- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) - The NCAA championship has posted a record-low TV rating.

Villanova’s last-second win over North Carolina on Monday night averaged a 10.6 rating across TBS, TNT and truTV in the first title game to air on cable. The 17.8 million viewers are down 37 percent from the 28.3 million for last season’s Duke-Wisconsin matchup on CBS, which drew the largest audience in 18 years. Viewership is down 16 percent from the 21.3 million for UConn-Kentucky in 2014.

The previous low was a 10.8 for North Carolina-Michigan State in 2009.

Viewership was down throughout the tournament, which was lacking the star power of the 2015 edition, not to mention the allure of Kentucky’s pursuit of an undefeated season. The two routs in Saturday’s semifinals also didn’t help.

Ratings represent the percentage of U.S. homes with televisions tuned to a program.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Baseball’s new rule on breaking up double plays gave Logan Forsythe and the Tampa Bay Rays a disputed 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, Toronto slugger Edwin Encarnacion hit a grounder to third base. After taking a throw from Evan Longoria for the force at second, Forsythe made an errant relay to first that appeared to allow the go-ahead run to score for the Blue Jays.

Rays manager Kevin Cash asked for a replay review, claiming Jose Bautista violated the new “Chase Utley Rule” governing slides on potential double plays.

Replay umpires in New York ruled that Bautista did indeed slide inside the bag to illegally hinder Forsythe. The call was changed to a game-ending double play that preserved Tampa Bay’s victory.

NEW YORK (AP) - Wearable technology is coming to Major League Baseball.

The sport’s playing rules committee approved two devices for use during games this season, two people familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The Motus Baseball Sleeve measures stress on elbows and the Zephyr Bioharness monitors heart and breathing rates.

In addition, the committee approved a pair of bat sensors for use on field during workouts, one from Blast Motion and the other from Diamond Kinetics.

The technology provides the potential for earlier detection of habits that could lead to injuries. However, the union is concerned about player privacy and how teams use the information. Both sides say further discussions are likely in bargaining this year.

People spoke about the decision on condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized by MLB or the players’ association. New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the playing rules committee, declined comment.


NEW YORK (AP) - A tearful California woman told a jury she was punched in the face outside a Manhattan nightclub four years ago by a football player who’s now a receiver for the New York Jets.

Christin Myles sobbed as she described being struck outside the Marquee nightclub. She says she saw tattoos on the man’s forearm and his blue, rolled-up shirt sleeves.

Her lawyer said during opening statements in the civil trial that she later discovered the man was receiver Brandon Marshall. He now plays for the New York Jets.

Marshall’s lawyer said his client did not hit her and that the woman, who now lives in Chino, California, started the altercation by trying to punch Marshall’s friend.

Myles is seeking damages for injuries that she says still linger.

NEW YORK (AP) - The NFL has picked Twitter to stream its Thursday night games.

When the league negotiated its latest deal for the Thursday package, it decided to sell the streaming rights separately for an “over the top” broadcast. This past season, it partnered with Yahoo to stream a game from London that took place on a Sunday morning in the United States.

Only the 10 Thursday night games on CBS and NBC will be streamed through Twitter under a one-year agreement, the NFL announced. They will be free worldwide on all devices through the Twitter platform. Viewers will not need to be registered Twitter users.

The NFL Network-only Thursday games are not part of the deal.


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Some people in Brazil are trying to scalp tickets for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics - even before the tickets are issued.

Rio de Janeiro police investigator Gilberto Ribeiro says 10 people have been detected using social media trying to sell 712 ticket vouchers - to be exchanged for tickets - at up to double their face value. Ribeiro says many of the tickets were for “high-profile” events.

It is illegal in Brazil to resell tickets at above face value.

Ribeiro says his police unit on consumer crime was tipped off by the organizing committee of the Rio Olympics, with the games opening in four months.

The investigator says the suspects have been identified and will be questioned. He says the penalty is up to two years in jail.


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Retired soccer star Abby Wambach admitted to once trying cocaine and smoking marijuana some 10 years ago, according to court documents connected to her arrest on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Wambach, who won a World Cup with the U.S. national team last summer, was arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court. She was not present, but her attorney entered a plea of not guilty on her behalf.

The documents said Wambach has no prior arrest record. In the documents, officers wrote that she first used marijuana at age 24 and her last use was at 25. It also states: “The defendant tried cocaine at age 25.”

Wambach, who is now 35, did not specifically address the arrest at the opening of her appearance at the University of Kentucky. But said she was “embarrassed” for herself, family, friends and fans.

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