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Braves’ go-ahead slam helps in 8-3 win over Rangers

ATLANTA (AP) — Travis d'Arnaud hit his first three home runs of the season, including a grand slam in the sixth that gave Atlanta the lead, and the Braves beat the Texas Rangers 8-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight win. Chris Sale (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings in the interleague matchup of first-place teams, but the left-hander didn't want to talk about his pitching. “To be honest, nobody cares,” Sale said. “We're here to talk about one thing and one thing only. Tonight was about Travis, and that was nothing short of electric.” After driving in six runs with the three homers, d'Arnaud said “Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good." Adolis   ... Read More

Verlander allows 2 runs over 6 innings in season debut for Astros in 5-3 win over Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Verlander allowed two runs and four hits over six innings to win his season debut for the Houston Astros, 5-3 over the Washington Nationals on Friday night. The 41-year-old right-hander, who began the season on the injured list because of right shoulder inflammation, struck out four and walked none, throwing 50 of 78 pitches for strikes in his 258th win. “He looked really good," Astros manager Joe Espada said. "Efficient, threw a ton of strikes.” Verlander (1-0) averaged 94.3 mph with 35 four-seam fastballs and induced five groundouts. The nine-time All-Star retired the side in order four times and improved to 5-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five regular-season starts against the Nationals. Ildemaro Vargas hit   ... Read More

Dak Prescott not sweating pace of Cowboys contract talks

ByTODD ARCHER DALLAS -- If the Dallas Cowboys are in no rush to sign Dak Prescott to a long-term extension, then that's fine with the quarterback. Prescott said negotiations have not really begun with the Cowboys on a new deal, although he had what he termed a "great conversation" with owner and general manager Jerry Jones about a month ago. "I'm focused on here, right now where I am," Prescott said Friday as he prepared to take part in the Children's Cancer Fund's "A Knight to Remember" gala, where he serves as a co-chair with Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman. "That's how I've always been. Anytime y'all have asked me, it's always been about right now, getting better tomorrow.   ... Read More

Rockies coach posts video in cockpit, prompting FAA inquiry

ByABC News The Federal Aviation Administration and United Airlines are investigating an incident involving the Colorado Rockies during a chartered flight from Denver to Toronto. In a since-deleted video posted to social media, Rockies hitting coach Hensley Meulens is seen sitting in a pilot's seat in the cockpit while the plane is in flight. "Had some fun in the cockpit on our flight from Denver to Toronto. Thanks to the captain and the first officer of our United charter that allowed me this great experience," Meulens wrote in a caption for the social media post. A United spokesperson said the airline was conducting its own investigation of the April 10 flight. The airline said the cockpit visit was "a clear   ... Read More

Coban Porter, brother of Nuggets star, sentenced in fatal crash

ByMYRON MEDCALF Coban Porter, the younger brother of Denver Nuggets star Michael Porter Jr., was sentenced Friday to six years in prison for a drunken driving crash that killed a woman in Colorado last year. The January 2023 crash in Denver killed Kathy Limon Rothman and seriously injured her passenger. Porter, who caused the crash after he ran a red light and slammed into the other vehicle, received an additional two-year sentence for the passenger's injuries that he will serve concurrently. According to The Denver Post, prosecutors on Friday said Porter was speeding and had a blood alcohol level of .19, more than twice the legal limit of .08. Porter had pleaded guilty in February to vehicular homicide and vehicular   ... Read More

Pegula eyes sale of noncontrolling, minority stake in Bills

ByALAINA GETZENBERG BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula is looking into a potential sale of a minority interest in the team, the team said in a statement Friday, while emphasizing that no new investment would involve changing the Pegula family's controlling interest. "The Pegula family has retained Allen & Company to explore the potential sale of a non-controlling, minority interest in the Bills," the team said in its statement. "These discussions only involve the Bills and no other team. No investment would be possible without Terry Pegula and the Pegula family maintaining a controlling interest in the team. "Their continued commitment to Western New York, the new Highmark Stadium, our fans, and the other teams in their portfolio   ... Read More

