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FILE - In this April 11, 2019, file photo, Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy gestures to his players during the third period of Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Boston. Two roads diverged in a crazy world of hockey and brought them to this Stanley Cup Final. Cassidy has guided the Boston Bruins to this point a decade and a half after a disastrous tenure in Washington, and Berube took the St. Louis Blues from worst to their first final since 1970 several years after a short stint in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
May 25, 2019 - 1:08 pm
Bruce Cassidy has come a long way from writing his first NHL practice plan on a napkin. Craig Berube hasn't changed a bit from the moment he was fired from his first NHL head coaching job. Two roads diverged in a crazy world of hockey and brought them to this Stanley Cup Final. Cassidy has guided...
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In this May 22, 2019 photo, longtime St. Louis Blues fans Stanley Jackson, left, and Steven Crow stand in front of the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, a day after the Blues defeated San Jose to earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals. The two friends, in their 50s, are life-long fans of the franchise that has never won a Stanley Cup. (AP Photo by Jim Salter)
May 25, 2019 - 11:24 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Stanley Jackson and buddy Steven Crow can be excused if they tend to watch their beloved St. Louis Blues with their hands over their eyes, just waiting for the next thing to go wrong. So when the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 to earn their first berth in the Stanley Cup...
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Los Angeles Dodgers' David Freese rounds third after hitting a grand slam off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Michael Feliz during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
May 25, 2019 - 12:01 am
PITTSBURGH (AP) — David Freese stepped into the batter's box, heard the polite applause from the crowd at a ballpark he once called home and was surprised when the familiar strains of Tool's "Stinkfist" blasted through the speakers at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates played the song as a token of...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, Baylor coach Art Briles walks the field before the NCAA college football team's game against Lamar in Waco, Texas. Briles, the former Baylor football coach fired three years ago after an investigation found the school had mishandled allegations of sexual misconduct and violence, has been hired to lead an East Texas high school program. Mount Vernon Superintendent says its board of trustees has approved a two-year contract with Briles, who was 65-37 in eight seasons with Baylor. Before coaching in college, Briles had a successful 20-year career as a high school coach in Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
May 24, 2019 - 8:28 pm
Art Briles, the former Baylor football coach who was fired three years ago amid a sexual assault scandal at the Baptist school, has been hired to lead an East Texas high school program. Mount Vernon superintendent Jason McCullough announced Friday the board of trustees had approved a two-year...
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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2018 file photo, Seattle Storm's Breanna Stewart in action against the Phoenix Mercury in a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision says that Stewart will act as an ambassador for the WNBA this season and be paid by the league after the reigning MVP tore her Achilles over the winter and is out for the year. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Thursday night, May 23, 2019, because no official announcement has been made. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
May 24, 2019 - 8:15 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Breanna Stewart will be a paid ambassador for the WNBA this season. The reigning MVP tore her right Achilles tendon while playing overseas this winter and because the league has no injury list for teams, the Seattle Storm suspended Stewart without pay to free up a roster spot. The...
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Toronto Raptors' Kawhi Leonard shoots past Milwaukee Bucks' Brook Lopez during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff finals Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Milwaukee. The Raptors won 105-99 to take a 3-2 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
May 24, 2019 - 6:04 pm
This is what the Toronto Raptors had in mind all along. When they went all-in with the trade for Kawhi Leonard, they knew his time in the Great North was likely to be short. But this one-and-done gamble will certainly be worth it if Leonard can lift his team to five more wins. Don't bet against him...
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FILE - In this April 6, 2019, file photo, Clemson's Braden Galloway celebrates a touchdown during their spring NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C. Clemson tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will miss next season after an NCAA panel rejected the school's appeal of their drug suspension. Clemson athletic spokesman Jeff Kallin said the school learned of the NCAA's decision on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)
May 24, 2019 - 12:40 pm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella will miss next season after an NCAA panel rejected the school's appeal of their drug suspension. Clemson athletic spokesman Jeff Kallin said Friday that the school learned of the NCAA decision on Wednesday...
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Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) drives to the basket as Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) defends during the first half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
May 23, 2019 - 8:09 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden got the most votes, and Damian Lillard and Kemba Walker also were big winners when the All-NBA teams were announced. Those guards can cash in with supermax contracts based on their selections to one of the three All-NBA teams that were...
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FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, of Russia, skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Los Angeles. An arbitrator has upheld Voynov’s one-season suspension by the NHL but is giving him credit for serving half of it in 2018-19. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended the former Los Angeles Kings defenseman for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after it determined he committed acts of domestic violence. The NHL Players Association appealed the ruling. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
May 23, 2019 - 6:48 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An arbitrator upheld Slava Voynov's one-season NHL suspension Thursday but is giving him credit for serving half of it in 2018-19. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended the former Los Angeles Kings defenseman for the upcoming season and the 2020 playoffs after determining he...
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Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman walks off the field after NFL football practice Thursday, May 23, 2019, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (AP Photo/John Amis)
May 23, 2019 - 5:15 pm
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The highlight of the Atlanta Falcons' first week of organized team activities has been Devonta Freeman's return to the field. "It's been a long time," said coach Dan Quinn. Freeman looked explosive in Thursday's practice, the first OTAs session open to reporters. Having...
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