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Chris Beard Bolted UNLV to Come ‘Home’ to Texas Tech
Texas Tech basketball coach Chris Beard says he couldn’t’ resist the call to come home to the school where he spent 10 seasons as an assistant

Mets’ Jacob deGrom to Stay in Florida With Sick Newborn
The New York Mets have placed right-hander Jacob deGrom on the family medical emergency list because of health complications involving his newborn child

Fan Hit by Foul Ball at Tampa Bay Game in Stable Condition
The woman hit by a foul ball in Friday night’s Tampa Bay Rays’ game against the Chicago White Sox is in stable condition at a hospital

LeBron Has Mastered Art of First-Round Playoff Knockouts
LeBron James has never lost in the opening round in the NBA playoffs, and he’ll put that perfect streak on the line starting Sunday against the Detroit Pistons

George Scores 33 as Pacers Beat Raptors 100-90 in Game 1
Paul George scored 33 points, Monta Ellis had 15 and the Indiana Pacers beat the Toronto Raptors 100-90 in Game 1 of their first round playoff series on Saturday


Germany, Romania Tied 1-1 in Fed Cup World Group Playoff
Romania’s top woman player battles her way to a 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-4 victory over Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, snatching an important point to leave a 1-1 draw in the first day of the Fed Cup World Group playoff

Nadal Rallies to Beat Murray and Reach Monte Carlo Final
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal beat Andy Murray 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 Saturday to reach the Monte Carlo Masters final for the first time since 2013


Slain Former Saints Defensive End to Be Laid to Rest
Funeral services are to be held for former defensive end Will Smith, shot and killed a week ago

Fan Hit by Foul Ball That Went Through Protective Netting
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A fan struck by a foul ball left on a stretcher in the seventh inning of the Chicago White Sox’s 1-0 win over the  Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. The fan was sitting in the lower box seats on the home plate side next to Tampa Bay’s first-base side dugout. Rays designated hitter Steven Souza Jr., who fouled off the ball that struck the fan, went into the stands to check on her. The game was delayed about 12 minutes so the injured fan could be removed on a stretcher that was brought out near the on-deck circle. “It looked like it caught her right in the eye, which wasn’t a good sight,” Souza said. “I’ll be praying for her. Hoping that she’s OK. She was able to talk to me, say a few things. Never a good sight to see.” After an in-depth study last year, when several fans were hurt by broken bats and foul balls, Major League Baseball recommended the extension of ballpark safety netting to the ends of…

No Change on All-Star Game Despite Law Some Call ‘Anti-LGBT’
Commissioner says league “should be working toward change in North Carolina.”

Hornets C Jefferson Accepting, Embracing New Role as Backup
Al Jefferson was the focal point of the Charlotte Hornets offense the last time they played the Miami Heat in the playoffs two years ago

Forsberg Goes to Bank in Predators’ 3-2 Win Over Ducks
Filip Forsberg got credit for the tiebreaking goal with 9:35 to play, and the Nashville Predators opened their first-round playoff series with a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night

Lundqvist, Couturier Injuries Affect Playoff Series Early
The Flyers will have to try to mount a comeback against Washington without Sean Couturier, while the New York Rangers are optimistic they’ll have goaltender Henrik Lundqvist back against Pittsburgh

Warriors’ Dominance: a 2nd Straight Title Inevitable?
The Golden State Warriors won an NBA-record 73 games in the regular season

LEADING OFF: Jake Arrieta, King Felix, David Price on Mound
LEADING OFF: Arrieta, King Felix, Price on mound; Rays hope for good news; Gallardo back home; Giants-Dodgers

Fan Hit by Foul Ball in During White Sox Win at Rays
Fan hit by foul ball overshadows Chris Sale’s dominant performance for White Sox in 1-0 victory at Tampa Bay

Perfect 10: Twins Stop 9-Game Skid With 5-4 Win Over Angels
The Minnesota Twins became the last team in the major leagues to win this season, after Byung Ho Park drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the eighth inning for a 5-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels

Shaw Gets Go-Ahead Goal, Blackhawks Edge Blues to Tie Series
Andrew Shaw stuffed home a rebound on a power play with 4:19 to play and the Chicago Blackhawks won a coach’s challenge minutes earlier, pulling even with the St. Louis Blues in their first-round series with a 3-2 victory on Friday night

