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Texas defeats Virginia 6-2 to reach bracket final at CWS

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ivan Melendez and Zach Zubia finally broke out offensively, and just in time to keep Texas alive in the College World Series. Melendez doubled and scored the Longhorns' first run, and hit the tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to help ...

George leads Clippers over Paul and Suns, 106-92 in Game 3

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — This time, Paul George didn't flinch. Playoff P showed up and dragged the Los Angeles Clippers back from the brink. George scored 27 points and the Clippers pulled away in a dominant third quarter, beating newly returned Chris Paul and the ...

Unseeded Krejcikova beats Gauff, into French Open semifinals

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal by coming back from an early deficit and beating 17-year-old Coco Gauff 7-6 (6), 6-3 at the French Open on Wednesday. Gauff led 3-0 at the outset, then 5-3, and held a total ...

Donovan Mitchell scores 45, rallies Jazz past the Clippers

By JOHN COON Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell did not feel like his usual self for an entire half. The Utah Jazz guard struggled with a bout of nausea and light-headedness before halftime Tuesday night. He felt even worse after his individual performance on offense ...

LEADING OFF: Cole vs Donaldson gets sticky, Texas cuts Davis

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ STICKY SITUATION Yankees ace Gerrit Cole has found himself in a sticky situation. Days after Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson off-handedly alleged that Cole had been using foreign substances to ...

Softball coaches: NCAA can do better with gender equality

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso has had enough. Her Sooners are closing out another dynamic season by playing Florida State in the best-of-three Women's College World Series final this week. But lately, she's had more on her mind than ...

Officiating takes center stage midway through NHL playoffs

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Officiating has been on center stage midway through the NHL playoffs. Star forward Connor McDavid didn't draw a single penalty when Edmonton got swept in the first round. Tampa Bay dominated a second-round series against Carolina thanks to a potent power ...

End of recruiting pause has football programs catching up

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Minnesota's P.J. Fleck spoke for many coaches nationwide last December when he noted he still hadn't shaken the hands of about half the prospects who were about to sign with his program. Those days finally are coming to an end. The NCAA has lifted the ...

Japan’s vaccine push ahead of Olympics looks to be too late

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — It may be too little, too late. That's the realization sinking in as Japan scrambles to catch up on a frustratingly slow vaccination drive less than two months before the Summer Olympics, delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Red-hot Rays keep Yankees reeling with 3-1 victory

By The Associated Press undefined NEW YORK (AP) — Rich Hill finished May with the lowest monthly ERA in 75 years of a pitcher in his 40s, and the Tampa Bay Rays won for the 16th time in 17 games by keeping up their domination of the reeling Yankees with a 3-1 victory Monday. Hill (4-2), a ...

Mitchell scores 30, Jazz beat Memphis 120-113 to go up 3-1

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Utah Jazz have put themselves in position to help erase a very bad memory from last year's Florida bubble. Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, and the top-seeded Jazz grabbed a 3-1 lead Monday night by holding off the Memphis ...

Le grand retour: Federer wins return to Paris, Slam action

By JOHN LEICESTER and SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writers PARIS (AP) — They feted Roger Federer with as loud as applause gets from a crowd capped at 1,000 people in Court Philippe Chatrier — when he walked out with a wave, when he hit one of his 48 winners, even when he attempted a ...

Baffert: Antifungal meds given to Medina Spirit had steroid

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit was treated with an antifungal ointment containing the steroid betamethasone that may have caused the horse to fail a postrace drug test, trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday. In a statement issued by his ...

Joshua-Fury fight set for Saudi Arabia, says promoter

LONDON (AP) — The all-British fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury for the undisputed world heavyweight title will take place in Saudi Arabia, promoter Eddie Hearn said on Tuesday. Hearn, who represents Joshua, said the fight is likely to take place on Aug. 7 or Aug. 14. He said Aug. ...

2-time All-Star right-hander Jordan Zimmermann retires

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann retired Tuesday in his 13th season in the majors, ending a career in which he threw the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals' history and earned two All-Star selections. Zimmermann posted a ...

Dombrowski wins his 1st stage, De Marchi takes Giro lead

SESTOLA, Italy (AP) — American cyclist Joseph Dombrowski held off the rest of the breakaway pack to win the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday for his first victory in a Grand Tour, and Alessandro De Marchi took the leader's pink jersey. Dombrowski, who rides for UAE Team Emirates, ...

Analysis: Thankfully, hectic final days await in the NBA

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer This didn't happen last year. There was no frantic final few days of the NBA regular season, replete with all the jostling for playoff positioning as well a scoring race that might go down to the wire. And there's never been the added layer of eight teams ...

Number of Americans fully vaccinated tops 100 million

DALLAS (AP) — Disneyland reopened on Friday and cruise lines welcomed the news that they could be sailing again in the U.S. by midsummer, as the number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 reached another milestone: 100 million. Visitors cheered and screamed with delight as the ...

Family affair: Surtain, Samuel could go early in NFL draft

By The Associated Press undefined Alabama's Patrick Surtain II, Florida State's Asante Samuel Jr. and Jaycee Horn of South Carolina are three of the top cornerbacks in this year's NFL draft. If their names sound familiar, well, they should. Surtain is the son of a standout cornerback with ...

Kentucky Derby is family affair for Asmussens and O’Neills

By BETH HARRIS AP Racing Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Steve Asmussen grew up in a barn in dusty Laredo, Texas. He and older brother Cash were the help in their parents' Ma-and-Pa stable. Nearly 4,000 miles away, Patrick O'Neill watched from Hawaii as his Uncle Doug made his way up the ...