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Tuesday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on March 3, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Dez Wells scored six straight points after Rutgers tied the game late in the second half and No. 10 Maryland won its sixth straight game, a much-harder than expected 60-50 victory over the Scarlet Knights on Tuesday night.

Georgia looks to derail Kentucky’s quest for history

With a perfect regular season in sight, No. 1 Kentucky looks downright unstoppable.

Wainwright throws first bullpen session since injury

Adam Wainwright bumped fists and smiled following a short bullpen session Monday, the first since straining his abdominal muscle a week ago.

Blues make three trades before NHL deadline

The St. Louis Blues made three deals before the trade deadline, none of them game-changers.

Royals banking on Morales, Rios to fuel power-starved lineup

Dayton Moore knows perfectly well how rare it was for a team as starved for power as the Kansas City Royals were last season to make the playoffs, let alone the World Series.

To tag or not to tag in the NFL

NFL games have begun for 2015.

Daughter's letter requesting NHL trade comes true

Jordan Leopold has learned he’s coming home, to the Minnesota Wild.

Chiefs put franchise tag on All-Pro Houston

The Kansas City Chiefs signaled Monday they have no intention of parting ways with Justin Houston, moving swiftly to place the franchise tag on their All-Pro pass rusher.

Iowa State rallies past Oklahoma

Georges Niang had 20 of his 23 points in the second half and No. 17 Iowa State rallied from a 21-point deficit Monday night to stun No. 15 Oklahoma 77-70 to snap a two-game losing streak.

Countdown on as baseball readies for pace of play rules

During his playing career, Mike Hargrove’s unique routine at the plate went something like this: step into the batter’s box, adjust gloves, brush lip, tap cleats with bat to remove dirt, check helmet, tug at jersey sleeve, hitch up pants, check right thumb protector. Repeat.

Cubs expect 'dusty' year around renovations

When the Chicago Cubs open their season at Wrigley Field next month, players and fans alike may feel a bit like a homeowner who lives in a house where workers are tearing apart the kitchen.

Monday's NBA Capsules

Games played on March 2, 2015

NBA ROUNDUP: Tyler Johnson scored a career-high 26 points, Goran Dragic added 21 against his former team and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 115-98 on Monday night in a game that included two third-quarter altercations.

Monday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on March 2, 2015

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Breanna Stewart scored 29 points while Morgan Tuck and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis added 18 apiece Monday night as top-ranked Connecticut beat South Florida 88-65 on Monday night for its 28th straight win.

State leaders invade Fort Leonard Wood

Officials will fight job cuts tied to Army drawdown

Missouri officials are opposing potential cuts of 5,400 civilian and military jobs at Fort Leonard Wood by 2020 because of the potential impact on surrounding areas and the state.

Monday's Top 25 College Men's Basketball Capsules

Games played on March 2, 2015

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Anthony Gill scored 17 points to lead four Virginia players in double figures and the second-ranked Cavaliers beat Syracuse 59-47 on Monday night to capture the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title for the second straight year.

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Bill Gates repeats at top of Forbes’ list of billionaires

The world’s richest person got even richer this year. And a basketball superstar-turned-owner made the list for the first time.

$4.8M in gold bars stolen in armored truck heist

Shortly after dusk along a lonely stretch of Interstate 95, armed robbers hijacked an armored truck, tied up the two guards and disappeared into the night with 275 pounds of gold bars.

Police chief: Man killed on Skid Row reached for gun

Police fatally shot a homeless man on Skid Row during a “brutal” videotaped struggle in which a rookie officer cried out that the man had hold of his gun before three other officers opened fire, the Los Angeles police chief said Monday.

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Suspect declared ‘Heil Hitler!’ after Jewish site shootings

A man accused of fatally shooting three people at Jewish sites in Kansas declared “Heil Hitler!” and asked how many Jews he had killed after the attacks, a police officer who was at the scene testified Monday.

High court weighs limits on child abuse evidence

The Supreme Court is considering limits on the type of evidence that can be used in child abuse cases, a move that could hamstring prosecutors in domestic violence trials.

Boehner leaves open possible vote on Dem-backed DHS bill

Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday of passage of long-term funding for the Department of Homeland Security without immigration provisions attached, as his alternatives dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White House and Democrats.

US consumer spending rose in Jan. after inflation adjustment

U.S. consumers spent less for a second consecutive month in January, but the weakness came from a big decline in gas prices. Excluding price changes, consumer spending was up in January and analysts expect strong income gains will fuel further solid increases in spending in the months ahead.

NASDAQ 5,000: Index passes milestone

The Nasdaq composite closed above 5,000 for the first time since its dot-com era peak nearly 15 years ago after merger news and an encouraging economic report helped push U.S. stocks broadly higher on Monday.

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Woman with slain Putin critic says she didn't see his killer

The 23-year-old Ukrainian model who was with slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov tearfully recounted Monday their last dinner in a chic Red Square restaurant and their walk onto a nearby bridge — but said she did not see the gunman who pulled the trigger.

