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Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte' Graham (4) drives past Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, March 24, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
March 24, 2019 - 8:47 pm
TORONTO (AP) — Jeremy Lamb banked home a half-court 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Toronto Raptors 115-114 on Sunday night for their third straight win. Toronto looked to have won the game after Kawhi Leonard hit the go-ahead basket with 44 seconds left, then blocked...
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Cincinnati Reds second baseman Scooter Gennett (3) leaves the baseball game with the help of manager David Bell, right, and head athletic trainer Steve Baumann, left, after he was injured in the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 23, 2019 - 7:00 pm
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett will miss the opening months of the season with a severe groin strain, costing the Cincinnati Reds their most productive hitter less than a week before opening day. Gennett injured the right side of his groin Friday while making a play...
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Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (41) works in the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Atlanta Braves Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
March 23, 2019 - 4:33 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — After winning a World Series with the Red Sox, Chris Sale preferred to stay in Boston rather than find out what he would be worth as a free agent after this season. "When half the league isn't trying to win anything, and we have a team that's trying to win every year? That...
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March 23, 2019 - 2:47 pm
Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros have agreed on a $66 million, two-year contract extension, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. The agreement will keep the right-hander, who was entering the last year of his contract, in Houston through the 2021 season. The person...
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March 23, 2019 - 12:26 pm
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt will be a Cardinal through the 2024 season, St. Louis officially announced on Saturday. Goldschmidt and the Cardinals agreed on a five-year extension that will take effect following the 2019 season and pay $130 million. St. Louis acquired the slugging first...
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March 23, 2019 - 10:29 am
The NCAA and major college conferences will appeal a judge's ruling that the governing body violates antitrust laws by limiting education-related benefits to athletes. In a statement released early Saturday, NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy said the district court "erred by giving itself...
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Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell gestures toward the crowd after hitting a three-point shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Friday, March 22, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Nets won 111-106. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
March 23, 2019 - 2:24 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — D'Angelo Russell took no public pleasure in playing a pretty big role in officially eliminating the Los Angeles Lakers from playoff contention for yet another season. Russell is much more excited about the increasing likelihood that he's about to make his postseason debut with...
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March 22, 2019 - 6:15 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The worst season in the history of Vanderbilt men's basketball has cost coach Bryce Drew his job. Vanderbilt went 9-23 and was the first team in 65 years to go winless in the Southeastern Conference. Drew went 40-59 record in three seasons with the Commodores. The...
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March 22, 2019 - 3:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Guaranteed payments for unrestricted free-agent contracts this month make up just over half of the total money to be paid, down a bit from 2018, when Kirk Cousins signed a fully guaranteed $84-million deal. For the first 148 deals reached in March, the players' union says $1.116...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2018 file photo, Shaquille O'Neal attends the world premiere of "Uncle Drew" at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Papa John’s has a new pitchman: Shaquille O’Neal. The chain says the basketball Hall of Famer will appear on TV commercials and other advertisements. He will also join the company’s board of directors and invest in nine of its restaurants. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
March 22, 2019 - 1:11 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John's has a new pitchman: Shaquille O'Neal. The chain says basketball Hall of Famer will appear on TV commercials and promote Papa John's in other ways. He will also join the company's board of directors and invest in nine of its restaurants in the Atlanta area. Papa John's is...
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