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NBA Boston over Washington in key Eastern Conference faceoff BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

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NBA Boston over Washington in key Eastern Conference faceoff BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

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BASEBALL-SPRING TRAINING-WBC As regular season beckons, competition for jobs intensifies in Major League Baseball UNDATED (AP) --New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't put on a timetable on a return, only saying, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT-MEN No games today UNDATED (AP) -- They're still talking about the big upset in the NCAA -- no Duke. Duke lost yesterday, 88-81 to South Carolina. After the game, coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) said, "at the end of the season I want my guys to either be crying because we've lost or crying because we've just won." Krzyzewski said, "This is one of the most proud teams for me.

2020 Olympic golf course votes to amend membership policy

TOKYO (AP) -- The course that will host the 2020 Olympic golf tournament has avoided being stripped of the event by deciding to change its membership policy to include women. The Kasumigaseki Country Club said Monday its executive board decided on the change after discussions among its members. The membership policy came under scrutiny when Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike urged it to admit women as full members.

Gold medalist Roche to challenge IOC VP Coates in elections

SYDNEY (AP) -- International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates will have his leadership of Australia's Olympic movement challenged for the first time in decades after 1996 field hockey gold medalist Danni Roche got backing to run against him in May elections. Nobody has run against Coates, the head of the IOC's Coordination Commission for the Tokyo 2020 Games, since he was elected as president of the Australian Olympic Committee in 1990.

Column: IOC must consider serious reforms to save Olympics

And the winner is ... Paris! Oh, and also ... Los Angeles! The International Olympic Committee, no stranger to embarrassing predicaments, has devised an unprecedented strategy to avoid -- or, at least, put off -- the indignity of having an empty queue of cities willing to fork over billions of dollars for the right to host 2 1-2 weeks of badminton, taekwondo and a bunch of other sports no one would pay attention to otherwise.

IOC sets up group to look at double 2024-2028 Olympic picks

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) -- The International Olympic Committee has moved closer toward picking both Los Angeles and Paris to host a Summer Games in an unprecedented double vote this year. IOC President Thomas Bach has repeatedly hinted at awarding the hosting rights for both the 2024 and 2028 Games at the IOC Session on Sept. 13 in Lima, Peru. Only the 2024 Games is currently scheduled to be voted on in Lima.

Fukushima confirmed as venue for Tokyo 2020 baseball

TOKYO (AP) -- Organizers on Friday confirmed that baseball and softball games for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be held in Fukushima, an area hit by the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster. The International Olympic Committee approved the use of Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium as an additional venue for baseball and softball.

Penn State seeking 6th national title in 7 years

Conventional wisdom held that Penn State would peak in March, just in time to win their sixth wrestling title in seven years. Ohio State and Oklahoma State will look to prove otherwise this weekend in St. Louis. The Nittany Lions, Buckeyes and Cowboys are among the teams to watch during the NCAA Championships, which start on Thursday and run through Saturday.

Staley introduced as coach of US national women's hoops team

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- For all that Dawn Staley has accomplished in her Hall-of-Fame career, she believes her latest achievement may have topped them all. "It is basketball utopia for me," Staley said Friday after being introduced as coach of the U.S. women's national basketball team. "For me to sit here as coach of USA Basketball is surreal." And a long time coming. She first began playing for USA Basketball in 1989.

AP Sources: Staley to coach US women's Olympic hoops team

NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. women's Olympic basketball team turned to its past to find its next coach. Dawn Staley will coach the team at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said two people with knowledge of the decision. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been publicly announced. Staley will be introduced at a news conference in South Carolina on Friday.

Equatorial Guinea appears at CAS over Women's World Cup ban

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- The Equatorial Guinea soccer federation appeared at sport's highest court Thursday in an effort to overturn its exclusion from the 2019 Women's World Cup in a case of a player's forged documents. The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Equatorial Guinea's appeal hearing seeks to annul a ban from the 2018 and 2020 Women's Africa Cup of Nations. The 2018 tournament is Africa's qualifying route for the World Cup in France.

Cal, Olympic star Ryan Murphy eager to build on Rio success

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- On any given day in the California pool, three-time Rio de Janeiro Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy might be going at it against U.S. teammate Tom Shields in start drills off the blocks and a short sprint to the other side. "We've got a new leader in the clubhouse!" yells coach Dave Durden when Murphy's 5.36 flashes on the board.

World Baseball Classic growing slowly, but far from mature

NEW YORK (AP) -- The World Baseball Classic returns Monday for its fourth edition, growing slowly yet still far from rising to the prominence of soccer's World Cup or the Olympics. South Korea hosts Israel at the opener of the 16-nation tournament in Seoul, and the Dominican Republic starts its title defense March 9 against Canada in Miami.

Coates: 2020 Olympic golf venue must be nondiscriminatory

TOKYO (AP) -- The club that is set to host the 2020 Olympic golf tournament must change its policy of excluding women as full members or the event will go elsewhere, IOC vice president John Coates said Thursday. Coates, in Tokyo for a two-day coordination commission meeting, said some progress has been made on the issue but that the International Olympic Committee can only wait so long.

Snow volleyball hopes to stake claim in Winter Olympics

Beach volleyball is moving to the mountains and swapping its sand for snow. A spinoff of the sun-splashed sport familiar to Summer Olympic fans and seaside frolickers, snow volleyball is spreading from the Alps to the Andes and making a run at the Winter Games. If all goes well, volleyball officials say, their sport would be the first to appear in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. "Our key message is to be the No.

IOC suggests more changes needed in Olympic host bidding

The International Olympic Committee wants to keep considering changes that could result in both the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games awarded in September. An internal letter written by IOC President Thomas Bach's spokesman suggests further adjustments are needed in the way Olympic hosts are chosen. It references Bach's statement from last year, saying the "process produces too many losers.

Budapest assembly to vote Wednesday on revoking Olympic bid

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- The Budapest city assembly will vote Wednesday on a motion to withdraw the city's bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Mayor Istvan Tarlos, Prime Minister Viktor Orban, and Zsolt Borkai, the head of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, agreed late Wednesday on the withdrawal after it became clear the project would have to face a city-wide referendum initiated by the Momentum Movement, a new political group.