AP source: Pistons getting Snell, pick from Bucks for Leuer
DETROIT (AP) — A person with knowledge of the deal says the Detroit Pistons and Milwaukee Bucks have agreed to a trade that would send Jon Leuer to the Bucks in exchange for Tony Snell and the 30th pick in Thursday night's draft.
AP Top 25 Podcast: Too much strength of schedule talk
Just about every college football argument eventually gets around to somebody exclaiming: "Y'all ain't played nobody." But has all the talk about strength of schedule gotten mind-numbing instead of helpful? In the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Steve Godfrey of SB Nation joins AP's Ralph Russo to talk about strength of schedule and all the problems that come with over emphasizing it.
Hall of Famer Brian Dawkins tackling mental wellness head on
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Brian Dawkins is tackling mental health issues the same aggressive way he took on anyone who dared cross the middle during his Hall of Fame career as a safety for the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos.
Israel honors Patriots owner Kraft with warm welcome
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel gave the royal treatment to New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft on Thursday with a high-profile lunch and meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu just before he was awarded the prestigious Genesis Prize, known as the "Jewish Nobel."
Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert out of hospital after stroke
CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was released from a Detroit-area hospital nearly a month after suffering a stroke and will recover at an in-patient rehabilitation center.
Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov wins Hart, Lindsay at NHL Awards
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nikita Kucherov gratefully accepted the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday night in recognition of his spectacular 128-point regular season in Tampa Bay.
LEADING OFF: Marlins' Gallen makes debut, Astros meet Yanks
A look at what's happening around the majors today: WELCOME Zac Gallen is set to make his major league debut when he starts for the Marlins at St.
Hachimura hopes his success helps growth of Japan basketball
NEW YORK (AP) — Rui Hachimura used to adore a manga and anime series called "Slam Dunk," which followed a high school basketball team's trials and tribulations and helped bring the sport into the Japanese consciousness.
Contreras powers Cubs past Giolito, White Sox 7-3
CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras celebrated a very special anniversary with an impressive all-around show. Contreras homered twice and drove in five runs, and the Chicago Cubs handed Lucas Giolito his first loss since April by downing the Chicago White Sox 7-3 on Wednesday night.
Texas Tech's 4-1 CWS win sends FSU's Martin into retirement
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — When Texas Tech's Taylor Floyd struck out Reese Albert to end the game — and Mike Martin's career — the Florida State coach walked up the dugout steps, took off his glasses and strode across the field to shake hands with the opposing coach one more time.
Trout has 2 HRs, 7 RBIs as Angels beat Jays 11-6
TORONTO (AP) — Getting back to basics at the plate has been paying off for Los Angeles Angels slugger Mike Trout. Trout hit two home runs, including his sixth career grand slam, and had a career-best seven RBIs as the Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-6 on Wednesday night.
Bruised ace Scherzer leads Nationals to sweep of Phillies
WASHINGTON (AP) — With a broken nose, pronounced black eye and seven shutout innings, Max Scherzer provided a striking capper to the Washington Nationals' day-night doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Dominican AG: Ortiz shooting result of mistaken identity
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, another man who was seated at the same table at an outdoor cafe, Dominican officials said Wednesday.
The Latest: Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov wins Hart Trophy
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NHL Awards show (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player.
Louisville survives shaky 8th, 9th to beat Auburn 5-3 at CWS
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Wins are always hard to come by for Louisville at the College World Series, and this one was no different. Two relievers had to survive anxious moments to hold Auburn to two runs over five innings before the 5-3 victory was secure Wednesday, completing a game suspended by rain one day earlier.
Vanderbilt rides Rocker, Scott to 6-3 CWS win over Bulldogs
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — After being constantly reminded for more than a week about his no-hitter in the NCAA super regionals, Kumar Rocker found himself on the mound for the first time on a bigger stage at the College World Series.
Lawsuit alleges Carrie Underwood copied 'Game On' NFL intro
NEW YORK (AP) — A songwriting team sued country singer Carrie Underwood, the NFL and NBC Wednesday, saying they stole a song and "slightly modified" it to introduce "Sunday Night Football" to viewers last season.
Press isn't dwelling on past miss against Sweden
LE HAVRE, France (AP) — A devastating missed penalty kick by Christen Press in a loss at the Olympics could have been the lowest point of her career.
Snell chased in 1st, Sabathia wins 250th, Yankees sweep Rays
NEW YORK (AP) — It's not unusual for Rays manager Kevin Cash — pioneer of the relief opener — to have his bullpen warming as early as the first inning.
Follow the money: Salary cap could spawn NHL trade frenzy
Matt Niskanen wasn't totally shocked when the Washington Capitals traded him to Philadelphia last week. One look at their salary cap picture explained it.
Women ready to add to their history at Hazeltine
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — The LPGA Tour gets its crack at Hazeltine National, the course with a recent history of surprising outcomes.
Zion's time: Williamson the center of attention at NBA draft
NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson smiled his way through nearly half an hour of questions, trying to portray himself like any player just hoping to be drafted.
Steinbrenner would consider boosting payroll to pursue title
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner would consider boosting payroll above the third luxury tax level in an effort to help New York win its first World Series in a decade.
AP source: Grizzlies trade Conley to Jazz for 3 players
The Memphis Grizzlies traded away the final piece of the franchise's best years on Wednesday, sending veteran point guard Mike Conley to the Utah Jazz for a trio of players, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.
USA Gymnastics revamps Safe Sport policy amid abuse scandal
USA Gymnastics is overhauling its Safe Sport policy in hopes of providing better protection for athletes and clearer guidelines for coaches, parents, trainers and club owners on what constitutes abuse.