Penguins begin title defense against untested Blue Jackets

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Forget about past history and playoff experience. The Pittsburgh Penguins insist those things won't matter when the puck drops on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round series against Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • Written by WILL GRAVES , AP Sports Writer

Japanese figure skating star Mao Asada bids farewell

TOKYO (AP) — One of Japan's most popular athletes should have known she couldn't leave quietly: Mao Asada's press conference Wednesday to officially announce her retirement from figure skating attracted some 350 media and was telecast live across Japan.

  • Written by JIM ARMSTRONG , AP Sports Writer