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LEXINGTON, Ky. — There are two sides to every story. Actually, Dr. Clara Fenger thinks there could be many sides. An equine veterinarian who for 15 years worked for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Fenger does not know what went on in Bob Baffert’s barn that caused Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit to test positive for betamethasone in a postrace sample. She “absolutely” believes that ...

SAN JOSE, Calif. — George Kliavkoff was a rower at Boston University in the late 1980s. But unless he qualifies as a super-duper senior, Kliavkoff won't be taking the field at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 11. The new commissioner's ability to immediately impact the trajectory of Pac-12 football specifically, and the conference more broadly, is extremely limited. But there are steps Kliavkoff can take ...

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FORT WORTH, Texas — We Texans can't bet on a Rangers game, but we may be able to soon carry a .44 Magnum to watch our kids' soccer games. As the opportunity to bet on sports grows like untrimmed, prosperous vines over America, Texas remains true to its Southern Baptist roots. There shall be no drinking before noon on Sundays ... unless it's a mimosa in a restaurant. There shall be no wagering ...

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PHILADELPHIA — Twelve wins. How can this be? The Eagles have a new coaching staff. Their best players are 30-somethings returning from injuries. They lack even one proven receiver. Quarterback? TBA. And ... Twelve wins? Really? I say yes. I am alone. Our four-man squad of Eagles writers does not share my view. Three say the Eagles will go 7-10; one, whom we’ll call Mr. Sunshine, has them at ...

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ORLANDO, Fla. — New ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips isn’t against expanding the College Football Playoff but also in no hurry to join the growing number of people who are beating the drum for change. It’s been three weeks since Phillips and the rest of the members of the Playoff management committee were briefed on several possible future formats for the playoff by a working group. The news of ...

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LOS ANGELES — Nights have always been the hardest for Dominique Badji. During the day Badji, a forward with Nashville SC, a second-year club in MLS, has soccer to occupy his mind and teammates to distract him from his thoughts. A "kind of paradise, a little bubble," he calls it. But at night, alone in his living room, Badji's thoughts often turn to his extended family in Senegal, where deadly ...

PITTSBURGH — Inside the NHL’s playoff bubble, through the doors of the Royal York Hotel and down in the basement, you’ll find the oldest barber shop in Toronto. It was here, at the Men’s Salon, in August of 2020 that Jared McCann settled into the chair. His scruffy look prompted Penguins color commentator Bob Errey to reference Flyers mascot Gritty a few days earlier. But more than a snip, ...

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SAN DIEGO — Joe Musgrove got a win for the first time in six starts, even though he was unable to provide the relief the San Diego Padres were also looking for. The right-hander who began his first season with his hometown team so spectacularly — even historically — was effective enough to hold the St. Louis Cardinals to a run in five innings but not efficient enough to get past that in what ...

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ second inning Friday night against the Miami Marlins was the relentless barrage they envision themselves producing regularly, the explosion they know they can muster at any point of any game versus any pitcher. That confidence is why their recent three-week offensive slide was so ugly, so perplexing, so frustrating. By the time the second inning was over ...

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SEATTLE — It had to be a home run. You knew it wasn’t going to be an infield single or a blooper into shallow left-center — that would come later. No, Jarred Kelenic’s first big-league hit had to match the hype surrounding his call-up and align with his self-assured personality. After going hitless in his MLB debut Thursday night and striking out in his first at-bat Friday, the Seattle ...

LOS ANGELES — Chiney Ogwumike saw the ball snap through the net on a long three-pointer and she couldn’t help but celebrate. The Los Angeles Sparks forward formed a circle with her thumb and forefinger, holding the loop over her eye like a monocle while flashing a wide smile. She’s back. Ogwumike returned to the court for the first time since 2019, scoring 12 points and grabbing six rebounds ...

On it’s face, Friday night’s penultimate game of the season two days before a dramatic finale against the Grizzlies in a winner-take-all game to decide the No. 8 seed was meaningless. It doesn’t matter that the Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 125-122, at Chase Center. They still need a victory Sunday to earn the more favorable spot in the play-in tournament. The goal was just to get ...

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NEW YORK — For 39 minutes, Sabrina Ionescu was doing it all but shooting. And then she had eight points in the last 40 seconds, including a wild game-winner to give the Liberty a 90-87 win over the Indiana Fever in their Barclays Center debut. The Fever went on a 9-1 run late and had the ball with a chance to win a game they almost never led. But a shaky traveling call against Kelsey Mitchell ...

