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Warriors use big second quarter to pull away, rout Pelicans

By JANIE McCAULEYAP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Kevin Durant and Draymond Green ignited a brilliant second quarter with their defense and all-out hustle plays, then Golden State got rolling in transition and Oracle Arena started rocking the way it does this time of year. The defending champions are …

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LEADING OFF: Rays, Yanks try for 9 in a row; Ohtani ailing

By The Associated Press A look at what’s happening all around the majors today: NINE IN LINE The resurgent Rays try for their ninth straight win when Matt Andriese starts at Fenway Park. Tampa Bay has its longest success streak since taking nine in a row in July 2014. Rick …

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Japan Sumo Association to consider opinions on female ban

TOKYO (AP) – The Japan Sumo Association says it will consider outside opinions from experts and the public over its much criticized policy of banning women from entering the sumo ring. The association held an extraordinary meeting of its board on Saturday. It did not reach a decision regarding the …

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Celtics beat Bucks 112-96 in Game 7, advance to play 76ers

By JIMMY GOLENAP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) – Terry Rozier and Eric Bledsoe spent seven games trash-talking through the media and pretending not to know each other’s names. When it was over, they gave each other a quick hug – and a smile. “Just respect,” Rozier said after scoring a …

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry sitting out Game 1 against Pelicans

By JANIE McCAULEYAP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Stephen Curry’s return from a knee injury will wait at least one more game. Curry sat out the opener of Golden State’s Western Conference semifinal matchup against New Orleans as he continues to fully recover from a sprained left knee. Coach …

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The Latest: Buffalo Sabres win NHL draft lottery

TORONTO (AP) – The Latest on the NHL draft lottery (all times local): 10:15 p.m. The Buffalo Sabres followed a season filled with losses by finally winning something – the NHL draft lottery – and landing the No. 1 pick for just third time in franchise history. The Sabres became …

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Herrera makes great catch for Phils in 4-1 loss to Braves

By AARON BRACYAssociated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Like everyone else, Freddie Freeman marveled at Odubel Herrera’s amazing catch . But the Atlanta star doesn’t want to see a repeat performance – at least not while he’s batting. Herrera reached way into the bushes beyond the center field wall to rob …

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Diamondbacks beat Nationals 4-3 on bases-loaded walk

By BOBBY BANCROFTAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) – The Arizona Diamondbacks extended their impressive start with a little patience at the perfect moment. Nick Ahmed scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk in the 10th inning, sending Arizona to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. The Diamondbacks …

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Harvick, eyeing 4th win of year, to start on Talladega pole

By JOHN ZENORAP Sports Writer TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) – Kevin Harvick will start on the pole Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway while he goes for his fourth win of the year. Harvick won pole position for the first time since last September at Darlington. Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch joins him …

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Legion of Griffins: Seahawks select LB Shaquem Griffin

By TIM BOOTHAP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Shaquem Griffin had walked away from his cellphone, on his way to use the restroom, when it buzzed. His twin brother, Shaquill, recognized the 425 area code that flashed on the screen and started charging after his brother. “I think I …

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