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Boy struck on head by broken bat at Yankees game

A boy was struck on the head by Chris Carter's broken bat during the New York Yankees' game against the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night With Didi Gregorius on second base and no outs in the seventh inning, Carter's bat shattered on a 3-1 fastball from Matt Strahm. The ball bounced on one hop to second baseman Whit Merrifield, and much of the bat hit the boy, who was sitting about seven rows...
From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

Oprah Winfrey told students to live with purpose. President Donald Trump said to ignore the naysayers. Will Ferrell sang some Whitney Houston. Those are a few of the speakers who have taken the stage at college graduation ceremonies this month to share their wisdom, joining a wide range of others in entertainment, politics, business and journalism. In their efforts to inspire the Class of 2017, they've...
From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

From Trump to Oprah, speakers offer parting advice to grads

Oprah Winfrey told students to live with purpose. President Donald Trump said to ignore the naysayers. Will Ferrell sang some Whitney Houston. Those are a few of the speakers who have taken the stage at college graduation ceremonies this month to share their wisdom, joining a wide range of others in entertainment, politics, business and journalism. In their efforts to inspire the Class of 2017, they've...
LEADING OFF: Cubs stage

LEADING OFF: Cubs stage "Anchorman" trip, Pujols nears 600

___ STAY CLASSY, CHICAGO With his Chicago Cubs hovering just over .500, manager Joe Maddon is borrowing inspiration from the Channel 4 news team: new suits! The Cubs will sport "Anchorman" themed outfits when they leave Chicago for Los Angeles to begin a road trip that will also take them through San Diego, site of Will Ferrell's comedy about a local news station. There will be plenty of...
Police chief: Manchester searches turn up valuable info

Police chief: Manchester searches turn up valuable info

Home searches across Manchester have uncovered important items for the investigation into the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, Manchester's police chief announced Thursday. A British official said Manchester police have decided not to share further information on the probe with the United States due to leaks blamed on U.S. officials. Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said the eight suspects detained...
LEADING OFF: Cubs stage

LEADING OFF: Cubs stage "Anchorman" trip, Pujols nears 600

___ STAY CLASSY, CHICAGO With his Chicago Cubs hovering just over .500, manager Joe Maddon is borrowing inspiration from the Channel 4 news team: new suits! The Cubs will sport "Anchorman" themed outfits when they leave Chicago for Los Angeles to begin a road trip that will also take them through San Diego, site of Will Ferrell's comedy about a local news station. There will be plenty of...
Media mogul Jerry Perenchio dies in LA at 86

Media mogul Jerry Perenchio dies in LA at 86

Jerry Perenchio was a media mogul, billionaire former owner of Univision and the producer behind a slew of hit shows and sporting events but his house appeared more often on TV than he did. Perenchio was famously publicity-shy. The first item on his list of 20 rules for subordinates was "stay clear of the press." But his Bel Air mansion was seen every week as the home of the Clampett family...
Arizona State wins 8th NCAA women's golf title

Arizona State wins 8th NCAA women's golf title

One shot away from elimination in the morning, Arizona State capped off a dream day with a resilient performance to win the NCAA women's golf title. NCAA individual champion Monica Vaughn delivered the dramatic shot that kept the Sun Devils alive in the rain-delayed semifinals against Stanford. Linnea Strom, equally clutch in the morning semifinals, set off a wild celebration with one last birdie...
Lamb homers, D-backs complete sweep of White Sox 8-6

Lamb homers, D-backs complete sweep of White Sox 8-6

First-year Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo oozes confidence in his team. So far, it's been well-founded. Jake Lamb homered off a left-hander for only the second time this season, five Diamondbacks drove in at least one run and Arizona beat Chicago 8-6 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep of the White Sox. The Diamondbacks won for the eighth time in nine games and are 10 games above...
Yates, Evernham lead NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Yates, Evernham lead NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Robert Yates still remembers his college professor telling him he'd never make anything of himself. It turns out his professor was wrong. Yates' 40-year career in auto racing culminated with his selection to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Wednesday, an achievement that left him in tears. The 74-year-old Yates admitted he wasn't the smartest guy, but said "I knew how to work on cars." Yates,...
Gray fans 11, Davis homers as A's top Marlins 4-1

