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Bregman, McCormick homer to help Astros beat Twins 5-1

HOUSTON (AP) — Alex Bregman and Chas McCormick each homered in the second inning and had two RBIs and the Houston Astros built a big lead early and beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 on Tuesday night. Bregman and McCormick connected off Joe Ryan (7-2) to put Houston up 3-0 — and snap Ryan’s career-best streak of six starts without allowing a homer. The Astros tacked on two runs in the third inning and that was plenty to give them their fourth win in five games. Brandon Bielak (2-2) allowed three hits and one run with six strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings, helping the Astros bounce back after losing the series opener 7-5 in 10 innings.   ... Read More

SEC coaches sound off on tampering: It’s ‘a cutthroat business’

ByALEX SCARBOROUGH DESTIN, Fla. -- While college football coaches bemoan the prevalence of tampering when it comes to the transfer portal, Florida's Billy Napier acknowledged the driving force behind rule-bending in recruiting, telling reporters on Tuesday, "This is a cutthroat business." Ever since the advent of the transfer portal five years ago, coaches have warned about the possibility of recruiting players on other teams' rosters. NCAA rules stipulate that players cannot be contacted by coaches until they've officially submitted their names into the portal. But coaches at SEC spring meetings and across the country said that it's happening frequently. "There's no doubt tampering is real," Napier said. "... And I think that until there's something done about it, I think   ... Read More

Grant Anderson wins in relief in MLB debut, Rangers beat Tigers 10-6

DETROIT (AP) — Reliever Grant Anderson won in an overpowering major league debut and the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 10-6 on Tuesday night to improve to 35-19, the best record in franchise history at the one-third mark. Anderson stuck out seven of the nine batters he faced after taking over for starter Martín Pérez in the fifth inning. Texas second baseman Marcus Semien extended his hitting streak to a career-best 19 games with a fifth-inning single. Jonah Heim drove in four runs, Josh Jung homered and had three runs and Aroldis Garcia had four hits and three runs. Miguel Cabrera had three hits and drove in two runs for Detroit. Cabrera passed Ken Griffey Jr. for 15th place   ... Read More

UCLA DC Bill McGovern dies after cancer diagnosis

ByPAOLO UGGETTI Longtime college and NFL defensive coach Bill McGovern, who worked as UCLA's defensive coordinator last season, died after being diagnosed with cancer, the school announced Tuesday. He was 60. "Early this morning we said goodbye to our beloved father and husband Bill after his long and difficult battle with cancer came to an end," the McGovern family said in a statement released by the school. "We would like to thank the entire UCLA community for all of the love and support you gave to Bill and our entire family during this very difficult struggle" McGovern, who was an All-America defensive back at Holy Cross in the 1980s, was hired by Bruins head coach Chip Kelly in February 2022.   ... Read More

Blue Jays’ Anthony Bass apologizes for sharing anti-LGBTQIA+ post

ByESPN.com news services Toronto Blue Jays reliever Anthony Bass issued a public apology one day after sharing a video on social media that endorses anti-LGBTQIA+ boycotts. Bass shared a video on his Instagram stories Monday that called for viewers to boycott Target and Bud Light because of those companies' recent promotion of LGBTQIA+ Pride campaigns. Bass, who has since removed the video from his social media accounts, made a brief statement Tuesday but did not take questions from reporters. "I recognize yesterday I made a post that was hurtful to the Pride community, which includes friends of mine and close family members of mine. I am truly sorry for that," Bass said. "I just spoke with my teammates and shared   ... Read More

NCAA tournament teams, fans scramble for hotels in Kentucky

ByMYRON MEDCALF Participating baseball teams that are searching for hotel rooms for the NCAA Division I tournament's regional at the University of Kentucky in Lexington this weekend are striking out, leaving teams to choose between hotels an hour away or on-campus dorms. On Sunday, Kentucky was selected as one of the regional sites in the NCAA baseball playoffs, but the games will occur in Lexington on the same weekend as the Railbird Music Festival, a massive event that will be headlined by country music stars Tyler Childers and Zach Bryan, and the state high school playoffs for softball, baseball and track and field. There is also the Great American Brass Band Festival in nearby Danville, which draws more than 40,000   ... Read More

Diamond Sports Group fails to pay Padres, loses broadcast rights

ByALDEN GONZALEZ Diamond Sports Group has decided not to pay the San Diego Padres their latest rights fee, a monumental development that will revert the team's broadcasting rights to Major League Baseball and establish precedent for an uncertain, rapidly evolving landscape. Diamond, the Sinclair subsidiary that operates under the name Bally Sports, skipped its payment to the Padres a couple of weeks ago and had until the end of its grace period on Tuesday to make the team whole and maintain their long-term agreement. Choosing not to meant Tuesday's game against the Miami Marlins was the last Padres game under the Bally Sports umbrella. Moving forward -- starting Wednesday, continuing through the end of the season and resuming in perpetuity   ... Read More

Knicks won’t extend contract of GM Scott Perry, sources say

ByESPN.com news services The New York Knicks will not extend the contract of general manager Scott Perry, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. Perry, who was on an expiring contract, worked under president Leon Rose and executive vice president William Wesley this season, as the resurgent Knicks qualified for the playoffs and advanced to the second round. Perry had been general manager since 2017-18. The Knicks were already among the most intriguing teams of the offseason, and a search for a new general manager only heightens the buzz. The Knicks do not have a first-round pick this summer, but they have their own first-round choice in the next six drafts, plus four additional first-rounders from prior deals if they want   ... Read More

PGA club pro Michael Block speaks about slam dunk hole-in-one at PGA Championship

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- All eyes were on an unlikely hero at Oak Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York, over the weekend where a California golf pro made history at the PGA Championship with his hole-in-one during the final round. Michael Block, 46, slam dunked his shot off the 15th tee alongside Rory McIlroy, who hugged him and had to assure him it really went right in the hole. "That's a brutal hole because you can't miss it right or left. Rory had just gone right before me and got a horrible kick, was in a really tough position," Block told ABC News' Good Morning America, reflecting on the tee shot less than 24 hours later. "I knew I   ... Read More

Brooks Koepka wins PGA Championship

Laurence Mouton/Getty Images(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) -- Brooks Koepka came out on top at the Oak Hill Country Club on Sunday, winning his third PGA Championship title. Koepka finished nine under par in the 105th PGA Championship in Rochester, New York. He beat Norway's Viktor Hovland and fellow American Scottie Scheffler by two strokes to take home the Wanamaker Trophy. The win marked Koepka's fifth major overall. Copyright © 2023, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.   ... Read More

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