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April 1, 2015 - 6:45pm
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The University of San Diego went with a familiar face when it came to hiring a new basketball coach.

Lamont Smith, a former player with the Toreros, was introduced Wednesday as Bill Grier's replacement. Smith is the school's fifth men's basketball coach since it became a Division I program in 1979.

Smith, 39, was New Mexico's assistant head coach the past two seasons under Craig Neal.

Smith, a first-time head...

April 1, 2015 - 6:41pm
3 min 8 sec ago

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Marlins' offseason investment in talent paid dividends at their spring training ticket office.

Even with Wednesday's announced crowd of 3,304 — the smallest of the exhibition season — the Marlins drew an average of 5,071 fans to Roger Dean Stadium for their 14 home games. That's an 18 percent increase from 2014, when Miami averaged 4,306 fans.

"Every game has been packed — that's the first time I've seen that," said...

April 1, 2015 - 6:39pm
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RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed versatile fullback Will Tukuafu and defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who has spent the last two seasons on injured reserve.

Tukuafu signed with the Seahawks on Oct. 29 and played in nine games (two starts) in the regular season and in all three playoff games. He played mostly at fullback but also filled in along the defensive line.

Tukuafu, who spent his first four seasons in San Francisco, has...

April 1, 2015 - 6:30pm
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SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Clayton Kershaw and Yorduna Ventura each had a final sharp outing in preparation for opening day, and the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kansas City Royals tied 4-4 Wednesday.

Kershaw, the 2014 National League MVP and Cy Young Award winner, threw 45 pitches while facing 11 batters and gave up one hit and an unearned run. He'll next face the San Diego Padres on April 6.

Kershaw had a 1.61 ERA this spring. He gave up just 15 hits and...

April 1, 2015 - 6:12pm
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LEBANON, N.H. (AP) — Latest skiing conditions, as supplied by SnoCountry Mountain Reports. Conditions are subject to change due to weather, skier/rider traffic and other factors. Be aware of changing conditions. For more information go to

Wednesday, April 1

Ski Sundown — Wed 7:21 am machine groomed 30-45 base 16 of 16...

April 1, 2015 - 6:12pm
3 min 8 sec ago

Arapahoe Basin — Wed 5:56 am packed powder machine groomed 43-43 base 89 of 109 trails 82% open, 790 acres, 7 of 8 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-4p Sat/Sun: 8:30a-4p

Aspen Highlands — Wed 8:02 am spring snow machine groomed 46-68 base 92 of 122 trails 75% open, 863 acres, 5 of 5 lifts, Mon-Fri: 9a-3:30p Sat/Sun: 9a-3:30p

Aspen Mountain — Wed 8:01 am spring snow...

April 1, 2015 - 6:08pm
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard says the Hawkeyes are "his team" now that former starter Jake Rudock is set to transfer.

Beathard spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since coach Kirk Ferentz released a depth chart in January with Beathard listed ahead of Rudock, a two-year starter.

Beathard says he didn't have any plans to leave the Hawkeyes if Rudock had remained the starter. But Beathard added that he felt that he...

April 1, 2015 - 6:01pm
3 min 8 sec ago

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — The New York Red Bulls have named Jason Baum as their senior director of communications.

The MLS team announced the hiring on Wednesday.

Baum will oversee the daily public relations and media operations. For the past nine years, he oversaw Rutgers' athletic communications, the department's official athletics website (, the online digital network of Rutgers Athletics (RVision) and all broadcast opportunities...

April 1, 2015 - 6:00pm
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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Jesse Chavez allowed three hits in six innings, Mark Canha homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 Wednesday to finish their first spring training at HoHoKam Park with a 14-1 record.

Billy Burns drove in a run on his major league-leading 29th hit, the most by an A's player in spring training since Tony Phillips had 30 in 1999. J.P. Sportsman also homered.

C.J. Cron had two doubles and drove in a run for...

April 1, 2015 - 5:46pm
3 min 7 sec ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have re-signed defensive end Clifton Geathers.

Geathers agreed to a one-year deal. Terms were not disclosed. The 27-year-old Geathers originally signed with the Steelers last December after Brett Keisel was lost for the season with a triceps injury. Geathers did not appear in any of the final four games or Pittsburgh's loss to Baltimore in the wild-card round.

Geathers has played in 37 games with one start in...

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