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Connelly leaves Nuggets for similar role with Timberwolves

DENVER (AP) — Tim Connelly is leaving his job as president of basketball operations of the Denver Nuggets for a similar role with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Connelly agreed to the deal on Monday, the Timberwolves announced. The 45-year-old Connelly steadily built the Nuggets into a ...

Ex-Brooklyn Dodgers catcher, Mets coach Pignatano dies at 92

NEW YORK (AP) — As a big leaguer, Joe Pignatano had a career that was more noteworthy than notable: He played in the last game at Ebbets Field, he homered off three future Hall of Famers and he hit into a triple play with his final swing in the majors. It was out in the bullpen at Shea ...

Vasilevskiy, Lightning beat Panthers 2-0 in Game 4 for sweep

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning are running out of superlatives to describe Andrei Vasilevskiy's dominance. The reigning Conn Symthe Trophy winner delivered another stellar playoff performance for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions on Monday night, stopping 49 shots to ...

Celtics torch Heat early, even series with 102-82 blowout

BOSTON (AP) — The Miami Heat left Jayson Tatum lying on the court with a pain in his neck in the closing minutes of Game 3. The Celtics All-Star did his part to make sure the Heat were hurting after Game 4. Tatum scored 31 points and Boston took its turn pounding Miami early, jumping out to ...

Amidst threats, Kadri scores 3 in Avs’ 6-3 win over Blues

Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri refused to buckle in the face of death threats, racial slurs, a booing St. Louis crowd and a few post-whistle hits. Kadri scored three goals, drew two penalties, and Colorado took a 3-1 second-round playoff series lead over the Blues following a 6-3 win on Monday ...

California mayor resigns amid baseball stadium deal scandal

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The mayor of the Southern California city of Anaheim is resigning amid a swirling political scandal over the sale of Angel Stadium to the baseball team. Mayor Harry Sidhu is quitting his post effective Tuesday, his lawyer, Paul S. Meyer, said in a statement Monday. He ...

Conference tourneys to set stage for NCAA baseball regionals

Three NCAA Tournament spots have been clinched, and conference tournaments this week will determine the other automatic bids. The 16 NCAA regional hosts will be announced on Sunday and the rest of the 64-team field next Monday. There are 31 automatic qualifiers and 33 at-large selections. ...

Time to heal: Jaguars still recovering from Urban Meyer era

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Marvin Jones had a smile on his face and a pep in his step as the Jacksonville Jaguars went through their first organized team activity Monday. The veteran receiver may have been more relieved than anyone in the building for a fresh start. A new head coach. A mostly ...

Autopsy: Steelers QB Haskins was drunk when fatally struck

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was legally drunk and had taken drugs before he was fatally struck by a dump truck while walking on a Florida interstate highway last month, an autopsy report released Monday concluded. The Broward County Medical ...

Bauer grievance hearing begins on attempt to overturn ban

NEW YORK (AP) — The hearing on Trevor Bauer's attempt to overturn his unprecedented two-year suspension under Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy began Monday before an arbitrator. Bauer was suspended by Commissioner Rob Manfred on April 29, a penalty that if unchanged will cost ...

Red Sox climbing out of early hole with much-needed streak

The Boston Red Sox needed a winning streak like this. Their slow start was exacerbated by the fact that the first-place Yankees were threatening to pull away in the AL East, but the Red Sox have now won five in a row after sweeping Seattle. Trevor Story has five homers in the last four games, ...

David Ortiz says life has changed since Hall of Fame vote

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — Newly elected Hall of Famer David Ortiz knows he's got to enjoy life every day after his shooting in the Dominican Republic nearly three years ago. "Without a doubt," he told The Associated Press Monday morning at his charity golf tournament. "Life continued. You never ...

2nd-year QB Mac Jones leaving something behind this year

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne probably needed to do a double take when he saw quarterback Mac Jones. Bourne noted that Jones is lacking something he brought with him when he arrived in New England as a first-round draft pick out of Alabama last year. "His ...

Heat’s Herro, Celtics’ Smart out for Game 4 of East finals

BOSTON (AP) — Celtics point guard and Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart was ruled out for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against Miami, joining Heat guard Tyler Herro on the sidelines for Monday night's game. The Celtics said about an hour before the scheduled tipoff that ...

Alcantara shuts down Braves with six-hitter

MIAMI (AP) — Sandy Alcantara pitched a six-hitter and the Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 4-3 on Sunday. The 26-year-old-Alcantara (4-2) limited the Braves to three unearned runs and six hits. He walked two and struck out seven for his fourth career complete game. "I'm excited every ...

Tigers top Guardians 4-2 for Faedo’s first big league win

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Alex Faedo allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings for his first major league win and Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Guardians 4-2 on Sunday. Faedo (1-1) struck out two in his fourth appearance since being called up from Triple-A ...

Votto hits tiebreaking HR in 8th, Reds beat Blue Jays 3-2

TORONTO (AP) — Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning and the Cincinnati Reds held on to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Sunday, avoiding a three-game sweep. Votto, who is from suburban Toronto, went deep for the fourth time in 12 career games at Rogers Centre. The ...

Cubs C Willson Contreras day to day with hamstring injury

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager David Ross praised catcher Willson Contreras on Sunday for speaking up after he felt some tightness in his right hamstring. Contreras left Saturday's 7-6 loss to Arizona after he got hurt running the bases in the third inning. Contreras was held out for ...

Nats win 8-2; Brewers’ Peralta exits with shoulder tightness

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The slumping Washington Nationals hitters are heading home with a confidence boost while the NL Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers begin their longest trip of the season without one of their All-Star pitchers available. Lane Thomas hit two RBI doubles and the Nationals broke ...

Walker, 3 relievers combine on 6-hitter as Mets beat Rox 2-0

DENVER (AP) — The New York Mets have a turn-the-page-fast mentality for one very good reason: "Nobody cares about the past," shortstop Francisco Lindor explained. "We've got to get it done today." It's a trait that's serving them well. Lindor broke a scoreless game with a single in the ...