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Smith, Raanta, Hurricanes top Rangers for 2-0 series lead

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Brendan Smith had gone nine years since last finding the back of the net in the Stanley Cup playoffs. And Antti Raanta, well, he never had a postseason game like this. The Carolina Hurricanes keep finding different ways to win in the playoffs. It's why they're unbeaten ...

Luck of the draw at the PGA, and now a level playing field

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — No one will ever confuse Southern Hills for the seaside links of the British Open, not by the looks of the tree-lined course and certainly not with the shots required. The chatter after two days of the PGA Championship? That's different. The Open is renowned for its ...

Analysis: Early Voting’s bit of rest will help in Preakness

If Epicenter runs his race, he's going to win the Preakness. It's really that simple. By just about any measure, the Steve Asmussen-trained, Joel Rosario-ridden Epicenter is the clear class of the field for the second leg of the Triple Crown series. He was installed as the morning-line ...

US women’s team has history of advocating for equal rights

The U.S. women's national team has not only been wildly successful on the field, the players have also been unabashedly outspoken, using their platform to advocate for equal rights for themselves and others. The team's efforts to secure equitable pay finally came to fruition this week. The ...

Oilers rally past Flames 5-3 in Game 2 to even series

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers got off to another slow start. This time, they bounced back quickly. Zach Hyman scored the go-ahead short-handed goal midway through the third period and the Oilers rallied to beat the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Friday night, evening the second-round ...

Profar: SF fans `worst in league’ after ball, bottle thrown

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Fans in San Francisco threw at least one baseball and a beer bottle onto the field Friday night in the direction of San Diego Padres outfielder Jurickson Profar, who called the crowd at Giants games "the worst in the league." Play was delayed briefly after Profar got ...

Browns’ Watson caps busy week as NFL investigation continues

CLEVELAND (AP) — Deshaun Watson's week included meeting with NFL investigators and golf in the Bahamas with his new Browns teammates. Next week he'll be back on the field, and under more public scrutiny. Some of the women who have accused Cleveland's quarterback of sexual misconduct during ...

Fore! Wayward tee shots hit player, ESPN anchor during PGA

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Some of the intrigue heading into the PGA Championship at Southern Hills had to do with the compact nature of the grand old layout, where greens are often so close to tees that players get in logjams waiting for each other. Turned out it was two relatively wide open areas ...

Jones scores 19, Sun beat Fever 94-85 for third straight win

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Jonquel Jones scored 19 points and the Connecticut Sun beat the Indiana Fever 94-85 on Friday night for their third straight victory. DeWanna Bonner had 18 points and Alyssa Thomas added 17 for Connecticut (3-1), which put six players in double figures. DiJonai ...

Entering US Soccer Hall, Dempsey finds pressure eased

Clint Dempsey acknowledges the limelight changed him later in his career as he felt responsible for his club and American soccer. Four years removed from playing and on the eve of his induction into the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, he is free to be himself. "I felt like when I first ...

Marcus Smart, Mikal Bridges top NBA All-Defensive first team

NEW YORK (AP) — Defensive Player of the Year Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics was the leading vote-getter for the All-Defensive first team, with Mikal Bridges of the Phoenix Suns joining him as the other guard. Former Defensive Players of the Year Rudy Gobert of Utah and Giannis ...

Story hits slam to lead Red Sox past Mariners 7-3

BOSTON (AP) — Trevor Story hit a grand slam over the Green Monster — and into the hands of a former Red Sox player — a night after hitting three homers over Fenway Park's fabled left field wall, leading Boston to a 7-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. Story connected on ...

Bye-bye Carrier, hello JMA Wireless; Syracuse dome renamed

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse University and JMA Wireless on Thursday announced a 10-year partnership for naming rights of the university's iconic indoor stadium. The agreement means the name Carrier will be replaced for the first time since the venue opened in 1980. It will be called the ...

Sutter, Brunette, Gallant are finalists for NHL’s top coach

NEW YORK (AP) — Calgary Flames head coach Darryl Sutter is among the three finalists for the Jack Adams Award, presented annually to the NHL's coach of the year. Andrew Brunette of the Florida Panthers and Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers are the other two finalists. Sutter started ...

Predators extend coach John Hynes, assistants through 23-24

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have extended the contracts of coach John Hynes and his assistants through the 2023-24 season, trying to build on a season with several individual successes for a franchise that wound up being swept in the playoffs for the first time. General ...

Ravens veteran punter Sam Koch retires after 16 seasons

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Longtime Ravens punter Sam Koch retired Thursday and will join the Baltimore coaching staff as a special teams consultant. A 16-year veteran, Koch, 39, appeared in a franchise-record 256 regular-season games, 239 consecutively from 2006-20, also a team record. He was ...

Hornets GM Kupchak signs multiyear contract extension

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mitch Kupchak has signed a multiyear contract extension to remain the Charlotte Hornets' general manager. Kupchak's contract was set to expire this summer. "For better or for worse, I will be here for the next couple of years," Kupchak said Thursday on a ...

Kidd, rekindled Mavs on familiar turf down 1-0 at Warriors

Jason Kidd has been here before in his first season as coach of the Mavericks, down 1-0 in a third consecutive NBA playoff series. The Bay Area native is looking for another bounce-back from Luka Doncic and company in his first trip to the conference finals as a coach, which just happened to ...

Jones shrugs off Giants not picking up his 5th- year option

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Daniel Jones has rarely given any insight into his feelings in his three seasons as the New York Giants starting quarterback. So it was no surprise Thursday when the No. 6 overall pick in the 2019 draft shrugged off how he felt after the Giants refused last month ...

Naquin homers, Reds down Guardians 4-2 for 2-game sweep

CLEVELAND (AP) — Tyler Naquin wasn't aware there was an award given to the most outstanding player in the Ohio Cup until it was handed to him. "I'll take all the trophies I can get," he said, smiling. Naquin homered in the fifth inning, scored on Kyle Farmer's go-ahead single in the eighth ...