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Penguins nip Blue Jackets 4-3 in series opener

Columbus coach Todd Richards insists his upstart team isn't in the playoffs "just to go to school."

White wash: Yanks sweep Cubs 3-0, 2-0

Michael Pineda followed an overpowering outing by Masahiro Tanaka with one of his own, pitching six innings of four-hit ball as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs 2-0 on a bitterly cold Wednesday night to complete...

Weise's OT goal lifts Canadiens over Lightning 5-4

Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday night.

Durant has 42, Thunder beat Pistons 112-111

Kevin Durant scored 42 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter, and the Oklahoma City Thunder secured the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference, rallying from 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Detroit...

Weise's OT goal lifts Canadiens over Lightning 5-4

Dale Weise scored 18:08 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening game of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal playoff series on Wednesday night.

Jets sign former Titans RB Chris Johnson

Always fast on the field, Chris Johnson is looking to quickly prove his critics wrong.

Hopes high Negro Leagues stadium makes comeback

The light touch of a paint roller is enough to dislodge a chunk of plaster from the crumbling walls of Hinchliffe Stadium.

Atlanta lands MLS expansion team for 2017

Arthur Blank donned traditional soccer garb to mark his newest venture - an MLS team for Atlanta.

Real Madrid wins 19th Copa del Rey title

Gareth Bale raced down the field, avoided a defender and rolled the ball under goalkeeper Jose Pinto in the 90th minute, giving Real Madrid a 2-1 win over Barcelona on Wednesday night and its 19th Copa del Rey title.

Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team

Bucks owner Herb Kohl was well past retirement age and realized it was time to secure the future of the franchise. He had one big caveat for any potential investors: Keep the team in his hometown of Milwaukee.

Officer: Sharper's DNA found on 1 Arizona victim

Former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper's DNA was found in an examination of one of two women who accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them at a Tempe apartment, a detective said Wednesday.

Bucks owner Herb Kohl reaches deal to sell team

Bucks owner Herb Kohl has reached a deal to sell the franchise to New York investment firm executives Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens for about $550 million.

Pistorius defense tries to rebuild case

Oscar Pistorius' lawyers tried to roll back the prosecution's momentum at his murder trial Wednesday following the star athlete's shaky testimony, presenting a forensic expert who quickly found his own...

Manning holds on to heartache of Super Bowl

Broncos fans may want to move on from Denver's Super Bowl debacle. Not Peyton Manning. He's holding on to the heartache to stoke his competitive fire.

A look at the NBA playoff picture

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with one day remaining in the regular season:

At Boston Marathon, a chance to finally finish

Just one tiny misstep at mile 15 of the Boston Marathon last spring ruined any chance of amputee runner Jeff Glasbrenner breaking four hours.

Sanchez lifts Giants over Dodgers 3-2 in 12

Hector Sanchez had his wife and young daughter waiting in the parking lot. He had to do something to end the game.

Gaborik adds scoring to LA Kings' playoff plans

Marian Gaborik's new teammates with the Los Angeles Kings initially wondered whether such a talented goal-scorer could fit into a defense-dominated team when he arrived in a trade last month.

Donaldson, A's rally in 11th to beat Angels again

Even after every momentum swing, dramatic hit and terrible relief performance in an 11-inning game, the Oakland Athletics still were unshakably confident somebody would pull them through.

A good read: Bucks' Udoh draws fans for book club

Epke Udoh will leave one positive lasting impression from this dreary season for the Milwaukee Bucks, and it has nothing to do with basketball.

Clippers beat Nuggets 117-105 for record 57th win

Blake Griffin won't be playing in Portland, regardless of whether his 16th technical of the season is rescinded.

White Sox slip past Red Sox 2-1 on error in 9th

Alexei Ramirez is finding different ways of helping the White Sox earn dramatic victories.

Boston police safely blow up suspicious backpacks

Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's...

Benches clear in Nationals-Marlins game

Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond and Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia got into a heated, nose-to-nose conversation at home plate, prompting both benches to clear during the fourth inning.

Fielder ends HR drought, Rangers beat M's 5-0

Prince Fielder ended his Texas home run drought, and Robbie Ross finally got some help from the offense as a starter.

Leake's HR leads Reds over Pirates 7-5 for split

Mike Leake still thinks of himself as a hitter. He's even holding a bat on one of his 2014 baseball cards.

Marlins snap 8-game skid by beating Nationals 11-2

Stephen Strasburg against the woebegone Miami Marlins figured to be no contest, and it was.

