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Verlander falters, Cabrera hurt as Twins top Tigers 6-3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Justin Verlander stumbled again, Miguel Cabrera left after straining his right groin and the Detroit Tigers wasted a three-run lead Friday night against the Minnesota Twins, who burst ahead when Eddie Rosario hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run sixth ...

Muslim teen wins right to box competitively in hijab

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Muslim teen boxer from Minnesota who hopes to one day compete in the Olympics has won a fight to wear a hijab during matches in the U.S. Amaiya Zafar will also be allowed to cover her arms and legs in accordance with her religious beliefs while competing in her first ...

James, Nelson hope to be next impact transfers at Wisconsin

By Genaro C. Armas AP Sports Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — From Russell Wilson to J.J. Watt, Wisconsin has become a home for transfers who have blossomed into impact players. The Badgers have a good track record, and offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk could be taken in the first round in the ...

Wild aim to keep pressure on Blues with 3-1 deficit

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Charlie Coyle has that enviable blend of size and skills, a 25-year-old forward on the verge of realizing the potential of a former first-round draft pick. Without Coyle’s clutch contributions, the Minnesota Wild would have been ...

How to stop a superstar is biggest challenge in NHL playoffs

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Any time Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby goes over the boards, everyone in the arena is watching and waiting for something special to happen. From the opposing bench, tireless efforts have gone into preventing that. Nothing gets more ...

Bulls guard Rajon Rondo out indefinitely with broken thumb

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Bulls guard Rajon Rondo is out indefinitely with a broken right thumb. The team announced the injury on Friday, hours before the Bulls host the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Chicago won the first two games in Boston. Chicago says Rondo ...

Ronaldo and Messi face off to decide Spanish league title

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — The two best players in the world will face off again, this time with the Spanish league title on the line. Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi meet on Sunday when Real Madrid and Barcelona play their latest clasico. The outcome at Santiago ...

After lengthy layoffs, Porter and Berto get it on Saturday

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Both Shawn Porter and Andre Berto once owned welterweight titles. The winner of Saturday night's fight at Barclays Center figures to be in position for another shot at a belt. In his last try for a championship — indeed, in his most recent ...

Flower Power: Fleury thriving in familiar spot for Penguins

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury is doing his best to stay in the present. Who knows how much longer he'll play for the Pittsburgh Penguins? The winningest goaltender in franchise history certainly has no clue. Heck, 10 days ago he was the backup to Matt ...

Durant optimistic of playing in Warriors’ Game 3 at Portland

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kevin Durant said he felt ready to play in Golden State's Game 2 playoff win a day earlier yet the Warriors opted to be cautious with their superstar as he nurses a strained left calf. Durant posted an update about his injury during ...

LEADING OFF: Keuchel in ace form, M’s give Ichiro bobblehead

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BIG D IS BACK After struggling to defend his 2015 AL Cy Young Award last season, Dallas Keuchel is back in ace form for Houston. Keuchel (2-0, 0.86 ERA) has allowed just eight hits in 21 innings this season ...

Klitschko admits what boxing fans always knew: he was boring

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer Wladimir Klitschko was never really embraced by the average boxing fan, despite dominating a lackluster heavyweight division for the better part of a decade. He understands why, even as he looks to change his ways in what could be his last hurrah next week ...

Lob City smash: Clippers beat Jazz 99-91, even series at 1-1

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Buoyed by a newfound sense of urgency, the Clippers took it to the Utah Jazz from the opening tip. The patch of real estate under the basket was all theirs, all game. Blake Griffin led a smash-mouth revival of Lob City with 24 points and ...

Scherzer pitches 7 scoreless innings, Nats beat Braves 3-1

By PAUL NEWBERRY, AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — Max Scherzer turned in another dominant performance, only to be overshadowed by a bizarre ending. After Scherzer pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings, the Washington Nationals had to strike out Chase d'Arnaud with the bases ...

Schwarber, Cubs rally past Brewers to snap 4-game skid

By JOHN JACKSON, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Despite a large early deficit against a surging offense, Kyle Schwarber had little doubt the Chicago Cubs would rally. "Crazier things have happened," he said. "I just think it shows the character of our team. We're not gonna give up just ...

Record-setting Triggs helps A’s top Rangers 4-2

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Andrew Triggs feels as though he's just starting to hit his stride, which is remarkable considering the Athletics pitcher has yet to give up an earned run this season. Given how effective the right-hander was with a slow breaking ...

Indians beat Twins 11-4

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Ramirez homered and drove in two runs and Josh Tomlin gave up three runs in six innings to lead the Cleveland Indians to an 11-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. Francisco Lindor broke the game open with a ...

Bulls beat top-seeded Celtics 111-97 to take 2-0 series lead

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Jimmy Butler scored 22 points, Rajon Rondo finished one rebound shy of a triple-double and the Chicago Bulls beat the Boston Celtics 111-97 on Tuesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their series against the No. 1 seed in the Eastern ...

LEADING OFF: Yanks go for 9th straight, Thames on homer run

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ BRONX BOOM The Yankees aim for their ninth straight win when Luis Severino (1-0, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound against the visiting White Sox. The 23-year-old righty struck out 11 Tampa Bay hitters over seven ...

Memphis coach Fizdale blasts ‘unprofessional’ officiating

By RAUL DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Memphis coach David Fizdale blasted the officiating in Game 2 of the Grizzlies' first-round series against the Spurs, deeming it "unprofessional" and "unacceptable" before slamming his fist on a table and storming off. San Antonio held ...