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Osetkowski scores 15 to lift Texas by Colorado 68-55 in NIT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dylan Osetkowski registered 15 points as Texas got past Colorado 68-55 in the NIT quarterfinals on Wednesday night. Texas advanced to play No. 1 seed TCU on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. Lipscomb and Wichita State will play in the other semifinal game. Kerwin Roach ...

20-cent 7-Eleven tacos fueled deGrom’s $137M deal with Mets

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — All it took were some beef-and-cheese taquitos and 10-for-$2 mini-tacos from 7-Eleven to seal NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom's $137.5 million deal with the New York Mets. OK, well, not quite. "I only had a couple bites," ...

20-cent 7-Eleven tacos fueled deGrom’s $137M deal with Mets

By Howard Fendrich AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — All it took were some beef-and-cheese taquitos and 10-for-$2 mini-tacos from 7-Eleven to seal NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom’s $137.5 million deal with the New York Mets. OK, well, not quite. “I only had a couple ...

Manfred: Journeymen must realize analytics sank value

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Good but unexceptional veterans must realize teams find them less valuable in the age of analytics, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred maintained ahead of season openers. Players have expressed anger following the second straight slow ...

MLB moves into new era: No players left from 20th century

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer Four-man outfields. High-tech anti-spying rules. A starting pitcher facing just one batter in a playoff game. But beyond all the shifts, analytics and social media outreach, here's the best way to tell Major League Baseball has zoomed into a new era: ...

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots' gentle giant has decided to hang up his cleats. Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski said Sunday that he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Gronkowski announced his decision via a post on Instagram , saying ...

Williamson, Duke hold off UCF 77-76 to reach Sweet 16

By PETE IACOBELLI AP Sports Writer COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson took on 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall at the end and won, and top-seeded Duke survived when two last-ditch shots by UCF rolled off the rim. Aubrey Dawkins finished with 32 points, but his tip-in try just missed Sunday, and Duke ...

Tennessee blows 25-point lead, beats Iowa 83-77 in OT

By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Admiral Schofield ran around the court in sheer joy, waving a March Madness towel after Tennessee made it back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2016. The rest of the Volunteers? Just trying to breathe normally again. Tennessee ...

Georgia Tech announces death of DT Brandon Adams

By PAUL NEWBERRY AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Brandon Adams, a rising senior who was expected to be a key member of Georgia Tech's defensive line under new coach Geoff Collins, died at the age of 21, the school announced Sunday. Adams had been going through offseason workouts and was ...

Where’s Cinderella? Favorites dominating in NCAA 2nd round

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Fletcher Magee shot Wofford out of the NCAA Tournament. Murray State's Ja Morant scored 28 points but his team couldn't slow down Florida State. Their exits leave the Sweet 16 searching for a Cinderella. The lowest-seeded team to reach a regional semifinal ...