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Scott Dixon blazes to Indy 500 pole in record 234 mph run

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Not much rattles The Iceman at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, not even record speeds. Scott Dixon smashed the Indianapolis 500 pole-winning record with a breathtaking qualifying run of more than 234 mph. His hands were shaking when he climbed from his car following his ...

Anderson’s HR hushes Yankees, lifts Chisox to twinbill sweep

NEW YORK (AP) — Tim Anderson said everything he had to say with one swing of the bat — and a commanding trot around the bases. Anderson hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning and then put a finger to his lips to silence fans booing and chanting "Jackie" at him, capping a tumultuous ...

Blaney wins All-Star race, $1M 2 laps after thinking he won

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The checkered flag was already waving for Ryan Blaney when the caution lights came on just yards before he got to the line to win NASCAR's All-Star race and $1 million. He had to get his window net back in place and go two more laps. NASCAR acknowledged afterward ...

Wiggins, Warriors dunk Mavericks 109-100 for 3-0 series lead

DALLAS (AP) — Stephen Curry shimmied for the TV crew, Andrew Wiggins shook Luka Doncic with a posterizing dunk and the Warriors are thinking sweep. Curry scored 31 points, Wiggins' playoff career high 27 points included the dunk that was originally called an offensive foul and Golden State ...

Trainer’s room busy as Heat, Celtics prepare for Game 4

BOSTON (AP) — The Heat were embarrassed in Game 2, surrendering home-court advantage in their blowout loss to the Celtics in their Eastern Conference finals matchup. Miami returned the favor in Game 3, building a 26-point first-half lead en route to hanging on for a 109-103 victory despite ...

Cordero hits slam in 10th, surging Red Sox sweep Mariners

BOSTON (AP) — Franchy Cordero hit a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the surging Boston Red Sox to an 8-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday. Trevor Story continued his recent power surge with his fifth homer over the Green Monster in four days and ...

Orioles call up top prospect Adley Rutschman to majors

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles called top prospect Adley Rutschman up to the majors Saturday, paving the way for the 24-year-old catcher to make his big league debut. "I'd say about as excited as I can be right now," Rutschman said. "This is probably the coolest thing, coolest ...

Plum, Young spark Las Vegas to 100-80 romp over Phoenix

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kelsey Plum scored 24 points, Jackie Young added 20 and Las Vegas dominated the third quarter in a 100-80 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Saturday. Plum sank three 3-pointers and scored 15 in a 38-point third quarter to help Las Vegas (6-1) turn a two-point halftime lead ...

Reddick gives Big Machine Racing 1st NASCAR Xfinity victory

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Cup regular Tyler Reddick led the final 31 laps of the NASCAR Xfinity race at Texas after a two-car pass Saturday, giving second-year team Big Machine Racing its first victory and ending a three-race streak in which three different JR Motorsports drivers took the ...

Bichette HRs twice, Manoah goes 8 as Jays beat Reds 3-1

TORONTO (AP) — Bo Bichette hit two home runs, pitcher Alek Manoah matched his career high by working eight innings, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 on Saturday. Bichette's first was a solo home run off right-hander Hunter Greene in the fourth, No. 50 of Bichette's ...

Varsho’s double scores 3 in 10th in Dbacks’ 7-6 win vs Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — With the game tied at 4 in the top of the 10th inning, the Cubs' Rowan Wick zipped a couple of fastballs past Arizona's Daulton Varsho before Varsho settled into a high-pressure at-bat. "All I told myself was, 'Can't get beat again,'" Varsho said. He didn't. Varsho drilled a ...

Penguins sign F Bryan Rust to 6-year deal

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust is staying in Pittsburgh. The veteran forward, who was scheduled to become a free agent this summer, agreed to a six-year contract with the Penguins that will keep him with the club through 2028. The deal, announced on Saturday, carries an average annual value ...

Early Voting holds off Epicenter to win Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maybe extra rest isn't such a bad thing for a racehorse after all. In the Preakness Stakes that was run without the Kentucky Derby winner because Rich Strike's owner felt he needed more time off after his 80-1 upset, Early Voting validated a gutsy decision to skip the Derby ...

Contreras homers twice as Acuña, Braves beat Marlins 4-3

MIAMI (AP) — William Contreras homered twice, Ronald Acuña Jr. extended his two-season on-base streak to 28 games and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 Saturday night. Acuña singled, walked twice, stole a base and scored a run. His string began last summer and was interrupted ...

Mariners sign veteran slugger Justin Upton to 1-year deal

BOSTON (AP) — Looking to boost their lineup, the Seattle Mariners signed veteran slugger Justin Upton to a one-year contract Saturday. Upton, a four-time All-Star, was released by the Los Angeles Angels on April 8 heading into the final season of a $106 million, five-year guaranteed ...

Betts falls triple shy of cycle, leads Dodgers past Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mookie Betts stumbled rounding second base - a rare misstep for one of baseball's most all-around All-Stars — and braced his fall with his left hand. Betts popped up clutching his left arm as he bounced back to second. His stinger temporarily gave the Dodgers quite a ...

Verlander shines to lead Astros to 2-1 win over Rangers

HOUSTON (AP) — After another splendid start gave Justin Verlander the most wins and lowest ERA in the majors, Houston manager Dusty Baker was asked just how impressive the veteran right-hander has been this season in his return from Tommy John surgery. "What impresses me that has probably ...

Four-run ninth seals 9-2 win for Twins over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Joe Ryan struck out six and the Minnesota Twins capped the game with a four-run ninth inning for a 9-2 win over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night. Ryan (5-2) allowed one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. "It was a good game overall," Ryan ...

Goldschmidt’s 4-hit game lifts Cardinals over Pirates 5-4

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on Saturday night. Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to 28. His two-run double capped a four-run second ...

McCutchen, Urías homer, Woodruff goes 6 in Brewers’ 5-1 win

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Andrew McCutchen hit a leadoff home run, Luis Urías added a solo shot and a defensive gem, and Brandon Woodruff allowed one run in six effective innings to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night. McCutchen drove the first pitch ...