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A talkative Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reflects on becoming himself

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been a best-selling author, civil-rights activist, actor, historian and one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived. One thing Abdul-Jabbar has never been — at least not in public — is chatty. “I’m not known for being a blabbermouth, you know?” the soft-spoken Abdul-Jabbar concedes with […]

Happ’s double-double leads Wisconsin over No. 6 Purdue

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Ethan Happ made his mentor proud. On a night when Wisconsin honored Frank Kaminsky, one of the best players in program history, Happ led the current crop of Badgers to their biggest win of a challenging season. Happ finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds after the school retired Kaminsky’s jersey, […]

After searching for starters, Brewers sort through options

PHOENIX (AP) — All winter long, the Milwaukee Brewers were mentioned as a potential landing spot for just about every free agent pitcher as well as those potentially available on the trade market. But when pitchers and catchers took the field at Maryvale Baseball Park for their first workout Thursday, the group looked very much […]

ALL THINGS FRANK: Kaminsky’s 44 goes to the Wisconsin Badgers rafters

Tribute video to Frank Kaminsky There will never be another like him Tonight, we officially raised the No. 44 jersey of Frank Kaminsky into the Kohl Center rafters. #44Ever pic.twitter.com/CVgVdPaw5h — Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) February 16, 2018 Kaminsky heads down as Badgers beat No. 6 Purdue and fans rush the court. Magical night in Madison. […]

Twins spring training brings rotation questions, openings

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — On the first day of spring training for the Minnesota Twins, it was difficult to watch the drills on the field without thinking about the potential starting pitchers who weren’t there. Twins pitchers and catchers held their first official workout on Wednesday, but there’s room for more. “It’s not hard […]

Pitchers and catchers report for Brewers spring training

PHOENIX (AP) — Spring training has arrived for the Milwaukee Brewers. Pitchers and catchers have reported to the team’s spring complex in Phoenix, with the first workouts scheduled for Thursday. There are spots up for grabs in the starting rotation after Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and free agent signee Jhoulys Chacin. Right-hander Jimmy Nelson is […]

Royals scout kicked out as unusual free-agent camp opens

As teams started spring training workouts across Florida and Arizona, the players’ association had a Kansas City Royals scout escorted out of the union’s opening training session for unsigned free agents. About 15 players attended the first day of workouts Wednesday at the union’s camp in Bradenton, Florida. Media were barred from the IMG Academy. […]

Radio host loses job after sexual comments on teen Olympian

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area radio station has fired one of its hosts for sexual comments he made about 17-year-old Olympic snowboarder Chloe Kim on another station. Program director Jeremiah Crowe of KNBR-AM said in a statement Wednesday that host Patrick Connor has been fired. On Tuesday, on the Barstool Sports […]

WATCH: Central’s Johnny Davis with the alley-oop slam from Deandre Davis

Check out Johnny Davis with the alley-oop jam from Deandre Davis in last Friday’s 82-53 win by Central High School’s boys basketball team over Logan. Davis had 17 points, while Terrance Thompson — seen in the picture above celebrating at the 3-point line — added 16 for the Red Raiders (18-2, 9-1), who are ranked fourth […]

USA Gymnastics: There are no other non-disclosure agreements

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — USA Gymnastics told Congress it has not used non-disclosure agreements in investigations except in the case of Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, one of more than 200 women and girls who have said now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treatment. The Indianapolis-based organization’s statement was […]

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