US to play Puerto Rico for WBC title

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Luke Gregerson's final strike breezed past Nobuhiro Matsuda, and the rain-drenched American players celebrated on the field while a soaked crowd roared through the evening mist.

A daylong downpour couldn't dampen this resilient United States club or its fans, who will finally get to root for the home team in a World Baseball Classic championship game.

Brandon Crawford scored the tiebreaking run when Matsuda bobbled Adam Jones' grounder to third in the eighth inning, and the United States reached the WBC final for the first time by beating Japan 2-1 on Tuesday night at rainy Dodger Stadium.

Nats' Scherzer says finger injury healed

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Saying his finger finally feels normal, Nationals ace Max Scherzer proclaimed himself healed following his first Grapefruit League start of the spring, a 6-1 Washington loss to St. Louis.

"It's behind me now," Scherzer said Wednesday. (MORE)

Duke freshman star Tatum headed to NBA

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Jayson Tatum is leaving Duke after his freshman season to enter the NBA draft.

The school announced Tatum's widely expected decision Wednesday , and team spokesman Cory Walton said Tatum plans to hire an agent, which means he won't have the option to return to his college team. (MORE)

McIlroy, Spieth lose Match Play openers

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Latest on the Dell Technologies Match Play (all times local):

2:15 p.m. (MORE)

Extension to give Calipari $8M a year

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky has signed John Calipari and Mark Stoops to two-year contract extensions, keeping Calipari as its men's basketball coach through 2024 and Stoops with the football program through 2022.

Calipari's base salary increases $500,000 to $7.75 million next season and rises to $8 million annually for each year after under the amended deal. The extension announced Wednesday includes a compensation review in June 2022 to compare it to other coaches' contracts and allows for a new amendment to be negotiated. Calipari would also be paid $5 million for each year if Kentucky terminates the contract. (MORE)

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