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February 10, 2016 - 8:34pm
2 min 18 sec ago

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Ozzie Guillen, who led the Chicago White Sox to the 2005 World Series title, has been hired to manage the La Guaira Sharks of the Venezuelan Winter League next offseason.

The 52-year-old, who was born in Ocumare del Tuy, has not had a managing job since the Miami Marlins fired him in 2012 at the end of his first season.

La Guaira team president Francisco Arocha and vice president Antonio Jose Herrera said in a statement...

February 10, 2016 - 8:15pm
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson will wait until March to make a final decision on whether to play in her fifth Olympics for Australia.

The 34-year-old former Seattle Storm forward has been struggling with a right knee injury and spent time in hospital last month.

The Olympics are in August and Jackson says "Rio is still my goal ... I had a really good discussion with our coach Brendan Joyce yesterday and he said 'We want...

February 10, 2016 - 8:07pm
2 min 18 sec ago

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin upset fifth-seeded Denis Kudla 6-1, 7-5 on Wednesday in the second round of the Memphis Open.

Kukushkin, ranked 93rd in the world, got off to a quick start in the opening set against Kudla, the American who entered the tournament at career-best ranking of 59th. The second set was more competitive, but Kudla was unable to overtake Kukushkin.

Kukushkin will play the winner of the night match between...

February 10, 2016 - 7:53pm
2 min 18 sec ago

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit's Reggie Jackson and Ersan Ilyasova are sitting out Wednesday night against Denver, leaving the Pistons without three starters in their final game before the All-Star break.

The team said before the game that Jackson and Ilyasova had both been ill. The Pistons are also without Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has been recovering from a core muscle strain.

Forward Anthony Tolliver started Wednesday's game in place of...

February 10, 2016 - 7:48pm
2 min 18 sec ago

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Julius Brown has joined Utah State's staff as cornerbacks coach.

Aggies coach Matt Wells announced the move Wednesday.

The former Boise State cornerback spent the past two seasons at his alma mater as secondary coach and recruiting coordinator. He also has coached at Troy and Arkansas State.

February 10, 2016 - 7:35pm
2 min 18 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose is in the Chicago Bulls' lineup Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks after missing a game because of soreness.

The 2011 MVP point guard was a late scratch from Monday's loss at Charlotte because of soreness. Rose is having one of his toughest seasons on the court, averaging 15.9 points and 4.8 assists. He is shooting just 40.9 percent overall and 24 percent on 3-pointers.

Chicago came into Wednesday's matchup third in the...

February 10, 2016 - 6:50pm
2 min 18 sec ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Fifth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria reached his second quarterfinals of the young season when he defeated qualifier Gastao Elias of Portugal 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the Argentina Open on Wednesday.

Thiem, the youngest player in the top 20 at age 22, prevented Elias from making his first career ATP quarters.

In another second-round match in the clay-court tournament, 2011 champion Nicolas Almagro of Spain beat Federico...

February 10, 2016 - 6:40pm
2 min 18 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves say they still do not know if the Hank Aaron statue will be moved from its current home at Turner Field to the team's new SunTrust Park, which will open in 2017.

Keisha Lance Bottoms, the executive director of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday an agreement was reached with the Braves that the bronze statue would not move.

The Braves say there is no...

February 10, 2016 - 6:09pm
2 min 18 sec ago

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Top-ranked golfer Lydia Ko says the Olympics in Rio de Janiero will be her top priority this year.

Ko, who will defend her New Zealand Open title from Friday, said there was "so much excitement and vibe" around the Olympic tournament, "especially as it's the first time women will play at the Olympics in golf."

The 18-year-old New Zealander said "ever since they announced that golf will be in the Olympics I said, 'Hey...

February 10, 2016 - 6:03pm
2 min 18 sec ago

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former Indiana linebacker Mark Hagen has returned to his alma mater as defensive line/

Hagen was on coach Kevin Wilson's staff in 2011 and 2012 before leaving for Texas A&M, where he spent three seasons coaching linebackers, defensive tackles and serving as defensive coordinator.

As a player, Hagen won four letters, was named to the Big Ten's all-conference team twice, served as a team captain and was the 1991 Copper Bowl...

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