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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 […]

Yelich, Braun go back-to-back in 9th for walk-off win over Cardinals

MILWAUKEE  — The Milwaukee Brewers were down a run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Then Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun hit back-to-back home runs — Braun’s in walk-off fashion — to take down the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 at Miller Park on Tuesday night. We're just getting started. #ThisIsMyCrew pic.twitter.com/uPS3LS9NpV — Milwaukee Brewers […]

Federal probe, Villanova’s follow-up top 2018-19 story lines

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A year ago at this time, Villanova faced the question of whether it could keep rolling after two seasons of key player losses from its 2016 national championship team. The Wildcats offered an emphatic answer with Monday night’s win against Michigan, the finale for a dominating run through the NCAA Tournament […]

With 40 goals for playoffs-bound Wild, Staal has right fit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal was coming off his least productive NHL season since he was a teenage rookie with Carolina when Minnesota took a flier on him two summers ago to add some depth at center. The three-year contract was modest for a player with Staal’s ability and accomplishments. The expectations were, […]

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