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Johnson Tied for Lead at U.S. Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — The U.S. Open lived up to its reputation in the return to Shinnecock Hills. So did Dustin Johnson. Fresh off a six-shot victory last week, Johnson managed all aspects of his game Thursday on a classic U.S. Open course that required nothing less. He wasn’t perfect, ...

Lindor, Ramirez Homer in Tribe Win

CHICAGO — Francisco Lindor sensed the Cleveland Indians needed a lift coming off back-to-back losses. Nothing like a leadoff homer or a late tiebreaking drive to get the job done. Lindor and Jose Ramirez connected, Mike Clevinger struck out 11 in seven innings and the Indians beat the ...

New Jersey Begins Taking Legal Sports Bets

By WAYNE PARRY Associated Press OCEANPORT, N.J. — New Jersey’s governor bet that the New Jersey Devils will win the Stanley Cup, while basketball legend Julius Erving bet that Philadelphia’s football team will repeat as champions, placing the wagers Thursday, the day betting on ...

Strikeouts Are on the Upswing Entering College World Series

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. — If the College World Series is like the rest of the season, there will be lots of strikeouts when the final eight teams play for the national championship at TD Ameritrade Park. Strikeout numbers are the highest on record in college baseball, ...

Steelers’ Matakevich Ready for Starting Shot

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — Tyler Matakevich’s signature red beard is a jagged mess. All knots and snarls, a series of small mushroom clouds exploding from his jowls. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker knows it’s time for a trim but he’s a little particular ...

Russia Gets Its First Victory at the World Cup

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH AP Sports Writer MOSCOW — Vladimir Putin craves sporting glory, and he got another taste of it in the opening match of the World Cup. Russia ended a 16-year wait for victory in the tournament by routing Saudi Arabia 5-0 Thursday in Group A, with the Russian ...

Black Bears Hold Annual Media Day

GRANVILLE — Kieran Mattison is ready to get to work. As the first-year skipper of the West Virginia Black Bears exited the team’s Monongalia County Ballpark clubhouse Wednesday for the squad’s annual Media Day, Mattison flashed a robust smile as he bragged about his roster. “I’m ...

Wheeling Tops Moundsville

WHEELING — After a season-opening loss to Morgantown Post 2, Wheeling Post 1 has rattled off an impressive nine-game winning streak, the latest victory coming Wednesday against Area One rival Moundsville Post 3 at the J.B. Chamber’s I-470 Sports Complex. Acting Manager Scott Castilow ...

Ye Olde Alpha Is Place to Get Your World Cup Fix

WHEELING — If you are as big of a soccer fan as I am, you are no doubt excited for the World Cup, which begins today with host Russia taking on Saudi Arabia. The World Cup is the largest sporting event in the world and if you are looking to get your soccer fix, I have just the place for ...

Pittsburgh Downs Arizona, 5-4

PHOENIX — The Pittsburgh Pirates had what looked like an out turn into a home run. They made a couple of questionable decisions, endured some nerve-wracking moments in the ninth inning. But they’re leaving Arizona with a win, which is all that really matters. Everything else can ...

US Open Wants to be Ultimate Test

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — The U.S. Open wants to be the ultimate test in golf, and sometimes that leads to a series of trick questions. One of them was 14 years ago at Shinnecock Hills. A year after Jim Furyk tied the U.S. Open scoring record at Olympia Fields, the weekend of the 2004 U.S. Open ...

North America Will Host 2026 World Cup

By ROB HARRIS and GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writers MOSCOW (AP) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. The ...

NCAA Eases Rules On Athlete Transfers

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school. The NCAA Division I Council approved the change effective Oct. 15 on Wednesday. The council also decided that ...

Brown Needed Time To ‘Get My Mind Right’

PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown didn’t skip out on the vast majority of the Pittsburgh Steelers organized team activities to make a statement. Or to disrespect the backup quarterbacks. Or to take a stand alongside running back Le’Veon Bell. The All-Pro insists he simply felt more comfortable ...

Cleveland’s Gordon Clean And Driven In Comeback

BEREA, Ohio — Josh Gordon’s new route through life, a straight and sober one, is rewarding him every day. Given another chance to revive an NFL career he nearly threw away due to addiction, Gordon is embracing moments he once ignored. “Right now for me it’s a bunch of the small ...

White Sox Take Down Indians

CHICAGO — James Shields won for the first time since opening day, Yoan Moncada and Yolmer Sanchez homered to lead off a three-run first, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Tuesday night. Shields (2-7) gave up one run and four hits in seven innings after going 12 ...

Woods Looking For Win

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tiger Woods returned to the U.S. Open for the first time in three years and hardly anyone noticed. Then again, it was late Sunday afternoon. Shinnecock Hills was practically empty. “A bizarre experience,” said Jordan Spieth, who played nine holes with him. Such a ...

Germany Looks to Repeat As World Cup Champion

MOSCOW — After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hopes to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champion in more than a half-century. The soccer world gathers at 12 stadiums in 11 cities across the ...

Disappointments In Playoffs Make Cup Parade Sweeter for Caps

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON — Nine early playoff exits paved the way for the Capitals’ unexpected Stanley Cup run and made the trip down Constitution Avenue all the more satisfying to the NHL champions and their fans. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom rode the final ...

Mickelson Trying Not to Look Ahead

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Phil Mickelson is running out of time. Mickelson doesn’t need to be reminded that this is his 27th appearance in the U.S. Open, more than any of the 156 players at Shinnecock Hills. He wouldn’t want to be reminded that 65 players — including the last four major ...