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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 ...

Nurse hits 9 treys as UConn cruises past Syracuse

STORRS, Conn. – Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win over Syracuse on Monday night in a second-round rematch of last year’s national championship game. Nurse hit 10 of her 13 shots, missing three attempts from ...

US gives Roark shot at redemption vs Japan in WBC semi

LOS ANGELES – Tanner Roark is getting a chance to redeem himself in the World Baseball Classic. The Washington Nationals pitcher will start for the United States against Japan in the semifinals at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. The Americans are trying to reach the championship game for ...

Villanova loss, ACC flameout reshapes men’s hoop bracket

GREENVILLE, S.C. – 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 Region’s No. 1 seed was fortunate to ...

Newman’s gamble snaps 127-race winless streak

AVONDALE, Ariz. – A big gamble in the desert heat ended a long victory drought for Ryan Newman. When just about everybody else decided to take a tire-changing pit stop in the final few laps on Sunday, Newman figured he’d be going in with them. His crew chief Luke Lambert thought ...

Expect fast-paced game with Tar Heels meeting Razorbacks

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — North Carolina is at its best when the Tar Heels are pushing the ball upcourt in a go-go-go pace, one that frequently has opponents desperately trying to slow things down. That shouldn't be a problem for Sunday's second-round game ...

INSTANT ANALYSIS: How Nova’s early loss alters the bracket

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Villanova's unexpected loss to Wisconsin in the second round of the NCAA Tournament could send shockwaves across the March Madness field. Wisconsin's 65-62 win over the defending national champions in Buffalo not only sends ...

Stanton’s homer, Jones’ leap carry US into WBC semifinals

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — The United States is going to the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic for the second time thanks to another impressive home run by Giancarlo Stanton at Petco Park and a spectacular catch at the fence by hometown favorite Adam ...

GGG outlasts Jacobs in close unanimous decision

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Exhausted beyond anything he'd felt in the ring, Gennady Golovkin could barely lift his collection of title belts. Danny Jacobs thought they should have been in his possession. Golovkin outlasted Jacobs in a superb 12-round defense of his ...

Big win, huge comeback mark 2nd day of women’s NCAA tourney

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It was a record day in the women's NCAA Tournament. Baylor shattered the margin of victory mark, while Texas A&M pulled off the biggest comeback in tournament history. The Lady Bears routed Texas Southern 119-30 on Saturday, ...

Michigan delivers 3-point punch to knock out Oklahoma St.

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Derrick Walton Jr. scored 26 points and Michigan made 16 3-pointers Friday to hold off Oklahoma State 92-91 in the first round of the Midwest Regional. The seventh-seeded Wolverines (25-11) set a school record for 3s in an NCAA ...

AP Source: QB Geno Smith leaves Jets for Giants

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Geno Smith is switching teams in the Jersey Meadowlands. The quarterback has agreed to terms with the New York Giants, pending passing a physical, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday. Like ...

Villanova follows up shaky outing with experienced Wisconsin

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — No. 1 seed Villanova (32-3) vs. No. 8 seed Wisconsin (26-9). Second round, East region, Buffalo, New York, 2:40 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The top-seeded Wildcats showed some surprising jitters in their opening-round win over No. 16 Mount St. Mary's, who showed zero fear ...

Knockout artists: Golovkin, Jacobs vie for middleweight belt

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Some believe Saturday night's middleweight unification bout will go the distance. Not many, though. The odds of Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs both standing after 12 rounds aren't good. Golovkin has won 33 of his 36 fights by knockout, ...

Penguins Ron Hainsey sidelined with upper-body injury

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The depleted Pittsburgh Penguins defense has taken another hit. Coach Mike Sullivan says defenseman Ron Hainsey is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. The Penguins acquired the 35-year-old Hainsey just before the trade deadline. Hainsey has one assist in 10 games since ...

Notre Dame, West Virginia renew former Big East rivalry

By The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — No. 4 seed West Virginia (27-8) vs. No. 5 seed Notre Dame (26-9) Second round, West region; Buffalo, New York, 12:10 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Former Big East rivals meet for first time in the NCAA Tournament and in first meeting since Fighting ...

A look at Thursday’s opening day of the NCAA Tournament

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer A look at some interesting things in Thursday's opening round the NCAA Tournament: ___ CHANCE TO REPEAT Villanova comes into the tournament not only as the overall No. 1 seed but as defending champion. No champion has repeated since Florida in ...