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Wheeler’s 1st career double-double leads Sparks by Mercury

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Erica Wheeler scored 18 points, including a baseline jumper with 8.9 seconds left to seal the win, as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Phoenix Mercury 85-80 on Wednesday night. Wheeler dribbled down the clock at the top of the key and used a high screen to get into the lane […]

Japan set to ease virus emergency ahead of Olympics

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is set to announce a decision Thursday to ease a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and six other areas this weekend, with new daily cases falling just as the country begins making final preparations for the Olympics starting in just over a month. Japan has been struggling since late March […]

Why are Olympics going on despite public, medical warnings?

TOKYO (AP) — Public sentiment in Japan has been generally opposed to holding the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, partly based on fears the coronavirus will spike as almost 100,000 people — athletes and others — enter for both events. The Japanese medical community is largely against it. The government’s main medical adviser Dr. Shigeru Omi […]

Price makes 29 saves, Canadiens beat Golden Knights 3-2

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Carey Price made 29 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 on Wednesday night to tie the Stanley Cup semifinal series at a game apiece. Price improved to 9-4 in the playoffs, his most victories in a postseason. He had eight in 2014. Paul Byron, Joel Armia […]

Arroyo’s pinch slam sends surging Red Sox past Braves, 10-8

ATLANTA (AP) — Christian Arroyo slugged a pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning to give Boston the lead and the surging Red Sox beat the Atlanta Braves 10-8 on Wednesday night to move within one game of first place. Boston recovered after blowing a 6-3 lead. Freddie Freeman hit a go-ahead homer for Atlanta […]

Altuve slugs way into MLB history as Astros down Rangers 8-4

HOUSTON (AP) — Jose Altuve homered twice and made major league history by hitting a leadoff homer one game after belting a walk-off grand slam to lead the Houston Astros over the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Wednesday night. Altuve, whose grand slam in the 10th inning Tuesday night lifted the Astros to a 6-3 victory, […]

Press, Williams score in US women’s 2-0 victory over Nigeria

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Christen Press scored late in the first half, Lynn Williams added a goal in the final moments and the U.S. women’s national team wrapped up its Summer Series with a 2-0 victory over Nigeria on Wednesday night in the last match before settling on a lineup for the Olympics. The U.S […]

Singing swimmer Simpson into final at Aussie Olympic trials

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Singer Cody Simpson has qualified for the 100-meter butterfly final at the Australian Olympic swim trials but will need to vastly improve on his time in Thursday night’s final to be considered for the Tokyo Games. Simpson was in the fast heat to lead off the program. He placed third in […]

Civale wins 10th, Indians deal O’s 18th straight road loss

CLEVELAND (AP) — Aaron Civale became the first pitcher with 10 wins this season and José Ramírez homered and drove in three runs as the Cleveland Indians beat the Orioles 8-7 Wednesday night, extending Baltimore’s road losing streak to 18 games. César Hernández had a two-run triple and Ramírez had two hits and scored twice […]

Cole, Sánchez, Chapman come through as Yanks edge Blue Jays

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gerrit Cole pitched eight effective innings, pinch-hitter Gary Sánchez connected for a two-run homer and Aroldis Chapman dodged trouble in the ninth as the New York Yankees held off the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday night. Sánchez’s 10th homer of the season in the seventh gave the Yankees back-to-back wins […]

Hawks rally from 26 points down, stun 76ers in Game 5

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a playoff comeback for the ages against the Philadelphia 76ers to move within a victory of the Eastern Conference Finals. Young was fouled on a 3-pointer and hit all three free throws with 1:26 left to cap a 26-point comeback and send Atlanta on […]

DeGrom pulled with shoulder issue from Mets’ 6-3 win vs Cubs

NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom was pulled from a second straight start with an arm injury, this time leaving after three perfect innings with right shoulder soreness, but the New York Mets bullpen stepped up to finish a three-hitter in a 6-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night. One start after being […]

As Tyler Lockett joins Seahawks players embracing Shane Waldron’s offense, it’s fun to think of possibilities

Tyler Lockett, who set a Seahawks record with 100 catches last season, says players have given new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron freedom to teach them, and he has given them freedom "to be the receivers we can be."

Hit a homer vs. getting hit by pitch? Ty France hopes to change those trends for Mariners

France is among the league leaders in getting hit by pitches, something that has been the case for him since college. He'd prefer to hit them over the fence.

Report: Arizona State acknowledges NCAA investigation

The NCAA is investigating Arizona State’s football program, a school spokeswoman told The Athletic. Arizona State vice president of media relations Katie Paquet, in a statement to the website, confirmed “an investigation regarding allegations related to our football program.” She said the university could not provide further comment because of NCAA bylaws. The Athletic, citing […]
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