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Westbrook scores 57 in Thunder's 114-106 OT win over Magic
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- With as prolific a scorer as Russell Westbrook is, the Oklahoma City Thunder never feel as though any deficit is too much to overcome....

Curry scores 29, leads Warriors' rally over Spurs 110-98
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Golden State was emotionally prepared to shrug off a 22-point deficit during the first quarter in a key showdown with San Antonio....

Baseball's new trend: Saying 'NO' to ground balls
Josh Donaldson and Reggie Jackson stood off to the third base side of the batting cage, a pair of former American League MVPs discussing their craft in spring training. When the Blue Jays star hopped in to take his swings, Mr. October pulled out his phone to shoot video, a visual aid for his job as a special adviser to the Yankees....

'Bathroom bill' could cost North Carolina more NCAA events
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Basketball-mad North Carolina is bracing for what could be another costly hit from its "bathroom bill" as the NCAA selects four years of championship sites for a variety of sports....

Hosmer, Yelich could benefit from getting off the ground
Being a big league hitter these days can require some serious lifting....

AP All-Time Top 100: Maryland
PHOENIX (AP) -- Gary Williams had great players and great teams during his tenure at Maryland, even won a national championship....

FIFA proposes new 6-team playoff ahead of 2026 World Cup
ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA wants to hold a new six-team playoff round in the 2026 World Cup host country to complete the expanded 48-team tournament lineup....

Fearlessness factor: Producing in the clutch in NCAA tourney
It's the closing seconds of a tight game in the NCAA Tournament and the coach needs someone to take a big shot....

Fiancee of ex-NFL star testifies in his double-murder trial
BOSTON (AP) -- The fiancee of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez has testified in his double-murder trial that she learned to keep her mouth shut and "not to ask any questions" in certain situations....

Postseason success for Kentucky, UNC back AP Top 100 perches
PHOENIX (AP) -- The top of The Associated Press Top 100 all-time college basketball ranking is filled with blueblood programs that followed those strong regular seasons with runs to the Final Four or even a national championship....

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