• Plane problem forces No. 5 Wisconsin to land in Pittsburgh

    Yesterday

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin basketball team had one tough night. The No. 5 Badgers returned to Madison on Wednesday after getting stuck in Pittsburgh following a 59-53 loss on Tuesday night at Maryland. The plane flying the team home had to make an emergency landing because of...

  • Latest injury to Rose hits Bulls hard

    Yesterday

    CHICAGO (AP) — The news that Derrick Rose will have knee surgery again hit the Chicago Bulls and their fans hard and left them in a familiar spot — trying to get by without their star point guard. The torn meniscus in his right knee was announced Tuesday night, another tough twist for...

  • Bears sign cornerback Hurst to 2-year extension

    Yesterday

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears signed cornerback Demontre Hurst to a two-year extension Wednesday through the 2016 season. Hurst appeared in 15 games last season, finishing with 35 defensive tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and eight special teams stops. An...

  • Rays' Cabrera preparing to play shortstop or second base

    Yesterday

    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) — Offseason acquisition Asdrubal Cabrera is eager to help the Tampa Bay Rays anyway he can, whether it's at shortstop or second base. The two-time AL All-Star just hopes his new team doesn't decide it needs him to shuttle back and forth between both positions...

  • Knuckleballer Dickey, Martin pair up for 1st bullpen session

    Yesterday

    DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey has grown accustomed to seeing new faces behind the plate during his two-plus years with the Toronto Blue Jays. Since a trade in December 2012 sent the NL Cy Young Award winner from the New York Mets to Toronto, Dickey has worked...

  • Angels' Hamilton meeting with MLB about disciplinary issue

    Yesterday

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is meeting with Major League Baseball officials about a disciplinary issue. Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed the Los Angeles Times' initial report Wednesday that Hamilton went to New York to meet with baseball...

  • Ortiz on pace-of-play fines: 'I might run out of money'

    Yesterday

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — David Ortiz has a deliberate routine at the plate. He sounded prepared to pay for it. "I might run out of money," Ortiz said during a colorful rant Wednesday about the new pace-of-play rule requiring hitters to keep at least one foot in the batter's box in...

  • Packers release veteran inside linebacker A.J. Hawk

    Yesterday

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Linebacker A.J. Hawk had a hunch after Green Bay's season ended that he might be looking for a new team. So he wasn't surprised after the Packers released him Wednesday following nine years with the only club he has played with in the NFL. Hawk is not bitter, either....

  • Rivera back with Yankees as guest instructor

    Yesterday

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Mariano Rivera is back with the New York Yankees as a guest spring training instructor. Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, arrived at Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday. He retired as a player following the 2013 season. "I've decided to comeback," the 45-year-old...

  • Falcons sign kicker Matt Bryant to contract extension

    Yesterday

    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed kicker Matt Bryant to a contract extension. Bryant could have been an unrestricted free agent. Bryant, who joined the Falcons in 2010, was successful on 29 of 32 field-goal attempts last season. He led the NFL with seven field goals of...

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