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Michigan State's Joshua Langford, top right, and Miles Bridges, top left, and Illinois' Leron Black, top center, reach for a rebound as Michigan State's Matt McQuaid, bottom left, and Illinois' Mark Smith watch on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Spartans win, clinch share of Big Ten title

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Miles Bridges grabbed the Big Ten trophy, lifted it and flashed an ear-to-ear grin. Bridges scored 19 points, leading No. 2 Michigan State to an 81-61 win over Illinois on Tuesday night to seal a share of the Big Ten championship. The Spartans (27-3, 15-2 Big Ten) ...

United States' Lindsey Vonn competes in the women's downhill at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Jeongseon, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Vonn 3rd in last Olympic DH

JEONGSEON, South Korea (AP) — Lindsey Vonn knew that the bronze medal she earned Wednesday came in her final Olympic downhill, the signature event of her singular career. She knew that, but she didn't have an easy time processing it. That's why the words "probably" and "most likely" kept ...

Baumgartner relishes Olympics, with son

The 2022 Winter Olympics will be staged in Beijing, China. Iron River’s Nick Baumgartner expects to be there gunning for snowboard cross gold. He’ll be 40 years of age then, same as New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. “If Brady can do it, Baumgartner can do it,” he told the ...

In this June 15, 2017 photo, Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino listens during a news conference in Louisville, Ky. Louisville must vacate its 2013 men’s basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel’s decision to uphold sanctions against the men’s program for violations committed in a sex scandal. The Cardinals will have to vacate 123 victories including the championship, and return millions in postseason revenue. The decision announced on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, by the governing body’s Infraction Appeals Committee ruled that the NCAA has the authority to take away championships for what it considers major rule violations. (Alton Strupp/The Courier-Journal via AP, File)

Louisville must vacate basketball title, NCAA denies appeal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville must vacate its 2013 men's basketball title following an NCAA appeals panel's decision to uphold sanctions against the men's program in the sex scandal case. The Cardinals will have to vacate 123 victories including the championship, and return some ...

Michigan State guard Cassius Winston (5) reacts after making a three-point basket against Northwestern on Saturday in Rosemont, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

No. 2 Michigan State has chance to seal share of Big Ten title

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — No. 2 Michigan State can seal a share of the Big Ten title by beating Illinois at the Breslin Center, where three seniors will be honored at their last home game. "That doesn't happen that often," Spartans coach Tom Izzo said Monday. "No. 1, to do it at home is ...

Austin Dillon celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Daytona 500 race on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

Dillon takes No. 3 back to victory lane at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The No. 3 is No. 1 again at Daytona, on a day, in a race and at a place forever linked with the great Dale Earnhardt. Austin Dillon won the Daytona 500 on Sunday night driving the iconic No. 3 Chevrolet that Earnhardt piloted for most of his career. Earnhardt was ...

Wisconsin's Ethan Happ (22) celebrates with teammates and fans after Wisconsin upset Purdue 57-53 on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, in Madison, Wis. Happ had a team-high 21 points. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Happ leads Wisconsin over No. 6 Purdue

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ethan Happ made his mentor proud. On a night when Wisconsin honored Frank Kaminsky, one of the best players in program history, Happ led the current crop of Badgers to their biggest win of a challenging season. Happ finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds after the ...

Nick Baumgartner, of the United States, right, hugs Mick Dierdorff, of the United States, after the men's snowboard cross semifinals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics on Thursday in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Baumgartner takes 4th in snowboard cross final

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Pierre Vaultier has been doing this long enough to know how it goes. You make a living strapping a snowboard to your feet and careening down a mountain within arm’s reach of other riders, and things happen. And if you get dumped, if someone cuts you off or ...

Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire waits for a ground ball in a drill to cover first base during spring baseball practice, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Lakeland, Fla. (Robin Buckson/Detroit News via AP)

Upbeat Gardenhire excited to get started with Tigers

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Ron Gardenhire put on a glove and took some grounders at first base, tossing the ball to pitchers covering the bag and barking out words of encouragement. The manager certainly seemed to be enjoying himself Wednesday, when the Detroit Tigers had their first workout for ...

