BASEBALL-WBC-US-JAPAN US to meet Puerto Rico in championship game LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The United States and Puerto Rico meet tonight in the title game of the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. team squeaked out a 2-1 win over Japan Tuesday on a rain-drenched field in Los Angeles. Brandon Crawford scored the tie-breaking run when Japanese pitcher Noburhiro Matsuda bobbled Adam Jones' grounder toward third base in the third inning.
DETROIT (AP) -- A sports doctor at Michigan State University sexually assaulted a teen gymnast during treatments for back pain in 2000, according to a campus investigation that's separate from a criminal probe and a blizzard of lawsuits against him. The conclusion by Michigan State's Office of Institutional Equity could hurt the university as it defends itself against lawsuits by dozens of women and girls who visited Dr.
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.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- After failing to reach the Sweet 16 for just the second time ever, Tennessee enters the offseason seeking to establish the consistency the Lady Volunteers have lacked the last two years. Tennessee's up-and-down season concluded Monday with a 75-64 loss to Louisville in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Louisville, Kentucky.
OBIT-KRAUSE Jerry Krause, Bulls' GM during 1990s dynasty, dies at 77 CHICAGO (AP) -- Jerry Krause, the Chicago Bulls' general manager during their 1990s dynasty that saw them capture six NBA championships with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way, has died. He was 77. The Bulls confirmed his death on Tuesday.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- President Donald Trump is trying to give the teetering Republican plan to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law a new sense of urgency by saying he'd like to get it over with and move on to his preferred agenda items.
LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) -- President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick at a campaign-style rally in Louisville, Kentucky. Kaepernick, who played for the San Francisco 49ers but now is a free agent, hasn't yet been signed to another team. Trump told the crowd he read an article reporting that NFL owners don't want to pick Kaepernick up "because they don't want to get a nasty tweet from Donald Trump.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Mariya Moore's awareness of her NCAA Tournament shooting struggles made her especially determined to put them behind her. Extra practice finally paid off with the breakout performance the Louisville junior guard always knew was capable of, ignoring leg cramps to get it done with a big fourth quarter that helped send the Cardinals to the Sweet 16.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Louisville now can turn its attention to addressing alleged NCAA recruiting violations and possible roster decisions after its earlier-than-expected tournament exit. Both issues could determine how the Cardinals begin next season -- and who might be around to lead the way.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfill his campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare," seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol Hill. Top House Republicans unveiled proposed changes in their legislation in hopes of winning support, three days before the big House vote. Trump rallied supporters Monday night in Louisville, Kentucky, alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- President Donald Trump is returning to the road, rallying supporters to recapture the enthusiasm of his campaign and reassuring them about his tumultuous early days in the White House. It's a welcome distraction for a president whose first months in office have been dominated by self-inflicted controversy and roadblocks, courtesy of federal courts and a divided Congress.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- It's been an up-and-down season for Tennessee, so it figured the Lady Vols would start their NCAA Tournament run in a similar fashion. Diamond DeShields scored 24 points to lead fifth-seeded Tennessee to a 66-57 first round victory over Dayton on Saturday. The Lady Vols (20-11) used a strong second half to pull away from the 12th-seeded Flyers (22-10), shooting 52 percent after halftime to earn the victory.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Fourth-seeded Louisville entered the NCAA Tournament looking like a different team. Asia Durr scored 27 points to lead the Cardinals to an 82-62 victory over Chattanooga in the first round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Saturday. Durr credited her teammates, who set a school record with 28 assists in a tournament game, for her to get 16th 20-point game of the season.
After consecutive earlier-than-expected exits from the NCAA Tournament, Louisville is motivated to make another deep postseason run it had been accustomed to after reaching the championship game in 2013 and regional final in 2014. To do that, the Cardinals will need to create and seize opportunities better than they have in their last two tournament appearances -- particularly after bowing out at home last March in the second round.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo would like to use last year's shocking NCAA Tournament loss as a teaching tool for this year's tournament team. The problem is, the longtime Spartans coach isn't so sure how well this year's largely overhauled and injury-riddled roster would relate to last year's No. 2 seed that was ousted in the first round by 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee State .
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- No. 2 seed Louisville (24-8) vs. No. 15 seed Jacksonville State (20-14) First round, Midwest Region; Indianapolis, 2:45 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: After missing the tournament last year because of a school-imposed ban, coach Rick Pitino has Louisville looking to stick around this year. Jacksonville State is trying to avoid a one-and-done showing in its first NCAA appearance.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- There's a new kid on Kentucky's block, one that shares its name -- and often its shirts, too. The second-seeded Wildcats (29-5) open the NCAA Tournament on Friday night by facing a newcomer to bluegrass tournament history. No.
The University of Louisville sat out last year's NCAA Tournament as part of a sacrifice offered to the NCAA for hiring female escorts to party with basketball recruits. The Cardinals are back this year, with a nice No. 2 seeding to boot. Rick Pitino will be on the sidelines, despite the NCAA's contention that he failed to properly monitor a staffer who paid for strippers and escorts over a four-year period.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Richard Pitino's first real memory of March Madness stands as one of the defining moments in college basketball history -- and a day that most Kentucky fans have spent 25 years trying to forget. He was 9 years old in The Spectrum in Philadelphia on March 28, 1992, watching his father Rick coach Kentucky to the brink of the Final Four against defending champion Duke. The Wildcats were 2.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Vice President Mike Pence appealed for total GOP congressional support for a White House-backed health overhaul during a brief visit Saturday to Kentucky, where the Republican governor and junior senator are among the plan's skeptics. "This is going to be a battle in Washington, D.C.