Sports Briefs

NCAA appeals panel upholds ruling, strips Louisville of title

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville officials are not happy with the NCAA's decision that mandates the school vacate its 2013 men's basketball championship in the wake of an embarrassing sex scandal, and interim President Greg Postel did not hide his disappointment. It's the first time a Division 1 men's basketball program has been stripped of a national title. Postel believes the school's cooperation with the NCAA should have counted for more than it did. Louisville announced that an NCAA appeals panel had upheld sanctions against the men's program. As a result, the Cardinals have to vacate not only the championship, but 122 other victories and return about $600,000 in conference revenue from the 2012-15 NCAA Tournaments.

Colts’ QB Andrew Luck healthy after 13 months of rehab

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck delivered some good news to Indianapolis Colts fans. He feels better. He ruled out additional surgery. And he's eager to play football after spending the last 13 months rehabbing from shoulder surgery. If all goes well, the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback might even return in time for the start of April's offseason workouts.

MLB to limit mound visits by coaches to seven per game

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Managers or coaches must make a pitching change if they head to the mound for the seventh time in a game under baseball's new pace of play rules. Commissioner Rob Manfred and executive Joe Torre explained some of the parameters, one day after MLB imposed stricter limits on mound visits in an effort to speed up games. Torre noted that umpires will keep players from proceeding to see the pitcher if six mound visits have already occurred.

NHL: Colorado Avalanche beat Vancouver 5-4 in overtime

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon scored Colorado’s fifth power-play goal of the game 3:36 into overtime, lifting the Avalanche past Vancouver 5-4 to cap a comeback from three goals down. With Daniel Sedin off for hooking, Tyson Barrie passed to MacKinnon, who fired a shot from the faceoff circle past Canucks goalie Anders Nilsson. Tyson Jost, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for Colorado. MacKinnon also had three assists.

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