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Heat's Bosh out for season with blo...

Heat's Bosh out for season with blood clots

Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh will miss at least the remainder of the season after developing blood clots on one of his lungs, the team announced Saturday.
Michigan St., Izzo back to Final Fo...

Michigan St., Izzo back to Final Four

Spartans Final Four-bound after 76-70 OT win over Louisville
Sources: Mullin mulls St. John's co...

Sources: Mullin mulls St. John's coaching gig

Chris Mullin has been offered the job to become the next head coach at St. John's, multiple sources told ESPN.
Hamlin edges Keselowski for Martins...

Hamlin edges Keselowski for Martinsville win

Denny Hamlin passed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead with 28 laps to go Sunday and went on to end Toyota's 32-race winless streak in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.
Alabama kicks Taylor off team follo...

Alabama kicks Taylor off team following arrest

Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor has been dismissed from the team after he was arrested again on domestic violence charges in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Fired Barnes: Texas asked for staff...

Fired Barnes: Texas asked for staff changes

An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years Sunday, insisting he is grateful for his time with the Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired.

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Durant to have another surgery, mis...

Durant to have another surgery, miss rest of season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) NBA MVP Kevin Durant will miss the rest of the season and have bone graft surgery next week to treat a fractured bone in his right foot.

The Oklahoma City Thunder had said last week he likely would be shut down for the season. The team was trying to figure out why his pain remained long after he was supposed to be able to play.

General manager Sam Presti said Friday the team expects Durant to return to basketball activities within the four to six months.

He said this decision was aimed at Durant's "long-term health and stability" and represented a consensus of Durant and his representatives, specialists and the team. The procedure was termed the "most proactive and recommended approach."

The Thunder are in position to make the playoffs without Durant, but they clearly will miss one of the game's most dynamic players. Durant last played Feb. 19 before the discomfort became too much to bear. He has played in just 27 games, averaging 25.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists.

Durant had his initial surgery in October and had been healing well. But in late February, he had a procedure to replace a screw that was rubbing against another bone. After that second surgery, the Thunder expected him to return in one to two weeks.

Durant then consulted with three foot and ankle specialists. It was determined there still was pain from the rubbing, plus regression in the initial break. It was then decided to proceed with the bone graft, Presti said.

"It's a blow for him and for our league," Cleveland's LeBron James said of his U.S. Olympic teammate. "We're a brotherhood and you never want anyone to go down, especially of that stature. He means a lot to our game and obviously means a lot to the OKC family, and you just wish him well and hopefully for a speedy recovery."

A week ago, Presti said Durant was struggling and the team did not want to rush him back. When asked if it would be best to end Durant's season, Presti said: "Essentially, that's the direction that we're taking right now."

Presti said the bone graft is a common procedure to fix the less than 10 percent of such foot operations that don't work out.

"While everyone is disappointed that Kevin falls into that group, we are encouraged that the bone graft procedure has historically demonstrated long-term health and stability," Presti said.

The Thunder entered Friday three games ahead of Phoenix for the No. 8 spot in the Western Conference standings. Point guard Russell Westbrook has emerged as an MVP candidate. He leads the league with 27.3 points per game while averaging 8.7 assists and 7.1 rebounds.

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Sooners wear down in 62-58 loss to ...

Sooners wear down in 62-58 loss to Spartans in East semis

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) It took four years for coach Lon Kruger to rebuild the Oklahoma Sooners into bona fide NCAA Tournament contenders.

The Sooners still have a few steps to take before they can be regarded as Elite Eight worthy.

Oklahoma (24-11) withered under Michigan State's defensive pressure in the second half of a 62-58 loss in an East Regional semifinal on Friday night. After getting off to a hot start by hitting eight of their first 11 shots, the Sooners went 12 of 44 the rest of the way.

"This group does a good job, making progress as a program," Kruger said. "They've taken some good steps. We've got a long way to go. But a good fight tonight."

Junior guard Buddy Hield led Oklahoma with 21 points. Senior forward TaShawn Thomas scored 16 and added seven rebounds.

Travis Trice led the Spartans with 24 points, while Denzel Valentine scored 13 of his 18 points in the second half.

The third-seeded Sooners were beaten by the seventh-seeded Spartans (26-11), who advance to play Louisville on Sunday.

