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Ohtani begins with Angels to great fanfare, expectations

By JANIE McCAULEYAP Baseball Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Shohei Ohtani emerged from the clubhouse and tipped his cap to the swarm of Japanese countrymen capturing his every move, cameras clicking a mile a minute. He offered that signature smile, something Angels manager Mike Scioscia noticed right away and appreciates …

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NL champion Dodgers getting started again with familiar 5

By STEPHEN HAWKINSAP Sports Writer GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – All-Star closer Kenley Jansen likes the way the defending National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers are getting started again – with a very familiar rotation. Even with Yu Darvish already in a different NL blue after his short stint as a …

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Stars back on the field as pitchers, catchers begin workouts

By NOAH TRISTERAP Baseball Writer Justin Verlander is looking forward to a full season with the Houston Astros, while the New York Mets are hoping for a healthier year for their starting staff. The New York Yankees? Well, this season may not be about their pitchers and catchers, but they …

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Yanks’ Judge on track for opening day after shoulder surgery

By MARK DIDTLERAssociated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Yankees slugger Aaron Judge took batting practice for the first time since left shoulder surgery and said he is on track to play on opening day. Judge hit a rookie record 52 home runs last year and was a unanimous pick for …

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Ex-Heisman winner Manziel attempts comeback in Spring League

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel says he’s making a football comeback. Manziel announced Wednesday that he’ll participate in the developmental Spring League in Austin, Texas, which will play from March 28 to April 15. The league is designed for players hoping to impress NFL scouts. …

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Woods back at Riviera, a course that never treated him well

By DOUG FERGUSONAP Golf Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) – Even when Tiger Woods hardly ever lost, he never could win at Riviera. Woods resumes his comeback from a fourth back surgery at the Genesis Open, marking his return to the course where he made his PGA Tour debut as a …

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Elliott picked to follow dad’s path as NASCAR’s most popular

By DAN GELSTON and MARK LONGAP Sports Writers DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Chase Elliott won a popularity contest before he even won a Cup Series race. Elliott was the overwhelming favorite to be crowned the sport’s next most popular driver. Although the actual award will be handed out in …

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White apologizes for comments on sexual misconduct lawsuit

By JAKE SEINERAP Sports Writer PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) – Shaun White has apologized after dismissing the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a 2016 lawsuit as “gossip” shortly after winning his third Olympic gold medal in the men’s halfpipe on Wednesday. White has been the world’s dominant snowboarder …

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‘Tito’ Francona, father of Indians manager Terry, dies.

By TOM WITHERSAP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) – Terry Francona loves to talk about his dad. Their relationship went way beyond baseball. One a Cleveland Indians player, the other the team’s adored manager. Father and son. Tito and the kid who became Tito. John “Tito” Francona, who proudly watched his …

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The Latest: Patrick slips up, reveals Indianapolis 500 ride

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – The Latest on Daytona 500 media day (all times local): 5:20 p.m. Danica Patrick let it slip Wednesday that she will drive the Indianapolis 500 for Ed Carpenter Racing. Patrick was upset about the error, dropping the microphone at Daytona 500 media day and mumbling …

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