More former players sue NHL regarding concussions

Another group of former NHL players has joined the fight for compensation for head injuries they say they incurred while playing, while at the same time targeting the violence of the game that they believe brought about...

Panthers jump Sabres to win NHL draft lottery

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer NHL draft lottery losers last year, the Florida Panthers had their number come up this year.

White Sox wear Boston Strong on 1-year anniversary

The Chicago White Sox have paid tribute to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing before their game against the Red Sox.

Ex-Minnesota State, Mankato coach returning to job

The football coach fired from Minnesota State, Mankato announced Tuesday that he will return to the job after an arbitrator ruled he was wrongfully terminated, saying the decision wasn't easy but that it would help him...

Injured Anthony will sit out Knicks' last 2 games

Carmelo Anthony's will miss the final two games with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, ending his first playoff-less season and potentially his New York Knicks career.

MLB marks 67th anniversary of Robinson debut

Marking the 67th anniversary of the day Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier, the Rev. Jesse Jackson praised Commissioner Bud Selig for the strides the sport has taken in minority opportunities over the past...

Moore to have elbow surgery, miss rest of season

Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore will miss the remainder of the season after opting to have elbow-ligament replacement surgery.

A quiet post-Masters for Watson, with a surprise

Bubba Watson decided to keep his post-Masters victory more low key this year. Instead of going to New York for a media tour, he headed home to Orlando, Fla., and kept plans for a five-day vacation with his wife.

Michigan losing Stauskas and Robinson to NBA

Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III are skipping their last two seasons at Michigan to enter the NBA draft and chase a dream they've had since they were kids.

AP Sources: Cup sailor de Ridder suspended 5 years

America's Cup sailor Dirk de Ridder has been suspended from sanctioned events for five years by sailing's international governing body, two people with knowledge of the decision said Tuesday.

Defense gets its turn in Pistorius murder trial

For five days, Oscar Pistorius endured a withering cross-examination at his murder trial from a prosecutor who pounced on apparent inconsistencies in his testimony. Yet, legal analysts said Tuesday, expert witnesses who...

Bud Selig calls replay start 'remarkable'

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says the sport's new replay system is working well despite a few problems during its first two weeks.

Obama has silent moment for Boston bombing

President Barack Obama is paying tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on its first anniversary with a moment of silence in the Oval Office.

Va. State player pleads in opposing QB assault

A Virginia State football player pleaded guilty Tuesday to assaulting Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback during a November luncheon, the day before the teams were going to play for the league championship.

Va. State player pleads in opposing QB assault

A Virginia State football player has pleaded guilty to assaulting Winston-Salem State's starting quarterback during a luncheon before their game in November.

Hockey title puts tiny Union on the sports map

After tiny Union College toppled the heavyweights of hockey for the national title, its president, Stephen Ainlay, couldn't resist a little cheerleading.

A look at the NBA playoff picture

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with two days remaining in the regular season and all 16 teams that will head to the postseason this weekend...

Olympic great Michael Phelps to swim again

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Don't expect the same Michael Phelps in his return to swimming after a nearly two-year retirement.

Randolph scores 32, Grizzlies clinch playoff spot

The Memphis Grizzlies are back in the playoffs and the upstart Phoenix Suns are staying home.

Pirates, Reds hit 10 HRs before game is suspended

Maybe it's good this one got suspended. Gave everybody a chance to dry off a bit, catch their breath and let those unbelievable numbers start to sink in.

Heat lose 114-93 to Wizards; Pacers get top seed

LeBron James' only visible significant role was that of postgame heckler, interrupting Michael Beasley's interview amid a loose, upbeat locker room that normally wouldn't jibe with a 21-point loss - or throwing...

Padres, Gyorko reach deal adding $35M for 5 years

The San Diego Padres think so much of second baseman Jedd Gyorko that they gave him a hefty raise and he's only 13 games into his second full big league season.

Warriors' Bogut out indefinitely with rib fracture

The playoffs have not even begun and the Golden State Warriors are already dealing with a big blow to their postseason chances.

Sun take Ogwumike with top pick in WNBA draft

It was a busy draft night for the Connecticut Sun.

Duke's Parker to decide Wednesday on going pro

Jabari Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or return to college for his sophomore year.

Phelps will be racing himself in swimming comeback

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP National Writer Michael Phelps will be facing quite an opponent when he returns to the pool.

GM says coach change 'wake-up call' for Predators

General manager David Poile hopes he sent the strongest message possible by making the first coaching change in Nashville's history: missing the playoffs is not acceptable for the Predators.