This was Oklahoma's third-consecutive tournament appearance in four years under Kruger. And it was the Sooners' deepest run since the Blake Griffin-led team reached the regional final in 2009.

The Sooners were undone by an unproductive bench, which accounted for just three points - all by Khadeem Lattin.

"They just did it and we didn't," said Lattin. "It was another one of those games where we had control. We took control of the game early, and something just got away from us."

The game turned once Michigan State took its first lead, going up 44-42 on Dawson's 8-foot turnaround jumper with 9:26 left. The teams traded the lead four times before the Spartans went ahead for good with 6:42 left, when Matt Costello put back his own miss with an emphatic dunk.

After Hield missed a 3-point attempt at the other end, Valentine responded by hitting a pull-up 3-pointer in transition to make it 51-47.

And Michigan State maintained the lead by finally hitting shots from the free-throw line. After missing seven of their first 10, the Spartans were perfect on their final six free throws.

Trice hit two to put Michigan State up 62-58 with 13.2 seconds left. Hield missed a 3-point attempt on what became the Sooners' final possession in a game that stretched into Saturday morning.

TIP-INS

Michigan State: The Spartans improved their NCAA tournament record to 62-27, and moved into seventh place on the victory list - one ahead of Syracuse. ... The Spartans were a No. 7 seed when they reached the Elite 8 in 2003.

Oklahoma: Coach Lon Kruger stayed true to form by starting the same five he's had all season. The Sooners are just one of six teams in the nation to start the same five this year. Kruger did the same last year. ... The Sooners bench had combined for 30 points in its last two games.

UP NEXT:

Michigan State: Faces No. 4 seed Louisville in the East final on Sunday. The Spartans trail the all-time series 5-3, and meet the Cardinals the tournament for the fourth time - and third in seven years.

Oklahoma: Season is over with the Sooners losing just one starter, Thomas, to graduation.

Louisville beats NC State 75-65; on...

Louisville beats NC State 75-65; on to Elite 8

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Montrezl Harrell scored 24 points, reserve Anton Gill keyed a late-game surge, and Louisville beat North Carolina State 75-65 on Friday night in the East Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Louisville (27-8), the fourth seed in the East and seeking to make its third Final Four in four years, will play either No. 3 seed Oklahoma or seventh-seeded Michigan State in the East final on Sunday. The Sooners and Spartans played in Friday's nightcap in the Carrier Dome.

After toppling top-seeded Villanova, North Carolina State (22-14), the eighth seed, saw its postseason run end against a team that refused to quit.

Louisville wasn't given much chance of playing in late March after it lost two of three entering the NCAA Tournament, but gritty wins over UC Irvine and Northern Iowa had the Cardinals brimming with confidence.

Terry Rozier had 17 points and 14 rebounds and freshman guard Quentin Snider added 14 points for the Cardinals.

Trevor Lacey led the Wolfpack with 18 points, while Ralston Turner had 12 and Kyle Washington 11.

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Gonzaga headed to Elite Eight for 1...

Gonzaga headed to Elite Eight for 1st time since 1999

HOUSTON (AP) Growing up in Poland, Przemek Karnowski had to stay up until 2 or 3 a.m. to watch the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga's big man got to star in the show in prime time on Friday night, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds to lead the second-seeded Bulldogs to a 74-62 win over No. 11 seed UCLA in the Houston Regional semifinals.

The victory puts Gonzaga (35-2) in the Elite Eight for the second time, its first regional final since 1999. The Bulldogs will play the winner of the Utah-Duke game on Sunday.

UCLA (22-14) opened the second half with a 6-0 run to get within 35-34. Gonzaga got going after that, scoring the next 12 points, thanks to the powerful inside game of the 7-foot-1, 288-pound Karnowski to make it 47-34.

"For me it was always a dream to be here and to play deep into the NCAA Tournament," Karnowski said. "And right now I'm here and I'm trying to enjoy every second of it."

Karnowski helped the Bulldogs grab six more offensive rebounds than UCLA, which Bruins coach Steve Alford believes was the key to the game.

"We didn't rebound the basketball," Alford said. "They got too many second shots."

Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer raved about Karnowski's work.

