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Jimmie Johnson feels ‘at home’ in Indy 500 preparations

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Jimmie Johnson set his alarm for 5:48 a.m. — he uses the number 48 in nearly all his mundane activities — hoping to get a workout in before opening day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Excitement got the best of him. Johnson awoke 15 minutes before his alarm went off, ...

Column: Best to never win major label starting much earlier

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Jerry Barber holds a distinct place in history at the PGA Championship. He was 45 when he won an 18-hole playoff at Olympia Fields to become the oldest first-time winner of a major. Viktor Hovland already is being asked about winning his first major. He's 24. One big ...

Scottie Scheffler arrives at PGA as understated world No. 1

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Scottie Scheffler has earned the right to strut onto the first tee at Southern Hills and puff out his chest, an unintended yet unmistakable consequence of winning the Masters, ripping off three more victories and rising to No. 1 in the world. Except, well, ahem ... "The ...

O’s Harvey suspended 60 games by MLB for drug distribution

NEW YORK (AP) — Baltimore Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey was suspended for 60 games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for distributing a prohibited drug of abuse, a punishment stemming from his admission of providing opioids to a teammate who fatally overdosed. The former New York Mets star ...

Magic Moment: Orlando wins lottery, lands No. 1 pick

CHICAGO (AP) — Orlando Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman was supposed to be at the podium for the NBA draft lottery. He benched himself in favor of coach Jamahl Mosley. "I haven't been very good at this," Weltman said. "Coach was feeling lucky and we let him roll the ...

Lightning strike first against Panthers, win 4-1 in Game 1

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning won the first two games of their playoff series with the Florida Panthers on the road last year. They're halfway to a repeat performance. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period, Andrei Vasilevskiy remained ...

Restored to glory, Southern Hills ready for PGA showcase

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Matt Kuchar was flopping shots out of the rough during his practice round at Southern Hills on Tuesday when he chunked one so fat that it came up several yards short of the hole, teetering precariously on the edge of the green. "Knock that back to me," Kuchar told playing ...

Manson scores 8:02 into OT, Avs beat Blues 3-2 in Game 1

DENVER (AP) — Josh Manson was simply trying to hold his ground near the blueline with players flying at him. Not on the winning goal — he was that open — but from the group of teammates charging his way. Manson scored his first career playoff goal 8:02 into overtime, Darcy Kuemper made ...

Keeping schools out of NIL dealings opened door for boosters

By trying to limit how much schools can help college athletes cashing in on their fame, the NCAA seems to have inadvertently opened the door for boosters to get a foothold in a burgeoning market. Now, as the NCAA and its highest-profile Division I member schools try to rein in booster-fueled ...

AUTO RACING: All-Star break for Cup Series; F1 in Barcelona

Will this be the season in which a race-winner in NASCAR's top series does not qualify for the playoffs? Kurt Busch became the 11th different winner in 13 races with his victory at Kansas. The season is at its regular-season midpoint and only William Byron and Ross Chastain have won more than ...

Castroneves starts record Indy 500 quest with ‘perfect’ car

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Defending Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves started his record-breaking quest with the perfect car. Now he just needs to run another perfect race. Less than a month after the four-time race winner slammed his No. 6 Honda into the wall during an Indianapolis ...

Bonner scores 16 in debut as Sun beats Liberty 92-65

NEW YORK (AP) — DeWanna Bonner made her season debut for Connecticut and scored 12 of her 16 points in the decisive first half and the Sun beat the New York Liberty 92-65 on Tuesday night. Natasha Heideman had a season-high 15 points, Brionna Jones scored 14, Jonquel Jones 13 and Alyssa ...

Lynx win first game of season after 0-4 start

This definitely wasn't the start that the Minnesota Lynx envisioned to their season — the final of Sylvia Fowles' career. For the second consecutive year the Lynx have lost their first four games. They hope they can turn things around the way they did last season when Cheryl Reeve's team ...

Tom Brady featured in upcoming Netflix ‘Greatest’ roast

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Tom Brady will be on the hot seat – this time during a Netflix roast. Netflix announced Tuesday the seven-time Super Bowl champion will be featured first in a series of upcoming specials called "Greatest Roasts of All Time: GROAT." Brady is the executive producer ...

Celtics co-owner donates $2M to protect Florida manatees

MIAMI (AP) — A co-owner of the Boston Celtics is donating $2 million toward protecting the Florida manatees and their habitat following two seasons of record-breaking manatee mortalities in the state. Fox Rock Foundation will give $1 million each to the nonprofits Fish & Wildlife ...

Houston rockets: Astros hit 5 HRs in 2nd, rout Red Sox 13-4

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox starter Nathan Eolvaldi needed just five pitches to get the Astros out in order in the first inning Tuesday night. Houston responded by hitting five home runs off him as part of a nine-run second to tie the MLB record for most homers in an inning, ending his night on ...

Butler scores 41, Heat take Game 1 from Celtics 118-107

MIAMI (AP) — His team was down by eight at halftime, and Miami coach Erik Spoelstra went into the locker room ready to deliver a big speech. Turns out, one wasn't needed. Jimmy Butler decided to let his play do the talking. Butler scored 27 of his 41 points in the second half, and a huge ...

4 Bills Hall of Famers planning support of shooting victims

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bills Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas tells The Associated Press he and several former teammates are coming together in Buffalo this week to help support families of the shooting victims. Among those players expected to make the trip are Hall of Famers defensive ...

Guardians acquire RHP Ramirez in trade from Mariners

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Guardians acquired right-hander Yohan Ramirez on Monday from the Seattle Mariners on Monday for cash or a player to be named. The 27-year-old Ramirez, who made seven appearances for the Mariners this season, was immediately optioned to Triple-A ...

Jets sign 1st-rounder Jermaine Johnson to rookie deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Jets signed defensive end Jermaine Johnson, the No. 26 overall pick in the NFL draft, to a fully guaranteed four-year, $13.1 million rookie deal Monday. Johnson joins cornerback Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner, selected fourth overall, as Jets first-round picks under ...