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WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Marcus Stroman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, Ian Kinsler slugged a two-run homer and the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 to win its first World Baseball Classic in four tries. Stroman dominated the tournament's highest-scoring team. Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games after outscoring the opposition 55-26. The U.S.

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USA Hockey postpones women's training camp amid wage dispute

USA Hockey has postponed the start of the women's national team's world championship training camp amid an ongoing wage dispute. USA Hockey said the camp originally scheduled to begin Wednesday in Traverse City, Michigan, won't happen. The organization "anticipates" a training camp in Plymouth, Michigan, site of the upcoming International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship.

Serial numbers, game photos may help verify Brady jerseys

BOSTON (AP) -- Now that authorities believe they have recovered the jersey stolen from Tom Brady's locker following the Patriots' Super Bowl win last month, the next step will be determining whether it is in fact the MVP quarterback's missing grass-stained garment. So how exactly does that happen? Old-fashioned detective work.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT Sweet 16 starts today UNDATED (AP) -- March Madness resumes tonight with regional NCAA semifinals. In West Regional action, top-seeded Gonzaga takes on No. 4 West Virginia, while second-seeded Arizona faces No. 11 Xavier. In the Midwest Regional, Kansas faces Purdue and Oregon takes on Michigan.

Alberta Clipper: Train ride saves Flames, Oilers on a roll

When four consecutive losses had the Calgary Flames floundering back in January, coach Glen Gulutzan saw a train ride as the perfect opportunity for a happy hour in motion that was anything but celebratory. "I gave the guys some beer," he said. "We told the guys to take the headphones off and sit together and figure this thing out.

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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Wednesday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT: -- LOS ANGELES -- The United States plays Puerto Rico in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. The Americans are in the final for the first time against the team from a U.S. territory that was runner-up last year to the Dominican Republic. Game starts 9 p.m.

South Korea's Olympic ringers sing their way onto the team

MOSCOW (AP) -- To earn a place on South Korea's team for next year's Olympics, you may need to brush up on your singing. A rendition of the national anthem in front of immigration officials is a daunting but necessary hurdle faced by the many foreign-born athletes seeking to represent the home team at the Pyeongchang Games.

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HURRICANES-PANTHERS Skinner nets 2nd with 3:55 left, Hurricanes top Panthers 4-3 SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) -- Jeff Skinner scored two goals, including the game-winner with 3:55 left, to lead the Carolina Hurricanes over the Florida Panthers 4-3 on Tuesday night. Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist for Carolina, and Teuvo Teravainen also scored. Cam Ward stopped 33 shots. Keith Yandle, Reilly Smith and Aleksander Barkov scored for the Panthers.

'Stupid' NHL divisional playoff format is drawing criticism

In a cruel twist of the NHL's divisional playoff format, say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round. "I don't think it was designed for this," Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. "I don't think it was intended for this to happen.

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Crosby loses teeth, Penguins clinch playoff berth vs Sabres

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- After losing a pair of front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn't available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth. Crosby's teammates had plenty to say about it following the defending Stanley Cup champions' 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

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NBA-BASKETBALL Whiteside leads Heat past Suns 112-97 MIAMI (AP) -- Hassan Whiteside had 23 points and 14 rebounds before leaving late with blood on his right hand, and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 112-97 Tuesday night. Tyler Johnson scored 17 for the Heat (35-36), who had seven players in double figures. Goran Dragic scored 16, Josh Richardson had 14 and Willie Reed added 12 for Miami.

Ovechkin shines as Caps snap Elliott's streak, beat Flames

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Alex Ovechkin had a goal and two assists, T.J. Oshie scored his 30th of the season and the NHL-leading Washington Capitals defeated the surging Calgary Flames 4-2 on Tuesday night. The top line of Ovechkin, Oshie and Nicklas Backstrom dominated all game. Ovechkin led all players with a season-high 11 shots, finally beating Flames goaltender Brian Elliott late in the third period for his 29th goal.

Michigan State hockey coach Tom Anastos stepping down

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan State hockey coach Tom Anastos is stepping down. The athletic department announced his departure Tuesday. Spartans assistant Tom Newton will serve as interim coach during the search to replace Anastos. Michigan State went 7-24-4 this season and was 78-122-24 in six seasons under Anastos. "When I first became head coach I established my own timeline for the program's development.

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GIANTS-BONDS Bonds rejoins Giants as special adviser, calls team family SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Barry Bonds is back with the San Francisco Giants, just as the club had hoped. Bonds, who spent a one-season stint as Miami's hitting coach last year before being fired, will serve as a special adviser to CEO Larry Baer. The home run king was scheduled to help coach at spring training beginning Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Basketball fans learn to pronounce Quinnipiac

HAMDEN, Conn. (AP) -- The first thing folks at Quinnipiac want you to know is how to say the school's name. Despite what you might have heard on television, It's KWIHN'-ih-pee-ak, not kwihn-uh-PEE'-ak. "Quinnipiac doesn't roll off your tongue initially," coach Tricia Fabbri said Tuesday. "But, when you practice it, you get used to it. The more we keep winning, the easier it will be to say.

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