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Lightning stay alive in bid for three-peat

DENVER (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in the hunt for a third straight Stanley Cup title, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night in Game 5. Ondrej Palat scored with 6:22 remaining and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots in front of a raucous crowd hoping to celebrate the Avalanche’s first championship in 21 years. The Cup was all shined up and in the building, too. It’s heading back to Tampa for Game 6 on Sunday night, with the Lightning down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Nikita Kucherov and Jan Rutta also scored for the Lightning. Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar had goals for Colorado.


Hawks set to hire Richardson

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks are nearing a deal with Luke Richardson to become their next coach, turning to the former NHL defenseman to help lead their already painful rebuilding process. Richardson and the Blackhawks are working on a contract, according to a person familiar with the talks, and the move could be finalized as soon as next week.


Dodgers win in Freeman’s return to Atlanta

UNDATED (AP) — Trea Turner had three hits, including a home run, Freddie Freeman reached base three times in his emotional return to Atlanta and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Braves 4-1. Julio Urías gave up only one run in six innings but the Dodgers absorbed bad news for their pitching staff before and during the game. Left-hander Andrew Heaney was placed on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation. Right-hander Daniel Hudson exited in the eighth with an apparent left knee injury. Freeman had one hit, a sixth-inning single. He walked twice and scored two runs.

Also in the majors:

— Austin Nola hit an RBI single off younger brother Aaron in the sixth inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0. San Diego rookie left-hander MacKenzie Gore and three relievers combined on a five-hitter. Closer Taylor Rogers loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth before getting Kyle Schwarber to fly out to center field. Austin Nola had been 0 for 4 against his brother in two seasons until delivering an opposite-field single to right with one out in the sixth to bring in Eric Hosmer, who was aboard on a one-out double.

— Francisco Lindor homered, doubled and drove in four runs to lead the New York Mets past the Miami Marlins 5-3. All three runners scored on Lindor’s bases-loaded double in the sixth that gave New York a 5-2 lead. Mark Canha also went deep and Taijuan Walker pitched six-plus innings of three-run ball for the NL East leaders. Walker allowed eight hits, walked two and struck out five. Miami starter Sandy Alcantara, who entered with a 1.72 ERA, gave up five runs — four earned — and six hits in seven innings. The right-hander has gone at least seven innings in nine straight outings.

— Alejandro Kirk went 4 for 4 and homered for the third straight game before leaving with a bruised left hand in the seventh inning of the Toronto Blue Jays’ 9-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Kirk appeared to get hit in the hand on a backswing from Jonathan Davis in the seventh. The catcher remained in the game for the rest of that at-bat before leaving at the same time the Blue Jays made a pitching change. The team said Kirk underwent precautionary X-rays that came back negative.

— Kyle Hendricks carried a shutout into the eighth inning and Nico Hoerner homered to help the Chicago Cubs to a 3-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Ian Happ also drove in a run for Chicago which has won two of three. Hendricks gave up five hits in 7 1/3 scoreless innings, struck out six and walked one. Hendricks improved to 13-3 in 25 lifetime starts against his NL Central rivals, his most victories against any team. David Robertson finished for his ninth save in 12 opportunities. Hoerner drilled a two-run shot off Cardinals starter Andre Pallante in the second inning.

— Cincinnati rookie Graham Ashcraft bounced back from two poor starts, pitching a career-high eight innings to help the Reds stop their seven-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Nick Senzel drove in two runs and Mike Moustakas scored twice to pace the Cincinnati offense. Ashcraft faltered only in the fourth inning, when Evan Longoria belted a two-out homer, and in the eighth — when Mike Yastrzemski lashed an RBI single. That followed a double-play comebacker Ashcraft induced from Tommy La Stella to dampen a potential Giants rally. Hunter Strickland worked the ninth against his former team for his third save. Ashcraft permitted six hits and walked none while striking out eight.

— Justin Verlander pitched four-hit ball over seven innings, Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer and the Houston Astros beat the Yankees 3-1 to stop New York’s 15-game home winning streak. Verlander averaged 95.5 mph with his fastball, up from 94.8 mph coming in during his first season since Tommy John surgery. The 39-year-old right-hander, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, struck out three and walked one, lowering his ERA to 2.22 and improve to 9-3. New York got its run in the sixth when Giancarlo Stanton hit an opposite-field drive into the right field second deck.

