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Brewers reach deal with Suter

PHOENIX (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Brent Suter reached a two-year, $2.5 million deal Sunday that avoids an arbitration hearing that had been set for next week. Suter returned from Tommy John surgery last September and went 4-0 with a 0.49 ERA in nine relief appearances, helping ...

Manfred meets with managers

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — With baseball ablaze over the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal, commissioner Rob Manfred met with nearly half of the major leagues managers Sunday and told them to knock off any notion of get-even beanballs. Cody Bellinger, Kris Bryant, Trevor Bauer and Carlos ...

Fernandez dies at age 57

TORONTO (AP) — Tony Fernandez, a stylish shortstop who made five All-Star teams during his 17 seasons in the major leagues and helped the Toronto Blue Jays win the 1993 World Series, died Sunday after complications from a kidney disease. He was 57. Fernandez was taken off a life support ...

Scott prevails at Riviera

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Adam Scott has another victory at Riviera, and this time it counts. Scott survived a calamitous Sunday with just enough clutch putts — for birdie, par, even a bogey — and closed with 1-under 70 for a two-shot victory in the Genesis Invitational. The victory comes 15 ...

Kuchar shoots 64 to lead Riviera

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods began with an unknowing tribute to Kobe Bryant by making an eagle putt that optical cameras measured at 24 feet, 8 inches. He ended his opening round with a reminder that getting around Riviera unscathed is no small task. That's what made Matt Kuchar's day all ...

How about a catch?

Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, right, plays catch with fan Ivan Weinhold during spring training practice Wednesday. Pitchers and catchers are reporting to MLB camps this week with full squad workouts beginning next week.

Pacers pull away late to beat Bucks

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Malcolm Brogdon flipped the script Wednesday night. Rather than watch another late lead slip away, the Indiana Pacers guard found his finishing touch. Brogdon thwarted Milwaukee's charge with a nearly perfect fourth-quarter performance, helping the Pacers hold on for a ...

Young pitchers form the core of Detroit’s rebuild

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Casey Mize was the No. 1 pick in the 2018 amateur draft, and Matt Manning was a first-round selection two years earlier. Those two pitchers are the headliners of Detroit's rebuilding process — and they aren't the only Tigers prospects worth paying attention to this ...

Middleton, Bledsoe help Bucks beat Kings

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks presented Giannis Antetokounmpo a victory as a baby gift. Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points apiece to pace Milwaukee past Sacramento 123-111 on Monday night as the Bucks won without new father Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo, the reigning ...

New-look Brewers set sights on 3rd straight playoff appearance

The Milwaukee Brewers have a lot of work to do in spring training. Namely, some introductions might be in order. Seven players who appeared in Milwaukee's dramatic loss in the NL wild card game at Washington are gone, including catcher Yasmani Grandal and third baseman Mike Moustakas. ...

Bucks dump Magic, 111-95

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 18 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists, helping the NBA-best Bucks to the road win Saturday night. Milwaukee won for the 13th time in 14 games, improving the league’s best record to 45-7 and remaining on course to become just the third team ...

XFL debut hit and miss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The debut of the new XFL had a punt blocked for a touchdown, a juiced-up crowd roaring for big plays and a player swearing during an in-game television interview. The actual football was hit and miss. College national championship-winning former Ohio State quarterback ...

Antetokounmpo shines as Bucks defeat 76ers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo believes the Milwaukee Bucks did the right thing by standing pat at the trade deadline. The reigning league MVP and his teammates kept rolling Thursday night. Antetokounmpo had 36 points and 20 rebounds in a 112-101 victory over the struggling ...

Drummond’s big game lifts Pistons

DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond wasn't about to predict where he'd be playing in a couple days. “Your guess is as good as mine,” he said. “I don't know what's going to happen. I'm going to go to sleep tonight and wake up and find out what happens.” Drummond had 31 points and 19 ...

Minnesota romps past Wisconsin, 70-52

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's outside shooting was overdue for a resurgence, and Wisconsin was just as aware. Payton Willis provided the initial spark for the Gophers, and the Badgers never caught up. Willis scored a career-high 21 points on 5-for-7 shooting from 3-point range to lead ...

Rose asks for reinstatement, cites Astros and steroids

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Pete Rose again asked Major League Baseball to end his lifetime ban, saying the penalty is unfair compared with discipline for steroids use and electronic sign stealing. Rose's lawyers submitted the application Wednesday to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, who in ...

Hundreds of thousands gather to celebrate Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of Kansas City Chiefs fans braved sub-freezing wind chills on Wednesday to celebrate the team's first Super Bowl victory in 50 years, and if Coach Andy Reid is to be believed, they'll be back for an encore next year. Fans lined the 2-mile ...

Mickelson won’t accept invite

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson is still not exempt for the U.S. Open and says he won't accept a special invitation. The U.S. Open is the one major keeping Mickelson from the career Grand Slam and no other major has given him more grief. His six runner-up finishes, most recently ...

Tigers, Twins in Santo Domingo

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is returning to the Dominican Republic for the first time in 20 years, with the Minnesota Twins and the Detroit Tigers playing a spring training game in Santo Domingo on March 7. MLB has never played a regular-season game in the Dominican Republic. ...

Jags to play 2 in London

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars will play consecutive home games in London next season, potentially strengthening the franchise’s foothold in an overseas market the NFL is eager to expand. The Jaguars will play back-to-back games at historic Wembley Stadium “to ...