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Tiffany Hayes helps Dream beat Liberty 92-81 in overtime

NEW YORK (AP) — Tiffany Hayes made the most of her first game of the season, providing the spark in overtime to lift the Atlanta Dream over the New York Liberty. Hayes, who missed the first 19 games with a right knee injury, scored nine of her 21 points in OT to give the Dream a 92-81 ...

16-year-old Ngoma scores in 89th, Red Bulls beat Atlanta 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — Serge Ngoma became the youngest player to score in Major League Soccer this season at 16 years of age, getting a go-ahead goal in the 89th minute as the New York Red Bulls rallied late to beat Atlanta United 2-1 on Thursday night. Lewis Morgan scored on a penalty kick ...

Villanova-Michigan St highlight Gavitt Games in BEast-BTen

NEW YORK (AP) — Coming off a Final Four appearance, Villanova and new coach Kyle Neptune will face Tom Izzo's Michigan State in one of the major attractions of the seventh Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Big East and Big Ten Conferences announced the eight men's basketball contests on Friday. The ...

Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will present the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to 17 people, including actor Denzel Washington, gymnast Simone Biles and the late John McCain, the Arizona Republican with whom Biden served in the U.S. Senate. Biden ...

Mets’ Max Scherzer to return from IL Tuesday vs. Reds

NEW YORK (AP) — Max Scherzer is scheduled to return to the New York Mets' rotation Tuesday in Cincinnati after missing over a month with a strained left oblique muscle. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, has been sidelined since straining his oblique while pitching against St. ...

Yankees reinstate reliever Aroldis Chapman from injured list

CLEVELAND (AP) — Aroldis Chapman's got his spot back on the Yankees' roster. His role coming out of the bullpen remains undefined. New York reinstated the left-handed reliever from the injured list on Friday after Chapman missed more than a month with tendinitis in his left Achilles ...

MLB batting average, home runs down through June

NEW YORK (AP) — The major league batting average was .242 in June, down from .245 in May, and home runs are down 9% from last season at this point, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The season batting average began Friday at .242. Batting average was an especially low .231 through ...

Yankees, Guardians rained out, split doubleheader Saturday

CLEVELAND (AP) — As the New York Yankees watched with amusement, two imposters dressed as sluggers Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo ran into the rain-soaked outfield before performing belly slides on the infield tarp. Once again, Cleveland was under water. Friday night's series opener New York ...

Escobar, Peterson lead Mets past Rangers 4-3

NEW YORK (AP) — Eduardo Escobar hit a tiebreaking, three-run homer, expectant father David Peterson tied a career high with 10 strikeouts in six innings and the New York Mets beat the Texas Rangers 4-3 Friday night to stop a season-high three-game losing streak. Mark Canha hit a tying RBI ...

Scott Dixon seeks to snap losing streak at Mid-Ohio course

LEXINGTON, Ohio (AP) — There is nobody better than Scott Dixon at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, where The Iceman has a record six IndyCar victories and has only finished outside the top-10 twice in his career. So he's the favorite to win Sunday, right? Well, not so fast. Dixon is mired in ...

Ross Chastain threading fine line of aggression, patience

Ross Chastain has proven to be a decent road racer over his career and there's no reason to believe he won't be in the mix Sunday at Road America in Wisconsin. But it takes a fine line of patience and aggression to battle for race wins and Chastain has been trying hard to find that balance in ...

Lightning retain Nick Paul with 7-year, $22 million contract

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have accomplished one of their top offseason priorities, retaining forward Nick Paul with a seven-year contract worth just over $22 million. General manager Julien BriseBois announced deal Friday, three days after saying the club was interested in ...

Marlins part ways with Denbo, one of Jeter’s first hires

MIAMI (AP) — Derek Jeter's first significant hire when he was leading the Miami Marlins is no longer with the club. The Marlins said they parted ways with Gary Denbo, who had been the team's vice president of player development and scouting. The move happened earlier this week. Jeter left ...

Despite title game, USFL already focusing on next season

The USFL accomplished what the last two attempts at spring football failed to do — make it through its first season. As the league prepares for Sunday night's championship game between the Birmingham Stallions and Philadelphia Stars at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, where it ...

Johnson, Ortiz tied for lead in LIV Golf event in Portland

The outcry that marked the start of the Saudi Arabia-funded LIV Golf series' first American stop quieted a bit on Friday, putting the focus on the play at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club. Modest crowds and mild temperatures in the mid-70s greeted the players on the upstart series — bankrolled by ...

Anderson HRs, Marlins win 6-3 for 9th win in 10 vs Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brian Anderson homered, and the Miami Marlins beat Washington 6-3 on Friday night for their ninth win in 10 games against the Nationals this season. Miami, fourth in the NL East, is 26-39 against teams other the last-place Nationals. Jon Berti stole two bases to increase ...

JT Poston opens 4-stroke lead in John Deere Classic

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — J.T. Poston took a four-stroke lead into the weekend in the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic, following an opening 9-under 62 with a 65 on Friday at TPC Deere Run. Coming off a second-place tie last week in Connecticut after also opening with a 62, Poston got to 15 under ...

Red Sox ace Sale nearing return from rib injury

CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale will make at least one more minor league rehab start before the Boston Red Sox decide if their ace is ready to join their rotation after being sidelined all season because of a rib injury. Manager Alex Cora said Friday the seven-time All-Star is close to ...

Bruins hire Montgomery as coach to replace Cassidy

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have hired Jim Montgomery as their new coach, giving the hockey lifer another chance at an NHL head-coaching job less than three years since he lost his first one. Recently extended general manager Don Sweeney announced the hire Friday, filling one of the ...

Day 2 of free agency: LaVine, Nurkic decide to stay put

Zach LaVine is staying in Chicago. Same goes for Jusuf Nurkic in Portland. Day 2 of NBA free agency on Friday brought another max deal — this time, going to LaVine, who secured the richest contract in Bulls history when he agreed to a $215 million, five-year contract. LaVine technically was ...