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Soccer mom playing her role on US women’s team

PARIS — Jessica McDonald quickly was put in her place by Jeremiah, her 7-year-old son. “I tried to explain to him: ‘Buddy, we’re going to the World Cup,’” the American forward remembered. “And he’s just like: ‘OK, can I have a toy now?’” A 31-year-old forward, McDonald ...

Truex Jr. edges Busch at Sonoma

SONOMA, Calif. — Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch have managed to keep their long-standing rivalry quite friendly during their first season as teammates at Joe Gibbs Racing. It’s a bit easier for Truex to be a gracious winner — and for Busch to be somewhat content with second place — ...

Subban hoping to rebound after fresh start with New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. — P.K. Subban wasn’t exactly shocked Saturday when the six-time NHL defenseman was traded from the Nashville Predators to the New Jersey Devils. “I’ve been through the process before,” Subban said in a conference call with the media Sunday. “There was a lot of talk ...

Green captures first major title

CHASKA, Minn. — Hannah Green held her nerve and saved par from the bunker with a 5-foot putt on the final hole to win the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship on Sunday for her first major championship, and the first by an Australian in 13 years. Green closed with an even-par 72 at Hazeltine for ...

Corbin faces old team

OMAHA, Neb. — Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin gets right to the point when he discusses his protege, Erik Bakich. He’s proud of him. He’s impressed with what he has accomplished at Michigan. He’s his biggest fan. Now he wants to beat him. Corbin’s Commodores and Bakich’s ...

UConn looks to rejoin Big East

HARTFORD, Conn. — A University of Connecticut official says the school is working to leave the American Athletic Conference and return to the Big East for basketball and other sports. The official confirmed Saturday that there have been talks with the Big East, but said they were not aware ...

Defense prepared to face test in knockout round

REIMS, France — Much of the attention on the United States rightly goes to its prolific offense, especially after that 13-goal game to open the Women’s World Cup, but the team’s defense has been predictably reliable so far in France. The defense has posted shutouts in the team’s first ...

US Soccer, team tentatively agree

REIMS, France — U.S. Soccer and players for the women’s national team have tentatively agreed to mediate a lawsuit that accuses the federation of gender discrimination and seeks equitable pay. The federation and representatives for the players confirmed the agreement, first reported in ...

US men earn win

CLEVELAND — Gyasi Zardes scored two goals in a three-minute span in the second half and the U.S. men’s soccer team earned a small sample of revenge with a 6-0 blowout in the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday night over Trinidad and Tobago, which handed the Americans a nightmarish loss two years ...

HOF horse trainer banned

By Beth Harris The Associated Press ARCADIA, Calif. — Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was banned by the ownership of Santa Anita on Saturday after a fourth horse from his stable died — and the 30th overall — at the Southern California track. The Stronach Group, which owns ...

Norway knocks out Australia

NICE, France — Ingrid Engen hit the decisive penalty kick and Norway beat Australia in a shootout Saturday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Women’s World Cup. Australia captain Sam Kerr, who was frustrated by Norway most of the night despite some opportunities, fired her ...

Trade of Nashville’s Subban highlights day 2 of draft

The Associated Press VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The revamp of the New Jersey Devils now includes one of the top defensemen in the NHL to go along with No. 1 overall draft pick Jack Hughes. The Devils made the biggest move of the second day of the NHL draft Saturday before any picks ...

Reavie on top at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. — Chez Reavie was plodding along during the third round of the Travelers Championship, watching playing partner Zach Sucher extend his lead. Then came the turn, both for the round and in the fortunes of the two players. Coming off a third-place tie last week in the U.S. ...

Green leads at LPGA major

CHASKA, Minn. — Hannah Green made it through her first taste of the big stage on the LPGA Tour by holding a lead on the weekend at a major championship and playing alongside powerful Ariya Jutanugarn, a two-time major champion and former No. 1 in the world. She made it through just fine. ...

First-place Cubs lose to Mets again

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie slugger Pete Alonso hit his 26th homer to set the NL record for most homers before the All-Star Game as the New York Mets routed the Chicago Cubs 10-2 on Saturday. Alonso broke a tie with Los Angeles’ Cody Bellinger (2017). He’s still seven short of Mark ...

Free agency is on the clock

Now on the clock: Chaos. The NBA offseason is about to kick into high gear. A draft that had good bits of intrigue — at least after New Orleans’ Zion Williamson, Memphis’ Ja Morant and New York’s R.J. Barrett were chosen first, second and third in moves that were widely expected for ...

School OKs probe of Nassar case

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State University on Friday authorized what officials said would be an independent investigation into the handling of sexual assault complaints against now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar, the school’s latest attempt to rebuild trust with his ...

Top teams enter knockouts on a roll

While it may be tempting to look ahead to the quarterfinals and a possible clash with France, the defending champion U.S. has thrived at the Women’s World Cup by keeping its focus on the present. The Americans will face Spain in the round of 16 on Monday in Reims as the tournament enters ...

Baseball’s days in Tampa Bay are numbered

Baseball is doomed on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Sure, they’ll still have spring training, not to mention sparkling beaches and early bird specials. But the Tampa Bay Rays will become the Montreal Expos (Version 2.0) in the not-too-distance future. Or, if that doesn’t pan out, there are ...

A’s star pitcher hit with suspension

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — A season full of All-Star potential for Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas was drastically cut short Friday when Major League Baseball suspended him 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Montas pitched well ...