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Galchenyuk scores in shootout, Wild beat Canucks 4-3

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alex Galchenyuk scored the tying goal and the shootout winner as the Minnesota Wild beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 on Wednesday night and delivered new coach Dean Evason his first win as an NHL coach. "It's amazing," Evason said. "You hear things happen for ...

Mamukelashvili shot at buzzer lifts Seton Hall over Butler

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — With the game tied and less than a second to play, Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard had a feeling Butler would be looking for Pirates’ leading scorer Myles Powell to get the ball. So he called a play Sandro Mamukelashvili, one he had ...

NFL free agent Greg Robinson jailed in Texas on pot charge

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — NFL offensive tackle Greg Robinson remained in a West Texas jail without bond Wednesday after federal agents said they found 157 pounds (71.21 kilograms) of marijuana in a rented vehicle in which he and two other people were riding. Robinson, 27, of Thibodeaux, ...

Beilein resigns as coach, says emotional goodbye to Cavs

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — John Beilein stood in front of the Cavaliers and emotionally explained why he’s leaving. This was goodbye. But even on his way out, the admired coach gave his players one last lesson. He showed them honesty, dignity and ...

Hamlin wins 3rd Daytona 500; Newman hospitalized

By Jenna Fryer AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Newman flipped across the finish line, his Ford planted upside down and engulfed in flames, a grim reminder of a sport steeped in danger that has stretched nearly two decades without a fatality. At the finish line, ...

Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright dies at 85

By Terry Spencer Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Hall of Fame golfer Mickey Wright, who won 82 LPGA tournaments including 13 majors, died Monday of a heart attack, her attorney said. Wright was 85. Attorney Sonia Pawluc said Wright had been hospitalized in Florida for the ...

If at first: Ryan Braun back at 1B for OF-heavy Brewers

By Andrew Wagner Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Braun spent much of his first morning at spring training looking for equipment. The Milwaukee Brewers’ veteran outfielder is expecting to get significant time at first base this season after the team added Avisaíl García to a mix ...

Báez says Cubs lacked proper preparation last season

By Brian M. Bergner Jr. Associated Press MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Javier Báez wants his Chicago Cubs to be better prepared this season. The two-time All-Star said Sunday at spring training that he and the Cubs were lacking last year when it came to their pregame routines and work ...

Mike Trout rips cheating Astros, calls for bigger punishment

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Trout thinks the Houston Astros should pay more dearly for their cheating ways. The Los Angeles Angels’ three-time AL MVP ripped the Astros and questioned the discipline handed out by Major League Baseball on Monday after he ...

War of words on Astros scandal now involves partial tattoo

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The verbal sparring between the Houston Astros and others around the majors over the team's sign-stealing scandal is reaching new levels of absurdity — from accusations of illiteracy to claims about a player's partial tattoo. Yes, really. And spring training ...

Kobe Bryant among 8 finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The list of finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame is considerably shorter than usual. The voters really didn’t need more this year. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — 48 All-Star nods between them — headlined the ...

UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons

By Rob Harris AP Global Soccer Writer LONDON (AP) — English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned by UEFA from the Champions League for two seasons on Friday for “serious breaches” of spending rules in a seismic ruling against one of world football’s wealthiest ...

The First Fan: Obama appears at All-Star NBA Cares event

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Zion Williamson and Trae Young are used to meeting fans who are typically a bit nervous during those interactions. This was different. This time, they were nervous to meet the fan. Former President Barack Obama — a huge basketball ...

Daytona 500 up for grabs as no clear theme has emerged

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first four events leading into the Daytona 500 have produced four different winners. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. put his new team on the pole, while Erik Jones outlasted a crash-fest to win a qualifying race. Joey Logano and William ...

Daytona 500 purse in high gear, topping $23 million

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR will dole out a record $23.6 million to the 40 drivers racing in the Daytona 500. The sanctioning body released the total purse Friday, an about-face for an organization that hadn't released payouts since the 2015 season. NASCAR's charter system with teams ...

A’s Kemp chose not to be part of Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Called up in September 2017 by Houston, Tony Kemp immediately got asked by teammates whether he wanted to be a part of the Astros' sign-stealing scheme. His answer was a firm no, and Kemp didn't feel further pressure to do it. "That ...

Jordan, Wilkins reflect on memorable ’88 dunk contest battle

By TIM REYNOLDS and STEVE REED AP Sports Writers CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins have never talked to one another about the 1988 dunk contest. They might be the only ones. It is still the dunk contest by which all other dunk contests are measured: Two stars, at the peak ...

Ravens OL James Hurst suspended 4 games for PED use

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers. Hurst is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return ...

Red Sox promote Ron Roenicke to interim manager

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox promoted bench coach Ron Roenicke to manager Tuesday, hiring him to replace Alex Cora on the day the team’s pitchers and catchers reported for the start of spring training. The move is an indication that ...