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Pirates behind eight ball after bad road trip

Notes and observations from the world of Major League Baseball as summer officially approaches: Just as the old saying goes, the season is getting later much earlier for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Their recent 2-8 road trip left the Pirates flirting with last place in the National League’s ...

Brazil’s Marta scores record-setting goal

Marta set a record for men and women with her 17th career World Cup goal in Brazil’s 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday night at Valenciennes that advanced the Selecao to the knockout rounds for the sixth straight time. The 33-year-old forward, playing in her fifth World Cup, scored on a ...

Platini in police custody in probe over 2022 Cup

PARIS — French police investigating whether corruption played a role in the stunning decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar took 1980s soccer superstar and former top executive Michel Platini into custody Tuesday for questioning. Platini’s representatives denied any wrongdoing on ...

NFL medical experts working with NCAA

By Michael Marot The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — The NFL’s top medical experts are asking college football physicians and trainers to help make the game safer. They want the NCAA to pitch in, too. Dr. Allen Sills and Jeff Miller, the NFL’s executive vice president for health ...

New Orleans gifted with 2 of first 4 picks

NBA draft When: Thursday, 7 p.m. TV: ESPN, ESPNU and NBA Network Where: Brooklyn, N.Y. The top 3: The first three picks belong to New Orleans, Memphis and New York. By Brett Martel The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Now that six-time All-Star Anthony Davis’ trade request has ...

Lloyd’s tiny clap sends big message from USA

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press Carli Lloyd had just scored on an 18-yard volley to put the United States ahead 11 minutes in against Chile. After leaping, pumping a fist and hugging teammate Lindsey Horan, she raised both hands chin high and made four tiny pitter-patter claps , the ...

Gold Cup brings another chance

BLAINE, Minn. — The overarching goal for the fledgling U.S. men’s soccer team, as frequently stated by new coach Gregg Berhalter, has been to improve the perception of this sputtering program within the cutthroat hierarchy of global soccer. Though a strong performance in the CONCACAF Gold ...

Woodland has shining moment on big stage at U.S. Open

Doug Ferguson The Associated Press Commentary PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The stage was among the best in the land. Thousands were watching him. Victory was in his grasp. Gary Woodland didn’t just dream of such a moment, he genuinely expected it would happen. Just not like ...

Karlsson off the NHL market

The Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks took a risk when they traded for elite defenseman Erik Karlsson knowing he had only one year left on his contract. They sat patiently as he learned about the organization and area during an injury-plagued season and were rewarded ...

Police ID suspect in Ortiz case

On deck Tonight: Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Pitching matchup: Tigers LHP Daniel Norris (2-5) vs. Pirates RHP Mitch Keller (0-1) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Dominican authorities on Monday identified the man they ...

Woodland denies history for Koepka at Pebble Beach

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — In front of Gary Woodland was a 263-yard shot to the scariest green on any par 5 at Pebble Beach, especially with a U.S. Open on the line. Behind him by one shot on the leaderboard was Brooks Koepka, the most dangerous figure in major championship golf these days. The ...

You got this! Amy and the champ

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — From her perch in front of a TV in Florida, Amy Bockerstette had no doubt. How could she, after she and Gary Woodland had come this far together. “You got this Gary,” she kept repeating as Woodland made his way around Pebble Beach on his way to the U.S. Open ...

Starter Lloyd delivers

PARIS — Carli Lloyd wasn’t thrilled to open the Women’s World Cup on the bench for the United States. She accepted the role, but made no secret she wanted to start. When the call came Sunday, Lloyd made it count with a pair of goals to lead the defending champions to a 3-0 victory over ...

Raptors looking to the future

TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors were still partying it up in Las Vegas, part of an extended celebration following their first championship, when the NBA starting reshaping itself for a new season with the blockbuster trade agreement Saturday that will send Anthony Davis to the Lakers. Talk ...

Escrow tops player concerns

Jonathan Toews says he just wants his contract to be worth what it says on paper. Right now, it’s not that simple. Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, NHL owners and players divide hockey-related revenue 50/50, and if player salaries exceed that split a certain percentage ...

Trucks victory overturned

NEWTON, Iowa — NASCAR overturned a victory for the first time under its toughened new policy on cheating when Brett Moffitt was declared the winner of the Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway after Ross Chastain failed a post-race inspection. Chastain led the final 141 laps of Sunday’s ...

For grandma, this Cup runneth over

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press BOSTON — Ryan O’Reilly should expect another email from his 99-year-old grandmother pretty soon. Congratulations from Deirdre O’Reilly are certainly in order after her grandson won the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable ...

Woodland keeps lead

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — The toughest test in this U.S. Open might be more about nerves from chasing history than Pebble Beach. Gary Woodland held it together Saturday with bold plays and two unlikely pars for a 2-under 69, giving him a one-shot lead over Justin Rose and his first appearance ...

O.J. Simpson leaves strange remarks on new Twitter account

By Linda Deutsch The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — O.J. Simpson launched a Twitter account with a video post in which the former football star said he’s got a “little gettin’ even to do.” Simpson confirmed the new account to The Associated Press on Saturday, saying in a phone ...

Lloyd adjusting to her new role

By Anne M. Peterson The Associated Press PARIS — Carli Lloyd is not accepting her new role. Not at all. Lloyd was the star of the 2015 Women’s World Cup four years ago in Canada, scoring three goals in the first 16 minutes of the final to help the U.S. national team win its third ...