Watson plans to participate fully in NFL combine

FORT WORTH — Deshaun Watson is trying to approach everything leading up to the NFL draft as having fun and enjoying the process while preparing for another once-in-a-lifetime moment.Having accomplished...

Top 3 remain unchanged in men’s poll

For the third straight week, Gonzaga, Villanova and Kansas are the top three teams in The Associated Press college basketball poll.It is the fourth week at No. 1 for Gonzaga (28-0), the only unbeaten team...


Infield shift

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Jurickson Profar is pretty much off first base for now with the Texas Rangers. So are young slugger Joey Gallo and Ryan Rua.The team’s reunion with slugger Mike Napoli has changed...


Optimism in high gear at Daytona for top teams

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Optimism abounds after the opening weekend at Daytona International Speedway, especially for NASCAR’s top teams.Teamwork at Joe Gibbs Racing appears as solid as ever despite adding...

College basketballUNT forward Combs undergoes surgeryNorth Texas forward Jeremy Combs underwent surgery on his left ankle Monday morning.UNT coach Tony Benford said the procedure to remove a plate was...


West Coast Swing adds to hype for Augusta

LOS ANGELES — The refrain is becoming a tradition unlike any other, especially after a West Coast Swing like this one.“The Masters can’t get here soon enough.”No doubt, the Masters is the most anticipated...


Astros want Bregman to take next step in ’17

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Alex Bregman doesn’t regret the difficult start to his major league career, when he went hitless in his first five games with the Houston Astros last July.


Big Easy All-Star

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis had an All-Star Game for the record books. And on a night when Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant provided a glimpse of the past, Giannis Antetokounmpo showed he’s clearly part of the future and a midcourt lob attempt from James Harden even went in, Davis absolutely stole the show.

Elliott, Earnhardt qualify to start 1-2

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It’s impossible to tell the history of NASCAR without mentioning Elliott and Earnhardt. As the series shifts into a new era, those distinguished names are out front again and will give the start of the Daytona 500 a throwback feel.


Transgender wrestler wins girls regional title

ALLEN (AP) — A 17-year-old Dallas-area high school transgender wrestler who is transitioning from female to male has won a girls regional championship after a female opponent forfeited the match.


Johnson at No. 1 with win at Riviera

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Johnson went to No. 1 in the world with a world-class performance at Riviera. Johnson turned a marathon finish into a Sunday stroll in the Genesis Open. He finished the third round in the morning with a 7-under 64 to build a five-shot lead, stretched it to nine shots at one point in the final round and coasted home to a 71 and a five-shot victory.

Wisconsin beats Maryland in Big 10 tilt

MADISON, Wis. — Nigel Hayes scored 14 of his 21 points in the second half, Ethan Happ had 20 points and No. 11 Wisconsin beat No. 23 Maryland 71-60 in a choppy, foul-filled game on Sunday.

Virginia struggles vs. ranked rivals in ACC

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Virginia coach Tony Bennett has built a program that thrives on defense, toughness and smart play while running a deliberate offense that doesn’t put up big numbers.


Aggies trade leads with Miss. State but lose 72-67

COLLEGE STATION — No. 3 Mississippi State and No. 23 Texas A&M traded eight leads Sunday, leaving Bulldogs coach Vic Schaefer worn but pleased with the end result.

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Kansas State knocks off Longhorns in final seconds

AUSTIN — D.J. Johnson tipped in a miss by Kamau Stokes with 1.6 seconds left, then made a free throw to send Kansas State to a 64-61 win over Texas on Saturday that snapped the Wildcats’ three-game losing streak.

No. 1 Gonzaga stays perfect

SPOKANE, Wash. — Nigel Williams-Goss had 18 points and seven assists as No. 1 Gonzaga beat Pacific 82-61 on Saturday to remain the only undefeated team in Division I.

Correa must wait to get going after removal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — It’s easy to see Carlos Correa doesn’t feel well from across the Houston Astros clubhouse.


Roussel’s hat trick, Benn lift Stars to OT win

DALLAS (AP) — Antoine Roussel had his first career hat trick, Jamie Benn scored 3:47 into overtime and the Stars rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Saturday night.

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Rain ends afternoon play at Riviera

LOS ANGELES — Wind, rain and the snap of a large tree limb were enough to stop play Friday in the second round of the Genesis Open. Sam Saunders remained atop the leaderboard without ever hitting a shot Friday at Riviera.

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Westbrook, Durant reunion off to awkward start

NEW ORLEANS — Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had plenty to say at their first All-Star appearance. Just not about one another.

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Conference title in grasp for UT

AUSTIN — No. 8 Texas has shaken off early-season struggles to look like the team everyone thought they would be.

Bowyer seeking to revive his NASCAR career

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Clint Bowyer hasn’t won a race since 2012, hasn’t made the playoffs in three years and is coming off an embarrassingly bad season.

KU looking to take stranglehold on Big 12 with win in Waco

LAWRENCE, Kan. — There’s a very simple reason every rival coach picked Kansas to win the Big 12 this season: Only one of those coaches has been around when the Jayhawks failed to do it.


Saunders leads by 2 at Riviera

LOS ANGELES — This is the starring role Sam Saunders prefers. Saunders, the grandson of Arnold Palmer who so famously kept his composure during a heartfelt eulogy of The King, rolled in birdie putts and kept a clean card at Riviera on Thursday for a 7-under 64 and an early two-shot lead in the Genesis Open.