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Iran nuke talks resume amid tense US-Israel debate

As U.S. and Israeli officials sparred in Washington over the wisdom of a nuclear deal with Iran, negotiations on a potential agreement resumed Monday, with Secretary of State John Kerry saying the sides are still far apart and warning Israel’s leader that leaks about the talks will hurt their chances for success.

Venezuela sets deadline to US to slash embassy staff

Venezuela’s government has given the U.S. two weeks to slash the size of its mission here to 17 diplomats as tensions between the two nations rise.

Lawmakers cancel hearings due to Missouri auditor's funeral

Missouri lawmakers are clearing their schedules to allow members to attend Auditor Tom Schweich's funeral.

‘Big Ticket’ lives up to name

Kevin Garnett, known as the “Big Ticket,” has purchased 1,000 tickets to Minnesota’s next game in appreciation of Timberwolves fans for their welcome of his return to the team.

Selling market for NHL teams as trade deadline nears

General managers, count your draft picks. In this trade market, they’re valuable currency.

Giants reliever Strickland insists he’s no hothead on mound

San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland is a big, strong country boy from Georgia with a triple-digit fastball.

Poulter’s stumble opens door at rain-delayed Honda Classic

Ian Poulter didn’t realize he had a three-shot lead in the Honda Classic, only that he was playing well enough to feel like he was in control of his game and the tournament.

Kaminsky, No. 5 Wisconsin beat Michigan State 68-61

Frank Kaminsky scored 31 points in his final home game, sophomore Nigel Hayes added 14 and No. 5 Wisconsin clinched at least a share of the Big Ten regular-season title with a 68-61 victory Sunday over Michigan State.

Gillespie, who once held college mark for baseball wins, dies at age of 88

Gordie Gillespie, one of the winningest coaches in college baseball history who also had success coaching football and basketball, has died. He was 88.

Astros newcomer Gattis heading to outfield

Evan Gattis is quickly becoming at ease in the clubhouse with his new Houston teammates. Adapting to his new spot on the field might take a little more time.

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Minoso, baseball’s first black Latino star, dies

When Minnie Minoso broke into major-league baseball, the “Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox.

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Just two races into season, Johnson has effectively clinched spot in the Chase

The season just started. The calendar hasn’t even turned to spring. Yet Jimmie Johnson has all but wrapped up a shot at his record-tying seventh NASCAR Sprint Cup title.

Pierzynski brings his show to Atlanta

A.J. Pierzynski has been called a lot of things during his lengthy major league career, and not many of them are very nice.

Scherzer simulates everything, including national anthem

Max Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to head onto the field to throw his first batting practice session for the Washington Nationals.

Darvish makes his point, and in English

Yu Darvish saved his best stuff for after his inning on the mound.

Missouri Republicans seek to rein in liberal cities

Republican lawmakers in Missouri’s Capitol often bristle at rules and requirements handed down from the federal government, saying they favor local authority in most matters.

Seoul: North Korea test fires 2 short-range missiles

North Korea on Monday fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and warned of “merciless strikes” against its enemies as allies Seoul and Washington launched annual military drills Pyongyang claims are preparation for a northward invasion.

No signs of deal to fund Homeland Security

House Republican leaders on Sunday demanded that Democrats begin negotiations on funding for the Homeland Security Department and President Barack Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration. Democrats showed no indication they were willing to talk, and some Republicans said the party should simply surrender and give the agency money without conditions.

Congress’ dysfunction not limited to Homeland Security fight

Congress’ dysfunction isn’t limited to the struggle to keep a Cabinet department running without interruption.

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30,000 march to mourn slain Putin foe

For the tens of thousands bearing flowers and tying black ribbons to railings in honor of slain Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, the solemn march through the Moscow drizzle on Sunday was a time for silence, not slogans.

US officials called 'terrorists' mock Venezuela travel ban

Conservative U.S. politicians banned from traveling to Venezuela by socialist President Nicolas Maduro are taking the restriction as a badge of honor.

Pickup truck goes into frozen river; dead dog found inside

A pickup truck went through the ice on a river early Sunday, and police found a dead dog but no people inside.

3rd child dies after carbon monoxide leak in Ohio home

The third of four children exposed to high levels of carbon monoxide from a furnace in a home has died.

Spacewaking astronauts finish extensive, tricky cable job

Spacewalking astronauts successfully completed a three-day cable job outside the International Space Station on Sunday, routing several-hundred feet of power and data lines for new crew capsules commissioned by NASA.

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New round of snow could push Boston to season record

After cold and snow that set February records, southern New England is entering March with another round that could push Boston over its 20-year-old snowfall record.

Sunday's Top 25 College Women's Basketball Capsules

Games played on March 1, 2015

COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Jennifer O'Neill and Makayla Epps combined for 22 second-half points and No. 13 Kentucky made 27 free throws in beating No. 2 South Carolina 67-56 on Sunday, denying the Gamecocks an unbeaten season in Southeastern Conference play.