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Serena Williams beats 15-year-old Bellis 6-1, 6-1 in Miami - The News & Advance
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Seven-time champion Serena Williams needed only 41 minutes to beat 15-year-old American CiCi Bellis 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday in the third round of the Miami Open. Bellis made headlines by winning a match at last year's U.S. Open, but ...
Spartans Final Four-bound after 76-70 OT win over Louisville - The News & Advance
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Coach Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans capped an improbable run to the Final Four with an overtime win. Senior guard Travis Trice scored 17 points and the seventh-seeded Spartans clamped down on defense to pull out a 76-70 ...
A-Rod debut at first base as Yanks beat Astros 7-0 - The News & Advance
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Alex Rodriguez played first base for the first time in his professional career Sunday, handling three chances in three innings during the New York Yankees' 7-0 win over the Houston Astros. The 39-year-old Rodriguez, who lost his ...
More restrictive spring break pondered after party shooting - The News & Advance
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A house party that dissolved into a hail of gunfire and left seven young people hurt has officials on the Florida Panhandle pondering what to do with a spring break season they say has gotten out of control. The raucous ...
Activists: Syria government forces killed detainees in Idlib - The News & Advance
BEIRUT (AP) — Activists say members of a Syrian security agency killed more than a dozen detainees before evacuating a detention center in a northwestern city captured by opposition fighters. The activists said the killings were conducted shortly before ...
Hamlin wins for 25th time, and fifth time at Martinsville - The News & Advance
MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin passed teammate Matt Kenseth for the lead with 28 laps to go Sunday and went on to end Toyota's 32-race winless streak in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway. The driver for Joe Gibbs Racing held off ...
Boston officer improving after surgery to remove bullet - The News & Advance
BOSTON (AP) — A decorated Boston police officer shot point-blank in the face by a suspect was in stable condition at a hospital Sunday and improving after surgery to remove a bullet lodged below his ear, police said. Officer John Moynihan, 34, underwent ...
Arab League unveils joint military force amid Yemen crisis - The News & Advance
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — A two-day Arab summit ended Sunday with a vow to defeat Iranian-backed Shiite rebels in Yemen and the formal unveiling of plans to form a joint Arab intervention force, setting the stage for a potentially dangerous clash ...
South Carolina earns 1st Final Four berth, beats FSU 80-74 - The News & Advance
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Dawn Staley climbed the ladder, snipped the final strand of net and raised it as thousands of garnet-clad fans cheered. Taking in the scene, she mouthed one word: "Unbelievable."
Islamic State group beheads 8 Shiites in Syria's Hama - The News & Advance
BEIRUT (AP) — A new video released by the Islamic State group on Sunday shows its fighters cutting off the heads of eight men said to be Shiite Muslims. The video posted on social media said the men were beheaded in the central Syrian province of Hama.
Murray reaches 4th round at Miami Open with 499th victory - The News & Advance
KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Andy Murray's 499th career victory put him in the fourth round of the Miami Open. The No. 3-seeded Murray beat Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday, and one more win will give him a milestone achieved by 45 other men in the Open era.
Rick Barnes says he wanted to stay as Texas coach - The News & Advance
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Fired Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes says the athletic director told him a week ago he'd return for another season, but "some things changed." At a farewell news conference Sunday, Barnes insisted he's not bitter about the dismissal.
French conservatives win key local voting, gov't left loses - The News & Advance
PARIS (AP) — Former President Nicolas Sarkozy blasted the "lies, denial and impotence" of France's governing Socialists after estimates showed his conservative party and their allies chalked up wins across France in Sunday's local elections that saw the ...
Nigerians vote Sunday despite violence, technical hitches - The News & Advance
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram fighters attacked poll stations in northeast Nigeria and a governor demanded elections be canceled in an oil-rich southern state Sunday as the count started for a presidential election too close to call. Two electoral ...
Saudi response to Swedish criticism tests Europe's reach - The News & Advance
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Sweden's foreign minister is hardly the first diplomat to raise concerns about Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but when she used the word "dictatorship" in a speech last month she crossed a red line for the kingdom ...