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Gordon Hayward signs 4-year, maximum deal with Celtics

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Brad Stevens was just a week or so into his new job as Butler head coach when he met Gordon Hayward — his first recruit to visit. A decade later, they've been reunited with the Boston Celtics. "It's really an unbelievable thing to be sitting ...

Kenseth has no regrets over end of the ride with Joe Gibbs

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Matt Kenseth knows his NASCAR career will soon fade to black. But the same week he was given a pink slip by Joe Gibbs Racing, Kenseth hit the road for a Metallica concert instead of pounding the pavement to find a ride in 2018. "Actually ...

Hootie Johnson, former Augusta National chairman, dies

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Hootie Johnson, the South Carolina banker who as chairman of Augusta National stood his ground on inviting female members, has died. Augusta National said Johnson died Friday morning. He was 86. Johnson served eight years as chairman of Augusta National and ...

Kittel wins Tour stage 11, Froome keeps yellow jersey

PAU, France (AP) — German rider Marcel Kittel claimed the 11th stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Wednesday, taking his tally to five stage wins since the start of the race. Ahead of two hard days in the Pyrenees mountains, Chris Froome finished in the main pack to retain the ...

Past, not crowd, favors Williams against Konta at Wimbledon

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — If past success were all that mattered when Venus Williams faces Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon semifinals, the matchup would be quite a mismatch. For Williams, Thursday's semifinal will be her 10th at the All England Club. For Konta, it'll ...

McIlroy recreating 2014 to find form for British Open

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer IRVINE, Scotland (AP) — Rory McIlroy is recreating his British Open build-up from 2014 in an attempt to rediscover some form for another shot at the claret jug at Royal Birkdale next week. In the week prior to winning at Hoylake three years ago, McIlroy ...

Forbes says Cowboys most valuable sports team, worth $4.2B

NEW YORK (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys are worth $4.2 billion, making them the most valuable sports franchise for the second straight year, according to Forbes . In its annual rankings, Forbes placed the New York Yankees second — up from fourth a year ago — with a value of $3.7 ...

Big 12 preseason top newcomer: WVU’s Grier

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma senior quarterback Baker Mayfield and Kansas junior defensive end Dorance Armstrong Jr. have been named the preseason Big 12 players of the year. The Big 12 preseason honors released Wednesday were selected by media who cover the 10-team league. Mayfield was a ...

Schauffele birdies final hole to win Greenbrier Classic

By JOHN RABY, AP Sports Writer WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — A strong finish in the U.S. Open late month helped prepare Xander Schauffele for the nerve-racking grind of chasing a title on the PGA Tour. The rookie made a 3-foot birdie putt on the final hole Sunday to win The Greenbrier ...

Verlander being realistic about trade speculation

By Noah Trister AP Baseball Writer DETROIT (AP) — Justin Verlander is a rarity in baseball these days — a veteran in his 13th season who has played for only one franchise. His future in Detroit, once so secure, has become increasingly uncertain. “Even though I think of this ...

Sparks, Lynx set for 1st meeting this season

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer Cheryl Reeve insists that Thursday’s game with the Los Angeles Sparks isn’t a WNBA Finals rematch. It’s just a matchup of the top two teams in the league again. A good measuring stick for both teams. “It’s not the finals. It’s a ...

Bridwell excels as Angels beat Twins 2-1

By Mark Remme Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Parker Bridwell pitched six scoreless innings, Kole Calhoun hit his 12th home run of the season and the Los Angeles Angels avoided a road sweep with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. Bridwell (3-1) was strong ...

Oilers sign McDavid to 8-year, $100 million deal

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers paid a huge price to lock up superstar captain Connor McDavid. But it could have been even higher. The Oilers said Wednesday that the team and McDavid have agreed to an eight-year, $100 million extension. That makes the 20-year-old league MVP ...

Judge dents metal casement above door at Yankee Stadium

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge dented a metal casement above a door behind the left-center field wall at Yankee Stadium with his major league-leading 28th home run of the season. The New York rookie drove a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in the fourth inning for a solo homer Tuesday. The ball ...

Rubio leaves Minnesota: ‘Maybe it wasn’t meant to be’

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer The rumors finally became reality for Ricky Rubio. Now the Spanish point guard has gone from wondering where he fits in with the Minnesota Timberwolves to being a central figure in the Utah Jazz’s efforts to retain Gordon Hayward. “It makes me ...

Gordon Hayward choses Celtics over Jazz, Heat

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer Gordon Hayward has chosen to sign with the Boston Celtics and reunite with coach Brad Stevens. Hayward told Utah officials that he is moving on after seven seasons with the Jazz and that he picked Boston, making the announcement Tuesday evening on The ...

Bosh, Miami Heat formally part ways

Chris Bosh’s time with the Miami Heat is officially over. Weeks after the sides came to a final agreement on how to part ways and more than a year since his last NBA appearance because of blood-clot issues, Bosh was waived by the Heat on Tuesday. The move was a formality. It gives Miami ...

Gibson pitches into 7th as Twins beat Angels

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kyle Gibson is still below .500 as a starter this season, and Byron Buxton is still barely batting a hair above .200. The baby steps they’re making, though, are positive signs for a Minnesota Twins team that needs more consistency ...

Cavendish involved in nasty crash after elbow from Sagan

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer VITTEL, France (AP) — A nasty crash involving Mark Cavendish marred Tuesday's fourth stage of the Tour de France, which was won by France's Arnaud Demare in a chaotic sprint finish. Replays appeared to show world champion Peter Sagan elbowing Cavendish, who ...

With bad knee, 3-time major champ Wawrinka out at Wimbledon

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — So much for the idea that Stan Wawrinka might be able to complete a career Grand Slam at Wimbledon this year. Didn't even make it out of the first round. An owner of one championship from each of the other three major tournaments, and the ...