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NCAA Tournament primed to top itself again

Mar. 20, 2019 2:47 AM EDT

The NCAA Tournament somehow seems to be getting better every year, almost as if each bracket is extending from the previous one. Last year was one of the maddest of Marches, starting with Maryland-Baltimore County becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a 1 — poor Virginia — to Loyola-Chicago taking...

AP source: Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year deal

Mar. 19, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

Mike Trout is on the verge of becoming baseball's first half-billion dollar man. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The...

AP source: Alex Bregman, Astros agree to $100M, 6-year deal

Mar. 20, 2019 12:49 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $100 million, six-year deal that keeps the All-Star third baseman under contract with the team through 2024, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. The agreement includes this season, buys out three years of...

Belmont beats Temple 81-70 for first NCAA Tournament win

Mar. 20, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A few seconds were still left on the clock when Fran Dunphy headed to midcourt for his final postgame handshake, the outcome long decided. Belmont was simply too much for his Owls. Nobody else in the NCAA Tournament is excited to face their efficient offense, either. Kevin McClain...

Fairleigh Dickinson rallies for first ever NCAA tourney win

Mar. 19, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Eleven months ago, Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda was seriously ill with life-threatening blood clots. On Tuesday night, he danced on the court and hugged his players after they secured the first NCAA Tournament win in school history. Senior guard Darnell Edge scored a...

Column: Vegas bookie returns home to new world of betting

Mar. 20, 2019 2:51 AM EDT

The biggest dice game around was just a few miles down the road when Jimmy Vaccaro was growing up in the Pittsburgh area. So was Comet News in Braddock, where those in the know slipped behind the green door into a back room where bookies offered action on both ponies and games. The longtime Las Vegas oddsmaker...

Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link

Mar. 20, 2019 3:26 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — When the top-ranked bridge player tested positive for a steroid that Lance Armstrong also used to cheat at the Tour de France, it was easy to snigger. Juicing in cards? Ha! But within the card game recognized as a sport by the International Olympic Committee, fans and players seethed. Whereas...

Karlsson, Panarin and Bobrovsky can close strong and cash in

Mar. 20, 2019 2:50 AM EDT

Many NHL teams have plenty to play for down the final stretch of the regular season, trying to get in the playoffs or to improve their positioning, before 16 teams compete for the Stanley Cup. Some players have a lot at stake, too. Erik Karlsson, Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are a few of the potential free...

Russell scores career-best 44, Nets rally past Kings

Mar. 20, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson tried just about everything to kick the Nets into gear. There were quick timeouts, angry, animated discussions with his players and even switching from man to zone defense. When nothing else worked, D'Angelo Russell and a handful of Brooklyn reserves...

Oats has Buffalo shedding basketball's mid-major label

Mar. 20, 2019 2:43 AM EDT

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo coach Nate Oats was so caught up in the possibility of facing his former boss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the significance of the West Region's top-seeded team initially escaped him on Selection Sunday. "You know, I didn't even think about that," Oats said when...

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Doping in cards? Bridge ban fuels backlash to Olympic link

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Flames topple Blue Jackets 4-2

Mar. 20, 2019 2:56 AM EDT

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Column: Vegas bookie returns home to new world of betting

Mar. 20, 2019 2:51 AM EDT

The biggest dice game around was just a few miles down the road when Jimmy Vaccaro was growing up in the Pittsburgh area. So was Comet News in Braddock, where those in the know slipped behind the green door into a back room where bookies offered action on both ponies and games. The longtime Las Vegas oddsmaker...

Karlsson, Panarin and Bobrovsky can close strong and cash in

Mar. 20, 2019 2:50 AM EDT

Many NHL teams have plenty to play for down the final stretch of the regular season, trying to get in the playoffs or to improve their positioning, before 16 teams compete for the Stanley Cup. Some players have a lot at stake, too. Erik Karlsson, Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky are a few of the potential free...

Illinois professor creates women's NCAA Tournament simulator

Mar. 20, 2019 2:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — University of Illinois computer science professor Sheldon Jacobson has always loved data. For the past seven years he's had a men's NCAA Tournament bracket simulator. After getting many requests, Jacobson decided to put together one for the women's tournament. It's believed to be the first...

NCAA Tournament primed to top itself again

Mar. 20, 2019 2:47 AM EDT

The NCAA Tournament somehow seems to be getting better every year, almost as if each bracket is extending from the previous one. Last year was one of the maddest of Marches, starting with Maryland-Baltimore County becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a 1 — poor Virginia — to Loyola-Chicago taking...

Oats has Buffalo shedding basketball's mid-major label

Mar. 20, 2019 2:43 AM EDT

AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo coach Nate Oats was so caught up in the possibility of facing his former boss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the significance of the West Region's top-seeded team initially escaped him on Selection Sunday. "You know, I didn't even think about that," Oats said when...