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Officials: Iran nuke talks to continue in new phaseSource: Mullin to replace Lavin at St. John's (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 scrambled to reach consensus just hours ahead of a self-imposed deadline.


Chris Mullin sits at a news conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. Mullin will be inducted into the Hall on Friday. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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.


Indiana lawmakers try to quiet firestorm over new lawKaminsky, Okafor lead 2014-15 AP All-America team (Yahoo Sports)

Indiana Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, left, D-Anderson, and Indiana House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, call for the repeal of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a press conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Monday, March 30, 2015. Republican legislative leaders say they are working on adding language to a new state law to make it clear that it doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)GOP legislative leaders say they are working to clarify the religious-objections law.


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.


Colorado theater gunman's mother says he's not a 'monster'NFL suspends Browns GM for texting, team holds onto picks (Yahoo Sports)
The mother of accused Colorado theater gunman James Holmes says in a new book that she prays for her son’s victims daily, even calling out the deceased by name. “The first time that I prayed for them by name and by wound, I was shaking, overcome,” Arlene Holmes writes.

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.


Suspect in massive Los Angeles arson fire seen in video: L.A. TimesFalcons fined, lose draft pick for pumping in fake noise (Yahoo Sports)

Los Angeles city firefighters battle a massive fire at a seven-story downtown apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles(Reuters) - A suspect who sparked a massive arson fire last year that gutted a multi-story apartment complex under construction in Los Angeles was captured on surveillance tape reviewed by authorities, the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday. The video showed the suspect parking a car on the 110 Freeway before walking into the building with "cans of fuel," the paper said, based on a recording of a community meeting last week addressed by Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Ruda. Fire department representatives could not be immediately reached for comment.


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.


Armed prisoner on the run after escaping from D.C.-area hospitalDemaryius Thomas says he'll skip offseason workouts (Yahoo Sports)
(Reuters) - An armed prisoner was on the run early on Tuesday after escaping from a hospital in northern Virginia where shots were fired, police and CBS News said. The prisoner, identified as Wossen Assaye by the Fairfax County Police Department, broke free from a private security guard at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia, and fled with the guard's weapon, the department said on its Twitter account. It was not clear who opened fire or whether anyone was injured, police spokeswoman Ellen Pittman told CBS. Roads around the hospital were shut down as authorities from several different agencies searched for the suspect, who was dressed only in a hospital gown, police said.

FILE- In this Jan. 11, 2015, file photo, Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (88) stretches prior to an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Denver. Thomas said Monday, March 30, 2015, that he'll skip the Denver Broncos' offseason workouts until the sides agree on a long-term contract. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

Peyton Manning will have to do without his top target this offseason unless the Denver Broncos reach an agreement with Demaryius Thomas on a long-term contract. Thomas said he'll stay in Georgia, where he'll continue rehabbing his right ankle, which was hurt Dec. 3 when a teammate stepped on him, hampering him down the stretch. Thomas echoed general manager John Elway's recent assertion that the goal was to get a long-term deal done ''as soon as possible.'' If the talks do reach an impasse, he said he'd sign the Broncos' $12.8 million franchise tender by the July 15 deadline. A prolonged boycott by Thomas could hamper the installation of new coach Gary Kubiak's offense that will feature Manning's tactical and timing proficiencies while placing a greater emphasis on the run and two-tight end sets.




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