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Santiago, Tigers agree to deal

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Hector Santiago with an invite to major league spring training. Santiago appeared in 19 games — including two starts — last season for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He went 1-1 with a ...

Bucks bounce Bulls

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks committed 23 turnovers — and won anyway. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co. finished strong on Monday. Antetokounmpo had a triple-double and scored his 10,000th career point, and the Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 111-98 to sweep the four-game season ...

Mostert lifts 49ers to Super Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Coach Kyle Shanahan received the NFC championship trophy from his Super Bowl-winning father Mike and raised it to the sky. The San Francisco 49ers have gone on a surprising journey from No. 2 pick in the draft to one of the last two teams standing. They have one ...

Rodgers again falls short of another title game

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — These playoff defeats when he is oh so close sting a bit more for Aaron Rodgers now, at this later stage in his career. “It's a little raw right now. It definitely hurts I'd say a little more than early in your career just because you realize just how difficult ...

Mahomes’ feet, arm carry Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — With his best imitation of a tightrope walker, Patrick Mahomes high-wired the Kansas City Chiefs into their first Super Bowl since 1970. Oh sure, Mahomes did his usual superb job passing, but it was his 27-yard tap dance down the left sideline late in the first half ...

Epstein understands fan frustration

CHICAGO (AP) — Theo Epstein understands the fans' frustration. He feels it, too, at times. The Chicago Cubs went from 95 wins in 2018 to 84 last year, finished third in the NL Central behind St. Louis and Milwaukee and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2014. But when it comes to ...

Bucks aiming for 7 in a row

NEW YORK (AP) — Their lead was only nine with a minute left in the first half and it looked like the Milwaukee Bucks might be on their way to a close game. Then Khris Middleton hit two 3-pointers, and another rout was on for a team that just keeps racking them up. Giannis Antetokounmpo ...

NASCAR to change rules

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has changed the rules on its aerodynamic package for short tracks and road courses because the racing didn't improve at those venues under rules introduced last season. NASCAR had been fairly adamant the rules package would remain unchanged but reversed course ...

Santa Anita sees three horses die

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A third horse died in three days at Santa Anita when it collided with another horse during training hours on Sunday. Tikkun Olam, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Eric Kuljac, was euthanized because of his undisclosed injuries. The other horse apparently wasn't ...

49ers Kittle takes joy in run blocking

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — No tight end in NFL history has been as productive as George Kittle at catching the ball over the first three years of a career. A player that skilled as a receiver might be expected to ask, or even demand, for the ball to come his way plenty of times on ...

Chicago Bears announce hires

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bears coach Matt Nagy made several changes to his staff Thursday, hiring Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator and John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach. Dave Ragone (pass game coordinator), Brian Ginn (assistant special teams), Chris Jackson (assistant wide ...

Ovechkin scores 3 times in Capitals’ 5-2 win over Devils

WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin took a stick to the face and put three pucks in the net for a hat trick to lead the Washington Capitals past the New Jersey Devils 5-2 on Thursday night. Ovechkin reached 31 goals this season with his 25th career hat trick. He has scored five in his past two ...

Koepka third in return

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Brooks Koepka shot a 6-under 66 Thursday in his return to competition after a knee injury and was tied for third place after the opening round of the Abu Dhabi Championship.

Antetokounmpo, Bucks hold off first-place Celtics, 128-123

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer dug into his team after Thursday night's win. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 32 points and 17 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 23 and the Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 128-123 despite blowing two separate 20-point leads. “We were up ...

Nakken first major league female coach

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Major League Baseball confirmed Nakken is the first woman coach in the majors. Nakken is a former ...

Astros avoid arbitration with Springer amid scandal

HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer, the World Series MVP of the tainted 2017 Houston Astros, and the team settled on a $21 million, one-year contract Thursday. Springer had asked for $22.5 million in salary arbitration last week and the Astros offered $17.5 million, making the settlement $1 ...

Becoming great an ‘obsession’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Davante Adams obsesses about being great. The Green Bay wide receiver wasn't a five-star recruit. He wasn't the biggest, fastest or most athletic. He wasn't even a football player until late in his high school career. But the two-time Pro Bowler has worked himself ...

Rookie Bosa makes big impact on improved 49ers D

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Nick Bosa remained on the turf with the wind knocked out of him after beating yet another offensive lineman for a sack when the appreciative San Francisco 49ers fans started chanting his name. Bosa hopped up, jogged off the field and then quickly got back to doing ...

Packers-49ers rivalry dates back 25 years

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Brett Favre vs. Steve Young. Aaron Rodgers dueling with Colin Kaepernick. The catch by Terrell Owens, electrifying returns from Desmond Howard and breathtaking runs by Kaepernick. Few franchises have been as intertwined over the last quarter-century as the Green ...

Pistons’ Rose fined $25K

NEW YORK (AP) — Pistons guard Derrick Rose was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Tuesday for tossing a pen across the court during the end of Detroit's loss to New Orleans. With 37 seconds left in overtime and play stopped on Monday night, Rose sat slumped on a courtside table and flung the pen ...