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Pineda banned 10 games for pine tar, won't appeal
BOSTON (AP) -- New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda was suspended for 10 games Thursday after being caught using pine tar. He said he won't appeal the penalty that will cost him two starts....

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
Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda is hardly the first major leaguer to use 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....

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....

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....

When Bosh steps up, Heat reap benefits
MIAMI (AP) -- In Miami, it's called the Big Three for a reason....

Armstrong teammate Hincapie pens stark memoir
George Hincapie was the "Loyal Lieutenant" who helped Lance Armstrong to seven Tour de France titles, only to later provide the key testimony that brought his downfall....

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