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Cavs guard J.R. Smith, Celtics center Kelly Olynyk draw suspensions

  The NBA has suspended Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith two games without pay and Celtics center Kelly Olynyk one game for their roles in separate incidents during a playoff game. The NBA announced the suspensions Monday night following Cleveland's win to sweep Boston in the first round Sunday. Smith swung backward and smacked Boston's Jae Crowder in the face. Smith was ejected and Crowder...
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Diamondbacks' nine-game streak of quality starts snapped

The D-backs had a streak of nine consecutive quality starts from their starters snapped on Sunday. The streak included the first complete game shutout of the season in the majors which was turned in by Josh Collmenter. The staff put up a collective ERA of 2.07 through the 61 innings of the streak. It was the longest such streak by the Diamondbacks since an 11-game stretch in 2008...
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Franz Beckenbauer: Barcelona's Lionel Messi is 'god-like'

Bayern Munich and Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has labeled Barcelona star Lionel Messi "god-like" and believes the Catalans' hopes of success this season rest on his shoulders. The 27-year-old has recovered from a disappointing end to 2014 to inspire his side to a fine run of form domestically and in Europe to leave the club challenging for silverware on three fronts. Barca leads...
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Texans could replace Andre Johnson at draft

HOUSTON (AP) Andre Johnson is gone and the Houston Texans could use some help at wide receiver. But even if they draft a receiver with the 16th pick in Thursday's NFL draft, they're not expecting that player to fill the shoes of Johnson, a seven-time Pro Bowler and face of the franchise who was released in March and signed with Indianapolis. They've already been grooming a No. 1...
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Chiefs could be movers with 10 picks in upcoming draft

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The most revealing thing Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said during a 20-minute media session in which he endeavored to say as little as possible was this: He thinks there are about 12 ''impact players'' in this year's draft. Kansas City has the No. 18 pick in the first round. So when you do the math, and consider the Chiefs have 10 selections thanks to...
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Raiders head into draft in need of receiver, pass rusher

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) The two biggest needs for the Oakland Raiders heading into free agency remain the two most important going into the NFL draft. So it makes sense that when general manager Reggie McKenzie makes his first pick Thursday when the Raiders have the fourth overall selection that the choice will either be a big-play receiver or pass rusher. Both of those positions offer...
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Rangers send struggling Scheppers to minors, recall Claudio

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have recalled left-hander Alex Claudio from Triple-A Round Rock and optioned struggling reliever Tanner Scheppers to their top minor league affiliate. Scheppers had an 11.25 ERA in five appearances after being activated from the 15-day disabled list on April 17, allowing five runs and six hits with four walks in four innings. He had a right...
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Pacquiao, Roach scheme on plan for Mayweather's defense

LOS ANGELES (AP) Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach have spent the past two months trying to solve the biggest puzzle in modern boxing. How does anybody hit Floyd Mayweather Jr., a fighter whose perfect career is built on being nearly impossible to touch? Pacquiao and Roach will reveal their answer in detail Saturday night in Las Vegas, when the fighters meet in the richest...
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Uncertainty swirls around Rivers' future with Chargers

SAN DIEGO (AP) The San Diego Chargers seem desperate to beat the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles, or at least get there at the same time. Philip Rivers really doesn't want to go along if they do move north, perhaps as early as 2016. So, it's oh-so-Chargers that they might be compelled to swap their franchise quarterback to begin building with Carson in their future. Or not. It's been...
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Denver Broncos' O-line makeover isn't finished

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Take a $4 million pay cut, John Elway told Peyton Manning, and I'll fix your pocket of protection. The Broncos' boss eagerly signed off on new coach Gary Kubiak moving his best lineman back to his natural position, traded for a new center and signed a much cheaper left guard. His next move might very well be selecting one of the many talented tackles in the...
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Colts play taking wait-and-watch approach to NFL draft

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Colts general manager Ryan Grigson will go through his regular draft routine Thursday night. He'll wait hours, watch anxiously as players get selected and then hope someone he projected to go in the top 20 slides down to No. 29. For the 43-year-old Grigson, who started his front office career as a college scout, this is about as close as football gets to simulating...
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Jaguars in position to add another top-5 pick in NFL draft

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell has a fairly common draft philosophy: When picking in the top five and building a team, Caldwell believes you should select a guy who plays one of the premier positions - quarterback, left tackle and pass rusher. Caldwell landed two of those in his first two years in Jacksonville - both in the top five -...
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Red Sox recall RHP Wright, option RHP Hembree to Triple-A

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox have recalled right-hander Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket. Boston also optioned right-hander Heath Hembree to its top minor league affiliate before Monday night's game against Toronto. Wright joins the Red Sox for the second time this season after making the opening day roster. The 30-year-old knuckleballer pitched in one game, working the final five...
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Cubs recall Lake, option Schlitter

