Giroux scores OT winner to lead Flyers past Penguins 4-3
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Claude Giroux reigned again as Philadelphia's captain in the clutch. Giroux's shield provided little relief from the heavy rain that turned the ice into such a puddled mess that it needed a squeegee more than a Zamboni.
Without ill James Harden, Rockets hold off Warriors 118-112
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Even without NBA scoring leader James Harden, the Houston Rockets took it to Golden State from the very start.
Mariners' Hernandez gets off to shaky spring start
Felix Hernandez says he's all set for a bounce-back season. Now pitching entirely from the stretch, King Felix made his spring training debut Saturday, giving up four runs in 1 1/3 innings as the Seattle Mariners lost to the San Diego Padres 6-4.
Slowly, baseball rolls out pitch clock in spring training
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Baseball is on the clock. The traditionally timeless sport implemented a pitch clock all around major league spring training for the first time Saturday in an attempt to hurry up both pitchers and hitters and keep the modern fan from tuning out the increasingly lengthy games.
Scherzer: Pitch clock messes with 'fabric' of baseball
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — If three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer has his way, Major League Baseball's pitch clock will die in the South Florida humidity.
Jim Boeheim returns to Syracuse bench after fatal accident
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — When it was over and the last of the deafening cheers of the record Carrier Dome crowd had stopped, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim forgot about basketball for a poignant moment.
Johnson overcomes tree trouble for 4-shot lead in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Dustin Johnson was cruising along Saturday in the Mexico Championship until one swing put him in a bad spot, and the next shot made it even worse.
James Harden out for Rockets at Warriors with flu symptoms
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — James Harden is sitting out the Houston Rockets' game against the Golden State Warriors because of flu-like symptoms.
Mississippi players kneel during anthem in response to rally
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Eight Mississippi players kneeled during the national anthem in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena before the Rebels' 72-71 victory over Georgia on Saturday.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim gets loud ovation for Duke game
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Three days after he hit and killed a pedestrian, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim returned to the bench Saturday night to a loud applause from a record Carrier Dome crowd prior to the Orange's game against top-ranked Duke.
Ole Miss players kneel in response to Confederacy rally
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Eight University of Mississippi basketball players kneeled during the national anthem Saturday before a victory over Georgia in response to a Confederacy rally near the arena.
Johnson, Maye lead No. 8 UNC past No. 16 FSU, 77-59
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — No. 8 North Carolina convincingly beat both of the Atlantic Coast Conference's hottest teams over a four-day span.
Hunter rallies No. 3 Virginia past No. 18 Louisville 64-52
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — De'Andre Hunter was hungry to do his part. The hard part was waiting nearly 9 1/2 minutes on the bench with two fouls.
Calipari Kentucky's 2nd-winningest coach after 80-53 win
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — John Calipari was satisfied being in third place as Kentucky's all-time winningest coach. "No one should go by (Joe B Hall), so coach Hall just asked me to vacate any games that go by him," Calipari said.
Smart leads No. 13 LSU past No. 5 Tennessee in OT, 82-80
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Javonte Smart waved both arms upward as he turned to the frenzied crowd inside the packed Peter Maravich Assembly Center, pounded his chest and hollered triumphantly.
Rockets star Harden fined $25,000 for criticizing officials
NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Rockets star James Harden has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating. The NBA announced the penalty Saturday, two days after Harden said he didn't think official Scott Foster should be allowed to work any Rockets games.
Christopher Bell routs field at Atlanta to win Xfinity race
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Christopher Bell led all but 20 laps while routing the field Saturday to win the Xfinity Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Cardinals sign Jose Martinez to $3.25M, 2-year contract
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Jose Martinez's teammates with the St. Louis Cardinals applauded his new contract Saturday, and the deal gave his family reason to cheer, too.
Trans athletes make great gains, yet resentment still flares
Across the U.S. and in many places abroad, transgender athletes are breaking barriers in high school, college and pro sports and being embraced by teammates and fans.
NASCAR expects fireworks from rules debuting at Atlanta
HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — NASCAR was long overdue for an added punch to its racing product and eagerly awaits the results from a new competition package designed to increase the entertainment factor for the troubled series.
Goodell has wide-ranging powers to fine or suspend Kraft
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has wide-ranging powers to discipline teams, coaches, players, and, yes, owners. Pending the completion of police investigations in Florida — and likely a league inquiry as well — Goodell could punish New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft for being charged with two counts of soliciting a prostitute.
Duke's Williamson ruled out vs Syracuse with knee sprain
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke says freshman star Zion Williamson won't play against Syracuse because of a mild knee sprain sustained earlier in the week.
Sampson's family feel has No. 9 Houston soaring
HOUSTON (AP) — When Kelvin Sampson coached at Washington State in the late 1980s his son Kellen and daughter Lauren loved for him to read to them before bed each night.
UCLA women rally from 22-down to stun No. 2 Oregon
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Cori Close emerged from the UCLA locker room with her shoes in her hand and a big smile on her face. It seems the Bruins coaxed a victory dance from their reticent coach after all.
Innovations allow NHL to stage outdoor games almost anywhere
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Dan Craig sleeps maybe four hours a night leading up to outdoor games. He only goes out to dinner because he can check the status of the ice on his phone.