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Mourinho says he and Ancelotti still have a lot more to give

Mourinho says he and Ancelotti still have a lot more to give

Andrew Dampf, Associated Press  |  Posted May 18 - 9:57 a.m.

José Mourinho sees no reason to stop now after reaching another European final while approaching his 60th birthday. The 59-year-old Mourinho was asked if critics had been too quick to write him and 62-year-old Carlo Ancelotti off too quickly. Mourinho's Roma will meet Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League final next week followed by Ancelotti's Real Madrid team against Liverpool in the Champions League final. Both coaches had mixed results in their previous jobs in England. And younger coaches like Pep Guardiola and Jürgen Klopp have attracted more attention in recent years. Mourinho says "quality has no age" and that "we're the ones who will decide when to quit. But I think you'll have to wait a while."
Girmay out of Giro after eye injury caused by prosecco cork

Girmay out of Giro after eye injury caused by prosecco cork

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 18 - 9:53 a.m.

An accident with a prosecco cork while celebrating his historic stage victory at the Giro d'Italia has forced Biniam Girmay to pull out of the race. The Eritrean rider became the first Black African to win a stage at a grand tour when he beat Mathieu van der Poel in the sprint to the line in Jesi in the 10th stage on Tuesday. But he had to be taken to a local hospital after getting injured when he popped a prosecco cork into his eye during the podium celebration. The 22-year-old Girmay celebrated with his Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux teammates when he returned from the hospital.
Dainese claims 1st grand tour stage, López keeps Giro lead

Dainese claims 1st grand tour stage, López keeps Giro lead

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 18 - 9:19 a.m.

Alberto Dainese became the first Italian rider to win a stage in this year's Giro d'Italia by sprinting to victory on the 11th leg, and Juan Pedro López kept hold of the pink jersey. Dainese was a long way behind his rivals at the start of the sprint but powered his way through to beat Fernando Gaviria and Simone Consonni for his first stage win at a grand tour. López is 12 seconds ahead of Richard Carapaz and João Almeida.
Albania declares holiday for Europa Conference League final

Albania declares holiday for Europa Conference League final

Llazar Semini, Associated Press  |  Updated May 18 - 9:18 a.m.

The Albanian government has declared a public holiday in Tirana for next Wednesday when the capital city hosts the Europa Conference League final between Roma and Feyenoord. There will be a pedestrian-only zone with up to 100,000 Italian and Dutch soccer fans expected even though each side has been allocated only 4,000 tickets for the inaugural final of the third-tier European club competition. Capacity at the National Arena is about 20,000. Interior Minister Bledi Cuci says "we are undertaking all the measures to make the day festive for everyone."
US Soccer equalizes pay in milestone with women, men

US Soccer equalizes pay in milestone with women, men

Anne M. Peterson And Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Updated May 18 - 7:58 a.m.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has reached milestone agreements to pay its men's and women's teams equally. That makes the American national governing body the first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money. The federation has announced separate collective bargaining agreements through 2028 with the unions for both national teams. The move ends years of often acrimonious negotiations. One of the main sticking points was World Cup prize money. The unions agreed to pool FIFA's payments for the men's World Cup later this year and next year's Women's World Cup. It will also pool the 2026 and 2027 tournaments.
Belgium at full-strength for Nations League training camp

Belgium at full-strength for Nations League training camp

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted May 18 - 7:34 a.m.

Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have all been called back into the 32-man Belgium squad ahead of upcoming Nations League matches. Belgium coach Roberto Martinez had rested the Red Devils' big names for the national squad's previous matches in March to focus on players with fewer than 50 international appearances. But Martinez says it's crucial for the core of his team to spend time together with the World Cup in Qatar in November to prepare for and competitive matches back on the schedule.
A look at agreements for US men's and women's soccer teams

A look at agreements for US men's and women's soccer teams

Ronald Blum And Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 18 - 7:19 a.m.

The U.S. Soccer Federation has agreed to landmark collective bargaining agreements with its men's and women's teams. The deal will equalize compensation for the first time. The CBAs run through 2028. The two agreements equalize prize money, benefits and other revenue between the two teams. The USSF is the first national governing body to promise both sexes matching money.
F1 not replacing Russian GP, season reduced to 22 races

F1 not replacing Russian GP, season reduced to 22 races

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 18 - 7:11 a.m.

