Men's sports

Villanova's Jermaine Samuels (23) dunks against St. Mary's Malik Fitts (24) during the second half of a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
March 21, 2019 - 10:23 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Villanova got off to a slow start in defense of its national title as the Wildcats slogged through the deliberate pace set by determined Saint Mary's. Villanova had three players in double figures, led for almost 33 minutes but never by more than eight points, and finally...
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Nevada's Jordan Caroline (24) shoots between Florida's Andrew Nembhard (2) and Kevarrius Hayes (13) during the first half of a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
March 21, 2019 - 9:15 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Florida was cruising toward a surprisingly easy victory over Nevada in its opening NCAA Tournament game. Then Nevada furiously tried to stave off the upset with a frantic second-half push that fell just short. Florida nearly squandered a double-digit lead before finally...
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United States midfielder Christian Pulisic (10) passes the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match against Ecuador, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
March 21, 2019 - 9:13 pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Gregg Berhalter became only the second American coach to win his first three games when Gyasi Zardes scored a bizarre goal that deflected off a defender, looped over goalkeeper Alexander Dominguez and ricocheted in off the crossbar in the 81st minute for a 1-0 exhibition win...
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Murray State's Ja Morant (12) reacts during the first half of a first round men's college basketball game against Marquette in the NCAA tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
March 21, 2019 - 9:12 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The game was in hand for Murray State and sensational point guard Ja Morant, who dominated Marquette in every way. With a chance to make some NCAA Tournament history, Morant's coach told him to hit the boards and grab the rebound that would push him to an elusive triple-...
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New Mexico State guard Trevelin Queen falls to the court after missing the final shot in the second half during a first round men's college basketball game against Auburn in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
March 21, 2019 - 6:26 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A.J. Harris had an easy layup for the tie. He wanted a win for New Mexico State. It didn't work out, but boy-oh-boy, what a way for the Aggies to go down swinging Thursday against fifth-seeded Auburn in the NCAA Tournament. With the clock ticking down, Harris passed on an open...
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Belmont guard Grayson Murphy (2) gets off a shot ahead of Maryland 's Bruno Fernando (23) during the first half of a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
March 21, 2019 - 5:23 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Maryland's Eric Ayala deflected a pass to set up a steal by Darryl Morsell that stopped Belmont's last-second attempt at an NCAA Tournament upset and the Terrapins escaped with a 79-77 victory Thursday in the East Region. Playing their second tournament game in less than...
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Florida State's Mfiondu Kabengele (25) looks for room to drive against Vermont's Isaiah Moll (14) during the first half of a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
March 21, 2019 - 3:53 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Mfiondu Kabengele had 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Florida State held off a barrage of 3-pointers from 13th-seeded Vermont in a 76-69 victory Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA West Regional. Terance Mann added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Seminoles (28-7), who...
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Jon Rahm lines up a putt on the first hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament in Palm Harbor, Fla., Thursday, March 21, 2019. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)
March 21, 2019 - 1:40 pm
PALM HARBOR, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Tour event that doesn't have Tiger Woods this year instead has the Leaping Cougar. That's a childhood nickname for Joel Dahmen, who took advantage of gentle conditions on a tough golf course for a 5-under 66 to share the early lead Thursday with Sepp Straka in the...
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Jimmy Cliff, of Lewes, Del., talks to a worker about betting on the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 21, 2019, at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City N.J. College basketball fans are lining up at casinos and racetracks, and furiously tapping smartphone screens to get down bets on the March Madness college basketball tournament, in many states where it is legal for the first time. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
March 21, 2019 - 12:12 pm
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — College basketball fans lined up at casinos and racetracks or furiously tapped smartphone screens Thursday to get down bets on March Madness, many in states where it is legal for the first time. Joe Palumbo of West Babylon, New York, traveled Thursday to the Borgata...
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Seattle Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi, left, welcomes right fielder Ichiro Suzuki after the fourth inning of Game 2 of their Major League baseball opening series against the Oakland Athletics at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Thursday, March 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
March 21, 2019 - 10:55 am
TOKYO (AP) — The magnitude of the moment — of sharing the field with the towering Ichiro Suzuki in his farewell — left Seattle Mariners teammate Yusei Kikuchi in reverential silence. Asked what that experience meant, the Japanese rookie pitcher paused for a full minute. "Since spring training until...
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