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Cortes presents Kaat with Yanks award after ‘molester’ label

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes presented broadcaster and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Kaat with the franchise's Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday night, about three weeks after Kaat used an offensive nickname when talking about New York's breakout left-hander. The 83-year-old ...

AP source: Kemba Walker trade to Pistons among Knicks’ moves

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks removed Kemba Walker and added no players in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday. Walker wasn't around the Knicks late in the season and now he won't be with them at all after they agreed to deal him to the Detroit Pistons. That was among the ...

Payday: Judge wins it for Yankees on eve of salary showdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees have a hearing Friday to determine the three-time All-Star's salary for the 2022 season. Whatever gets decided, the verdict has already come down in the Bronx: Judge is going to be worth every penny. The steady, 6-foot-7 slugger lined a ...

‘A movement not a moment’: NHL focuses on racial diversity

Anson Carter remembers watching in high school as some of his friends abandoned hockey for being "too white" as he forged ahead, eyes set on a pro career. By the time he reached the National Hockey League, dreadlocks were flowing out from underneath his helmet as he skated. "It wasn't, 'Well, ...

Lakers get in draft, acquire 35th pick in trade with Orlando

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers will get to participate in the NBA draft after acquiring the 35th overall pick from the Orlando Magic on Thursday for cash and a future second-round selection. The Magic will get either the Lakers' second-round pick or Washington's second-round pick, ...

Avalanche a win away from dethroning 2-time champ Lightning

DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar and the Colorado Avalanche weren't all that interested in glancing back at the simmering controversy over the way Game 4 ended in overtime. Of way more importance was looking ahead to this: A chance to clinch the franchise's first Stanley Cup title since 2001. In ...

García drives in go-ahead run in 8th, Marlins sweep Rockies

MIAMI (AP) — Avisaíl García drove in the go-ahead run on a fielder's-choice grounder in the eighth inning, and the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep. Four relievers combined to throw 4 1/3 scoreless innings for the Marlins, including ...

Maurice took an unusual path to becoming Florida’s coach

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Paul Maurice's journey toward becoming the new coach of the Florida Panthers included a fortuitous flick of the remote control, plus was aided by a college admissions department. He was watching games one night in January, a month or so after he stepped aside as coach of ...

NHL officiating back under microscope in Stanley Cup Final

Jon Cooper backtracked and shifted a possible missed call to the rearview mirror with the expertise of a coach who has been here before. Counterpart Jared Bednar, on the verge of his first NHL championship, sought to settle the issue once and for all and move on. Still, the Stanley Cup Final ...

Jay Haas beats his age and shares the lead at US Senior Open

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Jay Haas has been shooting his age or better for the last three years, just never on a stage quite like Thursday in the U.S. Senior Open. Haas steadied himself from an up-and-down start at soggy Saucon Valley and played much younger than his 68 years down the stretch, ...

In Gee Chun races to record-tying 5-shot lead at Women’s PGA

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — In Gee Chun is alone atop the Women's PGA Championship following a sensational start. In fact, no player has ever been further ahead after 18 holes at a women's major. Chun breezed to an 8-under 64 on Thursday to take a five-stroke advantage after the first round at ...

It’s Banchero to Orlando: Magic grab Duke standout at No. 1

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Paolo Banchero never worked out for the Orlando Magic. He didn't have to, either. His year at Duke provided all the information they needed. The latest — and perhaps most important — piece to Orlando's rebuild is Banchero, the 6-foot-10 forward who went No. 1 ...

Heat draft Serbian forward Nikola Jovic with 27th pick

Serbian forward Nikola Jovic was selected by the Miami Heat with the 27th pick in Thursday's NBA draft. The 19-year-old was born in England and moved to Serbia when he was 9. He has played for Mega Basket in the Serbian league, averaging 11.7 points on 43% shooting in that league this past ...

Rory McIlroy, JT Poston share Travelers lead at 8-under 62

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Rory McIlroy fought off a sinus bug to shoot an 8-under 62 on Thursday for a share of the first-round lead with J.T. Poston in the Travelers Championship. Coming off a fifth-place tie Sunday in the U.S. Open after winning the Canadian Open the previous week, the ...

Title IX: NCAA report shows stark gap in funding for women

The number of women competing at the highest level of college athletics continues to rise along with an increasing funding gap between men's and women's sports programs, according to an NCAA report examining the 50th anniversary of Title IX. The report, released Thursday morning and entitled ...

Top QB recruit Arch Manning tweets that he’s going to Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The latest Manning quarterback, and the nation's top recruit for next year's class, has verbally committed to a future SEC school: Arch Manning tweeted Thursday that he plans to play at Texas. The quarterback's message included a photo of him dropping back for a pass ...

Cavs select Agbaji at 14, add another Mobley in NBA draft

CLEVELAND (AP) — Ochai Agbaji developed championship DNA in college. The Cavaliers are counting on it staying with him in the pros. Looking to add a perimeter player who can shoot, defend and maybe accelerate their timeline to NBA title contention, Cleveland selected Agbaji with the No. 14 ...

Magic take Banchero 1st, Holmgren, Smith follow in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) — The question for weeks leading into the NBA draft was whether the first pick would be Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren or Jabari Smith Jr. The answer finally came Thursday night — and even Banchero didn't know it until moments before the announcement of the Orlando Magic's ...

Pelicans take G League’s Dyson Daniels at No. 8 in NBA draft

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Dyson Daniels believes he is ready to immediately contribute to the New Orleans Pelicans. He's just 19 years old and has played in just 26 G League games since coming to the United States from his native Australia. But the Pelicans saw enough in Daniels to use the ...

Baylor’s Sochan, Ohio State’s Branham to Spurs in NBA draft

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs chose Baylor forward Jeremy Sochan with the ninth overall pick, Ohio State guard Malaki Branham with the 20th selection and Notre Dame's Blake Wesley at No. 25 in the NBA draft on Thursday night. The trio of 19-year-olds all spent one season in ...