— Christian Arroyo hit a two-run homer in the seventh and had three RBIs in his return from the COVID-19 injured list, powering the red-hot Boston Red Sox to a 6-3 victory over the Cleveland Guardians. Arroyo’s go-ahead homer to left-center off Bryan Shaw gave Boston a 4-2 lead, paving the way for its fifth straight win and moving it a season-high nine games over .500. Boston carried a 6-2 advantage into the ninth, but closer Tanner Houck gave up an RBI single to rookie Steven Kwan before retiring Amed Rosario and José Ramírez back-to-back with the bases loaded.

— Germán Márquez pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings and the Colorado Rockies edged the Twins 1-0 in a rare trip to Minnesota. Charlie Blackmon’s run-scoring fielder’s choice was the difference for the Rockies, who snapped a three-game skid. Daniel Bard earned his 15th save in 17 chances. The Rockies notched their first shutout of the season. Dylan Bundy allowed a run in six innings for the Twins, giving up four hits and two walks. Minnesota was shut out for the 10th time in 72 games this season, one night after shutting out Cleveland.

— Harold Ramirez scored Vidal Brujan with a game-ending pinch-single in the 10th inning, lifting the Tampa Bay Rays over the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3. Brujan took second as Tampa Bay’s automatic runner and stole third against Yerry De Los Santos before Ramirez’s hit. Jason Adam got the win. Luke Raley and Jonathan Aranda, playing in their first games for the Rays, drove in runs with singles to put the Rays up 2-0 in the second, and a balk by Pirates starter Mitch Keller made it 3-0. The Pirates tied it with three solo homers off starter Jeffrey Springs.

— Julio Rodríguez homered and scored twice, Eugenio Suárez had three hits and an RBI, and Seattle defeated the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 despite Mike Trout’s sixth home run against the Mariners this season. Jesse Winker also had four hits as Seattle won its fourth straight. Chris Flexen went five-plus innings to record his first victory since May 27. Paul Sewald retired the Angels in order in the ninth for his sixth save in eight opportunities. Luis Rengifo also had a pair of hits for the Angels, who have dropped three of their last four. Michael Lorenzen took the loss.

— Javier Báez hit a grand slam to quiet a fan in the front row and homer for the third straight game, lifting the Detroit Tigers to a 5-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Báez homered in consecutive games against Boston and launched his seventh career grand slam off Merrill Kelly in the third inning of Detroit’s first game in Arizona since 2017. Báez didn’t watch as the ball sailed deep into the left field seats, turning instead to emphatically drop his bat while looking at a fan sitting near the on-deck circle. He circled the bases and, after high-fiving teammates, pointed to the fan before putting a shushing finger to his lips

— Zach Greinke tossed six innings of one-run ball, Edward Olivares hit two solo homers and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1. Both Grienke and Olivares were activated from rehab assignments Friday. Olivares belted homers to left field in his first at-bats — in the third and fifth innings — for his first career multi-homer game. Greinke allowed one run on three hits with four strikeouts for his first win in his second stint with Kansas City. Seth Brown collected the lone RBI for Oakland. Scott Barlow earned his ninth save of the season.

— Josh Bell hit a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning of his return home as the Washington Nationals beat the Texas Rangers 2-1. Bell is from nearby Irving, Texas. He also had a triple and double, and scored Washington’s only other run. The Nationals played their first interleague game at Texas in 17 years. Adolis Garcia homered and had his sixth outfield assist of the season for the Rangers. Texas had won its previous six interleague games. Carl Edwards worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the victory. Bell’s winning hit came off reliever Dennis Santana.

— Austin Voth and four relievers combined on a one-hitter, Jorge Mateo had a heated exchange with White Sox starter Michael Kopech after getting nailed by a pitch and the Baltimore Orioles beat Chicago 4-1. Voth, normally a reliever, went three innings in his second start. He gave up an RBI double to Jake Burger in the second for Chicago’s lone hit. The only real drama occurred in the second inning, after Kopech retired the first two batters. He nailed Mateo near the left shoulder and upper back with a similar pitch to the one that hit Chicago’s Josh Harrison on Thursday. Mateo had some words for Kopech. The benches and bullpens emptied, but no punches were thrown. Both teams were issued warnings.


