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Indy 500 winner Castroneves pumped for return at Nashville

By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Helio Castroneves exhausted himself sprinting down Indianapolis Motor Speedway in celebration and then tacked on another -- a fourth at Indy! -- fence climb that left the Brazilian wanting more. An Indy record tied, Castroneves was ...

Golden eagle populations struggling in Utah and the West

SNOWVILLE, Utah (AP) — Dustin Maloney is in sagebrush country in remote northern Utah west of Snowville on a grueling hiking trip full of dust and heat and sweat. He's got one eye looking for snakes and the other on the ground so he doesn't lose his step and take a perilous fall. A team is ...

New commissioners thrust into conference realignment chaos

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Conference realignment is back on the table in college sports just as three Power Five conferences are breaking in relatively new commissioners. While the Big 12 is trying to keep Oklahoma and Texas from being poached by the ...

Adam Hadwin, Ryan Armour shoot 65s to share 3M Open lead

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Adam Hadwin missed the weekend cuts in his last three tournaments, continuing a disappointing stretch as he dropped to 120th in the FedEx Cup standings. The 33-year-old Canadian has put himself in position to get back in contention for the ...

Bettman: Plan is to hold ’22 NHL draft in person in Montreal

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday night the plan is to hold the 2022 NHL draft at Bell Centre in Montreal, which is where the 2020 event was scheduled to take place before the pandemic forced the festivities online. The 2021 draft ...

Guardians chosen as new name for Cleveland’s baseball team

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — While riding his bike over a bridge across the Cuyahoga River near Progressive Field, Indians owner Paul Dolan rarely paid much attention to the eight giant stone figures that seem to guard the city. They have new meaning, After more than ...

Number of NFL players in vaccination process up to 80%

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer The number of NFL players in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in that category. Dr. Allen Sills, the league's medical director, said Friday that nearly all Tier 1 and Tier 2 team ...

Sweden stuns US 3-0 in women’s soccer at Olympics

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Sweden didn't have to bunker down on defense against the Americans this time. Stina Blackstenius scored a pair of goals and the Swedes stunned the United States at the Olympics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday in the women's soccer ...

LaVine cleared, USA Basketball awaits 3 NBA Finals players

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer USA Basketball expects to have its full 12-man roster available for Sunday's matchup against France, the first game for both teams in the Tokyo Olympics. Zach LaVine has been cleared to exit the health and safety protocols that stemmed from a coronavirus ...

Repeat? Spain reigned, US upset last time Japan hosted hoops

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer When major international basketball last came to the Tokyo area, the U.S. sent LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. All great players. Just not good enough. "We lost," Paul said. The 2006 world championship was perhaps the last ...

Let the fashion policing begin on opening day of Tokyo Games

By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Let the fashion policing begin. The Olympics in Tokyo open Friday, when the world's athletes will march behind their flag-bearers. And when they do, the peanut gallery on what they're wearing will be open, too. Olympic gear makes for lively ...

After Olympics, Grant Hill to take USA Basketball men’s lead

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer Grant Hill was not looking for new things to do. He's on the board of trustees at Duke, his alma mater where he played for Mike Krzyzewski. He's an investor, broadcaster, public speaker, member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, co-owner and vice chairman of ...

Richardson will miss Olympic 100 after marijuana test

By EDDIE PELLS and PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writers American champion Sha'Carri Richardson cannot run in the Olympic 100-meter race after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana. Richardson, who won the 100 at Olympic trials in 10.86 seconds on June 19, told of her ban Friday on the ...

Mohoric posts first Tour stage win after long breakaway

LE CREUSOT, France (AP) — Matej Mohoric posted his first stage win in the Tour de France on Friday following a long breakaway in the race's longest stage. The 249-kilometer (155-mile) hilly trek from Vierzon to Le Creusot was the longest in 21 years. Mohoric was part of a group that formed ...

Overdue Sabalenka on verge of breakthrough at Wimbledon

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — No. 2-seeded Aryna Sabalenka is into the second week at Wimbledon and on the verge of a career breakthrough. The hard-hitting Belarusian beat qualifier María Camila Osorio Serrano 6-0, 6-3 Friday to reach the fourth round, and she might be overdue for a deep run in ...

Without Giannis, Bucks beat Hawks 123-112 for 3-2 lead

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Even without two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks figured out a way to end their recent habit of slow starts. Now they're just one win away from finishing off the Atlanta Hawks and earning their first NBA Finals berth in ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks limp into Subway Series, LA visits Biden

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ OFF TRACK The Yankees are in an unusual position entering their weekend Subway Series against the crosstown Mets — struggling underdog. The Bronx Bombers are coming off a stunning 11-8 defeat to the Los ...

WIMBLEDON 2021: Djokovic has eyes on major mark, Golden Slam

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Men to watch at Wimbledon, which starts Monday at the All England Club: ___ NOVAK DJOKOVIC Seeded: 1 Country: Serbia Age: 34 2021 Match Record: 27-3 2021 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 84 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 19 — Wimbledon (5: ...

WIMBLEDON 2021: Serena Williams takes another shot at No. 24

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Women to watch at Wimbledon, which starts Monday at the All England Club: ___ ASH BARTY Seeded: 1 Country: Australia Age: 25 2021 Match Record: 28-6 2021 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 11 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — French Open ...

LEADING OFF: Cubs follow up no-hitter, Astros seek 12 in row

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ DO IT AGAIN One night after Zach Davies and three Cubs relievers combined for the seventh no-hitter in the majors this year, matching the most in a season since 1900, Jake Arrieta pitches for Chicago ...