National Sports

Emmert: NCAA will decide next week whether to return to NC

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — NCAA leaders need a few days to digest the new law that will replace North Carolina's so-called "bathroom bill" before deciding whether to bring March Madness and other championship sporting events back to the Tar Heel ...

Auriemma, VanDerveer differ on decline in female coaches

DALLAS (AP) — UConn's Geno Auriemma and Stanford's Tara VanDerveer have differing theories for why the number of female coaches for Division I women's teams has declined over nearly a decade. Auriemma said Thursday on the eve of his 10th straight Final Four that women have more opportunities ...

Cards GM says Molina deal “not done” but he’s “optimistic”

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said he's "hopeful" to have a new contract for Yadier Molina before opening day but said a deal was "not done" as of Thursday night. Molina homered in a game against St. Louis' top minor league affiliate while reports ...

Treinen gets Nats’ closer job; Pelfrey cut

By The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Blake Treinen will begin the season as Washington's closer, even though he has only one big league save. After the Nationals lost Mark Melancon to the San Francisco Giants in free agency, Treinen won the job over Shawn Kelley and Koda ...

Fowler shoots 64 for 1-shot lead at Houston Open

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) — Rickie Fowler shot an 8-under 64 for a one-shot lead over Sung Kang after the first round of the Houston Open on Thursday. Fowler had his best round in six appearances at the tournament, topping a previous low score of 68. Fowler overcame damp conditions and a chilly, ...

Penn State trustee low on sympathy for ‘so-called victims’

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State University trustee said he is “running out of sympathy” for “so-called victims” of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky following the conviction of the university’s former president over his handling of a 2001 complaint about ...

TCU routs Georgia Tech for 1st NIT title

By Denis P. Gorman Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Kenrich Williams had 25 points and 12 rebounds, and TCU routed Georgia Tech 88-56 in the NIT championship on Thursday night. TCU opened with a 20-3 run on its way to the program’s first NIT title. Vlad Brodziansky scored 18 points for ...

James passes Shaq for 7th on NBA’s career scoring list

CHICAGO (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has passed Shaquille O’Neal for seventh place on the NBA’s career scoring list. James came into Thursday’s game against the Chicago Bulls with 28,573 points in 14 seasons with Cleveland and Miami. He needed 23 points to tie ...

Kansas’ Frank Mason III, Gonzaga’s Mark Few win AP awards

By Jim O’Connell AP Basketball Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — No piece of hardware could take Frank Mason III’s mind off what could have been. The senior point guard from Kansas received the AP Player of the Year trophy Thursday at the Final Four. He was there without his teammates ...

Rubio scores career-high 33 as Wolves beat Lakers 119-104

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio had a career-high 33 points, 10 assists and five rebounds and Karl-Anthony Towns scored 32 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-104 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Rubio shot 4 of ...

Stalock beats Senators for 1st win with Wild in 5-1 game

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Alex Stalock won his first NHL start in over a year, Nino Niederreiter had two goals and the Minnesota Wild beat the Ottawa Senators 5-1 on Thursday night to end a four-game skid. Stalock stopped 18 shots in his first start for the ...

US women’s hockey agreement could have big impact

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer Cammi Granato’s biggest victory in hockey came 12 years after she retired. When USA Hockey and the women’s national team agreed to a contract Tuesday night that ended a wage dispute, Granato couldn’t put her happiness into words. The Hockey Hall of ...

Sharks, Wild stumble toward NHL playoffs

By Josh Dubow AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, the San Jose Sharks had visions of tracking down the Chicago Blackhawks for the best record in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage for the first three rounds of the playoffs. The team’s longest ...

AP Top 25 polls highlight Top 100 all-time in college hoops

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer It all started in 1949 with Saint Louis on top. And 68 years later, The Associated Press college basketball poll has ranked a total of 200 schools through more than 1,100 polls — 59 at No. 1. Now, for the first time, the AP is using that data to go ...

John Wooden’s UCLA set standard for being No. 1 in AP poll

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer The programs that bleed blue have dominated when it comes to being No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll — though the shades of the color have varied. UCLA has been the most frequent No. 1 in the AP ranking with 134 appearances at ...

NCAA academic case hovers over UNC at another Final Four

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham has stopped trying to project when the NCAA case tied to the school's multi-year academic scandal will reach a conclusion. That's because procedural hurdles, delays, even the ...

Cardinals’ Arians would love to get a young QB ready

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians knows that time is running short for finding an heir to quarterback Carson Palmer. But Arians said that pick is not necessarily imminent "because I wouldn't say it's Carson's last year." "Just like (Tom) ...

Mets’ Familia suspended 15 games for domestic violence

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer New York Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. The suspension, announced Wednesday, is the fifth and least severe ...

Dantonio says MSU ‘extremely concerned’ about allegations

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With his program embroiled in a sexual assault investigation, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio decided more conventional questions about spring practice would have to wait. There are far more serious issues facing the Spartans ...

Gamecocks’ Frank Martin: New perceptions of him ‘comical’

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin believes he's the same straight-forward, open book he has always been, though perceptions of him have changed with the Gamecocks' run to the Final Four. "How the stories have changed that I'm a ...