Patriots owner Kraft denies charges of soliciting prostitute
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Robert Kraft, the billionaire owner of the New England Patriots, faces charges of soliciting a prostitute after he was twice videotaped in a sex act at a shopping-center massage parlor in Florida, police said Friday.
George hits winner, scores 45 as Thunder beat Jazz in 2OT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Paul George cut through two defenders, lofted a shot over 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert and waited just like everyone else.
Leonard scores 25 points, Raptors beat DeRozan, Spurs
TORONTO (AP) — A crucial turnover brought a sour end to DeMar DeRozan's first game back in Toronto. Kawhi Leonard stole the ball from DeRozan to score the go-ahead dunk with 15 seconds left and the Raptors beat the San Antonio Spurs 120-117 on Friday night, spoiling the former Toronto star's return to Canada.
AP source: Bears release embattled kicker Cody Parkey
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears signed kicker Cody Parkey to a four-year contract in March hoping he would give them the consistency they have lacked ever since they let Robbie Gould go.
Johnson builds 2-shot lead in Mexico as Woods rallies
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tiger Woods delivered the shot that had the gallery buzzing. Dustin Johnson produced the golf that left everyone chasing him.
Innovations allow NHL to stage outdoor games almost anywhere
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dan Craig sleeps maybe four hours a night leading up to outdoor games. He only goes out to dinner because he can check the status of the ice on his phone.
Spring training games underway in Florida, Arizona
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The sun came out in Arizona. Free agents played for their new teams. Ichiro Suzuki was back in uniform at age 45.
Aric Almirola leads Ford sweep in qualifying at Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Aric Almirola gave the new Mustang its first pole of the NASCAR season in Ford sweep of NASCAR Cup qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kershaw shut down by Dodgers after ace not feeling right
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has been shut down indefinitely after telling manager Dave Roberts that he "didn't feel right" after two discouraging outings on the mound.
Semenya hearing ends, decision in 'pivotal' case late March
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Caster Semenya was given "the last word" when a weeklong hearing at sport's highest court ended Friday, and her decade-long battle with track and field's ruling body neared a conclusion.
NASCAR's new rule package shrouded in unknowns before debut
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — NASCAR rolled into Atlanta Motor Speedway ready to begin a new era of racing that is shrouded in unknowns. Will it be racier? That's the point.
Rejected! Brandon Clarke defending the rim for Gonzaga
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke saw Tennessee's Yves Pons driving toward the basket and both rose from the floor at the same time.
Boeheim to coach Syracuse vs. Duke after fatal car crash
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Jim Boeheim has faced his share of obstacles in his long career at Syracuse, none like the one the Hall of Fame coach faces now.
Misbehaving owners hardly unheard of in pro sports
Misbehaving owners of sports teams have drawn headlines pretty much since sports have been around. Now, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft faces misdemeanor charges of soliciting a prostitute after police said he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at a massage parlor in Florida amid a crackdown on sex trafficking.
After Machado, Padres could be open to more big signings
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Manny Machado pulled on a dark blue San Diego hat and slipped a crisp No. 13 Padres jersey over his broad shoulders.
FIFA bans Chelsea from signing players through next season
Chelsea was banned Friday from signing players until after the 2019-20 season, the latest European power punished by FIFA for flouting rules protecting young talent from premature international moves.
Column: Slowing Caster Semenya would diminish her sport
PARIS (AP) — In a Swiss court this week, the governing body of track fought to slow some athletes down. Yup, a sports organization that celebrates human speed and which talks paternalistically about "empowering girls and women," also argues that some women athletes are so naturally advantaged that they must be rendered less athletic.
Maryland coach Locksley stresses safety first, then winning
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Sitting in his office, sipping an energy drink with his back to empty Maryland Stadium, Michael Locksley rattles off his to-do list as the Terrapins' new football coach.
BUBBLE WATCH: Florida regroups to improve hopes for NCAA bid
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Florida coach Mike White spent the first three months of the season watching his Gators burn through just about any cushion they had in building a viable NCAA Tournament resume.
AP source: Marwin Gonzalez, Twins agree to $21M, 2-year deal
Versatile Marwin Gonzalez and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $21 million, two-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.
Buzzer-beater rallies No. 8 Maryland past Minnesota 71-69
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland began the game with a thud, trailed by 16 points in the third quarter and appeared well on its way to falling out of first place in the Big Ten.
Vandals paint swastikas on buildings in Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Vandals suspected of being soccer hooligans from The Hague have painted graffiti including swastikas and anti-Semitic texts on buildings in Amsterdam.
Penn spreads Ivy roots to China with Mandarin broadcasts
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Michael Wang's parents live in the northern China city of Taiyuan and had to listen to English-speaking broadcasts when their son led Penn to an upset over national champion Villanova and scored 23 points against Miami.
Tired Shiffrin takes break from World Cup stage to recharge
The only sure way to beat Mikaela Shiffrin these days is to have her not show up. And that's about to be the case. A worn out and under-the-weather Shiffrin will temporarily apply the brakes on her splendid season in order to take a much-needed breather.
Friendly rivals: Michigan State's Izzo, Michigan's Beilein
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan coach John Beilein, shaking off the effects of anesthesia, looked at his phone for the first time a few days after having double-bypass heart surgery last summer.