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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman practices his sliding technique using the new sliding matts on the team's agility field during spring training on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, in North Port, Fla. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Braves' Freeman says elbow OK, hopes to play next week

Feb. 27, 2020 9:26 AM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago. The four-time All-Star had three loose bodies removed from his elbow in October to address years-long pain that...

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs center Trey Lyles (41) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Doncic, Porzingis power Mavericks by slumping Spurs, 109-103

Feb. 27, 2020 12:08 AM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks were not rattled when a disastrous start to the fourth quarter threatened to dismantle a game they thoroughly dominated to that point. Having Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis on offense tends to ease such tension. Doncic had 26 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds,...

Florida guard Keyontae Johnson (11) catches the ball above the rim and slams it down after a pass from teammate Tre Mann (1) during an NCAA college basketball game against LSU, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 in Gainesville, Fla.  (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP)

Career nights for Johnson, Lewis as Florida thumps LSU 81-66

Feb. 26, 2020 11:45 PM EST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida coach Mike White challenged Keyontae Johnson before the tip, asking the sophomore forward whether he could "play hard for the seventh game in a row.” Johnson responded with another double-double — and a career night. Johnson had a career-high 25 points to go...

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jordan McLaughlin (6) and forward Juancho Hernangomez (41) celebrate in the final seconds of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Timberwolves rally late, shock Heat 129-126

Feb. 26, 2020 11:20 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Heat get leads. They just can't hold them. And this time, the Minnesota Timberwolves were the beneficiaries of another late-game collapse. Jordan McLaughlin’s layup with just under nine seconds left put Minnesota ahead for good, D’Angelo Russell led all scorers with 27...

South Florida beats East Carolina in 73-68 in OT

Feb. 26, 2020 9:44 PM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Justin Brown scored five of his 18 points in overtime to lift South Florida to a 73-68 victory over East Carolina on Wednesday night. Capping a second half that featured six ties and five lead changes, the Pirates' Tremont Robinson-White made a layup to even the score at 59 with 24...

Houston Astros infielder Alex Bregman prepares to face Josh James as James pitched a live batting practice during baseball spring training Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Karen Warren/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Bregman becomes 7th Astros player hit by pitch in 5 games

Feb. 26, 2020 8:10 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston's Alex Bregman was hit on the back by a breaking ball from St. Louis reliever Ramon Santos on Wednesday, the seventh Astros player plunked in five spring training games. “It was a splitter,” Bregman said. “It just got away from him.” Some...

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Kwang-Hyun Kim throws during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Jupiter, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Kim works two perfect innings in debut as Cardinals starter

Feb. 26, 2020 8:04 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Nervous or not, South Korean star Kwang Hyun Kim is proving problematic for major league hitters. The 31-year-old left-hander retired all six Miami batters he faced in his first Grapefruit League start for the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. It came after he threw one shutout inning...

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins' Miguel Sano rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the New York Yankees during the sixth inning of Game 1 of an American League Division Series baseball game in New York. The Twins enter spring training emboldened by their 101-win season in 2019. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

A Minny switch: Sano moves across diamond for Donaldson

Feb. 26, 2020 6:58 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — For the Twins to land free agent Josh Donaldson, Miguel Sano knew what would be asked of him. He didn't hesitate. Instead, Sano sent a video to Donaldson, lobbying the 2015 American League MVP to join the Twins. The key to Sano's pitch: He would happily move across the infield to...

Tebow will play for Philippines in World Baseball Classic

Feb. 26, 2020 6:39 PM EST

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Tim Tebow is set to swing into action for a new team. The New York Mets minor league outfielder and former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will play for the Philippines next month in the World Baseball Classic. Tebow was born in the Philippines in 1987 when his parents were...

Inter Miami CF co-owners Jorge Mas, left, and David Beckham, are interviewed during the Major League Soccer 25th Season kickoff event, in New York, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Beckham's Miami MLS team to kick off after 7 years of twists

Feb. 26, 2020 6:29 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Used to bending free kicks for goals, David Beckham was not prepared for seven years of twists en route to his team's Major League Soccer debut this weekend. "This I always knew was going to be a challenge. I didn't realize how big of a challenge it was going to be," the former England...