James, Bosh rest as Heat prepare for playoffs

Choosing rest for the playoffs over the pursuit of a top seed, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra gave LeBron James and Chris Bosh the night off Monday against the Washington Wizards.

AP Sources: Sun trade C/F Tina Charles to Liberty

People familiar with the situation say the Connecticut Sun have agreed to trade Tina Charles to New York for players to be named later and the Liberty's first round pick in 2015.

A look at 10 things to watch in the NHL playoffs

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer Here's a look at 10 things to watch when the NHL playoffs begin Wednesday with a new format, some stars returning from injuries and renewed rivalries:

Cavs, Irving staggering to finish

As this disheartening season dwindles to its final moments, Kyrie Irving stood up and took responsibility for how he and his teammates played in their past two games.

Brooks Robinson seeks $9.9M from tribe over fall

Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is seeking a settlement of $9.9 million from the Seminole Indian tribe over injuries he suffered in a 2012 fall from a stage at the tribe's South Florida casino.

Olympic great Michael Phelps ending retirement

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, lured back into the pool by the fun of it and the possibility of swimming at a fifth Olympics in Rio in 2016.

Clemson dismisses QB Kelly after sideline argument

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly was dismissed from the team Monday, two days after he was benched for the second half of the spring game for disagreeing with coaches over whether to go for it on fourth down.

NCAA urges schools to discuss pitfalls of unions

The NCAA contends that unionization by college athletes could lead to fewer scholarships and championships as well as a drop in academic support and career counseling.

Cavs, Irving staggering to finish

Kyrie Irving doesn't want the Cavaliers' final game of this disheartening season to look anything like the team's previous two.

Brooks Robinson seeks $9.9M from tribe over fall

Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is seeking a settlement of $9.9 million from the Seminole Indian tribe over injuries he suffered in a 2012 fall from a stage at the tribe's South Florida casino.

Pistorius accused of staging outbursts at trial

Oscar Pistorius came under intense pressure Monday at his murder trial from the chief prosecutor, who dismissed his account of how he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp as a flimsy web of lies and accused the Olympian of...

Dumars officially stepping down as Pistons' GM

Joe Dumars is stepping down as the Detroit Pistons' president of basketball operations.

Heisman winner Winston shines on busy weekend

Florida State's Jameis Winston racked up frequent flier miles last weekend traveling back and forth between a baseball series at Georgia Tech and the Seminoles' football spring game Saturday. The Heisman winner...

Prosecutor's unrelenting questions to Pistorius

The chief prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial continued Monday to question nearly every aspect of the Olympian's story surrounding his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Mike Conway wins wild IndyCar race at Long Beach

What seemed to be a Ryan Hunter-Reay runaway took a strange and sudden turn on the streets of Long Beach, where tempers flared long after Mike Conway took a surprising win.

Bubba goes green for the 2nd time at Augusta

Bubba Watson scooped up his son, hugged his wife and took off down the ropes along the 18th green, high-fiving the patrons at Augusta National.

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Nova, Yankees beat Red Sox 3-2 with replay help

With a little help from the replay room, Carlos Beltran and the banged-up Yankees did just enough to hold off Boston.

Red Sox manager ejected after replay dispute

Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected Sunday night after arguing a call that was overturned on replay in favor of the New York Yankees.

49ers linebacker Aldon Smith arrested at airport

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.

Jimenez, Langer, Couples show age just a number

Miguel Angel Jimenez, Bernhard Langer and Fred Couples made the Masters one for the ages - the older ages for sure.

Bubba Watson wins another green jacket at Augusta

One of golf's most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That's just fine with Bubba Watson.

Mike Conway wins wild IndyCar race at Long Beach

Tempers flared all around the streets of Long Beach, where drivers declared friendships over after a surprisingly physical race.

AP source: Dumars out as Detroit's team president

Joe Dumars tried to push the Detroit Pistons back toward the playoffs with a couple of big moves last offseason.

Lightning coach: Malone's charges not distraction

Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper doesn't think left wing Ryan Malone's DUI and cocaine possession charges will be a distraction to the postseason-bound team.

Liverpool beats City 3-2, on course for title

Liverpool took command of the captivating Premier League title race by beating Manchester City 3-2 in a match of wide-ranging emotions at Anfield, although the destiny of the trophy is also in Chelsea's hands after its...

Masters to distribute $9M in prize money

The Masters will distribute a record $9 million in prize money.

