• 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...

  • Michael Sam: Gay NFL players have reached out to him

    Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Michael Sam says there are "a lot" of gay players in the NFL and some have reached out to him. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Sam gave a speech Thursday at the Dallas Holocaust Museum and took questions from the audience. Sam said: "I'm just saying there is a lot of us." He...

  • Vikings, cornerback Terence Newman agree to contract

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings and veteran cornerback Terence Newman have agreed to terms on a one-year contract, reuniting him with coach Mike Zimmer. The Vikings announced the deal Friday. Newman will play again for Zimmer, who was his defensive coordinator for four...

  • Tennessee fires men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee fired men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall after one season, though athletic director Dave Hart says the university never would have hired him if they knew the details of his unethical conduct at Southern Miss program during his tenure there. Hart...

  • Braves option OF Perez, 2 young pitchers to Triple A

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have optioned outfielder Eury Perez and two other players to Triple-A Gwinnett. After being acquired off waivers from the New York Yankees, the speedy Perez was thought to have a shot at contending for playing time in center field. But even...

  • NCAA says it will monitor impacts of Indiana religious law

    The Associated Press
    Updated: 6 min ago

      With the Final Four a week away from shining a spotlight on Indianapolis, NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the governing body for college sports is concerned about an Indiana law that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay people. The law would...

  • Thursday's prep roundup: McConnell strikes out six, drives in run to lead Air Academy

    By SCOTT KANIEWSKI preps@gazette.com -
    Updated: 38 min ago

    Highlights from Thursday's high school sports scene around the Pikes Peak region. BASEBALL Air Academy 5, Valley Vista 3 At Arizona: Noah McConnell threw a complete game, striking out six and giving up three runs on six hits to notch the win for Air Academy (3-2) over Valley...

  • Friday Faceoff: Which is better: fantasy football or baseball?

    Matt Wiley and Brent Briggeman, The Gazette
    Updated: 1 hr ago

    Football is simpler and more popular By Matt Wiley   It’s OK to admit that you don’t really know who Danny Santana is. You don’t know what he looks like, you don’t know how he runs and you don’t know his batting stance. But if you play fantasy baseball, you will probably...

  • LEADING OFF: Harvey back on hill, pink eye back with Brewers

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    A look at what's happening around spring training in Florida and Arizona today: ___ GETTING CLOSER Mets ace Matt Harvey aims for another sharp start when he faces split-squad St. Louis in Jupiter, Florida. He pitched two-hit ball for 5 2-3 shutout innings against the Yankees in his...

  • Frustration wanes amid another March run for Izzo, Spartans

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — It's times like this when all the frustration seems worth it to Tom Izzo. The ups and downs of a long season having finally given way to another exhilarating run in the NCAA Tournament. "I wouldn't trade anybody as far as the way these guys have handled...