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Healthy, productive Mauer aims to play ‘as long as I can’

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The final season of the franchise-record contract the Minnesota Twins gave Joe Mauer has begun, bringing with it the inevitable questions about his future. For now, before any such decisions must be made by the front office or the soon-to-be-35-year-old first baseman, Mauer has found himself in a reflective mood. […]

First Person: How Pyeongchang might feel to a North Korean

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — What’s it like to wake up in North Korea one day and South Korea the next? The differences are pretty jarring. The similarities can be, too. As the AP’s Pyongyang bureau chief since 2013, I’ve been to the North several dozen times and made about a half dozen trips to […]

Texas transgender wrestler back to defend state title

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Mack Beggs is back. He’s still wrestling, still competing for a state championship and still undefeated. And he’s still wrestling against the girls. It’s just been a lot quieter since last year when his march to a state championship was dogged by a last-minute lawsuit that tried to stop him and […]

USA curlers playing for Olympic gold after upsetting Canada

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — John Shuster and his U.S. team will play for a gold medal against Sweden after a 5-3 semifinal upset over Canada, a country that has struggled at the Pyeongchang Olympics despite dominating the world of curling for years. The U.S. victory Thursday was a remarkable comeback story for team which […]

When NBA returns, will Warriors’ dominance come back, too?

The Golden State Warriors have never lost more than 15 games in a season under Steve Kerr. They could reach that total in the first night after the All-Star break. The Warriors who return Thursday night aren’t the same ones who dominated the NBA for the last three seasons. The defending champions sputtered into their […]

Brewers finalize details of spring complex renovations

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A new clubhouse building and entry plaza are part of the Milwaukee Brewers’ plans to renovate the team’s spring training facility in Arizona. The club finalized details of the plan to update Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix on Wednesday. The Brewers say that the new clubhouse building will include locker rooms, concessions […]

Pitino: Louisville should consider legal action vs. NCAA

Former Louisville coach Rick Pitino believes the school should consider taking legal action against the NCAA after the governing body ordered the vacation of the Cardinals’ 2013 men’s basketball champion as part of sanctions for a sex scandal. Louisville announced on Tuesday that the NCAA had denied its appeal of sanctions that included vacating 123 […]

Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking comments

DALLAS (AP) — The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving. Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.” The league said the podcast with Erving was posted Sunday, the day the […]

US women back looking for Olympic gold vs. archrival Canada

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — To three-time Olympian Hilary Knight, the thought of finally hoisting the gold medal means giving women’s hockey a big boost in the United States. How big? Huge. “The U.S. wants to be No. 1 in everything, and I think we’ve all been raised as awesome competitors so at the end […]

Czechs eliminate U.S. in shootout in Olympic quarterfinals

GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) — This time it was Troy Terry instead of T.J. Oshie and Ryan Zapolski instead of Jonathan Quick. In this Olympic shootout, though, the United States fell short. Playing in an elimination game without NHL stars, the U.S. was ousted from the Olympics with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Czech […]

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