Manny Pacquiao back on top after Bradley win

The old Manny Pacquiao returned for thrilling bursts, hounding Timothy Bradley onto the ropes and battering the welterweight champion with whip-quick combinations that recalled the Pacman's magical prime.

No cellphone, no problem at tradition-rich Masters

No cellphones. No video screens. No electronic scoreboards.

Brewers win 9th straight, Lohse beats Pirates

Kyle Lohse was eager to top his Milwaukee teammates.

Pacers hold on to top spot in East by beating OKC

The Pacers were back to being themselves Sunday.

Nationals place Zimmerman on DL

Third baseman Ryan Zimmeran tried to put a positive spin on his broken right thumb and the Washington Nationals' list of injuries.

Plan to down high-rises at Games opening dropped

Plans to demolish five high-rise apartment towers as part of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony have been dropped.

Combative prosecutor makes mark in Pistorius trial

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel fired another tough question at murder suspect Oscar Pistorius.

Wilson Kipsang wins his 2nd London Marathon

The last of the elite runners to arrive in London but the first over the line, Wilson Kipsang's week of travel chaos had no impact on his marathon running. The world record-holder saw off a strong field to capture his...

Hillsborough tribute before Liverpool-City match

Liverpool fans held up a mosaic spelling out "96 25 years" during a minute's silence to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster. The tribute Sunday came before Liverpool's Premier League...

Pacquiao beats Bradley by decision in rematch

Nearly two years later, Manny Pacquiao finally got the decision most people thought he deserved the first time against Timothy Bradley.

Verlander gets first 2 hits, Tigers top Padres 6-2

Sometime soon, a baseball will be getting a prominent spot among the trophies on Justin Verlander's mantle.

Union wins NCAA title, beating Minnesota 7-4

Tiny Union College skated off with the biggest trophy in college hockey.

Zimmerman hurt in Nationals' 6-3 loss to Braves

The Washington Nationals have lost their leadoff hitter for a week and a key bat in the middle of their lineup for much longer.

Harvick survives shootout for 1st Darlington win

Kevin Harvick used one of the few weekend missteps to pull out his first Darlington victory.

A look at the NBA playoff picture

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with four days remaining in the regular season:

Hawks top Heat 98-85, get East's last playoff spot

Jeff Teague says he never doubted the Atlanta Hawks would be in the playoffs.

Nats 3B Zimmerman has broken thumb, out 4-6 weeks

Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is expected to miss four to six weeks after breaking his right thumb against the Atlanta Braves.

Spieth, Watson tied for lead at the Masters

Even without golf's biggest star, this suddenly is shaping up as a Masters for the ages.

Hunter-Reay wins pole in all-Andretti front

Ryan Hunter-Reay, determined to rebound from a disappointing season, is off to a strong start in what he hopes will be another run toward the IndyCar championship.

McCann homers twice, Yankees power past Red Sox

Brian McCann was far from panic mode. He was hitting the ball well, and figured positive results would follow.

Clippers beat Kings 117-101 for 56th win

The Clippers tuned up for the playoffs with a clinic on scoring in transition, whether it was going coast-to-coast for layups or ferocious dunks.

Bradley, Pacquiao look for decisive win in rematch

Timothy Bradley never imagined he would have to avenge a victory.

Nationals place Span on 7-day DL with concussion

The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Denard Span on the seven-day disabled list with a concussion on Saturday.

Souvenir cups in high demand at Augusta National

On the course, it's all about going low. Outside the ropes, it's more about stacking high.

Northwestern players see push as spark for change

No matter how they feel about the push to unionize, at least a few Northwestern players see the movement as a spark for change in college sports.

Alex Cobb goes 7 innings, Rays beat Reds 1-0

The starter throws seven shutout innings. The defense makes a few big plays. One swing of the bat provides all the offense needed.

Lightning LW Malone arrested after traffic stop

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was charged Saturday with DUI and possession of cocaine after a traffic stop, police said.

A look at the NBA playoff picture

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with five days remaining in the regular season:

Bumgarner hits grand slam, Giants edge Rockies 6-5

Madison Bumgarner just missed clearing the fences his first time up, hitting a sacrifice fly to the warning track in left field.

Warriors clinch playoff spot in win over Lakers

Stephen Curry realizes a playoff berth is still a precious commodity for the Golden State Warriors, who have spent the majority of their existence watching the postseason from their collective couches in the Bay Area.

Heat back atop East, beat Pacers 98-86

For most of the season, the Miami Heat were chasing the Indiana Pacers.

