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FILE - In this Friday, March 15, 2019 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber bats during a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz. Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. became free agents Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 when the Chicago Cubs declined to offer contracts to two key players from their historic 2016 World Series championship. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
December 03, 2020 - 2:49 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. were cut loose by the Chicago Cubs after helping the team win its first World Series title in more than a century, among 59 players who became free agents as part of the fallout from the coranavirus pandemic when their teams declined to offer...
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Gonzaga's Drew Timme goes to the basket during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
December 03, 2020 - 1:23 am
The first week of the college basketball season was filled with great games, a few upsets, stellar performances and a handful of coronavirus cancelations. Next up is a rare treat: No. 1 vs. No. 2. Top-ranked Gonzaga and No. 2 Baylor will play in Indianapolis on Saturday for the ninth meeting...
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Illinois' Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) looks to shoot as Baylor's Mark Vital (11) and Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua (23) defend during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
December 03, 2020 - 12:19 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Scott Drew watched No. 2 Baylor's first two games in quarantine. When he returned to the sideline Wednesday night, he found himself coaching in a vastly different atmosphere — and relying on a familiar script. Adam Flagler scored 18 points, three of his teammates also reached...
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Oregon forward Eugene Omoruyi (2) shoots a free throw against Missouri during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/John Peterson)
December 02, 2020 - 11:08 pm
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Missouri passed its early test against No. 21 Oregon, validating coach Cuonzo Martin's belief that a Tigers team that returned four starters is poised to move up in the Southeastern Conference. Xavier Pinson scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half and Missouri overcame a...
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Gonzaga coach Mark Few stands over Jalen Suggs (1) as he is examined during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against West Virginia, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
December 02, 2020 - 10:35 pm
INDIANANAPOLIS (AP) — Losing Jalen Suggs in the first half shook up No. 1 Gonzaga. Getting him back in the second half Wednesday provided a needed jolt of energy. Joel Ayayi matched his career high with 21 points and Andrew Nembhard and Corey Kispert each scored 19 points, and Suggs' return shifted...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 file photo, Houston Rockets' Russell Westbrook (0) goes up for a shot as Oklahoma City Thunder's Nerlens Noel, right, defends during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Houston Rockets have traded Russell Westbrook to the Washington Wizards for John Wall and a future lottery-protected. first-round pick. Both teams announced the trade Wednesday night, Dec. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
December 02, 2020 - 8:58 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Russell Westbrook is headed to the Washington Wizards and John Wall is moving to the Houston Rockets in a significant swap of point guards — one an MVP, the other a No. 1 overall draft pick — just weeks before the season starts. The Wizards shipped a future lottery-protected first...
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FILE - In this Friday, March 15, 2019 file photo, Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber bats during a spring training baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz. Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. became free agents Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020 when the Chicago Cubs declined to offer contracts to two key players from their historic 2016 World Series championship. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
December 02, 2020 - 8:52 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Kyle Schwarber and Albert Almora Jr. became free agents Wednesday when the Chicago Cubs declined to offer contracts to two key players from their historic 2016 World Series championship. While Schwarber, Almora, slugger José Martínez and pitcher Ryan Tepera were non-tendered, the...
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December 02, 2020 - 8:16 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have agreed to a non-guaranteed deal with LiAngelo Ball, according to a person with knowledge of the agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the deal had not been announced. Ball is the brother of New Orleans Pelicans guard...
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Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, left, greets Penn State head coach James Franklin after an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Penn State won 27-17. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
December 02, 2020 - 8:04 pm
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel strongly rebuked any notion that the Wolverines would try to avoid facing rival Ohio State in the regular-season finale, calling the notion “ridiculous” and infuriating in a scathing statement Wednesday. Manuel spoke hours after...
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Texas guard Matt Coleman III (2) shoots for the winning basket over North Carolina guard R.J. Davis (4) in the second half an NCAA college basketball game for the championship of the Maui Invitational, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, in Asheville, N.C. Texas won 69-67. Coleman was awarded the MVP. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)
December 02, 2020 - 7:10 pm
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — It wasn’t long after Texas arrived for the relocated Maui Invitational that coach Shaka Smart pointed out the banners hanging above the court to recognize the tournament’s past champions. “We said: ‘There’s no Texas on these banners,’” Smart said. There will be now, thanks to...
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