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Wisconsin hunters exceed wolf target by nearly 100

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin hunters and trappers killed nearly double the number of wolves as the state allotted for a weeklong season, and they did it so quickly that officials had to end the hunt after less than three days, according to figures released Thursday. Nontribal hunters and ...

Olympics gymnastics coach kills himself after charges, AG says

LANSING (AP) — A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar killed himself Thursday, hours after being charged with turning his Michigan gym into a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to train and then abusing them, authorities said. John ...

Brewers’ Cain has no regrets about opting out in 2020

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain has no regrets about opting out of nearly the entire 2020 season but realizes his long layoff could create some obstacles now that he's back. "Definitely the right choice, 100% it was the right choice," the 2018 All-Star and 2019 Gold Glove winner ...

Tiger Woods seriously injured in LA-area crash

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tiger Woods was seriously injured Tuesday when his SUV crashed into a median, rolled over and ended up on its side on a steep roadway in suburban Los Angeles known for wrecks, authorities said. The golf superstar had to be pulled out through the windshield, and his agent ...

Antetokounmpo, Middleton lead Bucks past Kings

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo had 38 points and Khris Middleton scored 32 to lead the Milwaukee Bucks past the skidding Sacramento Kings 128-115 on Sunday night. “I thought individually they were good, and they had good moments together,” Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer said. “I ...

Panarin denies Russian report, takes time away from Rangers

New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the team after a Russian tabloid printed allegations from a former coach that he attacked a woman in Latvia almost a decade ago, which he denies. Andrei Nazarov, a former NHL enforcer who coached Panarin in the Kontinental ...

Blackhawks take down Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) — Kevin Lankinen made 29 saves for his first career shutout and fellow rookie Philipp Kurashev scored a pretty goal in the Chicago Blackhawks’ 2-0 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. The Blackhawks are 4-0 against the Original Six rival Red Wings this ...

Michigan Tech alum Ives gearing up for Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Greg Ives has a storied history with the No. 48. Ives, a 2003 Michigan Tech mechanical engineering graduate from Bark River, began with Hendrick Motorsports in 2006 as a race car engineer for the No. 48 when driver Jimmie Johnson won five consecutive NASCAR Cup Series ...

Tigers-Indians, Yanks-Jays kick off MLB season

NEW YORK (AP) — The major league season is scheduled to start April 1 with the New York Yankees hosting Toronto and Detroit hosting Cleveland, part of an opening-day schedule of 15 games. Major League Baseball announced its initial 2021 schedule last July 9 and updated it Thursday with game ...

Suns rally to beat Bucks 125-124

PHOENIX (AP) — The All-Star backcourt of Chris Paul and Devin Booker is starting to get comfortable for the Phoenix Suns. Now they're beating good teams, piling up wins and rising quickly in the Western Conference. Booker scored 30 points, Paul added 28 points and seven assists and the Suns ...

Longtime ESPN baseball reporter Gomez dies at 58

Pedro Gomez, a longtime baseball correspondent for ESPN who covered more than 25 World Series, has died. He was 58. Gomez died unexpectedly at home Sunday, his family said in a statement. No cause of death was given. "Pedro was far more than a media personality. He was a Dad, loving ...

Smith, Red Wings beat Panthers, 4-1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Givani Smith had a goal and an assist as Detroit Red Wings won for the first time in nine games, beating the Florida Panthers 4-1 on Sunday. Marc Staal scored for the first time with Detroit, Robby Fabbri and Vladislav Namestnikov added goals and Troy Stecher had two ...

Brewers shore infield, sign ex-Cards 2B Wong

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kolten Wong is leaving St. Louis behind but staying in the NL Central as the Milwaukee Brewers reshape the right side of their infield by adding a Gold Glove second baseman Wong and the Brewers finalized their $18 million, two-year contract on Friday, a deal that includes a ...

Ex-Michigan State guard Ishbia to donate $32M

EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State said Thursday that former Spartans basketball player Mat Ishbia has committed to donating a record $32 million to the athletic department. Ishbia was a walk-on guard for the Spartans for their 2000 national championship team under coach Tom Izzo. He ...

Huskies visit Alabama Huntsville in midst of road trip

If there’s one clue in the future as to how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted college sports, Michigan Tech’s hockey schedule could someday be it. Playing a Friday-Saturday or an occasional Saturday-Sunday series as is typically done in college hockey is out the window this season as ...

Killorn, Lightning beat Red Wings 5-1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Wednesday for their third consecutive win. Victor Hedman, Ryan McDonagh, Anthony Cirelli and Brayden Point also scored for Tampa Bay, which remained unbeaten in five home ...

NeSmith, Hubbard share lead at Phoenix Open

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Co-leader Matthew NeSmith nearly made a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th — and barely got a reaction from the few fans. Xander Schauffele flubbed a chip — and couldn’t help but hear a surprised spectator’s reaction. With attendance capped at about 5,000 at sunny TPC ...

MLB to start on time after players reject delay

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will proceed with an on-time start to spring training and the season after players rejected a plan Monday night to delay reporting by a more than a month. “In light of the MLBPA’s rejection of our proposal, and their refusal to counter our revised ...

Wisconsin high school referee dies after collapse on court

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. (AP) — A high school basketball referee in Wisconsin has died after collapsing on the court during a game. Tracy Krueger was 69. His death was confirmed in an email by son Brendan Krueger. No cause was given. His father was stricken while officiating a game between ...

Red Sox 2B Pedroia retires

BOSTON (AP) — Dustin Pedroia, the undersized and over-achieving second baseman who spurred the Boston Red Sox to a pair of World Series victories with his grit and a third, after a knee injury effectively ended his career, with his mouth, has retired. Pedroia, 37, was the AL Rookie of the ...