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HOUSTON — When asked about the short-term plan for spot starter Wes Benjamin before the game on Friday, Rangers manager Chris Woodward playfully suggested that Benjamin would throw seven shutout innings, and maybe six shutout in his next start. That was the hope. The reality forced Woodward out of the dugout to pull his starter after recording just five outs. Instead of that aforementioned ...

Out of the Los Angeles Clippers’ lineup for two months, Serge Ibaka played like he had barely missed a day Friday night in his return after missing 30 games because of a back injury. The former starting center looked fluid in 17 minutes off the bench while finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists in his team’s 122-115 loss at Houston. Ibaka made six of his eight field-goal ...

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DALLAS — Considering what they’ve experienced this season, the COVID-19-induced January funk, the stress of being mired in 14th place in the West as recently as Feb. 7, the Mavericks had extra reason to savor this attainment. And breathe a deep sigh of relief. There will be no dreaded play-in tournament for the Mavericks. Finally, in Friday night’s next-to-last regular-season game, Dallas ...

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The Phillies did not yet have a hit — or even put a ball in play — in the seventh inning of Friday night’s 5-1 win over Toronto, but the bases were loaded and the tying run had scored. They walked three times to load the bases before J.T. Realmuto’s two-out walk tied the game at 1. The Phils struck out 12 times before Realmuto took a full-count slider for ball four. So they were pleased to ...

The home-run ball fueled the A’s 6-1 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night in Minneapolis. The A’s hit four total in the win. Ramón Laureano’s eighth home run of the year hit the second deck at Target Field and gave Oakland a 1-0 lead in the third. Sean Murphy hit the second deck, too with a two-run home run in the fifth inning, scoring Seth Brown, who had walked. Stephen Piscotty's hit ...

It set up just as Angels manager Joe Maddon had hoped. Starting pitcher Griffin Canning delivered six strong innings, an early two-run home run by Hunter Renfroe his only blemish on a seven-strikeout night against the Boston Red Sox. The Angels’ offense had rallied to take a late lead, getting on the board thanks to Shohei Ohtani’s Green Monster-clearing solo shot in the sixth and José ...

CHICAGO — Michael Kopech pitched four strong innings and Andrew Vaughn hit a two-run home run as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 in Game 2 of a split doubleheader Friday. Kopech allowed one run on two hits with five strikeouts and two walks as the Sox earned a split in front of 9,823 at Guaranteed Rate Field. The Royals won the first game, 6-2. The Sox were without first ...

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LOS ANGELES — It would be late and Klay Thompson would have school the next morning, but he’d want to hang out around the subterranean parking lot at Staples Center. He had access because his father, Mychal, had been a champion with the Lakers and was one of their radio voices, but for Thompson, he didn’t care much about that. No, he went to wait in a cavernous cement lot beneath the building, ...

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Through most of Friday night’s game, the Rays barely had a pulse. But they found late life and rallied for a dramatic 3-2 walk-off victory over the New York Mets at Tropicana Field. Brett Phillips, who had struck out in each of his first three at-bats, drove home the winning run with a first-pitch, two-out, bases-loaded single off left-handed reliever Aaron Loup in the ...

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DETROIT — For some Pistons fans, the season is almost over and the last games don’t matter. Nobody told Deividas Sirvydis that. The rookie had a standout performance in the first half, before leaving the game because of a leg injury in the third quarter. Prior to that, Sirvydis turned some heads with his superb offensive play, but the short-handed Pistons couldn’t stay with the Denver Nuggets ...

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PHILADELPHIA — The 76ers have returned to the top of the Eastern Conference for the first time in two decades. With Friday’s 122-97 win over the Orlando Magic at the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers clinched the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Since the NBA’s current seeding format began in 1983-84, the Sixers were the top seed just one other time, in 2000-01. That team, led by franchise ...

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BALTIMORE — Gio Urshela was hobbling around third base on Thursday night and as expected not in the lineup Friday afternoon. Aaron Boone, however, insisted that the third baseman could very much be a factor in Friday night’s game. It was almost like the manager had a premonition. Urshela crushed a pinch-hit home run in the top of the seventh to rally the Yankees to a 5-4 win over the Orioles ...