Antetokounmpo scores 30 points, Bucks beat Celtics 98-97

The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, is fouled as he attempts to shoot against Boston's Marcus Morris, top, and Marcus Smart during the first half of Thursday's game in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo scored 30 in the Bucks' 98-97 win. (Aaron Gash/AP Photo)

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 98-97 on Thursday night.

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Portland's Jusuf Nurkic is fouled by Brooklyn's Joe Harris as teammate Jarrett Allen defends during the second half of Thursday's game at Barclays Center. Nurkic had had 27 points and 12 rebounds in Portland's 113-99 win. (Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, his new backup Enes Kanter added 19 points and nine boards in his Trail Blazers debut, and Portland beat the Brooklyn Nets 113-99

NHL roundup

Minnesota's Zach Parise celebrates after scoring a goal as the Rangers' Tony DeAngelo reacts during the third period of Thursday's game at Madison Square Garden. Parise also had an assist in Minnesota's 4-1 win. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

Zach Parise had a goal and an assist, and the Minnesota Wild ended a five-game skid with a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

McIlroy opens with 63 has Woods struggles in Mexico debut

Tiger Woods hits from a sand trap on the first day of the WGC-Mexico Championship on Thursday at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

Rory McIlroy flirted with a hole-in-one on the same par 4 where Tiger Woods hit out-of-bounds with his first shot in Mexico.

This time, Red Sox 2B Pedroia is cautious on injury return

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, foreground, and pitcher Chris Sale, await their turn for photos during media day on Tuesday at Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The challenge for the Boston second baseman this time is to return at the right time, to stick around longer than three games, and to help the Red Sox get back to the World Series with his play, instead of by cheering them on from the dugout.

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This time, Red Sox 2B Pedroia is cautious on injury return

Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia, foreground, and pitcher Chris Sale, await their turn for photos during media day on Tuesday at Fort Myers, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The challenge for the Boston second baseman this time is to return at the right time, to stick around longer than three games, and to help the Red Sox get back to the World Series with his play, instead of by cheering them on from the dugout.

Bird says he's ready to regain Yanks' 1B job from Voit

Greg Bird of the New York Yankees bats on Thursday at the team's spring training facility in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Greg Bird is stronger, healthier and ready to challenge Luke Voit for the New York Yankees' first-base job.

After veteran salaries drop, baseball players want change

Then-Boston relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel celebrates after the Red Sox's 9-6 win over the Dodgers in Game 4 of the World Series on Oct. 27, 2018 in Los Angeles. Kimbrel is among the big-name free agents who were still on the market on the eve of Thursday’s Major League Baseball’s exhibition opener. (Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)

While Manny Machado agreed to a pending $300 million, 10-year contract with San Diego and Bryce Harper is likely to top Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million, 13-year deal, many less-than-superstar veterans have been routed on the free-agent...

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Browns give Kareem Hunt second chance, hope he stays inbounds

Then-Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt in action during the second half of a Nov. 19, 2018 game against the Rams in Los Angeles. The lasting image of Hunt’s second NFL season wasn’t him stiff-arming a linebacker, shedding a tackle or barreling over a cornerback at the goal line for a touchdown. It was him pushing a woman and then kicking her while she was defenseless on the floor. That disturbing moment caught on surveillance video mortified the sports world. Cleveland believes it was a random act by a young man who feels remorse and deserves a second chance. (Kelvin Kuo/AP Photo)

Cleveland Browns give troubled running back Kareem Hunt second chance, sign him to 1-year contract

AP Source: Antonio Brown asks Steelers for trade

In this Dec. 2, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) plays against the Los Angeles Chargers in a game at Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright)

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the perennial Pro Bowler has formally asked the Steelers for a trade, the latest move in a game of brinksmanship by the 30-year-old designed to force Pittsburgh to move him by the...

Browns give troubled running back Kareem Hunt second chance

Then-Kansas City running back Kareem Hunt warms up before an Nov. 19, 2018 game against the Rams in Los Angeles. Cleveland signed Hunt, the running back cut by Kansas City in November after a video showed him pushing and kicking a woman the previous February. Cleveland general manager John Dorsey, who drafted Hunt while working for Kansas City, on Monday said the Browns

The Cleveland Browns have signed Kareem Hunt, the running back cut by Kansas City in November after a video showed him pushing and kicking a woman the previous February

Kyler Murray chooses NFL over baseball and A's

In this June 15, 2018, file photo, Oakland Athletics draft pick Kyler Murray looks on before a game between the A's and the Los Angeles Angels. On Monday, the A's learned Oklahoma's Heimsman Trophy-winning quarterback has decided to pursue a career in the NFL instead of Major League Baseball. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray says he will pursue a career in the NFL over playing baseball for the Oakland Athletics

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Antetokounmpo scores 30 points, Bucks beat Celtics 98-97

The Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, is fouled as he attempts to shoot against Boston's Marcus Morris, top, and Marcus Smart during the first half of Thursday's game in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo scored 30 in the Bucks' 98-97 win. (Aaron Gash/AP Photo)

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 12 of his 30 points in the fourth quarter, Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds and the NBA-leading Milwaukee Bucks held off the Boston Celtics 98-97 on Thursday night.