Judge, Yankees agree to $19 million deal, avoid hearing

UNDATED (AP) — Slugger Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees agreed to a $19 million, one-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing. Judge can make an additional $250,000 for MVP and $250,000 for World Series MVP. He is in the middle of perhaps his best season, batting .304 with 27 homers and 53 RBIs in 68 games for the major league-leading Yankees. He hit a game-winning RBI single during New York’s 7-6 victory over Houston on Thursday night.

Elsewhere around the majors:

— Freddie Freeman wasn’t prepared for the flood of feelings that came in his anticipated return to Atlanta as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He struggled to begin a pregame news conference amid a rush of emotions and dabbed away tears throughout his public comments. He received his 2021 World Series ring from Braves manager Brian Snitker during a pregame ceremony on the field. Atlanta fans stood and cheered, some chanting “Freddie! Freddie!” Freeman answered by removing his cap and raising both arms to the fans.

— New York Mets right-hander Max Scherzer will not be activated from the injured list in time to start the final game of the club’s series against the Marlins in Miami on Sunday. Manager Buck Showalter confirmed Scherzer’s status before the series opener Friday. The three-time Cy Young Award winner has been sidelined since May 19 because of an oblique strain. The 37-year-old, who signed a three-year $130 million free agent deal with the Mets in the offseason, was 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA in eight starts before being hurt. Showalter said Scherzer is making progress but is not ready yet.

— Royals catcher Salvador Perez had surgery on his left thumb and was placed on the 10-day injured list. The operation repaired the ulnar collateral ligament in his thumb, and he’s expected to need eight weeks to recover, manager Mike Matheny said. A seven-time All-Star, Perez is hitting a career-worst .211 with 11 home runs a year after leading the majors with 48 homers and 121 RBIs.

— Toronto Blue Jays hitting coach Guillermo Martínez was suspended for five games and fined by Major League Baseball for a confrontation with umpire Doug Eddings. Martínez was discplined for making contact with Eddings and what MLB termed unsportsmanlike conduct during the lineup cards exchange before Wednesday’s game at the Chicago White Sox. The 37-year-old Martínez began serving the suspension on Friday night.


Sixers get Melton to complete deal with Grizzlies

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies announced Friday the final pieces of their draft night trade sending guard De’Anthony Melton to the Philadelphia 76ers for the draft rights to forward David Roddy and wing Danny Green. Roddy was selected with the No. 23 overall pick Thursday night. The Mountain West Player of the Year led Colorado State to the NCAA Tournament this season for the first time since 2013. Green is a three-time NBA champ with the 2014 Spurs, 2019 Raptors and 2020 Lakers.


AP source: Clifford to return as head coach of the Hornets

UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Steve Clifford has agreed to a multiyear contract to return as head coach of the Charlotte Hornets. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the team had yet to announce the move.

Charlotte previously agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson to become head coach, but Atkinson later backed out.

The 60-year-old Clifford spent five seasons coaching the Hornets, compiling a 196-214 record with a team that included Kemba Walker, before being fired in 2018. He coached the Magic from 2018-21. Charlotte fired James Borrego in April.


Watson decision due before camp

UNDATED (AP) — A decision regarding discipline for Deshaun Watson is still expected before training camp, though the league has yet to conclude its investigation and turn it over to a disciplinary officer, according to two people with knowledge of the case. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday because the investigation is ongoing. The Cleveland Browns open training camp on July 22 for rookies with veterans due on July 26. Once the NFL completes its investigation, former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the players’ union, will review the findings to decide whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.

Also around the NFL:

— Chicago Police say Bears linebacker Matt Adams was arrested and charged with misdemeanor firearm possession. Police say they recovered a weapon during a search of his vehicle in downtown Chicago on Thursday evening. He was also cited for possessing a high-capacity magazine within the city limits and metal-piercing bullets, a municipal code violation.


Schauffele lapping field at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Xander Schauffele shot his second straight 7-under 63 to take a five-stroke lead in the Travelers Championship.

The Olympic champion shot a 31 on the front nine at TPC River Highlands with four birdies, then had a 32 on the back, making birdies on 11, 14 and 17.

