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76ers president denies blasting Embiid, others via Twitter

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers team president Bryan Colangelo is denying a report connecting the executive to Twitter accounts that criticized Sixers players Joel Embiid and Markelle Fultz, among other NBA figures. The accounts also took aim at former Sixers general manager Sam ...

Cavs’ Love satisfied as strained season leads to NBA Finals

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Love's arms are lined with finger-nail scratches, discolored bruises and abrasions, hard-earned mementos from months battling under the basket against other NBA big men. Some of the surface wounds are healing, some are fresh. Other ...

Descalso, Godley send Diamondbacks over Reds 5-2

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks bashed the ball around the yard in their series opener against Cincinnati. The hits were much harder to come by Tuesday night, but the ones they had were impactful — none more so than Daniel Descalso's first-inning ...

WORLD CUP: France defender Blanc scores 1st ‘golden goal’

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press Sudden death is used in an array of sports to determine the outcome of a match when the score is tied. Soccer decided to embrace the concept in the mid-1990s, and FIFA sanctioned its use in the World Cup for the first time in France in 1998. The hope was that ...

Another NBA Finals brings another huge challenge for LeBron

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James will get a couple days to catch his breath, then make his annual June journey to Golden State or down to Houston to face a team far better than his. His eighth straight NBA Finals sets up as one of his most difficult, flanked ...

‘King of Clay’ Nadal starts bid for 11th French Open title

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal headlines the second day at the French Open, beginning his bid for an 11th title at Roland Garros. The "King of Clay" is 79-2 in Paris and is the title favorite again. He has lost only one match on his favorite surface this season, claiming titles in Monte Carlo, ...

Aussie drivers first to win Monaco, Indianapolis on same day

By JULIAN LINDEN, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — Two drivers from Down Under — thousands of miles apart and even further from home — unexpectedly found themselves parked together atop the motor racing world after winning the two biggest races in the sport Sunday. Just hours after Daniel ...

LeBron’s 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — With another Game 7 victory at stake, LeBron James would not sit out. He would not say goodbye to Cleveland again — not yet, anyway. And he would not be denied an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals. The four-time league MVP scored 35 ...

George McPhee has fingerprints all over Stanley Cup Final

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — George McPhee will only get a ring if the Vegas Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup. Maybe he should get one if the Washington Capitals win. McPhee is responsible for acquiring 13 players on the current roster during his 17 years as ...

Gibbs: Kyle Busch is simply ‘special’ on race day

By STEVE REED, AP Sports Writer CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Joe Gibbs has coached Super Bowl champions. He's learned that to reach that level, it takes a group of guys who are "special" on game day — just like Kyle Busch, the top driver in the NASCAR team owner's stable and winner of 188 races ...

Sargent set to be latest teenager to make US soccer debut

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Josh Sargent's parents will be in the stands along with a bunch of friends. Three months after his 18th birthday, the red-haired forward could be the latest teenager to debut for a transforming U.S. national team. "It's going very fast, ...

LEADING OFF: Braves await word on Acuna, Verlander vs. Yanks

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: BANGED-UP BRAVE The Braves are awaiting a diagnosis on standout rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. following a frightening injury at Fenway Park on Sunday. Acuna's left leg buckled and he fell hard on his back after running ...

Germany’s ‘golden generation’ primed for World Cup defense

By CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew is brimming with confidence just over three weeks before what he calls the country's "golden generation" begins its World Cup defense against Mexico. "I have a very good feeling," Loew said at the team's training ...

Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors 98-94 to take series lead

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Paul's grit and veteran leadership have pushed the Golden State Warriors to the brink of elimination. Now the Houston Rockets must wait to see if his injured leg is strong enough to help them take one last step to the NBA ...

WORLD CUP: Gazza’s tears help relaunch English soccer

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press Barring its sole triumph at home in 1966, England hadn't done much at the World Cup. And by 1990, the national game was in deep trouble. Hooliganism, falling attendances and ramshackle stadiums had brought English soccer to new lows. Arguably, it was the team's ...

LEADING OFF: Pedroia rejoins Red Sox, Diamondback doldrums

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: WELCOME BACK Star second baseman Dustin Pedroia is set to be activated by the Red Sox after missing Boston's first 50 games while recovering from knee surgery. Manager Alex Cora says Pedroia will come off the ...

NFL players, coaches grapple with new anthem policy

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wanted to be talking about football matters — Seattle's recommitment to the run game, the addition of two new coordinators, almost anything to do with what happens between the lines. Instead, the league's ...

Now 25 years in, Bettman is never off as NHL commissioner

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There's usually another guest at the table when Gary Bettman and his wife, Shelli, go out to dinner with other couples during the NHL playoffs. Friends come to accept the glow of the TV screen set up so Bettman can keep an eye on games, ...

Column: Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt says it’s all or nothing

By MIKE SCHMIDT, For The Associated Press Our great game is trying to resist, but it is being pulled into an era run by information overload and an all-or-nothing attitude. Baseball has survived significant changes over the years. The Dead Ball era led to a more lively ball and more hitting. ...

Nastase arrested twice in a day, accused of drunken driving

ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former tennis player Ilie Nastase was arrested twice in the space of six hours in his native Romania on Friday, first on suspicion of driving a car while drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and then for going through a red ...