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Notre Dame and Baylor to meet in Sunday’s title game

By MARK DIDTLER Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw is excited that Sunday's night championship game will have two women coaches. The Fighting Irish will be looking to join UConn, Tennessee and Southern Cal in winning consecutive titles during the NCAA era ...

Brewers hit 5 home runs, send Cubs to 6th loss in row, 13-10

By RICH ROVITO Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers used a power surge to maintain their strong start and keep the Chicago Cubs reeling. Facing off for the first time this season on Friday night, the Brewers outslugged the Cubs 13-10 in an early season showdown of teams ...

Musgrove outduels Gray, Pirates hand Reds 3rd shutout in row

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Whatever chance the Pittsburgh Pirates have of elbowing their way into the conversation in the NL Central hinges largely on their starting rotation living up to the hype. A week in, all that talk looks legit. Playing the struggling ...

Yankees’ Stanton on 10-day injured list with strained biceps

NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton joined the New York Yankees' lengthy injured list after straining his left biceps, an injury that could cause him to miss much of April. Stanton got hurt fouling off a 3-1 fastball from Baltimore's Dylan Bundy in the third inning of Sunday's 7-5 loss. ...

Big catch: Browns welcome Odell Beckham after ‘surreal’ trade

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Odell Beckham Jr. looked at quarterback Baker Mayfield seated to his left, Jarvis Landry to his right and Myles Garrett at the end of the dais. “This can’t be real,” Beckham said, a tuft of bleached blond hair poking out from under his orange cap. This was no April ...

LEADING OFF: Yelich back at it on HR streak, 3 home openers

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: M-V-P! M-V-P! Christian Yelich has picked up right where he left off last season. The 2018 NL MVP hit his fourth homer Sunday and then a two-run double in the ninth inning that gave Milwaukee a dramatic 5-4 ...

Zion, No. 1 Duke miss out on Final Four in loss to Spartans

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty minutes after his first and, in all likelihood, last season at Duke ended with an Elite Eight exit, Zion Williamson trudged through an arena hallway, his head down. Following closely behind was teammate RJ Barrett, another ...

AP source: Red Sox, Bogaerts agree at $132M through 2025

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts has agreed to terms on a new contract that would keep him in Boston through 2025 and guarantee him $132 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Sunday night. Bogaerts will ...

Penguins inch closer to playoff spot, top Hurricanes 3-1

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cullen is well-versed in the electricity that creeps into a locker room when the games dwindle down to a precious few and the playoffs loom. It's one of the main reasons the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins center — at 42 the NHL's oldest ...

Williams leads Pirates past Reds 5-0

CINCINNATI (AP) — Trevor Williams looked like himself on the mound. He looked like somebody else at the plate. Williams pitched six effective innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the sloppy Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Sunday. "He was just efficient," Pirates ...

Woods advances at Match Play after McIlroy meltdown

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Tiger Woods moved into the quarterfinals Saturday at the Dell Technologies Match Play by beating Rory McIlroy in a match that turned on one bad shot. Their first match against each other ended on the 17th hole, when Woods holed a 12-foot ...

TIPPING OFF: First 2 Final 4 spots on the line

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer The first two spots in the Final Four will be decided on Saturday. Both games will be strength against strength. In the West Region, Gonzaga and the best offense in Division I will face Texas Tech and the nation's best defense. The South Region will have ...

TIPPING OFF: Defense key to victories in women’s Sweet 16

By DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Defense was the key to teams advancing Friday night to the Elite Eight of the women's NCAA Tournament. It might also be the difference Saturday when eight more teams try to reach the regional finals, including top seeds Notre Dame ...

Rinne makes 42 saves, Predators top Penguins 3-1

By The Associated Press undefined PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pekka Rinne stopped 42 shots to lead the Nashville Predators to a 3-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night. Rinne was 63 seconds from his fifth shutout of the season when Nick Bjugstad scored for Pittsburgh. Viktor ...

Cards’ Goldschmidt hits 3 HRs, walked intentionally in 9th

By JOE TOTORAITIS Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt was hoping to swing for baseball history when Brewers manager Craig Counsell took the bat out of his hands. Though he felt for the boo-bird Cardinal fans behind the visiting dugout, the move wasn't much of a surprise to ...

Shoemaker, Blue Jays blank Tigers 6-0, Montoyo gets 1st win

By Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Matt Shoemaker pitched seven sharp innings to win his Toronto debut and the Blue Jays beat the Detroit Tigers 6-0 Friday night, giving Charlie Montoyo his first victory as a major league manager. Justin Smoak and Freddy Galvis each drove in ...

Auburn upsets No. 1 North Carolina 97-80

By Dave Skretta AP Basketball Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Auburn insisted all along that it wouldn’t change its style against up-tempo North Carolina. Turns out the SEC Tournament champs can run a bit, too. Auburn earned its second trip to the Elite Eight by coasting to a to a ...

LEADING OFF: Harper, champ Red Sox open, all 30 teams play

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: FOR OPENERS Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and everyone else is set to play, at last. All 30 teams are in action, with opening day on deck at Yankee Stadium, Dodger Stadium and ballparks in between. ...

Emotional night for Ingles as Jazz blow out depleted Lakers

By MATTHEW COLES Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Before the game even started, Joe Ingles was exhausted. Shooting videos with son Jacob, emotional meetings with other families affected by autism and generally doing all he could to promote Autism Awareness Night was almost too ...

Warriors beat Grizzlies to break tie with Nuggets in West

By The Associated Press undefined MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant each scored 28 points, with Durant going 12 of 13 from the field, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 118-103 on Wednesday night to take sole possession of the Western Conference ...