Column: Brady's stolen jersey saga proves grime doesn't pay

A friend once explained the sports writing business this way: "We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us." Martin Mauricio Ortega was OK with the first part, but apparently not the second. The one-time Mexican media executive and part-time memorabilia seller is the only suspect named so far in the overheated investigation into who stole Tom Brady's Super Bowl jersey.

Manfred: WBC tournament had major success, has bright future

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Even before the United States took the field to face Puerto Rico for the World Baseball Classic championship on Wednesday night, Rob Manfred was confident in declaring this sometimes troubled tournament to be a smashing success. The Major League Baseball Commissioner's confidence seemed well-founded when the Americans claimed their first WBC title in grand style with an 8-0 victory at raucous Dodger Stadium.

Cancer free and confident, James Conner eager to get to NFL

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- James Conner long envisioned the day he would walk into the indoor practice facility the Pittsburgh Panthers share with the Pittsburgh Steelers and be welcomed by a sea of NFL scouts and coaches. Yet the record-setting running back didn't envision it quite like this, walking from station to station with a crew from NFL Films in tow to chronicle another important step in the 21-year-old's remarkable comeback from a battle with cancer.

Tuesday's Sports in Brief

BRADY JERSEY HEIST MEXICO CITY (AP) -- The Mexican media executive suspected of stealing Tom Brady's jersey went to the Super Bowl as a working journalist but spent the week collecting selfies and autographs from football greats and boasting to colleagues that he was there as a fan.

Match Play in Texas, and the LPGA gears up for a major

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Put together the top 64 players available from the world ranking, have them play 112 matches over five days, and anything can happen. That's the beauty of the Dell Technologies Match Play. Last year, Jason Day seemed to cruise at Austin Country Club, winning all seven of his matches -- only his semifinal match against Rory McIlroy went to the 18th hole.

AP Explains: What's behind conflict at sprawling Thai temple

BANGKOK (AP) -- It's more than eight times bigger than Vatican City and twice the size of Cambodia's ancient Angkor Wat, making it quite possibly the world's biggest religious complex. Yet few non-Buddhists have heard of Wat Dhammakaya, a sprawling, extravagant temple compound north of Bangkok that has been at the center of a high-profile power struggle between monks and Thailand's ruling military.

Popovich, coaches searching for answers on rest issue

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As the godfather of the NBA's modern player rest movement, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has long championed the importance of limiting the wear and tear on players' bodies in order to prolong their careers and increase the chances of deep runs in the postseason. Commissioner Adam Silver has long been sympathetic to Popovich's point of view, acknowledging the science that proves what a difference rest can make.

Update on the latest in sports:

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.

Silver tells NBA team owners to take note of rest issue

MIAMI (AP) -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league's board of governors Monday, calling the way teams are choosing to rest starters in some games "an extremely significant issue for our league" and pressing owners to be more involved in the decision-making process.

Sunday spike: NCAA TV audiences increase for CBS, Turner

CBS Sports and Turner Sports say viewership for the first Sunday of the NCAA Tournament, which was packed with close games and marquee teams, was up 34 percent over last year's Sunday second-round coverage. The networks announced Monday that the eight games aired Sunday on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV averaged 11.9 million viewers. Last year's Sunday second-round games drew 8.9 million viewers.

Police: Brady's missing Super Bowl jerseys tracked to Mexico

BOSTON (AP) -- Tom Brady's missing Super Bowl jersey has been found in Mexico six weeks after it vanished from the Patriots' locker room -- but the mystery isn't over. The NFL said the jersey was found in "possession of a credentialed member of the international media," and authorities were investigating Monday whether a former Mexican tabloid newspaper executive played a role in the theft.

Hoop Streams: Millions of workers streaming NCAA day games

Tensions were high and hearts were heavy in a conference room on Thursday as attorney Rich Ruohonen sat by a family's side during a mediation session in a multimillion-dollar wrongful death case. The 11-hour day in included frank and specific discussion about the death of a loved one, and the cold process of establishing compensation for the incident.

British film company buys rights to Syrian swimmer's story

BERLIN (AP) -- A British film company has agreed to buy the rights to the story of a teenage refugee who fled Syria and swam at the Olympics a year later. Yusra Mardini and her sister Sara were forced to swim for hours alongside their overloaded boat to reach Greece from Turkey in 2015. The International Olympic Committee picked Yusra for its first ever refugee team at the Summer Games in Rio.

A week of celebrating the King awaits at Bay Hill

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The Arnold Palmer Invitational is more than just a tournament this year. It's an event. Palmer died on Sept. 25 of heart complications. The public funeral service was held on Oct. 4, two days after the Ryder Cup. Palmer would not have wanted to distract from the Ryder Cup, and golf would not have wanted anything to distract from its most beloved figure.

Bay Hill a tribute to Palmer, a red sweater to the winner

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Sam Saunders started the tribute with a drive from the spot on the Bay Hill range where his grandfather, Arnold Palmer, used to practice. Sixty more players followed, one after the other, ending with defending champion Jason Day. As soon as one player hit his tee shot, the player next to him began his swing.

Activist aims to combat sexual assault by engaging athletes

Alexis Jones stands in front of a room full of football players and talks about the kind of power that has nothing to do with breaking tackles or throwing touchdown passes. To combat sexual assault and violence against women, Jones wants to harness what she calls "the power of the jersey.