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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 ...

League making it official with catches

The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Maybe it’s too late for Jesse James and the Steelers or Zach Miller and the Bears. No matter, the NFL has a simplified catch rule designed to eliminate confusion — and, the league hopes, controversy — about receptions. Team owners unanimously ...

Officials work on revamped schedule

The Associated Press Even as azaleas and dogwoods are blooming, it’s worth noting The Players Championship is six weeks away. That’s how much time the PGA Tour has remaining to put the finishing touches on a major shift in the golf calendar. Commissioner Jay Monahan has said his goal is ...

UConn elite above all others

By David Brandt The Associated Press Even among the elite in women’s college basketball, UConn stands out. The Huskies are back in the Final Four for an 11th straight season, breaking a tie with John Wooden and the UCLA men’s program for the Division I record. UConn beat defending ...

’Nova in blue blood category

The Associated Press VILLANOVA, Pa. — The Final Four had been set for decades: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas and Kentucky were crowned as college basketball’s royalty. They are the bluebloods of basketball — where deep NCAA Tournament runs are the norm, NBA prospects play, hardwood ...

Louisville finds its man at Xavier

The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville has found its new men’s basketball coach, tapping Xavier’s Chris Mack to guide the program back to national contention after a turbulent season in which the Cardinals were linked to a federal investigation and eventually missed the NCAA ...

KU heading back to Final 4

The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Kansas is going back to the Final Four. It’s hard to argue that Duke shouldn’t be headed there as well after the most riveting show of the NCAA tournament. Malik Newman and the top-seeded Jayhawks got past their Elite Eight road block Sunday, ...

’Nova continues to win big

The Associated Press BOSTON — With all of the underdogs and upsets that have upended the NCAA tournament, no one has managed to come close to Villanova. The 2016 national champions are headed back to the Final Four, thanks to a fourth straight double-digit victory in a month of March ...

Loyola gets warm welcome at home

The Associated Press CHICAGO — Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and Loyola-Chicago got quite a reception as they returned to campus on Sunday. Fans serenaded the 98-year-old team chaplain and newfound celebrity with chants of “Sister Jean! Sister Jean!” as she was wheeled into the arena. ...

Hoops du Jour

Curry to miss first round of playoffs OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry will not return for the first round of the playoffs next month because of a sprained left knee. Coach Steve Kerr on Sunday ruled out the two-time MVP for the best-of-seven first round in the Western Conference playoffs. ...

NCAA women

Louisville routs Oreon State LEXINGTON, Ky. — Louisville players proudly strutted around the court in championship T-shirts and hats, some adorned with a little piece of the net. Cardinals coach Jeff Walz brushed off confetti dumped on him during an interview to climb the ladder and ...

Browns add QB to roster

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a two-year contact with free agent quarterback Drew Stanton. The team announced the pact on Sunday night. The Browns met last week with Stanton while they were in California scouting UCLA’s Josh Rosen and USC’s Sam ...

Weather delays NASCAR

The Associated Press MARTINSVILLE, Va. — The NASCAR Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway has been postponed until today because of inclement weather. Rain and snow started falling Saturday afternoon and continued into the night, creating dangerous driving conditions on nearby roads ...

Watson prevents Thomas from getting top ranking with win

The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Bubba Watson made the final of the Dell Technologies Match Play look as though he were on vacation all along. Watson won his second World Golf Championships title Sunday with the biggest blowout since the championship matched switched to 18 holes in ...