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Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda suspended 10 games for using 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 have long, somewhat infamous niche in 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: Dumb and dumber: How did Yanks let Pineda dabble in pine tar again?
The thing that has baseball folks riled up about Michael Pineda isn't that he was trying to cheat. Everybody does that....

Michael Phelps qualifies fastest for 100 butterfly final 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....

Pitchers, 'probably more than you would think,' use pine tar, just less blatantly than Pineda
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....

All eyes on Northwestern football players as historic vote on college union arrives
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 treats tiny gallery to course-record 62, takes 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 plan to shift more power, autonomy to 5 biggest conferences
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 says it's premature to speculate NBA players will opt out of CBA in 2017
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....

'A monumental task': So far in these NBA playoffs, road teams are making winning look easy
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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