National Sports

NCAA Tournament primed to top itself again

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer The NCAA Tournament somehow seems to be getting better every year, almost as if each bracket is extending from the previous one. Last year was one of the maddest of Marches, starting with Maryland-Baltimore County becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a ...

Oats has Buffalo shedding basketball’s mid-major label

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo coach Nate Oats was so caught up in the possibility of facing his former boss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the significance of the West Region's top-seeded team initially escaped him on Selection Sunday. "You know, I ...

AP source: Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year deal

By The Associated Press undefined Mike Trout is about to cash in. Big time. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations ...

Belmont gets 1st NCAA tourney win, tops Temple in First Four

By The Associated Press undefined DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Kevin McClain scored 29 points and led the decisive second-half run as Belmont got its first NCAA Tournament win, pulling away to an 81-70 victory Tuesday night and ending Temple coach Fran Dunphy's career in the First Four. The ...

Raiders sign LB Vontaze Burfict after release by Bengals

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The move Tuesday puts Burfict on a new team one day after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he spent his first seven seasons. During his time with Cincinnati, Burfict was repeatedly suspended by ...

New rules likely coming but not to replay

By ARNIE STAPLETON AP Pro Football Writer DENVER (AP) — In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer. Officiating is especially a hot topic around the league after a ...

Early reveal UConn women not top seed; Baylor No. 1 overall

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer Everyone got an early look at the women's NCAA Tournament bracket, revealing that UConn isn't a No. 1 seed for the first time since 2006. The accidental early release of the 64-team bracket by ESPN just provided a couple of extra hours for the 11-time ...

Spurs extend streak to 9 straight, beat Warriors 111-105

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonia Spurs aren't concerned with making statements. They just want to pile up as many victories as they can late in the season. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds ...

Capitals’ signing of Snively is evidence of Ovechkin effect

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Joe Snively cheered for the Washington Capitals growing up and played his youth hockey at their practice facility as part of the Little Caps program. Soon, he could be playing for the big Capitals. Snively on Monday signed a two-year, ...

Kang, Gonzalez win starting jobs in Pirates’ infield

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jung Ho Kang and Erik Gonzalez have won starting jobs in the infield with the Pittsburgh Pirates. General manager Neal Huntington said Monday that Kang has beaten out Colin Moran at third base and Erik Gonzalez has won the shortstop competition over Kevin Newman. "It ...

Trio of top seeds puts ACC in the spotlight

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer The Atlantic Coast Conference comes into the NCAA Tournament with three No. 1 seeds. Putting three teams in the Final Four is a different matter. The last time one league had three teams in the national semifinals was 1985, the year the field expanded to 64 ...

Embiid, 76ers overcome Antetokounmpo’s 52 to beat Bucks

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 52 points, but Joel Embiid had 40 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Milwaukee Bucks 130-125 on Sunday. Antetokounmpo was 15 of 26 from the field, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range, and made 19 of 21 ...

Gonzaga earns No. 1 seed in NCAA West Region

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gonzaga had its 21-game winning streak end in the West Coast Conference tournament title game. The loss to Saint Mary's was not enough to make the NCAA Tournament selection committee move the top-ranked Bulldogs off the No. 1 ...

McIlroy emerges from wild day to win Players Championship

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — His best swing was followed by his biggest drive, both setting up birdies, and from there Rory McIlroy knew how to finish. Suddenly staked to a one-shot lead, McIlroy had a 125-yard walk along the water to the 17th hole to face ...

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

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer 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 ...

Biden’s verbal slip about campaign draws Democrats’ cheers

BY BRIAN SLODYSKO Associated Press DOVER, Del. (AP) — Did Joe Biden accidentally reveal his plans to run for the White House? Or was it just another slip of the tongue by the former vice president with a reputation for veering off script? In a keynote speech at a dinner for the Delaware ...

Rescues, evacuations as floodwaters breach levees in Midwest

By MARGERY A. BECK Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Authorities were using boats and large vehicles on Saturday to rescue and evacuate residents in parts of the Midwest where a recent deluge of rainwater and snowmelt was sent pouring over frozen ground, overwhelming creeks and rivers, and ...

Gillibrand in 2020 Democratic race as full-fledged candidate

By JUANA SUMMERS Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand formally joined the 2020 White House race on Sunday and previewed the hard line she will take against President Donald Trump by announcing a rally outside one of his signature Manhattan properties. She had ...

Where eagles flirt: A DC tale of love, loss and raccoons

BY ASHRAF KHALIL Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a tale with everything you'd need for a soap opera: star-crossed lovers, a stable relationship threatened by younger suitors, pregnancy and loss, and a hungry raccoon. Washingtonians, along with a global community of eagle-watchers, ...

Some lawmakers worry about allowing sports bets on phones

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — For states looking to profit off the new world of legal sports betting, there's an app for that. The question for state lawmakers: Should they allow it? As state legislatures across the U.S. decide whether to ...