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Hornets entering NBA draft with 2 1st round picks, no coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have two picks in the first round of Thursday night's NBA draft — and no head coach in place to help facilitate those decisions. Hornets owner Michael Jordan has resumed the search for the organization's next coach after Golden State Warriors ...

Brittney Griner chosen as honorary WNBA All-Star starter

NEW YORK (AP) — Brittney Griner will have a place at the WNBA All-Star Game, being named an honorary starter Wednesday by Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. Griner has been detained in Russia since Feb. 17 after authorities at an airport outside of Moscow said she had vape cartridges containing ...

Ex-Brewers OF Cain clears waivers, becomes free agent

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Former Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Lorenzo Cain has cleared waivers and is now a free agent. The Brewers made the announcement via social media Wednesday, four days after the two-time All-Star was designated for assignment. The Brewers' tweet included the message, ...

Minnesota Wild sign F Connor Dewar to 2-year, $1.6M contract

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed left wing Connor Dewar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract on Wednesday, coming off his rookie season. Dewar made his NHL debut on Oct. 28 and played in 35 games, with two goals, four assists and 48 hits while playing on the fourth line. The ...

Bichette slam, Kirk HR as Blue Jays beat Chisox, avoid sweep

CHICAGO (AP) — Bo Bichette hit a grand slam and Alejandro Kirk homered for the second straight game, leading Ross Stripling and the Toronto Blue Jays over the injury-riddled Chicago White Sox 9-5 Wednesday. Bichette's second career slam capped a five-run fourth inning as the Blue Jays ...

AP source: Jerami Grant to be traded to Portland by Detroit

A person with knowledge of the situation said the Detroit Pistons have agreed to trade Olympic gold medalist Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers, with the biggest part of the return being a first-round pick in 2025. Detroit gets the No. 36 pick in the draft Thursday and what would have ...

Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson dies at age 26

Jaylon Ferguson, who set an FBS record for career sacks while at Louisiana Tech and then played the past three seasons in the NFL with the Baltimore Ravens, has died. He was 26. Police said Wednesday the cause of death was still to be determined. "On June 21, 2022, at approximately 11:25 ...

Tony Siragusa, who helped Ravens win Super Bowl, dies at 55

Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who was part of one of the most celebrated defenses in NFL history with the Baltimore Ravens, died Wednesday. He was 55. Siragusa's broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed the death. The cause of death was not immediately available. "This is a ...

Nearly $100K stolen from ex-NBA player Vince Carter’s home

ATLANTA (AP) — Nearly $100,000 in cash was taken in a weekend burglary at the Atlanta home of former NBA player Vince Carter, according to an incident report released Wednesday by Atlanta Police. Two guns and more than $16,000 was recovered later outside the 10,000-square-foot (900-square ...

Profar has 4 hits, Padres beat MadBum, Diamondbacks, 10-4

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Bob Melvin was back on the top step of the dugout for the first time in 12 games and his San Diego Padres welcomed him back with a sloppy yet satisfying win. Jurickson Profar had four hits, drove in two runs and scored twice for the Padres, who jumped on Madison Bumgarner ...

Memorial Cup: Wiebe gives Oil Kings 4-3 OT win over Sea Dogs

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) — Jaxsen Wiebe completed a hat trick at 8:05 of 3-on-3 overtime to give the Edmonton Oil Kings a 4-3 victory over the host Saint John Sea Dogs on Wednesday night in the Memorial Cup. Wiebe took the puck the length of the ice down the right side and fired a ...

Sooners off to College World Series finals after beating A&M

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Oklahoma's baseball players came to the College World Series calling themselves "a bunch of Davids," a nod to their embrace of the underdog identity they adopted after an underwhelming start to the season. It was one David — David Sandlin — who got most of the credit ...

Orioles OF Hays hits for cycle vs Nationals

BALTIMORE (AP) — Austin Hays has become the sixth player in Orioles history to hit for the cycle, an accomplishment he completed in the midst of a persistent rain shower. Facing Washington Nationals lefty Patrick Corbin on Wednesday night, Hays got an infield single in the first inning, hit ...

Rivas slam, Happ and Wisdom homer, Cubs down Pirates 14-5

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ian Happ and Patrick Wisdom hit two-run homers early and Alfonso Rivas added a grand slam off a position player late as the Chicago Cubs routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-5 Wednesday night. Held to a total of two runs in the first two games of the series, Chicago broke out ...

Hogs hang on to beat Ole Miss, force 2nd CWS bracket final

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Zack Morris didn't get much done as the starter for Arkansas two nights earlier, but what a finisher he was Wednesday. Morris was called on after Mississippi loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the junior left-hander put down the threat to ...

Duvall caps Braves’ comeback in 9th for 4-3 win over Giants

ATLANTA (AP) — Adam Duvall was targeted by his Atlanta teammates for the obligatory postgame dousing with a cooler full of sports drink following his game-winning hit. Duvall said credit was also due to the Braves player who actually scored the winning run. Duvall's run-scoring single ...

Hays hits for cycle to help Orioles beat Nationals 7-0

BALTIMORE (AP) — Four at-bats, four hits, one unforgettable cycle in just six innings of work. "Beyond unbelievable. An epic night," Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said after Austin Hays became the sixth player in Orioles history to hit for the cycle. Hays completed the feat with a ...

Cardinals beat Brewers 5-4, move into first in NL Central

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado don't go deep in the same game very often. But when they do, it virtually guarantees victory for the St. Louis Cardinals. Goldschmidt and Arenado hit two-run homers as the Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Wednesday night and ...

Winker homers again and drives in 3, Mariners blank A’s 9-0

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jesse Winker homered for the second straight day, Cal Raleigh also connected and the Seattle Mariners won consecutive games for the first time in more than two weeks by routing the Oakland Athletics 9-0 Wednesday night. J.P. Crawford doubled twice and drove in two ...

Ohtani strikes out career-high 13 in Angels’ 5-0 win over KC

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani adheres to strict routine in nearly every aspect of his life. When his latest mound start was delayed 12 minutes by a pregame ceremony honoring the Angels' 2002 World Series champions, his meticulous preparation took a hit before he even threw a pitch. A ...