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Kelsey Plum goes No. 1 in WNBA draft

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kelsey Plum went first in the WNBA draft Thursday. Then, South Carolina took over. Plum was taken No. 1 by the San Antonio Stars. The Washington guard finished her college career with an NCAA-record 3,527 points. The Stars had the worst ...

LEADING OFF: Braves open new park, Moreland near double mark

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ WELCOME, Y'ALL! The Atlanta Braves open their new SunTrust Park, hosting San Diego at night. A sellout crowd of about 41,000 is expected to see the stadium that replaced Turner Field, the Braves' home for ...

Twins avoid sweep with 11-5 rout of Tigers

By Noah Trister AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — When Jordan Zimmermann started walking people in a rare display of wildness, the Minnesota Twins were ready to capitalize. Max Kepler, Miguel Sano and Robbie Grossman all homered for Minnesota, and the Twins routed the Detroit Tigers 11-5 ...

Blues’ Allen ‘amazing to watch’ in Game 1 win vs. Wild

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Just three months ago, when the St. Louis Blues departed for a road trip, Jake Allen was left behind for a mental break. These days, their 26-year-old goaltender better be at the top of the packing list. With a career-high 51 ...

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies

The Associated Press Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, one of the NFL’s most influential and popular executives, has died. He was 84. Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said Rooney died Thursday. No further details were immediately available. Rooney took over operation of the team ...

Robertson endorses Westbrook for MVP

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oscar Robertson endorsed Russell Westbrook for the Most Valuable Player award before the Thunder's regular-season finale against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. Westbrook broke Robertson's single-season record for triple-doubles ...

Gretzky buzzing over McDavid, Matthews’ NHL playoff debuts

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer It's 2005-06 all over again for Wayne Gretzky when it comes to youngsters Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews making their NHL playoff debuts. The Great One couldn't help but share his enthusiasm in a text to The Associated Press, comparing McDavid and ...

Braves’ new park finally set for real test in home opener

By CHARLES ODUM, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves' new stadium is ready for its first real unveiling. The Braves' new team remains an unfinished work. A sellout crowd will be watching when the Braves finally play their first regular-season game in SunTrust Park against ...

Australia defends its world title in men’s team pursuit

By BRIDGETTE HALL, Associated Press HONG KONG (AP) — Australia defended its title in the men's team pursuit on Thursday at the world track cycling championships. Sam Welsford, Cameron Meyer, Alexander Porter and Nicholas Yallouris won in 3 minutes, 51.503 seconds, beating last year's ...

Wolves lose season finale

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had his 22nd triple-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists to help the Houston Rockets wrap up the regular season with a 123-118 victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. The MVP contender ...

St. Louis sues NFL, teams over Rams relocation to LA

By Jim Salter Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — The city of St. Louis filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the National Football League over the Rams’ relocation to Los Angeles, alleging the league violated its own relocation guidelines and enriched itself at the expense of the community ...

Companies vie to remake Seattle arena to attract NHL, NBA

SEATTLE (AP) — Two arena companies have pitched multi-million plans to remake Seattle’s KeyArena into a premier entertainment venue that’s ready for an NBA or NHL team. Seattle has so far received two proposals ahead of Wednesday’s 5 p.m. PDT deadline for bids to renovate the ...

Romine’s grand slam lifts Tigers to 5-3 win vs. Twins

By Noah Trister AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — The moment he made contact, Andrew Romine could tell he had a chance at his first career grand slam. “I could feel it. I hit it on the barrel,” the Detroit utilityman said. “It was a matter of whether it was going to stay fair. Once ...

Final day of NBA season will decide some seeds, matchups

By The Associated Press There will be final-night intrigue in the NBA. The two remaining playoff berths will be decided, along with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and the site for Game 1 of the series that starts this weekend between the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers. Most ...

LEADING OFF: Healthy Scherzer up in DC, Posey to DL

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ DEALING IN D.C. NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer makes his first start at Nationals Park this season in a game against the Cardinals. The Nats ace was exceptional at home last year, going 8-3 with a ...

Notre Dame defense getting a makeover from new coordinator

By MATT FORTUNA, Associated Press SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Coach Brian Kelly says visitors won't be able to decipher much about Notre Dame's defense this spring. With new coordinator Mike Elko aboard, that's kind of the point. Elko, the 39-year-old hired from Wake Forest this offseason, has ...

Romo’s honorary Mav day turns spectacle for final home game

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — Tony Romo couldn't say no when Dirk Nowitzki asked the retiring Dallas Cowboys quarterback to join the Mavericks as an honorary teammate for a day. Now it's turned into a scene, with dozens of media members showing up for a morning ...

Wil Myers hits for cycle as Padres beat Rockies 5-3

By MICHAEL KELLY, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Andy Green started screaming "three!" the moment Wil Myers ripped a line drive to the left-center gap leading off the eighth inning. The San Diego slugger couldn't hear his manager because he was yelling, too. Sort of. "I was screaming three ...

Jazz end Warriors’ 14-game win streak with 105-99 victory

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Outside of giving Kevin Durant some additional time on the court, Golden State coach Steve Kerr thought it was more important to rest his starters in the fourth quarter than try to extend the longest winning streak in the NBA this ...

LEADING OFF: Banner day at Wrigley Field; Verlander vs Sale

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BANNER DAY In a home opener unlike any other at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs will raise a banner as defending World Series champions for the first time since they moved into the venerable ballpark more ...