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In this March 26, 2015 photo provided by the Cleveland Indians, workers maintain the field as rookie infielder Jose Ramirez's car is parked on the infield dirt, at the Cleveland Indians practice facility in Goodyear, Ariz. After noticing the car sitting too far from the curb, infielder Mike Aviles orchestrated the prank, which involved getting Ramirez's keys and driving it onto a practice field. (AP Photo/Cleveland Indians, Dan Mendlik)

Francona Has Tribe Laughing Its Way Through Spring Training

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Cleveland — The Cleveland Indians are pitching, hitting, bunting and doing everything else they need to work on for the upcoming season at spring training. And laughing every step of the way. No team seems to be enjoying itself as much as Cleveland, once only the butt of jokes. Whether it’s bombarding manager Terry Francona with water balloons, mocking pitcher …

UConn Slams Indiana Law, Wants Final Four Moved

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Albany, n.y. — Connecticut’s governor and UConn’s athletic director called on the NCAA on Monday to consider moving next year’s Women’s Final Four out of Indianapolis unless changes are made to Indiana’s new religious-objections law. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and other critics contend the law would allow businesses to deny service to gays …

Sox’ Magee Juggling Baseball, Football

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — Not the typical transaction path: Cut from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, join the Boston Rex Sox at minor league camp. But linebacker and would-be outfielder Brandon Magee is a confident enough athlete that he’s sought two-sport advice from Bo Jackson. “Just told me to stay humble and try to keep working hard and outwork everybody out here,” Magee said, …

U.S. Fades Yet Again

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The pattern since last spring is familiar: The United States does well in the first half and fades as the final whistle approaches. Nicklas Bendtner took advantage of a defense that gave up two more late goals to …

Minnesota Selected for MLS Franchise

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Associated Press Minneapolis — Major League Soccer has committed to Minnesota, awarding an expansion franchise to start playing in 2018 with the expectation an outdoor stadium will be built before then. Bill McGuire, the former health care executive and current owner of the Minnesota United club in …

Blue Collar First Before Greenbacks: Seasonal Jobs Essential for Baseball’s Low-Pay Prospects

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Fort Myers, Fla. — Long before any of that major league money starts landing in their bank accounts, most players are in a similar predicament as everyone else in the regular workforce. Between baseball seasons there are no …

PAT Changes Likely for 2015 Campaign

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Phoenix — Spice it up. The NFL’s dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season. While team owners didn’t vote on any extra-point proposals Wednesday, there was …

Vermonter Duffy Stuns at U.S. Alpines

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Carrabassett Valley, Maine — The race was all but wrapped up, the medals all but awarded. Then along came 19-year-old Drew Duffy, who turned in a speedy and surprising run from a late starting position to win the …

Battered Heat Batters Celts, 93-86

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Boston — Goran Dragic had 22 points and seven assists, and the banged-up Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics 93-86 on Wednesday night. Luol Deng scored 15 points for Miami, and Udonis Haslem had 12 points and 12 …

Concussion Lawsuit Proceeding

Thursday, March 26, 2015

St. Paul, Minn. — The NHL’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries was largely rejected Wednesday by a federal judge, allowing the claims to move forward. The plaintiffs have been seeking …

Purse Soars In Mega-Fight

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Las Vegas — The first ticket has yet to be sold, but the richest fight in boxing history is getting richer by the day. New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be …

Retired Tennis Champion Found Guilty of Rape

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Johannesburg — A judge in South Africa on Monday convicted Bob Hewitt, a former Grand Slam tennis champion, of raping and sexually assaulting three girls whom he had been coaching. The assaults occurred decades ago, according to the …

Peterson Agent: Vikings Return Not in ‘Best Interest’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings have reached a standstill. Peterson previously expressed uneasiness about continuing to play for the Vikings, coming off a season lost because of the child abuse case the standout running back was involved in. But his camp has since advanced that stance to …