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Baylor, Houston a matchup of programs on the rebound

By EDDIE PELLS AP National Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The redemption journeys involving Houston coach Kelvin Sampson and the Baylor program he faces at the Final Four on Saturday have roots in far-from-comforting places — courtrooms, prison cells, the NCAA compliance office. They are ...

Five months later, measure of normalcy at Masters in April

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The record score at Augusta National wasn't all that set Dustin Johnson apart from other Masters champions. No one else ever won the Masters and then didn't play in another tournament the rest of the year. No other Masters champion was ...

Oklahoma St star freshman Cade Cunningham to enter NBA draft

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Cade Cunningham used to see superstars when he watched NBA players. Now, he sees opponents. They soon will see him, too. Cunningham announced Thursday that he will enter the NBA draft after a dynamic freshman season for Oklahoma ...

Quick flurry: Cabrera 1st HR of MLB season in snowy Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit the first home run of the new Major League Baseball season, a drive through the snow in Detroit's chilly opener against Cleveland on Thursday. The temperature at game time was 32 degrees, and the snow at Comerica Park was becoming a bit more intense when ...

Welcome back, fans! MLB openers bring Soto, Tatis and crowds

By BEN WALKER AP Baseball Writer Great to see ya, Buster Posey. Been a while, Tony La Russa. Good luck, Madison Bumgarner and every other National League pitcher toting a bat. From Comerica Park to Coors Field to the Coliseum, Major League Baseball is set to roll out a big welcome mat ...

Final Four set, a question left: Can anybody beat Gonzaga?

By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer It's not easy to bury a team as good as USC, let alone in a half, no matter how easy Gonzaga made it look. Somehow, coach Mark Few called it in advance. While everyone was fixating on the top-seeded Bulldogs' make-it-rain offense, one reporter took the opposite ...

Juzang sends No. 11 seed UCLA past Michigan to Final Four

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — UCLA has made more trips to the Final Four than any program but North Carolina. None of the 19 was more surprising than this one. After sneaking into the NCAA Tournament off four straight losses, and barely surviving Michigan State ...

Gonzaga’s bid for a perfect season moves on to Final Four

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gonzaga's countdown to perfection has ticked to two. The Bulldogs are back in the Final Four, two wins from becoming the first undefeated team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. And, after all those upsets, the March Madness apex in ...

Ball in their court: Justices take on NCAA restrictions

By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The NCAA and former college athletes are getting ready to play ball at the Supreme Court. With the March Madness basketball tournament ongoing, the high court will hear arguments Wednesday in a case about how colleges can reward athletes ...

NCAA tourney hits halfway point, still the field vs. Gonzaga

By JIM LITKE AP Sports Writer The Elite Eight marks the halfway point of the NCAA Tournament, but don't blink. It has the shelf life of chicken nuggets. By the time your head hits the pillow tomorrow night, we'll be down to a Final Four and find out whether the selection committee is any ...