NASCAR's Danica Patrick adamant she fairly promoted sponsor

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Danica Patrick defended her support of former sponsor Nature's Bakery on Friday and insisted she never promoted any rival products as her racing team and the food company veer toward a court fight.

  • Written by JENNA FRYER, AP Auto Racing Writer

Mitchell's 27 leads No. 12 Ohio St women to 9th straight

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points, her eighth straight game with at least 20, and No. 12 Ohio State took control in the first half and rolled to its ninth-straight win, 87-69 over Nebraska.

  • Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF

Michigan sports doctor facing key hearing in assault case

MASON, Mich. (AP) — A sports doctor who treated female gymnasts at Michigan State University and through USA Gymnastics faces a key hearing Friday to determine if he will go to trial on sexual assault charges. The allegations do not involve an athlete; Dr. Larry Nassar is accused of assaulting a girl at his home between 1998 and 2005.

  • Written by ED WHITE , Associated Press

Shortstop Zack Cozart one of Reds' last remaining holdovers

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Shortstop Zack Cozart expected to be manning the middle of the Cincinnati Reds' infield with veteran Brandon Phillips for the sixth straight season. Instead, the second baseman has been traded, and Cozart knows he could be next.

  • Written by GARY SCHATZ , Associated Press