Lincecum returns…Cuban denies old assault allegation…Gonzaga wins 6th straight WCC title

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Tim Lincecum (LIHN’-sih-kuhm) has passed the physical he needed to finalize his $1 million, one-year contract with the Texas Rangers. Texas general manager Jon Daniels says the 33-year-old right-hander will be a reliever and could be the Rangers’ closer as he attempts to pitch in the big leagues for the first time since 2016. Lincecum says that after wearing No. 55 for his entire major league career, he’ll switch to 44, the number his late brother wore as an amateur.

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after a weekly alternative newspaper in Oregon published details of a case that prosecutors didn’t pursue. In a report explaining why they weren’t pursuing the case, prosecutors wrote that there was no evidence to support the claim and some evidence contradicted it.

UNDATED (AP) — No. 6 Gonzaga probably has some new fans in Big Ten country. A 74-54 win over BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game last night gave the Bulldogs an automatic bid to the NCAAs, leaving a precious at-large berth open. Big Ten bubble teams Nebraska and Penn State need favorites to win in this week’s conference tourneys to keep as many at-large berths open as possible.

UNDATED (AP) — The minor league that brought 3-on-3 overtime to hockey more than a decade before the NHL is adding a new innovation this season for the playoffs. The Southern Professional Hockey League will use a “pick your opponent” playoff format with the first-place team choosing its first-round opponent from the teams that finished from fifth to eighth place. Its president believes the structure could work in the NHL in the future.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Protesters chanting against Temple University’s plan to open a $135 million football stadium on its campus have shut down a town hall meeting meant to address their concerns. reports that about 10 minutes into President Richard Englert’s remarks last night, people in the crowd started to shout “liar!” when he said no one would be displaced. About 100 people began chanting: “No new stadium!” and Englert was escorted out by police.

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