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Sports Report: Kentucky Hits Record 26-0, A-Rod "Apologizes"

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On the ice, Columbus won against Philadelphia 5-2, the Islanders bested Carolina 4-1, New Jersey edged Buffalo in a shootout 2-1, Washington topped Pittsburgh 3-1, Florida beat Toronto 3-2, Dallas defeated St. Louis 4-1, and it was Nashville over San Jose 5-1.


In men’s basketball, top-ranked Kentucky is 26-0 for the first time in program history. Devin Booker had 18 points and seven rebounds as the Wildcats hammered the Volunteers 66-48 at Tennessee. Andrew Harrison contributed 14 points for Kentucky, which shot 54 percent in the first half and held the Vols to 25 percent in the second. Meanwhile Stony Brook bested UAlbany 59-56.

In top 25 women’s college basketball, No. 1 UConn bested Houston 85-26.


Alex Rodriguez has issued a handwritten apology "for the mistakes that led to my suspension" but has turned down New York's offer to use Yankee Stadium for a news conference and has failed to detail any specifics about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The five-paragraph statement issued Tuesday, three days before the team opens spring training, was addressed "to the fans."

Rodriguez says "I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be" and "I'm ready to put this chapter behind me and play some ball."

The 39-year-old, a three-time AL MVP, was suspended last season for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. An arbitrator found "clear and convincing evidence" Rodriguez used three banned substances and twice tried to obstruct the baseball's drug investigation.

Former Boston and San Francisco third base coach Wendell Kim has died. The Red Sox say he died at the age of 64 after a struggle with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Kim spent 30 years in professional baseball, including 15 as a major league coach, and was the first Korean-American to wear a major league uniform.

The Los Angeles Dodgers suddenly have a position open: Team closer.

Kenley Jansen will miss the start of the regular season after undergoing surgery to remove a growth from a bone in his left foot.

The team says Jansen will be on crutches for about 10 days after Tuesday's surgery in Los Angeles. He's expected to be out about eight to 12 weeks.


Jurors in the Massachusetts murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez have been shown a video of him dismantling his phone outside a police station the day after the killing and making calls on his lawyer's phone. Hernandez is accused of killing of Odin Lloyd in June of 2013.

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