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In this Jan. 29, 2017, file photo, Ricky Taylor drives his Cadillac DPi across the finish line to win the IMSA 24-hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The defining moment of Ricky Taylor's career may very well have been the closing laps of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where he used an aggressive pass to secure the biggest win of his career. AP Photo/John Raoux, File
There was just under seven minutes remaining in a 24-hour race when Ricky Taylor made the move that very well might define his career. That Taylor was even in position to make the race-winning pass in the Rolex 24 at Daytona was an honorable notch on his resume. He got the nod to close out...
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Times have changed in the Carolinas. Everyone knew this day was coming, but now it’s a reality. The NCAA Tournament, a spring fixture in basketball-crazed North Carolina, is tipping off in South Carolina on Friday. Because of state-level politics, the NCAA no longer...
In this March 7, 2017, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Addison Russell follows through on a double against Italy during the second inning of an exhibition baseball game in Mesa, Ariz. General managers are expecting power from their shortstops, and batters like Carlos Correa, Addison Russell and Corey Seager are providing an unprecedented supply. Shortstops hit more homers than ever in 2016, signaling a potential end to the days of the speedy, slap-hitting middle infielder. AP Photo/Matt York, File
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — As an All-Star shortstop in the 1970s and ‘80s, Larry Bowa recalls having a clear job description: “Catch the balls and make all the plays.” Bowa typified the traditional sandpaper shortstop, grinding out a long career on fast feet, relentless effort and the expectation...
In this Aug. 17, 2006, file photo, Steve Penny, president of the USA Gymnastics, does strength training in the rain during the morning fitness session of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships at Rice Park in St. Paul, Minn. Penny has resigned Thursday, March 16, 2017, as president of USA Gymnastics following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases. AP Photo/Andy King, File
Steve Penny resigned as president of USA Gymnastics on Thursday following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases. The resignation came a week after the United States Olympic Committee’s board recommended to USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla that Penny...
Boston Bruins David Krejci (46) crashes into teammate goalie Anton Khudobin (35) as Khudobin makes the save on the Edmonton Oilers during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid knows that scoring goals isn’t his team’s concern. Patrick Maroon scored twice, Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists and McDavid added three assists as the Edmonton Oilers beat up on the Boston Bruins 7-4 on Thursday night. Benoit Pouliot, Anton...
Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki throws a runner out after fielding a ground ball in the fifth inning of a spring training baseball game against the New York Yankees, Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Dunedin, Fla. AP Photo/John Raoux
NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer probably will miss the Washington Nationals’ opener against Miami on April 3 because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger. The stress fracture had caused Scherzer to change the grip on his fastball, placing three fingers on top of the ball instead...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — It’s going to happen. Maybe not Friday, when Kansas and North Carolina take their turn at trying to avoid history. But if not then, well, some year soon. A No. 1 seed is going to lose to a No. 16, and with the direction college basketball is going of late, it may not even...
The 12 seeds had a down year in the NCAA Tournament’s opening round. The pairing that has become famous — or infamous — for first-round upsets yielded just one win for 12-seeds in four games on Thursday. Since 2007, the 12s have won 50 of 152 games against No. 5s, with 2015 the only year since...
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Vincent Edwards scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half, and Purdue held off Vermont 80-70 on Thursday night for its first victory in the NCAA Tournament in five years. Caleb Swanigan added 16 points, 14 rebounds and four assists for the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (26-7),...
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — Megan Walker is not your average UConn fan. The 6-foot-1 consensus national high school player of the year from Chesterfield, Virginia, says she’ll be rooting hard for the Huskies in the NCAA Tournament, while thinking about what it will be like to be playing with them next...

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