Justin Pippen, son of Scottie Pippen, commits to Michigan

ByJEFF BORZELLO AND PAUL BIANCARDI Four-star senior Justin Pippen, son of Pro Basketball Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, announced his commitment to Michigan on Friday. Pippen chose new coach Dusty May and the Wolverines over a final list that included Cal, Florida, Stanford and Texas A&M. "I like the feel of the campus and school," Pippen told ESPN. "I wanted to be at a big school. They can help me reach my end goal of making the NBA." Michigan was a late arrival into Pippen's recruitment, but shortly after May was hired as Juwan Howard's replacement in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines entered the mix. "I was really going to make a decision between my other schools," Pippen said. "Then I   ... Read More

‘Inspiring’ Bam, Heat handle Bulls, ready for ‘dogfight’ with Celtics

ByISRAEL GUTIERREZ MIAMI -- The atypical 8-seed is back. The Miami Heat, who last year ran through the Eastern Conference playoffs as the lowest seed, earned the eighth spot again after beating the Chicago Bulls, the same team Miami defeated to earn last season's final playoff berth. The victory sets up a first-round clash with the 64-win Boston Celtics, the team Miami beat in seven games in last year's Eastern finals and the one it has faced in three of the past four conference finals. Without Jimmy Butler, who injured his left knee in Miami's first play-in game and is expected to need several weeks to recover, the idea of a repeat run for the Heat seemed a stretch, at   ... Read More

Brandon Ingram leads balanced Pelicans past Kings; OKC next

ByANDREW LOPEZ NEW ORLEANS -- Prior to Friday night, the week had not gone the way Brandon Ingram would have hoped. As the New Orleans Pelicans forward attempted to come back from a bone bruise in his left knee, he had two subpar games as the Pelicans dropped the regular-season finale and the first play-in tournament game to the Los Angeles Lakers. Ingram responded Friday and as a result the Pelicans are headed to the playoffs. Behind a team-high 24 points from Ingram and an all-around defensive effort, the Pelicans defeated the Sacramento Kings 105-98 to advance to the playoffs as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. New Orleans will face the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday   ... Read More

The Dallas Stars have a big age gap with players who have come together for No. 1 seed in the West

DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have quite an age gap. Top goal scorer Wyatt Johnston is only 20 years old, and was a teenager for most of the playoffs last year. On the other end for the Western Conference's top-seeded team is Joe Pavelski, who will turn 40 this summer and has more points this season than the kid who again is living in his house. “Joe's not an old 39-year-old. He stays pretty young with the youth in this group," six-time All-Star forward Tyler Seguin said. “It's just cool because we have so many different layers of age in here.” The 18-year, 10-month gap between the Stars’ youngest and oldest players is the widest among the Western Conference   ... Read More

NHL PLAYOFFS: ‘It’s wide open’ is the theme as the race to the Stanley Cup begins

General manager Don Waddell likes how his Carolina Hurricanes finished the season, winning 16 of their final 21 games. He knows it means nothing now. “Your points get erased and you all start with zeroes,” Waddell said. “Playoffs are a different time. That’s what’s great about the NHL. Once you get to the playoffs, it’s wide open.” This year more than many in the recent past. Unlike last year, when Boston broke league records for the most wins and points in a season, there is no clear favorite to hoist the Stanley Cup. Carolina, Florida, defending champion Vegas, Dallas, Winnipeg, Edmonton and the league-best New York Rangers are among the many contenders who could be the last team standing in   ... Read More

Irving is healthy and drama-free in Dallas as a playoff pairing with Luka Doncic dawns

