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Rahm’s wild day ends with Memorial win, No. 1 ranking

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm won the Memorial to join Seve Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to reach No. 1 in the world, a victory he finally wrapped up with a magical shot that would have made his idol proud. Rahm built an eight-shot lead at the turn, only to see it reduced to three shots ...

Dillon leads 1-2 RCR finish in Cup race before fans at Texas

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie teammate Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag at Texas, giving Richard Childress Racing a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish and quite a show for spectators spread out in the stands on a scorching ...

Washington owner Snyder vows culture change amid allegations

Washington NFL owner Dan Snyder said Friday he’s committed to improving the culture inside the team after allegations of sexual harassment, while the league will wait for a law firm’s review before taking action. The Washington Post reported Thursday that 15 female former employees said ...

Finau, Palmer share lead at Memorial as Tiger hangs on

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tony Finau figured he was on the right track when he shot 59 at Victory Ranch last week in Utah. That kind of score isn’t happening at Muirfield Village, where the greens are getting firmer by the hour. Finau still took enough confidence from playing with his kids at ...

No NBA: Livers returning to Wolverines

ANN ARBOR (AP) — Michigan’s Isaiah Livers announced Friday he was removing his name from NBA draft consideration and said he was excited to come back to Ann Arbor. “While it was a limited process due to COVID-19, I want to thank all the NBA teams who took the time to talk to me,” the ...

Three Vezina finalists named

Andrei Vasilevskiy of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been selected as a Vezina Trophy finalist for the third consecutive season, with a shot at becoming the first back-to-back winner of the NHL's top goalie award in 12 years. Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyk and Boston's Tuukka Rask rounded out the ...

MLB’s testing sweep brings some success but optics are issue

PHOENIX (AP) — Major League Baseball's COVID-19 testing sweep appears to be having some success even as large swaths of the United States continue to struggle with containing the fast-spreading virus. MLB and the players' union released statistics on Friday saying six of 10,548 samples were ...

Elliott joins his father as winner of NASCAR’s All-Star race

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Chase Elliott collected the checkered flag and soaked in the sounds of fans in the grandstands. The spectators at Bristol Motor Speedway surged to the fence, chanted "USA! USA!" and celebrated NASCAR's most popular driver. Cue the siren at the Dawsonville Pool Room — ...

Finau leads Memorial at 65; Tiger returns

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods was back on the PGA Tour for the first time in five months Thursday and saw Muirfield Village like never before. It was practically empty. Woods opened with a 10-foot birdie and there was silence. He finished with a 15-foot birdie for a 1-under 71, leaving ...

As MLB season draws near, careful optimism prevails

With the start of Major League Baseball's shortened season a week away, games in empty stadiums and strange extra-inning rules are on the verge of becoming reality. Now that the players have gotten used to COVID-19 tests, social distancing and wearing masks in the clubhouse, it's just about ...

NHL’s older coaches debate taking virus precautions

After two days behind a mask and off his skates, Rick Bowness returned to his natural habitat on the ice with air inside the rink blowing against his face. “You get out there and you miss it,” the Dallas Stars coach said. “You realize how much you enjoy being out there.” The NHL’s ...

NASCAR hosting largest sporting event crowd since pandemic

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Fans are trickling into Bristol Motor Speedway for Wednesday night's All-Star race in NASCAR's largest event with spectators since the coronavirus pandemic shut sports down in March. They were greeted by a plane flying over the Tennessee track that was pulling a banner ...

Brewers seek to make history with 3rd straight playoff berth

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers want to celebrate their golden anniversary by accomplishing something they have never done before. After reaching the National League Championship Series in 2018 and falling in the NL wild-card game last year, the Brewers are seeking an unprecedented ...

St. Thomas can go D1; Minnesota school was ousted from D3 league

The NCAA gave the University of St. Thomas permission Wednesday to jump directly from Division III to Division I, the final clearance for a bold move born out of the Minnesota private school’s ejection from its conference for competitive reasons. The Tommies, who previously secured a spot ...

Pucks, masks prevalent as 24 NHL teams open camps

St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington is so accustomed to wearing a mask, he didn't mind doing so for the past four months during the coronavirus pandemic. "Sometimes, I forgot I'm wearing it while driving," Binnington said Monday, when the Blues were among the NHL's 24 teams to open ...

Short season could give rebuilding Tigers a shot

DETROIT (AP) — On their way to 114 defeats last year, the Detroit Tigers actually won seven of their first 10 games, and they were still 12-10 in late April. A start like that this season could mean a lot more. With only 60 games on tap for 2020, the rebuilding Tigers could be in a ...

NASCAR rookie Custer wins in upset at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Cole Custer saw an opening and, with help from a friend, squeezed through for the most fulfilling moment of his young racing career. Custer became the first rookie regular to win in the NASCAR Cup Series in nearly four years, surging to the lead in a four-wide, final-lap ...

Dodgers closer Jansen encourages masks after positive test

Play ball — and mask up, too. Protective face coverings won't be out of sight when Major League Baseball resumes in less than two weeks. Some players and coaches are planning to wear them on the field. MLB's safety protocols require masks in clubhouses to prevent the spread of COVID-19, ...

Big Ten Conference scraps nonconference football games

The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday it will not play nonconference games in football and several other sports this fall, the most dramatic move yet by a power conference because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference cited medical advice in making its decision and added ominously ...

Devils hire Ruff as head coach

Lindy Ruff impressed the New Jersey Devils with his experience from decades of coaching. Tom Fitzgerald wowed ownership with his moves in a few short months as general manager. The Devils on Thursday hired Ruff as coach and removed Fitzgerald's interim tag to give him the full-time GM job. ...