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Cubs invite former closer Morrow to spring training

CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs announced former closer Brandon Morrow's minor league contract on Wednesday and said he will report to big league spring training. If added to the 40-man roster, Morrow would get a one-year contract paying a $1.5 million salary while in the major leagues and a ...

Hank Aaron turns 86

AP Photo Former Atlanta Braves slugger Hank Aaron, center, is surrounded by family and friends as Atlanta Technical College celebrates his 86th birthday, Wednesday. Atlanta Technical College renamed an academic complex for the former Atlanta Braves slugger, christening it the Henry Louis ...

College Basketball — Badgers trying to bounce back with Spartans next

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Greg Gard got a phone call from Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, a few hours after the Badgers got rocked with a couple unpleasant surprises. Kobe King, the second-leading scorer at Wisconsin, announced Wednesday that he intends to transfer two days after ...

George narrates tribute to Bryant before Clippers game

LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-Star forward Paul George narrated a 2-minute video tribute to Kobe Bryant before the Los Angeles Clippers faced the Sacramento Kings on Thursday night. It was the first basketball game at Staples Center since Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven others were ...

Fun-loving TEs Kelce, Kittle the life of Super Bowl party

MIAMI (AP) — They've got swagger, style and lots and lots of catches. Kansas City's Travis Kelce and San Francisco's George Kittle are talkative tight ends at this year's Super Bowl and among the most entertaining personalities in the NFL — Rob Gronkowski-types who could play big roles in ...

Preds top Devils

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Filip Forgsberg and Matt Duchene scored in a shootout, and the Nashville Predators gave coach John Hynes a win against his former team with a wild 6-5 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Thursday night. Forsberg scored two goals in regulation and Pekka Rinne made saves ...

No. 14 Michigan State tops Northwestern 79-50

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Cassius Winston was sluggish and looked out of sorts, turning the ball over more than he was making shots. The senior star turned it around in the second half and finished with 18 points to lead No. 14 Michigan State in a 79-50 win over Northwestern on Wednesday ...

Mike Shanahan a proud papa as son Kyle seeks Super Bowl win

DENVER (AP) — Mike Shanahan has never been this nervous about a Super Bowl. It's one thing to coach in the big game, quite another to watch your kid do it. Shanahan, who coached in four Super Bowls as an assistant before leading the Denver Broncos to back-to-back titles in the late 1990s ...

Vanessa Bryant speaks publicly

NEW YORK (AP) — Vanessa Bryant spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since the helicopter crash that killed her husband Kobe Bryant, one of their daughters and seven others, taking to Instagram to thank people for the global outpouring of support since the tragedy. She also announced ...

Dinwiddie, emotional Irving lead Nets by Pistons, 125-115

NEW YORK (AP) — It's only been a few days, not nearly enough for the players who were close with Kobe Bryant to get over his death. Unlike Sunday, Kyrie Irving was at least able to take his grief onto the basketball court. “I couldn’t even come up with wanting to play that game," ...

Cubs’ Kris Bryant loses service-time grievance

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant has lost his service-time grievance against the Chicago Cubs, providing some clarity for the team and the All-Star third baseman with spring training on the horizon. The grievance had hovered over Chicago throughout its quiet offseason. The decision means the ...

Astros hire Dusty Baker

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker has been hired to replace AJ Hinch as the manager of the Houston Astros. The team announced the hiring on Wednesday and said Baker will be introduced in Houston on Thursday. The 70-year-old became the oldest manager in the big leagues. Hinch was fired Jan. 13 ...

The most VIP Super Bowl weekend costs $1.5M, includes butler

MIAMI (AP) — Private jet service, a personal butler, or how about a meal with former Patriots star Rob Gronkowski to top off Super Bowl weekend? From legendary nightclubs to exclusive parties, no place caters to the rich and famous quite like glitzy Miami. The city’s most luxurious ...

Djokovic adds to Slam streak vs. Federer at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was wondering, right along with everyone else, what sort of shape Roger Federer would be in for their Australian Open semifinal. At age 38, despite dealing with a painful groin muscle and coming off a draining five-setter, Federer came out just ...

Tribute for Kobe Bryant at Super Bowl media night

MIAMI (AP) — Chants of “Kobe! Kobe! Kobe!” broke a moment of a silence that kicked off a more subdued Super Bowl media night. The NFL opened the most hyped week in professional sports with mixed emotions Monday night, one day after retired superstar Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven ...

Pilot of Bryant helicopter tried to avoid heavy fog

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — A veteran pilot who plunged into a Los Angeles-area hillside, killing Kobe Bryant and eight others, had tried to avoid fog so heavy that it had grounded police choppers, authorities said. But even experienced pilots may have only seconds to act when they are blinded ...

Pistons fall to Cavs, 115-100

DETROIT (AP) — Kevin Love scored all 20 of his points in the first half and Cleveland beat Detroit to snap a seven-game losing streak. Love, an Olympic teammate of Kobe Bryant's who played college basketball in Los Angeles at UCLA, made six 3-pointers before halftime. It was the first game ...

MLB umps may voice decisions

NEW YORK (AP) — Big league players, managers and fans might be hearing a lot more from umpires this season. Replay review decisions could be announced at the ballpark by umps wearing microphones, as Major League Baseball and the umpires are actively discussing the possibility. If the ...

Castellanos to Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AP) — Free agent outfielder Nick Castellanos signed a $64 million, four-year deal with the Reds, Cincinnati's latest big-money move to emerge from years of losing. The deal allows Castellanos to opt out and become a free agent after the 2020 or 2021 seasons. He gets salaries of ...

Bryant’s helicopter flew in foggy conditions that grounded other choppers

CALABASAS, Calif. (AP) — The helicopter carrying Kobe Bryant and eight others that crashed into a rugged hillside outside Los Angeles was flying in foggy conditions considered dangerous enough that local police agencies grounded their choppers. The helicopter plunged into a steep hillside at ...