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FILE - In this June 5, 2008 file photo, Patrice Wolfson, left, and Steve Cauthen speak about the legacy of thoroughbred racehorse Affirmed at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington, Ky. Wolfson and Cauthen are ready to give up their titles as the last owner and jockey of a Triple Crown winner. They believe American Pharoah could be the first horse in 37 years to complete a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. (AP Photo/James Crisp, File)

Past Triple Crown winners ready to welcome a new one

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Steve Cauthen thinks it’s long past time for a new horse to join the exclusive club of Triple Crown winners. The jockey who rode Affirmed to a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes in 1978 believes horse racing needs a victory by American Pharoah in the Belmont on June 6 to boost flagging interest in the sport. …

LeBron, Cavaliers earn NBA Finals spot by sweeping Hawks

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CLEVELAND — The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is four wins away. The Cavaliers are in the NBA Finals. James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games and Cleveland reserved a spot in the finals with a 118-88 victory …

Brassard, Lundqvist lead Rangers past Lightning 7-3

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Brassard had a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in another season-saving performance as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 Tuesday night to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. Brassard also had two assists for the Rangers, who evened the series …

You Can Play co-founder says Sam’s signing with CFL a history moment

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CALGARY, Alberta — Brian Burke believes the Montreal Alouettes signing of Michael Sam is a tipping point in professional sports. The Calgary Flames president of hockey operations, who co-founded You Can Play in memory of his late son, …

US Open the most democratic of majors

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The names of golf’s two oldest championships are similar, and so are the concepts. The British Open and the U.S. Open are open to anyone who wants to qualify. The difference between them, other than the 35 years …

Michael Sam is focused on football, not making history in CFL

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MONTREAL — Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League. Sam signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes last week. “I’m …

American Sock ousts Dimitrov on ‘favorite surface’ in Paris

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PARIS — Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can’t the country’s players, particularly the men, find success on red clay? Now comes along Jack …

Usain Bolt wins 200 at cold, wet Golden Spike meet

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic — Usain Bolt cruised to victory in the 200 meters race at the Golden Spike meet on Tuesday, as the Jamaican star prepares for the world championships after a season marred by injuries. Facing rain …

Joe Kelly tagged by Twins, Red Sox drop opener 7-2

Monday, May 25, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Kelly entered Monday’s game looking as if he had things figured out coming off of two of his best performances of 2015. The Minnesota Twins showed him otherwise. Kelly lasted just 12/3 innings, allowing seven …

AP sources: Brady’s appeal wouldn’t be heard by Wednesday

Monday, May 25, 2015

Two people familiar with the situation tell The Associated Press that Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his role in the deflated footballs scandal won’t be heard by Wednesday’s 10-day deadline. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because no date for the appeal has …

Bears release Ray McDonald after arrest in California

Monday, May 25, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — The Chicago Bears released defensive end Ray McDonald following a domestic violence arrest in Northern California that police say stemmed from an assault on a woman who was holding a baby. McDonald was taken into …

Odd-man in: Mets go to 6-man rotation to cut innings

Monday, May 25, 2015

NEW YORK — Mets manager Terry Collins called his starting pitchers into his office last weekend to talk numbers — as in six-man rotation. Matt Harvey has thrown 582/3 innings following his return from Tommy John surgery. NL …

Long road back: Rangers’ Josh Hamilton makes season debut

Monday, May 25, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) — Back on a big league field, Josh Hamilton struck out on four pitches in the first inning Monday. At least he was in the lineup, playing with the Texas Rangers for the first time in …