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Frank Robinson, baseball’s fearsome trailblazer, dies at 83

Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame. His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in Major League Baseball. Robinson, the only player to earn the MVP award in […]

East contenders make their moves, Davis has to wait for his

Toronto, Milwaukee and Philadelphia made their moves. Anthony Davis will have to wait until the summer for his. The New Orleans Pelicans held onto Davis but dealt Nikola Mirotic to the Bucks, one of the Eastern Conference contenders who fortified their teams Thursday before the NBA trade deadline. The Raptors are getting former All-Star center […]

No. 19 Wisconsin holds off Minnesota 56-51; 6th win in a row

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ethan Happ and the Wisconsin Badgers brought momentum with them on this trip to Minnesota — and a bad memory, too. That month-ago loss to the Gophers was avenged with another vintage defensive effort. Happ had 15 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 19 Wisconsin hang on to beat Minnesota 56-51 […]

Antetokounmpo, Bledsoe pace Bucks past Wizards

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo called it “a crazy game.” A little too crazy for the All-Star. Antetokounmpo scored 43 points, Eric Bledsoe had 22 points and 11 assists, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Washington Wizards 148-129 on Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory. “I think we were just trading baskets at one […]

Fans legally bet almost $6.5M on Super Bowl in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Football fans legally bet almost $6.5 million on the Super Bowl this year in Rhode Island. The state Department of Revenue says sportsbook operator William Hill reported it paid out $2.35 million on the wagers. The department first said it wouldn’t release betting information for individual sporting events, but issued a […]

Chicago Bears halt pregame perk, ending Packers fan’s suit

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears have ended a pregame perk that prompted a federal lawsuit by a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan who wanted to wear the Wisconsin team’s green and gold apparel to warmups at Soldier Field. Bears attorney Paul Greenwalt told The Chicago Tribune that the team is eliminating the program that allows season […]

Lynx star Maya Moore to skip ’19 WNBA season

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore has decided to skip the upcoming WNBA season, seeking more time to devote to her family and her faith. Moore announced Tuesday on The Players’ Tribune website that she’ll sit out in 2019. She already had taken the fall and winter off from international competition. The five-time […]

Giannis, NBA-best Bucks blowout cold-shooting Nets

NEW YORK (AP) — They already had the NBA’s best record, so Giannis Antetokounmpo knew the Bucks were a good team. A powerful finish to a five-game road trip showed him they might be even better than that. “To finish our road trip with four wins in a row says a lot about this team […]

Super Bowl ads heavy on humor, surprises with … robots

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s Super Bowl ads went heavy on the humor — and surprises. Take, for instance, Jason Bateman’s Hyundai ad about an elevator with unpleasantness on every floor. A surprise “Game of Thrones” tie-in with Bud Light both confused and delighted viewers. And robots seemed to be everywhere as advertisers picked […]

Column: A Super stinker, Patriots prevail but ugliness wins

ATLANTA (AP) — The NFL should’ve ended the season two weeks ago. This Super Bowl was a hot mess, really no better than a sloppy preseason game. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots captured their sixth championship Sunday night, an amazing accomplishment that was overshadowed by the ugly way they won it against the […]

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