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Ex-boxing champ pleads guilty to charges in domestic dispute

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Former lightweight boxing champ Paul Spadafora pleaded guilty Thursday to resisting arrest and simple assault on police officers who responded to a domestic dispute at his Pittsburgh home in 2016. Spadafora, 42, was sentenced to time served and probation. Authorities have ...

Giants trade Jason Pierre-Paul to Bucs for draft picks

By TOM CANAVAN, AP Sports Writer EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Sending two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul to Tampa Bay for two draft picks gives the New York Giants much-needed salary cap space for 2019 and allows the Buccaneers to continue rebuilding a line that had the fewest ...

Sidney Crosby has highlight goal, milestone 700th assist

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Sidney Crosby ignited a rally with a highlight-reel goal and became the third active player with 700 assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Crosby scored his 24th goal when he knocked a pass from Jake Guentzel out ...

LeBron scores 35, carries Cavaliers past Raptors 132-129

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 35 points and added 17 assists, his last setting up a late a 3-pointer by Kevin Love, and the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers ended Toronto’s nine-game road winning streak with a 132-129 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors on Wednesday ...

NHL GMs call for change on goalie interference challenges

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer Coach’s challenges for goaltender interference and the ensuing arguments aren’t going away. There will just be a new place to direct the complaints. With the goal of refining the consistency of goalie interference challenges, NHL general managers on ...

Jets’ Bridgewater believes he can again play at high level

NEW YORK (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater refused to think about the possibility of never playing football again. Not when he was clutching his mangled left leg and screaming in pain. Not during the nearly two years of intense rehabilitation that followed. Bridgewater made it back from a gruesome ...

What. Just. Happened?! NCAAs amp up the March Madness

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer One word succinctly describes what's transpired so far in the NCAA Tournament: Madness. But even that's probably underselling it. A comeback for the ages by Nevada. An entire region left without a Top 4 seed in the Sweet 16 for the first time in tourney ...

Florida State rallies to beat top-seeded Xavier in 2nd round

By The Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — PJ Savoy made a 3-pointer with 1:08 left to give Florida State its first lead of the second half, and the Seminoles rallied from a 12-point deficit to beat top-seeded Xavier 75-70 on Sunday night in the second round of the West Region. The ...

UMBC’s NCAA fairytale ends but memories will last forever

By JENNA FRYER, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — UMBC's improbable run through the NCAA Tournament was brief. The statement the Retrievers made and their place in history is forever. For one weekend in March, the tiny commuter school from Baltimore known for its academics and ...

Ronaldo scores 4 goals as Madrid beats Girona 6-3

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo extended his impressive scoring run by scoring four goals in Real Madrid's 6-3 rout of Girona in the Spanish league on Sunday. Ronaldo scored once in the first half and three times in the second, reaching 21 goals in his last ...

NBA fines Pelicans coach Gentry for criticizing officiating

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating following New Orleans' 107-101 loss to Houston on Saturday night. The punishment was announced Sunday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice president ...

11th-seeded Syracuse beats 3rd-seeded Michigan State 55-53

By LARRY LAGE, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — The last team selected for the field of 68 is going to the round of 16. Tyus Battle had 17 points and Oshae Brissett scored 15, lifting 11th-seeded Syracuse to a 55-53 win over third-seeded Michigan State on Sunday and into the NCAA ...

Purdue wins without Haas, holds off Butler 76-73

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Without Isaac Haas, Purdue played fine for the most part. Until the last few minutes, when the Boilermakers' season nearly slipped away. "We lost our poise there, but then we also regained it," coach Matt Painter said. "And Dakota Mathias ...

Star flops: Several NBA prospects already bounced from NCAAs

By STEVE MEGARGEE, AP Sports Writer Many of the freshman stars who garnered so much of the college basketball world's attention during the regular season have already been bounced from March Madness. Arizona's Deandre Ayton, Oklahoma's Trae Young, Missouri's Michael Porter Jr., Alabama's ...

TIPPING OFF: Is UMBC ready for another shocker?

By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Ramblers are moving on. Are the Retrievers ready to run with them to the Sweet 16? Loyola-Chicago kept its feel-good story going with a one-point win over third-seeded Tennessee in the second round Saturday as the little guys kept ...

Keenan Evans, Texas Tech to Sweet 16 after win over Florida

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Basketball Writer DALLAS (AP) — Keenan Evans treats every game like senior night and is doing all he can to keep playing for Texas Tech. Next stop: Sweet 16. "Once you get to this point, it's just like, man, I'm not ready for it to end," Evans said. "And here we are ...

Poole’s buzzer-beater sends Michigan past Houston 64-63

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The unflappable freshman with swag to spare let loose a long 3-pointer just as the buzzer sounded, watched it splash through the net and took off on a dead sprint around the arena. "I saw everybody celebrating," Michigan's Jordan Poole ...

Loyola of Chicago tops Tennessee to advance to Sweet 16

By The Associated Press Results from the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday: ___ WEST REGION WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Michigan freshman Jordan Poole drained a long 3-pointer at the buzzer after Houston squandered a chance to lock up a spot in the Sweet 16, giving the third-seeded ...

Gonzaga beats Ohio State 90-84 for Sweet 16 return

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Basketball Writer BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Zach Norvell Jr. pulled up for 3-pointers, drove fearlessly to the rim and bulled his way into the trees to snare rebounds. A spectator during Gonzaga's Final Four run a year ago, the confident, extroverted freshman could be the ...

Kansas holds off Seton Hall 83-79 to reach Sweet 16

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Udoka Azubuike had practiced once in the last 11 days because of a lingering knee injury, and the mammoth Kansas forward's three-minute stretch in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament was about as underwhelming as his herky-jerky ...

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