• Marlins players fail to show for charity event

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    MIAMI (AP) — Mired in a seven-game losing streak, Miami Marlins players further disappointed their fans by failing to show as advertised for a charity event. The organization had said players would attend the event to benefit the inner cities baseball program. When no players showed,...

  • Babcock bids emotional farewell in Detroit

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Mike Babcock stood at the front of the familiar dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, this time for something of a farewell address. He became choked up after about a minute of talking, and at one point he even held up an old newspaper from a decade ago. "I dug it out here...

  • Column: Olympic champion Schmitt struggles away from pool

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    Allison Schmitt seemed like the happiest person at the pool. Always laughing. Always telling a corny joke. Ask anyone about the five-time Olympic medalist, they'll quickly rattle off some offbeat thing she said or did, something that got everyone smiling. They'll usually finish the...

  • Houston star Harden's unique game hard to stop _ and to like

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Whether he's stirring the pot after a big shot or flailing his arms to draw contact en route to the basket James Harden evokes strong reactions from fans and players alike. The internet abounds with people complaining that his game isn't aesthetically pleasing, but he's...

  • Battle in front of nets key to reaching Stanley Cup final

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    CHICAGO (AP) — The NHL's hottest real estate in May is about 30 square feet in front of each goal. You have to fight to get there, and it is quite difficult to stay in place after you arrive. Anaheim got another scoring tip in a 2-1 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Western...

  • Pirates star McCutchen laughs off leaked pay stub

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Good thing Andrew McCutchen has direct deposit. The Pittsburgh Pirates star centerfielder laughed off a leaked photo of his pay stub Friday, joking he can handle the attention so long as he still gets paid. McCutchen's two-week stub was left behind in the visitor's...

  • Rangers put 1B/OF Blanks on disabled list, add OF Smolinski

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — The Texas Rangers have put first baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Jake Smolinski from Triple-A Round Rock. Texas manager Jeff Banister said he expected Smolinski would be available Friday night against the Yankees....

  • Blue Jays place 2B Travis on DL, promote Kawasaki

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    TORONTO (AP) — The Blue Jays laced infielder Devon Travis on the 15-day disabled list Friday because of a sore left shoulder and promoted infielder Munenori Kawasaki from Triple-A Buffalo. Travis hasn't played since leaving a May 16 game at Houston in the seventh inning. He was...

  • UNC receives NCAA notice of allegations in academic case

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    North Carolina has received a notice of allegations from the NCAA connected to the school's academic fraud scandal. In a statement Friday, Chancellor Carol Folt and athletic director Bubba Cunningham said UNC is reviewing the "lengthy" notice and will release it publicly "as soon as...

  • AP sources: Goodell will not recuse self from Brady appeal

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — Roger Goodell will hear Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal. Goodell will not withdraw from what the commissioner considers his responsibility of hearing the appeal, according to several people with knowledge of...

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