Formula One has decided against replacing the Russian Grand Prix. It had earlier been canceled following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The announcement reduced the current season from a record 23 races to 22, the same total as last year. The Sochi race scheduled for Sept. 25 and had been pulled from the calendar a day after Russia invaded Ukraine. F1 says in a statement "that there will be no additional Grand Prix added to the calendar to fill the gap." Several cities had offered to host the race. But freight rules, logistical and travel costs made it too difficult.
Russian gymnast gets 1-year ban for wearing pro-war symbol

Russian gymnast gets 1-year ban for wearing pro-war symbol

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 18 - 3:37 a.m.

Russian gymnast Ivan Kuliak has been given a one-year ban for displaying a symbol on his uniform supporting the invasion of Ukraine. Kuliak had taped the "Z" symbol to his vest for a medal ceremony at a World Cup event in March. The symbol is seen on Russian tanks and military vehicles in Ukraine and embraced by supporters of the war. Kuliak must also return the bronze medal he won in parallel bars. The International Gymnastics Federation's independent integrity unit had investigated. The 20-year-old Kuliak had stood next to a gold medalist from Ukraine on the podium in Qatar.
Leclerc has lead, Verstappen momentum before Spanish GP

Leclerc has lead, Verstappen momentum before Spanish GP

Joseph Wilson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 18 - 3:32 a.m.

Charles Leclerc has the lead but Max Verstappen has the momentum. The defending Formula One champion has chipped away at Leclerc's advantage in the standings by stringing together consecutive victories. The difference is down to 19 points ahead of Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Lewis Hamilton has won this race for the past five years but Mercedes' struggles have so far sunk any chance of him competing for an eighth world title.
LEADING OFF: Ohtani on mound, Scherzer faces hometown team

LEADING OFF: Ohtani on mound, Scherzer faces hometown team

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 18 - 1:45 a.m.

after he lost just twice in 23 starts last year. He is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 32 strikeouts in four starts covering 24 innings since that visit to his AL West rival. Elsewhere, Mets ace Max Scherzer faces his hometown Cardinals, Blake Snell makes his season debut, and the Braves and Brewers wrap up their playoff rematch with Max Fried and Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes on the mound.
Manson scores 8:02 into OT, Avs beat Blues 3-2 in Game 1

Manson scores 8:02 into OT, Avs beat Blues 3-2 in Game 1

Pat Graham, Associated Press  |  Updated May 18 - 12:03 a.m.

Josh Manson scored 8:02 into overtime, Darcy Kuemper made 23 saves in his return to the net from an eye injury, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 in Game 1 of their second-round series. Valeri Nichushkin and Samuel Girard also added goals for an Avalanche team that had a weeklong layoff after sweeping Nashville. They outshot the Blues 54-25, including 13-0 in OT. The Avalanche also hit three posts and two crossbars. Ryan O'Reilly had a first-period goal and Jordan Kyrou tied it late for St. Louis. Jordan Binnington finished with 51 saves.
Hundreds of Everest climbers begin to return from summit

Hundreds of Everest climbers begin to return from summit

Binaj Gurubacharya, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 11:38 p.m.

the most times any woman has climbed Mount Everest. British climber Kenton Cool scaled it for the 16th time, setting the record for the most Everest summits by a non-Nepalese climber. And Ukrainian climber Antonina Samoilova said she hoped her achievement would call more attention to the war in her country.
Restored to glory, Southern Hills ready for PGA showcase

Restored to glory, Southern Hills ready for PGA showcase

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 11:23 p.m.

Southern Hills has undergone an extensive restoration effort ahead of this week's PGA Championship, helping to return the venerable Tulsa layout into what its designer Perry Maxwell had in mind. The greens were restored, bunkers reshaped and moved, trees eliminated and fairways widened. The result is a course that looks very little like the one where Tiger Woods triumphed in 2009 and more like the one where Tommy Bolt won the 1958 U.S. Open.
Trainer Cox suspended in Kentucky for horse's failed test

Trainer Cox suspended in Kentucky for horse's failed test

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 10:34 p.m.

