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Youth basketball guidelines call for lower baskets, no zones

NEW YORK (AP) — The NBA and USA Basketball are dipping their toe into youth sports, recommending guidelines they hope will help with development and enhanced experiences at a young age. The recommendations include lowering the basket and prohibiting zone defense and 3-point shots at the youngest level of competition. They also call for the […]

Brewers break ground on spring training complex renovations

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have broken ground on the renovation project for their spring training home in Phoenix. The upgrades to Maryvale Baseball Park are part of a plan that will keep the club at their Arizona home through at least 2042. That would be the second-longest commitment in the Cactus League. The […]

Richard Sherman defends contract negotiations with 49ers

  SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Richard Sherman walked into what used to be enemy territory at the home of the San Francisco 49ers decked out in a red suit to match his new team after switching sides from Seattle in this fierce NFC West rivalry. Sherman still must wait a bit to put on […]

Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin charged with teammate threats

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was charged Tuesday with threatening two former teammates who had harassed him in the NFL and with threatening his former prep school classmates, Los Angeles County prosecutors said. Martin pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of making criminal threats and a misdemeanor charge […]

Polanco suspension hits Twins hard; Escobar next up at SS

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — About a month ago, Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco learned he had tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The news of his 80-game suspension, including ineligibility for postseason play, hit the Twins hard on Sunday after their exhibition game. “We don’t want it in our game. We want a clean […]

Navratilova ‘angry’ at pay gap to McEnroe for BBC work

LONDON (AP) — Martina Navratilova said she is “extremely angry” and feels let down by the BBC after learning that John McEnroe gets paid at least 10 times more than her for their broadcasting roles at Wimbledon. In a list of the BBC’s highest-paid workers published last year, it was revealed that McEnroe earned between […]

MVP Jose Altuve, Astros finalize long-term contract

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jose Altuve sat behind a table set up on the field at the Houston Astros’ spring training complex, and his teammates looked on as the World Series champions announced his $163.5 million, seven-year contract, the longest in team history. “You made me more nervous, because I don’t like talking […]

Giannis’ 37 not enough, as LeBron’s 40 and triple-double propels Cavs

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James made certain another news-filled day ended with his own headline. James scored 40 points as part of his third triple-double in four games and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 124-117 on Monday night as coach Tyronn Lue began his leave of absence to address health issues. Giannis Antetokounmpo […]

Now on 9th team, 41-year-old Rodney aims to boost Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Told that Ichiro Suzuki wants to play until he’s 50, Fernando Rodney smiled. “He can. He feels good. He feels ready to go,” the Minnesota Twins closer said. “I think he loves the game. When you love something, you can say that.” “I love the game, too. But 50 is […]

Could Vikings’ guarantee for Cousins start an NFL trend?

  EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The idea began to percolate about 2½ years ago, in discussions between Kirk Cousins and agent Mike McCartney about his status with the Washington Redskins and his future in the NFL. The goal was to get a fully guaranteed contract, the security players in this league of high turnover and […]

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