Brewer's 51 lifts Wolves over Rockets 112-110

Truth be told, no one believed Corey Brewer could do it. Not his teammate Ricky Rubio. Not his coach Rick Adelman. And certainly not his opponent, the Houston Rockets.

Missouri dismisses WR Green-Beckham from team

Missouri decided enough was enough.

Mickelson headed home after missing Masters cut

Rory McIlroy took off his cap, rubbed his brow and let out a deep sigh.

Masters gets colorful pairing with Poulter, Fowler

There's one group the fashion police will probably have an eye on Saturday.

Bubba keeps it simple and builds a 3-shot lead

Bubba Watson won the Masters two years ago with his brand of "Bubba golf," producing shots of raw skill and wild imagination. His strategy now is to keep it simple, and he is halfway to another green jacket.

NASCAR owner Gene Haas granted F1 license

NASCAR team owner Gene Haas said Friday he has been granted a license from Formula One's governing body to start a U.S.-based entry in the series, perhaps as early as next season.

Harvick wins 1st Darlington pole

Kevin Harvick won his first career pole at Darlington Raceway on Friday as he looks to chase his first Southern 500.

Former Hawks All-Star Lou Hudson dies at 69

Dominique Wilkins hopes young fans take the time to learn about Lou Hudson.

Clark asks MLB to probe comments on Drew, Morales

Players' union head Tony Clark has asked the commissioner's office to investigate comments attributed to unidentified executives in an ESPN.com story estimating what they would offer shortstop Stephen Drew and...

Column: Bubba finds his own way to the top

Bubba Watson was playing his way down the 10th fairway, trying to forget about the photographer who got in his way the hole before and quite possibly cost him the first bogey of his Masters.

Review: UNC athlete literacy findings flawed

By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer Research data from a University of North Carolina reading specialist doesn't support claims of low athlete literacy levels at the school, according to reports released...

Maple Leafs hire Brendan Shanahan as president

Brendan Shanahan will run the Toronto Maple Leafs after handing out suspensions the last three years.

Browns quickly match offer for center Alex Mack

Alex Mack was as good as gone. The Browns pulled back their Pro Bowl center in a snap.

Eisenhower Tree missed, but scores same

Trees don't get eulogized. This one did, more than once.

Review: Mizzou didn't follow federal assault rules

An independent report released Friday says the University of Missouri failed to follow parts of the federal law that governs sexual harassment on campus when handling the case of a former swimmer's suicide.

Prosecutor challenges Pistorius' story of killing

What exactly was Oscar Pistorius doing in the moments before he fatally shot his girlfriend in his home?

Union-Minnesota for Frozen 4 title

It was just three seasons ago when Union beat Minnesota - in overtime, in Minneapolis - for a win that pretty much put its program on the map.

Center Alex Mack signs offer sheet with Jaguars

The Browns are on the clock with Alex Mack.

Colin Kaepernick defends reputation

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is defending his reputation.

Iowa St bumps Hoiberg's salary to $2.6 million

Iowa State has given coach Fred Hoiberg a $600,000 a year raise, bumping his average annual salary to $2.6 million in an effort to keep "The Mayor" in Ames for life.

Brazil struggles with its World Cup preparations

Although expectations are high for Brazil's football team at the World Cup, it's already clear the country didn't do a very good job preparing for the tournament.

UN expert weighs in on Redskins controversy

A United Nations human rights expert says the name of the Washington Redskins football team is a "hurtful reminder" of the mistreatment of Native Americans, but stopped short of joining in calls for the team's owner to...

Report: No missed opportunities in Boston attack

A review of how the government's intelligence agencies handled information they had before the Boston Marathon bombings last year concluded that it was impossible to know whether anything could have been done...

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Minnesota beats North Dakota on last-second goal

Justin Holl and the Minnesota Golden Gophers cut it about as close as possible after waiting all season to renew their long rivalry with North Dakota.

With dirty hand, Pineda leads Yanks over Bosox 4-1

This much is clear: Michael Pineda had a dark substance smudged on his pitching hand during his first win for the New York Yankees.

Union advances to Frozen Four title game

Daniel Ciampini and tiny Union College are thriving on college hockey's biggest stage.

Arbitrator: Mankato university wrong to fire coach

An arbitrator has found that Minnesota State University, Mankato, had no grounds to fire head football coach Todd Hoffner last May and has ordered that the university immediately reinstate him, an attorney for the coach...

Haas leads, with a pair of Masters champs 1 back

No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable.

