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LeBron says he’d want Magic, Jordan as his 3-on-3 teammates

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer LeBron James most likely won't be playing in the new 3-on-3 competition at the 2020 Olympics. And it's even less likely that Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson will participate. But a trio of MJ, Magic and LeBron in a 3-on-3 tournament would be, let's just ...

Pulisic scores twice, US beats Trinidad 2-0 in qualifying

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — After sliding to score a goal with his left foot, Christian Pulisic got back up, raced for a corner and glided across the grass on both knees. Just a teenager showing exuberance. Pulisic rescued the United States with a pair of ...

LEADING OFF: Russell’s ‘serious allegation,’ Pedroia returns

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Friday: ___ RUSSELL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ALLEGATIONS It's unclear when All-Star shortstop Addison Russell will return to the Chicago Cubs amid domestic violence allegations. His wife, Melisa, posted a photo Wednesday on ...

Blowouts more common than close games in Stanley Cup Final

By The Associated Press Charles Barkley and hockey fans across the country have tuned in to watch the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators, no matter the score — and the score hasn't always been close. Barkley said the NHL playoffs were more entertaining ...

LeBron not faulting Warriors for building powerhouse team

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge. James understood the potential of this Golden State goliath with more firepower than perhaps anything the NBA has seen ...

No questioning Durant’s decision now as Warriors near title

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant never demanded he’d get to take the biggest shot of the NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors made no promises and he knew there were no guarantees. When they met last summer in New York to discuss the biggest decision ...

Penguins crush Predators 6-0 to take 3-2 lead in Stanley Cup

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The night started with a catfish throw. It ended with haymaker after haymaker — both literal and proverbial — from the ever resilient Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending champions provided an emphatic and repeated reminder of what ...

Warriors set to make their claim as NBA’s best ever

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — One victory left for the Golden State Warriors to claim another title. Not the one as NBA champions. The one as the best team ever. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors will be able to make that boast if they win ...

Sooner surprise: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops retires at 56

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Like a well-executed blitz, Bob Stoops shocked the college football world. Oklahoma's football coach abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday after leading the Sooners to 10 conference championships and a national title in 18 ...

Cavs’ best effort not good enough to beat the Warriors

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving couldn't be stopped. J.R. Smith finally got started. The Cleveland Cavaliers were so much better than in the previous two games. They're just not good enough to beat what may be one of the NBA's best ...

Malkin, Rinne among contenders in wide-open Conn Smythe race

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Nashville coach Peter Laviolette was so concerned that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would take criticism to heart that he wanted everyone to stop talking about it. No shots for the Pittsburgh Penguins' top stars in Game 3 led to one of Crosby's best games ...

Lincoln Riley, 33, takes over as Oklahoma’s football coach

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Just three years ago, Lincoln Riley was the offensive coordinator at East Carolina. Now, he'll take the reins at Oklahoma, one of the most powerful programs in college football. The 33-year-old Riley has stepped in for the retiring Bob ...

LEADING OFF: Rockies visit Wrigley; Price vs Pineda, Yanks

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ MEASURING STICK The surprising Rockies, who lead the National League with 38 wins, get a tough test when they open a four-game series at Wrigley Field against the World Series champion Cubs. Colorado is a ...

Red Sox announcer Remy apologizes for ‘no-translator’ remarks

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy apologized Wednesday for his on-air remarks a night earlier that pitchers such as Yankees star Masahiro Tanaka shouldn’t be allowed to have translators on the mound. “I sincerely apologize to those ...

Seattle selects influential investor for KeyArena renovation

By Tim Booth AP Sports Writer SEATTLE (AP) — For more than a decade, Seattle has spun in circles in the quest for an upgraded sports arena, never finding a solution that didn’t face multiple obstacles. Seattle may have finally found its path to an answer and with it the culmination of ...

Kershaw pitches Dodgers past Strasburg, Nationals 2-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw outdueled Stephen Strasburg with seven sharp innings and Yasmani Grandal hit a tiebreaking RBI double, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers edge the Washington Nationals 2-1 on Wednesday. Kershaw (8-2) allowed three hits and struck out nine in his first win ...

Sooner surprise: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops retires at 56

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday, a stunning offseason move by the 56-year-old future Hall of Famer who led the Sooners to 10 conference championships and a national title in 18 seasons. Stoops was ...

’16 champ Djokovic stunned by Thiem in French Open quarters

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic's French Open title defense ended with a surprisingly lopsided 7-6 (5), 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal loss to sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria on Wednesday. A year ago, Djokovic became the first man in nearly a half-century to ...

Latest charges leave Spartans trying to repair reputation

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — On the day three Michigan State football players were charged with criminal sexual conduct, coach Mark Dantonio and athletic director Mark Hollis held a somber news conference, befitting a program that has a lot of work to do to ...

Pick 6: College football fanbases most cool with their coach

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Let's go back to Sept. 18, 2016, the day after Michigan State defeated Notre Dame and the high point of what turned out to be the worst season for the Spartans in coach Mark Dantonio's 10-year tenure. On that Sunday, though, life was good for ...