Kentucky horse racing stewards have suspended Brad Cox, the trainer of 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Mandaloun, for 10 days with a $500 fine and disqualified colt Warrior's Charge for a failed postrace drug test after a race last June at Churchill Downs. The test found Warrior's Charge had phenylbutazone in his blood after the Stephen Foster Stakes. Cox will serve the suspension from May 23-June 1 and forfeit $115,200 in purse money. The Louisville native trained Mandaloun, who was elevated from Derby runner-up to winner after Medina Spirit was disqualified.
LEADING OFF: Ohtani on mound, Scherzer faces hometown team

LEADING OFF: Ohtani on mound, Scherzer faces hometown team

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 10:30 p.m.

after he lost just twice in 23 starts last year. He is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA and 32 strikeouts in four starts covering 24 innings since that visit to his AL West rival. Elsewhere, Mets ace Max Scherzer faces his hometown Cardinals, and the Braves and Brewers wrap up their playoff rematch with Max Fried and Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes on the mound.
Butler scores 41, Heat take Game 1 from Celtics 118-107

Butler scores 41, Heat take Game 1 from Celtics 118-107

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 10:16 p.m.

Jimmy Butler scored 41 points, and the Miami Heat turned things around with a huge third quarter on the way to beating the shorthanded Boston Celtics 118-107 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. Tyler Herro scored 18 and Gabe Vincent added 17 for the Heat, who outscored Boston 39-14 in the third quarter. Butler had 17 alone in the third, outscoring the Celtics by himself over those 12 minutes. Jayson Tatum scored 29 for the Celtics, who were without starters Marcus Smart (foot) and Al Horford (health and safety protocols). Jaylen Brown scored 24 for Boston, which got 18 apiece from Robert Williams III and Payton Pritchard.
Nielsen list illustrates power of franchises for networks

Nielsen list illustrates power of franchises for networks

David Bauder, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 5:31 p.m.

the three "Chicago" dramas on NBC and the three "FBI" shows on CBS, for example. ABC, in announcing its new fall schedule on Tuesday, said it will try to create its own franchise by spinning off a companion version to its show "The Rookie" in the fall. CBS won the week in prime time last week, with NBC coming in second.
HR-happy Dodgers surge past D-Backs, win doubleheader opener

HR-happy Dodgers surge past D-Backs, win doubleheader opener

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 5:28 p.m.

The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 to begin the first doubleheader ever played by these NL West rivals. Mookie Betts, Trea Turner and Justin Turner homered in a five-run sixth inning, and Will Smith connected earlier. Betts had three hits and Freddie Freeman added a key RBI single in the seventh inning of Los Angeles' third straight win. Christian Walker hit an early two-run homer and Alek Thomas added a solo shot in the seventh for the Diamondbacks, who lost their fourth straight. The Dodgers fell behind by multiple runs for the seventh consecutive game before rallying.
College football, XFL, Australian Open headline ESPN slate

College football, XFL, Australian Open headline ESPN slate

Joe Reedy, Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 5:22 p.m.

Three huge matchups to kick off the college football season, the XFL, a new Australian Open agreement and two new "30 for 30" documentaries were announced by ESPN as part of its presentation to advertisers in New York. ABC has a doubleheader on Sept. 3 to kick off the season. Georgia will face Oregon in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game in Atlanta at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. New Notre Dame coach Marcus Freeman makes his debut on the road against Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. Former Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly also gets ABC's prime-time spotlight the following night when LSU takes on Florida State in New Orleans. 
Leafs staying the course after another 1st-round loss

Leafs staying the course after another 1st-round loss

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 5:11 p.m.

that general manager Kyle Dubas and head coach Sheldon Keefe would keep their jobs. And while Shanahan was clear about his GM and coach, Dubas did leave the door open for change to the roster, although some of that will be necessitated by salary cap constraints.
Forest to play Huddersfield for place in the Premier League

Forest to play Huddersfield for place in the Premier League

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 5:08 p.m.

Nottingham Forest will play Huddersfield for a place in the Premier League after reaching the Championship playoff final thanks to a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Sheffield United. Forest lost the second leg 2-1 after extra time, making it 3-3 on aggregate, but won 3-2 on penalties at the City Ground after three saves by goalkeeper Brice Samba. Forest is a two-time European champion and was last in the top flight in 1999. The team can return there by beating Huddersfield at Wembley Stadium on May 29. Huddersfield was promoted to the Premier League in 2017 after 45 years in the lower league, before getting relegated in 2019.
Abreu drives in 2, Cease Ks 9, White Sox top Royals 3-0

Abreu drives in 2, Cease Ks 9, White Sox top Royals 3-0

David Smale, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 4:54 p.m.

several in clutch situations. The Royals struck out 14 times overall, went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12 runners. They have lost seven of 10. Kansas City's Salvador Perez left the game in the seventh with a left thumb sprain.
Mets get to Mikolas, beat Cardinals 3-1 in twinbill opener

Mets get to Mikolas, beat Cardinals 3-1 in twinbill opener

Jake Seiner, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 4:50 p.m.

