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Dodgers to retire Gil Hodges’ No. 14 in June

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gil Hodges, who helped the Dodgers win World Series titles in Brooklyn and Los Angeles, will have his No. 14 jersey retired. The pregame ceremony will take place on June 4, when the New York Mets visit Dodger Stadium. Hodges played his final two seasons with the Mets in ...

Coach Washington adds 2 transfers to Rutgers basketball

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Just four days after being hired, Rutgers coach Coquese Washington has received two much-needed transfer commitments. The Scarlet Knights announced Friday that guards Kai Carter from UNC Ashville and Abby Streeter from Hartford will be joining the Big Ten Conference ...

Steelers GM Khan embracing expectations of new role

PITTSBURGH (AP) — It did not take Omar Khan long to figure out he wanted to be around football. Growing up in New Orleans as an ardent Saints fan in the 1980s and 90s, he knew right away his life's mission was to be involved in the NFL. Even as he matured, even as he realized — like nearly ...

Former Virginia Tech player acquitted in 2021 beating death

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va (AP) — A jury on Friday acquitted a former Virginia Tech football player who had been accused of fatally beating a man he says he initially believed from a Tinder match to be a woman. Former player Isimemen Etute, 19, was found not guilty of a charge of second-degree ...

AP source: Lakers choose Darvin Ham as next head coach

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A person with knowledge of the decision says Darvin Ham has accepted an offer to be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. The person spoke with The Associated Press on Friday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been publicly announced. The ...

AP source: Browns, Njoku agree on 4-year contract extension

CLEVELAND (AP) — David Njoku committed to Cleveland, and the Browns followed suit. Two years after asking to be traded, Njoku got the long-term commitment he wanted from the Browns, agreeing Friday to a four-year contract extension, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated ...

Taillon leads Yankees over Rays 2-0 for 4th straight win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jameson Tallion pitched two-hit ball over eight innings, following Nestor Cortes to give the Yankees their longest consecutive starts in nine years and leading New York over the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 Friday night. Gleyber Torres put the Yankees ahead with a homer in ...

Caroline Masson sweeps round-robin group in LPGA Match-Play

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Caroline Masson beat top-seeded Minjee Lee 2 and 1 on Friday in 100-degree heat in the Bank of Hope LPGA Match-Play to finish 3-0 in the group stage and advance to single-elimination play. Masson will face Andrea Lee on Saturday in the round of 16 at Shadow Creek. Andrea Lee ...

Albies’ 2-run double in 7th sends Braves past Marlins 6-4

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves' training staff told Ronald Acuña Jr. to be ready on the bench if needed. That was all Acuña needed to know. Acuña's pinch-hit double tied the game and he scored the go-ahead run on Ozzie Albies' two-run bloop double in the seventh inning as the Braves ...

Alonso homers, drives in 4 as Mets hold off Phillies 8-6

NEW YORK (AP) — The last time Pete Alonso approached the plate, he never got near the batter's box. Phillies manager Joe Girardi quickly held up four fingers for an intentional walk. By then, it was too late. Alonso homered, doubled and drove in four runs, taking over the major league RBIs ...

Stewart, Storm hand Liberty 6th straight loss, 79-71 in OT

SEATTLE (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 13 of her 29 points after the third quarter, Jewell Loyd finished with 21 points and the Seattle Storm gave up a 16-poinit second-half lead before beating the New York Liberty 79-71 in overtime on Friday night. Sue Bird, Ezi Magbegor and Stephanie Talbot ...

Goldschmidt homers, Woodruff hurt, Cards beat Brewers 4-2

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul Goldschmidt homered to extend his hitting streak to 18 games and lead the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 Friday night. Dakota Hudson was pulled after 4 2/3 innings with the bases loaded in the fifth, after allowing five hits and four walks. Drew ...

Myers, Voit provide punch as Padres beat Pirates 4-3

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers drove in Manny Machado with a shattered-bat single in the eighth inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Friday night. Machado, who came in with an NL-best .357 average, started the winning rally with a leadoff walk against Duane ...

Rios, Betts hit back-to-back HRs, Dodgers top D-backs 6-4

PHOENIX (AP) — Edwin Ríos and Mookie Betts hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, Trea Turner added a solo shot in the sixth and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Friday night. It was the second win of the series for the Dodgers, who had a season-high 24 ...

Polanco, Correa power Twins past struggling Royals 10-7

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jorge Polanco homered in a four-run first inning and Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead homer in the fourth to power the Minnesota Twins to a 10-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night. Minnesota had a season-high 15 hits. Polanco's first inning two-run homer was his ...

Blue Jays rally in 9th inning for 4-3 victory over Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Alejandro Kirk scored on an error by right fielder Juan Lagares in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied for a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Friday night. Kirk led off the ninth with a single to center against Raisel Iglesias (1-3) and ...

Mariners hammer Verlander for 4 HRs in 6-1 win over Astros

SEATTLE (AP) — After being shut down by Justin Verlander twice already this season, the approach by the Seattle Mariners this time around was to be overly aggressive. "I said it to the club before the game, 'If it looks like you can hit it hard, swing at it. Take our chances,'" Seattle ...

Rangers rally in 9th again to beat A’s 8-5 for 3rd in row

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Pinch-hitter Andy Ibañez drove in a pair of runs with a two-out single off Athletics closer Dany Jiménez, and the Texas Rangers scored three runs in the ninth inning for the second consecutive night to beat Oakland 8-5 on Friday. The Rangers rallied with six runs in ...

Deja vu? Larson hopes Coca-Cola 600 can ignite run to title

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson is hoping a return to victory lane Sunday at the Coca-Cola 600 might propel him to a second straight NASCAR Cup Series championship. In other words, he's hoping history will repeat itself. Larson has just one win this season — three months ago at ...

‘Miss,’ ‘Mrs.’ dropped from Wimbledon champion honor board

Chris Evert appreciates that she, Serena Williams and other Wimbledon women's singles champions will now be listed on the All England Club's honor boards in a Centre Court hallway simply by their first initial and last name — the way the men's title winners always have been — instead of ...