Reliever J.J. Hoover and Reds argue salary arbitration case

PHOENIX (AP) — J.J. Hoover and the Cincinnati Reds argued their salary arbitration case Thursday, with the reliever asking for a raise from $535,000 to $1.4 million and the team arguing for $1,225,000.


IAAF looking into claims of state-sanctioned doping in China

BEIJING (AP) — The IAAF is investigating the authenticity of a two-decade-old letter published in Chinese media that suggests state-sanctioned doping in the 1990s, and casts doubt on the longstanding world records set by Wang Junxia in the women's 3,000 and 10,000 meters.

  • Written by DIDI TANG, Associated Press

Referees try to turn heads, earn spot in NCAA Tournament

CINCINNATI (AP) — Since the first jump ball of the season rose from their hands, the 1,000 or so referees who work men's Division I college basketball games have been trying to turn heads and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

  • Written by JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer

FIFA candidates make late push for African support

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — FIFA presidential candidates made a late push Friday for support in Africa, the confederation with the largest number of votes in this month's election.

  • Written by ANDREW JACKSON ORYADA, Associated Press GERALD IMRAY, Associated Press

Injured Tony Stewart to miss start of final NASCAR season

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tony Stewart will miss the start of his final NASCAR season after fracturing his back in an accident on an all-terrain vehicle, Stewart-Haas Racing said Thursday.

  • Written by JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer