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Steelers’ Burns charged for driving with suspended drivers license

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Artie Burns has been charged with driving with a suspended license. A Miami Beach Police report says an officer pulled over Burns’ Cadillac SUV in South Beach on Thursday for having an expired tag. The report says the 22-year-old ...

Brazil’s 16-year-old baseball wonder turning MLB heads

IBIUNA, Brazil (AP) — A prospect with a 94 mph fastball gets a lot of attention, no matter where he is pitching — even when that prospect is a diminutive 16-year-old from a country with little baseball tradition. Eric Pardinho’s blazing fastball has brought scouts to this city 50 miles ...

Cole struggles as Pirates lose to Giants 13-5

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Hunter Pence drove in four runs and the San Francisco Giants pounced on Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole for seven runs then added six more against the bullpen to rout the Pirates 13-5 on Friday night. Leadoff man Denard Span went 4 for 5 with a home run and scored four ...

Captain returns: Sabres deal for Pominville

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — As pleased as Jason Pominville was upon hearing he was returning to the Buffalo Sabres, it was nothing compared to the excitement of his son, Jayden. “My little guy already has his (Sabres) jersey on right now,” Pominville said Friday, shortly after the former ...

Kang leads in hunt for first pro win — and it would be major

OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Danielle Kang won back-to-back majors as an amateur yet she’s never cracked the winner’s circle in her half-dozen years as a pro. The 24-year-old Californian took a big step in the right direction, grabbing a share of the second-round lead in the morning wave ...

OKC lands George; Rubio sent to Jazz

Two people with knowledge of the details say the Indiana Pacers have agreed to trade Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis in a stunning deal that gives MVP Russell Westbrook a new running mate. The people said teams came together on the trade Friday ...

Earnhardt lands pole at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s retirement tour is making an emotional stop at NASCAR’s most famous track. Earnhardt won his first pole Friday since Sept. 29, 2013, and will lead the field to the green flag in what could be his final Cup Series race at Daytona ...

Pennsylvania woman will make polo history in top-tier event

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Shariah Harris says the stares, the inappropriate comments and the whispering that comes with being a black woman playing polo can be discouraging at times, but it won’t stop her from riding. The 19-year-old from southwest Philadelphia, who plays collegiately at ...

Buffalo hockey marathon raises $1 million, many blisters

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — It was just past 4 a.m. on Thursday when Andrew Tokasz decided it was time to inject some energy into a hockey game that was entering its seventh consecutive day. Shortly after Team White’s Kenny Corp scored on a backhander from the slot to cut Team Blue’s lead to ...

Florida racing greyhounds test positive for coke

At least 12 greyhound racing dogs in Florida have tested positive for cocaine, and their trainer has had his license suspended. It’s at least the second instance this year of racing greyhounds testing positive for cocaine. The dogs raced at Bestbet Orange Park in northeast Florida near ...

IOC VP: Tokyo 2020 targets youth, gender equality

TOKYO (AP) — IOC Vice President John Coates says the addition of new sports at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will attract youth and create gender equality without driving up costs. In an effort to give the games a more youthful and urban appeal, the IOC has added 3-on-3 basketball and BMX ...

Tour de France opens in ‘Grand Return’ to Germany

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — The Tour de France calls its start the “Grand Depart.” This year it feels more like the “Grand Return.” Six years after German TV stopped broadcasting cycling’s showpiece event because of a series of doping scandals and three decades after it last ...

Doping is always part of the story

DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — A scene from Godfather III about sums up where the Tour de France is with doping as the 2017 edition begins on Saturday. In the movie, Al Pacino’s character Michael Corleone laments that his efforts to become a bona fide businessman are being undermined by his ...

Hernandez acquitted in two slayings

BOSTON (AP) — Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, already serving a life sentence for a 2013 murder, was acquitted Friday in a 2012 double slaying prosecutors said was fueled by his anger over a drink spilled at a nightclub. The former New England Patriots tight end choked back tears as the ...

Four finish atop leaderboard after second round at Augusta National

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Rickie Fowler finally got to the top of the leaderboard in a major and didn’t have much of a view. Right next to him was Charley Hoffman, playing in the final group going into the weekend at the Masters for the second time in three years. Sergio Garcia knew the score ...

US women beat Canada in OT of gold medal game

PLYMOUTH, Mich. (AP) — Hilary Knight scored at 10:17 of overtime to give the United States a 3-2 victory over Canada in the women’s hockey world championship final Friday night, capping an emotionally charged two-week stretch that included an off-ice fight and victory against USA Hockey for ...

Mason, Plum win Wooden Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Mason III of Kansas and Kelsey Plum of Washington won the John R. Wooden Award as national players of the year Friday night. They received their trophies during the third annual College Basketball Awards in a nationally televised show from The Novo in downtown Los ...

Watson looks to make statement in ACC title game

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and the third-ranked Tigers won their division. Now, they’re ready for more. Clemson (11-1; No. 4 CFP) moves on face No. 19 Virginia Tech (9-3) in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night. One more victory and ...

Will UW stop Colorado’s comeback?

DENVER (AP) — For a team picked to be at the bottom, ninth-ranked Colorado sure made a quick ascent to the top. No wonder the Buffaloes used “The Rise “ as one of their motivational mantras. Coach Mike MacIntyre and the Buffaloes (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12, No. 9 CFP) have turned into ...