Report: Ichiro will retire in Japan after Mariners vs. A's
TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki started for the Seattle Mariners on Thursday in what the Japanese news agency Kyodo is reporting will be his final major league game.
Flyers, Blackhawks, Sabres and Lightning to Europe in '19-20
Jakub Voracek was psyched at the mere suggestion the Philadelphia Flyers might play an NHL game in his native Czech Republic. "I'm not going to lie to you, it would be great," Voracek said with a smile.
NCAA Tournament: Let the games begin _ in earnest
Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks.
Calipari tweet: Plan and desire is to retire at Kentucky
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — John Calipari has tweeted that his "plan and desire" is to retire at Kentucky, quashing the latest rumor in what has been an annual ritual linking him as a candidate for vacant coaching jobs.
Busted: NCAA bracket filled with tales of transgression
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The NCAA Selection Committee has spoken, seeding 64 teams for the tournament that starts Thursday. What if the Committee on Infractions had a say, too? Records would still matter — but not the sort compiled during the regular season.
How cutting-edge technology helps basketball players shoot
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — As a freshman last season at Michigan, Isaiah Livers shot 36 percent from 3-point range. Decent, but not great.
Harden scores 57 but Grizzlies top Rockets 126-125 in OT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — James Harden did everything he could to bring the Houston Rockets back from a big deficit in the fourth quarter.
Arizona State beats St. John's 74-65 in First Four
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A freshman guard overcame a frightful fall and helped Bobby Hurley — a two-time champion guard at Duke — get his first NCAA Tournament win as a coach.
Vasilevskiy makes 54 saves, Lightning beat Capitals in OT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrei Vasilevskiy piled up the saves, and the Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals traded blows in a thrilling potential playoff preview.
Embiid gets 37 and 22 to lead 76ers past Celtics 118-115
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Boston's recent dominance of the Philadelphia 76ers has been frustrating for Joel Embiid. So when Marcus Smart angrily shoved the star big man to the ground, Embiid had finally had enough.
Boston's Mookie Betts says he expects to become free agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Don't expect AL MVP Mookie Betts to agree to a long-term contract with the Boston Red Sox before he can become a free agent in late 2020.
Trout, Angels finalize record $432 million, 12-year deal
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night announced their 12-year contract, a record deal that ties baseball's top player to the Orange County club for what likely will be the rest of his career.
Sexton's 25 leads Cavs over bruised, Giannis-less Bucks
CLEVELAND (AP) — Collin Sexton has left a sluggish, sometimes painful start to his pro career, behind him. He's taking off, and he might just take the Cavaliers with him.
North Dakota State holds off NC Central 78-74 in First Four
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — North Dakota State is one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the country, and that's what it came down to at the end of the Bison's First Four win over North Carolina Central.
Bucs become 1st NFL team with 2 female coaches on staff
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired Maral Javadifar and Lori Locust as assistant coaches, becoming the first NFL team with two female coaches on their staff.
Rui Hachimura's popularity continuing to rise at Gonzaga
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rui Hachimura leaned against a wall inside Las Vegas' Orleans Arena, towering above the boom microphones and cameras being held by the reporters below.
Berhalter trying to transform US into possession-based team
DAVENPORT, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter prepares for U.S. national team matches like a CEO getting ready for a deal. The new American coach uses video presentations when he meets with foreign-based players via computer.
Kentucky's top player nursing injured foot heading into NCAA
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As the Kentucky Wildcats went through a casual shoot-around the day before their opening game of the NCAA tournament, complete with a blaring band and thousands of blue-clad fans watching every move, something was missing.
Column: Tennis's 'new week, new champ' 2019 is unprecedented
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Roger Federer has won one trophy so far in 2019, which puts him in a tie for the ATP lead — with 18 other players.
Star guards Howard and Morant headline Marquette-Murray St
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Murray State's Ja Morant and Marquette's Markus Howard have much in common: Point guards, prolific scorers, conference players of the year, All-America contenders.
Attorney slams Engler for attending game amid Nassar probe
DETROIT (AP) — John Engler's front-row interest in Michigan State University basketball has led to a war of words over the former school president's availability to speak to investigators about the Larry Nassar scandal .
Harper gets 1st hit after 0-for-9 start in spring training
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Bryce Harper finally got his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after a 0-for-9 start.
Danica Patrick doesn't miss racing since retiring last year
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Danica Patrick choked back tears after crashing out of her final Indianapolis 500, that one last trip around the historic speedway that launched her career coming to such a disappointing close.
21 athletes, 5 sports in focus as doping probe expands
MUNICH (AP) — As many as 21 athletes from five sports may have been part of a doping ring stretching around the world, German prosecutors said Wednesday.
Verlander, Upton unite service dogs with ailing veterans
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander and Kate Upton combined two passions, creating the perfect marriage to help veterans suffering from PTSD.