Kevin Kisner, Nick Hardy, defending champion Harris English, Cam Davis and Patrick Cantlay were tied for second at 9 under. First-round leaders Rory McIlroy and J.T. Poston followed opening 62s with 70s to drop six strokes back.


Chun has huge lead

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — In Gee Chun shot a 3-under 69 to lead by six strokes after the second round of the Women’s PGA Championship.

Chun led by five after the first round, equaling the biggest 18-hole advantage in the history of women’s major championships. The Congressional Country Club course was a bit more forgiving Friday. She began with three birdies in the first five holes, but bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 kept her from pulling away further.

Lydia Ko and Jennifer Kupcho were second.


Harrington, Stricker lead through 36

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Padraig Harrington and Steve Stricker are going at it again. This time, they get to decide it with their own golf shots.

The Ryder Cup captains from Whistling Straits last September are in the final group going into the weekend at the U.S. Senior Open. Harrington was bogey-free for a 65 at Saucon Valley. He has a one-shot lead over Stricker, who birdied his last three holes for a 69. The weekend will not include Bernhard Langer. The 64-year-old German great missed the cut for the first time in 14 years playing the senior majors.


European tour bans LIV golfers from Scottish Open

MUNICH (AP) — The European tour says players who competed in the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV series will not be allowed to play in the Scottish Open and two other upcoming tournaments.

The tour says any players who took part in the inaugural LIV event in England this month have been suspended from the Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship. All three events are co-sanctioned by the European tour and the PGA. They were also fined $120,000.

The European tour says there could be “further sanctions” if the players continue to compete in LIV without authorization.


Serena Williams to begin Wimbledon against 113th-ranked foe

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams held a practice session on Centre Court and will begin her Wimbledon comeback by facing Harmony Tan. Tan is a 24-year-old from France who is ranked 113th and owns a 2-6 career record in Grand Slam matches.

The placement of Williams in the women’s bracket was the most anticipated aspect of the draw at the All England Club. She is making her first appearance in singles since getting injured in the first round at Wimbledon last year.

Williams has won seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles at Wimbledon. Tan is making her debut at the grass-court tournament.


IOC keeps women’s Nordic Combined out of 2026 Olympics

GENEVA (AP) — The IOC will not add a women’s Nordic Combined to the 2026 Winter Games. The decision on Friday confirms skiing as the only Olympic sport lacking gender equality. The long-term Olympic future of Nordic Combined was also put in doubt with no commitment to keep the men’s event on the program in 2030.

Nordic Combined tests athletes in the contrasting disciplines of ski jumping and cross-country skiing. It was one of the original 16 medal events at the first Winter Games in 1924.

The IOC cites concerns that Nordic Combined lacks a global audience and too few countries field women athletes.


UNC-Indiana, Ohio State-Duke headline ACC/Big 10 Challenge

UNDATED (AP) — National runner-up North Carolina will play at Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Nov. 30. North Carolina is a strong contender for the No. 1 spot in the preseason polls with four starters returning.

The two conferences announced the 14 matchups for the 24th edition of the three-day event. The ACC leads 12-8 with three ties. The Big Ten won 8-6 last season for its third straight win. The ACC has a 144-121 advantage in all games since the genesis in 1999.

The other headliner matchup for Nov. 30 has Ohio State at Duke.


Stenhouse signs multi-year contract extension with JTG

LEBANON, Tenn. (AP) Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has signed a multi-year contract extension to continue driving for JTG Daugherty Racing.

Since taking over the No. 47 Chevrolet at the start of the 2020 season, Stenhouse won the Daytona 500 pole in his first race and has collected 26 top-15 finishes.

Stenhouse heads into Sunday’s race at Nashville Superspeedway ranked 24th in the Cup standings with five top-10 finishes. He finished a season-best second at Dover in May.


Ledecky stretches 22-medal record at worlds with 800 title

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky has extended her record haul of medals from the world swimming championships to 22 with her latest 800-meter freestyle win. Ledecky clocked 8:08.04 to win the event for the eighth consecutive time at a worlds or Olympic Games. It’s her 19th gold at a worlds and her fourth this week.

She helped the United States win the 4x200 freestyle relay final Wednesday, two days after she won the 1,500 freestyle, which came two days after she won the 400 freestyle on the first day of racing in Budapest.

Ledecky has the most medals for a female swimmer in world championships history. Only Michael Phelps has more.

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