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FIFA told by Iran eventually women will be allowed at games

FIFA is still waiting for Iran to allow women into soccer matches, and still resisting sanctioning the country. Just like predecessor Sepp Blatter five years ago, FIFA President Gianni Infantino has returned from a trip to Tehran with a reassurance from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that women won’t be shut out of stadiums for much […]

Bring on Michigan St., Badgers move on in Big 10

NEW YORK (AP) — After struggling with injuries and poor play most of the season, Wisconsin is peaking at the right time. Brevin Pritzl broke a tie with a foul-line jumper with 28 seconds left and Khalil Iverson secured the win with a steal in the waning seconds, leading Wisconsin past Maryland 59-54 on Thursday […]

Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas: ‘All you need is 1 team to love you’

MIAMI (AP) — Isaiah Thomas still feels like there’s time. He’s four months away from free agency, the wheeling-and-dealing period where — the way things were looking a year ago — he would be signing a contract worth well over $100 million ensuring himself a level of wealth that would be well beyond what the […]

New report outlines issues around regulating sports betting

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts gambling regulators are releasing a report looking at the legalization of sports gambling in the state. The state Gaming Commission on Thursday issued a “white paper” that highlights some of the issues Massachusetts lawmakers might have to consider as they weigh legalizing sports betting. The issues include how much to tax […]

WATCH: 4-year-old boy with perfect imitation of Ryan Braun

This 4-year-old is already better at baseball than most of us will ever be. 😍 4-year-old @christopherperez_02 gives us his best Ryan Braun & @arciagiral. #ThisIsMyCrew A post shared by brewers (@brewers) on Feb 27, 2018 at 10:49am PST Related posts: Braun willing to try 1B as Brewers shift focus to win in ’18 Busy […]

Vikings, others face tough decisions as free agency nears

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Rick Spielman came to this year’s annual NFL scouting combine with a quarterback quandary. He has two first-round draft picks trying to recover from injuries and a third-stringer, who led the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC championship game. Now, instead of reaping the benefits of his smart moves and abundant riches, Spielman […]

The Latest: Contract talks with Rodgers ‘sooner than later’

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the NFL combine (all times EST): 2:15 p.m. Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst says that the team would like to extend the contract of quarterback Aaron Rodgers “sooner rather than later.” Gutekunst was asked about the two-time NFL MVP at the combine. He says that the team […]

University of Wisconsin Athletics launches safety study

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin athletics officials have launched a study into safety and security policies in the aftermath of sexual assault allegations at Michigan State. Walter Dickey, the special assistant to the university’s athletic director, told the Wisconsin State Journal that the review hasn’t been triggered by allegations, but is a preventative […]

Bill spurred by Nassar scandal concerns Catholic Church

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan bill inspired by the Larry Nassar scandal that would retroactively extend the amount of time child victims of sexual abuse have to sue their abusers is drawing concerns from the Catholic Church, which has paid out billions of dollars to settle U.S. clergy abuse cases. Michigan Catholic Conference spokesman […]

LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James has Philadelphia’s basketball pulse racing. The NBA superstar still hasn’t seen three billboards urging him to join the 76ers, but he’s flattered by the idea that a city would want him to play there. “That’s dope,” he said. The three billboards were unveiled on Monday on busy Interstate-480 outside […]

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