Jeff McNeil and Dominic Smith helped New York chip away at Miles Mikolas, Trevor Williams was sharp in a spot start and the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 to open a doubleheader. McNeil and Smith each had two hits, including an RBI double apiece in the third inning. McNeil also narrowly missed a homer foul during a 12-pitch at-bat against Mikolas in the first and Smith singled and scored on a groundout in the second. Mikolas entered with a 1.49 ERA but allowed a season-high three runs over six innings. The 33-year-old right-hander matched a season most with seven hits allowed and threw a season-high 106 pitches.
Castroneves starts record Indy 500 quest with 'perfect' car

Castroneves starts record Indy 500 quest with 'perfect' car

Michael Marot, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 4:48 p.m.

in a "perfect" car. The Brazilian wasn't sure how last year's winning car would respond after he slammed into the outside wall during last month's testing on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.5-mile oval. The Meyer Shank Racing team spent a week rebuilding the No. 06 Honda and after Castroneves drove it back onto the track for the first practice, Castroneves a blew a kiss to the air as his stamp of approval.
Scottie Scheffler arrives at PGA as understated world No. 1

Scottie Scheffler arrives at PGA as understated world No. 1

Dave Skretta, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 4:43 p.m.

Scottie Scheffler has every reason to be arrogant as he prepares for the PGA Championship. He has four victories this year, including the Masters, and is No. 1 in the world. Yet Scheffler is modest to a fault. It was especially evident while he was going about business as usual during his practice round Tuesday. Most of the fans watching from outside the ropes still don't recognize his easy gait and charming smile. Scheffler says he tries to stay in the moment and not overreact to success or failure.
Wild GM Guerin: We want both Fleury and Talbot back in net

Wild GM Guerin: We want both Fleury and Talbot back in net

Dave Campbell, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 4:33 p.m.

The Minnesota Wild would prefer to keep Marc-Andre Fleury and Cam Talbot as their goalies next season. That's the word from general manager Bill Guerin. The Wild acquired Fleury at the trade deadline. He was in the net for the first five games of the playoff series against St. Louis. Talbot got Game 6. The Blues eliminated the Wild in six games. Fleury will be a free agent in July. Talbot has one year remaining on his contract. The Wild will be tight up against the salary cap this summer.
O's Harvey suspended 60 games by MLB for drug distribution

O's Harvey suspended 60 games by MLB for drug distribution

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 4:26 p.m.

Baltimore Orioles pitcher Matt Harvey has been suspended for 60 games by Major League Baseball for distributing a prohibited drug of abuse. The punishment follows his admission that he provided opioids to Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who fatally overdosed. Harvey admitted in February during a federal trial in Texas stemming from Skaggs' death that he used cocaine in New York and California. A 33-year-old right-hander, the former New York Mets star agreed last month to a minor league contract with the Orioles that would have a $1 million salary if he is added to the 40-man roster. Harvey has been working out at Baltimore's extended spring training facility and has not pitched in any games.
Jimmie Johnson feels 'at home' in Indy 500 preparations

Jimmie Johnson feels 'at home' in Indy 500 preparations

Jenna Fryer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 4:23 p.m.

Jimmie Johnson felt at home making his way around Indianapolis Motor Speedway on the opening day of preparations for the Indianapolis 500. The seven-time NASCAR champion will make his Indy 500 debut on May 29 and is considered a legitimate contender. Johnson won at Indy four times driving a stock car. He topped the speed chart in the morning practice session and was inside the top 10 all afternoon, too. Now he's settling in for two weeks of work before the big race.
Celtics rule Smart, Horford out for Game 1 against Heat

Celtics rule Smart, Horford out for Game 1 against Heat

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 4:20 p.m.

Boston will be without two starters for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, with Al Horford entering the NBA's health and safety protocols and Marcus Smart unable to play because of a mid-foot sprain. The Celtics announced those updates about three hours before the series opener against the Miami Heat. Smart was injured Sunday in the Celtics' series-clinching win over the Bucks.
Cubs place Heyward on IL with no designation, recall Hughes

Cubs place Heyward on IL with no designation, recall Hughes

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 4:17 p.m.

