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FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2016, file photo, New England Patriots' Tom Brady (12), Rob Gronkowski (87) and James Develin (46) head back to the sideline after LeGarrette Blount scored a touchdown during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y. Gronkowski says he is retiring from the NFL after nine seasons. Gronkowski announced his decision via a post on Instagram Sunday, March 24, 2019, saying that a few months shy of this 30th birthday “its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile.” (AP Photo/Bill Wippert, File)
April 01, 2019 - 11:17 am
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Don't. Even. Joke. New England Patriots fans who forgot that Monday is April Fools' Day might have been panicking when quarterback Tom Brady tweeted that he had decided to retire. The six-time Super Bowl champion has joined Twitter and his first post said simply: "I'm...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper, left, hits a homerun off Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Shane Carle during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Philadelphia. At right is catcher Brian McCann. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
April 01, 2019 - 10:48 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper is ready to raise a li'l slugger in Philadelphia. Harper announced Monday on Instagram that he and his wife, Kayla, are expecting their first child, a boy. Harper posted a photo of him and his wife holding a "Baby Harper" No. 3 jersey in front of the Benjamin...
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Michigan State guard Cassius Winston, right, celebrates with teammates Matt McQuaid (20), Nick Ward (44) and Gabe Brown (13) after defeating Duke in an NCAA men's East Regional final college basketball game in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 01, 2019 - 8:53 am
Michigan State's dramatic NCAA Tournament victory over Duke drew a 10.5 television rating, the highest for a late Sunday regional final in 14 years. CBS Sports and Turner Sports say Nielsen ratings for the entire tournament are up 8% from last year at 6.7, heading into Saturday's Final Four...
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ADDS UPDATE OF NASHVILLE CITY DECISION ON TREES - Pedestrians make their way through a row of Cherry trees at Riverfront Park along First Ave. North in Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, March 30, 2019. Nashville was planning to cut down 21 cherry trees to make space for an NFL draft stage, but later Saturday, Nashville Mayor David Briley said the city won't cut down the trees. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP)
April 01, 2019 - 7:14 am
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The leader of a Nashville organizing group for this month's NFL draft has apologized about initial plans to cut 21 ornamental cherry trees to make room for the event, which caused an uproar before it was modified. Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. CEO Butch Spyridon...
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Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer directs her team during the first half of a regional semifinal game against the Missouri State in the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)
April 01, 2019 - 6:54 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Defending national champion Notre Dame and Stanford have Hall of Fame coaches in Muffet McGraw and Tara VanDerveer and successful traditions that include two NCAA titles for each program. Even though they followed similar paths, they went years without meeting. But lately, they keep...
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Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo celebrates as he comes off the court after an NCAA men's East Regional final college basketball game against Duke in Washington, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Michigan State won 68-67. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 01, 2019 - 6:09 am
Tom Izzo drew up the perfect play at the perfect moment, sending Michigan State past mighty Duke for a spot in the Final Four. The trip is always emotional, but Izzo has done it before. This will be his eighth Final Four and a chance for a second national championship. The other three Final Four...
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England's Callum Hudson-Odoi dribbles with the ball in his first match for the team during the Euro 2020 group A qualifying soccer match between Montenegro and England at the City Stadium in Podgorica, Montenegro, Monday, March 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
April 01, 2019 - 5:17 am
Callum Hudson-Odoi, one of English soccer's top young talents, is stalling on signing a new contract at Chelsea and it's easy to see why. He's hardly feeling the love of his manager right now. Heading into the resumption of the Premier League last weekend, the 18-year-old Hudson-Odoi was coming off...
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FILE - In this May 11, 2009 file photo, Russia's Elena Dementieva returns the ball to Lourdes Dominguez from Spain during Madrid Open Tennis Tournament at the Caja Magica (Magic Box) in Madrid, Spain.The changes about the new Davis Cup will go beyond its revamped format. A new sponsorship strategy will make tennis' top team competition look different to television viewers depending on where they are watching it. The group behind the new Davis Cup is planning to use virtual replacement advertising during broadcasts at the inaugural "World Cup" of tennis in Madrid from Nov. 18-24, meaning sponsors' logos and banners will be superimposed digitally on the courts. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza, File)
April 01, 2019 - 2:36 am
MADRID (AP) — The changes in the Davis Cup go beyond its revamped format. In addition to a new playing formula that will bring nations together for a weeklong tournament in a single venue, the Davis Cup is also implementing a new sponsorship strategy that will make tennis' top team competition look...
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April 01, 2019 - 1:54 am
CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — A British boxer has had his license suspended after being disqualified for biting during a heavyweight fight. Kash Ali was accused by opponent David Price of biting him on multiple occasions in the non-title fight in Liverpool on Saturday before it was waved off in the fifth...
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San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. reacts after hitting a single in his first at-bat of his major leagues career, during the second inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
April 01, 2019 - 12:59 am
Opening day was particularly special for Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eloy Jimenez. In large part because they weren't stuck at El Paso and Charlotte. It's common for baseball's top prospects to spend a bit of time in the minors at the beginning of the season, but the Padres and White Sox put Tatis and...
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