"He was a beast down there, just gobbling up offensive boards," Wiltjer said. "It's so easy for us, especially when we're on the perimeter, to just throw it down to him and he gets a bucket."

The Bruins, who lost in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year, were done in by a tough shooting night that included long stretches without scoring. They were led by Norman Powell's 16 points.

They quieted doubters who questioned whether they should be in the tournament by winning their first two games, but couldn't stay with the Bulldogs on a night when their shots weren't falling. Powell made just 8 of 19 shots and Bryce Alford was 3 of 11.

It's Gonzaga's second win over UCLA this season after also beating the Bruins in December. Gonzaga's only loss to UCLA in the four-game history of the series came in a 73-71 defeat in the regional semifinal in 2006.

It will be the first trip to the round of eight for Gonzaga coach Mark Few, who took over the season after they last made it.

"The one accomplishment that we haven't done is reach the Final Four and we finally have an opportunity to do that," Few said.

The Bruins couldn't find any offense as Gonzaga built its lead early in the second half.

Domantas Sabonis drew ooh's and ahh's from the crowd when the 6-10 Lithuanian grabbed a bounce pass from Karnowski and sailed over Isaac Hamilton for a one-handed dunk that made it 51-37 with 11 minutes remaining.

Karnowski found Sabonis again a few minutes later, when he passed it behind his back and Sabonis finished with a layup to push the lead to 14 points.

Gonzaga was up 13-10 less than six minutes into the game when both offenses went cold, combining to miss the next 19 shots.

There were missed layups, shots from the outside that clanged off the rim and even a couple of air balls. No matter what either team tried, they simply couldn't make a shot for about 6 1/2 minutes. Gonzaga extended the lead a bit with three free throws.

Powell finally ended the field goal drought when he drove into the lane and his layup mercifully fell through the net to cut the lead to 16-12 about eight minutes before halftime. The Bulldogs scored a few seconds later on a jump shot by Karnowski.

Gonzaga led 35-28 at halftime.

VENUE TO BLAME FOR POOR SHOOTING?

With both teams struggling to shoot, many questions were asked about whether the venue caused problems. The games are being played in NRG Stadium, which is home to the Houston Texans, and the setup, with no walls behind either basket, challenges players' depth perception.

Entering Friday's game, teams have shot a combined 39.8 percent in nine NCAA Tournament games at NRG. UCLA shot 38.8 percent on Friday and Gonzaga shot 40.3 percent.

But no one on either team would use that as an excuse.

"We just missed shots," Wiltjer said. "You either make them or you don't. We don't really blame it on the arena or anything like that."

TIP-INS

UCLA: Alford had eight points. ... Looney had nine points and eight rebounds.

Gonzaga: Wiltjer had eight points and 10 rebounds after leading the team in their first two tournament games with 23 and 24 points. ... Sabonis scored 12 points before fouling out late.

UP NEXT:

UCLA: As their season ends they wait to see if Looney will stay or declare for the NBA.

Gonzaga: Faces the winner of the Utah-Duke game on Sunday in the regional final.

David Ortiz defends his reputation ...

David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: "I never knowingly took any steroids." And this, too: "I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame."

The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in a column Thursday for The Players' Tribune, a website founded by Derek Jeter that gives professional athletes a platform.

Ortiz also voiced his displeasure that he will "always be considered a cheater" to his detractors. He contends that nobody in baseball has been tested more often for performance-enhancing drugs - more than 80 times since 2004.

"I have never failed a single one of those tests and I never will," Ortiz wrote.

In 2009, the New York Times reported Ortiz was on a list of 104 players who allegedly tested positive during Major League Baseball's 2003 survey of steroid use - results that were supposed to be anonymous. Ortiz later said he wound up on the list because he used nutritional supplements and was careless about their contents.

"Most guys were taking over-the-counter supplements then. Most guys are still taking over-the-counter supplements. If it's legal, ballplayers take it," Ortiz wrote. "Why? Because if you make it to the World Series, you play 180 games. Really think about that for a second. 180 games. Your kids could be sick, your wife could be yelling at you, your dad could be dying - nobody cares.

"Nobody cares if you have a bone bruise in your wrist or if you have a pulled groin. You're an entertainer. The people want to see you hit a 95-mile-an-hour fastball over a damn 37-foot wall."

