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Giants manager Bruce Bochy to retire after this season

Feb. 18, 2019 3:32 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Bruce Bochy has always managed with his gut. Those same instincts told him it's nearly time to retire. Bochy announced Monday this will be his last season managing the San Francisco Giants, his 25th as a big league manager. He told the team before Monday's spring training workout...

Duke reclaims No. 1 in AP Top 25; Tennessee falls to fifth

Feb. 18, 2019 1:30 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke keeps finding its way back to No. 1. The Blue Devils reclaimed the top spot in Monday's AP Top 25, the third time this season they've reached No. 1. Duke earned 58 of 64 first-place votes to climb one spot and replace Tennessee, which had spent four weeks at No. 1 but fell to...

Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costs

Feb. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Players' union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred's assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market...

Team LeBron rallies to beat Team Giannis, 178-164

Feb. 18, 2019 12:34 AM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LeBron James was trading lob passes with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Catching lobs from former teammate Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word. Oh, this mattered to James...

Joe Gibbs dedicates Daytona 500 victory to late son

Feb. 18, 2019 2:17 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Joe Gibbs closed his eyes during a tribute lap for his late son, while crew members raised a banner to honor the co-founder of Joe Gibbs Racing. J.D. Gibbs had been hand-picked by his father to run the organization, changed tires during the early seasons, had a brief stint as a...

Column: Daytona 500 was action-packed opener NASCAR needed

Feb. 18, 2019 11:46 AM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jim France told 'em to race and NASCAR's next generation didn't disappoint. The Daytona 500 packed an unforeseen punch that, if nothing else, entertained Sunday's sun-drenched, sold-out crowd at the famed "World Center of Racing." There were a ton of wrecks, especially during the...

Rice women ranked for first time in school history

Feb. 18, 2019 2:42 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Tina Langley had a vision when she took over Rice's women's basketball program four years ago. The Owls have been steadily improving every season and now can add an appearance in the AP Top 25 to their achievements. Rice entered The Associated Press women's basketball poll for the first...

J.B. Holmes rallies to win a marathon finish at Riviera

Feb. 17, 2019 10:04 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A marathon finish was only part of the challenge facing J.B. Holmes. He also had to contend with a four-shot deficit against Justin Thomas on greens that were increasingly bumpy with so many footprints over nine hours, and wind that made Riviera tougher than ever. With one good break,...

Pitch clock coming for spring training games

Feb. 17, 2019 9:51 PM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market. With the sport looking for ways to speed the pace of play, pitchers generally will have 20 seconds to...

Sports' future in balance as Semenya-IAAF showdown opens

Feb. 18, 2019 2:51 PM EST

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The longtime standoff between Olympic champion Caster Semenya and track and field's governing body over issues of gender, hormones and performance in sports reached a pivotal phase on Monday as a key tribunal began hosting a planned five-day hearing in a case that could have...

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Pineda hopes to return with Twins after 1½-season layoff

Feb. 18, 2019 4:28 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Michael Pineda thinks he'll be ready to return to the major leagues with the Minnesota Twins after a layoff of 1½ seasons. Pineda needed Tommy John surgery in 2017 while with the New York Yankees. He signed with the Twins in December 2017 and as he neared a return late last...

Sabres' Okposo sent home 3 days after being punched in face

Feb. 18, 2019 4:24 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo has been sent home for further medical evaluation three days after being punched in the face during a fight with the New York Rangers' Tony DeAngelo. Coach Phil Housley gave no details on Okposo's condition in providing the update after the Sabres...

Royals looking to build on strong finish to 2018

Feb. 18, 2019 4:22 PM EST

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals lost 104 games in 2018 despite finishing the season 20-14. They hope they can begin this season like they ended the last one, and not the way they've started in recent years. "These guys made a lot of progress from the middle of August all through September,"...

Retired judge suggested as mediator in Ohio State lawsuits

Feb. 18, 2019 4:20 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Men who brought one of two lawsuits alleging Ohio State ignored or failed to stop a team doctor's sexual misconduct are proposing another possible mediator after the university and plaintiffs couldn't agree . In a court filing Monday, lawyers for some plaintiffs suggested a retired...

Harper, Machado chatter looms over Padres camp

Feb. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EST

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Eric Hosmer knows what Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are dealing as spring training hits its stride. Hosmer was a free agent last offseason and signed with the Padres after spring training began. He said players need to be patient while researching a team before making a decision. The...

Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costs

Feb. 18, 2019 4:07 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Players' union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred's assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market...

Rockies moving All-Star Charlie Blackmon to right field

Feb. 18, 2019 3:56 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It may not seem right, but Charlie Blackmon will be in right field for Colorado this season. Blackmon, a four-time All-Star who has anchored center field for the Rockies since 2014 and has played more games there than anyone else in franchise history, said Monday he spoke to...

Arraignment postponed for New Mexico ex-athletic director

Feb. 18, 2019 3:55 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An arraignment for former University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs who is facing fraud and money laundering charges has been postponed. State District Judge Stan Whitaker pushed back the arraignment on Monday to Friday after raising concerns over the method the New...

Moreno says Angels have had internal talks on new Trout deal

Feb. 18, 2019 3:41 PM EST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno said the team has had internal discussions regarding a new contract for outfielder Mike Trout, who can become a free agent after the 2020 season. The two-time AL MVP is owed $33.25 million in each of the next two seasons, completing a $144.5 million,...

Jorge Posada on joining Marlins: 'Perfect timing'

Feb. 18, 2019 3:34 PM EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A black cap with the Miami Marlins' new neon logo sat atop Jorge Posada's graying hair Monday, a jarring sight for fans who recall he spent his entire playing career with the New York Yankees. But Posada switched allegiances to return to the majors, and he's at spring training as a...