Gray fans 11, Davis homers as A's top Marlins 4-1

Sonny Gray wanted to lighten the mood in the Athletics' clubhouse before the game so he lit a few candles in an adjacent locker, lowered the lights and had peaceful, pan-flute music piped into the overhead speakers. Then the Oakland ace went out and put the Miami Marlins' offense to sleep with his best outing in two years. Gray struck out a season-high 11 over seven innings, Khris Davis homered and...
Game 7 offers chance at history for Penguins and Senators

Game 7 offers chance at history for Penguins and Senators

Craig Anderson is a realist, the byproduct of 15 years playing the most demanding position in the NHL. The Ottawa goaltender would like to chalk his 45-save masterpiece in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh up to his own brilliance. He knows that's not exactly the case. "I think you need to be a little bit lucky to be good at times," Anderson said. Ottawa has relied...
Man United beats Ajax 2-0, wins Europa League

Man United beats Ajax 2-0, wins Europa League

A guttural roar of "Manchester, Manchester" thundered around the Friends Arena at the full-time whistle. Purely in soccer terms, Manchester United's 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday was a triumph of huge significance for England's biggest club. On a wider level, it was also a moment to cheer for the team's home city, grieving two thousand kilometers away. Manchester...
Woods feeling no pain, wants to compete again _ in time

Woods feeling no pain, wants to compete again _ in time

Tiger Woods said he had fusion surgery on his back because he could no longer tolerate the pain, and that he wants to get back on the PGA Tour. "I haven't felt this good in years," he said Wednesday in an update on his website . Woods had the fusion surgery on April — his fourth surgery on his back dating to the spring of 2014 — and said it provided "instant nerve relief...
Hard-luck loser Kiwis back for another shot at America's Cup

Hard-luck loser Kiwis back for another shot at America's Cup

The champagne was on ice and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron was eager to welcome back the America's Cup to its trophy room. Emirates Team New Zealand was that close to victory on San Francisco Bay. Corks never popped. The Auld Mug never made it back Down Under. Four years after their soul-crushing loss to Oracle Team USA, the Kiwis are back for another shot at sailing's Holy Grail. The Kiwis...
Major sponsor pulls support from Alaska's Iditarod race

Major sponsor pulls support from Alaska's Iditarod race

The world's most famous sled dog race has lost a major backer, and Alaska race officials are blaming animal rights organizations for pressuring corporate sponsors outside the state like Wells Fargo with "manipulative information" about the treatment of the dogs. Wells Fargo spokesman David Kennedy said Wednesday the banking institution's investment in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has...
Cavs remain humble with chance to closeout Celtics in Game 5

Cavs remain humble with chance to closeout Celtics in Game 5

It took 10 games and halfway through the third round of the NBA playoffs before the Cleveland Cavaliers finally encountered their first true dose of resistance this postseason. After cruising to a 2-0 Eastern Conference finals lead over Boston, the Cavs were humbled at home in a Game 3 loss, and needed a 42-point night from Kyrie Irving to battle back from a 16-point hole and win Game 4. The chatter...
Melting pot Manchester stresses unity after concert attack

Melting pot Manchester stresses unity after concert attack

On the Manchester street they call the "Curry Mile," there are no longer just Indian or Pakistani restaurants. A hungry diner can now choose Halal snacks from Beirut, kebabs from Afghanistan or garishly colored sweets from India, among many others. Traffic along the busy road is just as varied — hipsters on vintage race bikes zoom past a mother in full-face veil pushing a stroller...
USGA wants focus on Women's Open golf, not Trump's course

USGA wants focus on Women's Open golf, not Trump's course

The USGA insists its focus is going to be on golf and not politics when it conducts the U.S. Women's Open at a golf course owned by President Donald Trump in less than two months. Some fans and politicians criticized golf's governing body for not moving the marquee women's tournament from Trump National after lewd comments by Trump about women from 2005 surfaced during the presidential campaign. USGA...
Protests expected as Senior PGA tees off at Trump National

Protests expected as Senior PGA tees off at Trump National

This year's venue for the Senior PGA Championship has made news for reasons that have nothing to do with the tournament or the champion it might produce. The world's best 50-and-over golfers are competing for the first time at a course owned by a sitting president: Trump National Golf Club, on the Potomac River about 25 miles northwest of Washington. President Donald Trump has already visited the...

