posts 35th triple-double; Thunder roll past 76ers

By MURRAY EVANS, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook recorded his 35th triple-double of the season with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists and the Oklahoma City Thunder cruised to a 122-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The Thunder have won 16 ...

Thomas scores 25; Celtics stay hot at home with 109-100 win

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics just needed a little reminder to focus on playing instead of worrying about where they were in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. A loss on Sunday was perfect for that. Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points, Avery Bradley had 18 ...

Beal, Wall lead Wizards to 104-100 win over Hawks

By IAN QUILLEN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — First, the Washington Wizards hung around their game against the Atlanta Hawks with their defense. Then Bradley Beal said, they found their "swag" again. Beal scored 28 points and John Wall added all 22 of his in the second half to help ...

Day heads home as his mother faces lung cancer surgery

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Six holes into his opening match, Jason Day walked off the golf course. It was the fourth time in the last three years that he withdrew in the middle of a tournament. Only this was different. Physically, he never felt better. ...

West Virginia, press defense in between Gonzaga and Elite 8

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — No. 4 seed West Virginia (28-8) vs. No. 1 seed Gonzaga (34-1) Sweet 16, West region; San Jose, California; 7:39 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The Bulldogs make their eighth Sweet 16 appearance during a run of 19 straight tournament trips. They have lost in five of the ...

Sweet 16 guide: Top NCAA matchups, players and story lines

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer The NCAA Tournament's first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great ...

Preliminary approval given to $208.7 million NCAA settlement

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer About 40,000 college football and basketball players will not need to submit a claim to receive a portion of the $208.7 million the NCAA will pay to settle a federal class-action lawsuit that claimed the value of their athletic scholarships was ...

Three No. 1 seeds, endless optimism among Sweet 16 teams

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's win over defending national champion and overall No. 1 seed Villanova shook up office pools around the country, though the tested Badgers aren't a typical No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Eleventh-seeded Xavier might be ...

Curry shoves, Thompson shoots and Warriors roll Thunder

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors didn't have Kevin Durant for Monday night's game at Oklahoma City. With or without Durant, there's animosity to go around in this hot-blooded rivalry. Klay Thompson scored 34 points to help ...

Oregon and Quinnipiac crash women’s Sweet 16 field

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Oregon and Quinnipiac are crashing the Sweet 16. The two double-digit seeds joined a field of mostly top seeds in the women's regional semifinals that will be played next weekend. It's no shock that No. 1s UConn, Baylor, South Carolina ...

Tim Howard always stayed optimistic he’d be healthy for US

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — As his U.S. teammates trained under cloudy skies on a brisk Bay Area morning, Tim Howard sat stretching on the sideline. He loosened up his shoulders. He balanced on his left leg and worked his hips. This is the new normal for ...

Silver tells NBA team owners to take note of rest issue

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league's board of governors Monday, calling the way teams are choosing to rest starters in some games "an extremely significant issue for our league" and pressing owners to be more involved in ...

3 Minnesota footballers cleared by school in assault case

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three Minnesota football players were cleared of sexual harassment allegations in the final round of appeals at the school and will be allowed to return to spring practice, while two more had their suspensions in connection with ...

Ex-MMA fighter guilty of 29 felonies in kidnap, beating case

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The former mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was found guilty Monday of kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting his porn actress ex-girlfriend over several months in 2014, and of beating her male friend when he found them ...

Villanova loss, ACC flameout reshape NCAA Sweet 16 bracket

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference's strong regular season only stood to set up a first-weekend flameout in the NCAA Tournament. The league had a record nine bids, but North Carolina is the only one alive in the Sweet 16. And the South ...