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The floor for next weekend's NCAA men's college basketball tournament Final Four is laid in place Friday, March 24, 2017, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Bob Baum)

Court assembled in NFL stadium

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Eight days before the competition begins, a shiny new basketball court has been laid in place for the Final Four. Made of sturdy maple harvested in November in northern Michigan, the court was shipped to Idaho Falls, Idaho, for painting and staining. From there it was ...

United States' Ian Kinsler, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Jonathan Lucroy, left, and Adam Jones during the third inning against Puerto Rico in the final of the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

US routs Puerto Rico 8-0 to win World Baseball Classic

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The eagle has landed on top. The United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries on Wednesday night behind six hitless innings from Marcus Stroman. The Americans planted their eagle statue mascot on the mound in celebration, a ...

NASCAR suspends Keselowski’s, Harvick’s crew chiefs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick on Wednesday for violations at Phoenix Raceway. Keselowski's car failed post-race inspection on Sunday and NASCAR suspended crew chief Paul Wolfe three races. Wolfe was also fined $65,000 and Team ...

Detroit Pistons' Tobias Harris (34) shoots over Chicago Bulls' Nikola Mirotic on Wednesday in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Bulls beat Pistons 117-95

CHICAGO (AP) — Out of the rotation at times and with his contract set to expire, Nikola Mirotic understands what's at stake for him as the season winds down. Games like this certainly don't hurt. Mirotic scored a season-high 28 points, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons ...

Bengals’ ‘Pacman’ Jones faces three misdemeanor charges

CINCINNATI (AP) — Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones faces three misdemeanor charges, including assault, but no longer is being charged with a felony for a January confrontation with hotel security guards, police and a nurse. A felony charge of harassment with a bodily ...

United States' Christian Yelich scores past Japan catcher Seiji Kobayashi during the fourth inning of a semifinal in the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

US edges Japan 2-1, advances to WBC championship game

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Luke Gregerson's final strike breezed past Nobuhiro Matsuda, and the rain-drenched American players celebrated on the field while a soaked crowd roared through the evening mist. A daylong downpour couldn't dampen this resilient United States club or its fans, who will ...

Detroit Red Wings' Mike Green (25) flies into Montreal Canadiens goalie Al Montoya (35) during overtime in Montreal on Tuesday. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Red Wings edge Canadiens in OT

MONTREAL (AP) — Anthony Mantha ended his scoring slump at the right time for the Red Wings. Mantha scored at 4:10 of overtime to lift Detroit to a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night. Mantha scored his 15th of the season on a wrist shot from close range to give the ...

Tom Brady's missing jersey from Super Bowls 49 and 51 were found in the possession of a member of the international media.  The NFL said in a statement on Monday that his jersey was found through the "cooperation of the NFL and New England Patriots' security teams, the FBI and other law enforcement authorities." Brady said his jersey went missing after the Patriots' 34-28 win last month over the Atlanta Falcons.  The statement also said an ongoing investigation retrieved the jersey Brady wore in the Patriots' 2015 Super Bowl win against the Seahawks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

Brady’s missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico

BOSTON (AP) — Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots' locker room — but the mystery isn't over. The NFL said the jersey was found in "possession of a credentialed member of the international media," and authorities ...

Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) stops a shot as Detroit Red Wings center Luke Glendening (41) tries for a rebound in the second period Monday in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Eichel, Sabres beat Red Wings 2-1

DETROIT (AP) — Jack Eichel is making up for lost time, closing his injury-shortened season strong. Eichel scored on a power play in the first period, giving him a team-high 50 points in 52 games, to help the Buffalo Sabres beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Monday night. He made his 21st ...

US women’s player Meghan Duggan is shown in the 2014 Winter Olympics. The U.S. women's hockey team met with USA Hockey for more than 10 hours Monday in Philadelphia and will continue discussions later this week. The team threatened to boycott the upcoming world championships because of a wage dispute. (Mark Humphrey/AP File  Photo)

Women’s players call negotiations with USA Hockey ‘productive’

USA Hockey and the women's national team say their marathon meeting Monday was productive and they hope to have an agreement this week that will end their ongoing wage dispute and avoid a boycott of the upcoming world championships. The sides met for more than 10 hours Monday in Philadelphia ...

Michigan forward Moritz Wagner (13) celebrates a 73-69 win over Louisville in a second-round game in the NCAA tournament in Indianapolis on Sunday. (Michael Conroy/AP Photo)

Wagner helps Michigan past Louisville

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Moe Wagner gritted his teeth, pumped his fist and stuck out his mouthpiece to the crowd's delight Sunday. A few minutes later, the tough German took a couple more bows — first on the baseline in front of Michigan's bench, then with the rest of his teammates near ...