The Chicago Cubs placed outfielder Jason Heyward on the injured list with no designation and selected left-handed pitcher Brandon Hughes from Triple-A Iowa on Tuesday. Manager David Ross said Heyward is "doing OK" and added "he had some real stuff" that included body aches and hydration issues. Heyward, a five-time Gold Glove winner, is batting .208 with four RBIs in 27 games this season. Heyward would be the third Cub recently put on the IL with no designation, usually signaling a positive test for COVID-19. Right-handers Marcus Stroman and David Robertson also have been sidelined.
Liverpool beats Southampton 2-1, title race goes to the wire

Liverpool beats Southampton 2-1, title race goes to the wire

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 3:36 p.m.

Liverpool took the Premier League title race with Manchester City to the final round of the season after coming from behind again to beat Southampton 2-1. Joel Matip completed Liverpool's latest comeback by unwittingly heading home the winning goal in the 67th minute to leave Jurgen Klopp's team a point behind City with one game left for each team. That's on Sunday when Liverpool hosts Wolverhampton at the same time as City is at home to a Aston Villa team managed by Liverpool great Steven Gerrard. City remains the favorite but Liverpool has done its part by taking the defending champions to the wire.
Medvedev loses to Gasquet in Geneva in return from injury

Medvedev loses to Gasquet in Geneva in return from injury

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 3:10 p.m.

Second-ranked Daniil Medvedev has lost his comeback match at the Geneva Open after a six-week injury layoff. Medvedev was beaten 6-2, 7-6 (5) by Richard Gasquet in the second round. Medvedev underwent hernia surgery last month and this will be his only tournament match on clay courts before the French Open starts Sunday. Victory was sealed when top-seeded Medvedev served his seventh double fault on Gasquet's first match-point chance in the tiebreaker.
Phillies' Harper out against Padres after injection in elbow

Phillies' Harper out against Padres after injection in elbow

Dan Gelston, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 3:06 p.m.

Bryce Harper did not start for the Philadelphia Phillies in Tuesday's game against San Diego as he recovers from a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow. Harper had the shot Sunday. The NL MVP hoped to return later in the week. Harper had the injection Sunday because of a small tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his right elbow that forced the slugging right fielder to play only as Philadelphia's designated hitter. Harper will remain as DH whenever he returns. 
Ukraine's soccer team beats Italian club Empoli in friendly

Ukraine's soccer team beats Italian club Empoli in friendly

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 2:34 p.m.

Ukraine's national soccer team won its second straight friendly match by beating Italian Serie A club Empoli 3-1. The Ukraine players wore shirts that read "United for Ukraine" on the front, and the numbers on the back were composed of the names of the country's cities that have been under attack since Russian troops invaded on Feb. 24. Ukraine next plays Croatian club Rijeka. Ukraine will aim to beat Scotland in a World Cup playoff in Glasgow on June 1. It would then face Wales four days later in Cardiff for a place at this year's World Cup in Qatar.
Austria stuns Czechs, Sweden routs Britain at hockey worlds

Austria stuns Czechs, Sweden routs Britain at hockey worlds

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 2:03 p.m.

Austria has pulled off a major upset at the ice hockey world championship by stunning the Czech Republic 2-1 after prevailing in a penalty shootout. It was Austria's first victory over the Czechs at a major tournament. Austria's Peter Schneider was the only player to convert his penalty in the shootout. In another Group B game, Anton Bengtsson had two goals and an assist as Sweden routed Britain 6-0. 
Tiger Woods says he's all about majors, a Mickelson rebuke

Tiger Woods says he's all about majors, a Mickelson rebuke

Doug Ferguson, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 1:59 p.m.

Tiger Woods says he cares about majors and legacies. He made that point at the PGA Championship while delivering a sharp rebuke of Phil Mickelson. Mickelson is not defending his PGA title at Southern Hills. He hasn't played competitively in three months since his explosive comments exposed his support of a Saudi-funded rival golf league. Woods says he supports the PGA Tour and that Mickelson has a different view on how golf should be run. They were unusually blunt words from Woods. Amid chatter about Mickelson and the Saudi league, Woods says he is stronger than when he returned at the Masters following a car crash more than a year earlier.
Pending free agents Malkin, Letang hope to stay with Pens

Pending free agents Malkin, Letang hope to stay with Pens

Will Graves, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 1:49 p.m.

Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang are hopeful they can stay with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The longtime franchise stars will become free agents for the first time in their careers in July. Malkin says he would prefer to keep playing with captain Sidney Crosby but added he would understand if the team wants to bring in fresh blood. Letang is coming off one of his best seasons and could command a significant raise in free agency. 
Borré hopes to use Copa experience in Europa League final

Borré hopes to use Copa experience in Europa League final

Tales Azzoni, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 1:06 p.m.

