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March 26, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators clinched a spot in the NHL Western Conference playoffs with a 1-0 road-win against the Minnesota Wild last night. Ryan Johansen scored the game’s lone goal, and it came while the Preds were short-handed. For the Wild, the loss leaves them outside of the playoff picture, two points behind Colorado for the second wild card.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Grizzlies won’t be making the NBA playoffs this year, but Memphis is becoming a tough place to visit for contenders. Last night the Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 115-103. The win was the fifth at home for Memphis this month. The Thunder are in no real danger of losing a playoff berth, but the loss leaves them in the eighth and final spot in Western Conference field.

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s average salary is on track to drop on opening day for an unprecedented second straight season. Projections by The Associated Press find the 873 players on rosters Monday evening averaged $4.36 million, down from $4.41 million at the start of last season. However, this year’s exact figure could rise or fall when teams set opening-day rosters Thursday.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An NCAA Tournament upset or at-large bid is like winning the lottery for the smaller conferences in college basketball. They often use it to fund conference-wide initiatives to improve team play, giving their programs a better chance to be the next Cinderella team of March Madness. But an AP analysis of more than $3 billion paid out over more than 20 years shows those windfalls are becoming harder to come by as the portion of revenue going to the five power conferences has grown from 47.5 percent to more than 55 percent.

NEW YORK (AP) — UFC fighter Conor McGregor has announced he is retiring from mixed martial arts. McGregor’s verified Twitter account had a post early Tuesday saying: “I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.” The former champion wishes his colleagues well and says to other retired UFC fighters “Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!”