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs recalled outfielder Junior Lake from Triple-A Iowa before their game Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lake, 25, played parts of the last two seasons with the Cubs and batted .243. At Triple-A Iowa this season, Lake was hitting .289 with two doubles and eight RBI in 13 games. To make room for Lake, the Cubs optioned struggling RHP Brian Schlitter...
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Titans' choices: QB, another player or try to trade down

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Whatever the Tennessee Titans do with the No. 2 overall selection in the NFL draft will depend on just how much they like quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Because of a 2-14 record in coach Ken Whisenhunt's first season, the Titans are drafting within the top eight picks for the third time since 2006. They took quarterbacks with each of those previous picks, though...
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Newsome looking for stars in 20th draft with Ravens

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) When the Baltimore Ravens hierarchy gathers to discuss the NFL draft, Ozzie Newsome is perceived to be the smartest man in the room. Instead of telling everyone why that is so, Newsome instead will listen to what others have to say. ''I just try to sit back and be a sponge and gain as much information as I can,'' Newsome said. ''Hopefully that puts us in a...
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Browns enter draft armed with picks, may select quarterback

CLEVELAND (AP) The Browns have invested heavily into the quarterback position in recent years with scant success. That might not stop them from making a deeper commitment. Despite selecting a quarterback in the first round in two of the past three NFL drafts, the Browns could be in the market again to find the franchise leader they've coveted for decades. With 10 picks, including...
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Red Sox recall RHP Wright; RHP Hembree returns to Triple-A

BOSTON (AP) The Red Sox recalled right-hander Steven Wright from Triple-A Pawtucket before Monday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays. To make room for the 30-year old knuckleballer on the roster, the club optioned right-hander Heath Hembree to Pawtucket. Wright is up with the team for the second time this season after making the opening day roster. He pitched in one game, working...
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Goodell: LA stadium projects have potential to be successful

NEW YORK (AP) -- Roger Goodell says the two stadium projects in the Los Angeles area look promising enough to lead to the return of the NFL to the nation's second-largest city. The NFL commissioner told the Associated Press Sports Editors group Friday that he thinks the projects in Inglewood and Carson are "viable," and have a "great deal of potential to be successful." "We had presentations...
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Chambers Bay will host a different kind of U.S. Open

UNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. -- Unique and versatile. Those are two words you’ll be hearing a lot as the golf world starts to turn its collective focus toward the Pacific Northwest, which -- in terms of U.S. Opens -- has never happened.  As we inch closer to the start of the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay, the interest grows, not only because this will be the first time Chambers hosts...
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Reds put Homer Bailey on disabled list with sprained elbow ligament

  The Reds put starter Homer Bailey on the 15-day disabled list on Monday night with a sprained ligament in his right elbow, the same one he had surgery on last September. Bailey was limited during spring training while he completed his comeback from surgery on the forearm where it attaches to the elbow. He made two starts, throwing 92 pitches in a 5-2 loss at St. Louis and 79 pitches...
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Georges St-Pierre's training secret: Firas Zahabi and the TriStar gym

It was three days before UFC 186, in the event's host-city of Montreal. I'd just landed at the airport on scheduled time, 4:56, but was still running late. The day prior, retired three-time UFC title challenger Kenny Florian put me in touch with Firas Zahabi. Zahabi is all-time great Georges St-Pierre's head coach, has been since before any of us knew of GSP, and is the head coach...
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Steelers keeping options open heading into draft

PITTSBURGH (AP) The steady stream of bold-faced names out the door has finally slowed. Troy Polamalu. Ike Taylor. Brett Keisel. All three part of a defensive core that led the Pittsburgh Steelers to two Super Bowl wins and an appearance in another. All three now retired or cut. Throw in the departure of cornerback Brice McCain and the startling decision by linebacker Jason Worilds...
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Bengals look for long-term help on their lines early on

CINCINNATI (AP) The Bengals think they're in good shape heading into the draft. They don't need a starter at any spot. They're not counting on a newcomer to help turn them around. Cincinnati has the luxury of adding players who will get some time to develop. They filled their most glaring holes through free agency, so the draft will be about adding players who can add depth for...
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Cavs guard J.R. Smith, Celtics center Kelly Olynyk suspended

CLEVELAND (AP) The NBA has suspended Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith two games without pay and Celtics center Kelly Olynyk one game for their roles in separate incidents during a playoff game. The NBA announced the suspensions Monday night following Cleveland's win to sweep Boston in the first round Sunday. Smith swung backward and smacked Boston's Jae Crowder in the face. Smith was...
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