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Yelich says he’s motivated after last season cut short

PHOENIX (AP) — Christian Yelich was driven last year by a desire to improve on the performance that earned him the NL MVP award in 2018. He won his second straight NL batting title and finished second to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger in the MVP vote, his season cut short when he fouled […]

Obama panel celebrates off-court work of NBA stars

CHICAGO (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo is passionate about helping children in Greece and Africa. Kevin Love is trying to shine the brightest light he can on mental health by sharing his own struggles. Chris Paul is aiming to ensure that technology comes to schools where it hasn’t been affordable. Former President Barack Obama is aware […]

Twins right fielder Max Kepler grew up idolizing Derek Jeter

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Twins right fielder Max Kepler didn’t get to watch a lot of major league baseball growing up in Germany. The games he did did see included many Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees matchups, which caused him to become a big fan of Derek Jeter. “I loved watching Jeter, even though […]

Column: Cheating Astros just don’t seem to get it

Ah, the Houston Astros. Good at stealing signs. Not so good at pretending they’re sorry about it. The team’s official mea culpa Thursday in Florida turned out to be as predictable as it gets. From owner to star players the message was the same, almost as if it had been rehearsed the night before. A […]

Ford’s career-high 19 points paces Wisconsin over Purdue

MADISON, Wisc. (AP) — Wisconsin built its lead over Purdue behind the 3-point arc. The Badgers secured the win at the free throw line. Aleem Ford scored a career-high 19 points on Wednesday and the Badgers hit eight straight free throws with less than 30 seconds left to hold off a late charge from Purdue […]

If at first: Ryan Braun back at 1B for OF-heavy Brewers

PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Braun spent much of his first morning at spring training looking for equipment. The Milwaukee Brewers’ veteran outfielder is expecting to get significant time at first base this season after the team added Avisaíl García to a mix that already included Braun, Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Ben Gamel. First, he’ll […]

For NBA players, a little rest now before a hectic finish

CHICAGO (AP) — And now, they rest. Until Thursday, anyway. That’s when the NBA comes back for a frantic eight-week sprint to the finish of the regular season, with teams having from anywhere between 25 and 29 games left to play before the 16-team field for the playoffs is filled and set. The All-Star Game […]

The champs are here: Cabbage race, Soto arrive at Nats camp

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — On the day position players reported to camp, the Washington Nationals finally got around to putting up a sign on the ivy-covered wall near the entrance to their spring training facility with a curly “W,” a rendering of the Capitol dome and, most significantly, the proclamation “2019 WORLD CHAMPIONS.” […]

Mike Trout rips cheating Astros, calls for bigger punishment

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Mike Trout thinks the Houston Astros should pay more dearly for their cheating ways. The Los Angeles Angels’ three-time AL MVP ripped the Astros and questioned the discipline handed out by Major League Baseball on Monday after he reported to spring training. Trout joined the chorus of prominent big leaguers angry […]

Purdue looks to sweep Wisconsin

Purdue (14-12, 7-8) vs. Wisconsin (15-10, 8-6) Kohl Center, Madison, Wisconsin; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Purdue goes for the season sweep over Wisconsin after winning the previous matchup in West Lafayette. The teams last met on Jan. 24, when the Boilermakers shot 45 percent from the field and went 9 for 19 from […]

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