Ortiz said he had two drug testers arrive early at his house in the Dominican Republic one day over the offseason. His kids are so used to them showing up, he said, they were laughing and taking pictures as the testers drew Ortiz's blood in the kitchen. Ortiz said to them: "Let me tell you something. The only thing you're going to find in my blood is rice and beans."

Added Ortiz: "In some people's minds, I will always be considered a cheater," emphasizing his point with an expletive.

Ortiz is a .285 hitter with 466 career homers and 1,533 RBIs. He believes his numbers are Hall of Fame worthy.

"I've won three World Series since MLB introduced comprehensive drug testing. I've performed year after year after year. But if a bunch of writers who have never swung a bat want to tell me it's all for nothing, OK. Why do they write my legacy?" Ortiz wrote. "In 75 years, when I'm dead and gone, I won't care if I'm in the Hall of Fame. I won't care if a bunch of baseball writers know the truth about who I am in my soul and what I have done in this game. I care that my children know the truth."

Big Papi said his mental preparation was one of his biggest attributes.

"They're only going to remember my power," Ortiz wrote. "They're not going to remember the hours and hours and hours of work in the film room. They're not going to remember the BP. They're not going to remember me for my intelligence.

"Despite all I've done in this game, I'm just the big DH from the Dominican. They turn you into a character, man."

Freshman-led Duke in another region...

Freshman-led Duke in another regional final, beat Utah 63-57

HOUSTON (AP) Justise Winslow says coach Mike Krzyzewski never treated him and the other Duke freshmen like, well, freshmen.

These young Blue Devils certainly aren't playing like it either - and have Coach K one win away from another NCAA Final Four.

"He gave us his trust and just believed in us," said Winslow, one of the three freshman starters. "When you have that, you play like yourself."

Winslow, playing home in Houston the day after his 19th birthday, had 21 points and 10 rebounds for South Regional top seed Duke in a 63-57 Sweet 16 victory over revived Utah on Friday night.

Freshman guard Tyus Jones had 15 points while standout big man Jahlil Okafor had six points and eight rebounds.

Duke (32-4) will play in its 20th regional final, the 14th under Coach K for the most by any active coach. The last Final Four appearance was in 2010, when the Blue Devils also went through Houston on way to their fourth national title.

"This has been one of my favorite groups. They've been easy to coach and they really get along. There's only a good attitude, only a good attitude and a willingness to learn." Krzyzewski said. "Sometimes freshmen don't learn that until they're older. But these guys knew it from the beginning. That's why they've had a special year."

The Blue Devils play No. 2 seed Gonzaga (35-2) on Sunday in the South Regional final, with the winner going to Indianapolis for the Final Four. The Bulldogs beat 11th-seeded UCLA 74-62 in the earlier game Friday night at NRG Stadium, the home of the NFL's Houston Texans.

Brandon Taylor had 15 points for the Utes (26-9), the No. 5 seed with an at-large berth out of the Pac-12.

Utah and its Coach K, Larry Krystkowiak, got to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005, and only three years after winning six games in Krystkowiak's first season.

Leading scorer Delon Wright was the Utes' only senior starter, and Dallin Bachynski the only other graduating player who played regularly.

Asked where he goes from now, Krystkowiak said it was time to decompress a bit.

"Just enjoyed the experience with these kids, and am going to soak this up and reflect," he said.

Wright, who got his third foul on a questionable call with about 5 minutes left in the first half, finished with 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Dallin Bachynski added 11 points for the Utes, and 7-foot freshman Jakob Poeltl had 10 points and eight rebounds.

Even after Utah didn't score until nearly 5 minutes into the game, Duke was down 8-5 before going ahead to stay with an 8-0 run in just over 2 1/2 minutes when all the Blue Devils freshman starters scored.

Winslow's 3-pointer at 12:36 tied the game 8-8 before Amile Jefferson's tiebreaking layup. Okafor had a jumper before Jones' layup made it 14-8 with 9:54 left.

Another 8-0 run after halftime pushed the Blue Devils to a 49-34 lead with 8:41 left.

That spurt included four free throws by Quinn Cook, the senior guard who also made it to a Sweet 16 in 2013 - but was also part of the Blue Devils squads upset in their NCAA openers last year (Mercer) and in 2012 (Lehigh).

