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2 hats are better than 1: Mendoza happy with ESPN, Mets role

Mar. 21, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Jessica Mendoza has heard the ribbing. An ESPN "Sunday Night Baseball" analyst since 2015, she added a part-time role last month as a New York Mets baseball operations adviser. "OK, you work for the Mets, we can't talk to you anymore," she recalled hearing from teams during her spring...

Referee's suit against Kentucky radio network dismissed

Mar. 21, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A judge in Kentucky has dismissed a college basketball referee's lawsuit against a radio network, saying the station's criticism is protected by the First Amendment. Veteran official John Higgins sued Kentucky Sports Radio, host Matt Jones and editor Drew Franklin, saying their...

Danica Patrick to join NBC's Indy 500 team

Mar. 20, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick will join NBC Sports' inaugural coverage of the Indianapolis 500 as an analyst alongside host Mike Tirico. Patrick retired from racing after last year's Indianapolis 500. Her eighth appearance in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" prepped her for a return as a...

What Disney gets as its $71.3B buy of Fox assets closes

Mar. 20, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

It's finally complete. Disney closed its $71 billion acquisition of Fox's entertainment assets on Wednesday, more than a year after the mega merger was proposed . Disney gets far ranging properties ranging from Fox's film studios, including "Avatar" and X-Men, to its TV productions such as "The Simpsons" and...

Wilder is talking trash and ready for Breazeale at Barclays

Mar. 19, 2019 9:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Not to be outdone by the other heavyweight titleholder, Deontay Wilder showed he can be a champion at trash talk, too. A month after Anthony Joshua and Jarrell Miller squared off in a nasty, expletive-infused war of words to announce their fight — Joshua owns the major belts other...

MLB '19: Longtime baseball voices going, going, almost gone

Mar. 19, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

Steve Blass spent his boyhood afternoons in Connecticut flinging a rubber ball against the side of a half-barn, fantasizing that he was pitching in the majors. Come evening, the 10-year-old would get his radio and tune into a game, delighted when Mel Allen's voice crackled from the transistor. "When I thought...

Coaches frustrated after ESPN botches NCAA bracket rollout

Mar. 19, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Geno Auriemma was sitting in his office after practice Monday when UConn's video coordinator came in and said he had the entire NCAA Tournament women's bracket. At first, Auriemma thought it was a fake. After studying it for a few minutes, the Hall of Fame coach knew it was the real thing,...

Robin Roberts hosting first night of NFL draft on ABC

Mar. 18, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

Robin Roberts is returning to sports for one night, hosting ABC's coverage of the first round of the NFL draft on April 25. The "Good Morning America" co-host was with ESPN from 1990 until 2005. She helped cover the draft and was a regular part of "NFL PrimeTime." While ESPN's broadcast will focus on the Xs and...

Made for TV NCAAs: Louisville-Minnesota hits Pitino intrigue

Mar. 18, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Richard Pitino sat calmly in the middle of the room, his eager players flanking him and his restless children in front of him on the floor, as the teams with NCAA Tournament bids flashed on a big screen. There went Louisville, an awfully familiar name. Next came Minnesota, his current...

The Latest: UNC Greensboro bumped by Oregon from NCAA

Mar. 17, 2019 9:37 PM EDT

The Latest on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament (all times local): 9:32 p.m. It turns out the Southern Conference nearly got its first at-large bid to the tournament. UNC Greensboro was the first team listed of the first four that missed the field on the CBS selection show. And David Worlock, the NCAA...