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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray advanced together again, reaching the Barcelona Open semifinals on Friday in the same manner they have won all week: Nadal cruised and Murray labored. Defending champion Nadal eased past Hyeon Chung of South Korea 7-6 (1), 6-2. Murray fought...
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Lexi Thompson was pleased with her first LPGA Tour round since a rules violation cost a likely victory in the first major tournament of the year. And her Thursday round even included a consultation with a rules official. Thompson shot a 2-under 69, leaving her four strokes...
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nearly 100,000 people attended the festivities surrounding the first night of the NFL draft Thursday. That’s more than at any Super Bowl except one. The traveling spring show might be the league’s second-most popular event outside of the championship extravaganza. And, like...
In this Sept. 24, 2016, file photo, UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen throws against Stanford during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Pasadena, Calif. Oregon running back Royce Freeman, USC quarterback Sam Darnold and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen are among the Pac-12 players to keep an eye on coming out of spring practice. AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File
PHOENIX (AP) — A look at football players in the Pac-12 this spring who are poised to have standout seasons beginning this fall: ——— NORTH DIVISION CALIFORNIA RB Tre Watson, senior. The versatile running back was productive while splitting time with Khalfani Muhammad last season and is...
Dale Earnhardt Jr. gestures during a press conference after practice for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Friday, April 28, 2017. NASCAR'S most popular driver for each of the past 14 seasons, returns to the track for the first time since announcing that the 2017 season will be his last. AP Photo/Steve Helber
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. says the pressure is gone, not only about his future, but also his results. “I certainly did feel a lot more relaxed now,” NASCAR’S most popular driver said Friday at Richmond International Raceway, where he came back to work three days after announcing...
British boxer Anthony Joshua, left, and Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko take part in their weigh-in at Wembley Arena in London, Friday, April 28, 2017. They are due to fight for Joshua's IBF and the vacant WBA Super World/IBO heavyweight titles on Saturday at Wembley stadium in London. AP Photo/Matt Dunham
LONDON (AP) — Anthony Joshua has the weight of a country on his shoulders, and a fighter with true heavyweight pedigree in the ring across from him. Add to that 90,000 screaming fans watching outdoors Saturday night at Wembley Stadium, and there’s plenty of potential trouble for a fighter born...
BOSTON (AP) — Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas plans to attend his sister’s funeral on Saturday without missing any games in Boston’s first-round playoff series against Chicago. Thomas’ cousin, Johari Thomas, confirmed to The Associated Press that the Celtics star would fly to Tacoma for the...
In this July 8, 2016, file photo, Indiana Pacers president of basketball Larry Bird smiles during a news conference in Indianapolis. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Larry Bird is stepping down as president of the Pacers. Kevin Pritchard is being elevated from general manager to the team's new president of basketball operations, the person told The AP. He spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move. AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File
Larry Bird is stepping down as president of basketball operations for the Indiana Pacers, a stunningly abrupt move by an NBA legend known for making swift decisions. Bird made the call on Friday and general manager Kevin Pritchard will be elevated to take his place, a person with knowledge of...
Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drive to the basket against Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade during the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 26, 2017. AP Photo/Charles Krupa
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The top-seeded Boston Celtics are back from the brink of disaster. They have dug themselves out of an 0-2 hole against the Chicago Bulls to take the lead in the series. A victory Friday would be the first time the franchise with 17 NBA titles has advanced past the first...
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale reacts after giving up a run during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park, Thursday, in Boston. AP Photo/Elise Amendola
BOSTON (AP) — New York Yankees starters failed to record a complete game in all of 2016 — the first time in franchise history that’s happened. Masahiro Tanaka ended that slump this season before April was up. Tanaka pitched a three-hitter to outduel Chris Sale and earn his first shutout since...

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