Wright got his third foul with 4:57 left in the first half in a scramble for the ball - under the Duke basket and in front of the Utah bench. Wright and Winslow were both on the floor, the Duke freshman on his back, when the foul was called.

Duke was up 27-17 on a layup by Okafor with 3:04 left, but didn't score again until after halftime.

Wright got back in the game after halftime, making a jumper on the first shot for a 27-24 score. The Utes never got closer.

After Utah had scored nine points in a row to get within 49-43 with 3:42 left, Winslow made a big-time play. He drove into traffic and made a layup while being fouled, then added the free throw.

"He played phenomenal. He was outstanding. He was the best player on the floor." Okafor said. "Maybe because he's in Houston or maybe because he's 19 now. It was fun to watch."

NOT OVER YET

The players had already had their customary postgame handshake, and several Utah players were headed down the steps off the elevated court when officials blew their whistle after reviewing a call. Cook grabbed a rebound of a missed 3-pointer with 6 seconds left, and Utah was trying to foul. They didn't get a whistle until the buzzer sounded. Officials reviewed and determined there was six-tenths of a second on the clock when they called the foul. Cook made one of two free throws.

TIP-INS

Utah: The Utes missed their first nine shots before Poeltl scored inside with 15:19 left in the first half. And they trailed only 3-2, before Bachynski scored six points in a row for an 8-5 lead.

Duke: Krzyzewski has a record 85 NCAA Tournament wins, 20 more than Dean Smith and Roy Williams.

UP NEXT

Utah: Season Over.

Duke: Play Gonzaga in South Regional final Sunday.

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Spartans Final Four-bound after 76-...

Spartans Final Four-bound after 76-70 OT win over Louisville (Yahoo Sports)

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo, center front, celebrates with his team after the regional final against Louisville in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 29, 2015, in Syracuse, N.Y. Michigan State won the game 76-70. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans capped an improbable run to the Final Four with an overtime win. Senior guard Travis Trice scored 17 points and the seventh-seeded Spartans clamped down on defense to pull out a 76-70 victory over fourth-seeded Louisville in a thrilling NCAA Tournament East Regional final Sunday. The Spartans (28-11), who were nearly counted out of the tournament conversation in February, won for the 12th time in 15 games. Michigan State advances to face the winner of the South Regional final between Duke and Gonzaga.

Rick Barnes says he wanted to stay ...

Rick Barnes says he wanted to stay as Texas coach (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Feb. 2015, file photo, Texas head coach Rick Barnes calls to his players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in Austin, Texas. Barnes, who shaped Texas into a national basketball power with three Big 12 championships and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years, will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

An emotional Rick Barnes fought back tears in saying goodbye to Texas after 17 years Sunday, insisting he's grateful for his time with Longhorns and isn't bitter about being fired. ''The wins and losses are fleeting, but it's the relationships that matter,'' Barnes said at a 40-minute farewell news conference. We've been blessed as a staff here to have so many players who have affected our lives.'' But Barnes also revealed that he had been told by athletic director Steve Patterson that he would be back for another season after Texas lost to Butler in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga-Duke Preview (Yahoo Sports)

Gonzaga-Duke Preview (Yahoo Sports)

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few answer a question after a practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 28, 2015, in Houston. Gonzaga plays Duke in a regional final on Sunday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Gonzaga and coach Mark Few have been a constant presence in the NCAA Tournament, even if the loveable Zags rarely get this deep into March Madness. The Bulldogs were a No. 1 seed only two years ago when they got upset in the second round, and who can forget floppy-haired big-scoring Adam Morrison nearly a decade ago - yep, back in 2006, when the trendy pick blew an early 17-point lead in a Sweet 16 loss to UCLA. Now they are a win away from their first Final Four, with omnipresent Duke and Coach K's top-seeded Blue Devils (32-4) up next Sunday in the South Regional final. ''Probably the highest compliment I could pay him is literally everything we've tried to do at Gonzaga, we always ask, 'What did Duke do here?''' Few said.

DePaul brings Dave Leitao back as c...

