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Baylor Bears defeat Oklahoma State

Big 12 champ No. 3 Baylor beats No. 17 Oklahoma State 81-70

WACO, Texas (AP) — Jared Butler and No. 3 Baylor certainly seem to be getting their legs back after a three-week stretch when the Bears couldn’t play any games games because of COVID-19 issues in the program. Two days after…

NHL mourns the death of Walter Gretzky

Walter Gretzky, father of NHL star Wayne Gretzky, dies at 82

TORONTO (AP) — Walter Gretzky, the father of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, has died. He was 82. Wayne Gretzky said in a social media post Thursday night that his father battled Parkinson’s disease and other health issues the past few…

Texas A&M opens SEC tourney with a win

No. 2 Texas A&M beats LSU 77-58 to open SEC Tourney

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Texas A&M coach Gary Blair expected a letdown when his second-ranked Aggies opened the SEC Tournament after clinching their first regular-season league title this past Sunday. He also expected his deep, talented group to play their…

Houston Astros are eight pitchers short due to COVID-19 protocols

Astros minus 8 pitchers because of coronavirus protocols

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Astros are minus eight pitchers because of COVID-19 protocols, but general manager James Click said there were no plans to pause activity at the team’s spring training camp. Manager Dusty Baker said…

Ben Roethlisberger returns to the Steelers

Steelers, Roethlisberger agree to new deal for 2021 season

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger is returning for an 18th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is taking a pay cut to do it. The team and the two-time Super Bowl winner announced on Thursday they have agreed on a…

Problems with professional athletes after having COVID-19

Heart problems may be rare in pro athletes after COVID-19

(AP)-- Heart inflammation is uncommon in pro athletes who’ve had mostly mild COVID-19 and most don’t need to be sidelined, a study conducted by major professional sports leagues suggests. The results are not definitive, outside experts say, and more independent…

Mavericks Luka Doncic misses game against OKC

Mavs star Doncic sits out against Thunder with back issue

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic sat out a victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, sidelined by lower back tightness that coach Rick Carlisle said shouldn’t cost him his second All-Star appearance this weekend. Doncic showed up…

MLB to honor Lou Gehrig every year

Major League Baseball to hold first Lou Gehrig Day on June 2

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will hold its first Lou Gehrig Day on June 2, adding Gehrig to Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente on the short list of players honored throughout the big leagues. Each home team will…

James Hardens return to Houston

James Harden has triple-double in Houston return, Nets roll

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had a triple-double with 29 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in the first meeting with his former Houston teammates and the Brooklyn Nets won 132-114 on Wednesday night to hand the Rockets their 13th…

Mavericks Luka Doncic ruled out against OKC Thunder

Mavs star Doncic ruled out against Thunder with back issue

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic was ruled out against Oklahoma City on Wednesday night, sidelined by lower back tightness that coach Rick Carlisle said shouldn’t cost him his second All-Star appearance this weekend. Doncic showed up on…

Baylor Bears clinch Big 12 title with win

No. 3 Baylor clinches B12 title in OT, 94-89 over No. 6 WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Coach Scott Drew jumped on Mark Vital’s back after Baylor clinched the Big 12 championship, pointed a finger to the sky, then raced off the court ahead of his players to prepare for an even more…

The NIT to take place in Texas

NIT moves 2021 event to Texas, interrupting 83-year NY run

DALLAS (AP) — The NIT is moving the entire 2021 event to Texas, taking the semifinals and championship game out of New York’s Madison Square Garden for the first time in the 83-year history of college basketball’s oldest postseason tournament.…

The Spurs go down to the Nets in overtime

Harden’s triple-double helps Nets escape in OT against Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — While Kevin Durant has to sit down, James Harden keeps stepping up. Harden had 30 points, 15 assists and 14 rebounds and the Brooklyn Nets overcame a collapse in the final seconds of regulation to beat…

J.J. Watt to join the Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals agree to terms with free agent edge rusher JJ Watt

(AP) J.J. Watt has agreed to a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals. The team announced the deal with the free-agent edge rusher on Monday. Watt was released last month by the Houston Texans, for whom he won three NFL…

Texas A&M Aggies rank number two in women's basketball

Aggies reach best-ever ranking of No. 2 in women’s AP Top 25

(AP) Texas A&M moved up to No. 2, its highest ranking ever in The Associated Press women’s college basketball poll, a day after winning its first Southeastern Conference regular-season title. The Aggies (22-1) beat then-No. 5 South Carolina on Sunday…

Texas A&M Aggies win the SEC title

No. 3 A&M beats No. 5 South Carolina 65-57 for SEC title

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — The third-ranked Texas A&M Aggies have insisted all year that they should be considered one of the nation’s best teams. When given the chance to shine against another top-5 team on Sunday, they proved it.…

Dallas Mavericks' Kristaps Porzingis not worried about getting traded

Mavs’ Porzingis shrugs off trade talk after latest injury

DALLAS,Texas (AP)-- There was one difference during yet another multigame injury absence for Kristaps Porzingis with the Dallas Mavericks. Trade rumors surfaced for the first time since the 7-foot-3 Latvian came to Dallas as the centerpiece of a blockbuster 2019…

Toronto Raptors face the Houston Rockets without head coach Nick Nurse and others

Virus sidelines Raptors coaches, Siakam for Rockets game

HOUSTON, Texas (AP)-- The Toronto Raptors were without six members of their coaching staff, including head coach Nick Nurse, and starting forward Pascal Siakam for Friday night’s game against Houston in accordance with the NBA’s health and safety protocols regarding…

Olympics gymnastics coach kills himself after being charged

Geddert, 63, wasn’t arrested and transported to court.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former U.S. Olympics gymnastics coach with ties to disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar killed himself Thursday, hours after being charged with turning his Michigan gym into a hub of human trafficking by coercing girls to…

Tiger Woods in a car accident

Tiger Woods survives but his career might not

LOS ANGELES (AP) —The sheared-off front of the wrecked SUV told part of the story, and the officers on the scene filled in the rest. Tiger Woods was lucky to be alive, they said, thanks to modern safety technology and…

DeMarcus Cousins released from Houston

Houston Rockets release DeMarcus Cousins after 25 games

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets have released DeMarcus Cousins after just 25 games. Cousins was waived this week after signing a $2.3 million contract with Houston in the offseason. He returned to the court this season after missing all…

NFL teams to start franchise tagging players

Playing tag is no kids’ game for NFL teams

ARLINGTON, Texas-- (AP) NFL teams could begin playing tag on Tuesday, and it’s no kids’ game for the 32 teams. Applying franchise and even transition tags to players can have major ramifications on a team’s present and future. That was…