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Clemens’ first career homer lifts Tigers over D-Backs 6-3

PHOENIX (AP) — Kody Clemens hit his first major league home run to lead the Detroit Tigers to a 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday. Clemens, the 26-year-old son of seven-time Cy Young Award winner Roger Clemens, hit a three-run homer in the top of the sixth inning off Arizona ...

AP sources: Watson to meet with NFL disciplinary officer

CLEVELAND (AP) — Deshaun Watson's short-term future with the Browns could be coming into focus. Cleveland's quarterback will have a hearing next week with NFL disciplinary officer Sue L. Robinson, three people familiar with the scheduled meeting told The Associated Press on ...

Smith scores twice, US women beat Colombia 3-0 in Colorado

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Sophia Smith scored twice in the second half and the U.S. women's national team beat Colombia 3-0 on Saturday night to extend its home unbeaten streak to 68 games. Taylor Kornieck added a late goal in her national team debut. On Tuesday night, the teams will meet ...

Astros’ Javier, bullpen combine to no-hit Yanks in 3-0 win

NEW YORK (AP) — Cristian Javier kept sending the New York Yankees back to their dugout in short order, taming his often inconsistent control and thwarting the team with baseball's best record, most runs and preeminent power. "We call him 'The Reptile,' because he doesn't show any emotion. It ...

Road test at Lightning stands between Avalanche, Stanley Cup

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Josh Manson still had his bags half-packed from the Colorado Avalanche's last time on the road, when they returned home with the chance to win the Stanley Cup. That didn't happen, and now he and his teammates are confronted with Game 6 Sunday night against the Tampa Bay ...

Palat is money for Lightning, could cash in as free agent

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — If this is Ondrej Palat's final playoff run with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he's certainly making it count. Soon he could be counting in the tens of millions of dollars on a new contract. A pending free agent with a knack for scoring big goals to go along with elite ...

Avalanche’s Burakovsky a “possibility” to return for Game 6

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The status of a couple of key players remains uncertain for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Colorado coach Jared Bednar says there's a chance Game 1 overtime hero Andre Burakovsky could return Sunday night following a three-game absence from the best-of-seven series. ...

Paredes hits 2-run single as Rays rally past Pirates 6-5

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Isaac Paredes hit a solo homer in the eighth inning and a two-run single with two outs in the ninth, sending the Tampa Bay Rays to a 6-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. Ji-Man Choi and Vidal Bruján reached on two-out walks before Jonathan Aranda's ...

NHL experiencing sustained growth with female, younger fans

One of the biggest stories in the NHL this season has been the increase in viewers in the league's first year of its television contracts with ESPN and TNT. The league is also seeing unparalleled growth in female and younger fans that should have a big impact for years to come. According to ...

Chun shoots 75, lead down to 3 at Women’s PGA Championship

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — This was the moment the rest of the field needed: In Gee Chun standing near the trees, contemplating her situation and then eventually heading back to the point of her previous shot. A shaky third round cut her lead at the Women's PGA Championship in half. Chun shot a ...

Schauffele takes 1-shot lead over buddy Cantlay at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Xander Schauffele shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over good friend and playing partner Patrick Cantlay into the final round of the Travelers Championship. Schauffele had a 17-under 193 total at TPC River Highlands. Cantlay shot 63. Rookie ...

Alonso hits two HRs, Mets beat Marlins 5-3

MIAMI (AP) — Pete Alonso hit two leadoff homers, including a go-ahead shot in the eighth inning, and the New York Mets beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 Saturday. Alonso's home run over the left-center field wall against Miami reliever Jimmy Yacabonis (0-1) snapped a 3-3 tie. It was Alonso's ...

Padraig Harrington powers to 5-shot lead in US Senior Open

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Padraig Harrington finally knows what it's like to overpower a golf course, and it has the Irishman on the verge of a U.S. Senior Open title. Harrington reached both par 5s in two, hitting 5-wood to 7 feet on the 608-yard 12th hole at Saucon Valley, and his 5-under 66 ...

Ron Capps tops NHRA Funny Car qualifying at Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — Ron Capps took the No. 1 position in Funny Car qualifying at Summit Racing Equipment Motorsports Park for the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals. The defending series champion coming off a victory last week at Bristol, Tennessee, Capps had a run of 3.901 seconds at ...

Group asks for living wages, labor rights for 2026 World Cup

With this year's World Cup in Qatar clouded by labor and human rights issues, there's a push for the North American cities awarded games for the 2026 tournament to commit to livable wages, equitable hiring and worker protection. The Dignity 2026 coalition has brought together groups including ...

Verdugo hits 3-run HR, scorching Red Sox top Guardians 4-2

CLEVELAND (AP) — Alex Verdugo hit a three-run homer, Jarren Duran had a career-high four hits and an RBI, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Guardians 4-2 Saturday for their sixth straight victory. Verdugo's two-out rocket to right off Shane Bieber (3-4) gave Boston a 3-2 lead in the ...

Padres win on Austin Nola’s RBI single off brother Aaron

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Austin Nola hit an RBI single off younger brother Aaron in the sixth inning, and the San Diego Padres beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 Friday night. It's the first time since RBIs became an official stat in 1920 that a player had an RBI against his brother in a 1-0 ...

UAB’s Bill Clark announces retirement, needs back surgery

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — UAB coach Bill Clark is retiring because of chronic back problems after leading the program back from a shutdown to two Conference USA titles. Clark announced his decision on Twitter on Friday after informing the team, saying he needed spinal fusion surgery. He turns ...

T-wolves draft trade nets 7-1 Auburn center Walker Kessler

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves added a potential rim protector to complement star Karl-Anthony Towns, acquiring 7-foot-1 Auburn center Walker Kessler in a draft pick swap that netted them an additional first-rounder that became Duke forward Wendell Moore Jr. on Thursday ...

Alex Bowman seeks big Nashville weekend for sponsor Ally

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Alex Bowman looks back at last year's return to Nashville Superspeedway as a bit of a bust. The weekend opened just fine: Hendrick Motorsports announced a two-year contract extension with Bowman that locked him in the No. 48 Chevrolet through 2023. The deal aligned ...