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Draws that help both teams may become more common

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Fans hated the battle of backpasses that the Denmark-France World Cup match devolved into , and they likely will watch more teams collude when soccer's showcase expands to 48 teams. The sellout crowd at Luzhniki Stadium started booing early in ...

Bettman, Brodeur, O’Ree top Hockey Hall of Fame class

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, pioneering black player Willie O'Ree and Martin Brodeur, the league's all-time winningest goaltender, top the latest class for the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Bettman has been commissioner since 1993, during which time the ...

Brazil and Germany try to salvage World Cup and advance

By JENNA FRYER, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Two of the best teams in international soccer go into their final group matches in danger of being bounced from the World Cup. Germany and Brazil, both early favorites for the title, struggled through their opening two matches. The teams have a ...

Kvitova, Konta ease into 3rd round at Eastbourne

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Petra Kvitova continued to impress with a straight-sets victory over Kateryna Bondarenko in the second round at the Eastbourne International on Tuesday. The third-seeded Kvitova, who won her fifth title of the season on Sunday in Birmingham, triumphed 7-5, 6-3 and ...

Denmark advances at World Cup in drab 0-0 draw with France

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — A game no team needed to win became the game no fan would want to watch. France and Denmark produced the World Cup's first 0-0 draw at the 37th attempt amid boos and whistles from fans on Tuesday. The slow-paced game was out of step with a ...

Australia eliminated, Peru leaves World Cup on high note

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru isn't leaving Russia empty handed. The Peruvians failed to score a goal in their opening two matches, but the team finally gave its fans a reason to celebrate when it ended ...

South Florida hires CFP exec Kelly as athletic director

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer South Florida on Monday hired Michael Kelly, the chief operating officer of the College Football Playoff, to be its athletic director. Kelly, 47, worked at Tampa, Florida-based USF as an associate athletic director from 2001 to 2002. He was also ...

Joshua ordered by WBA to fight Povetkin and ditch Wilder

LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua was ordered to sign a deal to fight Alexander Povetkin "within 24 hours" or face being stripped of the WBA portion of his world heavyweight boxing titles. The WBA lost patience with the talks between Joshua and WBC champion Deontay Wilder for a unification bout, ...

Germany’s message after stunning winner: “We’re still alive”

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — In the aftermath to one of the most memorable victories in Germany's long history of success, Toni Kroos and Marco Reus had a message for the critics back home waiting to see them fail. "We got a lot of criticism and some of it was ...

Messi is running out of time to save Argentina’s World Cup

By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — For Lionel Messi, the time is now. Time to score at the World Cup. Time to save Argentina from another crushing disappointment. Time to live up to his reputation as one of the world's best players. Time to end questions about ...

Flames come away as biggest winner at NHL draft

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer DALLAS (AP) — Having no picks in the first three rounds made it look as though it would be a quiet, boring and ineffective weekend for the Calgary Flames. Instead, they became one of the biggest winners at the NHL draft by acquiring 23-year-old forward ...

LEADING OFF: Rangers-Twins get testy, Reds on grand run

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CAREFUL Texas has won seven in a row, and things got a little testy Saturday during a 9-6 victory at Target Field. Jurickson Profar tied a Rangers record when he was hit by pitches three times. Profar stole second ...

Ciman, Diomande help LAFC to 2-0 win over Crew

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurent Ciman returned from a two-game absence and scored in the opening minutes to help Los Angeles FC beat the Columbus Crew 2-0 on Saturday night. Ciman, the last player cut from the Belgian national team as it prepared for the World Cup, sent a free kick from 40 yards ...

Oregon St. beats Miss. St. 5-2, plays Arkansas in CWS finals

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kevin Abel and Jake Mulholland made it look easy for Oregon State. Until it wasn't. Abel turned in the Beavers' best start of the College World Series and the usually reliable Mulholland came on in the eighth inning with a four-run lead ...

Font, Rays shut down Yanks; DeSclafani slams Reds past Cubs

By The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wilmer Font worked into the sixth inning to get his first major league win, Willy Adames homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Saturday. Font (1-3) allowed three hits, one walk and struck out four over 5 2/3 ...

Bauer strikes out 11 as Indians defeat Tigers 4-1

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer is piling up the strikeouts. And, the Cleveland Indians are piling up the wins. Bauer (7-5) struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings to beat Detroit for the fourth time this season, leading Cleveland past the Tigers 4-1 on Saturday ...

NHRA: Clay Millican breaks Top Fuel track record in Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — Clay Millican broke the Top Fuel track speed record Saturday in rain-shortened qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Millican had a 3.750-second run at 332.67 mph in the lone qualifying session of the day. He has six No. 1 qualifiers this season. "Our ...

AP Source: Thunder F Anthony to opt in

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony plans to opt in and take the $28 million he is due next season. The New York Times first reported Anthony’s decision to bypass the chance to become a free agent. A person with knowledge of details confirmed Anthony’s ...

Stars re-sign Stephen Johns to 3-year deal

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have signed defenseman Stephen Johns to a $7 million, three-year contract extension. The 26-year-old Johns had a career-best 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 75 games last season, his third in Dallas. He was the prospect acquired in a deal that brought ...

Dahlin to Sabres, Svechnikov to Canes to start NHL draft

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer DALLAS (AP) — Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres and Russian winger Andrei Svechnikov second to the Carolina Hurricanes in the two most predictable developments of an NHL draft that also featured some ...

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