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Burns finally finishes strong at Tour event

The Associated Press PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Eight times this season, Sam Burns has been atop the leaderboard after every round except the one that mattered. That changed, finally, at the Valspar Championship. Burns got some help from Keegan Bradley hitting into the water on the 13th hole, ...

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Soccer ppd. over protests MANCHESTER, England — Anti-ownership protests by Manchester United fans forced the postponement of a Premier League game on Sunday against Liverpool after the stadium was stormed and thousands more supporters blocked access into Old Trafford as they demanded the ...

Derby returns with normal traditions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The bourbon is flowing again, flowery hats and humans are on the scene and 19 horses are ready to run the most chaotic race of their lives. After being disrupted by a pandemic, the Kentucky Derby is back with many of its traditions intact. America’s longest continuously ...

SEC does well on 2nd day of NFL Draft

The Associated Press From beginning to end, much like the first night, the second round of the NFL draft was all about the SEC. And naturally, Alabama was a major place to go. Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell to Jacksonville and Mississippi wide receiver Elijah Moore to the Jets were the ...

Bradley gains share of lead

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Sam Burns kept piling up birdies Friday, turning a solid start into a great round of 8-under 63 for a share of the lead in the Valspar Championship. Keegan Bradley got there with one shot. Bradley ended his round by holing out for eagle from 100 yards in the ninth ...

Current season much different for Kanaan

The Associated Press FORT WORTH, Texas — What was supposed to be a farewell season for Tony Kanaan instead turned into a disappointing tour of nearly empty race tracks. Then he was offered another opportunity to extend his IndyCar career, this time in front of fans. His first two races ...

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Ex-PSU guard on the move SPOKANE, Wash. — Rasir Bolton, Iowa State’s leading scorer last season, said Friday he is transferring to Gonzaga. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard said on Twitter that he’s “110% committed” to the Zags. Bolton, who originally played at Penn State as a ...

Steelers take RB Harris

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are turning to Alabama star Najee Harris to give their running game a jolt. The Steelers selected Harris with the 24th overall pick Thursday night, confident he can help a rushing attack that finished dead last in the NFL in yards rushing in ...

PSU’s Parsons heads to ‘Big D’

FRISCO, Texas — As they say goodbye to one Penn State linebacker, the Dallas Cowboys are welcoming another. The Cowboys selected linebacker Micah Parsons of the Nittany Lions with the 12th overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night after trading down two spots in a deal with NFC East ...

QBs go 1-2-3

No suspense at the top of this NFL draft: Quarterback, quarterback and, yep, quarterback. With fans in attendance, prospects on hand and Commissioner Roger Goodell dispensing greetings to players being selected Thursday night, Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence went to the Jacksonville Jaguars to ...

Essential Quality brings strongest resume

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Horse racing could be in line for another Triple Crown bid and this time the likely candidate is an undefeated horse from a barn other than Bob Baffert’s. Baffert, of course, is the sport’s dominant trainer who guided American Pharoah in 2015 and Justify in 2018 to ...

Jagr leads his club

KLADNO, Czech Republic — Jaromir Jagr was celebrating on the ice again Thursday. The 49-year-old right winger had an assist to help his hometown club Kladno Knights return to the top Czech league by beating Jihlava 5-2 to clinch their playoff series 4-3. Jagr made his debut for Kladno ...

Jockey part of race history

By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press Long before Kendrick Carmouche started riding horses growing up in Louisiana, Black jockeys were synonymous with the sport. Black riders were atop 13 of the 15 horses in the first Kentucky Derby in 1875 and won 15 of the first 28 editions of the race. ...

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Barkley deal is extended EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — The New York Giants picked up the fifth-year option on the rookie contract for running back Saquon Barkley. The 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year is recovering from a torn right ACL in Week 2 of last season. Barkley, the No. 2 overall ...

Essential Quality top draw at 2-1 odds

By Gary B. Graves The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With the rail still open and Kentucky Derby post positions dwindling, Brad Cox grew anxious about the most notable of his two horses drawing the least desired spot. The home-grown trainer soon breathed easier. Essential Quality ...

Betting on NFL draft is now a thing

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press The NFL has embraced sports betting so fully that you almost expect Roger Goodell to open the draft by placing an over/under bet on the number of cornerbacks drafted by the, yes, Las Vegas Raiders. Luckily, the commissioner is paid so handsomely he ...

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Sechler gets 1A top honor Berlin Brothersvalley senior Elijah Sechler was selected as the Class 1A Pennsylvania Sports Writers Boys All-State Basketball Player of the Year on Monday. Teammate Abe Countryman made the second team. Shade senior Vince Fyock made the first team, and his ...

OT move wins it for Keselowski

By John Zenor The Associated Press TALLADEGA, Ala. — Brad Keselowski did it exactly right this time and finally got that last-lap victory, winning in overtime Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Keselowski is the ninth driver to win through 10 NASCAR Cup races this season and avenged ...

Father knows best this time for Herta

The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Colton Herta went a solid eight years ignoring any advice about racing cars that came from his father, an actual professional driver. Sunday on the downtown streets of St. Petersburg, in their very first race working together, Herta was ...

Smith-Leishman hang on just enough to get win

The Associated Press AVONDALE, La. — Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman outlasted Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel to win the Zurich Classic in a playoff that capped a tight and tense final round Sunday. Smith and Leishman won with a par on their second trip up the par-5 18th after ...