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Back on Top: Tiger Woods makes Masters his 15th improbable major

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods blazing to victory in his Sunday red at the Masters, a scene once so familiar, was never more stunning. It was only two years ago at Augusta National that Woods needed a nerve block just to hobble upstairs to the Champions Dinner, unsure he would ever play ...

Bucks roll past Pistons, 121-86

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo ran and dunked all over the Pistons until they just shoved him to the ground. The team with the NBA's best record wanted to show it can make a long playoff run, and the Detroit Pistons were helpless to slow them down. "I don't know if they were ready ...

Golf: Tiger part of Masters logjam

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods made the largest logjam in Masters history look even bigger by making Augusta National sound as loud as ever. Even on a Friday, in the rain. Golf's best worked their way to the top of the leaderboard at a Masters pregnant with possibilities. The first ...

Koepka, DeChambeau share lead at the Masters

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Bryson DeChambeau believes science was at work late in the afternoon at Augusta National, creating a force in the atmosphere where big roars from great shots filter through the back nine. An easier description: Another exciting finish at the Masters, this time on a ...

Cold bats: Indians blank Tigers 4-0

DETROIT (AP) — Leonys Martin capped a successful return to Detroit with another fine day at the plate. Martin had three hits, including a solo home run in the third inning, and the Cleveland Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 4-0 on Thursday. Shane Bieber allowed three hits in seven innings ...

Pistons beat Knicks, make playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) — The Detroit Pistons knew a victory Wednesday night would guarantee them a playoff spot. And, from the opening tip, they left no doubt that was going to happen. Luke Kennard scored 27 points, Reggie Jackson had 21 and Andre Drummond added 20 points and 18 rebounds as the ...

Angels beat Brewers for series sweep

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels were held to five hits Wednesday night, but the timing of those hits propelled them to their sixth straight win. Missing star outfielder Mike Trout, the Angels defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 as they scored all their runs on four hits in the ...

Thunder beat Bucks in season finale

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Oklahoma City wanted a win to avoid slipping into a first-round playoff matchup against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. The Milwaukee Bucks, with the NBA's best record already clinched, just needed to stay healthy. Everybody got what they wanted Wednesday ...

Voynov appeals suspension for 2019-20 season

NEW YORK (AP) — Slava Voynov is appealing the suspension imposed by the NHL after it determined he committed acts of domestic violence. Jonathan Weatherdon, a spokesman for the NHL Players’ Association, said Wednesday that the organization had filed an appeal on behalf of Voynov. Players ...

Magic Johnson abruptly resigns as Lakers’ president

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just ...

Pistons win, cling to playoff hopes

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons are still clinging to the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs thanks to their biggest second-half comeback in three decades. Andre Drummond had 20 points and 17 rebounds and Ish Smith matched a season high with 22 points, helping Detroit rally to ...

Bats power Indians past Tigers, 8-2

DETROIT (AP) — Now down three key players in the season's early going, the Cleveland Indians reclaimed their usual spot at the top of the AL Central on Tuesday. Corey Kluber earned his first win of the season in his third start, powered by four home runs that sent the Indians over the ...

Cavs get 1st title, 85-77 in OT over Texas Tech

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Now that, Virginia, is the way to close out a season. And quiet those critics, too. Led by De'Andre Hunter and his NBA-ready game, the Cavaliers turned themselves into national champions Monday night, holding off tenacious, ferocious Texas Tech for an 85-77 overtime win ...

Schwarber, Cubs rout Pirates 10-0

CHICAGO (AP) — First, Brad Brach escaped a tough situation. Then Brandon Kintzler, Randy Rosario and Pedro Strop finished the job. Chicago's beleaguered bullpen stepped up after Jon Lester departed with left hamstring tightness, leading the Cubs over the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-0 in their ...

Trump administration ends MLB/Cuba baseball deal

HAVANA (AP) — The Trump administration is moving to end a deal allowing Cuban baseball players to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations. The change will once again require Cuban players to cut ties with their national program before signing with MLB. The Treasury ...

Texas Tech clamps down, beats Michigan State 61-51

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For those who thought Texas Tech only plays defense, it's time to meet Matt Mooney. While the Red Raiders were locking down Michigan State on one end, the graduate transfer shooting guard was raining in 3s on the other, lifting Tech one win away from a title Saturday ...

Virginia, Texas Tech face off for NCAA title

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For Virginia and Texas Tech, doing something that had never been done before took hard work, dedication, determination — and vision. The Cavaliers and Red Raiders meet in the NCAA Tournament championship game Monday night. Neither program has ever been this close to a ...

Ross sharp, Tigers beat Royals

DETROIT (AP) — Tyson Ross finally pitched at Comerica Park — and certainly enjoyed his new surroundings. Ross pitched seven impressive innings, and the Detroit Tigers extended their winning streak to five with a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. Ross signed with the ...

Rebuilding Red Wings counting on Larkin, Mantha and Bertuzzi

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Red Wings ended a third straight season without a postseason bid, counting on a core of players 24 years old and younger to end the postseason drought next year. Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, and Tyler Bertuzzi each set career highs for scoring and Anthony ...

NFL: Lions sign Rams playoff standout

Lions sign Rams playoff standout running back C.J. Anderson ALLEN PARK (AP) — The Detroit Lions have signed free agent running back C.J. Anderson, who made big plays for the Rams after being acquired late last season. Anderson rushed for 403 yards in 11 games for the Panthers and Rams. He ...