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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade center Jonas Valanciunas to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for center Steven Adams, guard Eric Bledsoe and a swap of multiple draft choices, a person familiar with the situation said.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Texas and Oklahoma made a request Tuesday to join the Southeastern Conference,and SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said the league would consider it in the “near future.”

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to trade All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier to the playoff-contending San Diego Padres for three minor leaguers, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is the favorite to repeat as Southeastern Conference champion while Georgia is the pick to win the Eastern Division in the media’s annual preseason poll.

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The last time Texas got a wandering eye for another conference it fueled a series of realignments in college sports that nearly killed the Big 12.Texas is once again exploring free agency, stealing the headlines at the Southeastern Conference media days and cranking up speculation about anot…

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It was an amazing 2020-21 season for Murray State men’s basketball alumni Cameron Payne with the Phoenix Suns.His biggest season in sixas a basketball professional brought him to the doorstep of becoming just the third MSU Racer to win an NBA champi- onship.After a hot run through series win…

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference front-runners Alabama and Georgia upgraded their depth and talent, adding key players when the transfer floodgates opened wide. Alabama landed inside linebacker Henry To’o To’o from Tennessee and ex-Ohio State wide receiver Jameson Williams. Georgi…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Let the fashion policing begin. The Olympics in Tokyo open Friday, when the world’s athletes will march behind their flag-bearers. And when they do, the peanut gallery on what they’re wearing will be open, too. Olympic gear makes for lively social media fodder, starting with …

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo had the Larry O’Brien Trophy in one arm, the NBA Finals MVP trophy in the other and there was a cigar on the table in front of him. All the work it took to lift the Milwaukee Bucks from a team that won 15 games when he was a rookie to one with 16 wins t…

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey echoed the NCAA president’s call for potential changes in how college athletics are governed Monday, though he did not endose a breakaway by the five most powerful leagues.

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LOUDON, N.H. (AP) — Aric Almirola carried the weight of a winless season while chasing a playoff berth that seemed implausible for a driver buried deep in the standings on a Stewart-Haas Racing program that had yet to take a checkered flag.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team has been together for two weeks. There have been six practices. The team played four exhibitions. A pair of roster changes have already been required and the Americans have no idea when three other players will join the team.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Rick Hendrick gave Kyle Larson a second chance in NASCAR because Hendrick Motorsports had wanted him in its lineup for years. Now that Hendrick has his man, he has locked Larson down for two more seasons with full sponsorship. Hendrick on Wednesday told his 93 dealersh…

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NEW YORK (AP) — Candace Parker grew up playing video games, and now she’ll be the first female basketball player on the cover of one. The Chicago Sky star will appear on the NBA 2K22 cover for the WNBA 25th Anniversary special edition when it’s released Sept. 10. “I grew up a video game fana…

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Khris Middleton is an All-Star with unwavering confidence in his shot, always believing that no matter how poorly he starts that he can turn things around. “Khris has no fear and he never has,” Milwaukee guard Jrue Holiday said. Middleton’s big shots — and throw in Giannis A…

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — USA Basketball finally made it look easy again. Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal each scored 17 points and the Americans took control from the outset, beating Argentina 108-80 in Las Vegas on Tuesday to avoid what would have been the first three-game losing streak in this era o…

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DENVER (AP) — A Sho-case for Shohei Ohtani became a grand stage for Vladimir Guerrero Jr., too. Ohtani unleashed his 100 mph heat while pitching a perfect inning for the win in becoming baseball’s first two-way All-Star, Guerrero rocked Coors Field with a 468-foot home run and the American L…

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — When Giannis Antetokounmpo crashed to the court just two weeks ago with what appeared to be a serious knee injury, there was no guarantee he’d be back this season. Maybe, he feared, he might even miss a year. Antetokounmpo refused to stay down. These Milwaukee Bucks just won…

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SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Lucas Glover made his third straight birdie and knew winning the John Deere Classic was in reach with a one-shot lead and four holes to go. But this was not the time to be thinking about ending 10 years without a PGA Tour trophy. Conditions were too soft and pure. There w…

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DENVER (AP) — Shohei Ohtani will be the American League’s starting pitcher in tonight’s All-Star Game and will bat leadoff, too, as the designated hitter in another landmark for the two-way Japanese sensation. A 27-year-old in his fourth major league season with the Los Angeles Angels, Ohtan…

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DENVER (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Louisville catcher Henry Davis with the first pick in baseball’s amateur draft Sunday, with the Texas Rangers then taking Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the choices from Denver’s Bellco Theater. Major …

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MIAMI (AP) — Marlins right-hander Pablo López set a major league record by striking out the first nine batters to start a game, pitching Miami past the Atlanta Braves 7-4 Sunday. A day after the Braves lost star outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. to a season-ending knee injury, their hitters had no…

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte had a go-ahead, two-run single in the sixth inning and added a two-run home run as the Atlanta Braves avoided a sweep by surging past the Pittsburgh Pirates 14-3 on Wednesday.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes is teaming with USA Football to host three youth football coaching clinics across Missouri this summer while his 15 and the Mahomies Foundation has provided grants to 15 youth football leagues.

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers says he has spent this offseason focusing on improving himself in every respect, and that goes beyond making sure he’s in top physical shape.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tears welled in Chris Paul’s eyes. A message in black ink on his shoes said it all: Can’t give up now.

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Mississippi State’s first national championship had been building since 1985, when “Thunder and Lightning” — Will Clark and Rafael Palmeiro — were the stars on what’s known as the best team to not win a College World Series.

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Former Murray State University basketball standout Cameron Payne punched his ticket to the NBA finals Wednesday night when the Phoenix Suns defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 130-103 to win the Western Conference championship at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks proved they are more than a one-man team. Now, it’s the Milwaukee Bucks who may have to show they can get by without the Greek Freak. With Trae Young sidelined by an unusual injury, Lou Williams and a host of Hawks stepped up to fill the void, leading Atlanta…

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Social media stardom came unexpectedly to Haley and Hanna Cavinder. A way to pass time during the pandemic now has Fresno State’s twin sister basketball stars positioned to be among the most successful college-athlete entrepreneurs as soon as the rules allow it. Ohio State lacrosse player Mi…

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have signed first-round pick Kyle Pitts, the tight end from Florida. Pitts signed the four-year deal with a fifth-year option on Tuesday. The Falcons have signed each of their nine selections in this year’s NFL draft. Pitts, the No. 4 overall pi…

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chip Ganassi sold his NASCAR team to Justin Marks, owner of Trackhouse Racing, and declared Wednesday that he will pull out of the nation’s top stock car series at the end of this season. Ganassi fields two cars in the Cup Series but will transfer his North Carolina ra…

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PHOENIX (AP) — Paul George had just wrapped up his brilliant night, scoring 41 points to keep the Los Angeles Clippers’ season alive. He shared some hugs and fist bumps with teammates and assistant coaches before he finally got to head coach Tyronn Lue.

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