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News and notes from the NCAA women’s Final Four

By MITCH STACY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — So how do they top that? The two national women's semifinal games Friday night were packed with drama, lead-changes, emotion and huge shots that sent the games into overtime. Mississippi State's Roshunda Johnson hit the tying 3-pointer ...

Eaton has 5 hits including HR, Nationals beat Reds 13-7

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Adam Eaton rounded second base on his homer, glanced toward the stands and spotted his parents, brother, wife and former college teammates cheering. He pointed his right index finger toward them, his way of sharing the big day. Eaton had solo ...

LeBron passes Jordan with 867th straight double-digit game

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Still chasing championships, LeBron James caught — and passed — Michael Jordan on one list. James broke Jordan's NBA record by scoring at least 10 points in his 867th straight regular-season game, a streak the Cavaliers superstar could ...

UConn-beaters Mississippi State, Notre Dame play for title

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Notre Dame's Arike Ogunbowale swished her jumper with a second left and jumped to celebrate. In one joyous moment, she knew exactly how Mississippi State's Morgan William felt one year earlier. It's an incredible feeling to beat the best in ...

Scherzer fans 10, pitches Nationals over Reds 2-0 in opener

By MARK SCHMETZER, Associated Press CINCINNATI (AP) — Max Scherzer put on quite a performance for his new manager. Scherzer struck out 10 in six innings and the Washington Nationals made Dave Martinez's dugout debut a success, opening with a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. "The ...

Column: Time for the one-and-done to simply be done

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Columnist ATLANTA (AP) — Darius Bazley wants to be a pioneer. Sure, three others have taken a straight line from high school to the NBA development league. But Bazley is one of the nation's best high school players, so everyone perked up when he announced his ...

Love returns to Cavaliers following concussion

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love is back in Cleveland's starting lineup against New Orleans after missing one game with a concussion. Love, who recently returned from a broken left hand, sat out Wednesday's game at Charlotte. He had ...

Browns sign free agent QB Drew Stanton to 2-year contract

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns continued their quarterback makeover, signing free agent Drew Stanton to a two-year contract. The veteran is expected to back up Tyrod Taylor, recently acquired in a trade with Buffalo. Cleveland is also expected to ...

LeBron James has a favorite for the MVP award — himself

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James has someone in mind for the MVP award this season. Himself. This is a season where prohibitive MVP favorite James Harden has done phenomenal things with NBA-leading Houston, where reigning MVP Russell Westbrook has been ...

Vanek has 3 goals, assist to lift Blue Jackets over Oilers

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — After Edmonton scored the first three goals of the game, the Columbus Blue Jackets made it apparent which team was still fighting for a playoff spot and which team was already out of the race. Thomas Vanek had three goals and an assist to lift the Blue Jackets over ...

Napoli homers as Indians finish spring training

By JOSE M. ROMERO, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Before Mike Napoli ships off to Triple-A Columbus to open the season, the veteran slugger left a parting impression with the Cleveland Indians. Napoli homered in Cleveland's exhibition finale Tuesday, a 3-3 tie with the Arizona ...

Clamping down: Wade, Heat stymie Cavaliers, 98-79

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade is completely convinced LeBron James is still the best basketball player in the world. And the Miami Heat accepted the challenge of slowing him down. Kelly Olynyk scored a game-high 19 points, Wade blocked a pair of shots by ...

Former All-Star Belle arrested on indecent exposure charge

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Former Cleveland Indians All-Star outfielder Albert Belle was arrested on charges of indecent exposure and extreme driving under the influence outside a soccer stadium in Arizona, the Salt River Police Department said Monday. Belle, 51, was taken into custody Sunday ...

Ohio State star forward Bates-Diop declares for NBA draft

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State star forward Keita Bates-Diop is headed to the NBA following a breakout season. As expected, the 6-foot-7 forward announced Monday that he is declaring for the NBA draft after being named the Big Ten's player of the year and leading the Buckeyes to the NCAA ...

James scores 37, Cavs beat Nets 121-114 for 5th straight win

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James powered into the lane for his latest assault on the rim and a former teammate made an ultimately useless attempt to stop him. "I should have just gotten out of the way," Joe Harris said. Might as well. There's no way right ...

Indians OF Michael Brantley starting season on disabled list

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — The Cleveland Indians will start the season missing Michael Brantley. Still recovering from offseason surgery on his right ankle, Brantley is being placed on the disabled list as the team continues to take a cautious and deliberate approach with the two-time All-Star ...

Jets sign former Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Terrelle Pryor is hoping for a Big-Apple bounce-back with the Jets. The former Washington wide receiver signed with New York after one disappointing season with the Redskins. The Jets announced the signing Sunday. Terms of the deal, ...

Browns agree to contract with QB Drew Stanton

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have agreed to a two-year contact with free agent quarterback Drew Stanton. The team announced the pact on Sunday night. The Browns met last week with Stanton while they were in California scouting UCLA's Josh Rosen and ...

LeBron, Cavs cruise to 120-95 blowout over sinking Suns

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — As his teammates circled around LeBron James before the opening tip, things looked different. They felt different, too. "Our huddle was almost complete," James said. After months of chaos, the Cavaliers may be coming together at just the ...

Royal decree: LeBron scores 35, carries Cavs past Raptors

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The standings show the Eastern Conference's top team plays in Canada. The best player remains in Cleveland, Ohio. LeBron James reminded Toronto he's king. Playing without five teammates and his coach, James scored 35 points and added 17 ...