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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By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer Any consternation over how the Texas baseball team opened the season has been replaced by anticipation for what the Longhorns could accomplish as Big 12 play begins.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 ...

No wind means no racing on America’s Cup day 4

By STEVE McMORRAN AP Sports Writer Suspense moved up another notch Sunday in the 36th match for the America's Cup between defender Team New Zealand and Italian challenger Luna Rossa when lack of wind prevented sailing on the scheduled fourth day. Each of the first three days has built the ...

Lightning raise championship banner, beat Predators 6-3

By The Associated Press undefined TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Playing in front of their home fans for the first time this season, the Tampa Bay Lightning raised their 2020 Stanley Cup banner and beat the Nashville Predators 6-3 on Saturday night. Tyler Johnson and Blake Coleman each had a goal and ...

Maryland beats Michigan State 68-57 in Big Ten tournament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eric Ayala scored 21 points, Aaron Wiggins added 19 and Maryland dominated Michigan State in the second half to take a 68-57 win in a first-round Big Ten tournament game on Thursday. The eighth-seeded Terrapins (16-12) gave their NCAA Tournament hopes a big boost but now ...

Beekman’s 3 helps No. 16 Virginia top Syracuse 72-69 in ACCs

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Reece Beekman hit a 3-pointer as time expired to help No. 16 Virginia edge Syracuse 72-69 in Thursday's quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Beekman hadn't hit a shot all day but buried a 3 from the right wing ...

Duke pulls out of ACC Tournament, NCAA tourney streak ends

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Duke arrived at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament hoping to make an unprecedented run to extend its long NCAA Tournament streak. Instead, the Blue Devils abruptly had to pull out of the tournament and end its season due to a ...

Amid Dolphins trade rumors, Flores says he’s high on Tua

By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Thursday he's excited about grooming Tua Tagovailoa this offseason to make a big leap in Year 2 as an NFL quarterback. Left unsaid was how Flores would feel about coaching Deshaun Watson instead. The ...

‘Controlled environment’: NCAA plunges ahead with tourneys

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Sports Writer Mount St. Mary's earned its sixth bid to the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday night by beating Bryant in the Northeast Conference Championship game, setting off a postgame celebration that included joy, anticipation, hugs -- and COVID-19 testing. Before ...

Boxing HOF celebrates Ali-Frazier every day

CANASTOTA, N.Y. (AP) — Boxing fans everywhere are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first fight between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Ed Brophy celebrates it every day. The world's most famous boxing ring, the one in New York City's Madison Square Garden where the Fight of the Century ...

Still perfect: Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game 170-150

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — In the midst of a pandemic, this was assured of being an NBA All-Star Game like no other. The stands were mostly empty. The crowd noise was largely piped in. There were no A-list celebrities sitting courtside. Two players had to sit out after ...

Michigan State beats No. 2 Michigan 70-64, boosts NCAA hopes

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State's NCAA Tournament streak under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo appears to be alive and well after it was in dire straits a month ago. Rocket Watts scored 21 points and Aaron Henry had 18 to lead the Spartans in a 70-64 ...

Teague 35 points as No. 3 Baylor beats No. 18 Texas Tech

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer WACO, Texas (AP) — MaCio Teague and Mark Vital had quite a senior day in a perfect ending at home for Big 12 regular season champion Baylor. Teague scored 35 points while matching a school record with 10 made 3-pointers, one after an incredible save by ...

A pandemic, a plan and a return to golf with no interruption By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan keeps the screenshot his daughters sent him as a tease one year ago. Now it's a reminder of how quickly celebration gave way to ...

Detectives look at SUV’s ‘black box’ from Tiger Woods crash

By Stefanie Dazio Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Detectives are looking at data from the so-called “black box” of Tiger Woods' SUV to get a clearer picture of what occurred during the Southern California rollover crash that seriously injured the golf star, authorities said ...

Intense No. 4 Illinois makes statement, drubs No. 2 Michigan

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Trent Frazier, Andre Curbelo and No. 4 Illinois arrived at Crisler Center ready to make a point. "We're the hardest-playing team in the country. That's our statement," Frazier said. "Even without our best player, we've got a lot of ...

Ledecky returns to competition with time ticking to Tokyo

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Like everyone else, Katie Ledecky was forced to shelve her plans when the coronavirus pandemic took hold. Instead of looking far into the future, the five-time Olympic champion swimmer switched to a more immediate mindset. Forget that the four-year cycle ...