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Steve Blass spent his boyhood afternoons in Connecticut flinging a rubber ball against the side of a half-barn, fantasizing that he was pitching in the majors. Come evening, the 10-year-old would get his radio and tune into a game, delighted when Mel Allen's voice crackled from the …
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu says he has recovered from an ankle injury and is ready to compete for the title at the world figure skating championships."Before the season, I wasn't in what I would say was an ideal 100 percent," Hanyu told a news conference …
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Texas Rangers pitcher Yohander Mendez could return from his elbow injury around midseason.The team's fear that Mendez might miss the entire year was allayed Monday when an MRI revealed the 24-year-old lefty has a Grade 1 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament."It's …
Everyone got an early look at the women's NCAA Tournament bracket, revealing that UConn isn't a No. 1 seed for the first time since 2006.The accidental early release of the 64-team bracket by ESPN just provided a couple of extra hours for the 11-time national champion Huskies to get fired up about …
DENVER (AP) — In no sport but the NFL do players, fans, coaches and general managers annually debate the rules of the game, advocating ways to make pro football better, safer, fairer.Officiating is especially a hot topic around the league after a blown call late in the NFC championship game …
SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw won't start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on opening day because of the sore shoulder that's slowed him at spring training, ending his streak of pitching eight straight openers.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced the decision Monday.Kershaw has dealt …
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Winnipeg is tied for the most goals scored in March, but the Jets are also proving that they are just as tough in close games.The Jets won their third straight one-goal game, edging the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 on Monday night. The win gives them 90 points and a three-point …
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — After an up-and-down second season together, the top line for the Vegas Golden Knights is starting to click again when it really counts.Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and two assists, Reilly Smith had a goal and three assists and the Golden Knights won for the …
Fifty people were killed in a terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday. Some information about the victims:HUSNA AHMEDFarid Ahmed refuses to turn his back on his adopted home, despite losing his 45-year-old wife, Husna Ahmed, in the Al Noor mosque attack. They had split …
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard plans to take a bit more control over games in the absence of backcourt mate CJ McCollum.Lillard had 30 points and 15 assists as the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 106-98 on Monday night in their first game since McCollum injured his left …
PHOENIX (AP) — Robin Lopez used his veteran guile to gain an advantage over the Phoenix Suns' young big men, and had major success at the expense of his former team.Lopez scored 24 points on 11-for-14 shooting to help the Chicago Bulls beat the Phoenix Suns 116-101 on Monday night, snapping …
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonia Spurs aren't concerned with making statements. They just want to pile up as many victories as they can late in the season.DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and nine rebounds, LaMarcus Aldridge added 23 points and 13 rebounds and Spurs beat the Golden State …
DALLAS (AP) — For the 7-footer who has built a Hall of Fame career shooting from the outside, it was the perfect way to reach his latest milestone.Dirk Nowitzki swished a 20-foot jumper with 8:35 left in the first quarter Monday night, passing Wilt Chamberlain for sixth place on the NBA's …
NEW YORK (AP) — Geno Auriemma was sitting in his office after practice Monday when UConn's video coordinator came in and said he had the entire NCAA Tournament women's bracket.At first, Auriemma thought it was a fake. After studying it for a few minutes, the Hall of Fame coach knew it was …
CHICAGO (AP) — All it took was 16 extra seconds and one fancy passing sequence with Bo Horvat and Alexander Edler.Vancouver is headed home with a little momentum after a pair of solid performances on the road.Horvat scored 16 seconds into overtime, and the Canucks stopped Chicago's …
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning earned one trophy on Monday night. Starting next month, they'll be one of the favorites in the chase for the Stanley Cup.The Lightning clinched the Presidents' Trophy for the top regular-season mark in the league with a 4-1 win over the Arizona …
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds expect left-hander Alex Wood to open the season on the injured list as he recovers from a sore back that has limited him during spring training.Wood was part of the trade that brought outfielders Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp to Cincinnati from the Los …
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers squeaked by without Kevin Love.The Detroit Pistons, playing without Blake Griffin, weren't as fortunate.The Cavaliers made clutch shots down the stretch for a 126-119 win Monday night in a game that featured six ties and five lead changes in the …
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Thunder were foundering without their star point guard, and the Miami Heat — like Oklahoma City trying to improve their playoff position — took advantage.Goran Dragic had 26 points and 11 assists, and Dwyane Wade added 25 points in the Heat's 116-107 …
Given the track record that Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Kansas counterpart Bill Self have put together over the years, it is hardly surprising nobody felt much sympathy for them this season.The Spartans had to replace standouts Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson along with veteran guard Tum Tum …

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