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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...
NEW YORK (AP) — NFL players will receive $127.84 million in performance-based bonuses for the 2016 season, led by a payout of $371,783 to Falcons cornerback Brian Poole. The payments compensate players based on their playing time for their salary levels. Poole was an undrafted free agent who...
TOKYO (AP) — Manny Ramirez is set to begin the next chapter of his baseball odyssey by playing for the Kochi Fighting Dogs of Japan’s independent Shikoku Island League. Ramirez is no stranger to far-flung outposts, having put in a brief stint in Taiwan in 2013. But fans will be curious to see...
As Hilary Knight read a text message from a former U.S. women’s hockey player praising the team for sacrificing playing in the world championships over a wage dispute, she started to wonder who will play if they don’t make progress in talks with USA Hockey. “We’re unanimously united as a player...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — They are supposed to be the best of the best. In many instances, they have looked more like the ugliest of the ugly. Some of the top teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament have seen their names pop up in off-the-court headlines all too often and for all the wrong reasons. —...
BOSTON (AP) — Injuries have prevented the Celtics’ core starters from spending much time on the floor together this season. With everyone finally healthy with 14 games to go, they plan to make the most out of the games they have left before the postseason. So far, they like what they see....
Boston Bruins' David Krejci, right, of the Czech Republic, is checked by Calgary Flames' Dennis Wideman during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Wednesday, March 15, 2017.  Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — David Backes gave the Bruins a sigh of relief when he returned to the ice. Then he gave them a lift just a few minutes later. On his second shift back from the medical room, Backes scored the go-ahead goal to help Boston stop Calgary’s 10-game winning streak with a 5-2...

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