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Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri lifts the Stanley Cup after the team defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Sunday, June 26 in Tampa, Fla.

Hockey

Avalanche dethrone Lightning to win Stanley Cup for 3rd time

By Stephen Whyno
| June 27, 2022

TAMPA, Fla. — Nathan MacKinnon could not find the words. Gabriel Landeskog cracked a smile and a jok...

Hall of Fame inductee Bruton Smith entertains the crowd as his son, Marcus Smith, left, looks on during NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.  Bruton Smith, a North Carolina native and entrepreneur who fell in love with auto racing and parlayed it into a career as an eccentric and successful promoter, died Wednesday, June 22, 2022 of natural causes. He was 95. His death was confirmed by Speedway Motorsports, the company he founded and owns and operates 11 race tracks across the United States.

Nascar

Speedway Motorsports founder remembered at NASCAR race

By Teresa M. Walker
| June 27, 2022

LEBANON, Tenn. — The man who founded Speedway Motorsports had a presence Sunday during NASCAR’s Ally...

In Gee Chun, of South Korea, poses with the winners trophy after winning the KPMG Women's PGA Championship golf tournament at Congressional Country Club, Sunday, June 26 in Bethesda, Md.

Golf

Chun perseveres, holds off Thompson to win Women's PGA

By Noah Trister
| June 27, 2022

BETHESDA, Md. — In Gee Chun was an upbeat, smiling presence throughout the Women’s PGA Championship ...

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) celebrates with New York Yankees second baseman Matt Carpenter (24) after hitting a game-winning home run against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 26 in New York. The New York Yankees won 6-3.

MLB Baseball

Judge's 28th homer gives Yankees 4-game split with Astros

By The Associated Press
| June 27, 2022

NEW YORK  — Aaron Judge drove a three-run homer in the 10th inning for his second walk-off hit again...

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates a goal against the Colorado Avalanche with Mikhail Sergachev (98) and Steven Stamkos (91) during the third period in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, Friday, June 24 in Denver.

NHL Hockey

Lightning win Game 5, deny Avs chance to take Stanley Cup

By Pat Graham
| June 25, 2022

DENVER — The Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in the hunt for a third straight S...

Charlotte Hornets head coach Steve Clifford points during the second half of an NBA game against the Washington Wizards, on March 31, 2018, in Washington. Clifford has agreed to a multiyear contract to return as head coach of the NBA’s Hornets, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday, June 24 because the team has not yet announced the move.

NBA Basketball

Take two: Steve Clifford returns to Hornets as head coach

By Steve Reed
| June 25, 2022

CHARLOTTE — Steve Clifford is heading back to Charlotte. Clifford has agreed to a multiyear contract...

Orlando Magic's No. 1  draft pick, forward Paolo Banchero, answers questions at an NBA news conference, Friday, June 24 in Orlando, Fla.

NBA Basketball

Banchero arrives in Orlando, a day after becoming No. 1 pick

By Tim Reynolds
| June 25, 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. — The secret about how Orlando was going to take Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick in...

Mississippi pitcher Hunter Elliott (26) walks to his teammates and cheering fans after being relieved in the seventh inning against Arkansas during a College World Series game, Monday, June 20 in Omaha, Neb.

College World Series

Underdogs Ole Miss, OU set for College World Series finals

By Eric Olson
| June 25, 2022

OMAHA, Neb. — Less than a month ago, Mississippi players and coaches didn’t know if they would make ...

Houston Astros' Justin Verlander pitches during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, June 24 in New York.

MLB Baseball

Astros win 3-1, end Yankees' 15-game home winning streak

By The Associated Press
| June 25, 2022

NEW YORK — Justin Verlander pitched four-hit ball over seven innings, Kyle Tucker hit a three-run ho...

New York Yankees' Aaron Judge gestures to teammates after hitting a single to drive in the winning run during the ninth inning of the team's game against the Houston Astros on Thursday, June 23, in New York.

MLB CAPSULES

Hicks HR ties it, Judge wins it as Yankees rally past Astros

By The Associated Press
| June 24, 2022

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge lined a game-winning single on the eve of his salary arbitration showdown, ca...

Mark Williams, right, is congratulated by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23 in New York.

