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AP-NORC Poll: US divided on college vs pro sports betting

Mar. 20, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Scrambling to fill out a March Madness bracket? Betting lunch money that you can pinpoint the Final Four better than co-workers or family? Good luck! You're among about one-third of Americans who at least occasionally bet on sports among friends or through an office pool,...

Ichiro cheered at Tokyo Dome, Mariners top A's 9-7 in opener

Mar. 20, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro drew all the cheers. Most everyone else on the Seattle Mariners did all the hitting. A crowd that came to salute Ichiro Suzuki in his homeland saw Domingo Santana deliver the biggest hit at the Tokyo Dome, a grand slam that sent Seattle over the Oakland Athletics 9-7 Wednesday in the...

Harper gets 1st hit after 0-for-9 start in spring training

Mar. 20, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper finally got his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after a 0-for-9 start. The slugger lined a 97-mph fastball to center on a 2-1 pitch from Detroit Tigers right-hander Spencer Turnbull in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game. He jokingly gestured...

Boston's Mookie Betts says he expects to become free agent

Mar. 20, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020. Despite Mike Trout's pending $432 million, 12-year agreement with the Los Angeles Angels, Nolan Arenado's $260 million, eight-year deal with the...

March Madness: NCAA Tournament primed to top itself again

Mar. 20, 2019 1:45 PM EDT

The NCAA Tournament somehow seems to be getting better every year, almost as if each bracket is extending from the previous one. Last year was one of the maddest of Marches, starting with Maryland-Baltimore County becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a 1 — poor Virginia — to Loyola-Chicago taking...

Star guards Howard and Morant headline Marquette-Murray St

Mar. 20, 2019 4:43 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Murray State's Ja Morant and Marquette's Markus Howard have much in common: Point guards, prolific scorers, conference players of the year, All-America contenders. And, apparently, promptness. Morant and Howard struck up a friendship last summer at NBA All-Star Chris Paul's camp for...

Column: Tennis's 'new week, new champ' 2019 is unprecedented

Mar. 20, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer has won one trophy so far in 2019, which puts him in a tie for the ATP lead — with 18 other players. That same type of unprecedented parity is happening in the WTA, too, with 13 different champions from 13 tournaments. No tennis season in the Open era's 50...

Danica Patrick doesn't miss racing since retiring last year

Mar. 20, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick choked back tears after crashing out of her final Indianapolis 500, that one last trip around the historic speedway that launched her career coming to such a disappointing close. She has not been back to a race track in the 10 months since. And she hasn't looked back...

Karlsson, Panarin and Bobrovsky can close strong and cash in

Mar. 20, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

Many NHL teams have plenty to play for down the final stretch of the regular season, trying to get in the playoffs or to improve their positioning, before 16 teams compete for the Stanley Cup. Some players have a lot at stake, too. Erik Karlsson, Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are a few of the potential free...

Johnson moving closer to top form as Masters nears

Mar. 20, 2019 3:05 PM EDT

PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — Dustin Johnson is peaking. The Masters is nearing. And he was talking Wednesday about an injury from the stairs. At least this time it was his brother. "Those stairs, man," Johnson said with a smile. "They'll get you." Johnson has been trying for two years to get back to the best...

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Gonzaga itching to play again after WCC title game loss

Mar. 20, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Gonzaga enters the NCAA Tournament following a loss for one of the rare times under coach Mark Few. The dominant team in the West Coast Conference for two decades, the Zags lost to Saint Mary's in the conference title game last week in Las Vegas. The players have put it behind them....

Braves may have 3 open spots in pitching rotation

Mar. 20, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — When they started spring training, the Atlanta Braves had one opening in their pitching rotation. With a week to go before opening day, they may have three. The Braves are holding out some hope that Kevin Gausman will work through his shoulder soreness in time to pitch a game in the...

On heels of scandals, USC announces new president

Mar. 20, 2019 6:23 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California on Wednesday announced a new school president who will usher in "a new era" following a series of high-profile scandals that culminated last week with a massive college admissions bribery case. Carol Folt, former chancellor of the University of North...

US judge blocks oil, gas drilling over climate change

Mar. 20, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge blocked oil and gas drilling across almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) in Wyoming and said the U.S. government must consider climate change impacts more broadly as it leases huge swaths of public land for energy exploration. The order marks the latest in a string...

Rangers have new manager and full surgery-repaired rotation

Mar. 20, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have an optimistic new manager, a converted middle infielder taking over for a retired star at third base and a rotation filled with starters who have missed significant time following surgery. First-time manager Chris Woodward is now in charge of a team coming off...

Syracuse suspends Frank Howard on eve of NCAA Tournament

Mar. 20, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Syracuse senior guard Frank Howard is out "for an indefinite period of time" for violating school policy. The school announced Howard's suspension on Wednesday, the eve of the Orange's NCAA Tournament game against Baylor. The 6-foot-5 Howard lit up social media during the ACC...

Pittsburgh official, husband charged in Detroit hotel case

Mar. 20, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — An elected official from Pittsburgh and her husband have been charged following an altercation with police in a Detroit hotel. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 41-year-old Chelsa Wagner faces felony resisting police and misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges. Her husband, Khari...

Still rebuilding, Tigers hoping for growth in 2019

Mar. 20, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Al Avila is known for his candor, and the Detroit general manager has remained pretty straightforward about what the future holds for the Tigers. Yes, they're still rebuilding. "The only reason I'm being honest is because: How do you hide this?" Avila joked earlier this offseason. "I'm...

Boston's Mookie Betts says he expects to become free agent

Mar. 20, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020. Despite Mike Trout's pending $432 million, 12-year agreement with the Los Angeles Angels, Nolan Arenado's $260 million, eight-year deal with the...

Giannis out again as banged-up Bucks try to clinch division

Mar. 20, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo will miss his second straight game with a sprained right ankle, one of several injuries to hit the Bucks in recent days. A leading MVP contender, Antetokounmpo will sit out Wednesday night's game against the Cavaliers as the Eastern...