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Quick flurry: Cabrera 1st HR of MLB season in snowy Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit the first home run of the new Major League Baseball season, a drive through the snow in Detroit's chilly opener against Cleveland on Thursday. The temperature at game time was 32 degrees, and the snow at Comerica Park was becoming a bit more intense when ...

Welcome back, fans! MLB openers bring Soto, Tatis and crowds

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer Great to see ya, Buster Posey. Been a while, Tony La Russa. Good luck, Madison Bumgarner and every other National League pitcher toting a bat. From Comerica Park to Coors Field to the Coliseum, Major League Baseball is set to roll out a big welcome mat ...

Final Four set, a question left: Can anybody beat Gonzaga?

By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer It's not easy to bury a team as good as USC, let alone in a half, no matter how easy Gonzaga made it look. Somehow, coach Mark Few called it in advance. While everyone was fixating on the top-seeded Bulldogs' make-it-rain offense, one reporter took the opposite ...

Juzang sends No. 11 seed UCLA past Michigan to Final Four

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — UCLA has made more trips to the Final Four than any program but North Carolina. None of the 19 was more surprising than this one. After sneaking into the NCAA Tournament off four straight losses, and barely surviving Michigan State ...

Gonzaga’s bid for a perfect season moves on to Final Four

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gonzaga's countdown to perfection has ticked to two. The Bulldogs are back in the Final Four, two wins from becoming the first undefeated team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. And, after all those upsets, the March Madness apex in ...

Ball in their court: Justices take on NCAA restrictions

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The NCAA and former college athletes are getting ready to play ball at the Supreme Court. With the March Madness basketball tournament ongoing, the high court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case about how colleges can reward athletes ...

NCAA tourney hits halfway point, still the field vs. Gonzaga

By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer The Elite Eight marks the halfway point of the NCAA Tournament, but don't blink. It has the shelf life of chicken nuggets. By the time your head hits the pillow tomorrow night, we'll be down to a Final Four and find out whether the selection committee is any ...

Billy Horschel wins Match Play when he least expects it

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Billy Horschel is back among the top 20 in the world for the first time since the summer of 2015, and all it took was low expectations and the longest week of his career. Horschel demands a lot from himself, and that starts with ...

USC shuts down Oregon 82-68 to end 20-year Elite Eight wait

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Southern California's dark days lasted far longer than the Trojans would have liked. A once-elite program had fallen into into mediocrity, losing seasons mixed in with short-lived trips into the NCAA Tournament. A two-week run of ...

ACC ends forgettable season with early NCAA Tournament exit

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Based on its own lofty standards, the Atlantic Coast Conference had a poor regular season. Its postseason was even worse. Florida State and Syracuse were the only ACC teams to make it past the first round, and both lost convincingly in the regional ...

Timme, top-seeded Gonzaga roll past Creighton to Elite Eight

By The Associated Press undefined Drew Timme scored 22 points and top-seeded Gonzaga did against Creighton what it's done throughout this unblemished season, rolling past the fifth-seeded Bluejays with versatile offense and efficient defense to win 83-65 on Sunday in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA ...

Big upset day in NCAAs: Has the mid-major revolution begun?

By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer In any other college basketball season, four upsets in the eight second-round games played at the NCAA Tournament would be a sign that something big is brewing. Were those the opening shots in the long-rumored mid-major revolution? Have enough talented kids and ...

10,000 and counting: The ‘Point God’ shows no signs of age

By DAVID BRANDT AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Paul says he knows the secret for why he's still a dominant NBA point guard at an age when most of his peers are getting into coaching or figuring out their next steps in life. "I told the guys in the locker room I've got the easy job," ...

Again, Syracuse makes Sweet 16 as double-digit seed

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer For the third time since 2016, Syracuse is headed to the Sweet 16 as a double-digit seed. In all, nine double-digit seeds have reached the regional semifinals in that time span — so the Orange have accounted for one third of them. Later on Sunday, ...

Oregon State bounces Oklahoma State, Cunningham from NCAAs

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oregon State embraced the role of the Hickory Huskers — results and all. Hours before their second-round NCAA Tournament game against Oklahoma State, the Beavers' basketball Twitter account posted a video of center Roman Silva carrying ...

Monday Fun Day: March Madness kicks off the week

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It's not like anyone's going to the office anyway. The change in the March Madness schedule brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will give basketball fans a first-of-its-kind experience -- eight games on a Monday. The second-round ...

Harris leads 76ers to 6th straight win, 99-96 over Knicks

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tobias Harris scored the baskets that let the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks for the 14th straight time and yelled, "I'm an All-Star!" Fueled by a perceived snub, Harris has become a closer in the clutch and kept Philadelphia ...

Frederic’s third-period goal carries Bruins past Penguins

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trent Frederic scored the lone goal of the third period and the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Tuesday night. Frederic gave the Bruins the lead for good at 7:07 of the third. He beat goaltender Casey DeSmith with a wrist ...

Ovechkin nets 718, passes Espo for 6th as Caps stop Isles

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 718th goal to pass Phil Esposito for sole possession of sixth on the NHL's career list and became the second active player with 1,300 points, helping the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Tuesday ...

LeBron James becomes partner in group that owns Red Sox

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LeBron James is becoming a part-owner of the Boston Red Sox. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar confirmed Tuesday night that he and his longtime business partner, Maverick Carter, are taking an ownership stake in the Fenway Sports Group. "For me and my ...