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MLB 2015: Hurry up! Nationals, Cubs, Red Sox on the clock

Fans arrive at Wrigley Field before a baseball game in April between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs in Chicago. The last crown they wore came in 1908, before Wrigley Field was built. Now, as the old ballpark gets renovated, the franchise is being refurbished, too.

Throw in the return of Alex Rodriguez from a drug suspension, the possible reinstatement of Pete Rose — imagine the roar he'd get at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati — and fresh ideas pitched by new Commissioner Rob Manfred, and it's a full plate going into opening day.

San Diego city, county join forces on bid to keep NFL

Mayor Kevin Faulconer and county supervisors said Thursday that the two governments would spend up to $500,000 on consultants, attorneys, bankers and other experts. Voters will eventually decide whether to back a new stadium for the San Diego Chargers.

Hernandez throws 6 sharp innings in Mariners' loss to Royals

Hernandez, the ace who led the AL with a 2.14 ERA last season, gave up one run. He struck out four and walked none.

Fiancee of Aaron Hernandez to be called to testify Friday

Shayanna Jenkins was granted immunity by the court in February, which means she can be compelled to testify or face time behind bars. There had been a question over whether prosecutors would call Jenkins, who has been in a relationship with Hernandez, 25, since high school and is the mother of his 2-year-old daughter.

Man accused of punching ex-Cardinal after racial slurs

St. Louis County prosecutors have charged 37-year-old James Street of Fenton with felony third-degree assault motivated by discrimination.

Rain helps Cardinals pitcher Wainwright clean up tough outing vs Miami

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright gave up four runs, including a solo homer by Giancarlo Stanton, in 3 2-3 innings Thursday before a rain delay ended his outing in a 5-3 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Former Mizzou star Max Scherzer strikes out 9 Cardinals in tune-up for opener

Scherzer will be Washington's starting pitcher when it opens the season on April 6 against the New York Mets.

Baseball careers often start with winter grunt work

Low-round draft picks don't make much money, so they spend ofseasons working other jobs.

Re-energized Brey leads Notre Dame against steady Shockers

The blessing of being the son of an Olympic athlete meant Mike Brey grew up in a house where excellence wasn't requested from his mother, but required.

Bendtner hat trick gives Denmark 3-2 exhibition win over U.S.

Nicklas Bendtner took advantage of a defense that gave up two more late goals to score his first international hat trick, and Denmark rallied to beat the United States 3-2 in an exhibition game at Aarhus on Wednesday night.

Change to extra points likely in NFL

The NFL's dullest play, the extra point, appears to be headed for some changes, perhaps significant ones, for the 2015 season.

Coach Zimmer 'fully expects' Peterson to be with Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings don't plan to trade Adrian Peterson and fully expect him to be with the team for the 2015 season.

Steen's OT goal lifts Blues past Penguins

St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak. The Blues rallied from a two-goal deficit on scores from former Penguins Robert Bortuzzo and Marcel Goc. Steen got his 24th goal of the season on a pretty deflection of a slick feed from Michalek, who spent two seasons in Pittsburgh earlier in his career.

Mayweather and Pacquiao purses soar

New estimates show Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s payoff for fighting Manny Pacquiao could easily be $180 million, up substantially from earlier predictions of $120 million. Pacquiao gets the short end of the purse, but even that is expected to be well over $100 million by the time everything is tallied up.

Beat the clock: Pitchers put on timers in high minors

Minor League Baseball's governing body said a ball will be called in the count starting May 1 when a pitcher fails to start his windup or reach the set position within 20 seconds after having possession of the ball on the mound

Royals lose exhibition game to Giants

Omar Infante had two hits and drove in two runs for the Royals, and Salvador Perez had two hits and drove in a run.

Not the smoothest road to the Masters for McIlroy

He missed the cut at the Honda Classic. He was missing a club at the Cadillac Championship when he flung his 3-iron into a lake. And his highlight at the Arnold Palmer Invitational was eating a banana split after dinner with the King.

NFL suspending TV blackouts for 2015 season

No NFL games will be blocked from local television next season, the league said Monday at the owners' meetings. The teams voted for a one-year suspension of the long-standing blackout policy for the preseason and regular season.

Shifty business: It's a dilemma to shift in college baseball

As the use of defensive shifts by major league clubs has increased in the last five years, college teams have taken notice.


Michael Sam among 105 'vets' eyeing that elusive NFL job

Sam is trying to break into the NFL after two quick stints with the Rams and Cowboys. The veterans combine is an opportunity for previously-drafted players to prove they have something left in the tank.