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NBA commissioner Silver makes raising age limit a priority

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college. So much so that NCAA president Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners. Silver is moving cautiously on potential changes …

Champion gymnast Biles looks to August’s nationals in Pittsburgh visit

By Kellie B. Gormly
Simone Biles, already a champion gymnast at 17, had to miss this past weekend’s Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships because of a hurting shoulder that needed …

Plum’s Cressler commits to Vanderbilt

By Bill Beckner Jr.
From the time Vanderbilt called him — he said his phone rang a mere hour after his transfer from Cornell became official — up until …

Olympic great Phelps to ‘test the waters,’ end retirement

By The Associated Press
Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward possibly swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for …

Bubba wins Masters by three strokes

By The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Ga. — One of golf’s most exciting players squeezed most of the drama out of the Masters on Sunday. That’s just fine with Bubba …

Federal League baseball pitcher Knetzer made history on the mound

By Jason Cato
A brass marching band led a parade through crowd-lined Downtown streets, over the Sixth Street Bridge and to the gates of the North Side’s Exposition …

McKeesport’s Marshall still clawing away at NBA dreams

By Dave Mackall
Even in the NBA Developmental League, a farm system for the top basketball circuit in the world, there’s only so many roster spots. McKeesport product …

Spieth, Watson tied atop crowded Masters leaderboard

By The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Ga. — In a Masters longing for star power, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth put himself atop the leaderboard and 18 holes away from replacing Tiger …

Putting fails defending champ

By Wire Reports
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Adam Scott lost his touch on the treacherous greens at Augusta National. Scott came up short with his long putter Saturday, three-putting …

Watson goes on a birdie binge to take 2nd-round lead at Masters

By The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Ga. — Bubba Watson likes the way he looks in green. He wants to get that color back in his wardrobe. Watson surged to …

Haas manages Augusta, leads Masters after 68

By The Associated Press
AUGUSTA, Ga. — No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable. With his green jacket …

Fox Chapel grad Kolod a diving star at Virginia

By Marty Stewart
While at Fox Chapel, JB Kolod rewrote the record books with his diving skills. He’s now on a full-fledged assault on the diving records at …

UConn women rout Notre Dame, win 9th national title

By The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Geno Auriemma and Connecticut stand alone in women’s college basketball, and they reached the top in unprecedented  fashion. The Huskies routed Notre …

Connecticut tops Kentucky to capture NCAA Tournament

By The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas — No conference wanted them. Several teammates and their coach left them. The NCAA kept them out for a year. UConn won it …

College Basketball Tuesday: NBA teams smitten with freshmen as top draft picks

By John Harris
At the conclusion of Monday night’s national championship game, the annual rite of passage at Kentucky will begin. Freshmen Julius Randle and James Young are …

Title game: Kentucky freshmen vs. UConn comeback players

By The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas — All those Kentucky freshmen against a Connecticut team already with a few championship rings. After yet another game-winning shot from Aaron Harrison, …