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Kuemper’s stops lead Wild over Stars

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Darcy Kuemper stopped 34 shots, Erik Haula had a goal and an assist and the Minnesota Wild beat the Stars 3-1 on Thursday night.

Russ-KD subplot awaits

The next time Russell Westbrook walks into a locker room to get dressed for a game, Kevin Durant will be there and donning the same uniform. Get ready for perhaps the best subplot of All-Star Weekend.

NASCAR returns to track today with practice for Clash at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR has a new sponsor, a new format and welcomes back its most popular driver, all providing optimism for a series eager to halt a steady decline in attendance, ratings and sponsorship.

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Napoli passes physical, set for 3rd Texas stint

DALLAS — Mike Napoli has passed his physical, clearing the way for an $8.5 million, one-year deal and his third stint with the Texas Rangers.


Jackson, Leuer help Pistons hold off late rally by Mavs

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 22 points, Jon Leuer added 20 and the Detroit Pistons beat the Dallas Mavericks 98-91 Wednesday night.

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Stars are out at Riviera

LOS ANGELES — Gone are the days when some of golf’s best players felt the PGA Tour season didn’t really begin until it reached Florida. There is no shortage of star power in LA. And it wasn’t that much different across the West Coast Swing, which started in Kapalua and ends this week at Riviera at the Genesis Open with a field that features eight of the top 10 in the world. It would have been nine of the top 10 if Rory McIlroy was not recovering from a rib injury.


Waiters flirts with triple-double, Heat edge Rockets

HOUSTON — Hassan Whiteside had 23 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks to help the Miami Heat beat the Houston Rockets 117-109 on Wednesday night.


Duke pulls away from Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Jayson Tatum scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half and No. 12 Duke pulled away late to beat No. 14 Virginia 65-55 on Wednesday night, the surging Blue Devils’ sixth victory in a row.


Pitchers, catchers mark start of spring

LAKELAND, Fla. — Even for an accomplished veteran like Justin Verlander, the start of spring training can be special.

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Laine scores hat trick as Jets handle Stars

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Patrik Laine got his third hat trick of the season, including the go-ahead goal late in the third period, to lift the Winnipeg Jets over the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Tuesday night.

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No luck for the Mavs

DALLAS — Isaiah Thomas had 29 points and eight assists, backcourt mate Marcus Smart added 19 points against his hometown team and the Boston Celtics beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-98 on Monday night.

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Sharing spotlight simple for Curry, KD

Stephen Curry had no preconceived notion on how being Kevin Durant’s teammate was supposed to work. He just knew it would.

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Spieth keeps pace with Woods, for now

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth can’t seem to win a tournament without hearing six words that only raise expectations, if not hyperbole.“The youngest player since Tiger Woods.”

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NIT gets approval to tweak game rules

INDIANAPOLIS — Next month’s NIT will experiment with rules, incorporating elements of playing four quarters while staying with a two-half format.


UConn earns 100th consecutive victory

STORRS, Conn. — Gabby Williams scored a career-high 26 points and Napheesa Collier added 18 to help top-ranked UConn to its 100th consecutive victory with a 66-55 win over No. 6 South Carolina on Monday night.

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Wizards pummel Thunder behind Wall, Beal

WASHINGTON — Russell Westbrook sat down for good midway through the third quarter while Oklahoma City was in the midst of missing 24 consecutive shots to trail Washington by 34 points as Bradley Beal and John Wall carried the Wizards to a stunningly lopsided 120-98 victory against the Thunder on Monday night.

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Tech upsets No. 4 Baylor in Lubbock

Keenan Evans scored 23 points, Niem Stevenson had 21 and Texas Tech toppled fourth-ranked Baylor 84-78 on Monday night.

UConn continues run at women’s No. 1; Drake back in after 16 years

NEW YORK (AP) — UConn continues its run at No. 1 in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll while Drake earns its first ranking since 2001.

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Ortiz absent from Boston’s roster for 1st time since ’02

FORT MYERS, Fla. — When the Boston Red Sox started to report for spring training Monday, David Ortiz was missing. For the first time since 2002, Big Papi is not on the roster.


Gonzaga still on top of men’s Top 25 poll

Gonzaga is No. 1 for the third straight week in The Associated Press college basketball poll. The Zags (26-0), the lone unbeaten team in Division I, received 60 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel on Monday.


Texans on top at Pebble Beach: Spieth in first, Ryan grad Kraft second

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Jordan Spieth soaked up every step of scenery on the 18th hole at Pebble Beach, one of the prettiest places in golf and even more spectacular on a Sunday when the only work left is to hoist the crystal trophy. All that was missing from the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am were the highlights. That’s just how Spieth wanted it.


SMU snaps Cincy’s streak

DALLAS — Ben Emelogu acknowledged that SMU players would have been lying if they said Cincinnati wasn’t on their minds. The 25th-ranked Mustangs got a bit of revenge, and in the process took a slight lead in the American Athletic Conference standings. Emelogu hit two 3-pointers and made the tiebreaking free throw in the game-deciding 15-0 run for the Mustangs in a 60-51 win Sunday to snap a 15-game winning streak by No. 11 Cincinnati, which had also been responsible for the only loss by SMU in its previous 18 games.


Predators rally to defeat Stars

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Filip Forsberg scored a short-handed goal 6:02 into the third period and the Nashville Predators rallied from a three-goal deficit to beat the Dallas Stars 5-3 on Sunday night.