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Mark Williams wins 3rd world snooker title at 43

SHEFFIELD, England (AP) – Mark Williams won the world snooker championship for the third time, 15 years after his last, after beating John Higgins 18-16 in one of the great finals at the Crucible Theatre on Monday. At 43, Williams became the oldest winner of the sport’s biggest prize since …

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Djokovic defeats Nishikori in 1st round of Madrid Open

By TALES AZZONIAP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) – Novak Djokovic got the type of win he needed to boost his confidence and get his game back on track. He beat 20th-ranked Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the Madrid Open on Monday, his highest-ranked win in 10 …

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Buffalo buzzing over Bills draft picks, Sabres lottery win

By JOHN WAWROWAP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) – The Buffalo Bills were so dull during their lean years, comedian Nick Bakay feared his body would fuse to the couch while watching them play. “It’s an incredibly disturbing image,” Bakay said of wasting away Sundays witnessing his hometown team sleepwalk …

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Van Gundy won’t return to Pistons as coach or team president

By NOAH TRISTERAP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) – After four seasons of mostly mediocre results, the Detroit Pistons are moving on without Stan Van Gundy. He won’t return as president of basketball operations and he isn’t staying on as Detroit’s coach, either. Van Gundy held both those roles for four …

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Group: NCAA reforms should go further amid FBI hoops probe

By AARON BEARDAP Basketball Writer The Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics supports recent reform proposals to the NCAA amid a federal corruption investigation into college basketball – but wants the NCAA to do more. The commission suggests changing the NCAA’s governance structure and additional financial regulations regarding coaches or school …

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Russian star Evgenia Medvedeva to train with Brian Orser

TORONTO (AP) – Two-time Olympic silver medalist Evgenia Medvedeva is leaving longtime coach Eteri Tutberidze to work with Brian Orser, the Canadian coach who has guided Yuna Kim and Yuzuru Hanyu to Olympic titles. Medvedeva announced the change Monday in a statement from the Figure Skating Federation of Russia. The …

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Pelicans’ preferred pace presents dilemma vs. Warriors

By BRETT MARTELAP Sports Writer NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The Pelicans’ penchant for pushing the pace looks more and more like a quixotic mission to out-Warrior the Warriors. That’s been the dilemma for Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry as New Orleans has slid into a 3-1 hole in its Western Conference …

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Michael Griffin signs 1-day contract, retires with Titans

By TERESA M. WALKERAP Pro Football Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Michael Griffin says his 10-year NFL career was a blessing that lasted far longer than some of his former teammates at the University of Texas. The two-time Pro Bowl safety officially ended that career Monday by signing a one-day …

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Golden Knights’ magic ride heads to conference final

By JOSH DUBOWAP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – The crew of castoffs that carried the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to a division title and two rounds of playoffs wins in a reality-defying season are more than just a feel-good story. They’ve proven themselves to be legitimate Stanley Cup …

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Players’ union files grievance on behalf of Eric Reid

By The Associated Press The NFL players’ union has filed a non-injury grievance on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid. The NFLPA cites one team appearing “to have based its decision not to sign a player based on the player’s statement that he would challenge the implementation of a …

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