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Woman pleads guilty to stealing from youth sports group

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $500,000 combined from her employer and the youth lacrosse organization where she served as treasurer. The Record-Journal reports that 49-year-old Courtney Wells, of Southington, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of first-degree larceny. Sentencing is scheduled for April 11. Police […]

Column: Where have all the NFL’s black coaches gone?

Where have all the black coaches gone? To the unemployment line, at least in the NFL. Five of the eight coaches fired over — and since — the last season were black, and so far none of them has been rehired as head coaches in the league. That leaves two African-American coaches still standing among […]

Explosives will collapse Bradley Center roof Sunday

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Demolition experts will blow the roof off the former home of the Milwaukee Bucks this weekend. The explosives will collapse the Bradley Center roof into the seating bowl making it easier for workers to remove the debris. The 30-year-old arena closed last summer and the Bucks have moved next door to the […]

Antetokounmpo’s 27p-21r leads Bucks over Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo wasn’t going to join in on the debate about whether he should be an early favorite for MVP after he led the Milwaukee Bucks to a victory over the Houston Rockets and last year’s MVP James Harden on Wednesday night. The rising young star was just happy his team was […]

Wolves’ Andrew Wiggins tries to clarify postgame comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Saying he respects the gay and lesbian community, Minnesota forward Andrew Wiggins tried Wednesday to clarify comments he made about Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroder’s behavior during a heated game. Thunder center Nerlens Noel was taken off the court on a stretcher in the third quarter after Wiggins collided with […]

AP source: Grandal, Brewers agree to $18.25M, 1-year deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Catcher Yasmani Grandal and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to an $18.25 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the agreement, first reported by The Athletic, was subject to a successful physical. Grandal turned down […]

Nauseating or just right? NFL officiating in the crosshairs

Mike Pereira was in his customary spot next to Troy Aikman in the Fox Sports broadcast booth for the Bears-Vikings game on the final week of the regular season, ready to chime in when needed on any close calls on the field. Instead, he got one in the booth when Aikman declared the officiating for […]

MLB payrolls dropped for 1st time since 2010

NEW YORK (AP) — Spending on Major League Baseball payrolls dropped last season for the first time since 2010, an $18 million decrease attributable to drug and domestic violence suspensions and a player retiring at midseason. Still, even a year with flat payrolls is unusual for MLB. The only previous drops since 2002 were by […]

New T’Wolves coach, Flip Saunders’ son, gets 40 from Wiggins in first career win

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Ryan Saunders went right into the fire in his first game as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ interim coach. His debut was a down-to-the wire finish with the Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the best teams in the Western Conference. His team came through. Andrew Wiggins had a season-high 40 points and 10 […]

Packers confirm hiring of Matt LaFleur as coach

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Matt LaFleur has been named head coach of the Green Bay Packers, the team announced Tuesday night, confirming multiple reports from a day earlier. The 39-year-old LaFleur spent this season as offensive coordinator of the Tennessee Titans, his first calling plays in the NFL. Before that, he was offensive coordinator […]

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