Author: Associated Press

Al eyes are on the USA women's soccer team

The U.S. women are the team to beat in Tokyo

U.S.A (AP)-- The United States women’s national soccer team has something to prove at the Tokyo Olympics. It’s not so much about revenge after a surprising loss to Sweden at the 2016 Rio Games but, rather, a new goal: The…

Vanderbilt takes game one

Big 1st inning sends Vandy past MSU 8-2 in CWS finals opene

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Vanderbilt gave Jack Leiter a big early lead and went on to an 8-2 victory over Mississippi State in Game 1 of the College World Series finals Monday night to move within a win of a…

X Games are back and return to the roots

X Games going back to backyard roots in Southern California

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The X Games are going back to their roots. Like, dude, all the way back to backyards, even. After taking a year off because of the coronavirus pandemic, the X Games will be staged in three…

After a decade in the NFL, Broncos receiver announces retirement

Demaryius Thomas retires from NFL after 10-year career

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Five-time Pro Bowl receiver Demaryius Thomas announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday following a decade-long career. “I’m just happy to say I’m done and it did me well,” Thomas said in a video on…

Another state allowing college athletes to get paid

DeWine signs order OK’ing compensation for college athletes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio became the 18th state Monday to allow college athletes to earn money off their name, image and likeness after a GOP attempt to add a transgender sports ban to the bill forced the governor to…

Bucks take series lead over Hawks

Middleton’s 38 power Bucks past Hawks 113-102 for 2-1 lead

ATLANTA (AP) — Khris Middleton scored 20 of his playoff career high-tying 38 points in the fourth quarter, leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a 113-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night for a 2-1 lead in the Eastern…

Phoenix Suns one win away from finals

Ayton’s emergence has Suns a win from the NBA Finals

PHOENIX (AP) — Deandre Ayton is rapidly become the player the Phoenix Suns imagined when the ping-pong balls bounced their way for the 2018 NBA draft. The third-year center was in top form Saturday in a hard-fought 84-80 Game 4…

A new number one in women's golf

A major title for Korda and No. 1 world ranking

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. (AP) — Nelly Korda powered her way to her first major championship Sunday with a performance worthy of her new status as the No. 1 player in women’s golf. Korda nearly holed out with a 7-wood from…

Ronaldo, Portugal lose in the European Championship

Belgium edges Portugal, reaches quarterfinals at Euro 2020

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — Belgium stopped Cristiano Ronaldo on one end, and had just enough attacking power on the other. The top-ranked Belgians held Ronaldo scoreless Sunday and held onto a first-half lead to beat Portugal 1-0 and advance to…

Astros lose in extra innings

Grossman’s 10th-inning squeeze bunt lifts Tigers over Astros

DETROIT (AP) — Robbie Grossman’s squeeze bunt in the 10th inning drove in the winning run and the Detroit Tigers won a duel of small ball, beating the Houston Astros 2-1 Sunday for a split of their four-game series. The…

Rangers defeat Royals and get the sweep

Gallo homers again, Lyles strong as Rangers beat Royals 4-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Joey Gallo homered again, Jordan Lyles pitched seven strong innings after getting bumped from the rotation for one start, and the Texas Rangers finished a three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals…

Serena Williams opts out of Olympics

Williams says she will not play at the Tokyo Olympics

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams said she will not go to the Tokyo Olympics, but did not want to say why during her pre-Wimbledon video conference with reporters Sunday. “I’m actually not on the Olympic list. ... Not that…

Astros defeat Tigers 3-2

Alvarez, Correa late HRs, Astros split twinbill with Tigers

DETROIT (AP) — Yordan Alvarez and Carlos Correa hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning and the Houston Astros rallied past the Detroit Tigers 3-2 to a split a doubleheader Saturday. After winning the opener 3-1 and ending the Astros’…

Longhorns chances of heading to finals taken away

Leggett’s RBI hit in 9th sends Mississippi St. to CWS finals

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Tanner Leggett’s single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored the tiebreaking run, and Mississippi State advanced to the College World Series finals with a 4-3 victory over Texas on Saturday night. The No. 7…

Witnesses say airstrike in Ethiopia's Tigray kills dozens

Airstrike in Togoga comes amid fighting in the Tigray region

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Health workers in Ethiopia's Tigray region say an airstrike has hit a busy village market and soldiers have blocked medical teams from travelling to the scene. They and a former resident cite witnesses saying dozens of…

Bucks headed to the Eastern Conference finals

Bucks reach East finals after outlasting Nets

Milwaukee Bucks' Brook Lopez, right, celebrates with P.J. Tucker, left, and other teammates during overtime of Game 7 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday, June 19, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II) 1 of 5 Milwaukee…

MLB pitchers getting a grip

Pitchers unsure on eve of sticky stuff crackdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole hardly expects a smooth transition when Major League Baseball ups its efforts against sticky substances. Then again, the Yankees ace — like many around the game — isn’t entirely sure what’s going to happen.…

Vanderbilt gets the win in extra innings at the College World Series

Gonzalez’s hit in 12th sends Vandy past Arizona 7-6 in CWS

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Jayson Gonzalez singled through the infield with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 12th inning, giving Vanderbilt a 7-6 win over Arizona in the College World Series on Saturday night. Gonzalez grounded a 1-2…

Astros defeat White Sox at home

Garcia drives in 3, Correa homers as Astros beat White Sox

HOUSTON (AP) — In the three games since Houston star third baseman Alex Bregman was injured, the two players filling in for him have come up big to help the Astros keep their winning streak alive. Astros rookie Robel Garcia…

Bucks eliminate Nets in overtime

Bucks edge Nets in OT in Game 7, withstand Durant's 48

NEW YORK (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks withstood Kevin Durant’s NBA-record 48 points in a Game 7, advancing to the Eastern Conference finals by beating the Brooklyn Nets 115-111 in overtime Saturday night. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 40 points and 13…

Suns and Clippers missing their stars

Suns, Clips deal with uncertain status of stars

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers are still playing basketball deep into these NBA playoffs partly because they’ve learned to persevere in clutch moments without their biggest stars. That ability could be put to the test…

Familiar names end on top at Super Speedway

Hendrick trio sets pace at re-opened Nashville Superspeedway

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — New track, same old names atop the leaderboard. William Byron, Kyle Larson and Chase Elliott paced the first ever Cup Series practice at Nashville Superspeedway in yet another display of how dominant Hendrick Motorsports is right…

NC State gets the win to open the CWS

Butler drives Wolfpack past Stanford 10-4 in CWS opener

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Jonny Butler homered and drove in a career-high five runs, Reid Johnston pitched six strong innings and North Carolina State opened the College World Series with a 10-4 victory over Stanford on Saturday. The Wolfpack (36-18),…

Hawks and Sixers head to Philly for a game seven

76ers put Process legacy on the line in Game 7 vs Hawks

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Doc Rivers met Joel Embiid on the court, slapped the big man’s hand and gave him a big I-told-you-so in the waning moments of a Game 6 victory. Rivers believed in his 76ers. Embiid, Seth Curry and…