NBA roundup

Portland's Jusuf Nurkic is fouled by Brooklyn's Joe Harris as teammate Jarrett Allen defends during the second half of Thursday's game at Barclays Center. Nurkic had had 27 points and 12 rebounds in Portland's 113-99 win. (Kathy Willens/AP Photo)

Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and 12 rebounds, his new backup Enes Kanter added 19 points and nine boards in his Trail Blazers debut, and Portland beat the Brooklyn Nets 113-99

The NBA playoff push starts now with All-Star break ending

Golden State guard Stephen Curry, center, shoots as Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, and guard Patrick Beverley defend during the second half of a Jan. 18, 2019 game in Los Angeles. Golden State is still the favorite for a fourth title in five years.

Race to the finish: NBA resumes its season Thursday, with a great many things yet to be decided

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Minnesota's Zach Parise celebrates after scoring a goal as the Rangers' Tony DeAngelo reacts during the third period of Thursday's game at Madison Square Garden. Parise also had an assist in Minnesota's 4-1 win. (Frank Franklin II/AP Photo)

Zach Parise had a goal and an assist, and the Minnesota Wild ended a five-game skid with a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

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The Islanders' Johnny Boychuk, left, checks the Flames' Garnet Hathaway during the third period of Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta. The Flames won, 4-2. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the game winner with 2:18 left in overtime, extending his point streak to 19 games and lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings

Backes scores shootout winner, Bruins top Golden Knights 3-2

Boston right wing David Backes celebrates after scoring against the Vegas during the shootout in Wednesday's game in Las Vegas. Boston won, 3-2. (John Locher/AP Photo)

The Boston Bruins have acquired center Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild for center Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick

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Sun having a quiet offseason

Connecticut Sun coach Curt Miller goes over strategy with point guard Jasmine Thomas during a game last season at Mohegan Sun Arena. Thomas recently re-signed and Miller, who also serves as general manager, has 12 players under contract. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

It’s been a relatively quiet offseason for the Connecticut Sun by pro sports standards. It resigned point guard Jasmine Thomas last week, giving them 12 players under contract who will comprise their 2019 roster, barring the unforeseen.

Jasmine Thomas re-signs with Sun

Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas drives to the basket against the Los Angeles Sparks in a WNBA game on Aug. 19, 2018 at Mohegan Sun Arena. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Point guard Jasmine Thomas has resigned with Connecticut Sun, the team announced Thursday. Thomas was named an All-Defensive first-team pick for the second year in a row last season, as chosen by WNBA coaches.

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Bird says he's ready to regain Yanks' 1B job from Voit

Greg Bird of the New York Yankees bats on Thursday at the team's spring training facility in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Greg Bird is stronger, healthier and ready to challenge Luke Voit for the New York Yankees' first-base job.

NHL roundup

The Islanders' Johnny Boychuk, left, checks the Flames' Garnet Hathaway during the third period of Wednesday in Calgary, Alberta. The Flames won, 4-2. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press/AP Photo)

Patrick Kane scored two goals, including the game winner with 2:18 left in overtime, extending his point streak to 19 games and lifting the Chicago Blackhawks to a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings

Backes scores shootout winner, Bruins top Golden Knights 3-2

Boston right wing David Backes celebrates after scoring against the Vegas during the shootout in Wednesday's game in Las Vegas. Boston won, 3-2. (John Locher/AP Photo)

The Boston Bruins have acquired center Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild for center Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick

The NBA playoff push starts now with All-Star break ending

Golden State guard Stephen Curry, center, shoots as Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell, left, and guard Patrick Beverley defend during the second half of a Jan. 18, 2019 game in Los Angeles. Golden State is still the favorite for a fourth title in five years.

Race to the finish: NBA resumes its season Thursday, with a great many things yet to be decided

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Auto Racing

3 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Xfinity Rinnai 250 final practice from Hampton, Ga.

4 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Truck Atlanta 200 final practice from Hampton, Ga.

5 p.m., FS1 — NASCAR Monster Cup Folds of Honor 500 qualifying from Hampton, Ga.

11 p.m., FS1 — NHRA Arizona Nationals qualifying from Chandler. (taped today)

Baseball

1 p.m., NESN — Spring training: Northeastern at Boston Red Sox from Fort Myers, Fla.

Basketball

6:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Bowling Green at Ohio University.

7 p.m., ESPN — NBA: San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors.

7 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Kent State at Buffalo.

7 p.m., ESPNews — NCAA men: Dartmouth at Yale.

7 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Canisius at Monmouth.

7 p.m., NESN — NCAA men: Harvard at Brown.

7:30 p.m., MSG — NBA: Minnesota Timberwolves at New York Knicks.

9 p.m., ESPN2 — NCAA men: Davidson at Rhode Island.

9 p.m., ESPNU — NCAA men: Wisconsin-Green Bay at Illinois-Chicago.

9 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Indiana at Iowa.

9:30 p.m., ESPN — NBA: Utah Jazz at Oklahoma City Thunder.

Golf

10:30 a.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Puerto Rico Open from Rio Grande.

2 p.m., Golf Channel — PGA: Mexico Championship from Mexico City.

11 p.m., Golf Channel — LPGA: Honda Thailand from Chonburi.

Hockey

6:30 p.m., FS1 — NCAA men: Ohio State at Michigan.

7:30 p.m., NHL Network — NHL: Minnesota Wild at Detroit Red Wings.

8:30 p.m., CBSSN — NCAA men: Minnesota-Duluth at North Dakota.

Soccer

2:40 p.m., NBCSN — Premier League: Fulham at West Ham.

Tennis

7 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Rio de Janeiro Open; ATP Open 13 from Marseille, France; WTA Duty Free Championships from Dubai; WTA Hungarian Ladies Open from Budapest; ATP Delray Beach Open from Florida.