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The First Fan: Obama appears at All-Star NBA Cares event

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Zion Williamson and Trae Young are used to meeting fans who are typically a bit nervous during those interactions. This was different. This time, they were nervous to meet the fan. Former President Barack Obama — a huge basketball ...

Daytona 500 up for grabs as no clear theme has emerged

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The first four events leading into the Daytona 500 have produced four different winners. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. put his new team on the pole, while Erik Jones outlasted a crash-fest to win a qualifying race. Joey Logano and William ...

Daytona 500 purse in high gear, topping $23 million

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — NASCAR will dole out a record $23.6 million to the 40 drivers racing in the Daytona 500. The sanctioning body released the total purse Friday, an about-face for an organization that hadn't released payouts since the 2015 season. NASCAR's charter system with teams ...

A’s Kemp chose not to be part of Astros’ 2017 sign-stealing

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Called up in September 2017 by Houston, Tony Kemp immediately got asked by teammates whether he wanted to be a part of the Astros' sign-stealing scheme. His answer was a firm no, and Kemp didn't feel further pressure to do it. "That ...

Jordan, Wilkins reflect on memorable ’88 dunk contest battle

By TIM REYNOLDS and STEVE REED AP Sports Writers CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins have never talked to one another about the 1988 dunk contest. They might be the only ones. It is still the dunk contest by which all other dunk contests are measured: Two stars, at the peak ...

Ravens OL James Hurst suspended 4 games for PED use

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst has been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers. Hurst is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return ...

Red Sox promote Ron Roenicke to interim manager

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox promoted bench coach Ron Roenicke to manager Tuesday, hiring him to replace Alex Cora on the day the team’s pitchers and catchers reported for the start of spring training. The move is an indication that ...

LeBron James among 44 US Olympic basketball team finalists

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer LeBron James is considering a return to the Olympics. James — a two-time gold medalist and three-time Olympian — was among 44 players announced by USA Basketball on Monday as finalists for the team that will play in the Tokyo Games this summer. James ...

Beauvillier scores 2, Islanders beat Capitals 5-3

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Beauvillier scored twice, Josh Bailey had three assists and the New York Islanders kept Alex Ovechkin stuck at 698 career goals in beating the Washington Capitals 5-3 Monday night. The Islanders jumped out to a 5-1 lead and held on to hand ...

Northeastern wins 3rd straight Beanpot, beats BU 5-4 in 2OT

By GETHIN COOLBAUGH Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Northeastern needed one of the longest games in Beanpot history to prove that it was still the top dog. Jordan Harris made sure the Huskies retained that title over the Boston University Terriers. Harris scored 14:33 into double overtime, ...

Baylor beats Texas for 21st straight Big 12 victory

By MARK ROSNER Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With No. 1 Baylor's offense struggling, the team's defense locked in and helped the Bears win again. Baylor, producing its lowest point total of the season, beat Texas 52-45 Monday night for its 21st straight victory — one short of the ...

Jones, Goldwire help No. 7 Duke beat No. 8 FSU 70-65

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Seventh-ranked Duke had just followed a wild overtime win against its fiercest rival by battling through the final minutes of a close game to beat eighth-ranked Florida State when coach Mike Krzyzewski paused on his way off the ...

NBA changing 3-point contest format at All-Star Saturday

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer The NBA is changing the format to this season's 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night in Chicago by adding a pair of deep shots that will be worth three points apiece. That change means each round will now be a total of 27 shots instead of 25, and ...

Knicks fire Steve Mills, begin search for new president

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks made a big move before the trade deadline — by getting rid of the guy who would have been making their deals. They fired President Steve Mills on Tuesday, shaking up the front office at a most unusual ...

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio retiring after 13 seasons

By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio announced his retirement Tuesday, ending a 13-year run in which he guided the Spartans to heights they hadn't reached in decades. Dantonio went 114-57 as Michigan State's coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. ...

Golf rulers says increased distance must be slowed

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Golfers at all levels keep hitting the ball farther, and the game's governing bodies plan to do something about it by going after the one area they can control — equipment. The USGA and the R&A on Tuesday released their ...

Phillies to retire Halladay’s 34 on perfect game anniversary

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies will retire the late Hall of Fame pitcher Roy Halladay's No. 34 this season. The Phillies will pay tribute to Halladay on May 29, 2020, the 10th anniversary of his perfect game against the Marlins. It was the 20th perfect game in MLB ...

No. 3 Oregon hands No. 4 UConn worst home loss since 2005

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Coach Kelly Graves and Oregon made history, handing UConn one of its worst home losses under Geno Auriemma. Ruthy Hebard had 22 points and 12 rebounds as No. 3 Oregon rolled past the fourth-ranked Huskies 74-56 on Monday night, ...

$154.7 million bet on Super Bowl at Nevada sports books

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gamblers in Nevada wagered $154.7 million on this year's Super Bowl, an increase from last year but still below the high set in 2018. The Nevada Gaming Control Board released its Super Bowl betting figures on Tuesday, a day later ...

Time passages: Mahomes leads comeback for the ages for KC

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — They were celebrating the passage of time as much as football at this Super Bowl: 100-year-old war veterans at midfield for the pregame coin flip, a 50-years-young pop diva handling halftime, and, of course, a quarterback who turns ...