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Guardians announce plans for major remodel of home ballpark

CLEVELAND (AP) — Back as a World Series title contender, the Cleveland Guardians are moving forward with upgrades to Progressive Field. The team revealed on Thursday delayed final plans for a "reimagining" of its downtown home, which has aged well since opening in 1994 but is now the 11th ...

Elliott has revamped role in 4th playoff trip with Cowboys

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Ezekiel Elliott enters his fourth trip to the playoffs with the Dallas Cowboys in a position unlike any of the previous three. The two-time NFL rushing champion is no longer the top playmaker in the Dallas backfield, and not even the leading rusher. Tony Pollard carries ...

NCAA board approves recommendations for Division I reform

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — At the NCAA convention Thursday, outgoing President Mark Emmert said goodbye, incoming President Charlie Baker introduced himself and the state of college sports was declared perilous. "As a collective enterprise, we are both thriving and threatened," said Baylor President ...

Minnesota gets rare win at Ohio State, 70-67

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Dawson Garcia tied a career high with 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Ta'lon Cooper added 13 points and 11 rebounds and Minnesota held off Ohio State 70-67 on Thursday night for its first Big Ten victory of the season. Minnesota won just its 19th game at Ohio State ...

Late run lifts No. 6 Indiana over No. 9 Maryland 68-61

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Sydney Parrish scored 18 points and No. 6 Indiana's defense stifled No. 9 Maryland in a 68-61 win Thursday. Maryland guard Diamond Miller led a late fourth-quarter charge, scoring 12 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Terrapins (13-4, 4-2 Big Ten) closed ...

Pesce scores twice, leads Hurricanes over Blue Jackets 6-2

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Brett Pesce had two goals, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-2 on Thursday night to stop a four-game slide. Seth Jarvis and Jaccob Slevin each had a goal and an assist for Carolina, which had won 11 in a row before its losing streak. Brent ...

Demonstrators protest NCAA’s transgender athlete inclusion

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Kentucky swimmer Riley Gaines and about two dozen demonstrators outside the NCAA convention Thursday protested the inclusion of transgender athletes in women's sports and threatened the association with legal action if it doesn't change its policies. Gaines competed ...

Big 12 hasn’t had top-to-bottom start like this in a decade

From top to bottom, the Big 12 hasn't started conference play like this in a decade. No. 11 Kansas State has already surpassed last season's overall win total and made an impressive Top 25 poll debut this week after being picked to finish last in the 10-team league with new coach Jerome Tang ...

AP source: Panthers add Ryans, Mayo to coach candidate list

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have requested permission to interview San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator DeMeco Ryans and New England Patriots linebackers coach Jerod Mayo, according to a person familiar with the situation. That brings the number of known candidates for ...

Name of Boston’s TD Garden to remain through 2045

BOSTON (AP) — The home of the Boston Celtics and Bruins will be known as the TD Garden through 2045. TD Bank and the building's owner, Delaware North, announced a 20-year extension for the arena naming rights on Thursday. The agreement, which began in 2005, had been set to expire in ...

Patriots look to extend Mayo, seeking offensive coordinator

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The Patriots have started discussions for a long-term contract extension with linebackers coach Jerod Mayo and Bill Belichick will also begin interviewing candidates for offensive coordinator next week. The team made the announcements in a statement Thursday. It ...

Celtics pull away in 4th, beat Nets 109-98 for 5th straight

NEW YORK (AP) — Jayson Tatum had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn 109-98 on Thursday night in the Nets' first game since losing Kevin Durant to a knee injury. Marcus Smart added 16 points and 10 assists for the Celtics, who ...

Red hot Kraken send Bruins to 1st regulation home loss, 3-0

BOSTON (AP) — Kraken goalie Martin Jones called it Seattle's best game of the season, and who was forward Yanni Gourde to argue? "I won't disagree with Jonesy, especially after tonight's game," Gourde said Thursday night after Jones stopped 27 shots for second straight shutout in the ...

Jim Schwartz first to meet with Browns for D-coordinator job

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Jim Schwartz is getting the first crack to prove to the Browns that he can fix their troubled defense. Detroit's former coach is interviewing Wednesday with Cleveland for its defensive coordinator position after coach Kevin Stefanski fired Joe Woods earlier this week ...

George scores 32, Baylor beats West Virginia 83-78

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) — Freshman Keyonte George scored a season-high 32 points to lead Baylor to an 83-78 victory over West Virginia on Wednesday night. Baylor led by six at halftime and the lead changed eight times in the second half. George, who made 10 of 18 field goals with five ...

Oklahoma State women end skid against No. 18 Baylor 70-65

WACO, Texas (AP) — Lior Garzon scored 18 points, Naomi Alnatas had 11 of her 17 in the fourth quarter and Oklahoma State ended a 13-game losing against Baylor with a 70-65 win over the No. 18 Bears on Wednesday. Claire Chastain had a jumper and a 3-pointer and Alnatas a 3 and a three-point ...

Montgomery, Brind’Amour, DeBoer, Cassidy to coach All-Stars

Boston's Jim Montgomery will coach the Atlantic Division, Carolina's Rod Brind'Amour the Metropolitan, Dallas' Peter DeBoer the Central and Vegas' Bruce Cassidy the Pacific at NHL All-Star Weekend. They were chosen because each of their teams is atop the division at the midway point of the ...

Boston deferring $75M to Rafael Devers, paying through 2043

BOSTON (AP) — Rafael Devers has $75 million in deferred salaries in his new contract with the Boston Red Sox, who committed $331 million over 11 seasons to the third baseman but will not fully pay the money until 2043. Boston on Wednesday finalized a 10-year contract worth $313.5 million ...

Maine moves forward with rules for sports betting

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine launched the formal process of instituting sports betting Wednesday by releasing proposed rules, but it will be months before the first wagers are placed, officials said. The law adopted by state lawmakers went into effect in August, but the director of the Maine ...

Red Sox sign Devers, the homegrown star who stuck around

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager Alex Cora had a sense Rafael Devers would be sticking around when the rough terms of a new deal were discussed during a high-level meeting in the Dominican Republic. "I wanted to be there, just to hear when somebody tells you that you're going to make all this ...