State & National News

March 3, 2015 - 4:50pm
18 hours 44 min ago

DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run shot and Korean rookie Jung Ho Kang connected for his first major league homer, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in the exhibition opener for both teams.

Alvarez's drive came in the first inning off Aaron Sanchez after Gregory Polanco singled and Starling Marte reached on an error by new Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson.

Sanchez, a candidate for...

March 3, 2015 - 4:49pm
19 hours 4 min ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Northern Iowa forward Seth Tuttle, the Missouri Valley's active leader in scoring and rebounding, has been selected the conference's player of the year.

Tuttle, a senior, received 38 of a possible 47 first-place votes in voting by coaches, sports information directors and a media panel. Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet, teammates on regular season champion and ninth-ranked Wichita State, were second and third.

Baker had five first-place...

March 3, 2015 - 4:24pm
19 hours 24 min ago

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jordan Leopold had thought about returning home, if the opportunity arose to play for the Minnesota Wild.

He never could have imagined his daughter becoming famous for her desire to have him back.

Leopold joined the Wild for the morning skate in preparation for their game Tuesday night against Ottawa, the 34-year-old slated to play on the third pair of defenseman with a bunch of his family members and friends bound to be in...

March 3, 2015 - 4:20pm
19 hours 34 min ago

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (AP) — California senior Reshanda Gray has been named Pac-12 Player of the Year in a vote by the league's coaches.

Gray becomes Cal's second player to earn Player of the Year, joining Devanei Hampton in 2006-07. The Pac-12 announced its annual honors Tuesday.

Ruth Hamblin of Pac-12 champion Oregon State earned Defensive Player of the Year and her coach, Scott Rueck, was voted Coach of the Year by his colleagues....

March 3, 2015 - 4:11pm
19 hours 34 min ago

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston is meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are considering the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback for the first pick in the NFL draft.

The team confirmed the former Florida State star was in town Tuesday to sit down with club officials who will be involved in deciding whether to draft Winston. Marcus Mariota, the 2014 Heisman winner from Oregon, also is under consideration.

Winston nor club officials spoke to the...

March 3, 2015 - 4:00pm
19 hours 44 min ago

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Miami Marlins left-hander Andrew McKirahan needed only 12 pitches to strike out all three batters he faced Tuesday and help beat the University of Miami 7-1.

McKirahan, a Rule 5 acquisition from the Cubs, was one of nine pitchers for Miami. They combined on a six-hitter with one walk.

Slugger Giancarlo Stanton sat out, but the team went mostly with the lineup expected to open the season. Newcomer Martin Prado had a single and a...

March 3, 2015 - 3:49pm
19 hours 44 min ago

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Former fan favorite Vlade Divac has rejoined the Sacramento Kings as vice president of basketball and franchise operations, a job that will include advising the front office and coaching staff.

The team announced Tuesday that Divac would assist in global and fan outreach initiatives and oversee the player development programs. The 47-year-old Divac will take a lead in talent evaluation and develop relationships between the team and European...

March 3, 2015 - 3:48pm
19 hours 44 min ago

Here are the boys prep basketball polls with rank, team, first-place votes, record and total points.

Class 4A
1. Simeon (8)24-3891
2. Stevenson (1)23-3822
3. Rockford Auburn26-1683
4. St. Rita23-3534
March 3, 2015 - 3:39pm
19 hours 44 min ago

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is set at the top of his batting order with newcomer Jimmy Rollins.

"That's the one guy, I think, we are pretty sure about," Mattingly said Tuesday of his shortstop. "Jimmy is really kind of that lead-off guy.

"Truly, we don't really have anybody else who fits that role," he said.

Rollins, acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on Dec. 19 for four minor league pitchers, will...

March 3, 2015 - 3:32pm
19 hours 44 min ago

KANKAKEE, Ill. (AP) — A two-time Olympic wrestler is working to raise money for the Kankakee Area YMCA.

The Daily Journal ( ) reports 32-year-old Matt Gentry is leading a fundraising campaign that benefits children who can't otherwise afford programs at the YMCA in Kankakee. The campaign ends April 16 and seeks to raise $100,000.

Gentry wrestled for Canada at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics. He did some of his training before...

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