National Sports

US women’s hockey agreement could have big impact

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer Cammi Granato’s biggest victory in hockey came 12 years after she retired. When USA Hockey and the women’s national team agreed to a contract Tuesday night that ended a wage dispute, Granato couldn’t put her happiness into words. The Hockey Hall of ...

Sharks, Wild stumble toward NHL playoffs

By Josh Dubow AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Just a few weeks ago, the San Jose Sharks had visions of tracking down the Chicago Blackhawks for the best record in the Western Conference and home-ice advantage for the first three rounds of the playoffs. The team’s longest ...

AP Top 25 polls highlight Top 100 all-time in college hoops

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer It all started in 1949 with Saint Louis on top. And 68 years later, The Associated Press college basketball poll has ranked a total of 200 schools through more than 1,100 polls — 59 at No. 1. Now, for the first time, the AP is using that data to go ...

John Wooden’s UCLA set standard for being No. 1 in AP poll

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Sports Writer The programs that bleed blue have dominated when it comes to being No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll — though the shades of the color have varied. UCLA has been the most frequent No. 1 in the AP ranking with 134 appearances at ...

NCAA academic case hovers over UNC at another Final Four

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham has stopped trying to project when the NCAA case tied to the school's multi-year academic scandal will reach a conclusion. That's because procedural hurdles, delays, even the ...

Cardinals’ Arians would love to get a young QB ready

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians knows that time is running short for finding an heir to quarterback Carson Palmer. But Arians said that pick is not necessarily imminent "because I wouldn't say it's Carson's last year." "Just like (Tom) ...

Mets’ Familia suspended 15 games for domestic violence

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer New York Mets All-Star reliever Jeurys Familia accepted a 15-game suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy, discipline stemming from an altercation last October. The suspension, announced Wednesday, is the fifth and least severe ...

Dantonio says MSU ‘extremely concerned’ about allegations

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With his program embroiled in a sexual assault investigation, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio decided more conventional questions about spring practice would have to wait. There are far more serious issues facing the Spartans ...

Gamecocks’ Frank Martin: New perceptions of him ‘comical’

By PETE IACOBELLI, AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin believes he's the same straight-forward, open book he has always been, though perceptions of him have changed with the Gamecocks' run to the Final Four. "How the stories have changed that I'm a ...

Bagwell tours the Hall of Fame as his big day approaches

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Four months away from the big day, Jeff Bagwell studied the 300 bronze images of the greatest names in baseball history that surrounded him. "Surreal," he said. The former Houston Astros first baseman found that he kept repeating himself Tuesday morning as he sat in ...

Harry Giles leaves Duke after 1 year to enter NBA draft

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke forward Harry Giles is entering the NBA draft following a freshman season that was slowed due to knee surgery. Giles announced his decision Tuesday, and team spokesman Cory Walton says he plans to hire an agent. That means Giles won't have the option to return for ...

Longtime Cowboys TE Witten signs extension through 2021

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas tight end Jason Witten has signed a four-year contract extension that virtually guarantees the 14-year veteran will spend his entire career with the Cowboys. The deal Witten signed Tuesday runs through 2021 and leaves the final year of the two-time All Pro's ...

NFL approves Raiders’ relocation from Oakland to Las Vegas

PHOENIX – Invoking his father Al’s name, and copying what the Hall of Fame owner did with the Raiders, Mark Davis is moving the franchise out of Oakland. NFL owners approved the Raiders’ move to Las Vegas 31-1 at the league meetings Monday. Miami was the lone dissenter. “My father ...

UConn waltzes into Final Four as Auriemma sets tourney wins record

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Napheesa Collier scored 28 points, Gabby Williams had 25 and UConn advanced to its 10th consecutive Final Four with a 90-52 victory against Oregon on Monday night. Top-seeded UConn (36-0) will face Mississippi State on Friday night in Dallas in the national semifinals. ...

TIPPING OFF: Final Four welcomes trio of 1st-time coaches

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Frank Martin never got caught up in wins and losses, the highs and the lows, as he worked to build South Carolina into a contender for conference championships. Gonzaga's Mark Few dismissed questions of whether his Bulldogs would be ...

Maye hits late jumper to lift North Carolina to Final Four

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Roy Williams went all "Gone With the Wind" when a player asked about his North Carolina Tar Heels making the last shot Sunday to edge Kentucky to the Final Four. And the coincidence that the Tar Heels have been on the other end of ...

South Carolina: The surprise of the Final Four

By JIM O'CONNELL, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Gonzaga is in its first Final Four but the Zags had knocked on the door a few times. South Carolina, meanwhile, enters its first Final Four having never been close to this deep a run. The Gamecocks reached their first national ...

Blazers beat Lakers 97-81, tie Denver for final spot in West

By STEVE DILBECK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — As their surprising turnaround rolls on, the Portland Trail Blazers are now tied for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Damian Lillard scored 22 points and Portland beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-81 on Sunday night to pull ...

After Match Play, can anyone beat Dustin Johnson?

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dustin Johnson has been around long enough to realize he's not going to win every golf tournament he plays. It's just getting harder to find a candidate to stop him. Zach Johnson advanced out of his group in the Dell Technologies Match ...

Larson hangs on for victory at Fontana to cap dominant weekend

FONTANA, Calif. – A blistering first in qualifying. A surprising first in the Xfinity Series race. And a steady, tenacious first when it really mattered on Sunday. Kyle Larson was second to nobody in his home state. Larson persevered through four late restarts to win at Fontana, adding his ...