AP Source: Bucks opening up GM search after Hammond exit

After longtime GM John Hammond left to join friend Jeff Weltman in the Orlando Magic front office, the Bucks are bringing in respected league executive Rod Thorn to help with the search for a replacement, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bucks were not publicly discussing their search. Assistant...

Ex-aide to soccer federation leader pleads guilty in scandal

A former aide to the president of one of soccer's six continental confederations pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single charge — money laundering conspiracy — in the sport's worldwide scandal. Costas Takkas, 60, worked at CONCACAF, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football. The case is part of a sprawling prosecution that triggered turmoil at FIFA, the...
Need cash? Facebook expands personal fundraising tools

Need cash? Facebook expands personal fundraising tools

Facebook is expanding its fundraising tools that let users ask friends and strangers to give them money to help pay for education, medical or other expenses. The company has been testing the tool, which is similar to online fundraising services such as GoFundMe, since March. With the latest update unveiled Wednesday, it has added sports and community fundraisers as options. It's also possible to raise...
NBA announces 2019 All-Star game will held in Charlotte

NBA announces 2019 All-Star game will held in Charlotte

The NBA All-Star game is headed back to Charlotte in 2019, a couple of years later than anticipated. The NBA announced that the All-Star weekend will be held Feb. 15-17 in Charlotte and the game will be played at the Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets. The league had selected Charlotte to host the 2017 All-Star game, but later moved the game to New Orleans because of the state law restricting...
Serena Williams accepts a new challenge - in Silicon Valley

Serena Williams accepts a new challenge - in Silicon Valley

Tennis star Serena Williams has 39 Grand Slam titles, four Olympic medals, major endorsement deals and her own line of clothing and accessories. Now she is embarking on a new mission: She says she wants to help tech companies diversify their workforces and solve one of the industry's most vexing problems. Williams, 35, will get her chance as she joins a Silicon Valley boardroom. Online survey service...

Prince hits game-winner with 4.5 seconds left for Liberty

Epiphanny Prince hit a go-ahead jumper with 4.5 seconds left and the New York Liberty held off the Phoenix Mercury 69-67 on Tuesday night. Prince dribbled down the clock and used two high screens to sink the jumper from the wing. After a timeout, Leilani Mitchell drove to the basket but her shot was blocked by Sugar Rodgers. Prince was 10 of 14 from the field, including four 3-pointers, and finished...
False alarm: Braves say no emergency, just malfunction

False alarm: Braves say no emergency, just malfunction

An alarm and an emergency evacuation message on a sign board during the Atlanta Braves' game late Tuesday night turned out to be a false alarm. The Braves issued a statement on Wednesday which explained that a small grease fire on a grill at the "Chop House" restaurant in right field unnecessarily triggered the high alert. The team said the fire was quickly extinguished but smoke detectors...
Pederson leaves game after frightening collision with Puig

Pederson leaves game after frightening collision with Puig

Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson left a game against the St. Louis Cardinals after a frightening collision with Yasiel Puig on the warning track Tuesday night. Just before crashing into Pederson, Puig sprinted from right field to right-center and caught Yadier Molina's long flyball to end the 10th inning. Puig's left elbow appeared to knock Pederson on the side of his head, and Pederson's hat and glove...
The tragedy of Everest's normal: 10 dead this season, so far

