National Sports

NCAA Tournament: Let the games begin – in earnest

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks. There's Kansas and Michigan State to provide some blue-blood flavor, ...

Harden scores 57 but Grizzlies top Rockets 126-125 in OT

By CLAY BAILEY Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — James Harden did everything he could to bring the Houston Rockets back from a big deficit in the fourth quarter. He got them to overtime, but his 57 points weren't enough. All because of a last-second free throw. Mike Conley scored 35 ...

Harper gets 1st hit, Machado 1st home run of spring training

By The Associated Press undefined Bryce Harper got his first hit with Philadelphia, and Manny Machado homered for San Diego. Both of baseball's big offseason free agents are finally getting into the swing of things at spring training. Harper lined a 97 mph fastball to center field for a ...

Growing match-fixing probe in tennis snares more players

By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — French police have questioned another batch of tennis players in a growing investigation into a match-fixing syndicate suspected of paying out hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix low-level matches, judicial officials said Thursday. Seven ...

Marshall scores 20 to lead Xavier past Toledo 78-64 in NIT

CINCINNATI (AP) — Naji Marshall had 20 points and 21 rebounds as Xavier beat Toledo 78-64 in the NIT first round on Wednesday night. Tyrique Jones had 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Xavier (19-15). Quentin Goodin added 11 points. Paul Scruggs had 10 points and six rebounds ...

NCAA Tournament primed to top itself again

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer The NCAA Tournament somehow seems to be getting better every year, almost as if each bracket is extending from the previous one. Last year was one of the maddest of Marches, starting with Maryland-Baltimore County becoming the first No. 16 seed to beat a ...

Oats has Buffalo shedding basketball’s mid-major label

By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer AMHERST, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo coach Nate Oats was so caught up in the possibility of facing his former boss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the significance of the West Region's top-seeded team initially escaped him on Selection Sunday. "You know, I ...

AP source: Trout, Angels close to record $432M, 12-year deal

By The Associated Press undefined Mike Trout is about to cash in. Big time. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations ...

Belmont gets 1st NCAA tourney win, tops Temple in First Four

By The Associated Press undefined DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Kevin McClain scored 29 points and led the decisive second-half run as Belmont got its first NCAA Tournament win, pulling away to an 81-70 victory Tuesday night and ending Temple coach Fran Dunphy's career in the First Four. The ...

Raiders sign LB Vontaze Burfict after release by Bengals

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The move Tuesday puts Burfict on a new team one day after he was released by the Cincinnati Bengals, where he spent his first seven seasons. During his time with Cincinnati, Burfict was repeatedly suspended by ...