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Two-time defending champion Lightning chasing NHL history

The Tampa Bay Lightning don't want to get ahead of themselves in their bid to become the first team in 40 years to win three consecutive Stanley Cup titles. The two-time defending champions are up 2-0 on the Presidents Trophy-winning Florida Panthers in the Eastern Conference semifinals yet ...

Anderson says Donaldson made racist remark, MLB investigates

NEW YORK (AP) — Chicago White Sox star shortstop Tim Anderson accused Yankees slugger Josh Donaldson of making a racist remark by calling him Jackie Robinson during Saturday's game against New York. "He just made a, you know, disrespectful comment," said Anderson, who is Black, "Basically, ...

McIlroy’s wild ride leads him on fringe of PGA contention

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The brilliant Northern Irishman who set the record for largest margin of victory in the PGA Championship a decade ago will need to mount his biggest comeback Sunday if he wants to win a third Wanamaker Trophy. First-round leader Rory McIlroy, whose stellar start turned ...

Watson closes in on PGA Championship lead before late fade

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It's been a long time since Bubba Watson contended for the PGA Championship. And he was right there for a while on Saturday. An up-and-down third round at blustery Southern Hills put Watson tantalizingly close to the lead until he faded late with some trouble finding ...

Woods has worst PGA Championship score and WDs from Sunday

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tiger Woods produced a couple of firsts Saturday, neither cause for a fist pump. He posted his highest score ever in the PGA Championship, and later withdrew from a major for the first time in his pro career. Hours after Woods limped his way to a 9-over 79 in the third ...

Pereira leads PGA Championship; Woods withdraws after 79

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Mito Pereira spent four hours soaring and sliding at Southern Hills in the cold and wind, calling it the biggest round of his life Saturday in the PGA Championship and one that gave him an idea of what to expect Sunday. Pereira soared to a five-shot lead. He nearly lost ...

Kyle Busch’s pit crew All-Stars for qualifying in Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The NASCAR All-Stars during qualifying Saturday night were the pit crew members for Kyle Busch, who earned the pole for the annual $1 million non-points exhibition race. Busch won the final round of an unusual elimination bracket involving the pit crews doing a ...

Arozarena’s 2 HRs spoil Rutschman’s debut as Rays top O’s

BALTIMORE (AP) — Randy Arozarena hit a pair of homers, Jeffrey Springs threw shutout ball into the sixth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays spoiled the debut of Baltimore Orioles top prospect Adley Rutschman with a 6-1 victory Saturday night. The switch-hitting Rutschman was the No. 1 pick in the ...

Lehkonen scores twice to help Avalanche beat Blues 5-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Despite regaining the edge in their second-round series, the Colorado Avalanche aren't satisfied. Artturi Lehkonen scored twice, Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots and the Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in Game 3 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven ...

Devers hits 2 HRs; Red Sox rally past Mariners 6-5

BOSTON (AP) — Rafael Devers hit two homers, Christian Vázquez had a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and Boston's bullpen held the Seattle Mariners scoreless for six innings, lifting the Red Sox to a 6-5 victory on Saturday. Devers drove in three runs and had three hits for the Red ...

Heat Alert: Miami beats Boston 109-103 for 2-1 series lead

BOSTON (AP) — Bam Adebayo scored 31 points with 10 rebounds for the Miami Heat, who blew a 25-point, first-half lead and lost Jimmy Butler to a knee injury but held on to beat the Boston Celtics 109-103 in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday night. Boston never led in the ...

Indiana’s Jackson-Davis pulls out of NBA draft, will return

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers' top player, Trayce Jackson-Davis, will be on the court next season after he withdrew from the NBA draft Friday. Jackson-Davis still has two years of eligibility remaining and will begin his senior season ranked No. 15 on the school's career ...

Right-hander Pablo López, Marlins go to salary arbitration

NEW YORK (AP) — Pablo López went to a salary arbitration hearing with the Miami Marlins on Friday, with the right-hander asking for $3 million and the team arguing for $2.45 million. The case was heard by Allen Ponak, Scott Buchheit and Brian Keller. A decision will be witheld until other ...

Season over for Nats’ Kieboom; Strasburg, Ross make progress

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Washington Nationals infielder Carter Kieboom will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery to address the elbow issue that landed him on the injured list in March. Manager Dave Martinez said before the Nationals' Friday night game at Milwaukee that Kieboom will have the ...

Runner-up Keselowski in different spot for NASCAR All-Star

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Brad Keselowski was the runner-up in the NASCAR All-Star race at Texas last year and has led more laps on the 1 1/2-mile track than anyone who has never won here. Keselowski is in a much different position going into Sunday night's All-Star race, the non-points ...

Interstatedaydream wins Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico

BALTIMORE (AP) — Interstatedaydream's owner and trainer decided to skip the Kentucky Oaks two weeks ago. That paid dividends at the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Friday. With jockey Florent Geroux aboard, the well-rested filly was able to hold off race favorite Adare ...

Thankful Melvin happy to be back in Padres dugout

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A smiling and thankful Bob Melvin returned to manage the San Diego Padres for the start of a three-game series in San Francisco on Friday, less than two weeks after undergoing prostate surgery. Melvin emerged from the visitor's dugout wearing his uniform for the first ...

Ryu sharp in 1st win of year, Blue Jays beat Votto, Reds 2-1

TORONTO (AP) — Hyun Jin Ryu pitched six shutout innings to earn his first victory of the season, and the Blue Jays held Reds star Joey Votto in check in his return from COVID-19 as Toronto beat Cincinnati 2-1 Friday night. Toronto improved to 11-6 in one-run games, the most one-run wins in ...

Wainwright, Molina help Cardinals to 5-3 win over Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings of one-run ball to extend his domination of Pittsburgh, and battery-mate Yadier Molina keyed a four-run sixth inning with a two-run single as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pirates 5-3 on Friday night. Wainwright has won 10 straight ...

Ramírez shakes off injury, leads Guardians past Tigers 6-1

CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez hit a three-run homer and tripled a day after avoiding a serious injury when he fouled a ball off his leg, and the Cleveland Guardians defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-1 on Friday night. Both teams were without their managers for the series opener. Detroit's A.J. ...