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Defending champs stave off elimination

DENVER — The Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in the hunt for a third straight Stanley Cup title, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night in Game 5. Ondrej Palat scored with 6:22 remaining and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots in front of a raucous crowd hoping to ...

Yanks star wins arbitration case

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees avoided an arbitration hearing Friday by agreeing to a $19 million, one-year contract, a deal that leaves the slugger on track to become a free agent after the World Series. Unable to agree to a long-term deal in talks ...

Ole Miss goes in as underdog

College World Series By Eric Olson The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Less than a month ago, Mississippi players and coaches didn’t know if they would make the NCAA baseball tournament. This weekend, the Rebels will play for the national championship. Next up is Oklahoma in the ...

Bowman seeks big weekend

The Associated Press LEBANON, Tenn. — Alex Bowman looks back at last year’s return to Nashville Superspeedway as a bit of a bust. The weekend opened just fine: Hendrick Motorsports announced a two-year contract extension with Bowman that locked him in the No. 48 Chevrolet through 2023. ...

Williams practices on Centre Court

WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams walked out on Centre Court under a closed retractable roof on Friday afternoon, taking advantage of Wimbledon’s new policy of allowing players to practice there and at No. 1 Court before the tournament begins next week. Accompanied by coach Eric ...

Magic good at keeping secret about Banchero

The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — The secret about how Orlando was going to take Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft was incredibly well-kept. Among those who didn’t know: Banchero himself. Banchero said even he was kept out of the Magic decision loop until about 30 ...