Rafael Borré was used to playing in big games with River Plate in the Copa Libertadores. Now he hopes his experience in South America will help Eintracht Frankfurt succeed in the Europa League. The 26-year-old Colombian forward will be playing in his first European final when Frankfurt faces Rangers on Wednesday in Seville. He played twice in the final of the Copa Libertadores, South America's most important club competition. He says "every Copa Libertadores final gives you more experience and more confidence for these types of matches."  
Seville on alert: 150,000 expected for Europa League final

Seville on alert: 150,000 expected for Europa League final

Tales Azzoni, Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 1:02 p.m.

More than 5,000 police officers and security personnel are on high alert in Seville as the Spanish city braces for the throngs of Rangers and Eintracht Frankfurt fans arriving for the Europa League final. Streets are being closed, barriers are being erected around monuments and security has been heightened in subway stations and at the city's main squares to try to maintain order as up to 150,000 Scottish and German fans are expected in the city ahead of Wednesday's match. Both clubs are hoping to end decades of European despair by winning the final of the second-tier continental competition at Sevilla's Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium.
Former Bears RB Tarik Cohen injured during streamed workout

Former Bears RB Tarik Cohen injured during streamed workout

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 12:59 p.m.

Former Chicago Bears running back Tarik Cohen, now a free agent, apparently suffered an injury during a training session being live-streamed on his Instagram account. The hard-luck player, released in March by the Bears due to past injuries, grabbed the back of his leg after going down during the workout. The incident was seen on Instagram Live, with Cohen falling to the floor after back-peddling. Cohen played three full seasons with Chicago but made it to only three games in 2021 before tearing knee ligaments. He missed the rest of that season and then was released by the Bears.
PSG player criticized for missing anti-homophobia day game

PSG player criticized for missing anti-homophobia day game

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 12:58 p.m.

A group fighting homophobia in soccer has called on the French league and Paris Saint-Germain to ask player Idrissa Gueye for an explanation after he missed a game last week amid reports that he refused to play because he did not want to wear a rainbow-colored number on the back of his jersey. The Senegal midfielder traveled with his teammates to Montpellier last weekend for Saturday's French league game in the southern city but did not play. PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino cited "personal reasons" to justify his absence on the field.
Eritrea's Girmay takes Giro leg in win for African cycling

Eritrea's Girmay takes Giro leg in win for African cycling

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 12:46 p.m.

It's been a season of firsts for Biniam Girmay and the Eritrean rider has now won a stage in the Giro d'Italia in his first Grand Tour to raise the profile of African cycling. The 22-year-old Girmay outsprinted none other than Mathieu van der Poel to win the 10th stage of the Giro. Spanish rider Juan Pedro López of the Trek-Segafredo team maintained his 12-second lead over João Almeida in the overall standings as the three-week race approached the half-way stage. The 196-kilometer (122-mile) leg from Pescara to Jesi was mainly flat in the first half along the Adriatic coast before three fourth-category climbs later in the day.
McIlroy chasing elusive 5th major title at PGA 8 years later

McIlroy chasing elusive 5th major title at PGA 8 years later

Jim Vertuno, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 12:42 p.m.

Rory McIlroy was 25 years old when he hoisted the Wanamaker Trophy over his head and looked primed for a run at the PGA record books. He'd just won the 2014 PGA Championship for his fourth major title and it was open question of how many more were in the Northern Irishman's future. Eight years later he's still looking for that surprisingly elusive fifth major victory at this week's PGA Championship at Southern Hills. He comes to the PGA with some momentum after finishing second at the Masters.
Canada prime minister critical of Iran match in Vancouver

Canada prime minister critical of Iran match in Vancouver

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 12:19 p.m.

Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says next month's soccer exhibition between his nation and Iran is ill-advised. Preparing for its first World Cup since 1986, Canada hosts Iran on June 5 at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, British Columbia. Trudeau says "this was a choice by Soccer Canada" and "I think it wasn't a very good idea to invite the Iranian soccer team here to Canada. But that's something that the organizers are going to have to explain." Canada opens the World Cup Group F against second-ranked Belgium on Nov. 23,
Mets' Marte loses grandmother 2 years after wife's death

Mets' Marte loses grandmother 2 years after wife's death

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 12:09 p.m.

