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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 ...

Pick 6: New coordinators who could boost incumbent coaches

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Hiring a new coordinator can at times be as impactful to a college football program as making a head coaching change. Take Penn State, for example, where head coach James Franklin's hiring of Joe Moorhead last season helped get the Nittany Lions ...

Capitals beat Rangers to clinch Presidents’ Trophy again

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Winning the Presidents' Trophy is becoming old hat for the Washington Capitals, though this time it could be more important than ever. The Capitals beat the New York Rangers 2-0 on Wednesday night to wrap up their second consecutive ...

Lindor slam gives AL champ Indians opening sweep of Rangers

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Francisco Lindor's go-ahead grand slam in the ninth inning off suddenly shaky Texas closer Sam Dyson triggered a litany of firsts for Cleveland's budding star shortstop. And that list of milestones was a lot more fun to talk about ...

Soccer weekend: What to watch in Europe’s main leagues

By The Associated Press What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend: ___ SPAIN Real Madrid will have the Spanish league lead on the line when it hosts Atletico Madrid in the city derby on Saturday. Madrid will be defending its two-point lead over Barcelona against an ...

2017 NCAA tourney in books, no classic title game this time

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The 2017 NCAA Tournament started with its shortest player coming through in the clutch and it ended with a less-than-classic championship game. North Carolina's 71-65 victory over Gonzaga in front of more than 76,000 fans ended ...

LEADING OFF: Cubs and Yankees try again, Shoemaker returns

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ TRY AGAIN The World Series champion Cubs go again after their first win as former Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta starts in St. Louis against Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals beat Chicago in the opener at ...

As the NBA season winds down, so many races are undecided

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer With just over a week left in the NBA regular season, there's still a ton to be decided before the playoff field is set. In the East, four spots remain unclaimed. In the West, two are up for grabs. And while some seedings look wrapped up, none are ...

Fouls, misses make for no flow in March Madness finale

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The sounds of the NCAA Championship game were whistles and moans. It just never seemed there was a flow to the game that North Carolina won 71-65 on Monday night for its sixth national title. Each team had 22 fouls but it was ...

NHL’s Olympic decision also big news at women’s tournament

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — The NHL's announcement that it would not participate in the 2018 Olympics was a newsworthy topic at another big international hockey tournament — the women's world championship. "I think the whole world's following that, obviously," ...

Williams humbly passes Smith, joins elite coaching company

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Roy Williams was simply not having it. No matter how many NCAA championships the North Carolina coach wins, no matter what the record book says, Williams will never see himself as measuring up to his former boss, longtime ...

LEADING OFF: Beltran, Encarnacion, Eaton open in new spots

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ WELCOME A bunch of familiar faces will be in new places for opening day. Among them: Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Josh Reddick of the Astros, Edwin Encarnacion for Cleveland, Adam Eaton in Washington, ...

Brandon Jennings: Warriors tried to embarrass Wizards

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Washington guard Brandon Jennings accused Golden State of trying to embarrass the Wizards in Sunday night's 139-115 loss. Jennings also didn't back down after shoving JaVale McGee after the Warriors backup center shot a 3-pointer ...

Females are facing an off-ice fight at all levels of hockey

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — The best women's hockey players in the U.S. can now make a living playing the sport they love thanks to a landmark agreement with USA Hockey reached after a threat to boycott the world championship. The deal will likely help their ...

New closer, same result: Giants blow lead, lose to D-backs

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Two big swings from Madison Bumgarner were undone by another bullpen meltdown in a wild opener for the San Francisco Giants that looked an awful lot like last season. Chris Owings singled home the winning run and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored ...