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Recovering reliever Farquhar visits White Sox before game

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox got another visit from Danny Farquhar, and they continue to be encouraged by the reliever’s recovery from a brain hemorrhage last month. The visit prior to Friday’s game against the Texas Rangers was his second since he collapsed in the dugout during ...

Special teams lift Lightning back in East final against Caps

By Fred Goodall AP Sports Writer TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning stormed back in the Eastern Conference final against the Washington Capitals, thanks in part to a thriving power play and suddenly reliable penalty-killing unit. To regain control of the best-of-seven matchup ...

Anderson has momentum for outdoors after Supercross title

By John Marshall AP Sports Writer Motocross has been searching for its next big star since Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto unexpectedly retired in a span of two years. The search goes on as the outdoor season is set to begin Saturday at the Hangtown Classic outside of Sacramento, ...

Padres release veteran third baseman Headley

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The San Diego Padres have released third baseman Chase Headley, six days after designating him for assignment. The 34-year-old cleared waivers, which was not surprising considering any team claiming him would be responsible for paying the remainder of his $13 million ...

Big rebound: Cavs confident they can bounce back vs Celtics

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — They've survived amid turmoil for months, their season morphing into the NBA's most compelling reality show — or, as some have called it, spectacle. The must-watch Cleveland Cavaliers have been hardened by the nonstop drama ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks continue odd trip, Swanson could return

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: TOUGH TRIP The New York Yankees will be back in action, they hope, during a rather strange road swing. Their game at Washington on Tuesday night was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain, and they were washed ...

Poll: Half of Americans approve of legal sports betting

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to legalize sports betting found that 50 ...

Hellebuyck confident in net, despite 2 straight losses

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — After the Winnipeg Jets lost Game 3 of the Western Conference final, goaltender Connor Hellebuyck didn't seem fazed and spoke like a confident veteran rather than a third-year player whose team appears to be unraveling. The Vezina ...

US Open set to open second roofed stadium with new Armstrong

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The old No. 1 stadium at the U.S. Open is about to be replaced by a better-than-ever No. 2. Louis Armstrong Stadium hosted two decades of championship tennis, memorable matches on the court that often hid its inadequacies off it. Rain ...

Round-the-world sailing race works to protect its racetrack

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Between the kitesurfing and the paddling and the three times sailing around the world in the Volvo Ocean Race, Liz Wardley figures she spends more time on the water than on land. And she's worried about what she sees. Plastic bottles ...

Good Magic, Quip are top challengers to Justify in Preakness

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Justify is the talk of Pimlico Race Course and the horse racing industry with a very real chance to win the Triple Crown. But he's got a few notable challengers in the Preakness. It's not the 19 he beat in the Kentucky Derby, but the ...

Vasilevskiy, Lightning top Caps 4-2 to even East final 2-all

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Jon Cooper's Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final despite going the equivalent of more than a period without a shot on goal. They won despite falling behind about 4 1/2 minutes into the game. They won despite ...

Polanco, Pirates beat Padres 5-4 for 8th win in 9 games

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates weren't expected to contend in the strong NL Central this season, especially after trading stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January. Yet the Pirates are on top of a division in which four of the five teams ...

Gonzalez hits 2-run single in 12th, Rockies beat Giants 5-3

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez has played in San Francisco so many times over the past decade that dealing with seagulls swirling over the outfield grass is customary in the late innings. "It's part of the show, right?" he said, smiling. "I've ...

Justify tests soggy Pimlico track in workout for Preakness

By DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Justify has gotten acquainted with the track at Pimlico Race Course, where he will attempt to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive Saturday in the Preakness. Because the track was soaked from a heavy morning shower, ...

Column: Misfits no more, Knights 2 wins from Cup final

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Sports Columnist LAS VEGAS (AP) — A year ago at this time the Vegas Golden Knights had one minor league player on an otherwise empty roster and no idea what to expect when an entire team was finally assembled. Now, they are two wins away from playing for the Stanley ...

Tickle Me, Fleury: Vegas goalie tickles Jets player’s ear

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury gave Blake Wheeler quite an earful. During a scrum behind Vegas' net with 2:34 left in the second period of the Golden Knights' 4-2 victory over Winnipeg on Wednesday night, Fleury reached over with his left hand and tickled the left ear of the Jets' ...

Marchessault scores twice, Golden Knights top Jets 4-2

By W.G. RAMIREZ, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault vowed after the Golden Knights' morning skate to come out swinging in Game 3 of the Western Conference final, looking to avoid a back-and-forth affair with the Winnipeg Jets. He didn't disappoint. For the second ...

Rockets rout Warriors 127-105 to tie series at 1-all

By KRISTIE RIEKEN, AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Rockets were the best team in the NBA in the regular season. They played like it Wednesday night, using a balanced scoring attack to rout the Golden State Warriors 127-105 and even the Western Conference finals at one game ...

Bell’s single lifts Pirates over reeling White Sox 3-2

By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Josh Bell was in the unaccustomed role of pinch hitter when he stepped to the plate, getting a rare break from the starting lineup in a day game after a night game. He adjusted quite nicely. Bell singled to break a seventh-inning tie, ...