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Defendant denies bribing coaches

NEW YORK — A former aspiring business manager for NBA players took the witness stand at a college basketball bribery trial Wednesday to deny charges that he paid off coaches at major programs to get their help in landing clients with potential for lucrative pro contracts. “I never paid a ...

Judge orders Pats owner to appear in court

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Attorneys for Robert Kraft wound down a three-day hearing Wednesday by arguing surveillance video capturing the New England Patriots owner inside a Florida massage spa should be suppressed in his prostitution case because a warrant allowing it should never have been ...

Hurricanes take 3-0 lead

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sebastian Aho set up Justin Williams’ go-ahead goal with 9:45 remaining, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Wednesday night to take a 3-0 lead in their second-round series. Teuvo Teravainen had two goals, including an empty-netter with 57.1 ...

Blazers tie series at 1-1

DENVER — CJ McCollum scored 20 points, picking up the slack with backcourt mate Damian Lillard struggling, and the Portland Trail Blazers turned back the Denver Nuggets 97-90 Wednesday night to even their playoff series at 1-1. The Trail Blazers led by 15 at halftime, 17 in the third ...

Giants’ double-A prospect suspended

The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Logan Webb has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. The commissioner’s office on Wednesday announced the punishment without pay for the Double-A pitcher. The ...

Favorite starting at No. 12

Omaha Beach odds are 4-1 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Knowing their favored horses won’t start the Kentucky Derby on the rail left Richard Mandella and Bob Baffert more relieved than happy. What matters for the Hall of Fame trainers is turning workable starting spots into victory — and a ...

A month leaves little time to prepare

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Masters in his rearview mirror, Justin Rose is excited about what he calls the next stage of the golf year. Except in this case, objects might be closer than they appear. Because while the next major is in two weeks, the first one ended only two weeks ago. Still fresh ...

Bucks blow past Celtics in Game 2

MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokoumpo had 29 points and 10 rebounds, Khris Middleton made seven of Milwaukee’s 20 3-pointers, and the Bucks beat the Boston Celtics 123-102 on Tuesday night to even their second-round playoff series at a game apiece. Antetokoumpo bounced back from a sub-par ...

Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets impressive

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sergei Bobrovsky kept up his impressive postseason play, making 36 saves as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 on Tuesday night to take a 2-1 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Boone Jenner and Matt Duchene scored for the Blue Jackets, who ...

Steelers officially put Shazier on IL

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Injured Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier will miss a second straight season while recovering from spinal surgery. The team placed Shazier on the physically unable to perform list on Monday, allowing him more time to continue his rehabilitation ...

Experts try to look past Santa Anita

The Associated Press Linda Gaudet can’t watch the replays. Even after 47 years in horse racing, she turns away from any video showing one of the 23 fatalities over three months at Santa Anita Park. “It was just devastating,” Gaudet said. “I still can’t stomach it.” Neither ...

Police: NFL draft pick in wrong place at the wrong time

The Associated Press TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two Washburn University football players who were shot outside of an off-campus house party hours after one of them was drafted by the New York Giants were “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” authorities said Monday. The shooting early ...

76ers even up Toronto series

The Associated Press TORONTO — Jimmy Butler had 30 points and 11 rebounds, James Ennis scored 13 points and the Philadelphia 76ers held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 94-89 on Monday night, evening their Eastern Conference semifinal series 1-1. Game 3 is Thursday night in ...

Present, future QBs selected in three days

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Let’s talk quarterbacks. As in potential backup quarterbacks in the NFL, and maybe starters down the road. Eleven quarterbacks were chosen in the three rounds of the draft. The trio that went in the opening round — No. 1 overall Kyler Murray to Arizona, No. 6 Daniel ...

Elliott a big boost for Chevy racing team

The Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala. — Chase Elliott won the Cup Series race Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway, giving Chevrolet its first victory of the season. Elliott took the lead shortly after a restart with four laps to go and worked with three other Chevy drivers to hold off the ...

Warriors, Celtics jump out to 1-0 leads in series openers

The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. — Steve Kerr saw his share of spectacular postseason performances playing alongside one of the greatest ever. “There was this guy named Michael, I can’t remember his last name,” the Golden State coach cracked in reference to former Bulls teammate ...

76ers need to focus on defense

The Associated Press Philadelphia is already in trouble in its Eastern Conference semifinal series against Toronto, and 76ers coach Brett Brown might be one of the biggest reasons why. It’s not that Brown made coaching mistakes in Game 1. Instead, he might have not made enough mistakes ...

Islanders hit road down 2-0 in series

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Outplayed for much of the first two periods while losing players to injuries, the Carolina Hurricanes scored two quick goals early in the third period and held on for another big road victory. Warren Foegele and Nino Niederreiter scored 48 seconds apart to ...

NHL western conference

Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues Best-of-7 SEMIFINALS series: Tied 1-1 heading to game 3 RECORDS: St. Louis Blues (45-28-9, third in the Central Division during the regular season) vs. Dallas Stars (43-32-7, fourth in the Central Division during the regular season) GAME 3 TIME: Tonight at ...

Sports at a glance

Langdon gets Funny victory CONCORD, N.C. — Shawn Langdon won the Funny Car title in the NGK Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals on Sunday to become the second driver to win in both the Top Fuel and Funny Car categories at zMAX Dragway and the 17th in NHRA history with wins in both ...