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Osaka wins, Djokovic match delayed by rain at Indian Wells

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) — Naomi Osaka rolled past Danielle Collins 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, keeping the world’s No. 1 player on track to defend her title. Novak Djokovic, the top-ranked men’s player, held serve to win his opening game against Philipp Kohlschreiber in their … Continue reading Osaka wins, Djokovic match delayed by rain at Indian Wells

Oakley calls Knicks owner a ‘bully’ for fan altercation

Former New York Knicks star Charles Oakley says team owner James Dolan is a “bully” for threatening to ban fans from Madison Square Garden. Oakley, a longtime NBA enforcer and rebounding machine, said Dolan was wrong to mouth off at a fan who told him to sell the team during a loss at MSG. Oakey … Continue reading Oakley calls Knicks owner a ‘bully’ for fan altercation

Westbrook confronts 2 fans at Jazz game, cites racial taunt

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook confronted a man and his wife during a game after the Oklahoma City star says the two racially taunted him. The heated exchange came early in the second quarter of the Thunder’s 98-89 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night. Westbrook was on the bench and stood … Continue reading Westbrook confronts 2 fans at Jazz game, cites racial taunt

NCAA tournament selection show back to bracket-first format

NEW YORK (AP) — The NCAA Tournament selection show is returning to CBS and its traditional bracket-first format for revealing the field for March Madness. Last year, the Selection Sunday show aired on TBS for the first time since CBS and Turner became broadcast partners for the men’s basketball tournament in 2011. The presentation of … Continue reading NCAA tournament selection show back to bracket-first format

AP source: Browns agree to deal with DT Sheldon Richardson

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Browns beefed up their defensive line before NFL free agency opened. Vikings tackle Sheldon Richardson agreed Tuesday to a three-year, $39 million contract with Cleveland, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Richardson, who has played with three other teams since 2013 and been suspended twice by the … Continue reading AP source: Browns agree to deal with DT Sheldon Richardson

Alaska, Norwegian mushers battle for Iditarod lead

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaskan and a Norwegian are running neck-and-neck in the world’s most famous sled dog race. GPS trackers show Pete Kaiser, of Bethel, Alaska, and defending Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race champion Joar Ulsom, of Norway, are within a mile of each other as the mushers near the finish line in … Continue reading Alaska, Norwegian mushers battle for Iditarod lead

Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee forward Grant Williams is the Associated Press’ Southeastern Conference player of the year and Mississippi’s Kermit Davis is coach of the year. Williams earned unanimous first-team all-SEC honors for a second straight season. The 14-member media panel also voted Arkansas’ Daniel Gafford, Kentucky’s PJ Washington, LSU’s Tremont Waters and Mississippi … Continue reading Tennessee’s Grant Williams named AP SEC player of year

FIFA: Nations must restore ties with Qatar to host WC games

LONDON (AP) — Persian Gulf countries would have to lift boycotts of Qatar before being eligible to join hosting of the World Cup, FIFA determined in a feasibility study recommending its ruling council endorse expansion of the 2022 tournament to 48 teams despite the logistical and political complexities. The 81-page study seen by The Associated … Continue reading FIFA: Nations must restore ties with Qatar to host WC games

TOP 25 THIS WEEK: League tourneys to play role in NCAA seeds

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Teams in the AP Top 25 are down to their final chances to make their case for high seeds in the NCAA Tournament. Those could come in their league tournaments, with brackets that could set up marquee matchups to boost the best postseason resumes with Selection Sunday looming at the end … Continue reading TOP 25 THIS WEEK: League tourneys to play role in NCAA seeds

Kansas tries to forget regular-season flop in Big 12 tourney

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just about the only good thing that comes with failing to win at least a share of the Big 12 title for the first time in 15 years is Kansas knows its first-round opponent in the league tournament. It’s not much. But it’s something. The No. 3 seed Jayhawks, who … Continue reading Kansas tries to forget regular-season flop in Big 12 tourney

