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Justify tests soggy Pimlico track in workout for Preakness

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Justify has gotten acquainted with the track at Pimlico Race Course, where he will attempt to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive Saturday in the Preakness. Because the track was soaked from a heavy morning shower, ...

Rockets dominate Warriors, even series at 1-1

HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden and Eric Gordon each scored 27 points to lead a balanced attack and the Houston Rockets routed the Golden State Warriors 127-105 on Wednesday night to even the Western Conference finals at one game apiece. The Rockets didn’t trail after the first quarter and led ...

Smart has been unflappable vs. Cavs

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Celtics coach Brad Stevens has said what has carried his team through the NBA postseason is its ability to make “winning plays” with the game on the line. And more times than not, it’s been Marcus Smart making them. Since returning ...

LEADING OFF: Dodgers seek spark in Miami, Pollock hurt

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BLAH BLAH LAND The struggling Dodgers (16-24) hope to jumpstart their season with a series against the lowly Marlins in Miami. Of course, Los Angeles was thinking the same heading into a weekend set against ...

Durant’s 37 lead Warriors over Rockets 119-106

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant continues to deliver in the postseason for the Golden State Warriors. He scored 37 points on Monday night to lead the Warriors to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western ...

Marchessault-led Golden Knights top Jets 3-1 in Game 2

By LARRY LAGE, AP Hockey Writer WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and said the expansion Vegas Golden Knights sent a message, bouncing back with a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference final. "Every time ...

Color war: Zobrist defies MLB again with black spikes

By MIKE HELFGOT, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Ben Zobrist was joined by Chicago Cubs teammates Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek in wearing black spikes on Monday despite a warning from Major League Baseball that he was in violation of the sport's uniform regulations. Zobrist posted a ...

McCutchen gets 1,500th hit in Giants’ 10-7 win over Reds

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Andrew McCutchen saw no reason to dwell on his 1,500th hit because he hopes to add many more. McCutchen doubled in his first two at-bats to reach the career milestone and the San Francisco Giants snapped the Cincinnati Reds' six-game ...

Welcome, rookies: Kokoskov, Pierce getting their 1st shots

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Brad Stevens' first opportunity to become an NBA head coach was presented to him by Boston. Same goes for Tyronn Lue, with Cleveland. Same goes for Steve Kerr, with Golden State. Hiring rookies worked out just fine for those clubs. Phoenix and Atlanta ...

Sanctuary cities could get boost from sports betting ruling

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's former life as a casino owner, he might have cheered Monday's ruling from the Supreme Court that struck down a federal law that barred every state but Nevada from allowing betting on most sporting events. But ...

A look at 5 key players from Atletico in Europa League final

By JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A world-class goalkeeper, a flashy forward and a mean striker make Atletico Madrid a tough team to beat in the Europa League final against Marseille on Wednesday. Here are five Atletico players to keep an eye on in the final in ...

Marchessault-led Golden Knights take down Jets 3-1 in Game 2

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 30 shots, lifting the Vegas Golden Knights to a 3-1 series-evening win over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday night in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. Kyle Connor scored midway through the third ...

Durant’s 37 lead Warriors over Rockets 119-106

HOUSTON (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 37 points and Klay Thompson added 28 to lead Golden State to a 119-106 win in the long-awaited showdown with the Houston Rockets in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals on Monday night. Starting a playoff series on the road for the first time since 2014, ...

Lomachenko stops Linares in 10th, wins lightweight title

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Vasiliy Lomachenko had been down on the canvas and was even on the scorecards. The tough test Lomachenko craved, the one he said would force him to finally unleash all his skills, had finally arrived. Moments later, he ended ...

Sherpa guides scale Everest to pave way for others climbers

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A group of eight Nepalese Sherpa guides reached the summit of Mount Everest on Sunday, fixing ropes and clearing paths for other climbers to begin their ascent to the peak, a government official said. The guides were among the first climbers to reach the 8,850-meter ...

LEADING OFF: Nats seek sweep; Zobrist told to change spikes

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: SWEPT AWAY? The Diamondbacks hadn't lost a series all season before the surging Nationals arrived in Arizona. Now the D'Backs are seeking to avoid a four-game sweep after scoring just one run in each of their first ...

Pirates top Giants 6-5 for 5th straight win

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates are learning to win without Andrew McCutchen. A sudden power surge and a more mature approach on the bases is certainly helping. Gregory Polanco and Francisco Cervelli homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates took advantage ...

Brazil’s Nunes beats Pennington and retains UFC title

Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amanda Nunes of Brazil beat American Raquel Pennington early Sunday to defend her UFC bantamweight title for the third time. The heavily favored Brazilian won by technical knockout in the fifth round in front of her home fans in Rio de Janeiro. Nunes ...

Hosmer’s 13th-inning double lifts Padres to 2-1 win vs Cards

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — After more than four hours and another double-digit strikeout performance by the San Diego Padres, Eric Hosmer was ready to call it a night. Hosmer hit an RBI double down the right-field line on the first pitch from Mike Mayers with no ...

Morton strikes out 14 as Astros beat Rangers 6-1

x By The Associated Press HOUSTON (AP) — Charlie Morton struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings and Evan Gattis, Brian McCann and Carlos Correa homered, leading the Houston Astros to a 6-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Morton (5-0) yielded four hits and a run while ...