State & National News

March 31, 2015 - 9:01pm
1 min 29 sec ago

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — University of Connecticut forward Rakim Lubin has announced plans to transfer at the end of the spring semester.

The 6-foot-8, 260-pound freshman played sparingly for the Huskies, who finished a disappointing 20-15 and lost in the first round of the NIT.

Lubin appeared in 24 games, averaging one point and 1.2 rebounds per game.

The departure will leave the Huskies with just three returning frontcourt players...

March 31, 2015 - 8:59pm
1 min 29 sec ago

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Barry Zito's spotless spring ended when he gave up three home runs to the Los Angeles Angels in the third inning Tuesday, but the Oakland Athletics also had a big day at the plate in a 13-10 victory.

Zito, trying a comeback after sitting out last season, had thrown 13 scoreless innings in Cactus League play before Collin Cowgill, Kole Calhoun and David Freese went deep for the Angels.

The left-hander was tagged for eight hits and...

March 31, 2015 - 8:17pm
1 min 28 sec ago

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are bringing back size to their defensive line.

The Packers on Tuesday announced they had re-signed defensive tackles Letroy Guion and B.J. Raji. Terms of the deals were not announced.

The return of Guion and Raji allows general manager Ted Thompson to presumably focus on inside linebacker and cornerback in the NFL draft.

The Packers didn't re-sign veteran inside linebackers A.J. Hawk...

March 31, 2015 - 8:16pm
1 min 28 sec ago

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt homered, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to an 8-7 victory over a split-squad of Texas Rangers on Tuesday.

Trumbo and Goldschmidt had three hits apiece, and Blake Lalli singled in the winning run in the ninth. Lalli is trying to make the team as a backup catcher.

Texas center fielder Delino DeShields had two hits, including a solo homer, and two RBIs, bolstering his case for a spot on the...

March 31, 2015 - 8:15pm
1 min 28 sec ago

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie will not be traveling to the Final Four this week, abiding by a travel ban ordered by Connecticut's governor because of Indiana's new religious-objections law.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other critics contend the law would allow businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs. The governor on Monday signed an executive order banning state spending on travel to Indiana....

March 31, 2015 - 8:07pm
1 min 28 sec ago

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has received a distinguished award from his hometown for leadership, inspiring youth and philanthropic efforts.

James was given the H. Peter Burg Award on Tuesday night during the Greater Akron Chamber's annual meeting. The award goes to a business or community leader who has served as a role model and enhanced local and economic development.

The 30-year-old James has established several youth-...

March 31, 2015 - 8:02pm
1 min 28 sec ago

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Kyuji Fujikawa failed to retire any of the five batters he faced in an eight-run ninth inning as a Texas Rangers' split squad lost to the Chicago Cubs 15-10 Tuesday.

Fujikawa, who signed with the Rangers in December after pitching for the Cubs last year, had retired 21 of 25 batters in exhibition games. Chicago sent 12 batters to the plate in the ninth, and Fujikawa's ERA jumped from 1.35 to 13.50.

Rangers starter Derrek...

March 31, 2015 - 7:57pm
1 min 28 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — Jay Bruce snapped a spring slump with a three-run homer among his two hits and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4 on Tuesday.

Bruce, who was hitting .162 coming in, scored twice and singled during a five-run sixth inning.

Michael Lorenzen helped his cause in a bid for the Reds' final rotation spot by allowing four hits and one run over four innings against the Brewers' opening-day lineup.

Reds...

March 31, 2015 - 7:45pm
1 min 28 sec ago

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Shannon Jackson and Kriss Proctor have been hired as assistant coaches, Indiana State head coach Mike Sanford announced Tuesday.

Jackson played for the Sycamores in the late 1990s and is beginning his third stint as a coach at his alma mater. He previously worked at Indiana State from 2000-04 and '08-'12 before leaving for Georgia State where he worked with former Indiana State coach Trent Miles.

Again, Jackson will coach the...

March 31, 2015 - 7:44pm
1 min 28 sec ago

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Felix Hernandez left in the second inning of his final tuneup before Seattle's opener. Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon didn't last much longer.

McClendon was ejected in the fourth inning of Cleveland's 8-6 win over Seattle on Tuesday.

Brandon Moss' two-run homer in the first gave the Indians a 4-3 lead against King Felix, who allowed seven runs, five hits and two walks in 1 2-3 innings.

Michael Bourn had...

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