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AP/CP Survey: 48 percent of NHLPA reps favor playoff change

Apr. 22, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team. That doesn't mean they are blind to some of the inequalities of the NHL's current divisional playoff format. An Associated Press/Canadian Press survey of NHLPA representatives from all 31...

On Basketball: This first round sorely lacks playoff drama

Apr. 22, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If there was a silver lining for Indiana fans after the Pacers were the first team to be bounced from the 2019 NBA playoffs, it's this: They won't have to watch any more first-round games. For that, they should be thankful. Drama is in very short supply so far in these playoffs. Close...

Jury selection begins in 2nd trial over NCAA recruitment

Apr. 22, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jury selection began Monday in the trial of an aspiring agent and a former amateur coach charged with bribing big-school coaches to boost their business prospects with amateur basketball players. The trial of business manager Christian Dawkins and ex-amateur league director Merl Code began...

Customers videotaped at spa in Kraft case sue authorities

Apr. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex. The lawsuit by 31...

Country star, Titans coach talk about NFL draft in Nashville

Apr. 22, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music star Tim McGraw watched as Philadelphia hosted the NFL draft in 2017 with more than 250,000 people on hand and immediately had a vision of how to make the three-day event even better: Bring it to Nashville and add the Music City touch. "My first thought was, 'Man I'd...

A baseball branding bonanza, and 2 guys helping it happen

Apr. 22, 2019 10:38 AM EDT

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — On a spring evening in eastern Pennsylvania, upon a bluff overlooking the Lehigh Valley, a carnival of baseball and pork products is at hand. From loudspeakers, swine-like sounds reverberate. Vendors roam the stands in clothing festooned with outsized strips of bacon. And yes, there...

APNewsBreak: CBS Sports signs multiyear deal with WNBA

Apr. 22, 2019 1:40 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The WNBA is nearly doubling its national TV exposure with a multiyear deal with CBS Sports. CBS Sports Network will broadcast 40 WNBA games beginning next month when the season opens. The Minnesota Lynx vs. the Chicago Sky on May 25 will be the first game on the CBS Sports Network. "Through...

Column: Teams are right to ask for guaranteed Indy 500 spots

Apr. 22, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

The Indianapolis 500 is steeped in a century of tradition with rules and regulations, pomp and pageantry that have remained largely unchanged since 1911. The fastest 33 cars compete in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and drivers unable to make the cut watch from the sidelines. James Hinchcliffe, a series...

Holyfield's 40 times make NFL draft decision a big gamble

Apr. 22, 2019 12:11 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The fear of the unknown pushed running back Elijah Holyfield into the NFL draft instead of returning for his senior season at Georgia. His slow 40-yard times make that decision look like a risky gamble in this week's draft. Holyfield was timed at 4.78 seconds in the 40 at the NFL...

'From the heart': Mullin's decision to leave St. John's

Apr. 22, 2019 3:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Mullin felt in his heart it was time to leave St. John's. He stepped down this month after four years as coach at the school where he starred in the 1980s. "It got to a certain point for me to do something different," Mullin told The Associated Press on Monday. "Straight from the...

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Pitching carrying Vols toward their 1st NCAA bid since 2005

Apr. 22, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

Tennessee's pitching has given the Volunteers an excellent opportunity to end the Southeastern Conference's longest NCAA Tournament drought. The Vols (30-11, 9-9 SEC) have allowed two runs or less in seven of their last eight games. Tennessee has gone 7-1 during that stretch and won three straight at Kentucky...

Pitcher Gio González released by Yankees

Apr. 22, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gio González was released Monday from his minor league contract with the New York Yankees. The 33-year-old left-hander agreed to the deal in mid-March. If added to the 40-man roster, he would have received a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and the chance to earn $9 million...

Family charged with scheme to get Masters tickets for resale

Apr. 22, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Four members of a Texas family are facing federal charges in what prosecutors say was a scheme that used stolen identities to get tickets to the Masters golf tournament, then resell those tickets at a healthy profit. Documents filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Augusta charged...

Customers videotaped at spa in Kraft case sue authorities

Apr. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Nearly three dozen men and women have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing Florida authorities of unlawfully videotaping them as they received legal massages at a parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and others allegedly paid for sex. The lawsuit by 31...

Georgia Tech center James Banks declares for NBA draft

Apr. 22, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Tech center James Banks is entering the NBA draft. The school said Monday the 6-foot-9 junior has submitted paperwork for the June 20 draft. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 2.5 blocks a game while averaging 10.5 points and 7.7 rebounds. He was named to the ACC's...

Column: Teams are right to ask for guaranteed Indy 500 spots

Apr. 22, 2019 4:38 PM EDT

The Indianapolis 500 is steeped in a century of tradition with rules and regulations, pomp and pageantry that have remained largely unchanged since 1911. The fastest 33 cars compete in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and drivers unable to make the cut watch from the sidelines. James Hinchcliffe, a series...

Pitcher Michael Wacha goes on Cardinals' injured list

Apr. 22, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals right-hander Michael Wacha was placed on the 10-day injured list because of patellar tendinitis in his left knee and will miss his scheduled start Tuesday against NL Central rival Milwaukee. St. Louis said the move was retroactive to Friday. Infielder/outfielder Drew Robinson was...

Lloyd Pierce replacing Nate McMillan on USA coaching staff

Apr. 22, 2019 4:37 PM EDT

Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce has been added as an assistant coach for USA Basketball this summer, when the Americans will compete in the FIBA World Cup in China and try to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Pierce is replacing Indiana Pacers coach Nate McMillan, who withdrew because of scheduling conflicts....

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike to return for senior season

Apr. 22, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas center Udoka Azubuike will return for his senior season, giving coach Bill Self the 7-foot center he hoped to build his offense around last season. Azubuike averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds before undergoing season-ending wrist surgery last season. The Jayhawks went on to...

Pirates activate Gregory Polanco off injured list

Apr. 22, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Gregory Polanco off the 10-day injured list after the right fielder completed a lengthy rehab from a dislocated left shoulder last September that cut short his 2018 season. Polanco was to bat third for the National League Central leading Pirates on Monday...