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Tebow 0-for-4 in Triple-A debut

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Tim Tebow has gone hitless in his Triple-A debut for the Syracuse Mets. The former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner was 0 for 4 on Thursday for the top minor league affiliate of the New York Mets. He struck out twice and grounded out twice against the Pawtucket Red ...

Predictably, another gamble lost in AAF failure

Charlie Ebersol was sure his new football league was different, even as it ventured into the dark hole that had swallowed up ventures like his before. I talked to him in November, before uniforms had even been ordered and one game had aired. The Alliance of American Football league was well ...

Charges against Bennett dropped

HOUSTON — Prosecutors in Texas said Wednesday they are dismissing a felony charge against NFL defensive end Michael Bennett, who was accused of pushing the arm of a paraplegic security guard while trying to get onto the field after the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston. Bennett, recently traded to ...

Kraft attorneys allege constitutional violations

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Attorneys for Robert Kraft on Wednesday attacked a Florida police investigation that led to the New England Patriots owner being charged with paying for sex at a massage parlor, saying officers violated the U.S. and state constitutions and used tactics normally ...

Refs work hard to get it right

By Aaron Beard The Associated Press The technology used for game clocks has become part of a basketball referee’s on-court DNA, something few could see coming considering the system was initially scoffed at by some officials. The Precision Time system created more than two decades ago ...

Kucherovmakes case for MVP

Connor McDavid knows better than to risk making end-of-season NHL award projections. Through no fault of his own, the Edmonton Oilers captain was not included among last year’s three MVP candidates, causing a stir back home. So McDavid understandably deferred when recently asked to list his ...

Cox hospitalized after stroke

ATLANTA — Hall of Famer manager Bobby Cox was able to accept visitors in his Atlanta-area hospital room on Wednesday, one day after the longtime Braves skipper suffered a stroke. Braves manager Brian Snitker and general manager Alex Anthopoulos were among those saw Cox. “He’s holding ...

AAF looks to be one and done

By Bernie Wilson The Associated Press SAN DIEGO — Alliance of American Football co-founder Bill Polian said he’s been told that football operations have been suspended and that virtually everyone involved with the fledgling spring league will be terminated within 24 to 48 ...

Fox Sports coverage in need of changes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Darrell Waltrip will soon “Boogity! Boogity! Boogity!” his way into retirement. It’s time. And time for Fox Sports to look at deeper changes in its NASCAR television broadcast, too. Everyone yearns for an opportunity to say farewell on his or her own terms. ...

Masters week perfect to forget troubles

AUSTIN, Texas — The Masters can’t get here soon enough. Not because Tiger Woods is only six months removed from a victory in Georgia (East Lake) as he tries to end 11 years without a major and 14 years since he last won a green jacket. Or because Rory McIlroy won The Players Championship, ...

Yanks’ injury list keeps growing

NEW YORK — Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar joined the Yankees’ lengthy injured list, putting nearly half of New York’s starting lineup on the sidelines just three games into the season. Stanton strained his left biceps fouling off a 3-1 fastball from Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy in ...

Guards Culver, Mooney take far different paths

Hometown standout Jarrett Culver was the first recruit Chris Beard reached out to when he got to Lubbock as Texas Tech’s head coach three years ago. Then, when the Red Raiders were coming off their first NCAA Elite Eight appearance last season and had to replace a senior All-Big 12 point ...

Tillman forced to grow up fast

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Xavier Tillman has had to grow up fast on and off the basketball court. The Michigan State forward was forced to transform from being a role-playing reserve to a key starter late in the regular season when Nick Ward broke his left hand. Tillman became a father as a ...

Bears, Irish reach Final 4

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Maybe someone at the Final Four will actually give Baylor a game. Four rounds into the NCAA Tournament, and the Bears have barely faced any resistance. Baylor cruised to its first Final Four since 2012 with its latest bracket blowout, this one an 85-53 rout of Iowa on ...

Izzo, 3 first-time coaches featured

Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four. The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This will be his eighth Final Four and a chance for a second national championship. The other three Final ...

Spartans oust Duke, Zion Williamson

WASHINGTON — Cassius Winston missed an open jump shot but was right there for the rebound. Without hesitating, he stepped back and swished a 3-pointer. “Now is not the time to doubt yourself,” Winston said. “Now’s not the time to shy away from those big moments.” The biggest ...

Hamlin overcomes adversity

FORT WORTH, Texas — Denny Hamlin had such a fast car at Texas Motor Speedway that he was able to win even after two penalties on pit road and some other issues during green flag conditions. While Hamlin was reviewing all that happened, crew chief Chris Gabehart leaned forward and said, “I ...

Plenty of feel-good stories among finalists

Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four. The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This will be his eighth Final Four and a chance for a second national championship. The other three Final ...

Auburn survives with OT victory

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The confetti was still swirling around Auburn coach Bruce Pearl when he gazed over a team headed to the first Final Four in school history and declared, “This one was for Chuma!” “The next two,” Pearl added with a triumphant grin, “are for Auburn.” Drawing ...

Bogaerts, Boston agree to new deal

BOSTON — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has agreed to terms on a new contract that would keep him in Boston through 2025 and guarantee him $132 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday night. Bogaerts will earn $12 million this year under the ...