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Hornets forward Miles Bridges arrested on eve of free agency

Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges was arrested in California on the eve of NBA free agency after a warrant was issued, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. LAPD spokeswoman Lizeth Lomeli confirmed that Bridges was arrested on Wednesday but did not release details on the ...

Parade of champs: Avs live it up as they celebrate Cup title

DENVER (AP) — There was Nathan MacKinnon jumping off the fire truck so he could walk the streets and shake hands with the swarm of Avalanche fans. Later, Erik Johnson took the stage and got the crowd to participate in a giant sing-along to the team's adopted anthem, "All The Small Things" by ...

Giménez homer in 9th gives Guardians 5-3 win over Twins

CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrés Giménez watched his home run clear the center-field fence, kissed his bat and then flipped it while turning toward Minnesota's stunned dugout. For the second day in a row, the Cleveland Guardians won a game they probably should have lost and handed the Twins another ...

Mariners J.P. Crawford begins serving suspension for brawl

SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford had his suspension stemming from last weekend's brawl with the Los Angeles Angels reduced from five to four games, and he was set to serve the ban Thursday. Crawford appealed his five-game ban for his involvement in the melee at Angel Stadium ...

AP source: Jokic, Nuggets agree on record $264M extension

DENVER (AP) — Nikola Jokic has gone from draft pick No. 41, to two-time MVP, and now the holder of the largest contract in NBA history. Jokic and the Denver Nuggets agreed Thursday to a $264 supermax extension, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations who spoke to The ...

Ex-agent: Braves fostering ‘false narrative’ about Freeman

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former agent of Los Angeles Dodgers star Freddie Freeman says the Braves are presenting a "false narrative" about the first baseman's parting with Atlanta in March. "I will not stand by as the circumstances surrounding Freddie Freeman's departure from Atlanta are ...

Astros beat Yanks again, Bregman’s 2-run double keys 2-1 win

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros wrapped up a stretch of nine straight games against New York teams Thursday night with another win over the New York Yankees. Alex Bregman hit a two-run double early and the Astros held on for the 2-1 victory. Houston went 3-2 against the major ...

Schwarber, Hall help Phillies rout Braves 14-4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Schwarber finished off the month with another June homer, Darick Hall went deep twice and the Philadelphia Phillies avoided a three-game sweep with a 14-4 rout of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night. Rhys Hoskins and Nick Castellanos also homered for the Phillies, ...

Backup catcher Perez’s 3 HRs help Pirates beat Brewers 8-7

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Backup catcher Michael Perez had three home runs, rookies Oneil Cruz and Jack Suwinski hit back-to-back shots and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-7 on Thursday night. It was the first multi-homer game of Perez's five-year career. He also doubled his ...

5 players, $1.1 billion: NBA free agency starts with a bang

The NBA generated more basketball-related income than ever this past season, the total number coming up just short of $9 billion. Business is good. The first night of free agency underscored how good. Nikola Jokic agreed to the biggest contract in NBA history, Bradley Beal agreed to a deal ...

Wisdom’s slam, 6 RBIs lift Cubs over Reds 15-7

CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Wisdom hit a grand slam and a solo homer en route to a career-high six RBIs, rookie Christopher Morel had a career-high five hits and the Chicago Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 15-7 Thursday night. The Cubs collected 23 hits off five pitchers, tying their season high ...

Grizzlies, All-Star Ja Morant agree to 5-year supermax deal

The Memphis Grizzlies are making sure All-Star point guard Ja Morant is going nowhere anytime soon. Morant agreed to a five-year supermax rookie extension Friday. Tandem, the company home to Morant's agent, Jim Tanner, congratulated the guard on the contract on social media minutes after ...

Booker secures $224M, four-year extension from Suns

Devin Booker helped Phoenix to the NBA Finals in 2021, then played a huge role in helping the Suns to the league's best record this past season. They can't wait to see what he does next. To no surprise, the Suns gave Booker a four-year extension early Friday that will begin with the 2024-25 ...

Rodriguez homers, Mariners beat Athletics 8-6

SEATTLE (AP) — Julio Rodríguez homered for the second day in a row, Cal Raleigh had a two-run triple in the fifth inning and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-6 Thursday night. Seattle has won 17 of 19 games against Oakland and earned its third straight victory overall to ...

Justin Turner hits 2 HRs, Dodgers beat Padres 3-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner finally found his power at the plate and Chris Taylor made a sparking defensive outfield play that was too much for the San Diego Padres. Turner homered twice, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the seventh inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers won 3-1 on ...

One year into NIL era, fresh questions about its future

The first year of the athlete compensation era in college sports evolved into almost everything the NCAA didn't want when it gave the green light last summer. What was envisioned as a way for college athletes to make some pocket money based on their celebrity has turned into bidding wars for ...

AP Sources: NFL adamant on indefinite suspension for Watson

Deshaun Watson's disciplinary hearing concluded Thursday with the NFL adamant about an indefinite suspension of at least one year and the quarterback's legal team arguing there's no basis for that punishment, two people with knowledge of the case told The Associated Press. Both sides presented ...

Trial for US basketball star begins in Moscow-area court

MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. basketball star Brittney Griner is set to go on trial in a Moscow-area court Friday, about 4 1/2 months after she was arrested on cannabis possession charges at an airport while traveling to play for a Russian team. The Phoenix Mercury center and two-time U.S. Olympic gold ...

Agency clears way for Oakland Athletics $12B ballpark plan

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California agency on Thursday cleared the way for the Oakland Athletics to continue planning a $12 billion waterfront ballpark project. The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission voted 23-2 to reclassify a 56-acre terminal at the Port of Oakland as a ...

Former NBA PG Rod Strickland hired as LIU basketball coach

NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA point guard Rod Strickland is the new men's basketball coach at Long Island University. Strickland was hired Thursday to replace Derek Kellogg, who led the Sharks to a 16-14 record last season. He had been serving as the program director for the NBA G League ...