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Without Giannis, Bucks beat Hawks 123-112 for 3-2 lead

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Even without two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks figured out a way to end their recent habit of slow starts. Now they're just one win away from finishing off the Atlanta Hawks and earning their first NBA Finals berth in ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks limp into Subway Series, LA visits Biden

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ OFF TRACK The Yankees are in an unusual position entering their weekend Subway Series against the crosstown Mets — struggling underdog. The Bronx Bombers are coming off a stunning 11-8 defeat to the Los ...

WIMBLEDON 2021: Djokovic has eyes on major mark, Golden Slam

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Men to watch at Wimbledon, which starts Monday at the All England Club: ___ NOVAK DJOKOVIC Seeded: 1 Country: Serbia Age: 34 2021 Match Record: 27-3 2021 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 84 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 19 — Wimbledon (5: ...

WIMBLEDON 2021: Serena Williams takes another shot at No. 24

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer Women to watch at Wimbledon, which starts Monday at the All England Club: ___ ASH BARTY Seeded: 1 Country: Australia Age: 25 2021 Match Record: 28-6 2021 Singles Titles: 3 Career Singles Titles: 11 Grand Slam Singles Titles: 1 — French Open ...

LEADING OFF: Cubs follow up no-hitter, Astros seek 12 in row

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ DO IT AGAIN One night after Zach Davies and three Cubs relievers combined for the seventh no-hitter in the majors this year, matching the most in a season since 1900, Jake Arrieta pitches for Chicago ...

Texas defeats Virginia 6-2 to reach bracket final at CWS

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Ivan Melendez and Zach Zubia finally broke out offensively, and just in time to keep Texas alive in the College World Series. Melendez doubled and scored the Longhorns' first run, and hit the tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to help ...

George leads Clippers over Paul and Suns, 106-92 in Game 3

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — This time, Paul George didn't flinch. Playoff P showed up and dragged the Los Angeles Clippers back from the brink. George scored 27 points and the Clippers pulled away in a dominant third quarter, beating newly returned Chris Paul and the ...

Unseeded Krejcikova beats Gauff, into French Open semifinals

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Unseeded Barbora Krejcikova reached her first Grand Slam semifinal by coming back from an early deficit and beating 17-year-old Coco Gauff 7-6 (6), 6-3 at the French Open on Wednesday. Gauff led 3-0 at the outset, then 5-3, and held a total ...

Donovan Mitchell scores 45, rallies Jazz past the Clippers

By JOHN COON Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell did not feel like his usual self for an entire half. The Utah Jazz guard struggled with a bout of nausea and light-headedness before halftime Tuesday night. He felt even worse after his individual performance on offense ...

LEADING OFF: Cole vs Donaldson gets sticky, Texas cuts Davis

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ STICKY SITUATION Yankees ace Gerrit Cole has found himself in a sticky situation. Days after Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson off-handedly alleged that Cole had been using foreign substances to ...

Softball coaches: NCAA can do better with gender equality

By CLIFF BRUNT AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso has had enough. Her Sooners are closing out another dynamic season by playing Florida State in the best-of-three Women's College World Series final this week. But lately, she's had more on her mind than ...

Officiating takes center stage midway through NHL playoffs

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer Officiating has been on center stage midway through the NHL playoffs. Star forward Connor McDavid didn't draw a single penalty when Edmonton got swept in the first round. Tampa Bay dominated a second-round series against Carolina thanks to a potent power ...

End of recruiting pause has football programs catching up

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer Minnesota's P.J. Fleck spoke for many coaches nationwide last December when he noted he still hadn't shaken the hands of about half the prospects who were about to sign with his program. Those days finally are coming to an end. The NCAA has lifted the ...

Japan’s vaccine push ahead of Olympics looks to be too late

By MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press TOKYO (AP) — It may be too little, too late. That's the realization sinking in as Japan scrambles to catch up on a frustratingly slow vaccination drive less than two months before the Summer Olympics, delayed by a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, ...

Red-hot Rays keep Yankees reeling with 3-1 victory

By The Associated Press undefined NEW YORK (AP) — Rich Hill finished May with the lowest monthly ERA in 75 years of a pitcher in his 40s, and the Tampa Bay Rays won for the 16th time in 17 games by keeping up their domination of the reeling Yankees with a 3-1 victory Monday. Hill (4-2), a ...

Mitchell scores 30, Jazz beat Memphis 120-113 to go up 3-1

By TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Utah Jazz have put themselves in position to help erase a very bad memory from last year's Florida bubble. Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, and the top-seeded Jazz grabbed a 3-1 lead Monday night by holding off the Memphis ...

Le grand retour: Federer wins return to Paris, Slam action

By JOHN LEICESTER and SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writers PARIS (AP) — They feted Roger Federer with as loud as applause gets from a crowd capped at 1,000 people in Court Philippe Chatrier — when he walked out with a wave, when he hit one of his 48 winners, even when he attempted a ...

Baffert: Antifungal meds given to Medina Spirit had steroid

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit was treated with an antifungal ointment containing the steroid betamethasone that may have caused the horse to fail a postrace drug test, trainer Bob Baffert said Tuesday. In a statement issued by his ...

Joshua-Fury fight set for Saudi Arabia, says promoter

LONDON (AP) — The all-British fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury for the undisputed world heavyweight title will take place in Saudi Arabia, promoter Eddie Hearn said on Tuesday. Hearn, who represents Joshua, said the fight is likely to take place on Aug. 7 or Aug. 14. He said Aug. ...

2-time All-Star right-hander Jordan Zimmermann retires

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jordan Zimmermann retired Tuesday in his 13th season in the majors, ending a career in which he threw the first no-hitter in Washington Nationals' history and earned two All-Star selections. Zimmermann posted a ...