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LEADING OFF: Cubs and Yankees try again, Shoemaker returns

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ TRY AGAIN The World Series champion Cubs go again after their first win as former Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta starts in St. Louis against Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals beat Chicago in the opener at ...

As the NBA season winds down, so many races are undecided

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer With just over a week left in the NBA regular season, there's still a ton to be decided before the playoff field is set. In the East, four spots remain unclaimed. In the West, two are up for grabs. And while some seedings look wrapped up, none are ...

Fouls, misses make for no flow in March Madness finale

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The sounds of the NCAA Championship game were whistles and moans. It just never seemed there was a flow to the game that North Carolina won 71-65 on Monday night for its sixth national title. Each team had 22 fouls but it was ...

NHL’s Olympic decision also big news at women’s tournament

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — The NHL's announcement that it would not participate in the 2018 Olympics was a newsworthy topic at another big international hockey tournament — the women's world championship. "I think the whole world's following that, obviously," ...

Williams humbly passes Smith, joins elite coaching company

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Roy Williams was simply not having it. No matter how many NCAA championships the North Carolina coach wins, no matter what the record book says, Williams will never see himself as measuring up to his former boss, longtime ...

LEADING OFF: Beltran, Encarnacion, Eaton open in new spots

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ WELCOME A bunch of familiar faces will be in new places for opening day. Among them: Carlos Beltran, Brian McCann and Josh Reddick of the Astros, Edwin Encarnacion for Cleveland, Adam Eaton in Washington, ...

Brandon Jennings: Warriors tried to embarrass Wizards

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Washington guard Brandon Jennings accused Golden State of trying to embarrass the Wizards in Sunday night's 139-115 loss. Jennings also didn't back down after shoving JaVale McGee after the Warriors backup center shot a 3-pointer ...

Females are facing an off-ice fight at all levels of hockey

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — The best women's hockey players in the U.S. can now make a living playing the sport they love thanks to a landmark agreement with USA Hockey reached after a threat to boycott the world championship. The deal will likely help their ...

New closer, same result: Giants blow lead, lose to D-backs

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Two big swings from Madison Bumgarner were undone by another bullpen meltdown in a wild opener for the San Francisco Giants that looked an awful lot like last season. Chris Owings singled home the winning run and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored ...

Molina, Cardinals add $60M over 3 years through 2020

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — When it was over, when the numbers were finalized and the contract was ready, Yadier Molina cried. Tears of joy. Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals announced a new deal Sunday that adds $60 million over three seasons through 2020, increasing ...

Cubs, Maddon become first to use no-pitch intentional walk

By The Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon became the first manager to call for a no-pitch intentional walk, using the rule that was adopted by Major League Baseball in St. Louis' 4-3 win on Sunday night. Maddon had left hander Mike Montgomery intentionally ...

Big game in Boston: Celtics-Cavs for East No. 1 Wednesday

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Big games in Boston have been part of so many NBA spring times, and the Celtics are about to host the next one. Beat Cleveland on Wednesday and the Celtics will take the Eastern Conference lead into the final week of the regular season. ...

Darvish gets his 1st Rangers opener against AL champ Indians

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish is getting the start he's never had with the Texas Rangers. Darvish will be on the mound on opening day for the Rangers for the first time Monday. The two-time defending AL West champions take on the American League ...

Roberto Perez, Indians agree to $9 million, 4-year contract

CLEVELAND (AP) — Catcher Roberto Perez and the Cleveland Indians have agreed to a $9 million, four-year contract that includes club options for 2021 and 2022. After spending nearly three months on the disabled list following thumb surgery, Perez became a key contributor last season during ...

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? ...