DePaul brings Dave Leitao back as coach (Yahoo Sports)

Virginia coach Dave Leitao speaks during the Atlantic Coast Conference basketball media day Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Stanley Leary)

The most recent time DePaul reached the NCAA Tournament, Dave Leitao was the coach. The Blue Demons hope he can take them there again. Leitao, who coached DePaul from 2002-05, was brought back to lead the men's basketball program on Sunday. ''I underestimated what a special place DePaul University and the city of Chicago are when I left here in 2005.

Wittman decries focus after Wizards...

Wittman decries focus after Wizards' 99-91 loss to Rockets (Yahoo Sports)

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: Head coach Randy Wittman and Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards during the game against the Houston Rockets at the Verizon Center on March 29, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

For a team that entered the season with aspirations of winning 50 games and earning home-court advantage in the playoffs - the former now impossible, the likelihood of the latter fading quickly - John Wall's Washington Wizards sure are slumping down the stretch. They can't even seem to run plays properly right after coach Randy Wittman draws them up during a timeout. Losing for the fifth time in six games, which delayed their bid to secure a postseason berth, the Wizards were beaten 99-91 Sunday by the Houston Rockets, who got 24 points from James Harden, along with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 19 minutes from Dwight Howard, appearing in his third game back from a right knee injury. The Wizards shot 29.2 percent in the first quarter, 38.7 percent for the game, and Wittman lamented afterward that there were basic problems when his team had the ball.

Saints say cornerback Brian Dixon a...

Saints say cornerback Brian Dixon arrested in Miami (Yahoo Sports)

New Orleans Saints cornerback Brian Dixon (20) warms up before the start of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

The New Orleans Saints said they are aware cornerback Brian Dixon was arrested in Miami on Sunday morning and booked with resisting an officer. Nola.com/Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/1CzO8ce ) that he posted bond and was released from jail Sunday morning after being booked for resisting arrested without violence in Miami Beach. A Miami-Dade police official told the newspaper that he was arrested in Miami Beach. Police and jail officials contacted by The Associated Press declined to provide details.

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Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restor...

Rosenthal: Tanaka to Yankees restores natural order in baseball

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-yea...

Japanese ace Tanaka agrees to 7-year, $155 million deal with Yankees

The New York Yankees and prized Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka agreed Wednesday to a $155 million, seven-year contract.
Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, ...

Aussie Open: Federer ousts Murray, will face Nadal in semis

Roger Federer regained his dominance over Andy Murray in Grand Slam matches and advanced to his 11th consecutive Australian Open semifinal with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3 win Wednesday.
Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thu...

Red-hot Durant scores 46, leads Thunder past Trail Blazers

Kevin Durant scored 11 of his 46 points in the final 3:23 to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Portland Trail Blazers 105-97 on Tuesday night.
Browns to interview Bills' Pettine ...

Browns to interview Bills' Pettine with Broncos' Gase out of running

Adam Gase has told the Browns not to wait for him.
Players reportedly wanted A-Rod kic...

Players reportedly wanted A-Rod kicked out of MLBPA after lawsuit

Several angry major league players wanted Alex Rodriguez kicked out of their union after he sued it last week, but staff lawyers told them expulsion was not allowed.

Reuters

MotoGP veteran Rossi wins Qatar sea...

MotoGP veteran Rossi wins Qatar season-opener

(Reuters) - MotoGP great Valentino Rossi rolled back the years to win the Qatar season-opener for Yamaha on Sunday with Italian riders sweeping the podium places after a thrilling duel under the Losail floodlights.
Tennis-Murray closes in on 500th wi...

Tennis-Murray closes in on 500th win

MIAMI (Reuters) - Britain?s Andy Murray moved into the last 16 at the Miami Open after beating Colombia?s Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-4 on Sunday to move him within one win of 500 victories on the ATP Tour.
Scotland's Ramsay takes European To...

Scotland's Ramsay takes European Tour title in Morocco

(Reuters) - Scotland's Richie Ramsay claimed his third European Tour title and survived Romain Wattel's late surge to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday.
Australia win World Cup in Clarke's...

Australia win World Cup in Clarke's fitting farewell

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Michael Clarke signed off from one-day internationals with 74 as a dominant Australia won their fifth cricket World Cup after crushing New Zealand by seven wickets at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.
Malaysia signs F1 contract extensio...

