BOSTON (AP) - Although Roberto Luongo is receiving much of the blame for Vancouver's two-game meltdown in Boston during the Stanley Cup finals, the Canucks refuse to allow their goalie to take the heat alone.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jeff Francoeur drove in two runs, helping Luke Hochevar win for the first time in seven starts, and the Kansas City Royals survived Joakim Soria's shaky ninth to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Thursday.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - With his banged-up team mired in a nine-game losing streak and rampant speculation about the tenuous status of manager Bob Geren, general manager Billy Beane felt he had no other choice than to make a change at skipper.
BOSTON (AP) - Tim Thomas is tough for the Canucks to beat - and beat up.
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki's fever is gone.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Adam Lind hit a grand slam and Jayson Nix added a three-run homer to power the Toronto Blue Jays to a 9-8 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.
BOSTON (AP) - Just three days after the Bruins staggered back to Boston, they've barged right back into the Stanley Cup finals with two brilliant blowout wins.
NEW YORK (AP) - Whether they are meeting in secret locations or in the middle of Times Square at rush hour, talks between NFL owners and players are a good sign.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Eric Crouch is giving pro football yet another try.
NEW YORK - Former Duke basketball player Thomas Emma fell from the 12th floor of the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan to his death in an apparent suicide, police said.
DALLAS (AP) - LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have rooms across the hall from one another at Miami's team hotel in Dallas, which was convenient after Game 4 of the NBA finals.
DALLAS (AP) - Repeating the words several times, David Stern made it clear: NBA owners and players are "very far apart" on a new labor deal.
DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat keep taking their NBA Finals games down to the final minute. The difference in the last three games has been a single shot, with each decided three points or less.
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki went home from his latest dramatic performance in the NBA finals, took a shower then slurped some chicken soup and hot tea. After a good night's rest, he returned to work Wednesday still dealing with a slight temperature and the sniffles, so he took it easy.
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks have pulled off another stunning comeback, tying the NBA finals at two games each.
ST. LOUIS - All those runaway wins, it's hard for unbeaten Wichita State to pick a favorite.
DURHAM, N.C. - Freshman Jabari Parker had a season-high 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Duke past No. 14 North Carolina 93-81 Saturday night.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Its NCAA chances all but gone, West Virginia showed it still has some fight left in a lackluster season.
PHOENIX - Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run double in the first inning on the first pitch he saw this spring, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6 on Saturday.
MANHATTAN - Kenny Chery kept stepping to the free-throw line and kept knocking them down.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - With strands of net behind their ears, Florida seniors Casey Prather, Scottie Wilbekin, Will Yeguete and Patric Young stopped at midcourt and kissed the floor.
LAWRENCE - Andrew Wiggins remembers sitting in the bleachers of Allen Fieldhouse long after the final whistle, watching as the crowd showered the departing Kansas players with love.
SURPRISE, Ariz. - Jose Abreu hit his first home run as a Chicago White Sox split-squad and the Kansas City Royals tied 6-6 on Thursday.
WAKE FOREST 82, No. 4 DUKE 72
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Kansas City ace James Shields allowed one hit in three scoreless innings and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer in the Royals' 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
OMAHA, Neb. - It's been a season of no regrets for Creighton's Doug McDermott.
LAWRENCE - Tarik Black pulled a Big 12 championship T-shirt over his broad shoulders, slipped a title hat on his head, and then gave Andrew Wiggins and the rest of his teammates a hug.
March Madness is ramping up with the conference tournaments starting this week and the NCAA tournament just around the corner.