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Spoilers! Baylor tops women's NCAA field as bracket leaks

Mar. 18, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the No. 1 seeds in the women's NCAA Tournament, leading a March Madness field that was revealed early thanks to a production error. The bracket was mistakenly put out by ESPN hours before the network had scheduled its selection show....

Board work, 3-point shot could fuel upsets of top NCAA seeds

Mar. 18, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — This year's NCAA Tournament features a top tier of teams that are heavy Final Four favorites, starting with No. 1 overall seed Duke and star freshman Zion Williamson. Figuring out how to stop them won't be easy. Gonzaga joined the Atlantic Coast Conference trio of Duke, Virginia and...

Opening day intrigue: Ichiro keeps 'em guessing about future

Mar. 18, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — This is the Ichiro effect. Richard Snitzer had never been to Japan. What finally drove the Japanese-American to travel here from his home in Hayward, California, was Ichiro Suzuki; not family ties, not pure wanderlust, but a chance to see a player he called "simply the best." And get this....

Duke back on top; ACC sits 1-2-3 atop final AP Top 25

Mar. 18, 2019 1:51 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke has a No. 1 ranking in the AP Top 25 again to go with its top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils are back on top followed by Virginia and North Carolina to give the Atlantic Coast Conference a 1-2-3 showing in the final AP Top 25 poll this season. The Blue Devils...

76ers' Embiid hates the Celtics, now he needs to beat them

Mar. 18, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

In this era of players wanting to join up with other players, or even just being friendlier with some opponents than guys on their own teams, it's nice to know there is still some good, old-fashioned hatred in the NBA. Yes, Joel Embiid hates the Celtics. He hates Boston so much that he got fined $25,000 last time...

McIlroy blocks out noise and hits his stride

Mar. 18, 2019 1:05 PM EDT

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy managed to block out all the noise, all the distractions, and this was long before he even reached the pivotal three-hole finish at the TPC Sawgrass to win The Players Championship. McIlroy, more than any other player, has been looked upon as golf's next big...

Temple's Dunphy begins last go-around at First Four

Mar. 18, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Fran Dunphy stood courtside with arms crossed, clutching a sheet of notes in his left hand, as the Temple Owls made layups to start practice. The school fight song played over the public address system at the University of Dayton, a place where the 70-year-old coach has known heartache...

Union head praises Jays for raising minor league pay by half

Mar. 18, 2019 7:14 PM EDT

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Union head Tony Clark lauded the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for giving minor league players a 50 percent raise, and he hopes other clubs do the same. Representatives from the players' association visited the Blue Jays spring training camp a day after The Athletic reported the team...

Bengals release oft-suspended LB Vontaze Burfict

Mar. 18, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

The Bengals stuck with linebacker Vontaze Burfict through all his troubles, including a hit to Antonio Brown's head that led to a playoff loss. They finally released him on Monday after a season of below-average performance. During seven seasons with Cincinnati, Burfict was repeatedly suspended by the NFL for...

The West will be wild, but in the end, Duke will win title

Mar. 17, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

Think of the greatest rivalries in college sports. Michigan vs. Ohio State. Alabama vs. Auburn. Miami vs. Florida State. Everybody vs. Notre Dame. Duke vs. North Carolina is as good as any, if not better. They have met in basketball 251 times. They now have a combined 93 NCAA Tournament appearances. They've...

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Kershaw to miss opening day start, snapping 8-year streak

Mar. 18, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw won't be starting for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day, ending his streak of pitching eight straight openers. Manager Dave Roberts announced the decision on Monday. Kershaw has dealt with left shoulder inflammation during spring training, and has yet to pitch in...

MLB '19: Returns for Harper, Machado highlight 2019 schedule

Mar. 18, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

Bryce, Manny and Ichiro. London calling, and Cleveland rocks. Lots of intrigue on the baseball schedule this summer. Here are a handful of dates to mark on the calendar: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20 Seattle Mariners at Oakland Athletics: Ichiro Suzuki returns to his native Japan when Seattle and Oakland open the season...

Reds expect LH Alex Wood to open season on DL

Mar. 18, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds expect left-hander Alex Wood to open the season on the disabled list as he recovers from a sore back that has limited him during spring training. Wood was part of the trade that brought outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to Cincinnati from the Dodgers. He made...

Berhalter shifting Adams to right back, Yedlin to midfield

Mar. 18, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — New U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter announced an intriguing position change after his first training session with the full American player pool, moving Tyler Adams to right back and DeAndre Yedlin to wide midfield. Yedlin, a 25-year-old who is among the veterans retained after the failure...

Michigan State seniors Goins, McQuaid emerge as standouts

Mar. 18, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Kenny Goins walked on at Michigan State, turning down scholarship offers from Mid-American Conference schools. Matt McQuaid signed with the Spartans, changing his mind after committing to play for Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown at SMU. For both players, and coach Tom Izzo, it...

LSU board set to consider Orgeron raise, extension

Mar. 18, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU coach Ed Orgeron is in line for a two-year extension to 2023 and a $500,000 pay raise to $4 million annually, plus incentives, under a proposal drafted by the university's athletic administration. The proposal is subject to approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors at its meeting...

Rockies' Freeland making big pitch for opening day role

Mar. 18, 2019 7:56 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black isn't ready to name his opening day starter. Kyle Freeland is pitching as if he's got the job. Black said Monday he had yet to talk to all of the pitchers about the rotation order. The Rockies open March 28 at Miami. "You know Buddy — he's...

Temple's Dunphy begins last go-around at First Four

Mar. 18, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Fran Dunphy stood courtside with arms crossed, clutching a sheet of notes in his left hand, as the Temple Owls made layups to start practice. The school fight song played over the public address system at the University of Dayton, a place where the 70-year-old coach has known heartache...

Predators' Austin Watson gains reinstatement from NHL

Mar. 18, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has earned reinstatement from the NHL as he enters the follow-up phase of the league's substance abuse program. The league announced Monday that Watson had been returned to available status. Watson began the season on suspension and was...

Redskins sign tackle Ereck Flowers to $4M, 1-year deal

Mar. 18, 2019 7:17 PM EDT

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins have signed offensive tackle Ereck Flowers to a $4 million, one-year contract. Flowers becomes Washington's new swing tackle behind Trent Williams and Morgan Moses after Ty Nsekhe left to sign with the Buffalo Bills. The team announced the deal with Flowers on...