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Rodgers hopeful for contract extension as Packers retool

  GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — An offseason of change for the Green Bay Packers has been met with occasional displeasure by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. At the Super Bowl, Rodgers called it "interesting" that the Packers replaced quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt "without consulting me." Also ...

On eve of MLB games, mayor says San Juan ‘open for business’

By Tim Reynolds AP Sports Writer SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Carmen Yulin Cruz has attended only a handful of Major League Baseball games in her life, and she won't be adding to that total this week. Soon, she hopes, that will change. Cruz, San Juan's mayor, isn't attending the ...

Browns’ Jackson: team still undecided on QB for No. 1 pick

CLEVELAND (AP) — As the NFL draft nears, the Cleveland Browns are still doing their homework on quarterbacks. The final exam is quickly approaching, but the No. 1 pick remains an unknown to everyone, including coach Hue Jackson. On Tuesday, Jackson dismissed reports that general manager ...

Wade turns back the clock and 76ers in Game 2 Heat victory

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 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. Wade was up, the ...

Durant, Thompson lead Warriors to a 2-0 series lead on Spurs

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — 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 ...

‘For all women’: Tireless mom plans her 9th Everest summit

By PAT EATON-ROBB, AP Sports Writer WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Between raising two daughters and working as a dishwasher at Whole Foods, Lhakpa Sherpa just doesn't have time for training to climb Mount Everest. Even so, she has done it a record eight times — and hopes to outdo herself yet ...

LEADING OFF: Ohtani day, baseball in San Juan, DH in Toronto

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ SHOWTIME Shohei Ohtani makes his third major league start when the Los Angeles Angels (13-3) host David Price and the Red Sox (13-2) in a marquee matchup between the top two teams in the majors. Ohtani is ...

Chargers’ Pouncey says Miami release was “fuel to the fire”

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Although Mike Pouncey is thrilled to start work with the Los Angeles Chargers, the center still has a few bittersweet thoughts about how his last job ended. Pouncey joined Philip Rivers for the start of the offseason workout ...

On Pace: Indiana opens eyes with blowout of LeBron, Cavs

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — They've spent the entire season on the fringe, virtually ignored by all but the most savvy fans and NBA insiders. They don't have any household names or any superstars on their roster, just one All-Star and a role player best known for ...

Pirates 2B Josh Harrison out 6 weeks with broken finger

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates placed second baseman Josh Harrison on the 10-day disabled list after he broke the pinky finger on his left hand for a second time in a year. The team said Tuesday that Harrison fractured the fifth metacarpal in the finger when he was hit with a pitch ...

Busch passes Larson to win rain-delayed race at Bristol

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Busch was all smiles and Kyle Larson was all scowls. Busch passed Larson with five laps remaining at Bristol Motor Speedway on Monday to win his second straight Cup Series race, culminating a rain-delayed weekend when temperatures ...

Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st US woman since ’85

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — After slogging through just a few miles of icy rain and a near-gale headwind that made her feel like she was running in place, Desiree Linden decided she'd seen enough of the Boston Marathon for another year. "My hands were freezing, and there ...

Runners try to stay dry at start of 122nd Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — Runners are arriving in Hopkinton and trying to stay dry as they await the start of the Boston Marathon. It's cold, wet and windy on Monday for the 122nd running of the world's oldest and most prestigious annual marathon. Bruce Rogers, a 46-year-old runner from Rochester, New ...

Pitch framing tactics under a bit more scrutiny

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer 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 ...

Jake hopes to become 4th generation of major league Boones

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer PRINCETON, N.J. (AP) — Jake Boone takes grounders on a chilly, wind-swept diamond, a month into his freshman season at Princeton University, hoping to follow Ray, Bob, Bret & Aaron and make his the first four-generation family of major leaguers. "I ...

3 of a kind: Vegas tips Kings 3-2, closes in on series sweep

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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. When this most remarkable expansion team needed a third-period goal to ...

Calvert scores in OT, Blue Jackets up 2-0 on Caps in series

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky looked as poised facing 58 shots as he did before the game when he calmly walked down the hallway in a buttoned-up beige trenchcoat. On the ice, Bobrovsky stood out even more. The goaltender with a history of playoff ...

Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Wolves 104-101

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Trailing by 1 in the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Houston Rockets needed someone to step up. No surprise that it was James Harden who came through. Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that ...

Eagles release cornerback Daryl Worley after his arrest

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have released cornerback Daryl Worley, hours after he was arrested. NFL Network reported that Worley was arrested Sunday morning near the team's practice facility and that police used a Taser on him after he ...

Marte’s 5 hits help Pirates, Nova beat Marlins 7-3

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — When things became testy between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins, Starling Marte kept swinging. And connecting. If the Pirates sought retribution for an inside fastball that sidelined Josh Harrison, Marte provided it by going 5 for 5 , ...