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Pete Carril, old-school Princeton coaching maestro, dies

Pete Carril, the rumpled, cigar-smoking basketball coach who led Princeton to 11 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, where his teams unnerved formidable opponents and rattled March Madness with old-school fundamentals, died Monday. He was 92. Princeton released a statement from Carril's ...

Promising Pickens dazzles in preseason opener with Steelers

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The secret might be out about Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver George Pickens. Pickens has been the talk of the team's training camp, as he has turned heads with his big-play ability through three weeks of workouts at St. Vincent College. The promising rookie was ...

Rangers fire manager Chris Woodward short of his 500th game

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers fired fourth-year manager Chris Woodward on Monday, a move made in hopes of building momentum toward next year, when the team has long expected to win again after a seasons-long rebuilding effort. The Rangers are on pace for their sixth consecutive ...

Giménez hits go-ahead, 3-run HR, Guardians beat Tigers 4-1

CLEVELAND (AP) — All-Star Andrés Giménez belted a go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh inning, lifting the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians to a 4-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a doubleheader Monday. Giménez connected off Andrew Chafin with two outs, scoring ...

Canada tops Finland 6-3, heads to quarters at world junior

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Team captain and Anaheim Ducks prospect Mason McTavish had a goal and two assists Monday, leading Canada to a 6-3 win over Finland in Group A play in the world junior hockey championship. Connor Bedard and Ridly Greig each had a goal and an assist, and Brennan ...

Syndergaard sharp, Sosa drives in 3, Phillies beat Reds 4-3

CINCINNATI (AP) — Noah Syndergaard won for the second time in three starts since being traded to Philadelphia and Edmundo Sosa drove in three runs as the Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Monday night. Syndergaard (7-8), who had a career 2.11 ERA against Cincinnati, his lowest against ...

Alcantara dominant, shuts down Padres in Marlins’ 3-0 win

MIAMI (AP) — Sandy Alcantara threw seven innings of four-hit ball and the Miami Marlins beat the San Diego Padres 3-0 on Monday night. Although the Padres made Alcantara throw 76 pitches through the first four, the All-Star right-hander notched his 17th outing of at last seven innings. ...

WNBA’s Brittney Griner appeals her Russian prison sentence

MOSCOW (AP) — Lawyers for American basketball star Brittney Griner have filed an appeal of her nine-year Russian prison sentence for drug possession, Russian news agencies reported Monday, amid talks between the U.S. and Russia that could lead to a high-profile prisoner swap. Griner, an ...

Ex-NFL star Aqib Talib’s brother turns self in after slaying

LANCASTER, Texas (AP) — The brother of retired NFL cornerback Aqib Talib turned himself in to authorities Monday after police identified him as the suspect in the shooting death of a coach at a youth football game in Texas. Police said that a murder warrant was issued for Yaqub Salik Talib, ...

No. 2 Ohio St hungry to avenge Michigan loss, return to CFP

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Nine months later, the sting of losing to Michigan is still fresh for No. 2 Ohio State. That's the way it is in Columbus. Don't lose to Michigan. Doing so brings a year of pain and misery. "It was sickening," receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba said of the 42-27 thumping on ...

No. 18 Badgers seek to reclaim status as Big Ten contenders

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin used to make trips to the Big Ten championship game a nearly annual excursion. Not anymore. After playing in five of the first seven Big Ten championship games, the Badgers have made it to Indianapolis just once in the last four years. They blew a chance to ...

Hoosiers looking for a turnaround after dismal 2021 season

Indiana linebacker Cam Jones and quarterback Jack Tuttle took matters into their own hands this offseason. They called their teammates together to discuss the goals and aspirations of the program, the need to always play with an edge and to break down precisely why things went wrong in ...

Purdue hopes to build off momentum in wide open Big Ten West

Coach Jeff Brohm's creative offense put Purdue back in the national conversation in 2017. His defensive changes turned the Boilermakers into a Big Ten division contender last season. Brohm enters his sixth season in West Lafayette hoping his team can use the momentum to chase even grander ...

Ball-hawking defense is out to make Iowa best in West again

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa's defense was one of the best in the nation at forcing turnovers and turning them into points. With seven starters back on that side of the ball, the Hawkeyes would appear set to build on what it accomplished while leading the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten championship ...

Northwestern looks to keep cycle going with another big jump

From winning the Big Ten West to crashing to the bottom of the division and then repeating the cycle, Northwestern has been following a wild pattern in recent seasons. It's not the way coach Pat Fitzgerald drew it up. But he will take another big jump. The Wildcats will try to extend the ...

Harbaugh’s eighth team at Michigan out to build on 2021

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh's eighth team is his first at Michigan that is coming off a win over Ohio State. The Wolverines' new challenge is to knockoff the archrival Buckeyes on the road for the first time since 2000. Before that, though, they will try to beat Michigan State at ...

Michigan State on quest to sustain success under Mel Tucker

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan State Spartans are openly talking about winning a national championship, confidently saying they can top last year's 11-win season. Mel Tucker, entering his third season with the Spartans, knows what it takes to win it all. He did it as an assistant on ...

Ibrahim’s return fueled Gophers super seniors for 1 more try

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mohamed Ibrahim started asking some of his fellow seniors near the end of last season about returning to Minnesota for one more year, a star running back unsettled by the feeling of finishing his college career because of a torn Achilles tendon. The responses he collected ...

Penn State’s Clifford hoping the 6th season is the charm

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — In six years at Penn State, Sean Clifford has earned two degrees, learned four different offenses and even started his own player promotion company. But Penn State's quarterback came back for one reason. "It's all ball," Clifford said. "That's the main priority ...

Taulia Tagovailoa leads impressive Maryland passing attack

With an experienced quarterback in Taulia Tagovailoa and a talented receiving corps, Maryland has built an exciting passing attack that has won its share of games in the Big Ten. Whether the Terrapins can be anything more than an afterthought to the league's top teams remains to be ...