DALLAS (AP) — Kyrie Irving is healthy and publicly free of drama, self-inflicted or otherwise, heading into his first playoff game with co-star Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks. The eight-time All-Star and 2016 NBA champion alongside LeBron James in Cleveland brought up on his own that he hasn't had a 50-win season in six years. A late-season surge that coincided with Irving's longest stretch of consecutive games since that title season pushed the Mavs to the 50-win mark, and fifth place in the Western Conference. Dallas opens the postseason at the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. It's the third first-round meeting between the clubs since 2020, but the first for Irving. “It took a long time to get   ... Read More

Virginia law allows schools to pay athletes for NIL

ByDAN MURPHY Schools in Virginia will be able to directly pay athletes via name, image and likeness deals thanks to a state law signed Thursday morning, marking another significant step in the professionalization of college sports. The new law, which is scheduled to take effect July 1, is the first in any state to make it illegal for the NCAA to punish a school for compensating athletes for their NIL rights. Current NCAA rules prohibit schools from signing NIL deals with their own players. The law could either give Virginia schools a significant recruiting advantage or provide a catalyst for similar changes elsewhere. "If this law gets us closer to a federal or a national solution for college athletics then   ... Read More

Red Sox’s Rafael Devers to get MRI; Tyler O’Neill to IL

ByABC News The Boston Red Sox continue to battle injury woes, with third baseman Rafael Devers scheduled to have an MRI on his left knee and outfielder Tyler O'Neill going on the injury list after the two collided during Monday's game. Devers, a two-time All-Star, left Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Guardians with knee discomfort and served as designated hitter during Wednesday's game, going hitless in four at-bats with three strikeouts. O'Neill suffered a cut on his forehead that required eight stitches to close after his collision with Devers on Monday. He cleared concussion protocol but hadn't played since. The move to the seven-day IL is retroactive to Tuesday. Devers is batting just .188 with 2 homers and 5 RBIs   ... Read More

Deion Sanders downplays transfer exodus from Colorado

ByKYLE BONAGURA In the wake of 14 Colorado players entering the transfer portal this week, Buffaloes coach Deion Sanders downplayed the notion that their departures will have a significant impact on the team. "We're good. I trust the recruiting team. I trust our coaches, and please have some faith in me," Sanders said. "We good. We all right. We all right." Sanders said most of the movement in the transfer portal consisted of backups and that he believes it's rare for starters to enter the portal at this stage. "I think we got some [starting-caliber players] coming in from visits pretty soon, maybe even this weekend, but we can attract those type of players," Sanders said. "I don't think we're   ... Read More

NHL approves Coyotes sale, relocation to Salt Lake City

ByEMILY KAPLAN The NHL is moving the team now formerly known as the Arizona Coyotes to Utah to begin play as a new franchise next season, the league announced Thursday. Ryan and Ashley Smith of Smith Entertainment Group bought the team and its existing hockey assets for $1.2 billion from Alex Meruelo, sources told ESPN. Meruelo had owned the Coyotes since buying the franchise for $300 million in 2019, but the league lost patience in his ability to find a long-term arena solution in Arizona and facilitated a sale. The Smiths, who also own the NBA's Utah Jazz, initially built a relationship with commissioner Gary Bettman because they wanted an expansion franchise. However, over the past several months, the conversation   ... Read More

NFL reinstates five players from gambling suspensions

ByABC News The NFL has reinstated five players who were suspended for the 2023 season for violating the NFL's gambling policy. Washington Commanders defensive end Shaka Toney and four free agents -- defensive end Rashod Berry, wide receiver Quintez Cephus, safety C.J. Moore, and defensive end Demetrius Taylor -- were reinstated. Defensive back Isaiah Rodgers, who also was suspended last year for at least the 2023 season, wasn't reinstated Thursday. His situation remains under review, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday. Both Rodgers and Berry were with the Indianapolis Colts at the time of their suspensions, and both were released by the team last year. Rodgers later signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, who hold his rights if he gets reinstated. Cephus   ... Read More

