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ShoTime!: Ohtani hurls 7 superb innings, Angels beat A’s 6-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani seemed to be the only person in Angel Stadium who wasn’t incredibly impressed while he mowed down the Oakland Athletics’ first 19 batters in order. But when Ohtani finally yielded a hit and then struck out Matt Olson with two runners on to end the seventh inning, he gave […]

Harden, Paul and D’Antoni poised to capture trio’s 1st title

HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul has a long history of playoff heartbreak. So does James Harden. And Mike D’Antoni has more than either of them combined. Separately, they’ve never gotten it done at playoff time. Together, their fortunes might change. They’ve led the Houston Rockets to the NBA’s best record going into these playoffs, and […]

Fowler, Spieth make Reed earn his 1st major championship

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — After the final putt disappeared into the cup, Rickie Fowler waited outside the scoring room at Augusta National. Once again, he was congratulating someone else on winning their first major championship . For Fowler, the wait goes on. “I was ready to go win,” he said. “Unfortunately, I was one shot short.” This […]

Tiger plods through his 1st Masters round since 2015

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The first standing ovation came on the practice range. There was more applause when he strolled to the 18th green, though most of the patrons stayed in their fold-out seats. Tiger Woods is back at the Masters. Just not in the position so many of his fans were hoping he would […]

WATCH: The eagle has landed … on James Paxton’s shoulder at Twins game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The pageantry and patriotism accompanying the buildup to the Minnesota Twins’ home opener forced a pause for James Paxton in his warmup routine, leaving the Seattle starting pitcher standing alone in left field while a giant flag was unfurled nearby. The bald eagle brought in for a ceremonial flight over the field […]

Bucks’ Jabari Parker nearing 1st playoff appearance

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Four years into his injury-plagued tenure in the NBA, Jabari Parker is finally nearing an important career first. The Milwaukee Bucks are going to the playoffs for the third time in four years. But this will be the first postseason with a healthy Parker. “I’m just grateful to get to get the […]

Butler ‘this close’ to rejoining Timberwolves on court

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have been stumbling down the stretch, trying to hold on long enough for the franchise’s first postseason appearance in 14 years. Jimmy Butler might be back just in time. The All-Star shooting guard, whose fearlessness with the ball and tenacity defending it has been badly missed by the team, […]

Big Ten has big presence this year, with 3 teams at Frozen 4

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Considering the force of the impact it made on the sport, the Big Ten hockey conference sure started with a soft launch. Five years in, its presence has finally been felt. Three teams have reached the Frozen Four after four members comprised the top 12 seeds for the NCAA Tournament. […]

Brewers shutout, Yelich injured vs. Cardinals

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carlos Martinez stayed in control and felt stronger as the game wore on. After a dud of an outing on opening day, Martinez returned to the form that has made the St. Louis Cardinals’ ace one of the top young right-handers in the game. Martinez pitched into the ninth inning and struck […]

Bucks inch closer to playoff spot, beat short-handed Celtics

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo chased down the Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown from behind and swatted what would have been a momentum-swinging layup against the backboard with 53 seconds left in a tight game. An official first ruled goaltending. A replay review overturned the call into a blocked shot. The Milwaukee Bucks held on for […]

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