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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2016 file photo, Washington Nationals relief pitcher Blake Treinen delivers in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh. Treinen will start the season as the closer for the Washington Nationals. The 28-year-old Treinen, a right-hander, has one career save. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
March 31, 2017 - 3:49 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Blake Treinen will begin the season as Washington's closer, even though he has only one big league save. After the Nationals lost Mark Melancon to the San Francisco Giants in free agency, Treinen won the job over Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover. "Blake has that turbo sinker,"...
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FILE - In this March 19, 2017, file photo, Texas coach Karen Aston directs her players during a second-round game against North Carolina State in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament in Austin, Texas. Texas played all four teams in the Final Four this season, and Aston takes a look at the semifinals. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
March 31, 2017 - 2:13 am
DALLAS (AP) — Texas coach Karen Aston faced each of the women's Final Four participants this season. Here, she breaks down the matchups for the NCAA Tournament semifinal games. ___ STANFORD-SOUTH CAROLINA This will be a battle of two teams with distinct offensive styles. We played Stanford in our...
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Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) tries to shoot over Phoenix Suns' Alan Williams (15) as Suns' Ronnie Price, left, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 31, 2017 - 1:39 am
PHOENIX (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers, worn down from a tough game the previous night, still had enough energy to send the Phoenix Suns to their 10th straight loss. But it was no blowout. Blake Griffin scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points and 10 assists and the Clippers held on to beat...
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Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman smiles as the baseball team holds it first workout in the new stadium, SunTrust Park, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
March 31, 2017 - 1:33 am
NEW YORK (AP) — When Chris Archer throws the first pitch of the 2017 Major League Baseball season on Sunday, he'll unleash all sorts of possibilities. Can MVP Kris Bryant and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs repeat? Will home runs stay on the upswing? Heck, will Ryan Howard ever play again? A...
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Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) tries to shoot over Phoenix Suns' Alan Williams (15) as Suns' Ronnie Price, left, looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
March 31, 2017 - 12:42 am
PHOENIX (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 31 points, Chris Paul added 29 points and 10 assists and the Los Angeles Clippers held on to hand the Phoenix Suns their 10th loss in a row, 124-118 on Thursday night. Devin Booker, playing in front of his former college coach, Kentucky's John Calipari, scored 33...
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TCU's Desmond Bane (1) drives to the basket past Georgia Tech's Quinton Stephens, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the final of the NIT Thursday, March 30, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
March 30, 2017 - 11:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Brandon Parrish sat at the podium, wearing a commemorative t-shirt and a net draped around his neck. To his right was coach Jamie Dixon. On his left was Kenrich Williams. Parrish made sure to savor the moment. "We have something that's forever," he said. "Nobody can ever take this...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts to an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 30, 2017 - 11:04 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic tied season highs with 28 points and six 3-pointers, Jimmy Butler scored 25, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-93 on a night when LeBron James moved into seventh place on the NBA's career scoring list. James moved past Shaquille O'Neal, finishing...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts to an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 30, 2017 - 11:00 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Nikola Mirotic tied season highs with 28 points and six 3-pointers, Jimmy Butler scored 25, and the Chicago Bulls beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-93 on a night when LeBron James moved into seventh place on the NBA's career scoring list. James moved past Shaquille O'Neal, finishing...
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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James reacts to an official during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
March 30, 2017 - 10:22 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has passed Shaquille O'Neal for seventh place on the NBA's career scoring list. James came into Thursday's game against the Chicago Bulls with 28,573 points in 14 seasons with Cleveland and Miami. He needed 23 points to tie O'Neal and did...
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NCAA President Mark Emmert answers a question at a news conference Thursday, March 30, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
March 30, 2017 - 8:55 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — NCAA leaders need a few days to digest the new law that will replace North Carolina's so-called "bathroom bill" before deciding whether to bring March Madness and other championship sporting events back to the Tar Heel state. As for other potential political hot spots, such...
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