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LEADING OFF: 3 games on opening day, capped by Cubs-Cards

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ OPENING DAY Chris Archer is set to throw the first pitch of the 2017 season when Tampa Bay hosts the Yankees at Tropicana Field. An All-Star in 2015, Archer wound up with 19 losses last year, tied with James ...

LA, Paris head to 2024 Olympics event unsure of IOC’s goal

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — As the IOC moves the goalposts in the 2024 Olympic contest, bid leaders from Los Angeles and Paris head to a campaign event in Denmark on Tuesday unsure of exactly what they are shooting for. While both cities are bidding for the 2024 Games, ...

Resilient Zags head to title game in first Final Four

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Gonzaga watched big man Przemek Karnowski fall to the floor in a heap and holding his eye as he headed to the locker room. The Zags saw a 14-point lead evaporate in a South Carolina flurry and traded punches with the Gamecocks ...

Meeks’ huge game carries Tar Heels back to NCAA title game

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kennedy Meeks relentlessly attacked the boards, posting up deep in the paint and playing with an aggressive edge that hasn't always been there through his North Carolina career. The Tar Heels needed every bit of it, too, to survive ...

Spieth returns to a green jacket and a bad memory

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The drive home from Augusta National was quiet, a rarity when Jordan Spieth is in the car. He was wearing a blue shirt, not a green jacket. It wasn't supposed to be this way. Only three hours earlier on Sunday at the Masters, he was ...

BASEBALL 2017: New digs in Atlanta, eggs on hot dogs in KC

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — When Chris Archer throws the first pitch of the 2017 Major League Baseball season on Sunday, he'll unleash all sorts of possibilities. Can MVP Kris Bryant and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs repeat? Will home runs stay on the upswing? ...

Emmert: NCAA will decide next week whether to return to NC

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — NCAA leaders need a few days to digest the new law that will replace North Carolina's so-called "bathroom bill" before deciding whether to bring March Madness and other championship sporting events back to the Tar Heel ...

Auriemma, VanDerveer differ on decline in female coaches

DALLAS (AP) — UConn's Geno Auriemma and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer have differing theories for why the number of female coaches for Division I women's teams has declined over nearly a decade. Auriemma said Thursday on the eve of his 10th straight Final Four that women have more opportunities ...

Cards GM says Molina deal “not done” but he’s “optimistic”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he's "hopeful" to have a new contract for Yadier Molina before opening day but said a deal was "not done" as of Thursday night. Molina homered in a game against St. Louis' top minor league affiliate while reports ...

Treinen gets Nats’ closer job; Pelfrey cut

By The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Blake Treinen will begin the season as Washington's closer, even though he has only one big league save. After the Nationals lost Mark Melancon to the San Francisco Giants in free agency, Treinen won the job over Shawn Kelley and Koda ...

Stalock beats Senators for 1st win with Wild in 5-1 game

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Alex Stalock won his first NHL start in over a year, Nino Niederreiter had two goals and the Minnesota Wild beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Thursday night to end a four-game skid. Stalock stopped 18 shots in his first start for the ...

AP Top 25 polls highlight Top 100 all-time in college hoops

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer It all started in 1949 with Saint Louis on top. And 68 years later, The Associated Press college basketball poll has ranked a total of 200 schools through more than 1,100 polls — 59 at No. 1. Now, for the first time, the AP is using that data to go ...

John Wooden’s UCLA set standard for being No. 1 in AP poll

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer The programs that bleed blue have dominated when it comes to being No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll — though the shades of the color have varied. UCLA has been the most frequent No. 1 in the AP ranking with 134 appearances at ...

NCAA academic case hovers over UNC at another Final Four

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham has stopped trying to project when the NCAA case tied to the school's multi-year academic scandal will reach a conclusion. That's because procedural hurdles, delays, even the ...

Cardinals’ Arians would love to get a young QB ready

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians knows that time is running short for finding an heir to quarterback Carson Palmer. But Arians said that pick is not necessarily imminent "because I wouldn't say it's Carson's last year." "Just like (Tom) ...

Mets’ Familia suspended 15 games for domestic violence

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer New York Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. The suspension, announced Wednesday, is the fifth and least severe ...

Dantonio says MSU ‘extremely concerned’ about allegations

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With his program embroiled in a sexual assault investigation, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio decided more conventional questions about spring practice would have to wait. There are far more serious issues facing the Spartans ...

Gamecocks’ Frank Martin: New perceptions of him ‘comical’

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin believes he's the same straight-forward, open book he has always been, though perceptions of him have changed with the Gamecocks' run to the Final Four. "How the stories have changed that I'm a ...

Bagwell tours the Hall of Fame as his big day approaches

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Four months away from the big day, Jeff Bagwell studied the 300 bronze images of the greatest names in baseball history that surrounded him. "Surreal," he said. The former Houston Astros first baseman found that he kept repeating himself Tuesday morning as he sat in ...

Harry Giles leaves Duke after 1 year to enter NBA draft

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke forward Harry Giles is entering the NBA draft following a freshman season that was slowed due to knee surgery. Giles announced his decision Tuesday, and team spokesman Cory Walton says he plans to hire an agent. That means Giles won't have the option to return for ...