National Sports

Study shows players get hefty arbitration raises

The Associated Press NEW YORK — San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers landed the biggest raise of all the hefty salary increases in arbitration. The 168 players eligible for arbitration as of mid-December averaged a 113 percent raise, according to a study by The Associated Press on ...

MLB union accepts change for intentional walks

The Associated Press NEW YORK — There won’t be any wild pitches on intentional walks this season. The players’ association has agreed to Major League Baseball’s proposal to have intentional walks without pitches this year. “It doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. I know ...

MLB needs to wake up, then speed up the game

There are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed. Commentary Unfortunately, those in charge of the game are going about it all the wrong way. Extra inning gimmicks? Seven-inning games? Automatic intentional walks? “All of it is stupid,” Atlanta Braves ...

Elliott does just enough to get Daytona pole

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Chase Elliott nipped Dale Earnhardt Jr. on the final qualifying lap Sunday to win his second straight pole for the Daytona 500. Elliott turned a lap at 192.872 mph to just edge Earnhardt’s speed of 196.864. Elliott and ...

Pelicans’ Davis sets scoring record

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books. And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he’s clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden ...

No. 14 Cavs struggling with the good teams

The Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Virginia coach Tony Bennett has built a program that thrives on defense, toughness and smart play while running a deliberate offense that doesn’t put up big numbers. The past week in the AP Top 25 offered a glaring look at the 14th-ranked ...

UConn coach hopes team learns lesson

The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Geno Auriemma hopes his UConn Huskies learned something after escaping with a victory at Tulane. Napheesa Collier had 26 points and 12 rebounds and top-ranked Connecticut held off Tulane 63-60 on Saturday night to push its record winning streak to 101 ...

Logano takes advantage of Clash

The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Joey Logano won the Clash at Daytona on Sunday, stealing a victory when leader Denny Hamlin and Brad Keselowski wrecked on the final lap. Hamlin led much of the 75-lap exhibition event, which was postponed a day because of rain, but lost control ...

Long-shot status gone for Reddick

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press As a walk-on at Temple, Haason Reddick earned a starting spot before he got a scholarship. Reddick’s father says his son was tempted at times during his college career to give up football and get a job instead of burdening his parents with tuition ...

Legend George ‘The Animal’ Steele dead at age 79

The Associated Press STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE Hall of Fame member George “The Animal” Steele, whose given name was Jim Myers, has died at age 79. WWE announced Friday the death of Steele, who was living in Florida. The Detroit native had tweeted and blogged in recent months about his ...

California storms wipe out entire day 2 of Genesis event

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — Wind, rain and the snap of a large tree limb were enough to stop play Friday in the second round of the Genesis Open. Sam Saunders remained atop the leaderboard without ever hitting a shot Friday at Riviera. Jhonattan Vegas joined him at 7-under par ...

NASCAR hopes for boost in 2017

The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has a new sponsor, a new format and welcomes back its most popular driver, all providing optimism for a series eager to halt a steady decline in attendance, ratings and sponsorship. Money is down across the board and everyone is doing more ...

Backup for Earnhardt ready to go

The Associated Press DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Alex Bowman will race 75 laps in the car that belongs to NASCAR’s most popular driver, hang up the firesuit and head home. When will he return? Bowman has no idea if he’ll return to Cup racing in 2017. A year after making a string of ...

Arbitration cases coming in at 50/50

The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay’s Jake Odorizzi, Houston’s Collin McHugh and Toronto’s Marcus Stroman won their salary arbitration cases Tuesday, and St. Louis’ Michael Wacha, Milwaukee’s Chase Anderson and Arizona’s Taijuan Walker lost. Decisions for all ...

Royals’ P falls through barn roof

The Associated Press SURPRISE, Ariz. — Kansas City Royals left-hander Brian Flynn is expected to be sidelined for two months after falling through a barn roof at his Oklahoma residence. The Royals said Tuesday that Flynn broke a rib and had three minor vertebrae fractures. Flynn had a ...

Cavs will get no Love down the stretch

CLEVELAND — Kevin Love won’t be able to help the Cavaliers down the stretch this season. The All-Star forward will miss at least six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday, a blow to the defending NBA champions as they try to lock up the top seed in the ...

Panthers hire assistant

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Charlie Partridge is back with the Pittsburgh Panthers. Coach Pat Narduzzi hired Partridge on Tuesday to serve as the team’s defensive line coach. Partridge replaces Tom Sims, who left the program earlier this month. Partridge served as head coach at ...

Oakley banned by Knicks

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Madison Square Garden chairman James Dolan banned Charles Oakley from the arena Friday, though said he was open to reconciling with the former Knicks forward. In an interview with ESPN Radio’s Michael Kay, Dolan also confirmed a report that he had fired ...

Report: Kushners buying Marlins

The Associated Press MIAMI — The Kushner family, which already has close ties to the White House, may soon move into Major League Baseball. Joshua Kushner, whose older brother is an adviser to President Trump, has a preliminary agreement to buy the Miami Marlins for about $1.6 billion, a ...

Back spasms still haunting Woods

The Associated Press PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Tiger Woods pulled out of his next two tournaments because of ongoing back problems, a somber outlook for a 14-time major champion whose comeback barely lasted three tournaments before another setback. Woods said Friday on his website that he ...