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Notre Dame eyes history with shot at beating Kentucky
CLEVELAND (AP) -- If there's one school unafraid to take on Kentucky, it's Notre Dame....

Durant to have another surgery, miss rest of season
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- NBA MVP Kevin Durant will miss the rest of the season and have bone graft surgery next week to treat a fractured bone in his right foot....

Bo knows when not to change a thing; can Irish slay Goliath?
Bo Ryan is no fan of change....

David Ortiz defends his reputation in column
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."...

30 is the new 40 when it comes to home runs these days
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Whether it's steroid testing, all those power arms in the bullpen or a lower strike zone, baseballs just aren't flying out of the park like they did a decade or two ago....

Tennessee fires men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The NCAA investigation at his former school lingered over Donnie Tyndall before he ever coached a game for Tennessee, and now his unethical actions at Southern Mississippi have led to his firing after only one season....

St. John's basketball coach Steve Lavin out after 5 seasons
NEW YORK (AP) -- St. John's split with basketball coach Steve Lavin on Friday after five seasons, announcing the decision a week following the Red Storm's loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament....

15-year-old American CiCi Bellis advances at Miami Open
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Precocious amateur CiCi Bellis says she's ready to take on the best of the pros - Serena Williams....

Hernandez's fiancee: He told me to give cash to co-defendant
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) -- The fiancee of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has testified that after she dropped him off at a police station to be questioned over the slaying of her sister's boyfriend, he told her to meet one of his co-defendants and give him money....

Sterling's friend says she wasn't only gift recipient
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling led to the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers provided opposing views of the billionaire on Friday, describing him as a con artist, cheat and bigot who was also a sweet and loving father figure, brother and lover....

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