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Castellanos, Moustakas lift Reds to third straight win

By JEFF WALLNER Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Nick Castellanos hit a go-ahead homer in the seventh inning hours after deciding to appeal a two-game suspension for his part in a brawl, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Monday night. Castellanos connected off ...

Molina’s early double, Cardinals pitching stops Marlins 4-1

MIAMI (AP) — Yadier Molina hit a bases-loaded double during a three-run first inning, Daniel Ponce de Leon and the St. Louis bullpen protected the lead, and the Cardinals beat the Miami Marlins 4-1 Monday night. Molina drove in two runs with his 382nd double, moving past Hall of Famer Johnny ...

Flyers finally beat Bruins, 3-2 on Sanheim’s OT goal

By KEN POWTAK Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Travis Sanheim scored 3:08 into overtime and the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Monday night after losing their first five meetings this season. The Flyers moved within three points of Boston for the final playoff spot in the ...

AP source: MLB moving All-Star Game to Denver’s Coors Field

By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — Major League Baseball plans to relocate the All-Star Game to Coors Field in Denver after pulling this year's Midsummer Classic from Atlanta over objections to sweeping changes to Georgia's voting laws, according to a person familiar with the ...

To the bank! Suggs hits the winner, Zags top UCLA 93-90

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The shot by Jalen Suggs — perfect! The Gonzaga freshman banked in a shot at the buzzer from just inside the half-court logo Saturday night to lift the Zags to a 93-90 overtime win over UCLA and move them one win away from an undefeated ...

Arrieta makes triumphant return as Cubs beat Pirates 5-1

By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Arrieta pitched six solid innings in a triumphant return to the Cubs, Kris Bryant and Jason Heyward homered, and Chicago beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1 on Saturday afternoon. Arrieta (1-0) got a warm reception prior to the game, then ...

Bearing down: Baylor routs Houston 78-59 to reach title game

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly two decades ago, Scott Drew decided to leave his comfort zone at tiny Valparaiso for the scandal-plagued basketball program at Baylor, explaining to his father that there was nowhere for the Bears to go but up. Now, they're one ...

Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams retiring after 33-year run

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer The last time Roy Williams left North Carolina, he was a virtually unknown assistant who was getting his first shot as a college head coach at tradition-rich Kansas. Now Williams is leaving the Tar Heels again with a resume chock full of honors — as a ...

Baylor, Houston a matchup of programs on the rebound

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The redemption journeys involving Houston coach Kelvin Sampson and the Baylor program he faces at the Final Four on Saturday have roots in far-from-comforting places — courtrooms, prison cells, the NCAA compliance office. They are ...

Five months later, measure of normalcy at Masters in April

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The record score at Augusta National wasn't all that set Dustin Johnson apart from other Masters champions. No one else ever won the Masters and then didn't play in another tournament the rest of the year. No other Masters champion was ...

Oklahoma St star freshman Cade Cunningham to enter NBA draft

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Cade Cunningham used to see superstars when he watched NBA players. Now, he sees opponents. They soon will see him, too. Cunningham announced Thursday that he will enter the NBA draft after a dynamic freshman season for Oklahoma ...

Quick flurry: Cabrera 1st HR of MLB season in snowy Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit the first home run of the new Major League Baseball season, a drive through the snow in Detroit's chilly opener against Cleveland on Thursday. The temperature at game time was 32 degrees, and the snow at Comerica Park was becoming a bit more intense when ...

Welcome back, fans! MLB openers bring Soto, Tatis and crowds

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer Great to see ya, Buster Posey. Been a while, Tony La Russa. Good luck, Madison Bumgarner and every other National League pitcher toting a bat. From Comerica Park to Coors Field to the Coliseum, Major League Baseball is set to roll out a big welcome mat ...

Final Four set, a question left: Can anybody beat Gonzaga?

By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer It's not easy to bury a team as good as USC, let alone in a half, no matter how easy Gonzaga made it look. Somehow, coach Mark Few called it in advance. While everyone was fixating on the top-seeded Bulldogs' make-it-rain offense, one reporter took the opposite ...

Juzang sends No. 11 seed UCLA past Michigan to Final Four

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — UCLA has made more trips to the Final Four than any program but North Carolina. None of the 19 was more surprising than this one. After sneaking into the NCAA Tournament off four straight losses, and barely surviving Michigan State ...

Gonzaga’s bid for a perfect season moves on to Final Four

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gonzaga's countdown to perfection has ticked to two. The Bulldogs are back in the Final Four, two wins from becoming the first undefeated team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. And, after all those upsets, the March Madness apex in ...

Ball in their court: Justices take on NCAA restrictions

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The NCAA and former college athletes are getting ready to play ball at the Supreme Court. With the March Madness basketball tournament ongoing, the high court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case about how colleges can reward athletes ...

NCAA tourney hits halfway point, still the field vs. Gonzaga

By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer The Elite Eight marks the halfway point of the NCAA Tournament, but don't blink. It has the shelf life of chicken nuggets. By the time your head hits the pillow tomorrow night, we'll be down to a Final Four and find out whether the selection committee is any ...

Billy Horschel wins Match Play when he least expects it

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Billy Horschel is back among the top 20 in the world for the first time since the summer of 2015, and all it took was low expectations and the longest week of his career. Horschel demands a lot from himself, and that starts with ...

USC shuts down Oregon 82-68 to end 20-year Elite Eight wait

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Southern California's dark days lasted far longer than the Trojans would have liked. A once-elite program had fallen into into mediocrity, losing seasons mixed in with short-lived trips into the NCAA Tournament. A two-week run of ...