• Cavs' Irving set to return vs. Celtics

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    CLEVELAND (AP) — Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving will play against Boston after missing two games with a strained left shoulder. Irving participated in the team's shoot-around Tuesday and coach David Blatt announced he would play about 90 minutes before the game. Irving injured...

  • Pitt senior Phillips-Nwankwo eyeing different path

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — It would have been easy to bail. Nobody would have blamed him. Way too much work. Way too little reward. Way too much else going on in Aron Phillips-Nwankwo's life. Only he couldn't. What would his mother have said? When the rest of his family asked if he was crazy,...

  • Yanks say they fired part-time worker in Schilling flap

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees say they have fired a part-time ticker seller accused by Curt Schilling of making offensive comments on Twitter about the daughter of the former Boston pitcher. Schilling congratulated his daughter on Twitter last week after she was accepted...

  • Bumgarner hit hard in spring debut, Athletics beat Giants

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) — World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner was roughed up in his exhibition debut, and Marcus Semien hit a pair of home runs as the Oakland Athletics opened their new spring training home by beating the champion San Francisco Giants 9-4 Tuesday. Bumgarner gave up four runs...

  • Play ball! Quickly! Baseball tries to speed game this spring

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — With large, glowing red numbers, the timer on the center-field wall at Goodyear Ballpark ticked down Tuesday, counting off seconds and ushering in change. Baseball, the timeless game of endless summers, went on the clock. Major League Baseball introduced its...

  • Jameis Winston has predraft meeting with Buccaneers

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jameis Winston met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hoping to make a good impression on the team considering taking the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback with the first pick in the NFL draft. The Bucs confirmed the former Florida State star was in town Tuesday to sit...

  • AP Source: Greg Hardy to meet with NFL officials

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Panthers defensive end and soon-to-be free agent Greg Hardy will meet with NFL officials in New York on Wednesday to discuss his domestic violence case. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity...

  • Raiders officially release S Tyvon Branch

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have officially released safety Tyvon Branch. The team told Branch last week of its plans to cut ties with him and announced the move on Tuesday. Branch joined Oakland as a fourth-round pick out of Connecticut in 2008. Branch immediately...

  • Alvarez homers, Pirates beat Blue Jays 8-7

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run shot and Korean rookie Jung Ho Kang connected for his first major league homer, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-7 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in the exhibition opener for both teams. Alvarez's drive came in the...

  • Idaho Senate opens with Hindu prayer, 3 lawmakers protest

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three lawmakers refused to attend the Idaho Senate's daily invocation after objecting to the offering of a Hindu prayer. Rajan Zed, guest chaplain, gave a lengthy prayer in both English and Sanskrit on Tuesday that focused on selflessness and peace. Senators from...

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