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F1 seeking to hold race in Miami starting in 2019

By JIM VERTUNOAP Sports Writer Formula One announced Wednesday it wants to stage a street race in Miami starting in 2019 and the city commission has scheduled a vote next week on a proposal to formalize plans for a 10-year deal. The series has long sought to enlarge its presence …

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Authorities: Slaying possibly linked to killing of ex-Packer

By JAY REEVESAssociated Press BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A man whose bullet-riddled body was found dumped along a rural road in Alabama apparently was killed in retaliation for the slaying of a former Green Bay Packers player, authorities said Wednesday. A statement from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department said Darryl …

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Russian Olympic Committee president Zhukov to step down

MOSCOW (AP) – The head of the Russian Olympic Committee is stepping down from his post, three months after athletes from his country were forced to compete at the Pyeongchang Games as neutral athletes. Alexander Zhukov said he wants to focus on his political career as a deputy speaker of …

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Trainer Lukas savoring first Kentucky Derby berth since 2015

By GARY B. GRAVESAP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The smile on D. Wayne Lukas’ face shows how much he still loves what he’s doing. The 82-year-old trainer Hall of Fame trainer is still going strong, and especially enjoys this week. Lukas is back in the Kentucky Derby for …

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Study: Diversity remains low in sports news departments

By JOEDY McCREARYAP Sports Writer The number of jobs held by people of color and women in sports departments at newspapers and websites has improved slightly but remains low, with most positions dominated by white males, according to a study released Wednesday. The report by Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity …

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James has triple-double, Cavs beat Raptors in OT in Game 1

By IAN HARRISONAssociated Press TORONTO (AP) – This time, LeBron James didn’t have to do it all by himself. James had 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds for his 21st career playoff triple-double, J.R. Smith scored 20 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Toronto Raptors 113-112 in overtime …

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Stephen Curry returns to score 28, Warriors beat Pelicans

By JANIE McCAULEYAP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Long before tipoff, Stephen Curry swished his routine tunnel shot on the second try. Once the game began, the two-time MVP stood along the bench anxiously waiting for his turn, shaking his legs and clapping his hands with nervous energy and …

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LEADING OFF: Kluber faces Texas, deGrom vs Braves

By The Associated Press A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: ___ STREAKING KLUBER Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber is 4-1 going into Wednesday’s game against Texas and has won four consecutive starts. His 2.18 ERA is the lowest through April for an Indians pitcher with at least …

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Ovechkin’s late goal lifts Capitals by Penguins 4-3

By WILL GRAVESAP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) – Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom have spent their entire careers chasing the Pittsburgh Penguins and shouldering their own franchise’s onerous history of playoff failures. One brilliant end-to-end rush gave the two Washington Capitals teammates and their resilient club something they’ve rarely enjoyed …

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Soroka wins MLB debut, pitches baby Braves past Mets 3-2

By MIKE FITZPATRICKAP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) – Mike Soroka’s family and friends came all the way from Western Canada to see his major league debut Tuesday night. Even still, the last thing he wanted to do was look up at them in the stands. “I didn’t want to …

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