Phelps Wins Wind-Aided 200 Butterfly at Arizona Swim Meet
Michael Phelps won the 200-meter butterfly at the Arena Pro Swim meet in Arizona, where winds gusting to 30 mph whipped up the water and created challenging conditions

Fan Struck by Ball at Rays Game Leaves Field on Stretcher
A fan struck by a foul ball left the game on a stretcher in the seventh inning of the Chicago White Sox at Tampa Bay Rays game Friday night

Lakers Begin Life After Kobe With Uncertainty Everywhere
Coach Byron Scott expects to be a part of the Los Angeles Lakers’ life after Kobe Bryant

Warriors Turn Focus From Record 73 Wins to Title Repeat
Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors had their chance to celebrate their record-setting regular season before now turning their focus to even bigger goals

Top-Ranked Jason Day Tied for Lead in RBC Heritage
Top-ranked Jason Day shot a 2-under 69 on Friday in the RBC Heritage for a share of the second-round lead with Kevin Chappell and Charley Hoffman

Column: NCAA Should Allow Players to Leave When Coaches Bolt
Column: AP’s Paul Newberry says the mercenary meanderings of Arkansas-Little Rock-turned-UNLV-turned-Texas Tech coach Chris Beard again shows why the NCAA should tweak one of its most onerous rules

Wearing Saints Black and Gold, Fans of Will Smith Pay Homage
Fans of slain defensive end Will Smith are paying homage to the former New Orleans Saints football star

Silver: NC Law ‘Problematic’ to NBA, No Decision on All-Star
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says a North Carolina law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people remains “problematic” for the league, but says there’s no decision on moving next year’s All-Star Game


Thunder Star Russell Westbrook Rolling as Playoffs Arrive
Thunder star Russell Westbrook is averaging 23.5 points and career-highs of 10.4 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game going into the playoff series against Dallas

Bosh Addresses Heat Before 1st Practice of Postseason
Chris Bosh gives an emotional speech to Heat teammates before their first practice of the preseason

After an Apology, Philadelphia Also Honoring Jackie Robinson
On Jackie Robinson Day, Philadelphia is acknowledging its racist treatment of the baseball pioneer when he played in the city nearly 70 years ago


14 Athletes Have Suspensions Lifted After Meldonium Ruling
At least 14 athletes from Russia and Georgia have had their doping suspensions lifted, two days after officials relaxed the rules about meldonium

27-Year-Old Wideout Harvin Retiring After 7 NFL Seasons
Agent Joel Segal tells The Associated Press that 27-year-old wide receiver Percy Harvin is retiring after seven NFL seasons

LeBron Locked in Playoff-Mode as Cavaliers Aim for NBA Title
After spending the season in the shadows of Stephen Curry, Golden State and Kobe Bryant, LeBron James is again out front as he tries to get the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals

NBA to Begin Selling Jersey Sponsorships in 2017-18
NBA to begin selling jersey sponsorships in 2017-18; league is 1st major North American sport to put partners’ logos on uniforms

Fans Relishing Leicester’s Pursuit of Premier League Title
Leicester fans never expected to see their modest team have a shot at winning the Premier League this season

Madrid Gets City, Atletico Faces Bayern in Champions League
Real Madrid will play Manchester City for a place in the Champions League final, and Atletico Madrid will take on Bayern Munich

Madrid Gets City, Atletico Faces Bayern in Champions League
Real Madrid will play Manchester City for a place in the Champions League final, and Atletico Madrid will take on Bayern Munich

Anthony, Knicks have ‘very honest’ talk about team’s future
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Carmelo Anthony made one thing clear after meeting with New York Knicks management on Thursday: He wants the club to “take advantage of this window that I have” when making personnel moves this offseason. “I think that’s the main question,” Anthony, 31, said. “How can we take advantage of this window? How can we take advantage of this situation that we have in front of us?” Anthony met with team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills on Thursday as part of the club’s traditional exit meetings between players and management. Anthony said the trio had a “very honest” conversation about the future of the franchise. The Knicks and Jackson face a pivotal offseason. They will have at least $18 million to spend in free agency this summer and have a coaching vacancy to fill. On Thursday, Jackson said interim coach Kurt Rambis will interview for the vacancy. He also suggested that he will speak to other…

LEADING OFF: At 0-9, Twins and Braves Try Again for 1st Win
LEADING OFF: At 0-9, Twins and Braves try again for 1st win, Greinke aims to rebound from slow start, Bumgarner swings away vs. Kershaw, Story takes his cuts at Wrigley Field

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