State & National News

April 28, 2015 - 2:03pm
33 min 54 sec ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and coach Ken Hitchcock sat side by side, presenting a united front for a franchise bleeding from its latest playoff flop.

Armstrong on Tuesday praised Hitchcock's job in transforming the Blues from also-rans to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, but both said they were still searching for reasons why they were eliminated in the first round for the third straight season.

The GM said he'd...

April 28, 2015 - 1:31pm
33 min 54 sec ago

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says the New York Jets have been fined $100,000 by the NFL for tampering because of owner Woody Johnson's comments in December about Darrelle Revis, then a member of the New England Patriots.

The Jets will not lose any draft picks as a result of the fine, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because neither the team nor the league announced the sanctions...

April 28, 2015 - 1:30pm
33 min 54 sec ago
North Division
WLPct.GB
Buffalo (Blue Jays)126.667
Pawtucket (Red Sox)127.632½
Rochester (Twins)107.588
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)910.474
Syracuse (Nationals)612....
April 28, 2015 - 1:28pm
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MARRAKECH, Morocco (AP) — Top-seeded Garbine Muguruza of Spain and No. 2 Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland won in straight sets to reach the second round of the Grand Prix SAR clay-court tournament on Tuesday.

Muguruza, a semifinalist last year, saved all three break points she faced in a 6-4, 6-1 win over Daria Kasatkina, breaking the Russian player's serve four times.

Bacsinszky, who has had a breakthrough start to the year, had five aces in a 6-3, 7...

April 28, 2015 - 1:21pm
33 min 54 sec ago

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Peyton Manning is back on the football field learning a new offense under new coach Gary Kubiak.

Manning, who turned 39 last month, was without his top target when the Denver Broncos opened their first minicamp. Demaryius Thomas is skipping the offseason program after being franchise tagged, to the chagrin of GM John Elway.

Manning is acclimating to a shuffled O-line that lost Orlando Franklin and Will Montgomery and a new...

April 28, 2015 - 1:19pm
33 min 54 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have canceled an NFL draft party at their stadium in the wake of rioting in the city.

The event was scheduled for Thursday night at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens say the decision to cancel the party for their fans came "out of respect to the curfew in Baltimore."

Baltimore's mayor imposed a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew after riots broke out Monday following the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died April 19 of spinal...

April 28, 2015 - 1:14pm
33 min 54 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status.

In a letter to team owners, Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league office and its management council will file tax returns as taxable entities for the 2015 fiscal year. Goodell says the NFL has been tax-exempt since 1942, though all 32 teams pay taxes on their income.

Goodell says the change will not alter the function or operation of the league, since all the...

April 28, 2015 - 1:06pm
33 min 54 sec ago

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Maurice Jones-Drew's retirement will include time in the broadcast booth.

Jones-Drew signed a one-day contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday, ceremoniously retiring with the team that drafted him in 2006 and ending a nine-year career that included 13,348 all-purpose yards and 81 touchdowns.

Jones-Drew still has to submit paperwork to the league office, but the former UCLA star has no plans to return to the field....

April 28, 2015 - 1:05pm
33 min 54 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — National Football League giving up tax-exempt status; Goodell says it was a 'distraction'.

April 28, 2015 - 12:58pm
33 min 54 sec ago

PRAGUE (AP) — Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic overcame a slow start, cold and rain to defeat Annika Beck of Germany in the first round of the Prague Open on Tuesday.

The 14th-ranked Pliskova came back to defeat her 80th-ranked opponent 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 for her fourth victory over the German in five meetings.

The match was held up by more than three hours because of rain and was later suspended due to rain with Beck leading 2-1 in the...

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