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APNewsBreak: Dodgers, Yankees cut projected luxury tax bills
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are cutting payroll and their luxury tax bills - just as Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and perhaps Clayton Kershaw near the free-agent market after the 2018 season....

Cavaliers looking forward to respite before conference semis
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers finally caught a break....

Aaron Hernandez's mom, fiancee arrive at his private funeral
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) -- Family and friends of Aaron Hernandez arrived Monday to say their farewells to the former NFL player during a private funeral in his hometown....

Westbrook goes on rant defending Thunder teammates
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Thunder guard Russell Westbrook went on a rant defending his teammates after Sunday's 113-109 loss to the Houston Rockets....

LEADING OFF: MLB sorts out trouble in Baltimore, Minnesota
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:...

Mike Brown is more than capable of leading the Warriors
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- With coach Steve Kerr ailing, the Golden State Warriors are in capable hands with assistant Mike Brown....

Absences of Marte, Bumgarner could shake up NL
The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants are both in last place, and that's not even their biggest problem at the moment....

Father remembers son killed in hammer throw at track meet
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) -- The father of a college student from Ohio who died after being struck during a hammer-throw event at a suburban Chicago track meet remembered his son as a strong Christian....

Dad of Florida State star dies after gun fires at strip club
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The father of former Florida State football star Travis Rudolph was killed when authorities say a gun accidentally went off at a Florida strip club....

Tim Tebow has his best week in minors with 6 hits
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tim Tebow had his best week in the minors, showing some consistency at the plate last week with two multi-hit games for the Columbia Fireflies....

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