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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) D’Angelo Russell believes he must rebuild the Los Angeles Lakers’ trust in him after the rookie guard’s unflattering video exchange with teammate Nick Young ended up on social media.

Speaking before the team’s home game against Miami, Russell apologized profusely for recording the video, saying his actions have created ”a bad vibe” on the last-place club. He also acknowledged that the video might have imperiled Young’s relationship with his fiancee, rapper Iggy Azalea.

”I feel as sick as possible,” Russell said. ”I wish I could make things better right away, but I can’t.”


HONOLULU (AP) – Maui prosecutors are moving to dismiss a domestic abuse charge against suspended Colorado Rockies shortstop Jose Reyes because his wife isn’t cooperating.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Kerry Glen said she expects to file documents to drop the case. Reyes’ wife won’t talk to prosecutors or return to Maui, she said.

Reyes was scheduled to go to trial April 4. He pleaded not guilty to abusing a family or household member. David Sereno, his Maui defense attorney, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. The former New York Mets shortstop was arrested Oct. 31 at the Wailea Four Seasons Resort. According to a recording of a 911 call released by police, a hotel security guard reported the woman had injuries to her leg and scratches on her neck.

Reyes was released after posting $1,000 bail and was ordered to stay away from his wife for three days.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Geno Auriemma finds himself right in the middle of another gender battle.

As the Hall of Fame coach tried to tamp down the debate over the first women’s Final Four with all male coaches, Auriemma also acknowledged that the Connecticut Huskies’ dynasty is being viewed differently largely because it’s a female sport.

”The people who write, for the most part, are men,” Auriemma said during a national conference call. ”The people who follow sports a lot that have opinions, that are quick to voice their opinions, are men. So the easy answer – I’m not saying it’s the right answer – the easy answer is it’s a male bias. That’s easy. And because we’re in the news when we do something, and we’ve been in the news and we’re thrown out there against a lot of people’s wishes, it’s like it’s as if it’s our fault. Or that the women’s game is not a sport, that it’s a joke.”


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee football coach Butch Jones’ phone records show he had two conversations with former Volunteers receiver Drae Bowles the same day a lawsuit states that Bowles assisted a woman who said she was raped by two other players.

The records, obtained via a public records request, only detailed the time and length of the calls and didn’t indicate what was said.

A Title IX lawsuit filed against Tennessee last month states a woman called 911 from Bowles’ car to report a rape in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 2014. The report eventually led to charges against former Tennessee players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams, who were indicted on February 2015. They have separate trial dates this summer.

The plaintiffs’ complaint states Bowles later was attacked by teammates and told by Jones that he had ”betrayed the team.” The complaint also states that Jones later apologized. Jones has denied doing anything wrong and has said he would ”fight all of these false attacks on my character.”


LOS ANGELES (AP) – Conor McGregor is getting a rematch with Nate Diaz at UFC 200 in July.

Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar also will meet for the interim featherweight title on the same card at Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena, the promotion announced. Diaz beat McGregor by submission in the second round of a welterweight bout March 5 at UFC 196, ending one of the most lucrative pay-per-view shows in mixed martial arts history with a remarkable upset.

McGregor’s 15-fight winning streak ended in the bout, which was fought 25 pounds above his usual 145-pound fighting weight. The rematch also will be contested at 170 pounds, the UFC said.


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) – Novak Djokovic advanced to the Miami Open semifinals and improved to 26-1 this year by beating Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3.

Djokovic is seeking his sixth Key Biscayne men’s title, which would tie Andre Agassi’s record, and his third in a row. The No. 1-seeded Djokovic received treatment from a trainer for lower back spasms five games into the second set. Afterward he said he’s not concerned about the issue going into Friday’s semifinal against No. 15-seeded David Goffin, who became the first Belgian ever to reach the men’s semifinals at Key Biscayne by rallying past No. 18 Gilles Simon 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.


LAS VEGAS (AP) – Trey Freeman scored 24 points, including two late free throws, and Old Dominion held off Oakland 68-67 to win the inaugural Vegas 16 Tournament.

Old Dominion, which lost in the championship game of the Conference USA Tournament, led the entire second half but needed Freeman to score in the pivotal moments.

Oakland (23-12) overcame a 14-point deficit early in the second half and scored 14 consecutive points to tie it at 44. But the Monarchs (25-13) pulled away behind Freeman, the tournament’s MVP. He also scored on a floater with 4 minutes remaining that gave Old Dominion a 59-52 lead, and his two free throws with 5 seconds left sealed it.

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Saint Louis has hired Travis Ford to coach its men’s basketball team.

The school set a news conference Thursday to introduce Ford, who replaces Jim Crews.

Ford was fired by Oklahoma State this month after going 155-111 in eight seasons with five NCAA Tournament appearances. He is 345-257 in 19 seasons overall with earlier stops at Massachusetts, Eastern Kentucky and Campbellsville. At UMass, like Saint Louis a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, Ford had two 20-win teams in three seasons.

NEW YORK (AP) – Kyle Smith is the new men’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco, the school announced Wednesday.

He replaces Rex Walters, who had coached at San Francisco for eight seasons. Walters was let go earlier this month by the school.

Smith led Columbia to the Tournament title Tuesday night. That capped off one of the best seasons in school history as the Lions went 25-10.


Three-time Kentucky Derby winner and Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel is retiring.

The popular rider nicknamed ”Bo-rail” for his knack of finding a spot along the inside of the track told his agent, Larry Melancon, it’s time to call it a career.

Melancon says Borel told him Wednesday morning during a phone conversation, ”This is what I want to do, this is the end of it.”

The 49-year-old rider is based in Oaklawn Park, and officials at the Arkansas track said Borel has been taken off all of his mounts this week.

Borel is the only jockey to win three Derbies in four years.


Injuries finally succeeded in doing what many of Lauren Jackson’s opponents couldn’t do: prevent her from exceling on the basketball court.

The 34-year-old Australian retired Thursday, ending an illustrious career that saw her star for the WNBA’s Seattle Storm and lead Australia to four Olympic medals.

A fifth Olympics could have been the Rio Games in August, but that possibility ended with her announcement on the same court she began playing at Canberra’s Australian Institute of Sport in 1997, and where her Olympic teammates were training.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Tony Granato is the new head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers.

Granato returns to his alma mater after more than 27 years in the NHL as a player, assistant or head coach. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez formally welcomed Granato at a news conference in Madison.

Granato was in his second season as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings. He had two stints as a head coach with the Colorado Avalanche, and played 13 years in the NHL, skating for the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.

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