Michigan State forward Nick Ward (44) shoots in front of Kansas forward Carlton Bragg Jr., left, during a second-round game in the NCAA tournament in Tulsa, Okla., on Sunday. Kansas won 90-70. (Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press)

Jackson’s strong second half lifts Kansas past Michigan State, 90-70

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Everything about Josh Jackson's demeanor screamed this game was personal, from the back-and-forth chirping with childhood friend Miles Bridges to his emphatic late-game dunk and celebration. Playing against the school he grew up cheering for, Jackson channeled that ...

Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ (22) goes to the basket against Virginia Tech forward Zach LeDay (32) during the second half of a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Buffalo, N.Y. Wisconsin won, 84-74. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

Koenig shoots Wisconsin past Virginia Tech

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — There's little left for Bronson Koenig to accomplish at Wisconsin. Over four years, he has done it all, seen it all. He's not ready for his run to end. Koenig made a school-record eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points and fellow senior Nigel Hayes added 16 as NCAA ...

Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) makes a save on a shot as Red Wings defenseman Danny DeKeyser (65) shoves Arizona Coyotes left wing Jordan Martinook (48) during overtime of an NHL hockey game Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. The Red Wings defeated the Coyotes 5-4 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Red Wings top Coyotes in shootout

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings' streak of 25 straight postseason appearances is in serious jeopardy. If only the Atlantic Division's last-place team could have more games like Thursday night against Arizona. Gustav Nyquist's shootout goal gave the struggling Red Wings a 5-4 ...

Middle Tennessee State's JaCorey Williams celebrates during the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament first round game against Minnesota Thursday in Milwaukee. Middle Tennessee State won 81-72. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Middle Tennessee State upsets Minnesota

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Middle Tennessee took down another Big Ten team in the NCAA Tournament, though the latest victory didn't really feel like an upset. The Blue Raiders stood up to Minnesota's rugged defense, then blew past the foul-prone Golden Gophers for an 81-72 victory on ...

Derrick Walton has fueled Michigan's turnaround since early February and will now try to lead the Wolverines on an extended run in the NCAA Tournament. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Walton leads Michigan’s resurgence going into tournament

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's turnaround began well before the plane accident. Yes, the team's harrowing aviation mishap — and the Big Ten Tournament title that followed — may be remembered most when Wolverines fans look back on this season, but Derrick Walton has been leading a ...

United States' Hilary Knight passes the puck against Canada during the Winter Olympics in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The US women's hockey team threatened on Wednesday to boycott the upcoming world hockey championships over a wage dispute. (Mark Humphrey/AP File Photo)

US women’s hockey players threaten boycott over wages

Members of the U.S. women's hockey team are willing to give up the chance to defend their world championship gold medal on home ice unless there is significant progress in settling a wage dispute that has dragged on for months. Players informed USA Hockey on Wednesday that they will not ...

Eddie Lacy's agent says the former Green Bay running back is joining the Seattle Seahawks. Lacy's management group, Sports Trust Advisors, said Tuesday on Twitter that the four-year veteran has agreed to terms with the Seahawks on a 1-year contract. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer, File)

Lacy agrees to one-year deal with Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are hoping Eddie Lacy can be motivated by a one-year contract to rediscover the form that made him the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year. The Seahawks and Lacy agreed to terms on a one-year deal Tuesday, providing Seattle a big body for a run game ...

Coach Tom Izzo has led Michigan State to the NCAA Tournament as usual, extending his streak to 20 years. For a change, the Hall of Fame coach will have to rely on freshmen to avoid losing a first-round exit in consecutive years for the first time. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Izzo faces challenge of leading 4 freshmen in NCAA Tournament

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Tom Izzo, as usual, is taking Michigan State to the NCAA Tournament. The Hall of Fame coach extended his streak to 20 years of leading the Spartans to college basketball's showcase event, relying on freshmen more than he ever has in his career. Mile Bridges , ...

Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes (10) and Bronson Koenig (24) are getting one last shot to make an NCAA Tournament run. They have had accomplished careers, having played key roles on two Final Four teams. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

One last hurrah for Wisconsin’s Hayes, Koenig in NCAA tourney

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Clutch shots. Final Four experience. Press conference hijinks. Seniors Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig have been through just about every conceivable situation at Wisconsin, including two Final Fours and a midseason coaching change. They've got one last shot to make ...