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Rockies rook fouls 1st MLB pitch near family, mom gets ball

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Rockies catcher Brian Serven fouled off the first pitch in his very first major league at-bat Wednesday, right in the direction of his family sitting behind home plate at Coors Field. And his mother ended up with the ball. "It's pretty funny that she got the first ...

Pac-12 scraps divisions moments after NCAA paves way

The Pac-12 announced Wednesday it was scrapping its divisional format for the upcoming football season moments after the NCAA Division I Council tossed out requirements that dictate how conferences can determine a champion. The Pac-12 will now pair the teams with the highest conference winning ...

Cole’s OT goal lift Hurricanes past Rangers for Game 1 win

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho extended the game. Ian Cole ended it. And that allowed the Carolina Hurricanes to escape their first home loss of the playoffs despite being completely outplayed most of the night. Cole beat Igor Shesterkin at 3:12 of overtime to help the Hurricanes beat ...

Scherzer exits with injury to side, Mets deck Cards 11-4

NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer had a four-run lead in the sixth inning and everything was rolling right along for the New York Mets — same as all season. Until the three-time Cy Young Award winner signaled to the dugout he was done. Scherzer pulled himself from a start Wednesday night with ...

Curry’s 21 points, 12 boards lead Warriors in Game 1, 112-87

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Once Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson slowed down, caught their breath and stopped rushing shots, the Splash Brothers got on a roll that proved too much for Dallas to stop. Especially because Andrew Wiggins worked end to end to make sure Luka Doncic couldn't get ...

Dustin Johnson looking to get back on track at PGA

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth are examples of how quickly the landscape can change. Look back one year, and Johnson was the No. 1 player in the world who had been runner-up in the previous two PGA Championships and among the favorites every time he played. Going into ...

Tkachuk scores 3, Flames beat Oilers 9-6 in Game 1

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The first Battle of Alberta in the playoffs in 31 years didn't disappoint. The Calgary Flames got a hat trick from Matthew Tkachuk to outlast the Edmonton Oilers 9-6 and grab Game 1 of the second round series Wednesday night after a blistering game that saw the most ...

Another Triple Crown long shot? Fenwick is 50-1 in Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) — Rich Strike winning the Kentucky Derby at 80-1 may not be the only big upset this Triple Crown season. Not if Fenwick has anything to do about it. Two weeks after Rich Strike became the second-biggest long shot to win the Derby, Fenwick could join him in the record books at ...

Southern Hills: All-time best often crowned in dull fashion

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — About a month before Dave Stockton won the PGA Championship at Southern Hills, his father gave him the self-help classic "Psycho-Cybernetics" by Maxwell Maltz, and he went through page by page highlighting various passages. "It was not a fun read," Stockton said. "It was ...

PGA CHAMPIONSHIP ’22: Key anniversaries for this year’s PGA

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A look at some of the anniversaries this year at the PGA Championship: 100 years ago (1922) Oakmont hosted the first of its 12 professional men's majors, and Gene Sarazen made history of his own as the first man to win two majors in the same year. Sarazen had won the ...

Saban calls out Texas A&M for using NIL deals to buy players

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban called out Texas A&M on Wednesday night for "buying" players in its top-ranked recruiting class with name, image and likeness deals, saying Crimson Tide football players earned more than $3 million last year "the right way." "I know the ...

Black club pro hopes to thrive, inspire at PGA Championship

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The numbers are not in his favor at Southern Hills, which is nothing Wyatt Worthington II hasn't faced before. Worthington, who spends his working hours giving lessons at The Golf Depot in central Ohio, is among the 20 club professionals who qualified for the PGA ...

Raise makes Ohio State’s Day one of highest-paid coaches

Ohio State is hiking Ryan Day's annual salary to $9.5 million as part of a two-year contract extension that will put him among the nation's highest-paid college football coaches. Day's raise makes him the latest coach to crack $9 million per year, making him one of the highest-paid coaches ...

Central Michigan’s top scorer Molly Davis transfers to Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — All-Mid-American Conference first-team pick Molly Davis of Central Michigan is transferring to Iowa, Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder announced Wednesday. The 5-foot-7 guard from Midland, Michigan, was a three-year starter for the Chippewas and led the team last season with ...

Jets sign Garrett Wilson; all 3 1st-rounders under contract

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets signed wide receiver Garrett Wilson to a four-year, $20.55 million deal Wednesday, the last of the team's three first-round draft picks to get under contract. Wilson was the No. 10 overall pick last month out of Ohio State. He's expected to be an immediate ...

Francona back managing Guardians following COVID-19 outbreak

CLEVELAND (AP) — Guardians manager Terry Francona missed so much time over the past two seasons that even a four-game absence was difficult. "This was forced retirement," he said. "It wasn't very fun." Francona and two of his coaches cleared health and safety protocols and returned to the ...

Occidental’s Shwayder, SFSU’s Jackson receive CalHOPE award

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Julia Shwayder and Breyon Jackson's battles to overcome adversity throughout their college careers and the examples they set for others are being recognized. Shwayder, a lacrosse player at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and Jackson, a basketball player at San Francisco ...

Jimmy Butler, Heat seeking to take a 2-0 lead over Celtics

MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Butler doesn't like being a called a scorer. Never mind that the moniker seems appropriate. He's averaging nearly 30 points per game in this postseason, has reached the 40-point mark three times in his last 10 games after having zero such regular season games since 2017, ...

Pivetta tosses 2-hitter to lead Red Sox past Astros 5-1

BOSTON (AP) — The Astros littered the seats of Fenway Park with home runs during their rout of the Red Sox on Tuesday. A day later, Boston pitcher Nick Pivetta barely allowed Houston to put the ball in play. Pivetta pitched a two-hitter, Xander Bogaerts hit a solo home run, Rafael Devers ...

Former Bears RB Tarik Cohen injured during streamed workout

Former Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen, now a free agent, apparently suffered an injury during a training session being live-streamed on his Instagram account. The hard-luck player, released in March by the Bears due to past injuries, grabbed the back of his leg after going down during ...