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April 16, 2014 - 2:57pm
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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica's anti-doping agency is acknowledging that sample collection procedures in sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown's positive test were "inconsistent" with international standards.

In a statement published on Wednesday, the executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission says that no partial sample kits were used in the collection process when Campbell-Brown's sample was collected at a May meet. Carey Brown added there was no permission...

April 16, 2014 - 2:50pm
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April 16, 2014 - 2:50pm
7 min 43 sec ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans general manager Dell Demps says all five of New Orleans' injured regulars should be ready for the start of next training camp.

Demps, who spoke as the Pelicans prepared for Wednesday night's season finale against Houston, says the results of guard Eric Gordon's left knee surgery, also scheduled Wednesday, are pending. But Demps says the procedure has been described to him as an arthroscopic "clean up."

Demps says Ryan...

April 16, 2014 - 2:48pm
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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Jordan Spieth says he gave no thought to withdrawing from the RBC Heritage after the grind of the Masters. Instead, he feels energized by his runner-up finish to Bubba Watson.

The 20-year-old Spieth is in the field at Harbour Town Golf Links, where play starts Thursday. Spieth says the experience at Augusta left him hungry. He understands he can't ease the disappointment at coming close to a Masters title without winning there in the...

April 16, 2014 - 2:33pm
7 min 43 sec ago

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan is overhauling his staff of assistants.

Goalie coach Jim Corsi will not return, and assistant Teppo Numminen's contract will not be renewed, the Sabres announced Wednesday. Two other assistants, Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton, have a choice to stay with the Sabres after being offered jobs within the team's hockey department.

The moves come three days after the Sabres finished in last place. The shake-up...

April 16, 2014 - 2:28pm
7 min 43 sec ago

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart says the criticism former men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin encountered this season shouldn't hinder the search for a successor.

Martin led Tennessee to an NCAA regional semifinal during a season in which disgruntled fans circulated a petition calling for the return of former coach Bruce Pearl, now at Auburn. Martin left Tuesday to take over California's program.

Martin was 63-41 in...

April 16, 2014 - 2:27pm
7 min 43 sec ago

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Bret Bielema left little doubt about the foreseeable future when he said returning starter Brandon Allen had pulled away from the rest of the Arkansas quarterbacks following a scrimmage last week.

The Arkansas coach had good reason for his declaration, both for Allen and the rest of the Razorbacks.

Despite an injury-plagued and disappointing season a year ago in his first as the starter, Allen has been at the forefront of a...

April 16, 2014 - 1:54pm
7 min 43 sec ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins' game against the Toronto Blue Jays has been postponed because of expected wintry weather.

The Twins announced the postponement with rain and snow in the forecast for Wednesday night.

It will be made up Thursday as the second game of a day-night doubleheader.

April 16, 2014 - 1:48pm
7 min 42 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets are bringing up pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to replace John Lannan on their big league roster.

Matsuzaka's contract was selected Wednesday from Las Vegas, and New York sent Lannan outright to the Triple-A team.

Matsuzaka, a 33-year-old right-hander, was 3-3 with a 4.42 ERA in seven starts for the Mets last year and 0-0 with a 2.25 ERA in two starts for Las Vegas this year.

Lannan, a 32-year-old left-hander...

April 16, 2014 - 1:11pm
7 min 42 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine are leaving early for the NBA draft.

Anderson, a sophomore from Fairview, N.J., and LaVine, a freshman from Seattle, each said Wednesday that they will forego their remaining eligibility with the Bruins to start pro careers.

Anderson averaged 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists this season, closer to a triple-double than any player in the nation.

LaVine averaged 9...

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