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In this Feb. 8, 2018, photo, Brent Weidenbach, director of product management for Axe Bat, poses for a photo holding one of his company's baseball bats in the batting cage at the company's warehouse in Renton, Wash. Axe Bat is trying to revolutionize baseball with a simple concept -- a bat handle that is shaped like the handle of an axe. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
April 25, 2018 - 10:11 am
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Players have been altering bats for decades in a bid to improve their grip — adding pine-tar or some specialized grip tape, maybe shaving the handle slightly to make it thinner. Gradually, some players have started gravitating to a more revolutionary option offered by a company...
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FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney speaks at a news conference for the Sugar Bowl NCAA college football bowl game, in New Orleans. This spring was a busy one around the Atlantic Coast Conference _ especially for the returning quarterbacks who won division titles last season.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
April 25, 2018 - 10:10 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — This spring was a busy one around the Atlantic Coast Conference — especially for the returning quarterbacks who won division titles last season. In a conference in which its only new head coach wasted no time getting comfortable in his new position and Louisville developed a...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2010, file photo, basketballs are seen before Northern Iowa's NCAA college basketball practice, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. College basketball spent an entire season operating amid a federal corruption investigation that magnified long-simmering problems within the sport, from unethical agent conduct to concerns over the "one-and-done" model. Now it’s time to hear new ideas on how to fix them. On Wednesday morning, April 25, 2018, the commission headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will present its proposed reforms to university presidents of the NCAA Board of Governors and the Division I Board of Directors at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. And that starts what could be a complicated process in getting changes adopted and implemented in time for next season. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
April 25, 2018 - 9:58 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With agent conduct part of the federal corruption investigation into college basketball, the commission charged with finding reforms wants the NCAA to actively monitor agents and provide regulated ways for them to advise athletes on their professional prospects. The Commission...
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CORRECTS TO MEEK MILL NOT MEEK MILLS Rapper Meek Mill comes out to ring a Liberty Bell replica before the first half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
April 25, 2018 - 9:36 am
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia-born rapper Meek Mill rang a replica Liberty Bell at center court of the Philadelphia 76ers' first-round clinching playoff game Tuesday less than two hours after being released from prison while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions. Following a five-month...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, March 27, 2018 file photo, Spain's team poses for a team photo prior the international friendly soccer match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. (AP Photo/Paul White, File)
April 25, 2018 - 6:26 am
MADRID (AP) — After recent struggles at major tournaments, the remaining stars of Spain's golden generation could be facing a last stand at the World Cup. Winning two European Championships and a first World Cup, the Spanish were unstoppable from 2008 to 2012. But they began to falter at the 2014...
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FILE - In this Thursday Aug. 31, 2017 filer Portugal players pose for photos before the World Cup Group B qualifying soccer match between Portugal and Faroe Islands at the Bessa Stadium in Porto, Portugal. (AP Photo/Paulo Duarte, File)
April 25, 2018 - 6:26 am
Portugal has received assistance from Real Madrid in its quest for a first World Cup title, even though it plays Spain in the opening game. By allowing Cristiano Ronaldo to sit out less meaningful matches, Madrid's management of the 33-year-old forward in the twilight of his career means he should...
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In this photo taken on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, from top left, Morocco soccer players Elkaabi Ayoub, Elhajam Oualid, Bammou Yacine, Saiss Ghanem, Munir Elkajoui, Dacosta Merouane, from bottom left, Labyed Zakaria, Amrabat Soufyan, Fajr Faycal, Hakimi Achraf, Harit Amine pose prior to a friendly soccer match between Morocco and Uzbekistan in Casablanca, Morocco. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
April 25, 2018 - 6:26 am
Morocco's first World Cup victory in Russia could come off the field. On the eve of the tournament, Morocco is hoping to beat a North American bid for the right to stage the 2026 World Cup. Then it's the duty of the players to perform in Group B in the country's first trip to the World Cup in two...
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In this photo taken on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, Iran's team players, back row from left, Alireza Beiranvand, Ramin Rezaeian, Alireza Jahanbakhsh, Mohammad Ansari, Morteza Pouraliganji, Saeid Ezatolahi and front row from left, Ehsan Hajsafi, Vahid Amiri, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Milad Mohammadi, Ashkan Dejagah pose for the team photo before the 2018 Russia World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match against South Korea at Seoul World Cup Stadium in Seoul, South Korea. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
April 25, 2018 - 6:25 am
After an almost flawless qualifying campaign, Iran will find it far tougher at the World Cup. Iran's route to the round of 16 from Group B could be blocked by defending European champion Portugal and 2010 World Cup winner Spain. But the Iberian teams have good reason to be wary. Iran was unbeaten...
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Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, right, duels for the ball with Roma's Patrik Schick during the Champions League semifinal, first leg, soccer match between Liverpool and Roma at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
April 25, 2018 - 6:23 am
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — When Liverpool was last making a charge at the Champions League title, its midfield had legitimate claims at being among the best in the world. It was 2008 and Steven Gerrard, Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano made up an engine room that had a bit of everything: Energy,...
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Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, right, gives Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid, left, of Cameroon, a hug after the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 104-91. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
April 25, 2018 - 3:13 am
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade's first NBA game was in Philadelphia. His last NBA game may have been there as well. Retirement is a very — very — real option for Wade, who has been not-so-quietly saying for weeks that he isn't sure if he'll be back next season. The offseason is here now, after the Miami...
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