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Pick 6: College football fanbases most cool with their coach

By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writer Let's go back to Sept. 18, 2016, the day after Michigan State defeated Notre Dame and the high point of what turned out to be the worst season for the Spartans in coach Mark Dantonio's 10-year tenure. On that Sunday, though, life was good for ...

Scherzer strikes out 14 in Nationals’ 2-1 win over Dodgers

By STEVE DILBECK, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Max Scherzer knows exactly what he is. At age 32 and in his 10th major league season, he has absolutely no doubt. "I'm a strikeout pitcher," Scherzer said. "That's just who I am." No one had to convince the Los Angeles Dodgers after ...

Pittsburgh, graduate transfer at odds over move to UNC

By AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Former Pittsburgh guard Cameron Johnson wants to play immediately at North Carolina as a graduate transfer. The Panthers aren't going along with that plan. Pitt believes the 6-foot-8 Johnson should sit out a year if he goes to ...

Rangers trade struggling reliever Sam Dyson to Giants

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Struggling reliever Sam Dyson was traded to the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night, less than a week after he was designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers. The Rangers announced the deal during their game against the New ...

LEADING OFF: Sale faces Machado, Stroman sees slugging Yanks

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ EASY DOES IT Red Sox ace Chris Sale faces the Orioles for the first time since throwing a fastball behind the legs of Baltimore star Manny Machado last month. The incident escalated the feud between the ...

Ronaldo silences Madrid critics with 3rd CL title in 4 years

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — After another potent demonstration of Cristiano Ronaldo's enduring scoring prowess, surely no Real Madrid fan can contemplate criticizing him now. Particularly after the world player of the year ensured Madrid pulled off one of ...

More than 1,500 injured in panic after soccer game

MILAN (AP) — More than 1,500 people were injured when panic swept through a crowd of Juventus fans watching the Champions League final in a piazza in the northern Italian city of Turin, authorities said Sunday. The Turin prefect said in a statement that the crowd "was taken by panic and by ...

Volquez throws no-hitter, Marlins top Diamondbacks 3-0

By Tim Reynolds AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Edinson Volquez’s day was nearly over after three pitches. And he strongly considered leaving the game after five innings because of sharp ankle pain. A couple hours later, nothing was hurting. He stuck around — and pitched the game of ...

Fish tale: How catfish toss came to be Predators’ thing

By Teresa M. Walker AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Detroit Red Wings fans have their octopi. The Panthers’ faithful in Florida had the “rat trick.” Nashville? The Predators have catfish, the Southern staple that has become a beloved badge of honor fans delight in throwing ...

Preds rout Pens 5-1, pull within 2-1 in Stanley Cup Final

By Teresa M. Walker AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators are very hard to beat on their own ice this postseason, and now they have added their biggest piece of franchise history yet. A victory in the Stanley Cup Final. The embattled Rinne not ...

LEADING OFF: Price makes 2nd start; McCullers on a roll

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ PRICE POINT David Price makes his second start of the season since coming off the disabled list when the Red Sox face the Orioles at Camden Yards. The 2012 Cy Young Award winner returned from an elbow injury ...

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw gets 2,000th career strikeout

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw got his 2,000th career strikeout when he fanned Jonathan Villar on an 0-2 fastball with one out in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers. Coming into Friday night's game, Kershaw needed four strikeouts to reach 2,000. The ...

Late sub Diaz has 1st homer, 6 RBIs as Pirates top Mets 12-7

By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — With catcher Francisco Cervelli feeling ill and ace Gerrit Cole struggling again, Pittsburgh needed a boost at the plate. Elias Diaz had just the thing for the ailing Pirates. "Big shot in the arm," manager Clint Hurdle said. Diaz hit his ...

Mesoraco homers in 10th, Reds rally for 3-2 win over Braves

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Devin Mesoraco brought an 0-for-15 slump with him to the plate in the 10th inning. He busted out with his first game-ending homer. Eugenio Suarez scored the tying run in the ninth on Jim Johnson's wild pitch, and Mesoraco led off the 10th with ...

Champions League Final: Buffon looks to become oldest winner

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Gianluigi Buffon has collected every major prize in club soccer, except the Champions League. Time is ticking for the Juventus goalkeeper to complete the set. If the 39-year-old Buffon finally lifts the European Cup on Saturday ...

Column: For Tiger Woods, a picture says it all

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist The arrest itself may be little more than a historical footnote as years go by, even if it was the event that finally buried any remaining mythology surrounding Tiger Woods. The picture will live on a lot longer. There was Woods as we've never seen him, ...

LEADING OFF: Night moves for Tanaka; Blue Jays go batty

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Wednesday: ___ NIGHT AND DAY Masahiro Tanaka appears to do his best work at night. The New York Yankees right-hander makes his 11th start of the season in Baltimore, looking to extend an unusual run of success under ...

Serena’s back at a Slam! OK, sort of; she watched Venus win

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams was back on the Grand Slam scene Wednesday, only she was snacking on a piece of fruit while sitting in a shaded part of the stands at the French Open, watching her older sister win in straight sets instead of playing a match ...

6 track athletes handed doping bans after Olympic retests

MONACO (AP) — Six Russian and Ukrainian track athletes were handed doping bans Wednesday after retests found they had doped at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. The IAAF said Russian sprinter Yulia Chermoshanskaya, who won 4x100-meter relay gold in 2008, was banned for two years. Two Ukrainians, ...

Headgear rules: Lee Corso, 81, signs extension with ESPN

By The Associated Press ESPN has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with Lee Corso, the 81-year-old star of "College GameDay." Corso joined ESPN in 1987 and has been part of the popular college football Saturday pregame show ever since. His head-gear game predictions, off-the-cuff ...