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jose Quintana stretches at baseball spring training in Mesa, Ariz., Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.  (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP)

With Darvish, well-armed Cubs hold first spring workout

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs, boosted by the addition of Yu Darvish, are certainly well armed as they start spring training. The result, they hope, is a drive toward a second crown in three years. "The expectation for this group is to win the World Series," center fielder Albert ...

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Nita Englund, a Florence High School graduate from Spread Eagle, Wis., soars through the air during training for the women’s normal hill individual ski jumping Sunday. After the first round of jumps Monday, five athletes were cut from contention including Englund.

Lundby carries dominant World Cup form to gold

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — After dominating the ski jumping World Cup this season, Maren Lundby wasn't about to be denied on the sport's biggest stage. The 23-year-old Norwegian overcame frigid temperatures Monday to win the women's ski jumping normal hill gold medal at the Pyeongchang ...

Chloe Kim

‘Snow Queen’ Kim dominates to take gold in women’s halfpipe

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Gold medal already in hand and Olympic dream fully realized, Chloe Kim could have turned her third and final run in the women's snowboarding final into a victory lap. Only she didn't. She couldn't. Gold medals are nice and all, but to the 17-year-old star, ...

Matt Patricia is introduced as the new head coach of the Detroit Lions on Wednesday.

Lions hope Patricia ends their search for a winner

ALLEN PARK (AP) — Matt Patricia’s unlikely path to becoming an NFL coach began with his buddies, setting up miniature players on a vibrating, metal field for fierce games of electric football. “I knew at a very young age the strategic part of the game was something that I just loved,” ...

New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is seen on the sidelines against the Philadelphia Eagles at Super Bowl 52 on Sunday in Minneapolis. Patricia was officially named the Detroit Lions head coach on Monday. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

Lions hire Patricia as coach, eyeing the Patriot Way

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions hired Matt Patricia on Monday, doubling down on the franchise's hope it can copy the New England Patriots' formula for success. The expected hiring of the defensive coordinator came a day after the Patriots lost to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl. "This ...

Philadelphia Eagles' Nick Foles holds up the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots on Sunday in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Eagles outduel Patriots for 1st Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As their delirious fans sang their theme song and their owner lifted the Lombardi Trophy, the Philadelphia Eagles finally could breathe freely. Yo, Philly, you really did beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a thrilling Super Bowl that rewrote the offensive ...

Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrate the Eagles' Super Bowl victory against the New England Patriots on Sunday in downtown Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Eagles fans party in streets through the night

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl victory set off a celebration that has been 58 years in the making. Just as Nick Foles and the Eagles clinched a surprising 41-33 victory over the New England Patriots in Minneapolis for the team's first Super Bowl title Sunday night, ...

Former NFL players Robert Brazile, from left, Brian Dawkins, Bobby Beathard, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, and Brian Urlacher who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018, attend the 7th Annual NFL Honors at the Cyrus Northrop Memorial Auditorium on Saturday in Minneapolis. (Photo by AJ Mast/Invision for NFL/AP Images)

Kramer finally makes Hall of Fame

MINNEAPOLIS – As Jerry Kramer awaited his Hall of Fame fate late Saturday afternoon in his Minneapolis hotel room, he finally heard a knock on the door. “It was the maid,” Kramer joked. The next knock was the booming rap of Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker with ...

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo looks on during a game against Indiana on Saturday in Bloomington, Ind. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

Izzo still working on date he will address allegations

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo stuck to the script again Saturday night. No, he didn't talk about the sexual misconduct allegations surrounding his program. Yes, he said he plans to speak out. And he still did not provide a date for when it might happen. Until ...

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady catches a ball as he warms up during a practice Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Patriots are scheduled to face the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game Sunday, Feb. 4. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Eagles are soaring; Patriots have Brady

Matchups for the Super Bowl between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots: ——— When the Eagles (15-3) have the ball The Patriots must be wary of a balanced offense that tore apart Minnesota, which has a better overall defense than does New England. Forget about Nick ...