National Sports

Prepare for a 3-point heavy Final Four

SAN ANTONIO — These days, the Final Four is all about the 3. Gone are the days when the long-range shot was the low-percentage bet in college basketball compared with layups and midrange jumper. Now — much like its record usage in the NBA — it’s an indispensable piece of the arsenal ...

Notre Dame stuns UConn in OT

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Arike Ogunbowale’s jumper from the corner with 1 second left lifted Notre Dame to a 91-89 overtime victory over UConn on Friday night in the national semifinals. She finished with 27 points and Jackie Young had a career-high 32 to lead the Irish back to the championship ...

Newberry: Time for ‘1-and-dones’ to be done

ATLANTA — Darius Bazley wants to be a pioneer. Sure, three others have taken a straight line from high school to the NBA development league. But Bazley is one of the nation’s best high school players, so everyone perked up when he announced his intention to spend a season in the minors ...

LeBron on the cusp of Jordan mark

By Tom Withers The Associated Press CLEVELAND — A generation of kids wanted to be like Michael Jordan. They bought his red-and-black Nikes and sported his No. 23 Bulls jersey. They mimicked Jordan’s spin move and fadeaway jumper and even wagged their tongues the way he did on a flight ...

Price sparkles for BoSox

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Price is back in the Red Sox rotation and looking, feeling and — more important — performing like one of the best pitchers in baseball. The five-time All-Star was dominant in his first start since last July, allowing four singles over seven innings of ...

Rebuilding can pay off, but also invites skepticism

Spring training was just starting for the Pittsburgh Pirates under a splendid Florida sky. It was the time of year when any team can feel optimistic, but on this morning, the team was still coming to terms with an offseason shakeup. Stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole had been traded, and ...

San Francisco injury list continues to grow

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — San Francisco Giants closer Mark Melancon was put on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow flexor strain before Thursday’s opener, joining starters Madison Bumgarner and starter Jeff Samardzija on the sideline. The move was made retroactive to ...

Sister Jean takes Loyola hoops to heavenly place

SAN ANTONIO — On the night before Easter, a night when Sister Jean could reasonably be contemplating more consequential affairs, she will instead be festooned in her maroon and yellow letter jacket, sitting in her wheelchair on the floor of one of America’s greatest sports cathedrals, ...

Sports at a glance

BTW event at Jaffa tonight World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Mick Foley will return to Altoona tonight as a special enforcer at the Big Time Wrestling show at The Jaffa Shrine. Foley threw out the first pitch at an Altoona Curve game in August of 2016 when he was the WWE Raw ...

UConn, Irish ready to resume rivalry

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It wasn’t long ago Geno Auriemma and Muffet McGraw were constantly on each other’s minds. That’s what happens when you coach two of the nation’s best teams and play in the same conference. UConn and Notre Dame would play four times a season, heightening the ...

’Nova’s Brunson nets award

SAN ANTONIO — Villanova guard Jalen Brunson is The Associated Press men’s college basketball player of the year. The 6-3 junior is being presented with the award Thursday at the Final Four, where the Wildcats are chasing their second national championship in three seasons. He earned 36 of ...

Rookie does enough in Houston

The Associated Press HUMBLE, Texas — PGA Tour rookie Sam Ryder played just enough golf Thursday to get his name atop the leaderboard in the Houston Open. Ryder holed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to reach 8-under par before it was too dark to continue. The opening round was ...

Inspiration everywhere for Loyola

NCAA Men Final 4 Saturday: Michigan vs. Loyola of Chicago, 6:09 p.m.; Villanova vs. Kansas, 8:49 p.m. TV: TBS The Associated Press CHICAGO — The black-and-white photo on the back wall of his office serves as a constant reminder and inspiration for Loyola-Chicago coach Porter ...

College men

Duke freshman will enter NBA draft DURHAM, N.C. — Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III is entering the NBA draft. Bagley announced his decision Wednesday on his verified Instagram account, saying he “learned a lot this year on and off of the court.” Duke spokesman Mike DeGeorge said ...

NBA

76ers’ Embiid hurt by teammate PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia center Joel Embiid left in the second quarter of the 76ers’ game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday after a nasty collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. Embiid was ruled out for the rest of the game with a facial ...

Astros look to defend title as 2018 season gets started

NEW YORK — The Houston Astros will take the field as World Series champions for the first time. Giancarlo Stanton, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer will wear new uniforms following an odd offseason when tanking teams helped sink the free agent market. First-time managers will fill out lineup ...

Replay’s role undecided with new rule

The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — The NFL’s new rule outlawing a player from lowering his head to initially make any sort of hit with his helmet likely will be included in replay reviews for officials. That has not been decided yet, but Commissioner Roger Goodell and competition ...

Sports at a glance

Rams fall short in PIAA finals HERSHEY — The Richland Rams quest to bring home District 6’s first boys PIAA basketball championship came to an end Wednesday at the Giant Center, as they succumbed to District 12 champion Neumann-Goretti, 57-42, in the Class 3A ...

Milestone becoming more elusive

Robinson Cano dreamed as a kid of going to bat with the bases loaded, two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the World Series and hitting a home run. There was also a milestone number that seemed so improbable: 3,000 hits. “You dream one day what if feels like to win an ...

Dodgers designate Thompson for assignment

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have cut outfielder Trayce Thompson, the brother of NBA star Klay Thompson. Thompson was competing for a spot in a crowded Los Angeles outfield that includes Chris Taylor, Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, Joc Pederson and Andrew Toles. Out of minor league options, he was ...