The tragedy of Everest's normal: 10 dead this season, so far

Almost every year, the reports filter down from the highest mountain in the world, and talk among the climbing teams at Everest Base Camp turns to the latest person to die. On Everest, tragedy is almost normal. Ten people have died so far in a series of accidents this climbing season, four more than mountaineering officials expect in a typical year. On Wednesday, authorities said Sherpa rescuers found...
10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. WHO'S WEIGHING IN ON 'TRUMPCARE' The Congressional Budget Office says the health care bill Republicans pushed through the House would leave 23 million additional people uninsured in 2026 compared with Obama's health care law. 2. AUTHORITIES EXPLORE BOMBER'S TIES TO LARGER NETWORK British investigators are studying the possibility that the Manchester attack was overseen by the same cell linked to...
The Latest: US lawmaker says UK bomb showed 'sophistication'

The Latest: US lawmaker says UK bomb showed 'sophistication'

The Latest on the bombing at a pop concert in Manchester that left 22 people dead (all times local): 11:55 p.m. A U.S. congressman says the bomb used in the deadly Manchester Arena attack in England suggests a "level of sophistication" that might indicate its maker had foreign training. Texas Republican Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told The Associated Press...
Raids, arrests as on-edge UK seeks 'network' of attackers

Raids, arrests as on-edge UK seeks 'network' of attackers

Security forces rounded up more suspects Wednesday in the deadly Manchester concert blast and soldiers fanned out across the country to national landmarks as an on-edge Britain tried to thwart the possibility of additional attacks. Officials scoured the background of the British-born ethnic Libyan identified as the bomber, saying he was likely part of a wider terrorist network. Additional arrests...
Pick 6: Gary, Evans, Sweat are defenders set to rise in '17

Pick 6: Gary, Evans, Sweat are defenders set to rise in '17

The Ohio State safety had mostly played on special teams before stepping into a major role in his third season for the Buckeyes and turned into an All-American and first-round NFL draft pick. Jonathan Allen went from a key member of Alabama's defensive line rotation in 2015 to the Crimson Tide's most dominant lineman and a Heisman Trophy contender in 2016. Who will be this season's breakout stars...
Forsythe, Dodgers win it in 13th after Kershaw duels Lynn

Forsythe, Dodgers win it in 13th after Kershaw duels Lynn

Logan Forsythe batted in the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup for the first time in a month and promptly struck out in his first four at-bats. After getting a few extra innings to find his stroke, the infielder put a celebratory cap on his return. Forsythe doubled in a run in the 13th inning to lift the Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Tuesday night after a stellar duel between starters Clayton...
China's Geely buys stakes in Malaysia's Proton, Lotus

China's Geely buys stakes in Malaysia's Proton, Lotus

The Chinese owner of Sweden's Volvo Cars agreed Wednesday to buy 49.9 percent of Malaysian automaker Proton, gaining a platform to expand into Southeast Asia. The deal gives Geely a distribution network in Southeast Asia, where non-Japanese brands have struggled. Proton gets a financially strong partner and possibly more advanced technology. Proton Holdings Bhd. was founded in 1983 by the Malaysian...
After 3-hour rain delay, Adams lifts Braves over Pirates

After 3-hour rain delay, Adams lifts Braves over Pirates

Filling in for fan favorite Freddie Freeman, Matt Adams is doing everything he can to quickly endear himself to his new home crowd. Of course, that's easier to do when they're actually in their seats. Adams singled in the winning run with about 200 fans left at SunTrust Park for the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 early Wednesday morning in a game delayed over...
After 3-hour rain delay, Adams lifts Braves over Pirates

After 3-hour rain delay, Adams lifts Braves over Pirates

Filling in for fan favorite Freddie Freeman, Matt Adams is doing everything he can to quickly endear himself to his new home crowd. Of course, that's easier to do when they're actually in their seats. Adams singled in the winning run with about 200 fans left at SunTrust Park for the ninth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 early Wednesday morning in a game delayed over...