New York Mets outfielder Starling Marte has been placed on the bereavement list following the death of his grandmother, which came nearly two years to the day after his wife died of a heart attack. Mets manager Buck Showalter said Marte's grandmother, Ponga Brigida, died unexpectedly. Marte was raised by his grandmother in the Dominican Republic after his mother died when he was 9. Wednesday will mark two years since Marte's wife, Noelia, died of a heart attack. Marte can stay on the bereavement list for three to seven days after being added Monday.
Fire's Shaquiri becomes MLS's highest-paid at nearly $8.2M

Fire's Shaquiri becomes MLS's highest-paid at nearly $8.2M

Ronald Blum, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 11:29 a.m.

Chicago Fire midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri is Major League Soccer's highest-paid player, jumping past Los Angeles FC attacker Carlos Vela. The 30-year-old Swiss international has a base salary of $7.35 million and total compensation of $8,153,000. LA Galaxy forward Javier Hernandez is second at $6 million and Inter Miami striker Gonzalo Higuaín third with a $5.1 million base and $5,793,750 in total compensation. The average for senior roster players increased by 10.3% to $438,728. That doesn't include designated players. 
Lynx seeking answers after another 0-4 start to season

Lynx seeking answers after another 0-4 start to season

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 11:14 a.m.

Minnesota is off to 0-4 start for the second straight season and sits at the bottom of The Associated Press WNBA power poll this week. The Lynx found a way to turn things around last season and finished with the third-best record in the league. Minnesota will to end their skid Tuesday night when they begin a three-game road trip in Los Angeles. Las Vegas leads the power poll with Washington right behind the Aces.
World Cup schedule adds Alpine ski races at 2 more US sites

World Cup schedule adds Alpine ski races at 2 more US sites

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 11:13 a.m.

The World Cup circuit will be making two more ski racing stops in the United States by adding Alpine events at Palisades Tahoe in California and in Aspen, Colorado. U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced the new competitions, which will join two American stops already on the schedule in Killington, Vermont, and Beaver Creek, Colorado. It's the most World Cup Alpine stops on American snow in a season since the 1996-97 season. The U.S. portion of the Alpine racing slate usually ends after Killington and Beaver Creek. But the men will be returning. There will be slalom and giant slalom races in late February in Palisades Tahoe. That's followed by a men's super-G and downhill in early March in in Aspen.
Maple Leafs say Mitch Marner was victim of a carjacking

Maple Leafs say Mitch Marner was victim of a carjacking

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 11:05 a.m.

Maple Leafs winger Mitch Marner was the victim of a carjacking in Toronto, the hockey team said Tuesday as city police investigated. Marner was not hurt in the carjacking that took place in east Toronto on Monday evening, the team said. Marner and the Leafs were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday night in Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. 
Tom Brady featured in upcoming Netflix 'Greatest' roast

Tom Brady featured in upcoming Netflix 'Greatest' roast

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 11:03 a.m.

Tom Brady will be on the hot seat – this time during a Netflix roast. Netflix announced the seven-time Super Bowl champion will be featured first in a series of upcoming specials called "Greatest Roasts of All Time: GROAT." Brady is the executive producer of the series, with his roast set to tape in 2023. After 20 seasons with the New England Patriots, Brady led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a Super Bowl win after the 2020 season. He announced his retirement in January, but in March reversed course, saying he'll return as Tampa Bay's quarterback for another season. 
In defense and attack, veteran Tavernier key for Rangers

In defense and attack, veteran Tavernier key for Rangers

Tales Azzoni, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 10:47 a.m.

It is thanks to one of its fullbacks that Rangers arrives at the Europa League final with the competition's best attack and in good position to end a 50-year drought without a European title. It was veteran James Tavernier who took over the scoring role for the Scottish club after forward Alfredo Morelos was ruled out for the season in April with an injury sustained with Colombia's national team. The 30-year-old Tavernier has scored seven goals in 13 matches to help lead Rangers to the final of the second-tier continental competition.  
Ohio principals reject endorsement deals for prep athletes

Ohio principals reject endorsement deals for prep athletes

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 9:19 a.m.

High school principals in Ohio have overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to allow prep athletes to sign deals cashing in on their name, likeness and image. The Ohio High School Athletic Association said Tuesday principals voted 538-254 over a 16-day period ending Monday to not allow such deals. Prep athletes in seven states can sign marketing agreements following an NCAA decision last July to allow college athletes to monetize their name, image and likeness. Ohio high school students would lose their athletic eligibility were they to sign a deal. OHSAA spokesperson Tim Stried previously said his organization and school administrators were opposed to high school NIL.
New rugby laws pour cold water on Erasmus tactics

New rugby laws pour cold water on Erasmus tactics

Gerald Imray, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 8:20 a.m.

