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3-way tie for lead at PGA Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit

By LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer DETROIT (AP) — Doc Redman is playing his best golf, priming him to perhaps earn his first PGA Tour victory. Redman shot a 7-under 65 on Thursday to share the first-round lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Bryson ...

MLB cancels All-Star Game for first time since 1945

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer. The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and Dodger Stadium was awarded the 2022 Midsummer Classic. The 2021 game is set for Atlanta’s ...

FedEx wants ‘Redskins’ gone

WASHINGTON (AP) — The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium wants the NFL team to change its name. “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,“ FedEx said in a statement Thursday. The company paid the team $205 million in ...

Packers sign top two draft choices

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers said Wednesday they have signed Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and Boston College running back A.J. Dillon, their top two draft picks. Green Bay gave the Miami Dolphins a fourth-round draft choice to move up four spots in the first round and ...

Asterisk on the NBA title? Coaches and players say no chance of that

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer The 2020 NBA champion, if one is crowned, will have emerged as the ultimate winner from a season that lasted more than a full year from start to finish. A season that saw political unrest between the NBA and China, the deaths of David Stern and Kobe ...

Simpson returning after family coronavirus scare

DETROIT (AP) — Webb Simpson is competing on the PGA Tour again after his family had a coronavirus scare. One of Simpson’s daughters tested positive for COVID-19, leading to him withdrawing from last week’s tournament as a precaution. “The first test was positive, but (she) got ...

NCAA’s case against Kansas to be reviewed independently

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Basketball Writer LAWRENCE, Kan.— The NCAA's infractions case against the University of Kansas men's basketball program has been accepted into a newly created independent investigation process that was created to handle especially complex cases. The Infractions ...

Tigers give $8.4M deal to Torkelson

DETROIT (AP) — No. 1 overall draft pick Spencer Torkelson and the Detroit Tigers agreed to a minor league contract on Tuesday, and the team said the infielder will join its player pool for this abbreviated season. Torkelson's deal includes an $8,416,300 is a signing bonus, which is $1,000 ...

Baseball’s minor leagues cancel 2020 seasons

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK — Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity ...

In Brief: Sports

Red Wings to train in Detroit DETROIT (AP) — The Red Wings plan to hold their training camp for the 2020-21 NHL season at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced the ...

Hamlin captures 4th win of season

LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Round 2 at Pocono went to Denny Hamlin. Hamlin seized the spotlight, specifically in victory lane when Pocono had to set up lights after the race ended in the dark. Hamlin topped Kevin Harvick on Sunday night to win the second Cup race of the weekend at Pocono Raceway ...

Johnson wins Travelers title to extend career-long season streak

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Dustin Johnson won the Travelers Championship on Sunday to end a long drought and extend his career-long season victory streak to 13. Johnson closed with a 3-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Kevin Streelman at fan-free TPC River Highlands. Johnson last won in ...

Patriots sign QB Newton to replace Tom Brady

BOSTON (AP) — The New England Patriots have reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Cam Newton, bringing in the 2015 NFL Most Valuable Player to help the team move on from three-time MVP Tom Brady, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The one-year deal is ...

Forward Financial Golf League Results

NORWAY TOWNSHIP— The results from June 22, the fourth week of the Forward Financial Men's Golf League at Oak Crest Golf Club in Norway, are as follows: Division A Medalist - Ed O'Connell with a 35. Team Leader with 13 points is - Ron Osterberg and Joe Anderson. Division ...

Michigan State, Izzo land nation’s top basketball recruit

YPSILANTI — As reported by the Detroit Free Press, Ypsilanti Lincoln basketball phenom Emoni Bates, the No. 1 prospect in the country for the 2022 class, committed to Michigan State basketball during a live interview on ESPN Sportscenter on Monday. "I'm not sure what the future may hold," ...

Major leaguers confronting short time period before opening day

By JAY COHEN AP Sports Writer Forget about those halcyon first few days of spring training, when arranging for the right tee time on the right golf course is often more challenging than the work on the field. When major leaguers report next week for spring training 2.0 — or perhaps ...

Mickelson added to field in U.S. Open without qualifying

By The Associated Press The USGA is leaning a little more on the world ranking and a lot more on tournament results over the next two months to fill the 144-man field for a U.S. Open that will be without open qualifying for the first time in nearly a century. The exemption categories ...

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Carter finalizes NBA retirement ATLANTA (AP) — Vince Carter made his retirement official, announcing on his podcast that his 22-year NBA career has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of this season ...