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Kansas freshman Josh Jackson says he is entering NBA draft

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas freshman Josh Jackson has announced he will enter the NBA draft. Jackson, who released a statement on Monday, was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He helped the Jayhawks to a 31-5 record and a berth in the ...

Top seed Celtics carry expectations into matchup with Bulls

By KYLE HIGHTOWER, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Celtics' 17 NBA championship banners hang as daily reminders of the watermark for a successful season. So as much as fourth-year coach Brad Stevens would like to pat his team on the back for claiming the Eastern Conference's top seed, ...

Leonard has 32 points, Spurs rout Grizzlies 111-82 in Game 1

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Playing the Memphis Grizzlies in the postseason keeps bringing out the best in the San Antonio Spurs. Kawhi Leonard matched his postseason high with 32 points and San Antonio rolled to a 111-82 victory over Memphis on Saturday night in ...

Johnson’s drive at buzzer helps Jazz beat LA 97-95 in Game 1

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joe Johnson has seen a lot in his 16 years in the NBA. So the veteran didn't flinch with the clock ticking down and the game tied. All that experience is why the Utah Jazz brought him in this season. It paid off when Johnson drove the ...

Dufner eagles twice to lead RBC Heritage through 3 rounds

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Jason Dufner took more than a solid showing away from the Masters last week. He took inspiration from winner Sergio Garcia. Dufner finished 33rd in the year's first major, things getting away from him late in the final ...

LEADING OFF: Bucs can sweep Cubs, Chapman deals vs Cards

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday: ___ NEW YEAR After going 4-14 against the Cubs last season, the Pirates can take a three-game sweep from Chicago with a win at Wrigley Field. Andrew McCutchen hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during a five-run ...

Curry, KD engage in spontaneous, fierce 3-point shootout

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Steve Kerr paid close attention. Teammates, too. Nobody wanted to miss this impromptu, incredible shooting display by two of the world's best. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant took turns firing 3-pointers from all over the court, some ...

Westbrook vs Harden the highlight when NBA playoffs open

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer Russell Westbrook against James Harden is a sensational start to the NBA postseason. Golden State against Cleveland no longer looks like the certain finish. The playoffs open this weekend, highlighted by a must-see matchup in the first round between ...

NFL officiating chief Dean Blandino resigns

By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Dean Blandino, the NFL officiating director who has overseen rule changes that emphasized player safety, is leaving the league. The 45-year-old Blandino wants to spend more time with his family and explore other opportunities. He has ...

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 ...