National Sports

World Baseball Classic: US beats Puerto Rico 7-1

March 13, 2013

MIAMI (AP) — Gio Gonzalez gave Team USA its best start yet, and David Wright provided a big finish. Gonzalez pitched five scoreless innings and the Americans beat Puerto Rico 7-1 in the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday night. Wright drove in five runs, the last three with a bases-loaded double in the eighth. That Read More

Rockies 4, D-backs 3: Chatwood, Collmenter have strong starts

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado’s Tyler Chatwood and Arizona’s Josh Collmenter know they have a lot to prove if they want to earn rotation spots. They each made a good case Tuesday. Chatwood and Collmenter each worked four solid innings, then Dexter Fowler led off the sixth inning with a tiebreaking homer to lead the Read More

The Big East’s big break up

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Notre Dame and Connecticut provided a thrilling final act for the Big East. The conference name will live on with the basketball schools that are separating from the football schools next year. But the Big East that has been arguably the best women’s basketball conference in the country over the past Read More

Mike Wallace to Dolphins, Kruger to Browns highlight 1st day

Ready. Set. Spend! The NFL’s free agent frenzy began Tuesday, with Mike Wallace, Paul Kruger and Dannell Ellerbe among the big names to switch teams for big paychecks. Several other stars, including Nnamdi Asomugha, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Antoine Winfield, are looking for jobs after they were cut in cost-saving moves on a busy opening day Read More

Broncos cut D.J. Williams

March 12, 2013

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos have parted ways with versatile but vexing linebacker D.J. Williams. The Broncos released the nine-year veteran Monday on the eve of free agency, freeing up his $6 million salary in 2013 for other needs. “We appreciate the contributions made by D.J. Williams during his time with the Broncos,” John Read More

Zags win another WCC title, reach 15th straight NCAAs

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Not long after top-ranked Gonzaga received the West Coast Conference tournament trophy, an arena full of Zags fans started a chant of No. 1! Big, deep, athletic, tough-minded, not to mention dominating and willing to play defense — it’d be hard to argue against them. Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and Read More

Harvin traded to Seattle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Percy Harvin is headed to Seattle, and Adrian Peterson isn’t happy about it. Harvin, Minnesota’s moody and multi-talented young wide receiver, will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle’s first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed the details Monday Read More

Dodgers too much for Rockies, 6-1

March 11, 2013

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Even though it’s still spring training, Matt Kemp was still happy to get a couple of hits. Kemp ended a 0-for-11 run to begin the Cactus League with his first two hits of the spring and Clayton Kershaw allowed two hits in five innings and added an RBI single and the Read More

Broncos part ways with fullback Gronkowski

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Chris Gronkowski became an unrestricted free agent after the Denver Broncos declined to issue a contract tender to the third-year fullback Friday. The Broncos tendered running back Lance Ball, punter Britton Colquitt and backup offensive tackle Chris Clark. The team would have a week to match any offers the restricted free Read More

Steelers release LB Harrison

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have released linebacker James Harrison after the team and the hard-hitting defensive star who played on two Super Bowl champions failed to agree on a new contract.

Pistorius lawyers appeal bail conditions

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius have filed an appeal in a South African court against bail restrictions imposed on the Olympian, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend, according to papers released by the Pistorius family on Monday. “The conditions appealed against are unwarranted and not substantiated by the facts,” said the appeal, Read More

Winners of 18 straight, Heat try to stay focused

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James once carried a team to 66 wins. Ray Allen played for a club that won 19 consecutive games. Dwyane Wade led a team that finished with the Eastern Conference’s best record. For each, it’s a footnote in seasons where no championship was won. There’s no arguing that the Miami Heat Read More

Las Vegas qualifying canceled by heavy rain

March 9, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brad Keselowski will start on the pole after heavy rain forced NASCAR to cancel qualifying for Sunday’s race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The track got steady rain all morning Friday and again in the early afternoon after a brief break, forcing NASCAR to scrap practice and qualifying in Las Read More

Basketball schools make split from Big East official

NEW YORK (AP) — The Big East made its split official Friday, with seven basketball schools breaking away from the football-playing members in a deal that takes effect on July 1. Commissioner Mike Aresco told The Associated Press that the seven Catholic schools which are leaving to form a basketball-centric conference will get the Big Read More

Avalanche end Blackhawks win streak

DENVER (AP) — The best start in NHL history is over. The Chicago Blackhawks finally left the ice without a point. The Blackhawks were stunned 6-2 by the struggling Colorado Avalanche on Friday night. It was their first loss in regulation and ended a remarkable run in which they earned at least one point in Read More

More birdies for Tiger and a two-shot lead at Doral

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods struggled on the practice range, and he didn’t feel much better two holes into his second round Friday at the Cadillac Championship. He would not have guessed this would be the day to set a personal record for birdies, much less wind up with a two-shot lead. “All I Read More

Buffs beat No. 19 Oregon

March 8, 2013

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Xavier Johnson had a career-high 22 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 17 and Colorado beat No. 19 Oregon 76-53 on Thursday night, completing a season sweep and thwarting the Ducks’ bid to gain a share of the Pac-12 Conference title. The Buffaloes (20-9, 10-7) played without the nation’s leading rebounder, Andre Roberson, Read More

Yanks’ Rivera plans retirement after ’13

NEW YORK (AP) — The great Mariano Rivera is getting set to close his career. The New York Yankees’ reliever plans to announce this weekend that he will retire after the 2013 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Read More

Defending champs Kentucky in danger of missing tourney

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Kentucky’s NCAA hopes took another big blow, and coach John Calipari knows who to blame.Himself. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, leading Georgia to a 72-62 victory Thursday night that sent the Wildcats into the regular-season finale against No. 11 Florida in desperate need of a quality win Read More

Blackhawks beat Avalanche with late goal, win 11th straight, extend points streak

March 7, 2013

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks were tired, hurting and often on their heels Wednesday night against Colorado. But despite skating without three key forwards, playing their second game in two nights and falling behind after two periods, they pulled out yet another win. Daniel Carcillo scored the tiebreaking goal with 49.3 seconds left and Read More

Top 25: Villanova upsets No.5 Georgetown

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — JayVaughn Pinkston scored 20 points to help Villanova beat a top-five team for the third time this season, 67-57 over No. 5 Georgetown on Wednesday night. The Wildcats (19-12, 10-8 Big East) also beat then-No. 5 Louisville and then-No. 3 Syracuse and have put themselves in solid shape for at least an Read More

McIlroy won’t quit again, he says

March 6, 2013

DORAL, Fla. (AP) Rory McIlroy offered another apology, a straightforward explanation and a pledge Wednesday that he will never again quit in middle of a round. McIlroy faced the media for the first time since he abruptly walked off the golf course in the second round of the Honda Classic, telling reporters that his head Read More

NBA: Celtics edge 76ers, Thuder outlast Lakers

Celtics 109, 76ers 101 (AP) — Paul Pierce had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Avery Bradley scored 22 points to lead the Boston Celtics to a 109-101 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.Kevin Garnett scored 18 points to help the Celtics continued their push up the Eastern Conference standings.

Wade, James lead Heat to record 15th straight win

March 5, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dwyane Wade has seen a lot in his 10 years on South Beach. He’s won championships and lost them. He’s been on top of the basketball world and at the bottom of the heap. Through it all, he’s never been on a 15-game winning streak. Until now. He’s also never won back-to-back Read More

Mark Cuban loses bid to dump insider trading case

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban to throw out a civil lawsuit accusing him of insider trading. U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater issued an order Tuesday rejecting Cuban’s request for summary judgment against the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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