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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...

On Basketball: This first round sorely lacks playoff drama

Apr. 22, 2019 10:26 AM 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...

Country star, Titans coach talk about NFL draft in Nashville

Apr. 22, 2019 8:26 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...

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

Apr. 22, 2019 10:31 AM 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...

Hertl lifts Sharks past Vegas 2-1 in 20T to force Game 7

Apr. 22, 2019 1:23 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — After winning Game 5 at home to avoid elimination, Tomas Hertl vowed the San Jose Sharks would return to SAP Center for a seventh and decisive game in their opening round series with the Vegas Golden Knights. One day later, he clarified it wasn't necessarily a guarantee, but rather a vote...

Road, sweet road! NBA away teams go 8-0 over weekend

Apr. 22, 2019 12:07 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Road, sweet road. There were eight NBA playoff games this weekend, and all eight were won by the road team. It's the first time in NBA history there were eight road playoff wins in a two-day span. "Road wins are the best, especially in the playoffs," Toronto's Kawhi Leonard said. The...

Wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has brain surgery

Apr. 22, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, says she is home after surgery to remove a brain tumor. She says the surgery lasted 12 hours and shared other details Sunday on her Instagram account. Earlier this month, she shared that an MRI showed the tumor after she...

Celtics complete rare sweep by beating Pacers 110-106

Apr. 21, 2019 5:30 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gordon Hayward and Marcus Morris took care of some housecleaning Sunday. They dusted off their 3-point shooting touch in time to help the Boston Celtics complete a clean sweep. Hayward scored 20 points, Morris added 18 and the duo combined for five 3s over the final 5½ minutes to...

Warriors beat LA 113-105, take 3-1 series lead to Bay Area

Apr. 21, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A little scoreboard watching inspired Klay Thompson and Golden State. Seeing Houston up 3-0 on Utah combined with having dropped a game at home, the Warriors got back to business. Kevin Durant scored 33 points and Thompson added 32 in a 113-105 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on...

SEC teams look to find defensive stoppers after draft exodus

Apr. 22, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This week's NFL draft showcases some of the Southeastern Conference's top defensive players from a year ago. It also is a window into the SEC's challenges this year. Last year's Associated Press All-America team featured six defensive linemen or linebackers from the SEC: Alabama's...

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SEC teams look to find defensive stoppers after draft exodus

Apr. 22, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — This week's NFL draft showcases some of the Southeastern Conference's top defensive players from a year ago. It also is a window into the SEC's challenges this year. Last year's Associated Press All-America team featured six defensive linemen or linebackers from the SEC: Alabama's...

Wife of Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford has brain surgery

Apr. 22, 2019 10:45 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Kelly Stafford, the wife of Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, says she is home after surgery to remove a brain tumor. She says the surgery lasted 12 hours and shared other details Sunday on her Instagram account. Earlier this month, she shared that an MRI showed the tumor after she...

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...

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

Apr. 22, 2019 10:31 AM 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 10:26 AM 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...

Former Alaska baseball star killed in California accident

Apr. 22, 2019 9:53 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A former Alaska high school baseball star died after being struck by a car in California, police said. Sladen Mohl, 19, died Thursday night in Torrance, California, The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday. Mohl was standing on an island separating lanes near an intersection when a...

Sofia Kenin helps US beat Switzerland 3-1 in Fed Cup

Apr. 22, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Sofia Kenin and Sloane Stephens won matches to give the United States a 3-1 victory over Switzerland on Sunday in a Fed Cup World Group playoff. Kenin, a late replacement for Madison Keys, beat Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 7-6 (4) to wrap up the match at Freeman Coliseum. The Americans advanced...

Celtics face tough road after sweeping Pacers

Apr. 22, 2019 9:42 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Boston Celtics proved they could be every bit as physical as the Indiana Pacers in the first round of the playoffs. They may need to be even tougher for the rest of the postseason. After delivering the knockout blow to the Pacers with a first-round sweep, the Celtics quickly turned...

Country star, Titans coach talk about NFL draft in Nashville

Apr. 22, 2019 8:26 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...

LEADING OFF: Yelich crunching Cards, Sale slump, deGrom OK?

Apr. 22, 2019 2:06 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: DON'T PITCH TO HIM NL MVP Christian Yelich gets yet another chance to feast on St. Louis pitching when the Brewers visit Busch Stadium. The teams have already played seven times this season — Yelich has eight home runs and 19 RBIs in those matchups, going...