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Good to be a King? Eyes on Sacramento at No. 2 in NBA draft

Jun. 21, 2018 2:42 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr. believe they are the best players in this NBA draft, though the best they can hope for is probably the No. 2 pick. The Sacramento Kings own it, and that's where the intrigue appears to begin Thursday. Arizona center Deandre Ayton is expected to be...

Messi dogged by Ronaldo, history as Argentina meets Croatia

Jun. 21, 2018 6:55 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup. The Argentina great had a penalty kick saved during his team's tournament-opening 1-1 draw with Iceland. At 31, this could be Messi's last World Cup, and Thursday's match against Croatia is...

The Latest: FIFA defends US ref over Morocco's shirt claim

Jun. 21, 2018 8:05 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 2:55 p.m. FIFA says it condemns claims by a Morocco player that American referee Mark Geiger asked for a player's shirt during Portugal's 1-0 win on Wednesday. Geiger denied the allegation to FIFA, which says the referee behaved in an...

St. Petersburg's white nights light up fans' World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 6:50 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — It was nearly midnight in St. Petersburg as fans headed back into the city from Russia's 3-1 win over Egypt, but the sky was still bright. The World Cup's taking place during the "white nights", when the sun barely sets and it never gets completely dark. It's impossible to...

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

Jun. 21, 2018 7:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which won't say if they are reviewing those connections or whether any concerns were raised about him. Ohio State...

Summer of Ovi: Cup celebrations, fatherhood await Ovechkin

Jun. 21, 2018 2:50 AM EDT

Alex Ovechkin has already done a "keg stand" with the Stanley Cup, performed shirtless push-ups in a fountain full of teammates and lifted hockey's prestigious trophy so often in joy that it could be considered upper-body training. "That's my summer workout," Ovechkin said with a smile. The Summer of Ovi is just...

Former FIFA boss Blatter revels in visit to Putin, World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 7:34 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Sepp Blatter came to Moscow and saw Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, defying FIFA's wish that its suspended former president's visit to the World Cup would attract little attention.   Blatter says he went to see Russia's president after watching Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco in...

Devils' Taylor Hall edges MacKinnon, wins NHL MVP award

Jun. 20, 2018 11:28 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Hall doesn't love public speaking, and the New Jersey Devils forward's nervousness grew while the NHL Awards show moved along. But after Hall and the hockey world watched moving tributes to the Humboldt Broncos and the victims of two mass shootings, he was ready to accept the Hart...

LEADING OFF: Pair of aces pitching in Bronx, Wacha gets MRI

Jun. 21, 2018 5:20 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: BIG ARMS IN THE BRONX With slugger Giancarlo Stanton heating up at the plate, the major league-leading Yankees (49-22) go for a three-game sweep of visiting Seattle. Luis Severino (10-2, 2.09 ERA) pitches for New York against lefty James Paxton (6-1, 3.44), who...

Stanton hits walk-off HR, Yankees rally past Mariners 7-5

Jun. 21, 2018 12:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Expectations have been sky high for Giancarlo Stanton since he was acquired from Miami last offseason. In front of a sellout crowd Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, the 6-foot-6 slugger had his first huge moment in pinstripes. Stanton lined a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of...

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The Latest: FIFA defends US ref over Morocco's shirt claim

Jun. 21, 2018 8:05 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — The Latest on Thursday at the World Cup (all times local): 2:55 p.m. FIFA says it condemns claims by a Morocco player that American referee Mark Geiger asked for a player's shirt during Portugal's 1-0 win on Wednesday. Geiger denied the allegation to FIFA, which says the referee behaved in an...

Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

Jun. 21, 2018 7:54 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia. Kathy McVay says she was at Monday night's Phillies game when the team's mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, rolled out his hot dog launcher. McVay was sitting near home plate and, she...

APNewsBreak: Schools mum on ties to doc in sex abuse inquiry

Jun. 21, 2018 7:49 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A now-dead doctor accused of sexual misconduct by former student athletes at Ohio State University said he acted as a team physician at other universities, most of which won't say if they are reviewing those connections or whether any concerns were raised about him. Ohio State...

Former FIFA boss Blatter revels in visit to Putin, World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 7:34 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Sepp Blatter came to Moscow and saw Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin, defying FIFA's wish that its suspended former president's visit to the World Cup would attract little attention.   Blatter says he went to see Russia's president after watching Portugal's 1-0 win over Morocco in...

Messi dogged by Ronaldo, history as Argentina meets Croatia

Jun. 21, 2018 6:55 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Lionel Messi is going to have a hard time keeping up with Cristiano Ronaldo at this year's World Cup. The Argentina great had a penalty kick saved during his team's tournament-opening 1-1 draw with Iceland. At 31, this could be Messi's last World Cup, and Thursday's match against Croatia is...

St. Petersburg's white nights light up fans' World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 6:50 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — It was nearly midnight in St. Petersburg as fans headed back into the city from Russia's 3-1 win over Egypt, but the sky was still bright. The World Cup's taking place during the "white nights", when the sun barely sets and it never gets completely dark. It's impossible to...

Sweden with chance to take out another big name: Germany

Jun. 21, 2018 6:30 AM EDT

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Sweden outlasted the Netherlands to advance in World Cup qualifying. When the Swedes got to the European playoff round and a chance to reach Russia, they methodically eliminated past champion Italy over two games. At this point, why not knock out another high-profile team — and...

LEADING OFF: Pair of aces pitching in Bronx, Wacha gets MRI

Jun. 21, 2018 5:20 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: BIG ARMS IN THE BRONX With slugger Giancarlo Stanton heating up at the plate, the major league-leading Yankees (49-22) go for a three-game sweep of visiting Seattle. Luis Severino (10-2, 2.09 ERA) pitches for New York against lefty James Paxton (6-1, 3.44), who...

Caretaker Hierro leaving his mark on Spain at World Cup

Jun. 21, 2018 4:52 AM EDT

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Fernando Hierro had an abrupt answer to those asking questions about his tactics and strategies at the World Cup. "I'm the new coach. I'm the national coach," the former Real Madrid captain said. "You have to get used to that." No doubt about that. In just two matches in charge of the...

Jarrod Lyle going through "scary" period in cancer recovery

Jun. 21, 2018 3:29 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Jarrod Lyle's wife says the Australian golfer is struggling through a "really scary" period in his third battle with cancer. Lyle, 36, underwent a bone marrow transplant last December following a recurrence of acute myeloid leukemia. "It's been 190 days since Jarrod's stem-cell...