MLB, players agree on COVID protocols, but DH will not be universal

Andreas Milano

Spring training can start as scheduled next week after Major League Baseball and the Players Association reached agreement Monday night on expanded COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to baseball sources.

On field, there will be two leftovers from 2020′s abbreviated season: Runners on second base in extra innings and seven-inning doubleheaders. What they could not come to a consensus on, as they did last summer, is a universal designated hitter.

Among the new practices to be employed among players, coaches, and staff is using advanced technology to conduct contact tracing, with the hope the league will be able to

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Larson grateful for 2nd chance in NASCAR after racial slur

Andreas Milano

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Larson loaded his motorhome and drove to Daytona International Speedway by himself, alone for some seven hours to prepare for his return to NASCAR competition.

The excitement of a new season settled his nerves and he felt optimistic about his future.

After serving a six-month suspension for his use of a racial slur that nearly cost him his career, Larson was just appreciative of the opportunity ahead.

“I feel extremely grateful because, you know, I really never thought I would get another chance to race in NASCAR and I kind of accepted that,” Larson

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Steph Curry’s 57 points not enough, more takeaways from Warriors’ loss to Mavericks

Andreas Milano

Hands on his hips, Stephen Curry posed, rocked his shoulders back-and-forth and let out a roar. The dramatic variation of his trademark shimmy punctuated a deep shot from the Mavericks’ logo.

This was Curry’s ninth of 11 made 3-pointers during a 57-point eruption — an all-time performance even for one of the most decorated players in league history. But ultimately, it was one that was squandered as the Warriors fell to the Mavericks, 134-132, Saturday night in Dallas.

The result didn’t prevent coaches and teammates from appreciating the show. Head coach Steve Kerr called it “Sublime.”

“It was ridiculous, the

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Comtois, Terry lead Ducks to 2-1 shootout win over Ducks

Andreas Milano

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Some goaltenders wince when the shootout is mentioned. Anaheim’s Ryan Miller welcomes it.

The 18-year veteran became the second goalie in NHL history to reach 60 shootout wins as he turned back two shots to lead the Ducks to a 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Saturday night.

“A lot of guys were complaining when the shootout came in. I thought why not? It is 1-on-1 against the best and there are times you can look back and say you won that challenge,” said Miller, who had 26 saves in regulation and overtime. “When they

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LeBron takes charge in 2nd OT, Lakers edge Pistons 135-129

Andreas Milano

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James scored eight of his 33 points in the second overtime, Anthony Davis added 30 points and the Los Angeles Lakers narrowly avenged a loss in Detroit last month with a 135-129 victory over the undermanned Pistons on Saturday night.

Dennis Schröder had 22 points and eight assists in the defending NBA champions’ fourth consecutive victory since that 107-92 loss to the Pistons nine days ago.

The Lakers committed a season-high 23 turnovers, blew a 17-point lead and wasted several chances to win in regulation. Only James’ brilliance in the second overtime prevented Los Angeles

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USC routs No. 21 UCLA 66-48 and ties Bruins atop Pac-12

Andreas Milano

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Move over, UCLA. Your crosstown rival has joined you atop the Pac-12 standings.

Ethan Anderson had career highs of five 3-pointers and 19 points, and Southern California routed the 21st-ranked Bruins 66-48 on Saturday night to tie them for first place at 9-2 in the league.

“This is a very big night for me just because I haven’t seen my shots fall the way I wanted them to,” said Anderson, who returned three weeks ago after back issues forced him out in early December. “I’m glad my teammates trusted me with the ball. We did a

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