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Pass interference now reviewable by officials

Mar. 26, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Roger Goodell laid down the law, and the owners readily changed NFL rules on reviewing pass interference, whether flagged or not. As the league concluded its spring meeting one day early, the owners passed by a shockingly overwhelming 31-1 margin that interference can be challenged by...

Money Madness: AP analysis shows growing gap in NCAA payouts

Mar. 26, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Powered by Ja Morant's no-look passes and Dylan Windler's step-back 3s, March Madness has been a bonanza for the Ohio Valley Conference. The league placed two teams in the NCAA men's basketball tournament for the first time in 32 years. Then Morant's Murray State Racers and Windler's...

What's an NCAA Tournament unit worth? Millions. Here's how

Mar. 26, 2019 11:59 AM EDT

The upstart run for Loyola Chicago making the Final Four last year delivered more than just excitement for fans of Sister Jean and the Ramblers. Loyola's run will be worth at least $8.45 million to the Missouri Valley Conference over the next six years. It's payable to the league from the NCAA, through a complex...

Gonzaga strikes a deal to get more out of tournament success

Mar. 26, 2019 2:29 PM EDT

When leaders at Gonzaga were looking to sweeten the pot for their basketball team in exchange for staying in the West Coast Conference, they knew exactly where the money might come from. NCAA Tournament payouts. With the perennially contending Zags being courted by the Mountain West, athletic director Mike Roth...

Bledsoe scores 23 to lead Bucks past Rockets, 108-94

Mar. 26, 2019 10:53 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points, including 16 in a decisive third quarter, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Houston Rockets 108-94 on Tuesday night. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Milwaukee, which improved to an NBA-best 56-19. James Harden scored 23 and Chris Paul...

Clippers clinch playoff spot with win over Timberwolves

Mar. 26, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 122-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Coach Doc Rivers' club is back in the postseason after falling short last year. Los Angeles finished 42-40 last season, missing the...

Column: There's a reason Match Play is only once a year

Mar. 26, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Rory McIlroy loves match play because he believes it is the purest form of golf. Most would agree. He also prefers single elimination, which he referred to as "straight knockout." In simple terms, lose and go home. Most players would agree on that, too, with a few exceptions. It wasn't...

Patriots' Kraft now wants jury trial on prostitution charge

Mar. 26, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft now says he wants his misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution charge tried by a jury, not a judge. Kraft's attorneys filed a court notice Tuesday also waiving his arraignment, which had been scheduled for Thursday. His lawyers also...

Indians' Jose Ramirez expected in opening day lineup

Mar. 26, 2019 9:58 PM EDT

Jose Ramirez is expected to be in the Cleveland Indians' opening day lineup Thursday, four days after fouling a pitch off the area below his left knee. Manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Ramirez should be ready to go for the opener at Minnesota. The All-Star third baseman worked out Monday and Tuesday in...

APNewsBreak: Sale's new deal includes $50M in deferred money

Mar. 26, 2019 11:01 PM EDT

Chris Sale will have to wait until middle age to collect all his money from the Boston Red Sox. His $160 million, six-year contract includes $50 million in deferred money that is not due to be paid until 15 years after it is earned, according to details obtained by The Associated Press. A left-hander who turns 30...

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Tomas Tatar lifts Canadiens past Panthers 6-1

Mar. 26, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens are hitting their stride at the right time. Tomas Tatar had two goals and an assist to lead the Canadiens over the Florida Panthers 6-1 on Tuesday night to remain in playoff position. Brett Kulak, Artturi Lehkonen, Phillip Danault and Max Domi also scored for the...

Murray saves Nuggets from collapse in 95-92 win over Pistons

Mar. 26, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 33 points, including six in the final minute, and the Denver Nuggets held off the Detroit Pistons 95-92 on Tuesday night after nearly squandering a 27-point lead. Trailing 66-39 at halftime, Detroit cut it to one on a 3-pointer by Reggie Jackson with 11.2 seconds remaining...

With new deal, Eloy Jimenez makes White Sox opening roster

Mar. 26, 2019 11:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The White Sox confirmed Tuesday what a $43 million contract seemed to signal: Eloy Jimenez will begin the season in the major leagues. Chicago's prize prospect will make his big league debut on opening day at Kansas City on Thursday. Signed as a teenager by the crosstown Cubs out of the...

Clippers clinch playoff spot with win over Timberwolves

Mar. 26, 2019 11:35 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Danilo Gallinari scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night with a 122-111 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Coach Doc Rivers' club is back in the postseason after falling short last year. Los Angeles finished 42-40 last season, missing the...

Celtics beat Cavs 116-106 without Kyrie to snap 4-game slide

Mar. 26, 2019 11:33 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Boston Celtics keep finding ways to win without Kyrie Irving. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points, and the Celtics broke away from a fourth-quarter tie to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers 116-106 on Tuesday night. Irving (rest) didn't play, yet Boston snapped a four-game...

Alaska university investigated ex-teacher over allegations

Mar. 26, 2019 11:29 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A retired University of Alaska Anchorage professor was the subject of a university investigation over sexual misconduct allegations by multiple women going back decades, including one who said he accosted her in a shower. A copy of an investigative Title IX report obtained by...

Goldschmidt's $20M signing bonus to be paid through 2024

Mar. 26, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt's $144.5 million, six-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals includes a $20 million signing bonus to be paid over the next five years. Goldschmidt had a $14.5 million salary this season in the option year of a contract he signed with Arizona ahead of the 2013 season....

Noi scores 25 to lead TCU over Creighton 71-58 in NIT

Mar. 26, 2019 11:22 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kouat Noi had 25 points with six 3-pointers as TCU beat Creighton 71-58 in the NIT quarterfinals on Tuesday night. TCU advanced to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York for the second time in three seasons. JD Miller had 15 points for TCU (23-13). Alex Robinson added...

Magic win 6th straight, top Heat 104-99 in East showdown

Mar. 26, 2019 11:18 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — There was no raucous celebration by the Orlando Magic. Getting to eighth place now, that's not their goal. Being there — or higher — in two weeks is what matters, and on Tuesday night the Magic looked very much like a team poised to end a long postseason drought. Nikola Vucevic...

Walker powers Hornets past Spurs 125-116 in overtime

Mar. 26, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker may be a three-time All-Star, but he's not having any problem playing with young players like Dwayne Bacon and Miles Bridges as the Charlotte Hornets enter the homestretch of the season. In fact, he's embracing the opportunity, even feeding off them. "Man, they play...