Malaysia signs F1 contract extension to 2018

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - The Malaysian Grand Prix will stay on the Formula One calendar until 2018 after organizers signed a three-year contract extension on Sunday.
Ferrari's Vettel storms to Malaysia...

Ferrari's Vettel storms to Malaysia win

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel showed again that form is temporary and class permanent when the four-times world champion put in a faultless display to record his first victory for Ferrari at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.

SI.com

A few words with World Cup broadcas...

A few words with World Cup broadcaster Darke

The poet laureate of soccer in the United States is not an American. ESPN's Ian Darke was born on the south coast of England in the naval port town of Portsmouth and since he landed on American shores fulltime for the 2010 World Cup, his soccer calls have thrilled the American public with the most famous being his description of Landon Donovan's injury-time game-winner against Algeria during that tournament.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup, ACL recovery comes up short

Star Colombian striker Radamel Falcao will miss the World Cup after his ACL recovery falls short.
Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for W...

Colombia's Radamel Falcao out for World Cup

Seattle rises to No. 1

Seattle rises to No. 1

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves...

End of an era: Frank Lampard leaves Chelsea

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes Wor...

USA's first foe Ghana finalizes World Cup roster

Sky Sports

Murray memories

Murray memories

Andy Murray is just one win away from becoming the ninth active player and the 46th man in the Open Era to achieve 500 ATP match wins.
Wawrinka dumped out in Miami

Wawrinka dumped out in Miami

Seventh seed Stan Wawrinka was shocked at the Miami Open on Sunday with a straight sets defeat by Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
North Thunderstruck with Netball

North Thunderstruck with Netball

Manchester Thunder's Superleague semi-final showdown at the Manchester Arena will make sure netball is 'as big in the North as it is in the South', says Sara Bayman.
Serena brushes teenager aside

Serena brushes teenager aside

American Serena Williams had few problems in conquering 15-year-old CiCi Bellis to make the Miami Open fourth round on Sunday.
Fletcher proud after hat-trick

Fletcher proud after hat-trick

Scotland striker Steven Fletcher was full of pride after scoring his country's first hat-trick in 46 years as they brushed aside minnows Gibraltar.
Fiaich College wins Project of th...

Fiaich College wins Project of the Year

Ó Fiaich College in Dundalk County Louth has been named as the Project of the Year winner at the Sky Sports Living for Sport Awards show in London.

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March Madness: See Which Teams Reac...

March Madness: See Which Teams Reached the Final Four

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Kentucky climbs last major hurdle

Kentucky climbs last major hurdle

CLEVELAND -- The Kentucky Wildcats were always going to have to endure a crisis in this tournament, at least one, and Notre Dame was here to give them their come-to-Touchdown-Jesus moment. The Fighting Irish were not interested in putting up a fight, or in waking up the echoes with a performance destined to fall one basket short. The Irish were here to win. As soon as they dispatched Duke and North Carolina -- in North Carolina, of all places -- on back-to-back nights to win the ACC tournament, the Irish realized they were strong enough to take their first national championship, and to destroy Kentucky's vision of a 40-0 season along the way. So it's fairly obvious what this 68-66 victory in the Midwest Regional final means, right? If the Wildcats could survive that kind of effort from Notre Dame, and that kind of Jerian Grant go-for-broke shot with one second left that came straight out of South Bend Central Casting, they are not going to lose at the Final...
Big challenges in Martinsville

Big challenges in Martinsville

There wasn't a track on the schedule I enjoyed competing at more than Martinsville. It represents the origin of our sport; short track stock car racing. The skills needed to compete at the half-mile track are the same skills acquired as a young racer. Martinsville Speedway provides us with the purest form of racing: no drafting partners, no aero push, but rather a conventional approach of who can circle the paperclip-shaped track the quickest, while managing tire wear and rationing brake pads for at least 500 laps. Sprinkle into the equation repeated contact being made virtue of one's front bumper to another's rear, a few mood swings by a handful of drivers, and double-digit cautions throughout race ... it simply doesn't get any better than Martinsville. Three greatest challenges 1) Operating with 125 less horsepower will challenge drivers more this weekend than the previous 2015 events. Among the rules changes this year, the 125...
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