Rugby is trialing new laws banning certain officials from acting as on-field water carriers in a move viewed as a direct response to the contentious tactics of South Africa director of rugby Rassie Erasmus. World Rugby announced a global trial of the new laws would begin on July 1. They explicitly ban teams' directors of rugby and head coaches from being water carriers and limit when and how many non-playing personnel can be on the field. Erasmus acted as a water carrier during the series against the British and Irish Lions last year. It sparked complaints he was using it as a guise to pass on coaching tips.
Major time again as PGA Championship goes to Southern Hills

Major time again as PGA Championship goes to Southern Hills

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 7:44 a.m.

The strongest field of the four majors meets for the PGA Championship at Southern Hills. It's the fifth time the Tulsa, Oklahoma, course is hosting the PGA. That's the most of any course. Phil Mickelson is the defending champion but Lefty won't be playing this year. It's only the third time in the last 75 years the PGA champion did not return to defend. Tiger Woods is expected to play. He is the defending champion at Southern Hills. That's where Woods won his fourth PGA title in 2007. For Jordan Spieth, it's another chance at winning to complete the career Grand Slam.
UEFA ticket policies in spotlight for European finals

UEFA ticket policies in spotlight for European finals

Graham Dunbar, Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 6:38 a.m.

The climax of the men's club soccer season in Europe starts Wednesday with the Europa League final. That will be followed by the inaugural Europa Conference League final between Roma and Feyenoord on May 25 and the Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid on May 28. Clubs and fans are again unhappy with UEFA because too few tickets are available and some prices have risen. Even Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp took a critical swipe at UEFA. He says they "are not the saints of football."
More turbulence in English cricket's leadership as CEO quits

More turbulence in English cricket's leadership as CEO quits

The Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 4:39 a.m.

A turbulent period for English cricket has seen another high-profile departure among its leadership with chief executive Tom Harrison announcing he is stepping down. The men's test captain, head coach, director of cricket and now the CEO of the England and Wales Cricket Board have all left their roles since the turn of the year. Harrison has faced some of the blame for that having prioritized the game's shorter formats in search of greater revenue streams during his seven years as chief executive. That included being a key driver behind the introduction of the Hundred. Harrison had to navigate English cricket through a pandemic that created unprecedented financial challenges and then a racism scandal.
LEADING OFF: Detmers tries to match Vander Meer, 3 twinbills

LEADING OFF: Detmers tries to match Vander Meer, 3 twinbills

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 17 - 12:11 a.m.

Reid Detmers has a chance to match Johnny Vander Meer's feat of consecutive no-hitters when he starts for the Los Angeles Angels at the Texas Rangers. The 22-year-old left-hander pitched his gem in a 12-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on May 10 in just his 11th big league start. Detmers struck out two, walked one and threw a career-high 108 pitches. Vander Meer is the only pitcher to throw no-hitters in consecutive major league starts, for Cincinnati against the Boston Bees on June 11, 1938, and against the Brooklyn Dodgers four days later in the first night game at Ebbets Field.
Dodgers return to form with 5-4 win over Bumgarner, D-backs

Dodgers return to form with 5-4 win over Bumgarner, D-backs

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Updated May 17 - 12:06 a.m.

Chris Taylor hit a two-run homer and Tony Gonsolin pitched six innings of three-hit ball in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 5-4 victory over Madison Bumgarner and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman drove in runs during the Dodgers' three-run fifth inning in the first of four games in roughly 48 hours between these NL West rivals. Christian Walker homered early and David Peralta added a two-run shot in the ninth for the Diamondbacks, who opened an eight-game road trip with their third straight loss. The Dodgers' pitching largely was back to normal after its mostly atrocious series against Philadelphia.
Battle of Alberta allegiances split NHL fans across province

Battle of Alberta allegiances split NHL fans across province

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 16 - 11:50 p.m.

One of the NHL playoff series in the second round has an entire Canadian province buzzing. Calgary faces Edmonton in the best-of-seven showdown that begins this week. The city councils in each city have friendly wagers going. The matchup is welcome news in Red Deer, which sits halfway between the two cities. Bars are looking forward to being packed after two difficult years in the pandemic.