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Nick Hundley’s care for ailing boy leads to lasting bond

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Baseball Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Five years ago, veteran big leaguer Nick Hundley visited Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and met a boy named Zach Sprader. Hundley, then with the San Diego Padres, sought to give the young baseball fan a lift during his fight ...

Beede earns 1st big league victory, Giants edge Dodgers 3-2

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — There's not much Bruce Bochy hasn't seen in his 25 years as a big-league manager. One of his favorite things is watching a young player achieve a career milestone. Tyler Beede did just that against the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers. He ...

Police: 4 shot, 2 arrested at Raptors rally in Toronto

By Rob Gillies and Ian Harrison Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — Four people were shot and wounded at a rally Monday for the NBA champion Raptors, and two people were arrested, police said. Droves of Raptors fans ran from the shooting in a stampede from the City Hall square, which was ...

Rangers acquire Trouba from Jets for Pionk, 1st round pick

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer The New York Rangers sped up their rebuilding effort Monday by acquiring offensive-minded defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets. New York sent young defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the draft to Winnipeg for Trouba. The ...

For US men, Gold Cup finally brings chance for revival

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The overarching goal for the fledgling U.S. men’s soccer team, as frequently stated by new coach Gregg Berhalter, has been to improve the perception of this sputtering program within the cutthroat hierarchy of global soccer. Though ...

‘I flinched’: Mickelson lets an opportunity slide at Pebble

By Eddie Pells AP National Writer PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — It was the kind of mistake that could cost a guy the U.S. Open. “I flinched,” Phil Mickelson said about a 12-inch putt that rimmed out on the third green Thursday. It was hardly the worst thing that’s happened to ...

Blues win 1st Stanley Cup with 4-1 win over Bruins

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Ryan O'Reilly scored for the fourth straight game and rookie Jordan Binnington stopped 32 shots in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-1 victory over the Boston Bruins and their first NHL ...

Doc is in: Emrick not slowing down in his dream job

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues’ morning skates are over and a handful of broadcasters have taken the ice to re-enact a play from this bruising Stanley Cup Final. In the otherwise empty stands is a singular figure having a good ...

Column: Heavyweights are suddenly fun once again

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Just when things were starting to make sense in boxing and the heavyweight division was shaping up nicely, a fat guy with blazingly quick hands wiped away most of the preconceived notions of where it would all eventually lead. Andy Ruiz Jr. didn't just ...

With Chara hurt, Bruins need help on D in Stanley Cup Game 5

By JIMMY GOLEN AP Sports Writer BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy says Zdeno Chara will be checked out in Boston to see whether he will be able to play in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final. Chara took a deflected puck off his face in the second period of Game 4 on Monday ...

Kevin Durant out for Game 3 of NBA Finals

By JANIE McCAULEY AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant still isn't ready to return for the Golden State Warriors as he works back from a strained right calf he suffered during the Western Conference semifinals. Durant didn't practice with the Warriors on Tuesday leading into ...

Konta sweeps Stephens off the court to reach French semis

By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — Sloane Stephens never stood a chance. Johanna Konta produced a remarkably dominant performance against last year's runner-up, winning 6-1, 6-4 Tuesday to become the first British woman to reach the French Open semifinals since Jo Durie in ...

5 players to watch at the Women’s World Cup

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer The Women's World Cup kicks off Friday in Paris. Twenty-four teams will traverse France for the next month in pursuit of soccer's most prestigious trophy. Here are five players to watch during the tournament: ALEX MORGAN, United States: Morgan was named ...

Blues top Bruins 4-2, knot Stanley Cup Final at 2-2

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ryan O’Reilly scored the go-ahead goal midway through the third period for his second of the night, and the St. Louis Blues thrived in a chaotic Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night to beat the Boston Bruins 4-2 and tie the ...

Bell caps historic month in style, Pirates top Brewers 9-4

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell finished off his historic May with two more hits, Starling Marte added three hits and scored three times and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounced on struggling Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin in a 9-4 victory Friday night. Bell went ...

Blues must balance emotion, discipline at home in Cup Final

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tyler Bozak witnessed the first NHL playoff game in Toronto after a seven-year drought. David Perron experienced the first Stanley Cup Final game in Las Vegas. They ain't seen nothin' yet. When the St. Louis Blues host the Boston Bruins ...

Pliskova’s performance hampered by the slow clay in Paris

By ANDREW DAMPF AP Sports Writer PARIS (AP) — So dominant this month when she won the Italian Open, Karolina Pliskova looked out of her comfort zone on the red clay of Paris on Friday. The second-seeded Czech struggled in the longer rallies of a 6-3, 6-3 loss to No. 31 Petra Martic in the ...

Raptors take NBA Finals opener, beat Warriors 118-109

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer TORONTO (AP) — The first NBA Finals game outside the U.S. was a party 24 years in the making. Then Pascal Siakam and the Raptors really gave Toronto something to celebrate. Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Raptors made a smashing ...

Michigan’s Howard becomes latest NBA player to coach college

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer Michigan had a multitude of options to replace longtime coach John Beilein. The Wolverines could have gone with a big-name hire, an up-and-coming young coach or a veteran assistant. Instead, athletic director Warde Manuel raised at least a few eyebrows ...

NBA monitoring political climate with China, without worries

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer TORONTO (AP) — The NBA is closely monitoring the ongoing trade dispute and tariff rift between the U.S. and China, though the league is not yet worried that it will interfere with any business happening with the world's most populous nation. NBA ...