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Muggy PGA may be a thing of the past

ST. LOUIS — The PGA Championship finally found its identity. It’s the one major where players are allowed to practice in shorts. They might not need to next year. This is the last year for the PGA Championship to be the final major. It will move to the middle of May and be held ...

NASCAR chairman takes leave after arrest

SAG HARBOR (AP) — NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France announced on Monday he was taking an indefinite leave of absence following his arrest in the Hamptons on charges of driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. France was seen blowing through a stop sign in Sag ...

Jets’ QB competition could be ongoing

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets’ three-man quarterback competition could last the entire summer. Coach Todd Bowles is in no hurry to make his decision on whether it will be Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater or Sam Darnold under center as the starter in the team’s regular-season ...

Bolt agrees to practice deal with Australian soccer club

SYDNEY (AP) — Usain Bolt is quickly closing in on a professional soccer career. The Jamaican great has negotiated an “indefinite training period” with Central Coast Mariners in Australia’s A-League. The eight-time Olympic gold medalist and the 100- and 200-meter world record ...

Lynn helps Yankees end slide

CHICAGO — Lance Lynn was sound asleep while the rest of the New York Yankees hopped on a flight to Chicago after perhaps their most difficult loss of the season. With his new team in desperate need of a lift, he delivered. Lynn pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning in his first ...

Cano starts rehab assignment

SEATTLE (AP) — Robinson Cano knows he wasn’t fluid or dazzling Monday night in his return to baseball. Especially returning to a completely new position at first base. The eight-time All-Star began his rehab assignment with the Seattle Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate as he prepares ...

Minors team wins with no walks or hits

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The minor leagues’ new extra innings rule led to a bizarre victory for the Clearwater Threshers on Monday night. The Philadelphia Phillies’ Class A affiliate had no hits and no walks against the Tampa Tarpons, yet it beat the New York Yankees’ Florida State League ...

Red Sox complete sweep

BOSTON — Andrew Benintendi’s hit bounced a handful of times before finding its way into center field for the winning run and a big four-game sweep over the rival Yankees. The Red Sox now find themselves in firm control of the AL East. Benintendi’s RBI single with two outs in the ...

Hall of Fame speeches get political in Canton, Chattanooga

CANTON, Ohio — Just as the demonstrations of players during the national anthem have become a means of expression for NFL players, the stage at the Hall of Fame inductions often turns into a political platform. It certainly did Saturday night. Ray Lewis did so with his words, and Randy ...

Thomas comes through in front of grandparents

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Nervous at the start, Justin Thomas was in full control at the Bridgestone Invitational to the end. He had a four-shot lead and faced a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole that would only determine his margin of victory. And then he nearly lost it. He marked his ...

Meyer says he followed protocol for allegations

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer insisted Friday he followed proper protocols in reporting domestic violence allegations against an assistant coach in 2015, passionately defending himself in his first extensive comments since he was put on paid leave amid a university investigation. Meyer ...

Thomas, Fleetwood, Poulter share lead at Bridgestone Invitational

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Another day of soft conditions at Firestone wasn’t enough for Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy or anyone else to catch a trio of leaders going into the weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational. PGA champion Justin Thomas (64) and the English duo of Tommy Fleetwood (63) and ...

Meyer probe adds new scandal

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State closed ranks around the rollout of its football season as the university investigates whether coach Urban Meyer failed to report domestic abuse allegations, a scandal hitting a school already accused of not facing up to sexual misconduct allegations against a ...

Woods trails Poulter by four

AKRON, Ohio — Ian Poulter was annoyed upon realizing he had never finished better than 13th at Firestone, so he took a step toward doing something about it Thursday with an 8-under 62 and a one-shot lead in the Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger Woods found himself fighting his swing. He ...

Agent for Odell Beckham Jr. has long talk with assistant GM

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The agent for New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had a long conversation with the team’s assistant general manager during practice on Thursday. Zeke Sandhu of Elite Athlete Management and Kevin Abrams of the Giants talked for almost two hours on ...

Pearce, Red Sox pounce on Yankees

BOSTON — When Steve Pearce’s third homer of the game clanged off the light tower above the Green Monster, a few fans behind home plate tossed their caps onto the field to celebrate his first career hat trick. When he came to the plate in the eighth for his final at-bat, he received a ...

Ravens and Bears show off D

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The goals were to let the backups play and learn, and to be inspired. Missions accomplished. The Ravens and Bears honored their great linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher with some defense to make them proud in the Hall of Fame game that opened the NFL’s ...

Sabres acquire Skinner in trade with Hurricanes

BUFFALO (AP) — Sabres general manager Jason Botterill continued fulfilling an offseason objective to shake up a team that finished last for the third time in five years, acquiring playmaking forward Jeff Skinner in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes. “What’s exciting about this ...

Meyer on the hot seat

Urban Meyer’s Ohio State program has been one of the best in college football and for the most part has avoided major off-field issues and player behavior problems that tarnished his championship teams at Florida. Now Meyer appears to be in jeopardy of losing his job as Buckeyes coach ...

Bears and Ravens open NFL preseason in Hall of Fame game

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, two of the NFL’s greatest linebackers, enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame this week. When their teams meet in tonight’s preseason opener, the game could very well honor them by being a defensive battle. On one hand, the Chicago Bears ...