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Oregon State bounces Oklahoma State, Cunningham from NCAAs

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oregon State embraced the role of the Hickory Huskers — results and all. Hours before their second-round NCAA Tournament game against Oklahoma State, the Beavers' basketball Twitter account posted a video of center Roman Silva carrying ...

Monday Fun Day: March Madness kicks off the week

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — It's not like anyone's going to the office anyway. The change in the March Madness schedule brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic will give basketball fans a first-of-its-kind experience -- eight games on a Monday. The second-round ...

Harris leads 76ers to 6th straight win, 99-96 over Knicks

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tobias Harris scored the baskets that let the Philadelphia 76ers beat the New York Knicks for the 14th straight time and yelled, "I'm an All-Star!" Fueled by a perceived snub, Harris has become a closer in the clutch and kept Philadelphia ...

Frederic’s third-period goal carries Bruins past Penguins

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trent Frederic scored the lone goal of the third period and the Boston Bruins beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 on Tuesday night. Frederic gave the Bruins the lead for good at 7:07 of the third. He beat goaltender Casey DeSmith with a wrist ...

Ovechkin nets 718, passes Espo for 6th as Caps stop Isles

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin scored his 718th goal to pass Phil Esposito for sole possession of sixth on the NHL's career list and became the second active player with 1,300 points, helping the Washington Capitals beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Tuesday ...

LeBron James becomes partner in group that owns Red Sox

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LeBron James is becoming a part-owner of the Boston Red Sox. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar confirmed Tuesday night that he and his longtime business partner, Maverick Carter, are taking an ownership stake in the Fenway Sports Group. "For me and my ...

Sabres fire coach Krueger while in midst of 12-game skid

By JOHN WAWROW AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Twelve consecutive losses — and with no indication of the skid ending — were enough for Sabres first-year general manager Kevyn Adams to determine it was time to fire coach Ralph Krueger on Wednesday. The Sabres made the move the ...

What to watch the first week of the NCAA Tournament

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer The 2020 NCAA Tournament was wiped out by the coronavirus, robbing the sports world of one of its greatest spectacles. After a chaotic season through a pandemic, March Madness is back. You know the players are ready. So are the coaches. The fans, ...

Tokyo Olympic torch relay: Masks, quiet cheering and caution

By STEPHEN WADE AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Organizers plan to exercise extreme caution when the Olympic torch relay starts next week, knowing any stumble could imperil the opening of the Tokyo Games in just over four months. The organizers spoke in detail on Tuesday about their plans for ...

Winston re-joins Saints for 2021 after Brees retirement

By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are bringing back quarterback Jameis Winston on a one-year contract. The move announced by Saints general manager Mickey Loomis comes on the heels of Drew Brees' decision over the weekend to retire and provides ...

Malkin records 1,100th NHL point, leads Pens to win

By DAN SCIFO Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin scored on a power play for his 1,100th career point and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Monday night. Malkin is the third Russian-born player to reach 1,100 points in the NHL, joining Alex Ovechkin and ...

LeBron, short-handed Lakers beat up on Warriors 128-97

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — LeBron James had a triple-double with 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, leading the injury-depleted Los Angeles Lakers past the Golden State Warriors 128-97 on Monday night. Montrezl Harrell backed up James' fourth triple-double ...

Dallas Seavey wins Iditarod, matches most wins by a musher

By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Ever since Dallas Seavey became the youngest musher to win the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in 2012, he's been bombarded by questions on whether he would eventually get five race titles, the most ever by a musher. "I think it was ...

Gonzaga’s bid for perfection begins with No. 1 overall seed

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Gonzaga's road to perfection will be filled with familiar faces. The Bulldogs were the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament bracket announced Sunday as they try to become the first team in 35 years to complete a perfect season. Gonzaga is the top ...

K-State forward Gordon transferring after ‘health issues’

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State forward Antonio Gordon has been released from his scholarship and will transfer for his junior season. The 6-foot-9 forward from Lawton, Oklahoma, started 21 games and appeared in 27 more during his first two seasons with the Wildcats. The former ...

Humbled early, Texas back on track after sweeping Gamecocks

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Any consternation over how the Texas baseball team opened the season has been replaced by anticipation for what the Longhorns could accomplish as Big 12 play begins. Texas enters the week as a top-10 team again after it won three games against nationally ranked ...

Kansas headed to NCAA tourney trying to put bad week to bed

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — It began with the resignation of Kansas football coach Les Miles amid allegations of sexual harassment during his time at LSU. It continued days later with the resignation of ahtletic director Jeff Long for his role in the ...

Devoe, Georgia Tech beat No. 15 FSU 80-75 for ACC title

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Jose Alvarado couldn't contain his emotions as the horn sounded, collapsing in disbelief as his Georgia Tech teammates mobbed each other near midcourt. He quickly ran to the celebration that included coach Josh Pastner — still ...

Cockburn scores 26 as No. 3 Illinois beats No. 5 Iowa 82-71

By The Associated Press undefined INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kofi Cockburn scored 18 of his 26 points in the first half, and No. 3 Illinois beat No. 5 Iowa 82-71 on Saturday to advance to the Big Ten Tournament title game. The Fighting Illini (22-6) have won six straight, with three coming against ...

James Harden has triple-double, Nets roll past Pistons

By The Associated Press undefined NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden scored 12 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and had his ninth triple-double with the Nets to help Brooklyn beat the Detroit Pistons 100-95 on Saturday night. Harden also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists in his 55th ...