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After missing spring, Iowa’s Campbell to savor senior season

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Wearing a T-shirt and shorts instead of a uniform and pads, Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell paced the field during the Hawkeyes' open practice in April. It's the way he was dressed the whole spring, when he was held out of practices as he rested and rehabilitated nagging ...

Serena Williams practices on Centre Court; 1st foe No. 113

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams walked out on Centre Court under a closed retractable roof on Friday afternoon, taking advantage of Wimbledon's new policy of allowing players to practice there and at No. 1 Court before the tournament begins next week. Accompanied by coach Eric ...

AP source: Chicago aims for Canadiens assistant Richardson

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are nearing a deal with Luke Richardson to become their next coach, turning to the former NHL defenseman to help lead their already painful rebuilding process. Richardson and the Blackhawks are working on a contract, according to a person familiar with ...

Underdogs Ole Miss, OU set for College World Series finals

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Less than a month ago, Mississippi players and coaches didn't know if they would make the NCAA baseball tournament. This weekend, the Rebels will play for the national championship. Next up is Oklahoma in the College World Series finals. The Sooners also had doubts about ...

Stenhouse signs multi-year contract extension with JTG

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. announced Friday that he has signed a multi-year contract extension to continue driving for JTG Daugherty Racing. He made the announcement at Nashville Superspeedway, a de facto home NASCAR track for the native of Olive Branch, Mississippi. Since ...

Grizzlies confirm trade with 76ers netting Roddy, Green

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies announced Friday the final pieces of their draft night trade sending guard De'Anthony Melton to the Philadelphia 76ers for the draft rights to forward David Roddy and wing Danny Green. The 6-foot-6 Green has started 709 of 819 regular season games ...

It’s personal: Canelo predicts KO in 3rd bout with Golovkin

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Canelo Álvarez is hurting after his first loss in nearly a decade, and he's still angry about everything that's happened during five years of fighting and arguing with Gennady Golovkin. Álvarez says he is determined to channel all of those bad feelings into a spectacular ...

Take two: Steve Clifford returns to Hornets as head coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Steve Clifford is heading back to Charlotte. Clifford has agreed to a multiyear contract to return as head coach of the NBA's Hornets four years after being fired by team owner Michael Jordan, the team announced Friday night. Charlotte previously agreed to terms on a ...

Texas infielder Ivan Melendez wins Golden Spikes Award

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Texas infielder Ivan Melendez was named the 2022 Golden Spikes Award winner Friday as the top amateur baseball player in the U.S. The 22-year-old redshirt junior helped the Longhorns reach the College World Series, where they were eliminated with losses to Notre Dame and ...

Royals’ Salvador Perez has left thumb surgery, to IL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Royals catcher Salvador Perez had surgery on his left thumb Friday and was placed on the 10-day injured list. The operation repaired the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb, and he's expected to need eight weeks to recover, manager Mike Matheny said. "We will use ...

Emotional Freeman given ovation, ring in return to Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman expected to be emotional during his anticipated return to Atlanta. He wasn't prepared for the flood of feelings — and tears — that came before his first game back as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night. A rush of them forced him to walk out ...

Rays’ Ramirez delivers winning hit in 10th to beat Bucs 4-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Harold Ramirez scored Vidal Brujan with a game-ending pinch-single, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 Friday night. Vidal Brujan took second as Tampa Bay's automatic runner and stole third against Yerry De Los Santos (0-1) before Ramirez's ...

Márquez earns 3rd straight win, Rockies shut out Twins 1-0

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Germán Márquez pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings and the Colorado Rockies edged the Twins 1-0 Friday night in a rare trip to Minnesota. Charlie Blackmon's run-scoring fielder's choice was the difference for the Rockies, who snapped a three-game skid. Márquez (4-5) had a ...

Greinke, Olivares return, power Royals to 3-1 win over A’s

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Zack Greinke tossed six innings of one-run ball, Edward Olivares hit two solo homers and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 on Friday night. Both Grienke (1-4) and Olivares were activated from rehab assignments on Friday. After missing 43 games ...

Kirk homers again as Blue Jays roll past Brewers, 9-4

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Alejandro Kirk went 4 for 4 and homered for the third straight game before leaving with a bruised left hand in the seventh inning of the Toronto Blue Jays' 9-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night. Kirk appeared to get hit in the hand on a backswing from ...

Bulldogs beat Oil Kings 4-2 to reach Memorial Cup semifinal

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) — Marco Costantini made 40 saves, Mason McTavish scored the deciding goal and the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Edmonton Oil Kings 4-2 on Friday night to advance to the Memorial Cup semifinal game. Shawinigan will face host Saint John on Saturday in the ...

Arroyo has three RBIs in return, Red Sox beat Guardians 6-3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Christian Arroyo hit a two-run homer in the seventh and had three RBIs in his return from the COVID-19 injured list, powering the surging Boston Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Guardians on Friday night. Arroyo's go-ahead homer to left-center off Bryan Shaw (3-1) ...

Turner homers, Dodgers stop Braves 4-1 in Freeman’s return

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman was smiling after his long, emotional day. At the end of a night that included a lot of tears, Freeman was happy because he felt good about showing his appreciation to Atlanta fans — and playing well for his new Los Angeles team. Trea Turner had three hits, ...

Hendricks carries shutout into 8th, Cubs blank Cardinals 3-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Hendricks carried a shutout into the eighth inning and Nico Hoerner homered to help the Chicago Cubs to a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. Ian Happ also drove in a run for Chicago, which has won two of three. Hendricks (3-6) continued his mastery ...

Ryan Preece makes it 2 for 2 at Nashville in NASCAR Trucks

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Preece won for the second straight year at Nashville Superspeedway and gave David Gilliland Racing its second consecutive NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory Friday night. Preece moved ahead on the final restart with nine laps left and held off fellow Ford ...