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Bubba Watson wins Match Play title in blowout

By The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Bubba Watson made the final of the Dell Technologies Match Play look as though he were on vacation all along. Watson won his second World Golf Championships title Sunday with the biggest blowout since the championship matched switched to 18 holes ...

Steve Kerr rules out Stephen Curry for playoffs’ first round

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Optimistic as always, Stephen Curry is ready to prove Steve Kerr wrong and return from a left knee injury for the first round of the playoffs. Not that it's entirely up to him. Kerr on Sunday ruled out the two-time MVP for the ...

Newman leads Kansas past Duke 85-81 in OT for Final Four bid

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kansas is going back to the Final Four. It's hard to argue that Duke shouldn't be headed there as well after the most riveting show of the NCAA tournament. Malik Newman and the top-seeded Jayhawks got past their Elite Eight road block ...

Final Four spot secured, Loyola gets warm welcome home

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt and Loyola-Chicago got quite a reception as they returned to campus on Sunday. Fans serenaded the 98-year-old team chaplain and newfound celebrity with chants of "Sister Jean! Sister Jean!" as she was wheeled ...

Press Virginia faces future challenge without Carter, Miles

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer Press Virginia may never look the same. Jevon Carter turned defense into a personal mission at West Virginia, and he helped transform the Mountaineers into a team that suffocated opponents and used its stifling defense for scoring opportunities. Carter took ...

TIPPING OFF: Fittingly, low seed to get 1st Final Four spot

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a wild NCAA Tournament full of upsets, it's somehow appropriate that the first ticket to the Final Four will go to a No. 9 or No. 11 seed. And the second could go to another 9-seed. Welcome to the madder half of the March Madness ...

Chalk time: Blue bloods Kansas, ‘Nova, Duke interrupt upsets

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer We interrupt this March for underdogs with a reality check from some of college basketball's blue bloods. Kansas, Villanova and Duke are still alive in the NCAA Tournament, ready to tilt the bracket back toward the favorites. Call Friday the exception to ...

Bumgarner breaks hand when hit by line drive, needs surgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — For the second consecutive season, the San Francisco Giants will be without injured ace Madison Bumgarner for a while. Bumgarner broke a bone in his pitching hand Friday when it was hit by a line drive off the bat of Kansas City's Whit Merrifield during a spring ...

Wayne Huizenga, who built his fortune from trash, dies at 80

By STEVEN WINE and TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press Writer MIAMI (AP) — H. Wayne Huizenga, a college dropout who built a business empire that included Blockbuster Entertainment, AutoNation and three professional sports franchises, has died. He was 80. Huizenga (HY'-zing-ah) died Thursday ...

BASEBALL 2018: Beastly teams, Ohtani and make way for MVs

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer Just the thought of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the same lineup sent fans into a frenzy. Come opening day, all of baseball will see which teams really have the muscle. A season of haves and have-nots begins March 29 with Derek Jeter's pared-down ...

Hall’s winner lifts Devils past Penguins 4-3 in overtime

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The New Jersey Devils and their roster stuffed with speed and youth haven't made the playoffs in six years. The drought for Taylor Hall is even longer. Eight years after being taken with the top pick in the draft, the Devils forward is still ...

Beard, Texas Tech oust Purdue 78-65 in NCAA East Region

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Chris Beard did it to Purdue again. The Texas Tech coach knocked the Boilermakers out of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, this time leading the third-seeded Red Raiders to a 78-65 victory to advance past the Sweet 16 for ...

Duke turns back Orange 69-65, sets up matchup with Kansas

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — All that talk about busted brackets and the maddest March ever — not happening in the Midwest. What started as a chess match turned into a free-throw-shooting contest. When it was over, Duke won. Grayson Allen and Gary Trent Jr., made ...

Sanity check: Kansas holds on for 80-76 win over Clemson

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — For the third year in a row, Kansas made it through the Sweet 16 — although not before Clemson tried its hardest to add another wild chapter to an already unbelievable tournament. The top-seeded Jayhawks brought at least a temporary ...

All or nothing: Indians aiming to end 70-year Series drought

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — For any other team, a historic 22-game winning streak, 102 victories, second straight division title and playoff appearance would be worth celebrating. Not the Cleveland Indians, who remain unsatisfied, yet undeterred after consecutive ...

Hornets’ Howard suspended after technical foul in 30-30 game

NEW YORK (AP) — Charlotte Hornets center Dwight Howard has been suspended for Thursday's game against Memphis after picking up his 16th technical foul this season. The NBA announced the penalty Thursday, noting that league rules require an automatic one-game suspension without pay for a ...

Crash survivor Austin Hatch back in LA with Michigan hoops

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Austin Hatch finished high school less than two miles from Staples Center, playing basketball at Loyola High and golfing throughout the warm California winter four years ago. But he mostly spent his one year in Los Angeles simply learning ...

Ex-boxing champ pleads guilty to charges in domestic dispute

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former lightweight boxing champ Paul Spadafora pleaded guilty Thursday to resisting arrest and simple assault on police officers who responded to a domestic dispute at his Pittsburgh home in 2016. Spadafora, 42, was sentenced to time served and probation. Authorities have ...

Giants trade Jason Pierre-Paul to Bucs for draft picks

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sending two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay for two draft picks gives the New York Giants much-needed salary cap space for 2019 and allows the Buccaneers to continue rebuilding a line that had the fewest ...

Sidney Crosby has highlight goal, milestone 700th assist

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby ignited a rally with a highlight-reel goal and became the third active player with 700 assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Crosby scored his 24th goal when he knocked a pass from Jake Guentzel out ...