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Blazers select Shaedon Sharpe with No. 7 pick in draft

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers selected Shaedon Sharpe with the seventh pick in the NBA draft on Thursday, taking a chance on a player who never suited up in college. Sharpe, 6-foot-6 wing from Canada, was a five-star recruit who committed to Kentucky but never played for ...

Pistons draft Ivey at No. 5 and acquire No. 13 pick Duren

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons suddenly have a dynamic backcourt, giving the three-time championship franchise a chance to restore a bit of glory. Detroit also made a savvy deal to bolster its frontcourt. The Pistons selected Purdue's Jaden Ivey with the No. 5 overall pick in the NBA ...

Nuggets draft Kansas’ Braun, acquire rights to UCLA’s Watson

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets selected Kansas guard Christian Braun with the 21st pick of the NBA draft Thursday night. The 6-foot-6 Braun averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Jayhawks last season. His 12 points and 12 rebounds helped Kansas beat North Carolina in the national ...

Thunder take Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren with No. 2 overall pick

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder chose Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren with the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night and hit the accelerator on their rebuild by adding three of the top 12 selections. In Holmgren, the Thunder got a versatile 7-footer who was a ...

Kings nab Iowa’s versatile Keegan Murray with 4th pick

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings selected Iowa forward Keegan Murray with the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft. A first-team All-American as a sophomore, Murray was the Big Ten's leading scorer at 23.5 points a game and averaged 8.7 rebounds while playing alongside twin ...

Pacers take Arizona’s Mathurin at No. 6, Zags’ Nembhard

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Arizona sophomore Bennedict Mathurin figures he has a lot to bring to the Indiana Pacers. "I feel like I'm a winner," said Mathurin, who was taken No. 6 overall by the Pacers in the NBA draft Thursday night. "I'm a really competitive guy. Off the court, I feel I'm a ...

Bucks take G League Ignite wing MarJon Beauchamp at No. 24

MILWAUKEE (AP) — MarJon Beauchamp's circuitous path to the Milwaukee Bucks included stops at four high schools, a community college and the NBA G League. Bucks assistant general manager Milt Newton said Beauchamp even was homeless at one point. The Bucks believe the hard road he took to the ...

Moving up: Grizzlies trade 2 1st-round picks to get LaRavia

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jake LaRavia wasn't just worth a first-round pick. The way the Memphis Grizzlies saw it, he was worth two of them. The Grizzlies moved the 22nd and 29th picks in Thursday's NBA draft to Minnesota for the 19th pick — which became LaRavia, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Wake ...

Hornets GM: Atkinson reneging on agreement ‘disappointing’

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — While general manager Mitch Kupchak said Kenny Atkinson's decision last week to renege on his four-year agreement to coach the Charlotte Hornets was "disappointing," in some ways he's thankful it happened the way it did. "I think he would have been a good pick, but if ...

College baseball intent on increasing Black players, coaches

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Anthony Holman is the highest-ranking NCAA official at the College World Series and the man in charge of the Division I baseball championship. Holman is Black, and when he watches the games, he doesn't see many people who look like him on the field or in the dugouts. "I ...

Popular Fenway fixture Drago the German shepherd dies at 10

No dog ever had a better yard to play in than Drago. Because as countless Boston Red Sox players and fans saw over the last decade, Drago's playground was Fenway Park. Sniffing along the Green Monster, exploring the dugouts or simply resting on the pitcher's mound before a game, Drago was a ...

Mavs trade into draft, get G League’s Hardy at 37 from Kings

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Mavericks general manager Nico Harrison can finally say he has made a draft pick. The second-year GM and his club traded back into the NBA draft in a deal with Sacramento, acquiring G League player Jaden Hardy after the Kings drafted him 37th overall in the second round ...

Johnson eyeing IndyCar, IMSA and Le Mans for 2023 schedule

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — From Italy to Iowa to the simulator and finally the Finger Lakes, there's been no rest for Jimmie Johnson. He heads this weekend to Watkins Glen for one of this final two scheduled appearances in the IMSA sports car. Then he'll turn his attention to planning his 2023 ...

Q&A: Billie Jean King on Title IX’s 50th anniversary

NEW YORK (AP) — Billie Jean King admired a portrait of Patsy Mink, considered the "Mother of Title IX," at the U.S. Capitol on the 50th anniversary of Title IX. "She knew exclusion firsthand and she had the confidence and leadership to challenge and change discrimination through the law," ...

Hugh McElhenny, Hall of Fame halfback with 49ers, dies at 93

Hugh McElhenny, the elusive Hall of Fame halfback who starred in the San Francisco 49ers' "Million Dollar Backfield" in the mid-1950s, has died. He was 93. The Pro Football Hall of Fame said Thursday that McEhlenny died of natural causes June 17 at his home in Nevada, and that son-in-law Chris ...

NYRA suspends Baffert 1 year; eligible to return in January

The New York Racing Association suspended trainer Bob Baffert for one year Thursday for repeated medication violations, A panel credited Baffert for time served from an initial suspension that makes the two-time Triple Crown-winner eligible to saddle horses in New York again Jan. 26. The final ...

Cortes presents Kaat with Yanks award after ‘molester’ label

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Nestor Cortes presented broadcaster and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Kaat with the franchise's Lifetime Achievement Award on Thursday night, about three weeks after Kaat used an offensive nickname when talking about New York's breakout left-hander. The 83-year-old ...

AP source: Kemba Walker trade to Pistons among Knicks’ moves

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks removed Kemba Walker and added no players in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday. Walker wasn't around the Knicks late in the season and now he won't be with them at all after they agreed to deal him to the Detroit Pistons. That was among the ...

Payday: Judge wins it for Yankees on eve of salary showdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees have a hearing Friday to determine the three-time All-Star's salary for the 2022 season. Whatever gets decided, the verdict has already come down in the Bronx: Judge is going to be worth every penny. The steady, 6-foot-7 slugger lined a ...

‘A movement not a moment’: NHL focuses on racial diversity

Anson Carter remembers watching in high school as some of his friends abandoned hockey for being "too white" as he forged ahead, eyes set on a pro career. By the time he reached the National Hockey League, dreadlocks were flowing out from underneath his helmet as he skated. "It wasn't, 'Well, ...