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UCLA-Michigan conjures March memories

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The names UCLA and Michigan can’t help but conjure up some of the most memorable images of March. There’s the Wizard of Westwood, John Wooden, slapping his rolled up game program in his hands. The grace of Lew Alcindor and the funky persona of Bill Walton. The blur ...

Logano takes checkered flag in haze of Bristol dirt

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Somewhere under the thick red haze floating over Bristol Motor Speedway, Joey Logano took the checkered flag for NASCAR’s first Cup Series race at a dirt track in 50 years. He couldn’t see much — visibility was next to nothing during this Monday dust storm — ...

Michigan, Villanova push past key injuries in Sweet 16 run

INDIANAPOLIS — Villanova spent all season operating with the security of having senior point guard Collin Gillespie leading the attack. Michigan knew it could depend on versatile veteran Isaiah Livers. Now the Wildcats and Wolverines have figured out how to win without them in the NCAA ...

Gonzaga tops Oklahoma to reach Sweet 16

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Mark Few sat down at the microphone, the Gonzaga coach’s hair disheveled after he was doused with water and threw down a celebratory handstand in the locker room. Even after 32 straight wins dating to last season, the Bulldogs are relishing their triumphs during an ...

MHSAA: Ref suspended after pushing coach in the chest

MUSKEGON (AP) — A Michigan high school basketball referee who pushed a coach has been suspended for the rest of the season, officials said Monday. The incident occurred Friday night at a game between Zeeland East and Muskegon. Video showed William Ripple putting his hands on the chest of ...

Stafford, Goff welcome fresh starts after big trade

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California sun pushed through the shutters behind Matthew Stafford on Friday, illuminating the veteran quarterback as he shed some light on his decision to leave Detroit for Los Angeles. The climate definitely was not the reason he uprooted his wife and four ...

Lawyers battle over ‘race norming’ in NFL dementia tests

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The court-appointed lead lawyer for thousands of retired players suing the NFL pledged Monday to try to remove race as a factor in dementia testing, but lawyers for Black players demanded he release the data on payouts by race in the $1 billion concussion settlement. ...

Lake Superior State tops Wildcats for WCHA title

MANKATO, Minn. — For the Lake Superior State Lakers, who had never won a WCHA playoff title in their history, just getting a chance to play for one meant a lot to them. Just 80 seconds in, they jumped on the Northern Michigan Wildcats, getting a lead they would not relinquish the rest of ...

Kero scores, Stars beat Red Wings

DETROIT (AP) — Tanner Kero broke a scoreless tie late in the second period, Anton Khudobin stopped all 21 shots he faced and the Dallas Stars pulled away to beat the Detroit Red Wings 3-0 Saturday night. Andrej Sekera gave the Stars a two-goal cushion midway through the third period. A ...

UCLA beats Michigan State 86-80 in overtime

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — UCLA showed plenty of fight in its overtime win over Michigan State in a First Four game in the NCAA Tournament. The Spartans showed some fight, too — among themselves. After coach Tom Izzo and forward Gabe Brown carried a shouting match into halftime, the ...

Michigan ups stadium capacity, requires teen athlete testing

LANSING (AP) — Michigan on Friday eased outdoor stadium capacity restrictions before baseball’s Opening Day but ordered weekly rapid testing of teen athletes amid a climbing coronavirus case rate that ranks fourth nationally over the past week. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said, for now, she ...

Ross thinks Cubs lineup will rebound

CHICAGO (AP) — When it comes to all the questions surrounding the Chicago Cubs these days, there is at least one that doesn't seem to be bothering David Ross very much. The second-year manager thinks his team's biggest offensive stars will rebound over the course of a more conventional ...

Seminoles not focused on what might have been

Leonard Hamilton isn’t one to dwell on what might have been. That’s why he’s telling his Florida State team to concentrate on the present when it comes to preparing for the NCAA Tournament. The Seminoles were in line for a No. 1 seed last year after winning their first Atlantic Coast ...

Brewers will need hitting resurgence to return to playoffs

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers understand a repeat of last year’s performance won’t earn them a fourth straight playoff berth. Milwaukee went 29-31 last year and never was above .500 throughout the pandemic-shortened season but reached the postseason thanks to Major League ...

Bey’s double-double leads Pistons over slumping Raptors

DETROIT — Saddiq Bey had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons overcame Norman Powell's 43 points to beat the Toronto Raptors 116-112 on Wednesday night, ending a four-game skid. Bey, who leads all rookies in 3-pointers with 85, was 6 of 10 from behind the arc for Detroit, ...

Young Tigers have chance to provide glimpse into future

DETROIT — It’s easy to look a few years ahead and imagine Casey Mize, Tarik Skubal and Matt Manning on the mound for the Detroit Tigers, with Spencer Torkelson at one of the corner infield spots and Riley Greene in the outfield. That’s the blueprint for this franchise’s return to ...

Lindor, Mets talk about new contract

Just over two weeks before opening day, Francisco Lindor and the New York Mets have begun talking about keeping him in town beyond this season. The newly acquired All-Star shortstop and the team have started discussing a long-term contract, he said Tuesday. "I will not renegotiate during ...

Hurricanes top Red Wings for 8th straight win, 2-1

DETROIT (AP) — Dougie Hamilton and Nino Niederreiter scored, Alex Nedeljkovic made 25 saves and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 on Sunday night for their eighth consecutive victory. Carolina moved into the Central Division lead at 20-6-1, a point ahead of idle Tampa ...

Yankees’ Cole looking forward to return of fans

Gerrit Cole is looking forward to having his father at Yankee Stadium on opening day to watch him pitch in person in pinstripes for the first time. Mark Cole grew up a Yankees fan in Syracuse, New York, but his son’s first season after signing a $324 million, nine-year contract was played ...

Cowboys, QB Prescott finally agree on new contract

The Dallas Cowboys and Dak Prescott have finally agreed on the richest contract in club history two years after negotiations first started with the star quarterback. The team said the agreement was reached Monday. It’s a $160 million, four-year contract with $126 million guaranteed and an ...