Florida beats Stanford 4-1 for women's NCAA tennis title

Florida captured its first NCAA women's tennis title since 2012, beating defending national champion Stanford 4-1 Tuesday night. In a final forced indoors because of stormy weather, the top-seeded Gators captured the opening point by cruising to a pair of doubles victories before taking three of four completed singles matches to seal the victory. Ingrid Neel provided the deciding point at No. 3 singles...
Hoffman's goal helps Senators beat Penguins to force Game 7

Hoffman's goal helps Senators beat Penguins to force Game 7

Craig Anderson and the Ottawa Senators bounced back nicely two days after a blowout loss put them on the brink of elimination. Anderson stopped 45 shots, Mike Hoffman scored the tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Senators beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1 Tuesday night to force a decisive Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Finals. The 36-year-old Anderson was coming off a pair of rough...
Kyrie-markable: Irving's 42 carries Cavaliers past Celtics

Kyrie-markable: Irving's 42 carries Cavaliers past Celtics

Kyrie Irving gritted his teeth, tightened up his left sneaker and hopped to his feet. The pain couldn't stop him. The Celtics couldn't either. Irving took over in the second half and finished with 42 points despite playing on a tender ankle, LeBron James added 34 and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of an almost inevitable third date in the NBA Finals with Golden State by rallying to beat...

New Jersey's Newark Airport reopens after plane engine fire

New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport has reopened after a plane engine caught fire, prompting a temporarily closure. United Airlines Flight 1579 from Newark to San Francisco was scheduled to take off Tuesday night when officials say its engine caught fire. A spokesman for United, Jonathan Guerin, says the tower notified the crew of what appeared to be flames from one of the engines. He...
LEADING OFF: Sale tries for 9th double-digit K game in row

LEADING OFF: Sale tries for 9th double-digit K game in row

___ A BIG FAN Red Sox ace Chris Sale can set a major league record by striking out at least 10 batters in his ninth straight game when he starts against Texas at Fenway Park. The lefty has already matched the mark of eight in a row, which he did in 2015 with the White Sox and Pedro Martinez accomplished with Boston in 1999. Sale has fanned 95 in 65 2/3 over nine starts in his first year with the Red...

Virginia wins 3rd straight tennis title; Stanford denied

Virginia captured its third straight NCAA men's tennis championship Tuesday, while Stanford's bid for back-to-back women's titles was denied by Florida. With the finals at the University of Georgia delayed by rainy weather, Virginia romped to another championship on the indoor courts with a 4-2 victory over Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina. The second-seeded Cavaliers won the doubles...

Texas moves to soften voter ID law after judge finds bias

A weakened Texas voter ID law moved closer to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's desk on Tuesday with the state House approving legislation that waters down an original version that a judge compared to a "poll tax" and ruled had intentionally discriminated against minorities. Republicans are pushing changes with urgency: the Texas Legislature has less than a week left to pass bills before adjourning...
Areas outside of arenas becoming a bigger priority

Areas outside of arenas becoming a bigger priority

Even before the suicide bombing that killed 22 people at a Manchester, England, arena Monday night, the Chicago Cubs were evaluating ways to make the area around Wrigley Field safer. The City Council Budget Committee on Tuesday approved a $1 million donation by the World Series champions for the installation of 30 security cameras around the stadium in a densely populated neighborhood. The timing...
Hundreds honor Montana sheriff deputy killed in line of duty

Hundreds honor Montana sheriff deputy killed in line of duty

A Montana sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty last week was remembered as a family man, a man of faith and a dedicated public servant who could be tough when he needed to be but still played dolls with his daughter. Hundreds of law enforcement officers, family and friends gathered Tuesday to honor Broadwater County Sheriff's Deputy Mason Moore a week after he was shot to death during...

Celtics G Isaiah Thomas visits specialist, surgery undecided

Boston Celtics star guard Isaiah Thomas has visited one hip specialist and plans to see others. Thomas, who is done for the season with a right hip injury he sustained in March and aggravated in the playoffs, told Celtics coach Brad Stevens that he intends to get "one or two more opinions" before a course of action is set. It's possible Thomas could undergo surgery on his hip. The Celtics...
Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat

Health care is key issue as Montana fills US House seat

Meagher County, Montana, may not be much different than the rest of the rural enclaves across America that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump last fall. The median annual household income is $38,000 — about 25 percent below the national average. Nearly 20 percent of its 1,800 residents live in poverty. And more than one in four people don't have health insurance. Yet few people in this conservative...
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