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April 17, 2014 - 4:03am
33 min 37 sec ago

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — The city of Aurora plans a ceremony to honor University of Connecticut champion basketball player Ryan Boatright.

The welcome-home ceremony is planned for Saturday at the Paramount Theatre. Boatright is a member of the Huskies team that won the NCAA tournament over Kentucky last week. He's a graduate of East Aurora High School.

The celebration is open to the public and free of charge. It starts at 1:11 p.m. Organizers say he'll be...

April 17, 2014 - 3:56am
33 min 37 sec ago

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The prosecutor at the murder trial of double-amputee Olympian Oscar Pistorius is continuing his cross-examination of one of the defense's forensic experts.

Chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel was questioning materials analyst and former policeman Roger Dixon Thursday on the expert's findings regarding Pistorius' fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. Dixon has offered a different sequence for the shots that killed Steenkamp,...

April 17, 2014 - 3:53am
33 min 37 sec ago

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Determined to end a two-year title drought, Lee Westwood opened with a 65 Thursday to take an early lead at the Malaysian Open.

Westwood had a bogey at the par-five 10th, his first hole, but birdied four of his closing five holes to finish the first round at 7 under.

No. 36-ranked Westwood is coming off a seventh-place finish at the Masters last weekend — his best finish so far this year.


April 17, 2014 - 3:50am
33 min 37 sec ago

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks roared to a big early lead before blowing three-quarters of it. They skated circles around the Dallas Stars early, only to hold on by their fingernails late.

The Ducks know a Stanley Cup run can't possibly be easy, and they're not afraid of a little hard work along the way.

Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and an assist, Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to win his NHL playoff debut, and the Ducks persevered for a 4-3...

April 17, 2014 - 3:21am
33 min 37 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers for former NFL All-Pro safety Darren Sharper will return to a Phoenix courtroom Thursday to question the evidence being used to keep him in jail without bail on charges that he drugged and sexually assaulted two women.

A judge began a hearing on the subject Wednesday, and it's expected to conclude Thursday.

The hearing is the latest development in several ongoing sexual assault investigations involving Sharper in Louisiana,...

April 17, 2014 - 3:00am
33 min 37 sec ago


St. Louis at Washington, 6:05 p.m.

Boston at Chicago White Sox, 7:10 p.m.


Kane County at Dayton, 6 p.m.

Peoria at Fort Wayne, 6:05 p.m.

South Bend at Quad Cities, 7 p.m.


Chicago at St. Louis, 7 p.m.

April 17, 2014 - 2:59am
33 min 37 sec ago

Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide



Gareth Bale's wonder goal gives Real Madrid a 2-1 win over arch rival Barcelona in Spain's Copa del Rey final



April 17, 2014 - 2:47am
33 min 37 sec ago

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Chris Iannetta swung the bat like a guy who definitely didn't want to catch one more inning.

Iannetta homered with two outs in the 12th against Drew Pomeranz, giving the Los Angeles Angels a 5-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night. It was his fourth career game-ending home run.

"It never gets old — your first one, your last one, whatever it may be. It's an awesome feeling," Iannetta said.


April 17, 2014 - 2:31am
1 hour 13 min ago
By The Associated Press

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April 17, 2014 - 2:30am
1 hour 23 min ago

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