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US, Mexico, Canada to make joint bid for 2026 World Cup

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The United States, Mexico and Canada are going to announce a joint bid for the 2026 World Cup on Monday, a person familiar with the decision said. The Confederation of North and Central America and Caribbean Association Football is moving ...

Maple Leafs wrap up final playoff spot

TORONTO (AP) — Connor Brown broke a tie with 2:48 left and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3 on Saturday night to wrap up their first playoff spot since 2013. James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Kasperi Kapanen and Auston Matthews also scored for Toronto, and Curtis ...

Rose, Garcia tied for lead at Masters in prelude to finale

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Justin Rose had a back-nine charge so common at Augusta National. Sergio Garcia finally caught a good break in a major. Jordan Spieth got his name high on those famous white leaderboards, the only spot he has ever occupied on the weekend ...

White Sox hand Twins 1st loss with 6-2 win

By Jack Cassidy Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Avisail Garcia and White Sox manager Rick Renteria are already excited about the returns from the 25-year-old’s offensive adjustment. The idea is simple: Just make contact, and big hits will follow. Garcia homered and had three RBIs, ...

Masters traffic jam: Contenders galore at Augusta National

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Fans of dominant, wire-to-wire performances and runaway winners, this Masters is not for them. Forget a Tiger Woods' style blowout. Unlike that performance 20 years ago, Augusta National has a traffic jam atop the leaderboard that will ...

LEADING OFF: Arroyo, Guthrie back in majors, Red Sox ailing

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BRONSON'S BACK Bronson Arroyo is set to make his first big league start since 2014 when the Reds host Philadelphia. The 40-year-old had Tommy John surgery two years ago and tore a tendon in his rotator cuff ...

Davis Cup: US wins doubles to stay alive in quarterfinal

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Late substitute Jack Sock and partner Steve Johnson kept the United States alive in its Davis Cup quarterfinal with Australia, beating Sam Groth and John Peers 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 in Saturday's doubles. The win on a hard court at Brisbane's Pat Rafter Arena ...

Wild pitch gets Brewers get 2-1 win in 11th, Cubs’ Baez hurt

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Brewers mobbed Ryan Braun at home plate after he scored the winning run by beating a desperate throw home from catcher Willson Contreras. It was a satisfying end to an 11-inning game for Milwaukee against the defending World Series ...

Second Act: Spurs excelling after Tim Duncan’s departure

By JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs did everything they could to prepare for life without Tim Duncan. They studied the pitfalls that plagued other franchises that lost foundational stars, drafted and developed talented players to be ready to pick ...

Denver beats UMD in Frozen Four finals

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Jarid Lukosevicius scored three goals in the second period, and Denver beat Minnesota Duluth 3-2 on Saturday night for the NCAA championship. Troy Terry had two assists and Tanner Jaillet made 38 saves as Denver moved into a tie with North ...

Fowler joins 4-way tie at top in Masters

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Rickie Fowler finally got to the top of the leaderboard in a major and didn’t have much of a view. Right next to him was Charley Hoffman, playing in the final group going into the weekend at the Masters for the second time in three ...

Shockers make move: Wichita State leaving MVC for AAC

By Pat Eaton-Robb AP Sports Writer Wichita State accepted an invitation Friday to join the American Athletic Conference, ending a relationship with the Missouri Valley Conference that dated back 72 years. The presidents of the AAC’s 12 member schools voted unanimously to admit the school ...

Lonzo Ball’s father blames ‘3 white guys’ for UCLA loss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The father of UCLA star Lonzo Ball says the Bruins lost in the NCAA Tournament because "three white guys" couldn't pick up the slack after his son injured his hamstring. LaVar Ball tells Southern California News Group (http://bit.ly/2nLy5DG ) that "realistically you can't ...

Molina: “Dumb” to ask about substance on chest protector

By STEVE OVERBEY, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and most everyone else at Busch Stadium laughed at the bizarre sight — a ball somehow stuck to his chest protector , in plain view of everybody except him. But the St. Louis star didn't think it was so ...

No Bones about it: Cormier, Johnson set for UFC rematch

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer The promotional ads for UFC's return to upstate New York for the first time in nearly 22 years feature light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier with the belt over his shoulder on one side and challenger Anthony Johnson on the other side. Cormier-Johnson II ...

LEADING OFF: Scherzer ready; Wheeler, Ryu returns to majors

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Friday: ___ PITCHING IN Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer takes the mound for Washington against the Phillies in their home opener. Scherzer's spring preparation was delayed because he was still in pain ...

Red Wings, Detroit say farewell to storied Joe Louis Arena

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer DETROIT (AP) — The unmistakable whiff of a sewer line hits you near the corner of Steve Yzerman Drive and Jefferson Avenue before you set foot on the steps that climb into Joe Louis Arena, a nearly windowless, drab grey building on the banks of the Detroit ...

Notre Dame turns to sophomore QB Brandon Wimbush

By MATT FORTUNA, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The way Brandon Wimbush sees it, the Notre Dame quarterback has already experienced enough ups and downs to last a college career. Even if he hasn't started a game yet. Wimbush, the third-year sophomore tasked with resuscitating the ...

Curry scores 42, Warriors clinch West, NBA’s top record

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The NBA regular season belongs to the Golden State Warriors — again. The high-speed Bay Area dynamo needed 42 points from Stephen Curry to hold off the pesky Phoenix Suns 120-111 Thursday night, a victory that ensured Golden State will have the ...

LEADING OFF: Stroman coming off WBC MVP; Harvey, Tebow debut

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ HEAD START Marcus Stroman makes his season debut for Toronto after winning MVP honors with Team USA at the World Baseball Classic last month. Stroman was 1-1 with a 2.35 ERA in three starts for the United ...