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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 ...

AP source: Celtics get Pacers’ Brogdon, bolster backcourt

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Brad Stevens thought the Boston Celtics needed another playmaker and more depth to win their first NBA title since 2007-08. He may have found both with one big move Friday. Boston's president of basketball operations acquired combo guard Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana ...

Morel homers in 3rd straight game, Cubs beat Red Sox 6-5

CHICAGO (AP) — Christopher Morel got a belt-high pitch and launched it toward Waveland Avenue for a long two-run homer. Another big moment for the rookie from the Dominican Republic. And he's had a few lately, whether he was delivering at the plate or in the field. Morel homered in his ...

Hornets forward Miles Bridges arrested on eve of free agency

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was arrested in California on the eve of NBA free agency after a warrant was issued, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. LAPD spokeswoman Lizeth Lomeli confirmed that Bridges was arrested on Wednesday but did not release details on the ...

Parade of champs: Avs live it up as they celebrate Cup title

DENVER (AP) — There was Nathan MacKinnon jumping off the fire truck so he could walk the streets and shake hands with the swarm of Avalanche fans. Later, Erik Johnson took the stage and got the crowd to participate in a giant sing-along to the team's adopted anthem, "All The Small Things" by ...

Giménez homer in 9th gives Guardians 5-3 win over Twins

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrés Giménez watched his home run clear the center-field fence, kissed his bat and then flipped it while turning toward Minnesota's stunned dugout. For the second day in a row, the Cleveland Guardians won a game they probably should have lost and handed the Twins another ...

Mariners J.P. Crawford begins serving suspension for brawl

SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford had his suspension stemming from last weekend's brawl with the Los Angeles Angels reduced from five to four games, and he was set to serve the ban Thursday. Crawford appealed his five-game ban for his involvement in the melee at Angel Stadium ...

AP source: Jokic, Nuggets agree on record $264M extension

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic has gone from draft pick No. 41, to two-time MVP, and now the holder of the largest contract in NBA history. Jokic and the Denver Nuggets agreed Thursday to a $264 supermax extension, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who spoke to The ...

Ex-agent: Braves fostering ‘false narrative’ about Freeman

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former agent of Los Angeles Dodgers star Freddie Freeman says the Braves are presenting a "false narrative" about the first baseman's parting with Atlanta in March. "I will not stand by as the circumstances surrounding Freddie Freeman's departure from Atlanta are ...

Astros beat Yanks again, Bregman’s 2-run double keys 2-1 win

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros wrapped up a stretch of nine straight games against New York teams Thursday night with another win over the New York Yankees. Alex Bregman hit a two-run double early and the Astros held on for the 2-1 victory. Houston went 3-2 against the major ...

Schwarber, Hall help Phillies rout Braves 14-4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Schwarber finished off the month with another June homer, Darick Hall went deep twice and the Philadelphia Phillies avoided a three-game sweep with a 14-4 rout of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night. Rhys Hoskins and Nick Castellanos also homered for the Phillies, ...

Backup catcher Perez’s 3 HRs help Pirates beat Brewers 8-7

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Backup catcher Michael Perez had three home runs, rookies Oneil Cruz and Jack Suwinski hit back-to-back shots and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7 on Thursday night. It was the first multi-homer game of Perez's five-year career. He also doubled his ...

5 players, $1.1 billion: NBA free agency starts with a bang

The NBA generated more basketball-related income than ever this past season, the total number coming up just short of $9 billion. Business is good. The first night of free agency underscored how good. Nikola Jokic agreed to the biggest contract in NBA history, Bradley Beal agreed to a deal ...