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Struggling Angels first baseman C.J. Cron might be better off in triple A

C.J. Cron has been mothballed for the last week and a half, starting only two of the Angels’ last 10 games, raising the question of whether the struggling first baseman and designated hitter would be better off returning to triple A, where he could play every day in an effort to regain his stroke.

“If you’re getting at-bats at the major league level, you don’t have to get them for seven [straight] days,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “But if you’re getting them one day a week, then there’s a discussion of what’s best for the team and what’s best for the player. C.J. has gotten enough at-bats to where if he’s swinging like he can, he’d be contributing. But he hasn’t found that swing yet.”

The right-handed-hitting Cron tore up the Cactus League in 26 exhibition games, hitting .413 with a 1.165 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, three homers and 16 runs batted in, making consistent contact, showing excellent plate coverage and driving the ball to all fields.

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Daniel Cormier gets second crack of the year at UFC title

Daniel Cormier wanted Jon Jones' belt by beating the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s top pound-for-pound fighter in the octagon.

Turns out, Jones beat himself, compounding the positive cocaine test he submitted in December with an April hit-and-run car crash in which he injured a pregnant woman.

So after permitting Jones to leave a drug-treatment facility after just one night following the cocaine alarm, the UFC stripped Jones of his light-heavyweight championship belt.

That move transformed Jones' scheduled title defense into a Saturday night championship shot for Cormier against Anthony Johnson at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The co-main event of the pay-per-view card is Chris Weidman's middleweight title defense against Vitor Belfort.

On Jan. 3, Jones beat Cormier by unanimous decision. Then came word of the positive cocaine result and the UFC defending its position to let that fight proceed.

In light of the April crash, in which Jones fled the scene in Albuquerque, N.M., and drug paraphernalia...

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Harlem Globetrotters great Marques Haynes dies at 89

Harlem Globetrotters legend Marques Haynes died Friday of natural causes in Plano, Texas, the team announced. He was 89.

The first member of the Globetrotters to be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame, in 1998, Haynes was often called the greatest dribbler in basketball history.

“Basketball has lost one of its most iconic figures,” said Globetrotters Chief Executive Kurt Schneider, whose team will wear a patch on their uniforms to honor Haynes during their 2016 tour.

Haynes was a scholastic All-American and helped Booker T. Washington High in Sand Springs, Okla., claim the unofficial national championship in 1941. He went on to lead Langston (Okla.) University in scoring four years in a row, helping the team compile a 112-3 record that included a 59-game winning streak.

In 1946, Haynes led Langston to a victory over the Globetrotters, catching the eye of owner Abe Saperstein in the process. After graduation Haynes started the first of his two stints with the Globetrotters, playing...

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Brewers' Will Smith suspended eight games for illegal substance on arm

No one caught him with an emery board in his pocket, but it was hard to imagine that Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith's shiny new arm would escape Major League Baseball scrutiny for very long.

Smith was suspended eight games by baseball on Friday after he was ejected Thursday for having a mixture of rosin and sunscreen on his non-throwing arm during a 10-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Joe Garagiola Jr., MLB's senior vice president of standards and on-field operations, announced the suspension. Smith said he planned to appeal.

Smith characterized the incident as an honest mistake. He said he merely forgot to wipe the substances off his arm and hand after using them to grip the ball better while warming up in the bullpen.

“It was chilly and kind of windy,” Smith said. “I had rosin and sunscreen on my arm. I just forgot to wipe it off before I went out and pitched. I had to kind of get ready in a hurry. I just forgot. That's it."

With the Brewers trailing, 2-1, in the seventh inning,...

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Ducks' penalty killers leave Chicago Blackhawks reeling

It requires adjustments to win a series, and the Ducks’ penalty-killing success in Game 3 was a testament to their ability to address failure.

In Game 2, Anaheim surrendered two power-play goals to the Chicago Blackhawks in the game's first 6 minutes, 19 seconds.

A game later, the Ducks killed all five penalties they confronted, including a four-minute double-minor high-sticking call against forward Jakob Silfverberg in the first period.

The Ducks “probably had more pressure, more of an all-out go,” Chicago Coach Joel Quenneville said. “Our best look probably was with [veteran forward Marian Hossa], missed the net on that one great look. Looked like he had some net there. Didn't get some shots through. Didn't get the second opportunities. But they certainly had a heavier pressure.”

Those frequent demoralizing jabs to Chicago’s gut contributed heavily to the Ducks’ 2-1 victory at United Center that gave the visitors a 2-1 series lead in the Western Conference Final with Game 4 on Saturday...

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Michael Sam signs with Montreal Alouettes of Canadian Football League

Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, has signed a two-year contract with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Sam, who recently performed on the ABC reality program "Dancing With the Stars," is expected to take part in training camp with the Alouettes in preparation for the 2015 season, which begins on June 25.

"I am very excited and proud to join the Montreal Alouettes and want to thank team owner Robert Wetenhall, General Manager Jim Popp and head Coach Tom Higgins for this opportunity,” Sam said in a statement via the team. "I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal."

Sam has been out of professional football since October when the Dallas Cowboys cut him from their practice squad. A former All-American defensive end at Missouri, Sam was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams.

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