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‘Greek Freak,’ Bucks _ and Jazz, Bulls _ look for 2-0 leads

Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo marked his arrival as a big stage, playoff performer in his second trip to the NBA postseason — now he’s looking for more. The 22-year-old dubbed the “Greek Freak” will be looking to once again put his stamp on the Bucks’ series against the Toronto Raptors. There Game 2 showdown in Toronto is one of the trio ... Read More »

Ex-agent pleads guilty in multi-year UNC sports agent probe

Terry Watson

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) — A former NFL agent has pleaded guilty to violating North Carolina’s sports agent law by providing thousands of dollars in improper benefits to three former Tar Heels football players to entice them into signing contracts with him. Terry Watson, 43, of Marietta, Georgia, entered his plea Monday afternoon in a deal to resolve 3½-year-old felony charges. ... Read More »

Blue Jackets, Wild in danger of being swept out of playoffs

Sergei Bobrovsky, Patric Hornqvist, Nick Bonino, Jack Johnson

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets scored more goals in the first six minutes of Sunday’s game than in their first two playoff games combined. That still wasn’t enough to slow down the Pittsburgh Penguins, who dealt the Blue Jackets a third straight playoff loss and put them on the brink of elimination. Now the Blue Jackets, whose ... Read More »

Russia reports arrest of suspected subway bomb organizer

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s Federal Security Service says it has arrested a suspected organizer of the suicide bombing in the St. Petersburg subway that killed 14 passengers. The service, the FSB, said Monday the suspect was arrested in Odintsovo, a city just outside Moscow. It said the suspect was armed with a pistol and was of Central Asian origin, but ... Read More »

Thousands of migrants rescued in 3 days in Mediterranean

ROME (AP) — About 8,300 migrants have been rescued from unseaworthy smugglers boats over Easter weekend in the Mediterranean. A U.N. refugee agency spokeswoman, Carlotta Sami, tweeted on Monday that “rescuers worked incessantly” over Friday, Saturday and Sunday, to save them. Eight migrants died, including a pregnant woman. Smugglers take advantage of calm seas to launch many boats. Those rescued ... Read More »

Germany wants Albanian opposition to end parliament boycott

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Germany’s foreign minister on Monday called on Albania’s opposition to end a parliamentary boycott, not block the launch of justice reforms and take part in the June parliamentary election. Sigmar Gabriel, visiting Albania’s capital, said that Germany and the European Union couldn’t understand the opposition’s request for a caretaker government only weeks before the June 18 ... Read More »