Author: Associated Press

Bucks take lead over Suns in series on the road

Bucks edge Suns 123-119 to take 3-2 lead in NBA Finals

PHOENIX (AP) — Jrue Holiday seized his chance to give the Milwaukee Bucks the lead in the NBA Finals. Took it right out of Devin Booker’s hands, actually. Holiday’s steal and alley-oop pass to Giannis Antetounmpo for a dunk sealed…

Astros defeated by White Sox 10-1

Giolito tosses 3-hitter as White Sox pound Astros 10-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Lucas Giolito said he wanted to “come out with a vengeance” in his first start after the All-Star break. The Houston Astros felt the wrath of the Chicago White Sox ace right hander. Giolito pitched a three-hitter,…

A shooting outside National Park during ballgame,me

Padres-Nats game suspended after shooting outside DC stadium

WASHINGTON (AP) — The game between the San Diego Padres and Washington was suspended in the sixth inning Saturday night after a shooting outside Nationals Park that caused echoes of gunfire inside the stadium and prompted fans to scramble for…

Sarkisian wants to make Texas football a winning program

No magic trick to make Texas contenders again

ARLINGTON (AP) — Texas fans want more than top 10 rankings and bowl victories. They would like to win some Big 12 titles and be in contention for national championships. While the Longhorns are still the last Big 12 team…

Bucks win as a team not just with Giannis

Bucks get confidence boost in win without Giannis scoring 40

MILWAUKEE (AP) — As remarkable as Giannis Antetokounmpo has been in delivering MVP-caliber performances during the NBA Finals while playing with an injured knee, there have been games in which he was good but not great. Good hadn’t been good…

Dusty Baker fitting in with the Astros

Baker settles in with Astros in second season in Houston

HOUSTON (AP) — Dusty Baker never felt quite right while navigating his first season as manager of the Houston Astros during last year’s pandemic-shortened campaign. “I felt like a substitute teacher,” Baker said. Now, halfway through his second season in…

Bucks even up series with Suns at 2

Middleton sends Bucks past Suns to tie NBA Finals at 2-2

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton’s big finish means these NBA Finals are just getting started. Middleton scored 40 points, including 10 straight for the Milwaukee Bucks down the stretch to send them past the Phoenix Suns, 109-103 on Wednesday night…

WNBA All-Stars defeat the U.S. Olympic team

Ogunbowale leads WNBA All-Stars over US Olympic team 93-85

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Arike Ogunbowale put on a show against the U.S. national team, handing the Olympic squad a rare loss. The game’s MVP scored 26 points to help the WNBA All-Star team beat the U.S. Olympic team 93-85…

FBI made errors in Nassar-USA gymnastics case

FBI mishandled Nassar-USA Gymnastics abuse case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI made “fundamental” errors in investigating sexual abuse allegations against former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar and did not treat the case with the “utmost seriousness,” the Justice Department’s inspector general said Wednesday. More…

Team U.S.A. to walk in style

Navy blazers, stripes and flag scarves for Team USA in Tokyo

NEW YORK (AP) — The Team USA flag bearers in steamy Tokyo will likely be the coolest members of their packs. Ralph Lauren has built a personal air conditioning system into a roomy white jacket to be worn by the…

A significant change during the Olympics medal ceremony

Olympic athletes to put on own medals at Tokyo ceremonies

TOKYO (AP) — Athletes at the Tokyo Olympics will put their medals around their own necks to protect against spreading the coronavirus. The “very significant change” to traditional medal ceremonies in the 339 events was revealed Wednesday by International Olympic…

USA team gets another loss in Olympics exhibition

USA Basketball falls again, this time 91-83 to Australia

LAS VEGAS (AP) — These games don’t count. Right now, that is the only saving grace for USA Basketball. And for quite probably the first time in 29 years of NBA players suiting up for the national team, there was…

Bucks not going down without a fight

Suns can hack and whack Giannis, but know he’ll keep coming

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo pointed to a pair of scratches, one on his forehead and the other on his cheek. Those NBA Finals battle scars are proof, he figures, that the frustrated Phoenix Suns are indeed fouling him. “So…

Shohei Ohatani takes over the All-Star game

Baseball All-Star Game becomes Greatest Sho on Earth

DENVER (AP) — As five dozen All-Stars sat outside Coors Field ahead of the All-Star Game, they looked forward to the Greatest Sho on Earth. Shohei Ohtani is the starriest of them all, the center of attention for players and…

Rob Manfred discussing removing defensive shifts

Banning defensive shifts would be restoring MLB

DENVER (AP) —Banning or limiting defensive shifts would be an effort to restore Major League Baseball to how it was played before offense was suffocated by analytics, according to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. Speaking before Tuesday’s All-Star Game to the…

Kurt Busch defeats brother in Atlanta

Kurt Busch holds off brother Kyle at Atlanta Motor Speedway

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Kurt Busch asked for a final favor from Atlanta Motor Speedway’s old, battered track. Busch’s wish came true on the track’s farewell race. Busch passed brother Kyle with 24 laps left and won the NASCAR Cup…

Bucks defeat Suns 120-100

Giannis has 41, Suns’ NBA Finals lead now 2-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks made the NBA Finals’ return to Milwaukee a slamming success. The way the Greek Freak is going, the party might just be getting started. Antetokounmpo had 41 points, 13 rebounds and six…

Astros avoid sweep in walk off fashion

Altuve HR caps 6-run rally in 9th, Astros shock Yankees 8-7

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve hit a three-run homer to cap a startling six-run rally in the bottom of the ninth inning, getting his jersey yanked off in a frenzied celebration and lifting the Houston Astros over the New York…

Italy defeats England 3-2

Italy wins Euro 2020, beats England in penalty shootout

Italian soccer’s redemption story is complete. England’s painful half-century wait for a major title goes on. And it just had to be because of a penalty shootout. Italy won the European Championship for the second time by beating England 3-2…

Novak Djokovic wins 20th title

Djokovic wins Wimbledon to tie Federer, Nadal

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — The Wimbledon final was locked up at a set apiece after nearly 2 1/2 hours, and Novak Djokovic’s bid for a record-tying 20th Grand Slam title was at a critical juncture, when he faced two break…

Braves' Acuna has torn ACL

Braves star Acuña out for season after tearing knee in game

MIAMI (AP) — Braves star Ronald Acuña Jr. will undergo season-ending surgery after suffering a complete tear of the ACL in his right knee during Atlanta’s 5-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday. An MRI showed the severity of…

Argentina wins Copa America title

Messi’s Argentina beats Brazil 1-0, wins Copa America title

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two long droughts ended on Saturday at the Copa America final: Argentina won its first major title since 1993 after a 1-0 win against Brazil. And Lionel Messi finally lifted his first major trophy for…

Team U.S.A. shocked by Nigeria

US falls to Nigeria 90-87 in pre-Olympic opener

LAS VEGAS (AP) — This is not how USA Basketball expected to open its Olympic summer. Nigeria probably didn’t expect it, either. If there was any expectation of invincibility for the Americans heading into the Tokyo Olympics, it’s already gone…