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Williams overcomes slow start to advance

NEW YORK — Good as she is, even Serena Williams can find it tough to deal with swirling wind, so much so that she double-faulted three times in her first service game Thursday at the U.S. Open.
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Bellis, 15, youngest U.S. Open winner since 1996

NEW YORK — While 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis was in the process of stunning a Grand Slam finalist to become the youngest player to win a U.S. Open match since 1996, her father did his best to conceal his emotions courtside.

Dear Abby: People with hearing loss can find support online

Dear Abby: As the executive director of the Hearing Loss Association of America, may I suggest that “Mortified at the Dinner Table” (March 2), who wrote about her in-laws’ poor hearing even with hearing aids, connect with one of our 200-plus local HLAA chapters at www.hearingloss.org? These member-led groups offer emotional support, camaraderie, communication strategies and techniques for living with hearing loss, both for people who have hearing loss as well as their families and friends. Most chapters also share information about assistive listening devices that link via a telecoil ...
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Red Sox outslug M’s

SEATTLE — Jackie Bradley Jr. was running on fumes by the time he finally got to Seattle after catching an early flight to rejoin the Boston Red Sox.

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Standish leads Gonzaga over Miami 65-54

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Coach Kelly Graves said there is a good reason why lower-seeded Gonzaga was able to knock off Rutgers and Miami to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA women's basketball tournament for a third straight season. "We're good, we're gritty. We never consider ourselves the underdog," Graves said after the Zags beat third-seeded Miami 65-54 on Monday night.
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Trumbo homers twice to lead Angels over M’s 6-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mark Trumbo homered twice, going 4 for 4 with four RBIs, and Garrett Richards pitched seven innings for his first major league victory, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Torii Hunter also went deep to back Richards (1-0), who allowed a run and four hits, walked two and struck out eight against an offense that averaged 9.2 runs over its previous six games — including a 21-8 rout at Texas last Wednesday.
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Sacramento rallies to keep Kings in season finale

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Was this the end for the Kings in Sacramento? The chatter around Sleep Train Pavilion centered on that question Wednesday night. With NBA owners debating whether to approve the franchise's sale and relocation to Seattle, the ever-faithful fans of the Sacramento Kings pushed the uncertainty aside and did what they have done for parts of four decades during a 112-108 loss in the regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Clippers.
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A’s spoil Maurer’s debut for Mariners with 8-2 win

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes gave Brandon Maurer a rude welcome to the big leagues by hitting two-run homers off the Seattle rookie that led the Oakland Athletics to an 8-2 victory over the Mariners on Thursday. A.J. Griffin (1-0) allowed two runs in six innings and John Jaso drove in a run against his former team as the Athletics won back-to-back games to earn a split of the season-opening series.

Athletics 8, Mariners 2

DP_Seattle 2. LOB_Seattle 8, Oakland 1. 2B_Lowrie 2 (4), Reddick (1), C.Young (1). HR_Morse (4), Reddick (1), Cespedes (2). S_Andino. SF_M.Saunders, Reddick, Freiman. HBP_by Maurer (C.Young). WP_Maurer.
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No. 1 Gonzaga beats LMU 66-48 to reach WCC final

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Elias Harris had 21 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Gonzaga over Loyola Marymount 66-48 on Saturday night in the semifinals of the West Coast conference tournament. Bidding for a top seed in the NCAAs, the Bulldogs (30-2) advanced to play for the league championship Monday night against the winner of Saturday's late semifinal between Saint Mary's and San Diego.
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No. 2 Gonzaga survives scare from BYU 70-65

PROVO, Utah (AP) — No. 2 Gonzaga knew Brigham Young wouldn't be a pushover this time. On Thursday night, the Cougars even threw a converted football player at Bulldogs star Kelly Olynyk.
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Seahawks roll past 49ers in noisy Seattle 42-13

SEATTLE (AP) — Red Bryant remembers the early years of his career, when the Seattle Seahawks struggled to win only four and five games in his first two seasons. Getting a 10th win on Sunday night and a trip to the postseason was special to the Seahawks' big defensive end.

49ers’ Goldson earning new label for hard hits

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Dashon Goldson has a stack of manila envelopes in his locker, filing away the paperwork for every time the NFL has fined the San Francisco 49ers safety. While he has heard from the league office more than a dozen times in his six-year career, the letters often have little to do with his hard-hitting ways.