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Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections lawTennessee hires former Texas coach Rick Barnes (Yahoo Sports)

Indiana Gov. Mike PenceMike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination.


FILE - In this March 12, 2015, file photo, Texas coach Rick Barnes give his team a thumbs-up during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Kansas City, Mo. A person familiar with the situation says Tennessee has reached an agreement to hire former Texas coach Rick Barnes as its next men's basketball coach. The person spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday, March 31, 2015, on condition of anonymity because the hiring hasn't been announced.(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

Just two days after leaving Texas, Rick Barnes has landed at Tennessee. Tennessee announced the hiring Tuesday, calling Barnes an ''elite basketball coach in every respect.'' The agreement is for six years at $2.25 million annually. Barnes succeeds Donnie Tyndall, who was fired Friday after one season amid an NCAA investigation of his two years at Southern Mississippi. Barnes went 402-180 in 17 seasons at Texas and reached the NCAA Tournament in 16 of his 17 seasons, including a Final Four appearance in 2003.


Police: Prisoner who stole gun, fled hospital found in DCSource: Mullin to replace Lavin at St. John's (Yahoo Sports)

Manhunt Launched in Virginia for Armed Prison EscapeeWASHINGTON (AP) — Police say a prisoner who escaped custody at a northern Virginia hospital with a guard's gun has been captured in Washington.


FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2006, file photo, Chris Mullin, foreground, Golden State Warriors executive vice president of basketball operations, listens as new coach Don Nelson answers questions at a news conference in Oakland, Calif. Mullin, St. John's all-time leading scorer and still the face of its basketball program three decades after his career ended, has agreed to coach the Red Storm, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Monday, March 30, 2015. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there was no formal announcement.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

St. John's has decided its basketball future rests with the best of its past. Chris Mullin, St. John's all-time leading scorer and still the face of its basketball program three decades after his career ended, has agreed to coach the Red Storm, a person with knowledge of the discussions told The Associated Press on Monday. He replaces Steve Lavin who agreed to leave last week, after five seasons during which the Red Storm reached the NCAA Tournament twice. Lavin had an 81-55 record at St. John's and the Red Storm went to the NCAA Tournament in his first and last seasons.


US official: Iran nuke talks could continue beyond deadlineKaminsky, Okafor lead 2014-15 AP All-America team (Yahoo Sports)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, and British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, second right, waits with U.S. Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman, left, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, second left, and others before a meeting with Russia, China, France, Germany, European Union and Iranian officials at the Beau Rivage Palace Hotel in Lausanne, Switzerland Monday, March 30, 2015, during Iran nuclear talks. Negotiations over Iran's nuclear program are entering a critical phase with differences still remaining just two days before a deadline for the outline of an agreement. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)Diplomats wrap up six days of marathon nuclear talks with mixed results.


FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015, file photo, Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky dunks against Indiana during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Madison, Wis. Kaminsky was selected to the AP All-America team, Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Manis, File)

Frank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor are as different as stories can be in college basketball. The two, however, have a lot in common - both are in the Final Four and both were the top selections on The Associated Press' 2014-15 All-America team. Kaminsky, the 7-foot senior from Wisconsin, was a unanimous choice Monday. Okafor, the 6-11 freshman from Duke, received all but one first-team vote.


On a cold Boston morning, remembering Teddy KennedyNFL suspends Browns GM for texting, team holds onto picks (Yahoo Sports)

A host of political luminaries attended the dedication Monday of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on Columbia Point, right next to the presidential library of Teddy’s older brother, President John F. Kennedy.


FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Browns general manager Ray Farmer answers questions about the Browns' season during an NFL football news conference in Berea, Ohio. The NFL has suspended Browns general manager Ray Farmer for four games for sending text messages to the sideline last season during games. Farmer has acknowledged sending the messages, which is prohibited under league rules. The league's punishment handed down on Monday, March 30, 2015, includes a $250,000 fine on the Browns. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The NFL sent a tough message to Browns general manager Ray Farmer for texting. The league announced its punishment on Monday, ending an investigation that hung over the franchise during yet another turbulent offseason and threatened to undermine the Browns' upcoming draft. The league said his ban begins on midnight of the Sunday preceding the Browns' first regular-season game and will end immediately after the fourth regular-season game. ''I respect the league's decision and understand that there are consequences for my actions,'' Farmer said in a statement released by the Browns.


Accused Boston bomber's brother researched fireworks, guns: expertFalcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise (Yahoo Sports)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is pictured in this handout photo presented as evidence by the U.S. Attorney's Office in BostonBy Scott Malone and Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) - Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's older brother, Tamerlan, researched radio transmitters, fireworks and gun stores in the weeks leading up to the 2013 attack that killed three people, a computer expert testified on Tuesday. Lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 21, on Tuesday called their third witness on behalf of the defendant, digital forensics expert Mark Spencer, who testified about data found on three computers owned by the Tsarnaev brothers. The computer belonging to Tamerlan, who died four days after the April 15, 2013, attack, which also injured 264 people, showed searches for information on radio transmitters and receivers and on Ruger P95 handguns.


FILE - This is a Dec. 15, 2011, file photo showing the Georgia Dome during an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Jacksonville Jaguars in Atlanta. The NFL has fined the Atlanta Falcons, stripped the organization of a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's Competition Committee beginning April 1 following the team's use of fake noise at home games. In a statement released Monday, March 30, 2015, the league announced that the Falcons have been fined $350,000 and will forfeit their fifth-round selection in the 2016 draft. If the Falcons have multiple picks in that round, the highest selection will be forfeited. (AP Photo/Pouya Dianat, File)

In the midst of two losing seasons, the Atlanta Falcons tried to pump up the noise. The NFL announced Monday that it had fined the team $350,000, stripped away a draft pick and suspended team president Rich McKay from the league's powerful Competition Committee for at least three months after the Falcons conceded pumping artificial crowd noise into the Georgia Dome. For owner Arthur Blank, the whole episode has been a huge embarrassment on top of firing long-time coach Mike Smith after last season and dealing with criticism over a pricey seat-licensing plan to help fund the team's new stadium. ''Anytime there are actions that compromise the integrity of the NFL or threaten the culture of our franchise, as this issue did, they will be dealt with swiftly and strongly.'' Throughout the 2013 season and into the 2014 season, according to the NFL, the Falcons violated league rules that state ''at no point during the game can artificial crowd noise or amplified crowd noise be played in the stadium.'' The league also said Roddy White, the team's former director of event marketing, was directly responsible for the violation and would have been suspended without pay for the first eight weeks of the 2015 regular season had he still been with the club.




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