National Sports

Bills trade starting OT for Cincy’s No. 12 pick

The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Associated Press has learned the Buffalo Bills have moved up nine spots in the draft by swapping first-round picks with the Cincinnati Bengals, who also acquired high-priced left tackle Cordy Glenn as part of the trade. The person spoke to The AP ...

Ex-Pirate will wear pinstripes this year

The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Joining the New York Yankees caused Neil Walker to smile, despite a hefty drop in salary. The free agent infielder agreed Monday to a $4 million, one-year contract, a 77 percent pay cut in a deal that allows New York prospects Gleyber Torres and Miguel ...

Loyola of Chicago returns to dance after drought

CHICAGO — As the players walked into the video room at the end of a grueling boot camp last fall, Loyola of Chicago coach Porter Moser made sure “One Shining Moment” was playing. He wanted his team to hear that anthem of the NCAA, to see what the payoff could be for their sweat, their ...

Tiger one stroke short

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Right when Paul Casey felt he was a winner in the Valspar Championship, he looked up at the TV and saw a scene that was all too familiar. Tiger Woods, red shirt blazing on Sunday, holed a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Innisbrook that pulled him to within one ...

Harvick wins again

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick is at his best when he’s mad, so much so that former crew chief Gil Martin used to try to rile him up during races. Harvick was running extra hot when he got to ISM Raceway after penalties for technical violations marred his victory last week at Las Vegas. ...

First Four games could mean a lot

Ordinarily, the rule when filling out brackets is that the First Four games in Dayton should be ignored because those teams are all incapable of winning a game when the “real” tournament starts on Thursday. Oops. Welcome to 2018, where two of the last three teams picked for this ...

Harvick chasing 3rd win in a row

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick left everyone else behind the last two weeks in Atlanta and Las Vegas. He figures to be even harder to beat today at ISM Raceway, the mile oval in the foothills outside Phoenix where he has a record eight victories. Trying to become the first driver to win ...

Keselowski takes Xfinity race

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Brad Keselowski overcame an early pit-road speeding penalty Saturday to win the rain-delayed NASCAR Xfinity Series at ISM Raceway. Keselowski took the lead off a pit stop with 32 laps left and held off Justin Allgaier in the race that was delayed two hours because of light ...

Browns continue to swing deals

CLEVELAND — Danny Shelton always ended his interviews with a smile and saying, “Go Browns!” It was the Browns turn to say, “Go Danny!” New Cleveland general manager John Dorsey continued to wheel and deal on Saturday by agreeing to send Shelton, a former first-round draft pick, to ...

Woods within 1 entering last round

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Canadian rookie Corey Conners kept the lead in the Valspar Championship and had a clear view of what he faces in the final round. Tiger Woods was right in front of him Saturday, and Conners could hear the roars all afternoon. Conners, who ran off birdies in the early ...

Sports at a glance

Browns make three trades CLEVELAND — With three stunning trades on the eve of free agency, the Cleveland Browns landed a proven starting quarterback, a game-breaking, three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and a shut-down cornerback. New general manager John Dorsey addressed major roster needs ...

Combine questions scrutinized

The Associated Press The NFL is investigating whether questions asked to LSU running back Derrius Guice at the combine were inappropriate. Guice, projected as one of the top running backs in this draft, told Sirius XM Radio that one team asked if he was gay and another club asked if his ...

Raiders to cut ties with Condo after 11 years

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders long snapper Jon Condo, a Philipsburg-Osceola graduate, says the team has told him he won’t return in 2018. Condo said on his Twitter account Wednesday that the Raiders told his agent he won’t be back when he becomes a free agent next week. Condo was ...

Spieth paired with Tiger at Valspar event

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Jordan Spieth is among the young stars in golf with only a glimpse — if even that — of how Tiger Woods could take over a tournament with his game and appeal. That moment for Spieth came in a practice round at Muirfield Village, with Woods as his teammate. Spieth ...

Jags don’t tag Robertson

The Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — If Allen Robinson remains in Jacksonville, it won’t be as one of the highest-paid receivers in the league. The Jaguars declined to use the franchise or transition tag on Robinson, stirring questions about his future. NFL teams had until Tuesday ...

Spieth working hard with Masters in mind

The Associated Press PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Jordan Spieth feels as though he has been playing catch-up all year. Spieth had a memorable offseason when he proposed (successfully) to longtime girlfriend Annie Verret. What suffered were his preparations for a new year after a bout with ...

New vibe around Philadelphia’s camp

By Rob Maaddi The Associated Press CLEARWATER, Fla. — Loud music blares inside the clubhouse and several players gather to watch an intense battle during another round of the team’s pingpong tournament. There’s a different vibe surrounding the Philadelphia Phillies this ...

Nationals send home top pick from last year

The Associated Press WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Washington Nationals sent Seth Romero, last year’s first-round draft choice, home from camp for an unspecified violation of team policy. This isn’t the first time Romero has been in trouble. During his final season at the University ...

Sports at a glance

Celtics’ star has sore knee CHICAGO — Boston Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving sat out Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore left knee. Coach Brad Stevens said Irving aggravated the knee during Saturday’s loss to Houston. He felt a little better the ...

Harvick wins second straight

LAS VEGAS — From his dynamic opening laps to his comfortable cruise to the checkered flag, Kevin Harvick was the safest bet in Sin City this weekend. Harvick’s air of inevitability increased with each lap around the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, and the rest of the NASCAR Cup field ...