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Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal
BOSTON (AP) -- Michael Pineda says he was just trying to get a better grip on the ball....

Pine tar, Vaseline, spit all part of baseball
It's fair to suspect that Michael Pineda isn't the only pitcher trying a few tricks on the mound from time to time....

Column: 'There's better ways to conceal it.'
The thing that has baseball folks riled up about Michael Pineda isn't that he was trying to cheat. Everybody does that....

Michael Phelps wins 100 fly heat in comeback meet
MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- A giddy Michael Phelps qualified fastest for the 100-meter butterfly final Thursday in his first competition since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics....

Pineda not only pitcher in majors to try pine tar
New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is hardly the first major leaguer to head to the mound hoping to get away with using pine tar to aid his grip....

Northwestern players to cast historic union vote
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) -- Northwestern University's football players will cast ballots Friday on whether to form the nation's first union for college athletes - a potentially landmark vote that will be kept sealed for months and possibly years....

Ben Martin surges to Zurich Classic lead
AVONDALE, La. (AP) -- Ben Martin treated a tiny gallery to a course-record round, shooting a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Zurich Classic....

NCAA board endorses more power for big schools
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The NCAA's board of directors took the first step toward shifting power to the five largest football conferences on Thursday, endorsing a 57-page plan that calls for giving 65 of the nation's biggest schools more autonomy in how to fund scholarships, handle health care and decide other increasingly hot-button issues involving their athletes....

Silver: Premature to say union will opt out of CBA
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he has "no expectation" that players will opt out of the collective bargaining agreement in 2017, potentially leading to another lockout....

Road teams off to flying start in NBA playoffs
MIAMI (AP) -- Here's the list of teams that had home-court advantage entering the opening round of these NBA playoffs: Indiana, Miami, Toronto, Chicago, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Houston and the Los Angeles Clippers....

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