Athlete injuries

Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper watches his single off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
March 21, 2019 - 4:19 am
Bryce Harper got his first hit of spring training. Harper lined a 97-mph fastball to center in the fourth inning of Wednesday's game against Detroit his first spring training hit with the Philadelphia Phillies after a 0-for-9 start. Harper jokingly gestured toward the dugout that he wanted to keep...
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Arizona State's Kimani Lawrence, left, and St. John's Sedee Keita, right, dive for a loose ball during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
March 21, 2019 - 12:42 am
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A freshman guard overcame a frightful fall and helped Bobby Hurley — a two-time champion guard at Duke — get his first NCAA Tournament win as a coach. Luguentz Dort shook off knee and hip injuries from a hard fall, scored 21 points and led the Sun Devils to a long-awaited NCAA...
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton (2) drives to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks' Brook Lopez (11) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
March 20, 2019 - 10:28 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Collin Sexton scored 25 points, Jordan Clarkson added 23 and the Cleveland Cavaliers delayed Milwaukee from clinching the Central Division on Wednesday night with a 107-102 win over the bruised Bucks, who were without superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo. Sexton made a 3-pointer...
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Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (21) shoots as Boston Celtics' Terry Rozier, from right, Aron Baynes, Marcus Smart and Al Horford watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
March 20, 2019 - 10:22 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid had 37 points, 22 rebounds and a key block on Kyrie Irving with 35 seconds remaining, and Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Boston Celtics 118-115 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory...
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Kentucky's Ashton Hagans, coach John Calipari, left rear, and PJ Washington, right, watch the broadcast of the NCAA men's Division I college basketball tournament selection show at Calipari's home in Lexington, Ky., Sunday, March 17, 2019. (AP Photo/James Crisp)
March 20, 2019 - 6:43 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — As the Kentucky Wildcats went through a casual shoot-around the day before their opening game of the NCAA tournament, complete with a blaring band and thousands of blue-clad fans watching every move, something was missing. Their best player. PJ Washington, a rare sophomore...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2017, file photo, Los Angeles Angels' Mike Trout is greeted in the dugout after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Seattle. A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press Tuesday, March 19, 2019, that Trout and the Angels are close to finalizing a record $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
March 20, 2019 - 4:02 am
Mike Trout is about to cash in. Big time. Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract that would shatter the record for the largest deal in North American sports history, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The deal was...
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FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2018, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon (70) looks on after Milwaukee Brewers' Domingo Santana (16) scores during the eighth inning of a tie break baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago. After four consecutive playoff appearances and the 2016 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs are way past playing for Maddon's future. Maddon is entering the final year of his contract after the team declined to offer an extension to its 65-year-old manager. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)
March 19, 2019 - 11:15 am
CHICAGO (AP) — After four consecutive playoff appearances and the 2016 World Series title, the Chicago Cubs are way past playing for Joe Maddon's future. They also know what's going on, too. Maddon is entering the final year of his contract after the team declined to offer an extension to its 65-...
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FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2018, file photo, Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan performs during the men's free figure skating final in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Hanyu is recovering from a right ankle injury that forced him to skip the Dec. 21-24 Japan nationals. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)
March 19, 2019 - 3:35 am
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu says he has recovered from an ankle injury and is ready to compete for the title at the world figure skating championships. "Before the season, I wasn't in what I would say was an ideal 100 percent," Hanyu told a news conference Tuesday,...
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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, March 18, 2019. Jokic scored 21 points as the Nuggets defeated the Celtics 114-105. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
March 18, 2019 - 11:14 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Denver Nuggets are headed back to the postseason after a six-year drought. Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 114-105 on Monday night and clinched their first playoff berth since 2012-13. Will Barton...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2018, file photo, Cincinnati Bengals outside linebacker Vontaze Burfict walks the field during practice before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Cincinnati. The Bengals terminated the contract of Burfict on Monday, March 18, 2019, releasing him to free agency. (AP Photo/Frank Victores, File)
March 18, 2019 - 5:34 pm
The Bengals stuck with linebacker Vontaze Burfict through all his troubles, including a hit to Antonio Brown's head that led to a playoff loss. They finally released him on Monday after a season of below-average performance. During seven seasons with Cincinnati, Burfict was repeatedly suspended by...
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