SALT LAKE CITY | Westbrook has verbal altercation with Jazz fans

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook got into a heated verbal altercation with a fan and the man’s wife during the second quarter of Oklahoma City’s 98-89 victory over Utah on Monday night. Early in the quarter, Westbrook stood up from the bench when he felt both fans directed a racial taunt at him. … Continue reading SALT LAKE CITY | Westbrook has verbal altercation with Jazz fans

Mariners’ Seager out thru April, Braves’ Foltynewicz ailing

Kyle Seager will be absent next week when the Seattle Mariners play the major league opener in Japan. Mike Foltynewicz will miss opening day for Atlanta, too. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, is on the mend. The Mariners said Monday that Seager needs surgery on his left hand, sidelining the third baseman through at least … Continue reading Mariners’ Seager out thru April, Braves’ Foltynewicz ailing

ALBANY, N.Y | Iona tops Monmouth 81-60 for 4th straight MAAC title

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Asante Gist had 22 points, Tajuan Agee added 18 and top-seeded Iona defeated Monmouth 81-60 on Monday night to win the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title for the fourth straight time. Iona (17-15) is the first men’s team to win four straight league titles and has won 10 straight games heading … Continue reading ALBANY, N.Y | Iona tops Monmouth 81-60 for 4th straight MAAC title

SYDNEY | Refugee soccer player happy he’s now an Australian citizen

SYDNEY (AP) — A former Bahraini soccer player and refugee has become an Australian citizen, after a detention in a Thai prison and an extradition request from his homeland raised international concern. Hakeem al-Araiby told reporters he’s “an Aussie now” and is happy to be safe. The 25-year-old soccer player fled Bahrain citing political repression … Continue reading SYDNEY | Refugee soccer player happy he’s now an Australian citizen

UNCASVILLE, Conn | No. 2 UConn beats UCF 66-45, takes 6th straight AAC title

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — No. 2 UConn was forced to play the American Athletic Conference Tournament without injured All-American Katie Lou Samuelson and may have become a more complete team as a result. Napheesa Collier scored 25 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, and the Huskies beat UCF 66-45 Monday night to win their sixth … Continue reading UNCASVILLE, Conn | No. 2 UConn beats UCF 66-45, takes 6th straight AAC title

ASHEVILLE, N.C | Hoover leads No. 20 Wofford to SoCon title 70-58 over UNCG

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Fletcher Magee and Nathan Hoover each scored 20 points and No. 20 Wofford battled back to defeat UNC Greensboro 70-58 Monday night to win the Southern Conference Tournament for the fifth time in 10 seasons and earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Hoover scored all 20 points in the … Continue reading ASHEVILLE, N.C | Hoover leads No. 20 Wofford to SoCon title 70-58 over UNCG

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NEW YORK (AP) — Nick Foles is headed to Jacksonville, Landon Collins to Washington and Trent Brown to Oakland. The big-money offers for NFL free agents began Monday, two days before they can sign contracts. Foles brings a Super Bowl pedigree to quarterbacking the Jaguars, and Brown has a championship ring as he moves to … Continue reading NEW YORK | I can’t find articles in google news or search

Reds’ Lorenzen pitches an inning, moves to center field

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP)— Reliever Michael Lorenzen has begun the Cincinnati Reds’ mound-to-outfield experiment, pitching one inning and then moving to center field Monday in a game against the Cleveland Indians. It didn’t take long for the ball to find him. Lorenzen chased Jose Ramirez’s leadoff double in the bottom of the sixth inning of a … Continue reading Reds’ Lorenzen pitches an inning, moves to center field

MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

MIAMI (AP) — Mixed martial artist and boxer Conor McGregor has been arrested in South Florida for stealing the cellphone of someone who was trying to take his photo, authorities said. According to a Miami Beach police report, the 30-year-old McGregor was arrested Monday afternoon and charged with robbery and criminal mischief. An attorney for … Continue reading MMA fighter Conor McGregor arrested in South Florida

