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March 30, 2015 - 10:42am
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians will honor the late Al Rosen this season by wearing his No. 7 jersey number on their jersey sleeves.

The AL's MVP in 1953, Rosen died on March 13 at 91. He spent his entire career with Cleveland (1947-56) and went on to have a successful career as a baseball executive with Houston, the New York Yankees and San Francisco.

In his MVP season, Rosen batted .336 with 43 home runs and 145 RBIs. He just missed winning the Triple...

March 30, 2015 - 10:39am
19 min 30 sec ago

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon addressed the team in a closed-door meeting Monday morning.

The meeting delayed the opening of the Mets clubhouse 15 minutes and players could be heard clapping when the meeting was over.'

Mets captain David Wright says "Any time that you have those types of meetings you can take a lot out of it, and I think everybody in here took a lot of out of it."

Wilpon declined to...

March 30, 2015 - 10:37am
19 min 30 sec ago

Steve Stricker plans to return from back surgery at the Masters next week.

He has not played since the Hero World Challenge in early December. He had surgery two days before Christmas on a bulging disk in his lower back that was causing recurring hip problems.

Stricker recently returned from a week in Naples, Florida, to make sure he was fit. He tells The Associated Press on Monday he spent the last three days walking the golf course and felt good...

March 30, 2015 - 10:16am
19 min 30 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Football Union has appointed its first dedicated anti-racism official in an effort to crack down on discrimination ahead of the World Cup.

RFU president Nikolai Tolstykh says Alexei Tolkachev has been named "anti-racism inspector."

It was not immediately clear what powers have been given to Tolkachev, who already deals with racism as the RFU's head of safety and fan outreach.

Last month, RFU general...

March 30, 2015 - 9:09am
19 min 30 sec ago

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The Greek embassy in Budapest says three national team soccer players were slightly injured when their taxi crashed on its way to the airport.

Press counselor Nikolaos Vlahakis says Vangelis Moras, Panagiotis Tachtsidis and Ioannis Fetfatzidis were injured Monday morning in a collision with another car. Moras and Tachtsidis have already been released from a Budapest hospital while Fetfatzidis was expected to be released later Monday....

March 30, 2015 - 8:33am
19 min 30 sec ago

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's sports minister has denied that he influenced the national cricket team's lineup for its World Cup semifinal to ensure a white player was dropped and a black player picked in his place.

Minister Fikile Mbalula, who is black, made the denial in a statement, saying he was responding to accusations made by "a dying breed of political dinosaurs." He didn't identify the source of the accusations.


March 30, 2015 - 6:21am
19 min 30 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — Former Formula One driver Franck Montagny has been handed a two-year suspension by the sport's governing body after testing positive for a metabolite of cocaine.

The Frenchman failed the anti-doping control last November at a Formula E race in Malaysia and had been provisionally suspended since Dec. 23.

After hearing his case, FIA's Anti-Doping Disciplinary Commission said Montagny's ban will end on Dec. 23, 2016.


March 30, 2015 - 5:35am
19 min 30 sec ago

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The head of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot soccer association says he's determined to follow through with a decision to join the ranks of the Cyprus Football Association that would do away with decades of isolation.

Hasan Sertoglu says he's already dispatched a letter notifying FIFA that the Cyprus Turkish Football Association is bringing its statutes in line with international norms. He said that will enable them to join the FIFA and UEFA...

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