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UCLA’s Ball, Villanova’s Josh Hart lead list of top players

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — It didn't take long to spot college basketball's top performers this season, not with star UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball flirting with a triple-double and Kansas' Frank Mason III scoring 30 on opening night. That duo is part of a standout ...

Kerr keeps Warriors winning with yoga, creative approach

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Anderson Varejao lowered his 6-foot-11 frame into a runner's lunge and raised one arm high into the air to add a twist, demonstrating after a recent shootaround the new yoga pose he just learned. Then, he took it up a notch and ...

Venus focused on tennis, not age, in record 73rd Grand Slam

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — One could never accuse Venus Williams of being sensitive about her age. Not the way she keeps making self-deprecating jokes about it at the Australian Open. Case in point: Asked about the Australian great Margaret Court after ...

No. 10 FSU’s visit from No. 12 Louisville tops ACC weekend

By The Associated Press A look at things to watch this week in the Atlantic Coast Conference: GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 12 Louisville at No. 10 Florida State. The Seminoles' brutal run of six consecutive games against Top 25 opponents comes to a close with a visit from the Cardinals. FSU ...

FIFA ethics judges ban Bin Hammam aide for life for bribery

ZURICH (AP) — A former aide to one-time FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam has been banned for life in a bribery case. FIFA ethics committee judges said Friday that Najeeb Chirakal was involved in "several unethical payments made on behalf of a third party to various football ...

Trumbo, Orioles reach $37.5 million, 3-year deal

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer The Orioles have agreed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract to keep major league home run champion Mark Trumbo. Trumbo hit 47 home runs last year for Baltimore and became a free agent. The 31-year-old did not accept the Orioles' qualifying offer of a ...

Cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting

By RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The cloud of steroids hovers above Hall of Fame voting, much as it shrouded baseball in the 1990s and early 2000s. Tim Raines, in his 10th and final year of eligibility, appears likely to gain election along with Jeff Bagwell when the ...

As Isner falters, Sock poised to take next step for US men

By JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — John Isner has long been accustomed to carrying the torch for U.S. men's tennis, dealing with the heightened expectations at the Grand Slams and the inevitable questions that follow early losses. Isner again faltered at the ...

Europe announces changes to Ryder Cup qualifying system

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Europe's team for the 2018 Ryder Cup in France will have an extra captain's pick and is set to contain more in-form players following a revamp of the qualifying system in the wake of a big loss to the United States ...

Longtime baseball executive Dan O’Brien Sr. dies at 87

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Longtime major league executive Dan O'Brien Sr. has died at 87. The Texas Rangers said he died Monday in Dallas. The Rangers were one of four major league teams with whom O'Brien held front-office jobs over 45 years in professional baseball. O'Brien was the Rangers' ...