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Far From Perfect: Dismal shooting dooms Michigan in blowout loss

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — More than 24 minutes into the game, the nation's best defense had yet to allow its 20th point. Yes, Texas Tech makes it tough on people. One more clamp-down job like this and the Red Raiders will be D-ing up in the Final Four. Jarett Culver's 22 points were a mere ...

No Cain Do: Brewers’ OF saves HR to preserve Opening Day win

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Lorenzo Cain fired the ball high into the air and jumped up and down in the outfield, yelling and shaking his head from side to side. "I let them know. Not today," a grinning Cain said. Not today, indeed. Cain soared above the wall to rob Jose Martinez of a tying home ...

Baez, Cubs rout Rangers 12-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Javier Baez had a slight smile on his face when he was asked how different he felt playing shortstop and hitting cleanup for the Chicago Cubs. Two big swings on opening day indicate he's picking up where he left off last season. "Uh, the same. I feel more confident ...

Maddon, Cubs looking to rebound from disappointing finish in ‘18

CHICAGO (AP) — After four consecutive playoff appearances and the 2016 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs are way past playing for Joe Maddon's future. They also know what's going on, too. Maddon is entering the final year of his contract after the team declined to offer an extension to ...

Zags, FSU, Michigan back in SoCal

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — From the palm trees outside to the big men inside, the Western portion of the Sweet 16 looks strikingly familiar. Michigan's the only team that would like for it to end the same as last year. The Wolverines, along with Gonzaga and Florida State, are returning to ...

Ducks long shots in seed only as powerhouses start Sweet 16

The closest thing to a long shot left in the NCAA Tournament is in the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years, made the Final Four a couple years ago and is led by a coach with almost 650 wins who has guided three programs to the dance. Next up for No. 12 seed Oregon: Virginia. The ...

A win for Woods in his return to match play

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Six years later, the Dell Technologies Match Play was all too familiar for Tiger Woods. He was on the cusp of losing his fourth straight hole Wednesday when Woods poured in a 10-foot par putt, and Aaron Wise three-putted from 30 feet. Just like that, momentum swung in ...

Reports: Former Packers WR Nelson to retire

Former Green Bay Packers and Oakland Raiders wide receiver Jordy Nelson is retiring, according to multiple reports. The news first broke Wednesday morning on Twitter. Nelson did not address the news before press time. Nelson played 10 season including nine in Green Bay. He signed with the ...

Bledsoe scores 23 to lead Bucks past Rockets, 108-94

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Bledsoe stole the show in a marquee matchup between the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. With top-billing going to MVP front-runners Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the feisty Bucks' guard turned in one his best all-around performances of ...

NFL: Pass interference now reviewable by officials

PHOENIX (AP) — Roger Goodell laid down the law, and the owners readily changed NFL rules on reviewing pass interference, whether flagged or not. As the league concluded its spring meeting one day early, the owners passed by a shockingly overwhelming 31-1 margin that interference can be ...

Coyotes hold off Blackhawks, 1-0

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Darcy Kuemper and Nick Cousins, along with some gritty play from their teammates, gave the Arizona Coyotes a critical victory in their pursuit of a Western Conference wild card. Next up, the franchise's most meaningful regular-season game in years. Cousins scored a ...

Packers-Bears to open 2019 NFL season

PHOENIX (AP) — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5. Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries ...

Top-seeded Notre Dame thumps Michigan State

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Coach Muffet McGraw, top-seed Notre Dame and the home fans held their collective breaths when Jackie Young lost hers during Monday's 91-63 victory over No. 9 Michigan State in a second-round NCAA Chicago Regional game. "I'm fine, just a hard foul, nothing to worry ...

No. 1 seeds dominate spots for tournament’s Sweet 16

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The path to the Final Four will not be easy for Zion Williamson, Luke Maye, De’Andre Hunter and the other top-seeded stars in the NCAA Tournament. For the first time in a decade, the remaining tournament field entering the Sweet 16 looks a lot like the one set on ...

Packers vs. Bears to open 2019 schedule

PHOENIX (AP) — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will have the Packers play at the Bears in the Thursday night kickoff game Sept. 5. Traditionally, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in ...

NCAA favorites reach Sweet 16

Chalk one up for the seeded favorite in the NCAA Tournament. The biggest upset this March isn't a wild heave at the horn for a winner from a No. 15 seed or a First Four team somehow weaving into the second weekend — it's the lack of genuine stunners to shake up the bracket. The top seeds ...

MSU routs Gophers, on to Sweet 16

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michigan State doesn't just hope to get to the Sweet 16 each year. It expects it. The Spartans played with that attitude, and then some, rolling past Minnesota 70-50 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday night to advance to the regional semifinals ...

Michigan returning to Sweet 16 after toppling Florida, 64-49

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Michigan's biggest concern against Florida was facing the Gators' lockdown defense. The solution? Beat Florida at its own game. Michigan is back in the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive year after pulling away for a 64-49 win in the second round of the NCAA ...

Patriots’ TE Gronkowski retires

BOSTON (AP) — The party's over for Rob Gronkowski. Then again, it might just be getting started. The New England Patriots' fun-loving, touchdown-spiking tight end announced Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine mostly dominant, Super Bowl-filled seasons. The four-time All-Pro ...

Michigan State holds off Bradley

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — For about 35 minutes, it felt like Bradley might pull off the first bracket-busting stunner of this year's NCAA Tournament. Michigan State survived by leaning on the brilliance of Cassius Winston and a remarkably efficient performance at the free throw ...