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Going, going, gone: NASCAR stars starting to step away

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Gordon is working in the broadcast booth. Carl Edwards is spending time with family. Tony Stewart is hanging out at dirt tracks. Some of NASCAR's biggest stars have stepped away over the last 15 months, a thought-provoking trend ...

Messi aims to add to successful scoring run against Atletico

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi scores goals, lots of them. And no team has allowed more of them than Atletico Madrid. The Barcelona forward will get a chance to add to his impressive tally of 26 career goals against Atletico on Sunday, when a victory at the ...

Vonn criticizes ski officials after pulling out of race

By DANIELLA MATAR, Associated Press CRANS MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Lindsey Vonn wasn't about to risk another injury, and neither was Mikaela Shiffrin. Vonn and Shiffrin, along with some of their American teammates on the World Cup tour, pulled out of the Alpine combined race on Friday ...

No. 1 Gonzaga stays perfect

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — These blowouts never get old for No. 1 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs had their biggest yet on Thursday night, overwhelming San Diego 96-38 to improve to 29-0 and clinch the West Coast Conference title. Josh Perkins and Jordan Mathews scored 15 ...

Curry flurry: MVP’s huge third quarter propels Warriors

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Well-rested on fresh legs, Stephen Curry found his 3-point touch during one phenomenal flurry in one game-breaking quarter. Draymond Green got hit with a technical while walking away and let his usual fire fly at coach Steve Kerr in ...

No. 13 Florida, No. 11 Kentucky game could decide SEC race

By The Associated Press Here are a few things to watch in the Southeastern Conference this week: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 13 Florida at No. 11 Kentucky: The winner of Saturday's showdown at Rupp Arena takes over sole possession of first place in the SEC. They enter the game with identical 23-5 ...

Star-studded, NBA-best Warriors continue to build chemistry

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Zaza Pachulia holds his own during competitive games of poker on the airplane alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — they call it the "Good Guys Table." Andre Iguodala and JaVale McGee, one-time teammates with Denver reunited ...

UNC: fan ejected after exchange with Louisville’s Pitino

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Roy Williams apologized to Louisville's Rick Pitino after the Cardinals coach had a heated verbal exchange with a fan as he came off the court for halftime during Wednesday night's game. ESPN video of the ...

Jayhawks eyeing outright Big 12 title at Texas

By DAVE SKRETTA, AP Sports Writer A look at the things to watch this weekend in the Big 12. GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Ninth-ranked Baylor visits Iowa State on Saturday in a crucial game for both teams. The Bears (23-5, 10-5) were in the running for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before ...

Gillon’s 3 at buzzer lifts Syracuse past No. 10 Duke 78-75

By JOHN KEKIS, AP Sports Writer SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — John Gillon had done it before, just not quite on such a grand stage. With Syracuse desperate for a signature victory in what has been a so-so season, Gillon hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key at the buzzer, and Syracuse upset No. ...

Truex forced to relive closest 2nd in Daytona 500 history

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. saw his Daytona 500 victory vanish in just a blink of an eye. Eyes open. Eyes shut. One-hundredth of a second, the time it takes lightning to strike the ground. Truex might want to keep his eyes closed for a bit ...

D-League getting respect as legit NBA minor league system

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Joel Bolomboy has been back and forth between the NBA Development League's Salt Lake City Stars and the Utah Jazz 15 times since November. In the old system, the second-round draft pick would have been racking up frequent flyer ...

Powerful presence: Encarnacion gives Indians booming bat

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — As fans lining the chain-linked fence next to Cleveland's main practice field jockeyed for better position to snatch an autograph or selfie with the team's newest star, Edwin Encarnacion showed no emotion. With his glove balanced on ...

Going deep: Dodgers add Gutierrez to already loaded roster

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Although Franklin Gutierrez officially joined the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday afternoon, the veteran outfielder had already been working out at their spring training complex for two days. The Dodgers reached a deal with him last ...

No. 19 Florida St. bounces back with rout of Boston College

By JOE REEDY, Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A short turnaround ended up being the perfect remedy for Florida State. The 19th-ranked Seminoles were playing their second game in three days, but bounced back from Saturday's loss at Pittsburgh in a big way, routing Boston College ...

Kings GM on Cousins trade: I had a better deal two days ago

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac headed into All-Star weekend convinced it was finally time to part ways with ultra-talented center DeMarcus Cousins. Befitting a franchise that appears headed to a 11th straight season without a playoff berth, the Kings ...

Ankiel says he drank vodka before starts to tame anxiety

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rick Ankiel says he drank vodka before his first two starts in 2001 to quell anxiety after throwing five wild pitches in one inning during the previous season's playoffs. Ankiel detailed his experience during an interview with 590 The Fan on Monday. Ankiel had a promising ...

After Huggins’ scary moment, No. 12 WVU beats Texas 77-62

By JOHN LOWE, Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Bob Huggins fell to his knees and clutched his chest during a scary moment just before halftime. West Virginia players picked up their coach, got him to the bench and made his job easier by maintaining a comfortable lead the rest of ...

Lots of points, lots of dunks, not a lot of All-Star defense

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was the fourth quarter of the All-Star Game, and a few fans started yelling loudly enough for DeAndre Jordan to hear them from his spot on the Western Conference bench. Their cry: "De-fense! De-fense!" Jordan's shout back: "No, ...

AP Source: Pelicans acquiring Cousins in multi-player deal

By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins is on his way out of Sacramento — and right into an All-Star frontcourt pairing with Anthony Davis. The New Orleans Pelicans agreed to acquire Cousins from the Kings on Sunday, the same night the center was playing in ...