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March 27, 2015 - 6:48pm
6 min 38 sec ago

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Will Power shook off a six-month layoff by pacing the opening practice of the IndyCar season.

The defending series champion wasted no time shooting to the top of the leaderboard as he weaved through the streets of St. Petersburg, site of Sunday's season-opening race.

Power's title run began on this 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit with a win in last year's opener.

It was the first of three...

March 27, 2015 - 6:35pm
6 min 38 sec ago

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Michael Johnson was hospitalized after breaking his hip and pelvis in a crash in the Pro Mazda Series at St. Petersburg.

Johnson hit the Turn 3 wall in the opening practice session Friday on the temporary street course through the streets of St. Petersburg.

Dr. Jeffery Johnson of the Bayfront Medical Center said Johnson is in the intensive care unit undergoing observation.

Johnson was paralyzed from...

March 27, 2015 - 6:35pm
6 min 38 sec ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — If he had it to do over again, Shaquille O'Neal says he wishes he would have been more patient before leaving the Orlando Magic.

O'Neal said Friday after an "unexpected" induction into the Magic's Hall of Fame, that being young and wanting to win right away prompted him to leave for the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency in 1996.

The perennial All-Star and four-time NBA champion said the choice was a "business decision," but...

March 27, 2015 - 6:29pm
6 min 38 sec ago

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says agent Scott Boras should steer clear of the Chicago Cubs' plan on how to handle rookie Kris Bryant.

Manfred spoke Friday at the spring training home of the Minnesota Twins.

"I don't think the Cubs' decision with respect to what's going to happen with Kris Bryant is really any of Mr. Boras' business," Manfred said.

The 23-year-old Bryant has hit nine home...

March 27, 2015 - 6:28pm
6 min 38 sec ago

SAUCIER, Miss. (AP) — Colin Montgomerie and Joe Durant shared the lead at 5-under 67 on Friday after the first round of the Champions Tour's Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic.

Montgomerie finished with a birdie on the par-4 ninth hole at Fallen Oak. He won the Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open last year.

Durant also closed with a birdie on No. 9. The four-time PGA Tour champion is winless on the 50-and-over tour.

Gene...

March 27, 2015 - 6:20pm
6 min 38 sec ago

PODGORICA, Montenegro (AP) — A European championship qualifying match between Montenegro and Russia has been abandoned following a brawl between the two teams' players.

After Russia's Roman Shirokov missed a penalty in the 66th minute with the score at 0-0, players and staff from both teams shoved one another.

The Russian players then left the pitch, later followed by the Montenegrin team. A stadium announcement said the match would not resume....

March 27, 2015 - 6:18pm
6 min 38 sec ago

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida guard Michael Frazier II made it official Friday: He's leaving school early and entering the NBA draft.

Frazier thanked coaches, teammates and fans on his Twitter page and added that he has signed with agent Matt Ramker of ASM Sports.

Frazier says he "will never forget my time in Gainesville and look forward to returning each summer to complete my degree." Frazier is expected to go through the draft process without...

March 27, 2015 - 6:16pm
6 min 38 sec ago

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida is without two key offensive playmakers during spring practice.

Quarterback Treon Harris missed his second consecutive practice Friday following the shooting death of a family member in Miami, and receiver Brandon Powell has been shut down indefinitely after aggravating a previous foot injury.

Coach Jim McElwain says it's unclear when Harris will return, saying "sometimes it's time to sit back and reflect about the...

March 27, 2015 - 6:08pm
6 min 38 sec ago

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — It took traveling across the country for a couple of old ACC foes to be reunited.

So much for conference realignment getting in the way of a good rivalry like Duke and Maryland.

The top-seeded Terrapins will take on the No. 4 seed Blue Devils on Saturday in the round of 16, just the second time in 80 previous matchups that Duke and Maryland will get together in the NCAA Tournament.

Maryland (32-2) has won 26...

March 27, 2015 - 5:59pm
6 min 38 sec ago

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Danny O'Regan scored 7:27 into overtime to give Boston University a 3-2 victory over Yale on Friday in the first round of Northeast Regional in the NCAA hockey tournament.

Ahti Oksanen and Evan Rodrigues also scored for the Terriers (26-7-5). They will face Minnesota or Minnesota-Duluth in the regional final Saturday night.

Frankie DiChiara had a goal and an assist, and Alex Lyon made 39 saves for Yale (18-10-5). DiChiara's...

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