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With injured Cephus back, spring in air for Badgers’ offense

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Spring is in the air at run-first Wisconsin. They are throwing the ball around at spring practice a little more than usual, at least for a team that likes to hand the ball off to star running back Jonathan Taylor. But with so much firepower coming back in the passing game, […]

Olympic great Walsh Jennings announces beach volleyball tour

Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings has announced plans for her new beach volleyball circuit that will bring a sports and music festival to eight cities. The p1440 series will open in September in San Jose, California, and then over the next four months visit Las Vegas, San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. Four stops in […]

LaMarre’s single lifts Twins in 16-inning, Puerto Rican marathon

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Ryan LaMarre started this series as Minnesota’s extra player. He got the Twins a split in extra innings, and gave Eddie Rosario a memory he’ll never forget.  Rosario scored the winning run in his homeland in the bottom of the 16th inning, coming around on LaMarre’s single that gave Minnesota […]

Proposed Illinois ban on youth tackle football dead for now

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — A proposal aimed at delaying the effects of helmet-banging head trauma by banning Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football lacks the votes this spring, its sponsor said Wednesday. Rep. Carol Sente said parents and taxpayers “need more time to absorb the evidence” of a link between repeated blows […]

Column: Some changes to help make baseball great again

Attendance is down in baseball, though the sample size is small because the season is still young. What caused the drop depends on who you listen to. Unusually cold weather is surely one culprit, and escalating ticket prices are likely another. Teams tanking before the season even began might also be an issue, with fans […]

NCAA bans teams using former football players from practice

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA Division I Council has banned college football teams from using former players in practice and tabled a proposal to let players participate in four games while still redshirting. The Division I Council announced several rule changes Wednesday , including a new recruiting calendar for all sports not including football and […]

Cards-Cubs called off, MLB’s 25th postponement in 3 weeks

CHICAGO (AP) — The game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs on Wednesday was called off because of wintry weather, the 25th postponement in the first three weeks of the major league season. The total matched 2007 for the most weather-related postponements through April since Major League Baseball started keeping records in 1986. […]

On Basketball: With Kawhi, it’s the Spurs who need answers

Kawhi Leonard has a new team, and Gregg Popovich isn’t the coach. This is where the San Antonio Spurs are at right now, as this impasse between the franchise and its best player continues even as the season is almost certainly winding down. There are only questions, no answers. How is Leonard doing? The Spurs […]

Favre says he might have had “thousands” of concussions

Brett Favre says he might have had “thousands” of concussions during his Hall of Fame career. The three-time NFL MVP who played from 1992-2010 and was known for his aggressive approach to football said Thursday on NBC’s “Megyn Kelly Today” that he is experiencing short-term memory issues. Favre, 48, has become an advocate for concussion […]

Rodgers hopeful for contract extension as Packers retool

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — An offseason of change for the Green Bay Packers has been met with occasional displeasure by quarterback Aaron Rodgers. At the Super Bowl, Rodgers called it “interesting” that the Packers replaced quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt “without consulting me.” Also that week, he spoke of the possibility he might have […]

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