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A’s hit 4 HRs, rough up Gray, Yankees 10-5, end 3-game skid

By Scott Ortega Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Khris Davis, Matt Chapman, Jed Lowrie and Matt Joyce all homered and the Oakland Athletics beat the Yankees 10-5 Friday night, leaving New York with back-to-back losses for the first time in more than a month. The A’s had lost three in a ...

Simpson ties course record, takes 5-shot lead at Players

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Webb Simpson didn’t miss anything except the island green. On the verge of shattering the course record Friday at the TPC Sawgrass — even a 59 was in play — Simpson hit sand wedge into the water on the notorious par-3 17th and made double bogey that ...

Raptors fire coach Dwane Casey after another sweep by Cavs

By Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Masai Ujiri believes Dwane Casey deserves to be recognized as the best coach in the NBA, but the Toronto president doesn’t think Casey should be leading the Raptors. So the Raptors fired Casey, praising him on his way out the door. Hours ...

Shohei Ohtani homers again, surging Angels beat Twins 7-4

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels' schedule limited Shohei Ohtani's chances to hit over the past four games. When the Angels got back home and put their two-way rookie sensation back in the lineup, Ohtani hadn't missed a beat. Neither had the ...

Adams’ RBI single in 11th gives Nationals 2-1 win at Arizona

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The shift has become an extremely important part of defense in the major leagues. Matt Adams showed how silly it can look when it doesn't work. With the shift on against the left-handed slugger, Adams hit one the opposite way — right where the ...

LEADING OFF: Harvey debuts for Reds, Cutch back in the Burgh

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: RED ALERT Matt Harvey will make his Cincinnati debut when he starts at Dodger Stadium. Harvey says he's excited to start a new chapter with the last-place Reds, who acquired the former ace from the Mets for catcher ...

NHL makes history with new blood in conference finals

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer History is being made again in the Stanley Cup playoffs. On the heels of the first back-to-back champions in two decades, the NHL will get a new champion in the salary-cap era that began in 2005. Among the Lightning, Capitals, Jets and Golden Knights, only ...

‘Saucer-eyed’: Caps, others count on rookies in NHL playoffs

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals have never used more rookies during a single postseason than the half-dozen who helped Alex Ovechkin and Co. reach the Eastern Conference final. They're contributing in various ways, including with secondary ...

Martinez homers, Red Sox rebound to cool off Yankees, 5-4

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking home run against Dellin Betances (1-2) leading off the eighth inning, just beyond Aaron Judge's reach at the right-field wall, and the Boston Red Sox rebounded after wasting a four-run lead to beat New York 5-4 Thursday ...

Sapporo seems to have second thoughts about 2026 Olympic bid

By STEPHEN WADE, AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese city of Sapporo seems to be having second thoughts about bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics and could focus instead on the 2030 Games. Sapporo held the 1972 Winter Olympics and is one of seven cities showing interest in 2026. The ...

Chacin contains his former team, Brewers beat Rockies 5-2

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer DENVER (AP) — There's nothing like a homer on the first pitch of a game to perk up a dugout. Or pump up a pitcher. Lorenzo Cain homered to start things off, Jhoulys Chacin kept his former team in check into the sixth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the ...

Vegas next in Western final after Jets stun Preds in Game 7

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets are headed to the first Western Conference final in their short history after knocking off the NHL’s best team in the regular season. Tyler Myers and Paul Stastny scored 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stunned the Nashville Predators ...

Velasquez, Santana lead Phillies past whiffing Giants 6-3

By MIKE CRANSTON, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Vince Velasquez bent over, his hands on his knees, as another home run sailed over his head. But somehow, what looked like a lost afternoon for the Philadelphia Phillies turned into another win. The San Francisco Giants took a 3-0 lead ...

Lions’ Patricia says he was ‘falsely accused’ of assault

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said Thursday he was "falsely accused" in a 1996 sexual assault allegation that resurfaced this week, and he indicated that the matter has not been an issue as he has climbed from job to job in the ...

Nadal breaks McEnroe’s mark of straight sets won on surface

MADRID (AP) — Rafael Nadal broke John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface by beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday. Nadal extended his winning streak to 50 consecutive sets on clay, eclipsing the mark McEnroe established ...

Reds promote Nick Krall to general manager

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer The Cincinnati Reds promoted Nick Krall to general manager on Thursday, giving him more responsibilities as the team tries to emerge from a major rebuild. Krall has been an assistant to Dick Williams, who will remain president of baseball operations and oversee ...

Ex-NFL player: Police fabricated evidence for gun charge

By DAVID PORTER, Associated Press ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A former NFL linebacker's career was cut short after authorities in New Jersey fabricated evidence linking him to a gun used in a shooting, the player alleged in a lawsuit filed this week. The Elizabeth police department and Union ...

Palmeiro back on diamond at 53 with hopes of MLB comeback

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer CLEBURNE, Texas (AP) — Rafael Palmeiro isn't playing for a minor league team at age 53 just so he can be teammates with his son. Palmeiro said he knows there are people who think he has lost his mind, but he is serious about wanting to make a big league ...

US edges Latvia in OT, Slovakia tops France at hockey worlds

HERNING, Denmark (AP) — Cam Atkinson scored in overtime to give the United States a 3-2 win over Latvia on Thursday, its fourth straight victory at the ice hockey world championship. In another tight game, Slovakia kept its hopes alive for a quarterfinal spot by topping France 3-1, with ...

The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP. The NBA has its Final Four. It certainly does not disappoint. Boston's win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on ...