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Kentucky wins first in 4 sets

OMAHA, Neb. — Kentucky’s Alli Stumler bumped into coach Craig Skinner at the team hotel a few hours before the NCAA volleyball championship match and had a question for him. “You ready to win a natty?” she said she asked him. Of course, Skinner was. So was Stumler. The All-American ...

KC trades several picks to Ravens for Brown

The Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Just about everyone knew the Kansas City Chiefs were going to address their offensive line through the NFL draft. Nobody quite expected them to do it a week before it even started. The Chiefs plugged the biggest hole on their AFC champion ...

Sports at a glance

UK hoop star dead at 19 LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky freshman guard Terrence Clarke died Thursday following a car accident in Los Angeles. He was 19. The university announced Clarke’s death in a release Thursday night, but did not include any more details. Los Angeles Police Department ...

Opt-out collegians judged differently by future bosses

By Josh Dubow The Associated Press Caleb Farley was the first top prospect to make the decision that has added a whole new layer of uncertainty to the annual crapshoot that is the NFL draft. The talented Virginia Tech cornerback decided back in July to skip the 2020 season because of the ...

NCAA changing up rules for overtime

The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — College football teams will have to go for 2 after touchdowns starting with the second overtime possession, and beginning in the third round each team will get one play to score from the 3-yard line. The NCAA playing rules oversight panel on Thursday ...

Barcelona will stand by super soccer league

By Joseph Wilson The Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain — The ill-fated Super League has enraged fans and troubled authorities while making allies of a pair of soccer’s fiercest nemeses. After 10 of the 12 clubs involved in the creation of the breakaway competition quickly dropped out ...

Kentucky makes it to NCAA finals

The Associated Press OMAHA, Neb. — Kentucky will play for its first national championship in women’s volleyball after beating Washington in four sets in the NCAA semifinals Thursday night. The second-seeded Wildcats will play Saturday against the winner of the late semifinal between No. ...

Replay rule part of NFL owners’ day

The Associated Press NFL owners on Wednesday approved eliminating overtime in preseason games and expanded selection of jersey numbers for receivers, running backs and defensive backs. The league also will allow on-field officials to get certain “objective information” from the replay ...

Super League still shows signs of life

The Associated Press MADRID — The Super League is far from dead and its clubs have not given up on the idea of the breakaway competition despite having to shelve the project just a few days after it was announced, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Thursday. Perez, who would ...

LA getting back at least one star

The Associated Press LOS ANGELES — When Anthony Davis’ right leg became too painful to play on two months ago, the big man and the Los Angeles Lakers decided he wouldn’t return until he was completely ready to be himself again. More than two months later, Davis is confident that time ...

US can’t play soccer but can sell it

By Jim Litke The Associated Press After decades of trying and throwing enough cash at the problem to fund a space program, Americans still stink at soccer. But nobody plays smash-and-grab better than we do. So it’s hardly coincidence that plans for a 20-team European Super League, a ...

Smith decides 16 enough for the NFL

The Associated Press Alex Smith retired Monday after making an improbable comeback from a gruesome broken leg, saying he’s ready to leave the NFL but believing he’s still able to play quarterback. Smith made the announcement on Instagram a few weeks shy of his 37th birthday, hoping to ...

Slumping Yankees sit in last place in AL East

going to do everything in our power to avoid that finger pointing or having those frustrations boil over into something negative and make sure that we just rally the troops around each other and try to be there in a strong, supportive way, because right now we earned any negative ...

SportsAndretti navigates personal loss

By Jenna Fryer The Associated Press Mario Andretti is loneliest at night, when he’s home alone in his sprawling Pennsylvania mansion, and there’s no one to talk to but Gonzo, his 34-year-old Amazon parrot. One of the greatest racers of all time is struggling, not unlike so many people ...

Cink collects third RBC Heritage title

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — The golf was exceptional for Stewart Cink. What made his third RBC Heritage title truly special was that his family was there to experience his age-defying success. Cink hugged son Reagan, his caddie, after he closed out his four-shot victory at Harbour Town with ...

Bowman wins with late move

RICHMOND, Va. — Another week, another agonizing loss for Denny Hamlin. And this time it was to Alex Bowman, who came from nowhere with 10 laps to go at Richmond Raceway to put the No. 48 Chevrolet in victory lane for the first time in nearly four years. Bowman won for the third time in ...

MLB salaries down from 2019

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK — The average major league salary dropped 4.8% to just under $4.17 million on opening day from the start of the previous full season in 2019. The average has fallen 6.4% since the start of the 2017 season, when it peaked at $4.45 million, ...

NASCAR up in air over vaccinations

By Hank Kurz Jr. The Associated Press RICHMOND, Va. — Bubba Wallace says get the shot, like he did. Brad Keselowski says he hasn’t decided yet whether to get vaccinated against COVID-19 while Austin Dillion and reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott say it’s a personal ...

Cink solid on day 2 at Heritage

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Two-time champion Stewart Cink moved into position for a third RBC Heritage title, shooting a second straight 63 to set the 36-hole scoring mark at Harbour Town. Cink, 47, appears unstoppable after two amazing days. He sits at 16-under 126, five shots ahead of ...

Teams picking, changing QBs at dizzying pace

One after another, quarterbacks once believed to be franchise cornerstones after being top five draft picks changed addresses this offseason in staggering succession. Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff switched teams in a swap of former No. 1 overall picks. Carson Wentz and Sam Darnold were ...