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Analysis: Picking Medina Spirit in Preakness is a shaky play

May. 15, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

The conversation this week should be about how Medina Spirit ran a sensational race at the Kentucky Derby, raving about how the horse’s rags-to-riches story is just the type of feel-good tale that the world needs in some brutally difficult times. Instead, the...

With 2 days left, there's much left to decide in the NBA

May. 15, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

The play-in field isn’t quite set. And nobody knows who’ll play anybody yet. Welcome to the final weekend of the NBA’s regular season, with every first-round playoff matchup — even every play-in game matchup — still undecided, and the...

Curry, Embiid help 76ers top Magic, clinch top seed in East

May. 14, 2021 22:59 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid and the 76ers are happy to have earned home-court advantage for the playoffs — but they are a long way from their goal. Seth Curry scored 20 points, Embiid had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Philadelphia clinched the top seed in the...

Retired Black players say NFL brain-injury payouts show bias

May. 14, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Thousands of retired Black professional football players, their families and supporters are demanding an end to the controversial use of “race-norming” to determine which players are eligible for payouts in the NFL’s $1 billion settlement of brain injury claims, a...

Medina Spirit cleared to run, Preakness back to semi-normal

May. 14, 2021 19:08 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Fans are back at Pimlico Race Course to witness another chance at a Triple Crown. The Preakness will feel somewhat back to normal, even if everything carries a giant asterisk. The limited capacity of 10,000 fans expected Saturday is...

Kelenic announces arrival as Mariners top Indians 7-3

May. 15, 2021 02:40 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — At two minor league levels, the first hit for prized Seattle prospect Jarred Kelenic was a home run. Same start in the majors. Kelenic made his first career hit extra memorable with a two-run homer and later added a pair of doubles,...

Musgrove gets 1st win since no-hitter, Padres beat Cardinals

May. 15, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joe Musgrove found himself in unfavorable counts and more jams than he would have liked, and still managed to get his first win since throwing a no-hitter on April 9. Musgrove made it through five innings and Manny Machado drove in two runs for San...

Burns keeps rolling with 2nd-round 62, 2-shot lead at Nelson

May. 14, 2021 22:32 PM EDT

McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Now that Sam Burns has figured out how to turn an early lead into a victory, it's already time to try again. Burns birdied six of his last eight holes Friday for a 10-under 62 and a two-stroke lead over Alex Noren at 17 under after the second...

Unusual May FCS title game: South Dakota St vs Sam Houston

May. 15, 2021 02:38 AM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — There are more twists to this FCS championship game than just being played in mid-May to wrap up a unique spring season. Top-seeded South Dakota State takes on No. 2 seed Sam Houston on Sunday, guaranteeing that one of the Football Championship...

LEADING OFF: Major League Baseball nears 20,000 players

May. 15, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ COUNT ’EM! Major League Baseball is full of huge numbers — 4,256 hits by Pete Rose, 511 wins for Cy Young, 2,632 consecutive games played by Cal Ripken Jr. ...

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Musgrove gets 1st win since no-hitter, Padres beat Cardinals

May. 15, 2021 03:21 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joe Musgrove found himself in unfavorable counts and more jams than he would have liked, and still managed to get his first win since throwing a no-hitter on April 9. Musgrove made it through five innings and Manny Machado drove in two runs for San...

LEADING OFF: Major League Baseball nears 20,000 players

May. 15, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: ___ COUNT ’EM! Major League Baseball is full of huge numbers — 4,256 hits by Pete Rose, 511 wins for Cy Young, 2,632 consecutive games played by Cal Ripken Jr. ...

Living his dream, he settles into Curve broadcast booth

May. 15, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Little 2-year-old Preston Shoemaker of Hollidaysburg would look up at the video board at Blair County Ballpark back in 2002 and recognize all of the Altoona Curve players. “He’d see the players come up on the scoreboard, and it was, ‘Daddy,...

Boy, 10, a hit as league’s first fully blind baseball player

May. 15, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

EMMAUS, Pa. (AP) — Christopher Yetter, wearing a blue New York Mets jersey with his last name emblazoned in orange on the back, steps up to home plate. “Big hit Christopher,” the announcer bellows, as the boy strikes a purple ball that makes a beeping sound, and he...

Americans dominate first World Triathlon Series women's race

May. 15, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

It was quite a day for American women at the season-opening World Triathlon Championship Series race outside Tokyo, one that bodes well for them at the Olympics in less than two months. Taylor Knibb won the Yokohama Triathlon to book her place on the U.S. team for the...

Kershaw fans 11, Dodgers top Miami 9-6 for 3rd straight win

May. 15, 2021 02:47 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw went six innings and struck out 11 in a reasonably comfortable win for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and he was thoroughly disappointed in himself. “Wasn't great today,” the Dodgers' longtime ace said. “Not a lot of positives. When...

Kelenic announces arrival as Mariners top Indians 7-3

May. 15, 2021 02:40 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — At two minor league levels, the first hit for prized Seattle prospect Jarred Kelenic was a home run. Same start in the majors. Kelenic made his first career hit extra memorable with a two-run homer and later added a pair of doubles,...

Unusual May FCS title game: South Dakota St vs Sam Houston

May. 15, 2021 02:38 AM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — There are more twists to this FCS championship game than just being played in mid-May to wrap up a unique spring season. Top-seeded South Dakota State takes on No. 2 seed Sam Houston on Sunday, guaranteeing that one of the Football Championship...

Analysis: Picking Medina Spirit in Preakness is a shaky play

May. 15, 2021 02:36 AM EDT

The conversation this week should be about how Medina Spirit ran a sensational race at the Kentucky Derby, raving about how the horse’s rags-to-riches story is just the type of feel-good tale that the world needs in some brutally difficult times. Instead, the...

Hampson homers, triples as Rockies beat Reds 9-6

May. 15, 2021 01:48 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Garrett Hampson led off the first inning with a triple, one of 15 hits for Colorado, and the Rockies spoiled Wade Miley’s encore to his first career no-hitter with a 9-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Miley (4-3) was roughed up one start...