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Djokovic beats Delbonis in 3rd round at Miami Open

Mar. 24, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Novak Djokovic pulled a spare ball from his pocket, angrily whacked it against the backstop and then pounded his uncooperative racket into the concrete. He lost his temper, but not the match. Annoyed after squandering a second-set lead, Djokovic regrouped and beat Federico...

Jets owner jokingly envisions self wearing Lombardi Trophy

Mar. 24, 2019 10:05 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Picture this: New York Jets owner Christopher Johnson parading around next winter with a certain Super Bowl bauble on his head. Sure, Johnson was dreaming about something his franchise hasn't achieved since 1969: an NFL championship. But in March, optimism flows through everyone in pro...

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement

Mar. 24, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The party's officially over for Rob Gronkowski. The New England Patriots' fun-loving, touchdown-spiking tight end announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, Super Bowl-filled seasons. The four-time All-Pro posted his decision on Instagram , saying that a few...

The Latest: Bills agree to deal with guard Jon Feliciano

Mar. 24, 2019 9:13 AM EDT

The Latest on NFL free agency (all times EDT): 8:35 p.m. A person with direct knowledge of discussions tells The Associated Press that guard Jon Feliciano has agreed to a two-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because the signing won't be official until...

Pac-12 and ACC top conferences in opening round

Mar. 24, 2019 2:58 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Pac-12 and Atlantic Coast Conference showed conference supremacy in the opening round of the women's NCAA Tournament. The two power conferences combined to go 13-1 in the first two days. The Pac-12 won all six of its contests, while the ACC went 7-1. The lone loss came in a matchup...

Serena withdraws, No. 1 Osaka loses, Federer wins at Miami

Mar. 23, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The new site for the Miami Open suddenly is missing a lot of star power. Serena Williams withdrew Saturday, blaming a previously undisclosed left knee injury. Less than two hours later, top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost in the third round to tour veteran Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan, 4-6,...

Lions sign CB Rashaan Melvin

Mar. 23, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed free agent cornerback Rashaan Melvin. The Lions announced the move Saturday. Melvin is entering his sixth NFL season. Melvin played for the Oakland Raiders in 2018, appearing in 14 games with seven starts. Prior to Oakland, he spent time with...

Patriots owner apologizes in Florida prostitution case

Mar. 23, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is apologizing after being charged in a Florida massage parlor prostitution investigation. "I am truly sorry," Kraft said in a statement Saturday. "I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans and many others...

The NCAA Latest: Spartans' Henry nothing but love for Izzo

Mar. 23, 2019 8:25 AM EDT

The Latest on the first round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 4:20 p.m. Michigan State freshman Aaron Henry doesn't know what all the fuss is about. Tom Izzo's heated exchange with him on the court during the Spartans' first-round win over Bradley on Thursday has drawn wide attention on social media...

After complaining about fans, Wozniacki returns to Miami

Mar. 22, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is back at the Miami Open after complaining last year about crowd behavior. Wozniacki said she decided to return partly because the tournament moved from Key Biscayne to the Miami Dolphins' stadium complex. "It feels like a new tournament," she...