WADA opens way for athletes to avoid sanctions for meldonium

LONDON (AP) — In a dramatic change that could lead to numerous doping cases being thrown out, athletes who tested positive for meldonium may be able to avoid sanctions because of a lack of scientific evidence on how long the recently banned drug stays in the system.

  • Written by STEPHEN WILSON, AP Sports Writer

NHL's "Ironmen" ready to carry heavy load in playoffs

The real test of Kris Letang's relentless stamina doesn't come in the Pittsburgh Penguins dressing room after a long game. When he logs the kind of ice time that looks like a typo on the stat sheet, the big challenge comes the next morning, when his young son Alex hops into bed ready for dad to get up and play.

  • Written by WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer

Wiggins, Towns hope Mitchell keeps Timberwolves job

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The young Minnesota Timberwolves' strong finish to the season has helped interim coach Sam Mitchell's case to land the permanent job, and now some of the team's most important pieces are voicing their support for him as well.

  • Written by JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer