• Father bests son 2nd time this season with 82-70 win in WNIT

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Notch another victory for fathers coaching against their sons. Rick Insell's Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders never trailed Thursday night in beating his son Matt's Mississippi Rebels 82-70 in the third round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. It was the second time this...

  • Hoping to stay on the move, Astros look to take next step

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros moved out of the major league basement last season. Now the question is whether Jose Altuve and his teammates are ready to contend this year or if they still need a couple of seasons to complete their rebuild and get back to the postseason. Owner Jim...

  • 'Tough deal' for Rangers losing Darvish even before season

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    When Yu Darvish pitched only one inning this spring before season-ending elbow surgery, the Texas Rangers were already off to an ominous start. The Rangers lost their ace even before what they are still hoping will be a comeback season. "There is no way to spin that, other than it's...

  • Wilfs pledge $19.5M more to Vikings' stadium

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Wilf family is pledging another $19.5 million toward the Minnesota Vikings' stadium project to cover more of the costs in several aspects of building and surrounding areas. The Vikings made the announcement on Thursday night before the Minnesota Sports...

  • Marlins believe they're poised to end playoff drought

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    MIAMI (AP) — Two transactions midway through spring training that drew little notice heralded significant progress for the Miami Marlins. Top pitching prospects Jose Urena and Justin Nicolino were optioned to the minor leagues — moves reflecting the franchise's improved depth of...

  • Rays comfortable falling back into role as underdogs

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A year after being a trendy preseason pick to contend for the World Series, the Tampa Bay Rays are back in a familiar role as underdogs. "That's good. ... We like that," three-time All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria said, noting the team has a history of...

  • Tigers look vulnerable, but still have plenty of talent

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers had barely finished celebrating a fourth straight division title last year when they were dispatched from the playoffs by Baltimore in a Division Series sweep. Then Kansas City — the team the Tigers fought so hard to hold off in the AL Central — rolled...

  • Orioles rely on pitching in bid to repeat as AL East champs

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    BALTIMORE (AP) — For the first time in 17 years, the Baltimore Orioles open a new baseball season as defending AL East champions. The Orioles can only hope for better results than in 1998, when they followed a wire-to-wire run to the division crown with a 79-83 flop — launching a...

  • Nats add Scherzer, get Harper, others thinking about ring

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper's reaction to the news that the Washington Nationals added Max Scherzer to an already-talented starting staff drew quite a lot of attention. "I just started laughing," Harper famously said. "I was like, 'Where's my ring?'" Yes, that pretty much sums up...

  • Big additions spur big expectations for White Sox

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — A decade removed from their most recent championship, the Chicago White Sox once again are eyeing a big season. Their sights are set on an AL Central title after consecutive losing records, maybe even more. The White Sox added to their offense, boosted their rotation,...

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