Reed Sheppard enters NBA draft, leaves Kentucky after 1 season

ByJONATHAN GIVONY Kentucky freshman guard Reed Sheppard will enter the 2024 NBA draft and forgo his remaining college eligibility, he told ESPN on Thursday. "I'm going all-in," Sheppard said. "The opportunity I have is great. I've gotten really good feedback showing where I can be in the draft. I had an unbelievable year at Kentucky. It was such a fun year. It's not easy leaving the fans and the school I dreamed of playing at. I need to do what's best for me, and that's heading to the NBA." Sheppard, the No. 7 prospect in ESPN's NBA draft projections, was named the SEC freshman of the year and second-team all-conference after averaging 12.5 points, 4.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.5   ... Read More

NFL finds ‘insufficient evidence’ to punish Ravens’ Zay Flowers

ByJAMISON HENSLEY OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Zay Flowers will not be disciplined by the NFL after being involved in a domestic violence investigation earlier this year, the league said in a statement Thursday. "Following a review, the NFL concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a finding that Zay Flowers engaged in any activity that violated the NFL's personal conduct policy," the league said in a statement. "There will be no action taken by the league and Flowers remains eligible to participate in all team activities." This decision comes two months after Baltimore County Police suspended a domestic violence investigation involving Flowers, who was never charged. The alleged incident occurred Jan. 16 in Owings Mills, Maryland.   ... Read More

MLB suspends Pirates’ Aroldis Chapman for ‘inappropriate actions’

ByABC News Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Aroldis Chapman has been suspended two games and fined an undisclosed amount for "inappropriate actions" during Monday's game against the New York Mets, MLB announced Thursday. Unless he appeals, Chapman is scheduled to start the suspension Friday, when the Pirates host the Boston Red Sox. Chapman was ejected by plate umpire Edwin Moscoso after giving up a two-run double in the eighth inning of Monday's loss to the Mets. "He evidently said something that the umpire did not like," Pirates manager Derek Shelton said after Monday's game.   ... Read More

Ex-Louisville coach Kenny Payne rejoins John Calipari at Arkansas

ByMYRON MEDCALF After their successful stint together at Kentucky, new Arkansas coach John Calipari has reunited with Kenny Payne, the former Louisville head coach. Payne, who was fired by Louisville last month, will serve as associate head coach on Calipari's staff in Fayetteville, it was announced Thursday. From 2010 to 2020, Payne was an assistant and associate head coach during Calipari's most successful years at Kentucky. Payne was noted for his work with some of the notable big men who anchored the program, including NBA All-Stars Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns and Bam Adebayo. With Payne on staff, Calipari won his lone national championship in 2012 and participated in a streak of four Final Four appearances in five seasons. Former players   ... Read More

Taveras RBI single lead the Rangers over the Tigers 9-7

DETROIT (AP) — Leody Taveras scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice in the eighth inning and added an RBI single in the ninth to lead the Texas Rangers to a 9-7 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday. Taveras doubled with one out advanced to third on Marcus Semien’s fielder’s choice grounder and scored on Corey Seager's grounder that broke a 7-all tie. Taveras added an insurce run with a two-out hit in the ninth. Jose Leclerc (1-2) got the win in relief for Texas, which won three out of four games in Detroit. Kirby Yates, who picked up the win on Wednesday, earned his second save with a perfect ninth innning. Shelby Miller (3-2), the fifth of   ... Read More

University of Oregon defensive back Daylen Austin arrested over hit-and-run that left man dead

University of Oregon(NEW YORK) -- A college football player from the University of Oregon has been arrested in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed a 46-year-old man, police say.The Eugene Police Department is investigating 19-year-old University of Oregon defensive back Daylen Amir Austin after a fatal hit-and-run crash took place a W. 4th Avenue and Polk Street in Eugene, Oregon, on Monday night at approximately 9:10 p.m just three miles from the college campus.“Daylen Amir Austin, age 19, was arrested at 11:45 p.m. on April 15 and has initially been charged with felony Hit and Run,” said the Eugene Police Department in a statement released on Wednesday. “This is a complex investigation and EPD is still gathering information   ... Read More

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