Bach: IOC sending troubleshooter to Rio next week

The International Olympic Committee is sending a senior troubleshooter to Brazil next week as part of a series of emergency measures to tackle the delays threatening the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Giants' Eli Manning has surgery on left ankle

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is going to start the offseason training program with a surgically repaired left ankle.

White Sox OF Garcia to miss rest of season

White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia will miss the rest of the season after causing a tear in his left shoulder while trying to make a diving catch.

Bradley finds Pacquiao lacking before rematch

Manny Pacquiao's latest pastor wants him up at 5 a.m. every day for prayers. The eight-division champion sometimes has 100 people and a yappy dog named Pacman in his home after training sessions, playing darts and...

Brazil president to Blatter: Country will be ready

FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he has been "reassured" by Brazil's president that the country will be ready to host the World Cup.

Police: no arrest in case involving Missouri WR

A police investigation of a suspected burglary involving Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has been closed without an arrest, primarily because of reluctant witnesses who fear retaliation and harassment for...

Stadlers on opposite ends of Masters' scoreboard

The first father and son to play in the same Masters ended up on opposite ends of the scoreboard Thursday.

Lions' Stafford on the spot after coaching change

Matthew Stafford will be on the spot this year for the Detroit Lions, and the 26-year-old quarterback understands that.

Armstrong provides names in written testimony

Lance Armstrong has given sworn testimony naming several people he says knew about his performance-enhancing drug use, insisting he didn't pay anyone or any organization to keep his doping secret.

Prosecutor mocks Pistorius' version of events

The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete's murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to...

Haith kicks Price off Missouri team

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith kicked Zach Price off the team Thursday, ending the forward's career with the Tigers before it began.

Armstrong provides names in written testimony

Lance Armstrong has given sworn testimony naming several people he says knew about his performance-enhancing drug use. He insists he didn't pay anyone or any organization to keep his doping secret.

Pacers, Heat still fighting for East No. 1 seed

For the last six weeks, Indiana and Miami haven't exactly looked like NBA title contenders.

Late venue switch for The Championship

The European Tour has been forced to move one of its events from South Korea to Singapore with only three weeks' notice because of "staging issues."

Doping ban for Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell

A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after the veteran sprinter tested positive for a banned stimulant last June.

Doping ban for Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell

Former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell has been banned from his sport for 18 months.

Top 4 for Portugal, Colombia in FIFA rankings

Portugal rises to No. 3 in the latest FIFA rankings and fourth-ranked Colombia now leads the South American nations.

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FIFA rankings for April (March positions in parentheses):

Martinez's HR in 10th leads Tigers over Dodgers

Victor Martinez helped the Detroit Tigers overcome the struggles of Joe Nathan.

Pacers rest starters, edge Bucks 104-102

When Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel benched his starters for the entire game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, it meant extended playing time for the team's reserves.

A look at the NBA playoff picture

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with seven days remaining in the regular season:

Thunder hold off Clippers for 107-101 victory

Oklahoma City has its starting five back together just in time for the playoffs. Their weeks apart didn't hurt their defense at all.

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5 memorable rulings at the Masters

Players come from all over the world to compete in the Masters, and so do rules officials.

Pujols homer, pitching leads Angels past M's 2-0

Garrett Richards walked two batters in the first inning. He pitched out of a jam in the third with runners on second and third. He overcame errors and walks thanks to double plays and strikeouts.

UMass basketball player announces he's gay

By HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer Derrick Gordon had kept his secret for too long.

Orioles rally in 9th for win against Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka made Adam Jones look silly in his first two at-bats. Still, the All-Star center fielder who is always at the ready with a not-so-safe opinion wasn't all that impressed by the young Japanese pitcher.

Hall of Famer: Gay athletes face old questions

NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell said Wednesday that gay athletes' current fight for equality and acceptance reminds him of some of the same struggles black athletes faced in the 1960s.

Hamilton out 6-to-8 weeks with torn thumb ligament

Josh Hamilton's attempt to beat out an infield grounder with a headfirst slide into first base landed him on the bench for up to two months.

UConn hoping to capitalize on championships

Campus celebrations are winding down after two nights of championship parties, yet the off-court excitement could be just beginning at the University of Connecticut.

Kids, pink hair share Par 3 spotlight at Masters

Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki stood out at the Masters on Wednesday - and not because of her erratic golf game this time.

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Payne leaves no doubt who calls shots at Augusta

Eighty years after it was founded, dozens of questions remain about the murky inner workings of the Augusta National Golf Club.