• 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis advances at Miami Open

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros — Serena Williams. Bellis, a 15-year-old American who made a big splash at last year's U.S. Open, advanced Friday to a potential third-round match against Williams by beating...

  • St. John's basketball coach Steve Lavin out after 5 seasons

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Steve Lavin's 5-year tenure as coach at St. John's was bookended by NCAA Tournament appearances. Every season brought at least 20 wins. That wasn't enough to see him finish his original 6-year contract as Lavin and St. John's "mutually agreed to part ways." The...

  • David Ortiz defends his reputation in column

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is certain on this point: "I never knowingly took any steroids." And this, too: "I deserve to be in the Hall of Fame." The remarks by the 39-year-old designated hitter came in a column Thursday for The Players' Tribune, a website founded by Derek...

  • Gonzaga headed to Elite Eight for 1st time since 1999

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — Przemek Karnowski had 18 points and nine rebounds and second-seeded Gonzaga used a big run early in the second half to pull away for a 74-62 win over No. 11 UCLA on Friday night in the Houston Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. The victory puts Gonzaga (35-2)...

  • South Carolina holds off North Carolina 67-65 in NCAAs

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell drove to the basket and scored with 4.2 seconds left and South Carolina edged North Carolina 67-65 on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament's round of 16. Mitchell finished with 18 points for the No. 1-seeded Gamecocks (33-2), who had to fight...

  • Pagano planning to remain Colts coach for 'years to come'

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Colts coach Chuck Pagano says in a statement Friday night that he expects to keep his current job for "many years to come." Pagano is entering the final year of his original four-year deal with Indianapolis. Earlier this week, Pagano told local reporters at the...

  • Mariners reliever David Rollins suspended 80 games

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Seattle Mariners reliever David Rollins was suspended for 80 games on Friday for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball announced Rollins' suspension, saying he tested positive for Stanozolol, a synthetic anabolic steroid. Rollins will not...

  • Pugnacious Reid retiring, wants Schumer as Senate Dem leader

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, a pugnacious and glamour-averse tactician who united Democrats to help deliver tough victories for President Barack Obama, said Friday he's retiring next year. He immediately endorsed brash New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to succeed him...

  • Christie targets Obama, entitlements in Michigan speech

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie said Friday that the U.S. has become a "weaker" country under President Barack Obama and it needs a leader unafraid to "lead the world" and tell Americans the truth about addressing entitlement programs....

  • About 4,000 fishermen stranded on Indonesian islands

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The number of foreign fishermen stranded on several remote eastern Indonesian islands has spiraled to 4,000, including some revealed in an Associated Press investigation to have been enslaved. Many are migrant workers abandoned by their boat captains after...

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