NBA Basketball

Busy Hornets select Williams, trade Duren in NBA draft

By Steve Reed
| June 24, 2022

CHARLOTTE — The Charlotte Hornets drafted two centers in the first round of the NBA draft — trading ...

Duke University basketball players, from left, Paolo Banchero, A.J. Griffin, and Mark Williams pose for photos before the start of the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23 in New York.

NBA Basketball

Hawks pick Duke forward A.J. Griffin at No. 16 in NBA draft

By Paul Newberry
| June 24, 2022

ATLANTA — Looking to bounce back from a disappointing season, the Atlanta Hawks drafted forward A.J....

David Nejad, middle, and other fans react during an NBA basketball draft watch party after the Orlando Magic selected Duke's Paolo Banchero with the first pick in the draft Thursday, June 23.

NBA Basketball

It's Banchero to Orlando: Magic grab Duke standout at No. 1

By Tim Reynolds
| June 24, 2022

ORLANDO, Fla. — Paolo Banchero never worked out for the Orlando Magic. He didn’t have to, either. Hi...

Jimmie Johnson interacts with crew members in his garage during a practice session for the Rolex 24 hour auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Daytona Beach, Fla.  From Italy to Iowa to the simulator and finally the Finger Lakes, there’s been no rest for Jimmie Johnson. He heads this weekend to Watkins Glen for one of this final two scheduled appearances in the IMSA sports car. Then he’ll turn his attention to planning his 2023 schedule — which Johnson hopes includes a spot in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

NASCAR

Johnson eyeing IndyCar, IMSA and Le Mans for 2023 schedule

By Jenna Fryer
| June 24, 2022

CHARLOTTE — From Italy to Iowa to the simulator and finally the Finger Lakes, there’s been no rest f...

Washington Nationals shortstop Luis Garcia, left, pats Baltimore Orioles' Austin Hays on the head after Hays hit a double to complete the cycle, during the sixth inning of a game Wednesday, June 22, in Baltimore.

MLB CAPSULES

Orioles' Hays hits for cycle in 6-inning win over Nationals

By The Associated Press
| June 23, 2022

BALTIMORE — Austin Hays became the sixth player in Orioles history to hit for the cycle, completing ...

Colorado Avalanche center Nazem Kadri shoots the puck into the top of the goal past Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) for a goal during overtime of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday, June 22 in Tampa, Fla.

NHL Hockey

Kadri scores in OT in return, Avs move to brink of title

By Fred Goodall
| June 23, 2022

TAMPA, Fla. — Nazem Kadri scored at 12:02 of overtime and the Colorado Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2 ...

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testifies virtually, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, during a Hous​e Oversight Committee hearing on the Washington Commanders' workplace conduct, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Team owner Dan Snyder did not attend the hearing. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

NBA Basketball

Congress alleges 'shadow' probe by Commanders owner Snyder

By Ben Nuckols
| June 23, 2022

Washington Commanders owner Dan Snyder conducted a “shadow investigation” that sought to discredit f...

FILE - Auburn forward Jabari Smith (10) shoots a 3-pointer over Vanderbilt guard Jamaine Mann (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Feb. 16, 2022, in Auburn, Ala. Smith is one of the top forwards in the upcoming NBA draft. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

NBA Basketball

Smith? Holmgren? Banchero? Magic own No. 1 pick in NBA draft

By Brian Mahoney
| June 23, 2022

NEW YORK — Paolo Banchero thinks he should be No. 1. Jabari Smith Jr. is sure he won’t go beyond No....

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan speaks during a news conference before the start of the Travelers Championship golf tournament at TPC River Highlands, Wednesday, June 22 in Cromwell, Conn.

Golf

PGA Tour in 'arms race' of dollars and leaning on loyalty

By Doug Ferguson
| June 23, 2022

CROMWELL, Conn. — Commissioner Jay Monahan says the PGA Tour can’t win an “arms race” against Saudi-...

Tampa Bay Rays' Isaac Paredes, right, celebrates with Yandy Diaz after Paredes hit a two-run home run off New York Yankees pitcher Clarke Schmidt during the fifth inning of a game Tuesday, June 21, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

MLB CAPSULES

Paredes hits 3 homers as Rays hand Yanks 3rd loss in 20 games

By The Associated Press
| June 22, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Isaac Paredes homered in his first three at-bats and the Tampa Bay Rays beat ...


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