Ex-NFL star Hernandez convicted of murder, sentenced to life

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for a deadly late-night shooting, sealing the downfall of an athlete who once had a $40 million contract and a standout career ahead of him.

Hockey great Gordie Howe makes gritty fight back from stroke

LUBBOCK, Texas — Ravaged by a stroke that left him unable to walk and barely able to speak, Gordie Howe decided it was time to quit.

Jordan Spieth is going places in a hurry

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The most important round in Jordan Spieth's young career began with a little perspective from his caddie.

Thrill ride turns deadly for instructor at racing attraction

ORLANDO, Fla. — For fans of speed, the Exotic Driving Experience at Walt Disney World offers a heart-pounding thrill.

Westbrook avoids suspension with technical rescinded

OKLAHOMA CITY — The NBA rescinded Russell Westbrook's 16th technical foul, allowing the star guard to play in the Thunder's critical game against Portland on Monday night.

Legends draw spotlight as Masters opens

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Three of golf's greatest players began the Masters with ceremonial tee shots. Then the focus quickly shifted to a pair of players who'll be keeping score, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods.

Blazers eyeing playoffs after pounding T'Wolves

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — All the Trail Blazers can do is try to win their final four games. The playoffs will sort themselves out, coach Terry Stotts said.

Three NBA players involved in Manhattan stabbing

Pacers' F Copeland wounded, two Hawks players arrested for obstructing crime scene

Blazers bested in heated game against Clips

Los Angeles rally fueled by skirmish; Paul drops 41 points

Duke takes different path to 2015 Final Four

By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — There was a time when Duke's Mike Krzyzewski led Final Four teams built around players who stayed for years to grow into tournament-tested ...

NCAA considers moving 2016 women's Final Four from Indy

By RALPH D. RUSSO and DOUG FEINBERG AP Sports Writers INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — As pressure builds for the repeal or revision of Indiana's new religious objection law, the NCAA faces a decision about ...

Average baseball salary hits $4 million

By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Even before the first pitch of the 2015 season is thrown, an eye-popping baseball record will be set. The average salary when opening-day rosters ...

Portland punches playoff ticket in win over Suns

Blazers lead Phoenix by as much as 31.

Arizona drops Xavier to make Elite Eight

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — T.J. McConnell shook off his terrible first half and a Xavier defender with equal poise, sliding around a screen and finding an open 3-pointer. The ...

Power Outage

Drug ban, bullpens contribute to MLB's power drought. 

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