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Spence defends IBF welterweight title with win over Garcia

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Errol Spence Jr. had to go the distance to defend his IBF welterweight title for the third time. Still, the outcome was never in doubt for one of the world's best pound-for-pound boxers. Spence unanimously outpointed previously ...

Williamson, No. 5 Duke beat No. 12 FSU 73-63 for ACC title

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson remembers crying in his mother's arms after suffering a knee sprain that would sideline him for nearly six full games and threaten fifth-ranked Duke's title potential. Less than a month later, Williamson was standing ...

Curry’s 33 lead Warriors past Thunder 110-88 without Durant

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of Golden State's former MVPs was out, so the other stepped forward. Stephen Curry picked up the slack for the injured Kevin Durant, scoring 33 points to help Golden State roll past the Oklahoma City Thunder, 110-88 on Saturday night ...

No. 24 Cincinnati holds off Wichita State for 66-63 victory

By CLAY BAILEY Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — As Cincinnati expected, Wichita State had one last run down the stretch — enough to pull even, but not overtake the No. 24 Bearcats. Nysier Brooks scored 13 points and Cane Broome hit the go-ahead layup with 23.5 seconds left to give ...

Zion Williamson leads No. 5 Duke to ACC title

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zion Williamson had 21 points to cap a dominating three-game show at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament, helping fifth-ranked Duke beat No. 12 Florida State 73-63 on Saturday night in the championship game. RJ Barrett added 17 points and nine rebounds and the ...

SHR, Hendrick gunning for 1st win under new rules at Fontana

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — Four drivers have earned a victory in the first four weeks of what’s shaping up as a competitive NASCAR Cup Series season. Only two teams have reached Victory Lane, however. Two other giants of the sport are eager to join ...

Woods lands birdie, laughs at famed 17 after quadruple-bogey

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods had a much more enjoyable experience at the 17th hole of The Players Championship on Saturday. A day after carding a quadruple-bogey 7 at the famed island green, Woods made a birdie and had a lengthy laugh with ...

Miami QB Ryan Tannehill traded to Titans for draft picks

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill has been traded to the Tennessee Titans in a deal that also involves draft picks. The Dolphins sent their sixth-round pick this year to the Titans for a fourth-round choice in 2020 and a seventh-round pick this year. Tannehill’s ...

Free Agency: Disenchantment works, trench warriors coveted

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer It’s probably fair to compare the opening of the NFL’s business season with the wildness often seen on the stock market floor. A frenzy of bidding and trading and changes of mind — all involving millions of dollars. Several trends already have ...

Woods cards highest score ever at 17, makes cut at Players

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods paused on the ninth green and stared at a nearby leaderboard. His name would have been on it if not for one hole. Woods hit two balls in the water at the par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass — the first time he's done that ...

No. 2 Virginia rallies to beat NC State in ACC quarterfinals

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Guy scored 29 points, including seven 3-pointers, and No. 2 Virginia rallied to beat North Carolina State 76-56 on Thursday in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Big man Jack Salt provided an unexpected offensive boost with a career-high 18 ...

Slow down: Browns GM tempers expectations after Beckham deal

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Fans are scrambling to get their hands on tickets, jerseys and make their first Odell Beckham Jr. sighting. It’s only mid-March and Cleveland’s in a full-blown football frenzy. Expectations for the upcoming season, which were already ...

Giants trade Beckham to Browns, Jets get Bell

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer While the free agency spending frenzy runs wild, the Giants and Browns found a way to overshadow it Tuesday night: a trade of Odell Beckham Jr. Not to be outdone, however, the Jets got the guy at the top of their free agency list, agreeing with former ...

Malkin at 1,000; a star hiding in plain sight

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The cameras crowd around Sidney Crosby's stall, parting only to let the Pittsburgh Penguins captain slip through and tug on a baseball cap before the lights flip on, the microphones close in and the questions come. Fifteen feet away, Evgeni ...

James scores 36, Lakers end 5-game skid by beating Bulls

By The Associated Press undefined CHICAGO (AP) — LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 on Tuesday night and end a five-game losing streak. James played 33 minutes and showed no signs of letting up ...

Saint Mary’s knocks off No. 1 Gonzaga 60-47 for WCC title

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Saint Mary's heard for weeks about the NCAA Tournament bubble. First four in, first four out, fortunate to be in the discussion to be included in the field of 68. Tired of all the chatter, the Gaels put an emphatic end to it, popping ...

Malkin picks up 1,000th point, Pens rally by Caps 5-3

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin isn't one for nerves. And yet they came anyway as the weeks crept by and the Pittsburgh Penguins star inched closer to 1,000 career points. A pep talk from coach Mike Sullivan helped. So did the return to form of one of the ...

McIlroy waiting for consistent golf to pay off in victories

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Rory McIlroy is playing his most consistent golf since the end of 2011 and the start of 2012, when he finished no worse than third in nine out of 12 tournaments worldwide with two victories, the latter in the Honda Classic that ...

Top-seeded VCU seeking respect in A-10 Tournament

By HANK KURZ Jr. AP Sports Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — VCU coach Mike Rhoades has never had to look far this season for a way to motivate the Rams. He routinely reminds his players that they were picked to finish in the middle of the Atlantic 10 standings. The Rams (25-6, 16-2 A-10) not only ...

Simmons, Sixers survive scare from short-handed Cavaliers

By DAVE ZEITLIN Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Asked to assess his overall performance, Joel Embiid said he was "trash." When the Philadelphia 76ers needed him the most, however, their All-Star center came to play. Ben Simmons scored 26 points, Embiid had 19 rebounds and made some big ...