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Knockout artists: Golovkin, Jacobs vie for middleweight belt

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Some believe Saturday night's middleweight unification bout will go the distance. Not many, though. The odds of Gennady Golovkin and Danny Jacobs both standing after 12 rounds aren't good. Golovkin has won 33 of his 36 fights by knockout, ...

Penguins Ron Hainsey sidelined with upper-body injury

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The depleted Pittsburgh Penguins defense has taken another hit. Coach Mike Sullivan says defenseman Ron Hainsey is week-to-week with an upper-body injury. The Penguins acquired the 35-year-old Hainsey just before the trade deadline. Hainsey has one assist in 10 games since ...

Notre Dame, West Virginia renew former Big East rivalry

By The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — No. 4 seed West Virginia (27-8) vs. No. 5 seed Notre Dame (26-9) Second round, West region; Buffalo, New York, 12:10 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Former Big East rivals meet for first time in the NCAA Tournament and in first meeting since Fighting ...

A look at Thursday’s opening day of the NCAA Tournament

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer A look at some interesting things in Thursday's opening round the NCAA Tournament: ___ CHANCE TO REPEAT Villanova comes into the tournament not only as the overall No. 1 seed but as defending champion. No champion has repeated since Florida in ...

A week of celebrating the King awaits at Bay Hill

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Arnold Palmer Invitational is more than just a tournament this year. It's an event. Palmer died on Sept. 25 of heart complications. The public funeral service was held on Oct. 4, two days after the Ryder Cup. Palmer would not have ...

Ramirez’ new home a far cry from the bright lights of Tokyo

By JIM ARMSTRONG, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Manny Ramirez is set to begin the next chapter of his baseball odyssey by playing for the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan's independent Shikoku Island League. Ramirez is no stranger to far-flung outposts, having put in a brief stint in Taiwan in ...

A look at what could happen in the women’s NCAA Tournament

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It's been pretty easy to pick UConn to win the title the last few years. While the path may be more difficult this season, the result will be the same. The question is what will happen in the other 57 games in the women's bracket that ...

Federer beats Nadal, Djokovic loses at Indian Wells

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Roger Federer defeated Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-3 at the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday in a fourth-round match that saw the longtime rivals meeting much earlier in a tournament than usual. Federer broke Nadal four times in advancing to ...

Jones, Hosmer homer to lift US to 4-2 win vs Venezuela

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — On a night when well-hit balls died on the warning track, Petco Park finally yielded to a hometown favorite and the All-Star Game MVP. Adam Jones hit a tying home run leading off the eighth inning and Eric Hosmer added a two-run shot three ...

Flames edge Pens in SO, tie team mark with 10th straight win

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Kris Versteeg and the Calgary Flames tied a team record Monday night that was set long before any of their current players were born. Versteeg had two assists and scored the shootout winner as the Flames beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins 4-3 ...

Old K-State foe Danny Manning has Wake Forest in First Four

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Whenever John Collins mentions that he plays for Wake Forest, he usually gets a question about his famous coach. Everybody wants to know about Danny and The Miracles . Danny Manning led Kansas to the 1988 national title, knocking off Kansas ...

Barton, Murray each score 22, Nuggets beat Lakers 129-101

By DENNIS GEORGATOS, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Will Barton was back in the role of sparkplug for the Denver Nuggets. The struggling sixth man scored 22 points, as did Jamal Murray, and the Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers 129-101 on Monday night to match a season high with their ...

Longtime Knicks broadcaster John Andariese dies at 78

NEW YORK (AP) — John Andariese, a New York Knicks broadcaster for more than 35 years, died Monday. He was 78. The Knicks confirmed Andariese's death, but did not provide a cause. A star player at Fordham and member of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, Andariese started as a Knicks ...

Rockies’ Desmond needs hand surgery, no return date set

By The Associated Press The Colorado Rockies now need a second plan for first base. Rockies newcomer Ian Desmond will have surgery on his broken left hand, the team said Monday without announcing a timetable for his return. Desmond was injured Sunday when he was hit by a pitch from ...

Kerber survives 3-set marathon at hot Indian Wells

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Poised to return to the top spot in next week's world rankings, Angelique Kerber narrowly avoided an upset at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. Kerber outlasted Pauline Parmentier of France 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the third round when ...

March Madness: Tears, double takes, and then Northwestern

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National Writer There were tears in Syracuse, head-scratching about Duke and more than a few double takes at Wichita State. At Northwestern, they simply celebrated. On a Selection Sunday that was more about minor quibbles than pure outrage, Northwestern's first trip to the ...

Things to know about NCAA tourney: More upsets, rematch?

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Basketball Writer There are 67 games to be played over the next three weeks to determine the next national champion, a magical time known as the NCAA Tournament. So what's in store in 2017? Is there any way to top the madness of last year's tournament filled with ...

Marathon to a sprint: NBA regular season enters final month

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer The marathon that is the NBA regular season is headed toward its final sprint. With less than a month remaining until the final night of the season on April 12, the races for MVP and Rookie of the Year are wide open, and there is seemingly no clear-cut ...

Kyle Busch-Joey Logano brawl brings buzz to NASCAR Cup

By MIKE CRANSTON, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The introduction of stage racing has so far provided the intended effect of spicing up the NASCAR Cup Series. But nothing beats a good old-fashioned brawl to get everyone buzzing. Martin Truex Jr. wasn't immune. After taking advantage of ...

Disrespected Big 10 can ‘make some noise’ in NCAA Tournament

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — A season of criticism for not having elite teams has made the Big Ten feel like the Big Disrespected. Perhaps that's about to change. The conference has seven teams in the NCAA Tournament, second only to the ACC's nine. After ...