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March 17, 2015 - 8:53pm
1 week 5 days ago

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Injured Wisconsin point guard Traevon Jackson has returned to practice, though it is still unclear whether the senior will be ready for the start of the NCAA Tournament.

Jackson has been out two months after breaking his right foot in a 67-62 loss on Jan. 11 at Rutgers.

Wisconsin (31-3) had a light practice on Tuesday, when Jackson participated in shootaround and individual drills. The top-seeded Badgers play Coastal Carolina on...

March 17, 2015 - 8:45pm
1 week 5 days ago

CHICAGO (AP) — New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak is sitting out against the Chicago Blackhawks because of a lower-body injury.

Halak, who established the team record and a career-best for wins this season, is listed as day-to-day, the Islanders say. He didn't make the trip to Chicago for Tuesday night's game.

The Islanders recalled Kevin Poulin from Bridgeport of the AHL on Tuesday to back up starter Michal Neuvirth.

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March 17, 2015 - 8:15pm
1 week 5 days ago

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch soccer club AZ Alkmaar says it has hired the Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane as an adviser.

Alkmaar says in a statement on its website that Beane will provide advice "in the areas of high performance and innovation", with the aim of closing the gap on big-spending clubs in the Dutch league.

Alkmaar's general director is Robert Eenhoorn, who played for the New York Yankees and Anaheim Angels in the 1990s....

March 17, 2015 - 8:08pm
1 week 5 days ago

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Greg Monroe and Mike Conley will both miss Tuesday night's game between the Detroit Pistons and Memphis Grizzlies.

Monroe sustained a strained right knee in practice on Monday, while Conley is bothered by a sprained right ankle.

Things could have been much worse for the Pistons, who have lost 10 in a row, but both Andre Drummond (concussion) and Tayshaun Prince (hip) recovered from injuries sustained in Saturday's loss at...

March 17, 2015 - 8:04pm
1 week 5 days ago

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has opened spring practice looking to replace some important pieces from the highest-scoring offense in school history.

It's a good beginning to have four starters return on the offensive line, plus tailback Nick Chubb and wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell.

Georgia lost quarterback Hutson Mason, tailback Todd Gurley, center David Andrews and its top two wide receivers, Michael Bennett and Chris Conley. The Bulldogs also lost...

March 17, 2015 - 7:59pm
1 week 5 days ago

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Hisashi Iwakuma threw four scoreless innings and the Seattle Mariners played to a 5-5 tie with the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday.

Iwakuma, the Mariners' No. 2 starter, allowed five hits while striking out two.

Jeff Samardzija, the White Sox's likely opening day starter with Chris Sale sidelined, allowed two runs and four hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out three.

The White Sox, trailing 5-2 in...

March 17, 2015 - 7:55pm
1 week 5 days ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina got started on spring workouts Tuesday, looking to shore up a defense that fell terribly short of expectations a year ago.

The drop off from the Gamecocks' three previous 11-2 seasons between 2011 and 2013 was so severe, coach Steve Spurrier called on good friend Jon Hoke to straighten things out as South Carolina's co-defensive coordinator alongside longtime group leader Lorenzo Ward.

Hoke and Ward said Tuesday...

March 17, 2015 - 7:52pm
1 week 5 days ago

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Howie Kendrick hit a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Texas Rangers tied 11-11 Tuesday.

The game was stopped after nine innings.

Kendrick's homer was a prodigious shot to straightaway center. Yasiel Puig and Yasmani Grandal contributed RBI singles in the Dodgers' seven-run fifth.

Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu gave up three runs and three hits in three innings.

Rangers...

March 17, 2015 - 7:48pm
1 week 5 days ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State has a decided March advantage over St. John's, its opponent in the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Aztecs will be making their sixth straight NCAA appearance and have nine players with tournament experience. St. John's has none.

SDSU has won five NCAA Tournament games since 2011, reaching the Sweet 16 twice in that span. That was the last time the Red Storm made the field....

March 17, 2015 - 7:41pm
1 week 5 days ago

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jason Hammel threw four scoreless innings and Anthony Rizzo reached base three times on Tuesday as the Chicago Cubs beat the Kansas City Royals 4-3.

Hammel came in with a 10.80 ERA in his previous two outings over five innings, but had good downward action and fastball command against the Royals.

The right-hander allowed two hits and struck out three in his longest outing of the spring after he allowed nine hits and walked three in...

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