Author: Associated Press

US Soccer equalizes pay in milestone with women, men

The U.S. Soccer Federation reached milestone agreements to pay its men’s and women’s teams equally, making the American national governing body the first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money. The federation on Wednesday announced separate collective bargaining…

Astros hit record 5 HRs in 2nd, rout Red Sox 13-4

BOSTON (AP) — The Astros tied the MLB record for most home runs in an inning, hitting five off Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi as part of a nine-run second to help Houston rout Boston 13-4 on Tuesday night. Yordan…

Rockets get third pick in lottery, Magic get first

CHICAGO (AP) — Orlando Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman was supposed to be at the podium for the NBA draft lottery. He benched himself in favor of coach Jamahl Mosley. “I haven’t been very good at this,” Weltman…

Authorities: Gunman in deadly attack at California church was Chinese immigrant

The attack was motivated by hate for Taiwanese

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities: Gunman in deadly attack at California church was Chinese immigrant motivated by hate for Taiwanese. (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without…

Doncic leads Mavs over Suns 123-90 in Game 7 blowout

Doncic and Dinwiddie combined to pour in 48 of the Mavericks’ 57 points

PHOENIX (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 35 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 30 and the Dallas Mavericks stunned the top-seeded Phoenix Suns with a 123-90 Game 7 blowout Sunday night, advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time since…

Gurriel stays hot, Verlander solid, Astros blank Nats 8-0

Verlander struck out five and walked three

WASHINGTON (AP) — Yuli Gurriel went 3-for-4 with a homer, Justin Verlander pitched five scoreless innings and the Houston Astros beat the Washington Nationals 8-0 on Sunday. Jose Altuve, Martin Maldonado and Chas McCormick also homered for the Astros. Gurriel…

Doncic, Mavericks cruise past Suns 113-86 to force Game 7

Doncic scored 33 points

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic has his first victory in an elimination game. Now the young Dallas superstar gets another one — and another Game 7 to boot. Doncic scored 33 points and the Mavericks beat the Phoenix Suns 113-86…

Olave eager to team with Thomas in Saints’ rebuilt pass game

The two former Ohio State stars are central figures in a rebuilt

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Chris Olave just arrived in New Orleans. Michael Thomas will be returning soon. The two former Ohio State stars are central figures in a rebuilt Saints receiving corps designed to improve the NFL’s least productive passing…

Horford, Tatum help Celtics even series with 116-108 victory

The two teams have alternated victories in this best-of-seven series

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Al Horford and Jayson Tatum scored 30 points apiece and led the Boston Celtics’ fourth-quarter comeback in a 116-108 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night that tied their Eastern Conference semifinal at two games apiece.…

Doncic, Mavs beat foul-plagued Paul, Suns to even series 2-2

Dorian Finney-Smith scored a playoff career-high 24 points

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 26 points and the Dallas Mavericks took advantage of foul trouble for Chris Paul to beat the Phoenix Suns 111-101 on Sunday, evening the Western Conference semifinal series at 2-2. Paul was out of…

Grand slam by Diaz vs. Tigers helps Astros to 7-0 homestand

Houston Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0

HOUSTON (AP) — Aledmys Díaz hit a grand slam, Jake Odorizzi threw five innings of one-hit ball and the Houston Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 5-0 on Sunday for a four-game sweep and their seventh straight win. Díaz’s second home…

Mavs get defensive, top Suns 103-94 for 2-1 series deficit

The Dallas superstar had 26 points and 13 rebounds

DALLAS (AP) — Luka Doncic got the help he and the Dallas Mavericks needed — from Jalen Brunson on offense and himself, Reggie Bullock and others on defense. The Dallas superstar had 26 points and 13 rebounds, and the Mavericks…

Country star Mickey Gilley has died

Mickey Gilley was 86

NEW YORK (AP) - Country star Mickey Gilley has died. He was 86. He was known for such hits as “Window Up Above" and for the Texas honky-tonk he owned that inspired the hit film “Urban Cowboy." Based on an…

Mavericks, Suns both adversity-tested in these playoffs

The Mavericks travel to face the top-seeded Suns in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Monday

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have proven they can win playoff games without All-Star Devin Booker. The Dallas Mavericks showed the same when their own superstar Luka Doncic was out of the lineup. If adversity builds strength, then this…

Tucker, Astros beat Rangers 3-2 after starters’ duel

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kyle Tucker hit a tiebreaking pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 in a series finale that began as an impressive duel between starting pitchers. Tucker’s two-run blast…

Defense 1st, then offense, with receivers a focal point

LAS VEGAS (AP) — In an NFL draft focused early on stoppers, it was the goers — wide receivers — who stole the spotlight Thursday night. Not simply prospects, either. Yes, the first five selections came on the defensive side…

Tennessee governor signs transgender athlete penalty bill

The bill will go into effect July 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will soon add harsh penalties against public schools that allow transgender athletes to participate in girls’ sports, under legislation recently signed into law by Republican Gov. Bill Lee. Lee quietly signed the proposal last Friday…

Jazz beat Mavericks to tie series, spoil Doncic’s return

Luka Doncic had 30 points, 10 rebounds four assists

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Rudy Gobert gave Utah the lead with an alley-oop dunk with 11.0 seconds left and the Jazz held off the Dallas Mavericks 100-99 on Saturday in Game 4 to tie the first-round series. Spencer Dinwiddie…

With Brady back, Buccaneers look to bolster depth in draft

For the second straight year, the Bucs enter the draft with expectations of bolstering depth

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Thanks to Tom Brady’s return, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers aren’t looking for any quick fixes in the NFL draft. The seven-time Super Bowl champion’s decision to end his brief retirement not only resolved the team’s quarterback…

Oklahoma QB Gabriel adjusts after transferring from UCF

He passed for more than 8,000 yards and 70 touchdowns at Central Florida while leading some of the nation’s most productive offenses

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Dillon Gabriel won’t let a higher profile or fancy new surroundings change his low-key approach. He has had plenty of success as a college quarterback -- he passed for more than 8,000 yards and 70 touchdowns…

Biden set to announce new military assistance for Ukraine

The new package is expected to be similar in size to the $800 million package Biden announced last week

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Joe Biden is planning to send additional military aid to help Ukraine fight the Russian invasion. A U.S. official, who was not authorized to comment publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity, says Biden will…

49ers All-Pro WR Deebo Samuel requests trade

Samuel is entering the final year of the rookie deal

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — All-Pro receiver Deebo Samuel told ESPN on Wednesday that he has requested a trade from the San Francisco 49ers as the two sides have been unable to negotiate a long-term deal for one of the…