Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sports in brief


Grizzlies pg Conley gets Biggest deal in history

MEMPHIS — The Grizzlies wanted to keep Mike Conley so much that they gave their veteran point guard the richest contract in NBA history. Conley signed a five-year, $153 million deal Thursday.

Conley, 28, has played nine seasons with the Grizzlies, averaging 13.5 points and 5.6 assists. He has never won a major league award or been an All-Star selection. He led Memphis to the 2013 West final, the furthest it has advanced in the postseason.

Conley said he doesn't expect the lucrative deal to affect his play.

"As far as the pressure … I put pressure on myself to perform regardless," he said. "The amount of money I make is not going to change how I approach the game. … I'll take the heat right now (on being the highest-paid NBA player). Eventually, it will all die down. Two years from now everybody else will be making so much more."

More NBA: The Spurs signed Pau Gasol, beefing up a front line that will be without Tim Duncan next season for the first time in 19 years. They brought back guard Manu Ginobili, too. Gasol has a two-year deal worth more than $30 million, the Associated Press reported. Terms of Ginobili's deal weren't available. … Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Cavaliers, signed with the Nets. Terms were not disclosed. Bennett, 23, averaged 1.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 19 games last season for the Raptors, his third team since he was drafted.

tour de france

Froome keeps lead after bizarre finish

Chris Froome was allowed to keep the yellow jersey after the Tour de France race jury ruled he crashed and lost his bike in unfair circumstances during a wacky conclusion to the 12th stage.

In an embarrassment for race organizers, rider Richie Porte crashed headfirst into a motorbike carrying a TV camera and Froome, who was right behind Porte, also hit the pavement in the final mile on the wind-shortened climb to Mont Ventoux. Bauke Mollema, who was also with Porte and Froome, cartwheeled into the air. The motorbike appeared to have stopped because fans blocked its path.

Froome threw his mangled bike aside and began running up the road. He eventually was given a small yellow race assistance bike before his Team Sky car was able to provide him with a suitable substitute.

"I told myself, 'I don't have a bike, and my car is five minutes behind with another bike. It's too far away. I'm going to run a bit,' " Froome told French TV.

All Froome's main rivals crossed the finish line ahead of him. He shook his head in disbelief when he reached the finish.

Because of the circumstances, Tour officials gave Froome and Porte the same stage time as Mollema. Froome, seeking his third Tour title in four years, increased his overall lead to 47 seconds ahead of Adam Yates.

et cetera

NFL: The Saints are the favorites to sign free agent and former FSU receiver Anquan Boldin, 35, reported.

TENNIS: The Henry L. McMullen Complex in Clearwater is one of 12 winners in the 35th annual U.S. Tennis Association Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. The complex will be honored at the USTA meetings in New York on Sept. 3-5.

Times wires

My love-hate relationship with March Madness

My love-hate relationship with March Madness

I have a love-hate relationship with March Madness.Mostly, I love it. What's not to love about spending three weeks overdosing on college basketball? It's the one time a year when you can sneak a peek at games while working, mostly because your boss ...
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For starters: Rays at Red Sox, on a “bullpen day”

For starters: Rays at Red Sox, on a “bullpen day”

Spring training is all about getting reps, and today the Rays apparently will practice the "bullpen day" approach they plan to employ during at least the start of the season in place of a fifth starter.So for today that means they will start the game...
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NCAA Tournament history made: A 16 seed defeats No. 1

NCAA Tournament history made: A 16 seed defeats No. 1

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Good dog! Very good dog!The UMBC Retrievers pulled off the previously impossible Friday night, making NCAA Tournament history in Charlotte by upsetting Virginia 74-54 before an absolutely shocked crowd at the Spectrum Center.R...
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Florida State routs Missouri, advances in NCAA Tournament

Florida State routs Missouri, advances in NCAA Tournament

NASHVILLE — Florida State might not have a flashy scorer, but the Seminoles do have plenty who can score.Ninth-seeded FSU beat No. 8 Missouri 67-54 Friday night in the West Region. A total of 10 different Seminoles scored at least two points &#...
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Saturday’s sports on TV/radio

TODAYBaseball, spring trainingRays at Red Sox1 p.m.620-AMYankees at Tigers1 p.m.MLBDodgers at White Sox4 p.m.MLBA’s at Giants7 p.m.MLBBoxingSuper lightweights: Ramirez vs. Imam8 p.m.ESPNCollege baseballGeorgia at Alabama2 p.m.SECMissouri at LSU7 p.m....
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High school scoreboard for March 16

Friday’s scoreboardBaseballNortheast 3, Mitchell 2SoftballSpringstead 5, Bloomingdale 3Springstead 15, Dunedin 0
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Men’s NCAA Tournament results

Men’s NCAA Tournament EAST REGION First Round Friday at Detroit Purdue 74, Cal State Fullerton 48 Butler 79, Arkansas 62 at San Diego Marshall 81, Wichita State 75 W. Virginia 85, Murray St. 68 Second Round Today at Pittsburgh Vill...
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King edges Alonso for first Saladino title since 1992

King edges Alonso for first Saladino title since 1992

BRANDON —  King needed just needed one out. But with the way the Saladino Tournament championship game against Alonso had unfolded up to that point, nothing was guaranteed.Up by a run with Ravens on second and third, assistant coach Anthon...
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Bucs reach agreement with Ravens free agent Ryan Jensen to make him one of the NFL’s top paid centers

Bucs reach agreement with Ravens free agent Ryan Jensen to make him one of the NFL’s top paid centers

To understand why the Bucs went so hard after Ravens free agent center Ryan Jensen, you just have to see to what extent he went to protect his quarterback last season.After Joe Flacco took a late hit from the Dolphins' Kiko Alonso in a game last year...
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Can Dan Mullen make the Florida Gators fun again?

Can Dan Mullen make the Florida Gators fun again?

GAINESVILLE – When Florida went through offseason workouts, coach Dan Mullen was right in the middle of it, running alongside his players in conditioning drills.So it shouldn't be a surprise that when the Gators opened spring practice Friday af...
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