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RG3 and out: Browns release quarterback Robert Griffin III

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Robert Griffin III is scrambling again. The injury-prone quarterback was released Friday after one flawed season by the Cleveland Browns, who remain in search of a QB to turn around their once-proud franchise. The Browns terminated ...

Nick Bonino has hat trick, Penguins top Jets 7-4

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Nick Bonino and Evgeni Malkin had different kinds of hat tricks Wednesday night. Bonino had three goals to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Winnipeg Jets 7-4 for their third win in a row. Malkin scored his 30th and 31st goals had a "Gordie Howe hat trick" — a ...

Oakland’s Irvin aids Mack, shows value of free-agent bargain

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Bruce Irvin's first payday in free agency wasn't anywhere near what Oakland will have to offer to keep pass-rushing teammate and two-time All-Pro Khalil Mack. The former first-round pick by Seattle qualifies as a high-value contributor just ...

Warriors fall at home to Celtics again: Boston wins 99-86

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Boston Celtics had their way in Golden State's typically imposing building again. Last April, it was wrecking the Warriors' record 54-game home winning streak. This time, they spoiled Golden State's lone appearance at Oracle ...

Texas rallies to beat Texas Tech 61-52 in Big 12 opener; WVU next

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Texas coach Shaka Smart drove home a very simple point to his players in the halftime locker room Wednesday night: If they didn't turn things around in a hurry, their season was over. "When he said that," Texas guard Kerwin Roach Jr. ...

Perrantes, No. 21 Virginia pull away from Pitt, 75-63

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The difference between how Virginia has played during its four-game winning streak as opposed to how it played during the four-game losing streak that preceded it is not that drastic. Coach Tony Bennett said the Cavaliers have made ...

Bubble Watch: Tough day for ACC bubble teams

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Boeheim usually says what's on his mind and it doesn't matter if the topic is his team's chances at making the NCAA Tournament's field of 68. Syracuse lost to Miami 62-57 on Wednesday in the second round of the Atlantic Coast ...

Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki reaches cusp of NBA’s 30,000-point club

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki chuckled at the memory of he and Steve Nash trying to sneak in a few shots between YMCA games inside the closest thing the Dallas Mavericks had to a practice facility nearly 20 years ago. He also recalled a trying rookie season ...

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says WBC on solid ground

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — The commissioner of Major League Baseball on Tuesday denied reports that 2017 would be the last edition of the World Baseball Classic, saying the tournament is as popular as ever. The fourth edition of the tournament run by MLB and the ...

Boxing authorities cast doubt on Fury’s return

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer The body that runs British boxing cast doubt on Tyson Fury's announcement that he is close to returning to the ring, saying Tuesday the former world heavyweight champion's license remains suspended and that he has an upcoming anti-doping hearing. Fury wrote ...

Leonard’s 39 points, defense, lead Spurs by Harden, Rockets

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — With "MVP!" chants reverberating through the AT&T Center, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard outdueled Houston's James Harden in the fourth quarter of a battle between two of the league's top players. Leonard scored 39 points, including 17 ...

Tobacco Road intersects Flatbush Avenue as ACC comes to NYC

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Tobacco Road intersects with Flatbush Avenue this week when the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament comes to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. College basketball's most storied conference begins a five-day run in New York city ...

Iguodala scores 24, Warriors beat feuding Hawks, 119-111

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Golden State Warriors won on an off night for the Splash Brothers. The Atlanta Hawks couldn't overcome the benching of their point guard. Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 24 points to carry the Warriors to a 119-111 victory Monday ...

Richard Simmons’ rep denies housekeeper controlling star

By The Associated Press Richard Simmons' publicist is speaking out in defense of the reclusive weight-loss guru amid the launch of a popular podcast that seeks to find out why Simmons has been missing from the public eye. "Missing Richard Simmons" is hosted by Dan Taberski, a filmmaker who ...

Crews fight fires in Colorado, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma

STERLING, Colo. (AP) — Wildfires burning in Colorado, Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma have forced evacuations and destroyed several buildings. A pair of fires in the Texas Panhandle burned more than 100 square miles. One of the blazes near Amarillo threatened about 150 homes. In Colorado, a fire ...

Poll: Americans divided on admitting refugees

By LAURIE KELLMAN and EMILY SWANSON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Where immigrants are concerned, James Wright is OK with people who are here legally, as well as illegally — if they haven't committed crimes. But turn the talk specifically to the risks and benefits of admitting ...

Bogut breaks leg in debut, Cavs lose 106-98 to Heat

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James didn't need to speak with Andrew Bogut or see the X-rays on the center's leg. "I heard it break," he said. "I heard it crack." In an ugly instant, Cleveland lost much more than a game Monday night. Bogut broke his left leg ...

Fleury stands tall in relief, Penguins rally by Sabres 4-3

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — His team flat, listless and basically overwhelmed during a miserable first period against Buffalo on Sunday, Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan looked down his bench searching for a jolt. He found one in Marc-Andre Fleury, who wondered ...

Dustin Johnson is No. 1 in the world and playing like it

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexico Championship put on quite a show in its debut as a World Golf Championships event. So did Dustin Johnson. In his first tournament as No. 1 in the world, Johnson gave every indication that he planned on staying at the top for a ...

Keselowski steals Atlanta win after Harvick caught speeding

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kevin Harvick was faster than everyone at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Too fast, it turned out. Harvick ruined a dominating performance by speeding on his final pit stop, allowing Brad Keselowski to steal a NASCAR Monster Energy Cup victory ...