With batteries ‘recharged,’ Zidane back as Real Madrid coach

MADRID (AP)— Real Madrid picked one of its most successful figures to try to end one of its worst crises. Zinedine Zidane is returning to coach Madrid, the club he led to three straight Champions League titles before quitting while on top nine months ago. Madrid announced Monday that Zidane accepted an offer to replace … Continue reading With batteries ‘recharged,’ Zidane back as Real Madrid coach

AP source: Foles to sign 4-year, $88M deal with Jaguars

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the decision says quarterback Nick Foles has agreed to sign a four-year, $88 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal cannot become official until free agency opens Wednesday. The person says … Continue reading AP source: Foles to sign 4-year, $88M deal with Jaguars

French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)— Musher Nicolas Petit lost a huge lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday when his dog team refused to keep going after he yelled at one of the animals. A dog named Joey had been fighting with another dog on the team and jumped it during a break on … Continue reading French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit

APNewsBreak: FIFA study backs 48-team World Cup in 2022

LONDON (AP)— A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar’s neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generated. The Associated Press obtained a … Continue reading APNewsBreak: FIFA study backs 48-team World Cup in 2022

AP Source: Raiders to sign tackle Trent Brown to $66M deal

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders made another big splash Monday, agreeing to sign free agent offensive tackle Trent Brown to a four-year deal worth a record $66 million. Brown will receive $36.75 million guaranteed in the richest contract ever for an offensive lineman, according to a person familiar with the contract. The person … Continue reading AP Source: Raiders to sign tackle Trent Brown to $66M deal

LOS ANGELES | LA Rams re-sign pass rusher Dante Fowler before free agency

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Linebacker Dante Fowler has re-signed with the Los Angeles Rams, passing up a shot at unrestricted free agency to stay with the NFC champions. The Rams announced a deal Sunday night to keep Fowler, but didn’t disclose the terms. The Rams acquired Fowler in a trade with Jacksonville on Oct. 30, … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | LA Rams re-sign pass rusher Dante Fowler before free agency

OAKLAND, Calif | Booker, Suns snap 18-game skid to Warriors with 115-111 win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Devin Booker scored 13 straight Phoenix points during a decisive fourth-quarter stretch and finished with 37, and the Suns snapped the NBA’s longest active losing streak to one opponent at 18 games by beating the Golden State Warriors 115-111 on Sunday night. The Suns beat Golden State for the first time … Continue reading OAKLAND, Calif | Booker, Suns snap 18-game skid to Warriors with 115-111 win

PITTSBURGH | Penguins end Bruins’ 19-game point streak in 4-2 win

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jared McCann scored twice, Matt Murray finished with 39 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins handed the Boston Bruins their first regulation loss since January with a 4-2 victory on Sunday night. Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel also scored for the Penguins, who survived another late push by the Bruins. David Krejci picked … Continue reading PITTSBURGH | Penguins end Bruins’ 19-game point streak in 4-2 win

WASHINGTON | Penalty kill shines, Capitals beat Jets to extend win streak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Carl Hagelin scored the go-ahead goal on a breakaway out of the penalty box, backup Pheonix Copley made 33 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Sunday night for their seventh consecutive victory. Led by Copley, Hagelin and Nick Jensen, the Capitals killed off all five minor penalties … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Penalty kill shines, Capitals beat Jets to extend win streak

DALLAS | Gordon, Paul helps Rockets top Mavericks 94-93

DALLAS (AP) — Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul blocked Jalen Brunson’s jumper in the final seconds, sending the Houston Rockets to a 94-93 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. James Harden shook off foul trouble to score 20 points for the Rockets, who earned their eighth straight win. Clint Capela added … Continue reading DALLAS | Gordon, Paul helps Rockets top Mavericks 94-93

BERLIN | Bayern swagger is back as Klopp returns with Liverpool

BERLIN (AP) — Confident after finally reclaiming the lead in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich again turns its attention to the Champions League, where it hopes to finish the job at home against Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool on Wednesday. The teams drew 0-0 in the first leg of their last-16 match at Anfield and five-time European champion … Continue reading BERLIN | Bayern swagger is back as Klopp returns with Liverpool