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Royals have offensive outburst in 13-2 win over Rangers

Eric Hosmer and Royals newcomers Kendrys Morales and Alex Rios hit consecutive first-inning homers in the team's spring training opener Wednesday.

MLS, players agree to labor contract, avoid possible strike

Major League Soccer and its players' union agreed in principle to a five-year labor contract, averting a possible strike ahead of Friday's season opener.

NCAA baseball sees intended effects of new flat-seam ball

The NCAA announced Wednesday that college teams are hitting a home run about every other game. "I guess the seams do matter," said Eastern Michigan's Mitchell McGeein, whose total of five homers in 13 games is one more than he hit all last season. "Last year, I got hold of some balls that should have been out, and they would end up getting caught. Now when I hit a ball the same way, I'm getting rewarded for it."

Baseball tries to speed game up this spring

Major League Baseball introduced its new pace of play initiatives during five exhibition games in Arizona and Florida. As expected, there were a few minor glitches as players, managers, umpires and fans adjusted to the "rules" designed to make games shorter, more appealing to TV viewers and perhaps lure the next generation of fans to a sport fighting for attention.

Nuggets fire coach Shaw

The first-time head coach was fired after 1 1/2 seasons Tuesday, with the team at 20-39 and on a six-game losing streak. Assistant coach Melvin Hunt will be the interim coach.

Jameis Winston has predraft meeting with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs have the top pick for the first time since 1987. Upgrading at quarterback is a priority after going 2-14 last season and missing the playoffs for the seventh straight year.

Manny Pacquiao big hit so far in Vegas sports books

A flurry of early action on Pacquiao has already narrowed the odds for the big fight on May 2. When the bell rings, it's conceivable that Floyd Mayweather Jr. might not be favored at all.

Adam Wainwright getting back up to speed after injury

 "That was perfect," Wainwright said of his first bullpen session at spring training since straining an abdominal muscle a week ago. "That's what I wanted."


Royals banking on Morales, Rios to fuel power-starved lineup

The Royals don't have many home run hitters but hope new additions can provide the pop.

St. Louis Blues make moves before NHL's trade deadline

The St. Louis Blues made their third move on the trade deadline, acquiring forward Olli Jokinen from the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional sixth-round draft pick in 2016.

Chiefs place franchise tag on All-Pro Houston

The 26-year-old had a franchise-best 22 sacks last year.

Stolen No. 44 NASCAR race car found in suburban Atlanta

Police in Gwinnett County northeast of Atlanta received a suspicious vehicle call at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday, nearly 24 hours after the race car was stolen, said Jeffery Richter, the public information officer. A motorist spotted the No. 44 machine along a darkened road and quickly realized it must be the stolen race car.

Thunder's Russell Westbrook has surgery on cheekbone

The MVP of the All-Star game, Westbrook has had triple-doubles in his past three games. For the month of February, he averaged 31.2 points, 10.2 assists and 9.1 rebounds and led the team to a 9-3 record.

Former Knick Mason dies at 48

Mason was a defensive force who played for six NBA teams from 1989-2003, a popular protector of superstars like Ewing and respected by opponents who knew they were in for punishment when they played against him.

Adam Wainwright might miss Cardinals' season opener

Adam Wainwright was hurt Monday while putting a 45-pound weight back on a rack. He returned to St. Louis for an examination by Dr. Michael Brunt, who said the injury was minor.

NHL players getting an education about blood clots

Reasons vary, but with better awareness, more athletes are being diagnosed with and treated for blood clots.

No word on possible MLB discipline for Los Angeles slugger Hamilton

The 33-year-old has a history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse, leading to suspensions that cost him more than three years while in the minors. The Angels have confirmed Hamilton's meeting with MLB, but have declined to give any more information.

Judge rules for Peterson, opening door for reinstatement

Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL were handed a second high-profile legal defeat Thursday, when U.S. District Judge David Doty overruled league arbitrator Harold Henderson's December denial of the six-time Pro Bowl running back's appeal.

Bulls' Rose to have surgery Friday

A timetable for the Chicago Bulls star's return will be determined after the operation.

Alexander Steen scores winner in shootout to lift Blues past Jets

Vladimir Tarasenko also scored in the tiebreaker for the Blues. Patrik Berglund had St. Louis' score in regulation, and Brian Elliott finished with 30 saves through overtime.