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Which team made all the right moves to win in 2017?

We still have more than a month to go until the official start of spring, the vernal equinox, but baseball fans go by a different reckoning than the astronomers. For us, spring training means spring, even if there’s a foot of snow on the ground –…

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Adrien Broner takes split decision over good friend Adrian Granados

Welterweights Adrien Broner and Adrian Granados, good pals outside of the ring, put that aside and tore into each other for 10 hard and exciting rounds on Saturday night, but in the end it was Broner, in front of a hometown crowd, who prevailed by slit decision in a dogfight at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati. It was a hellacious back-and-forth battle for the entire fight with Broner overcoming an injured left hand in the first round to eke out the decision. He won 97-93 and 96-94 on two scorecards while Chicago’s Granados got the nod 97-93 on one card. Had judge Robert Pope not given Broner the 10th round, the fight would have ended in a draw. “I knew that Adrian Granados was going to come tough,” Broner said. “At the end of the day, I was beating him up. This was an easy one for me. I feel good. “Inside this ring it’s business. Granados is a great friend of mine. It’s nothing personal.” Broner (33-2, 24 KOs), who has won…

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Georgia star Yante Maten injures right knee in loss to Kentucky

ATHENS, Ga. —  Georgia forward Yante Maten, the Southeastern Conference’s third-leading scorer, left Saturday’s 82-77 loss to No. 13  Kentucky with what coach Mark Fox called a “significant’ right knee injury.  Maten was hurt as he defended a layup by Kentucky’s Isaiah Briscoe less than two minutes into the game. Maten received attention on the court from trainers. Maten rose to his feet but was unable to put weight on the leg, forcing him to hop off the court with help from the trainers. He was escorted to the locker room. Later in the first half, Maten returned to Georgia’s bench with the knee wrapped. He still was unable to put weight on the right leg and hopped on his left leg to join his teammates during a timeout huddle. Tests will determine the severity of the injury.  “Obviously it’s a significant injury, but we really won’t know until we get the images,” Fox said. Maten, a 6-foot-8 junior, is averaging 19.4…

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Adam Silver: State laws ‘important factor’ in deciding future All-Star hosts

NEW ORLEANS — NBA commissioner Adam Silver put Texas and any other state considering legislation similar to North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill” on “notice” while also making it clear that the recent travel ban has posed a “concern” and clashes with what the NBA represents. Under the proposed Texas legislation, people would be required to use bathrooms that correspond to the sex on their birth certificate. Silver is monitoring the situation and said the NBA would keep its marquee events away from states with similar measures to North Carolina’s HB2 law. Silver and the NBA moved this year’s All-Star Game from Charlotte to New Orleans due to the North Carolina law, which limits anti-discrimination protection for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. “I mean, I’m not ready to stand here today and say that that is the bright line test for whether or not we will play All-Star Games in Texas,” Silver said at his annual state of the NBA…

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