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Lightning strike: Tampa Bay beats Rangers, will play for Cup

NEW YORK — The only history the Tampa Bay Lightning were interested in was what they would create. Such as handing the New York Rangers their first Game 7 loss at Madison Square Garden, which they did Friday night with their second straight 2-0 road victory behind Ben Bishop’s 22 saves. Such as heading to […]

Gray goes 8 in A’s 6-2 win over Yankees

OAKLAND — The Athletics are finally starting to do the little things they failed to do early in the season, like stringing together timely hits with runners in scoring position and playing flawless defense. Getting a crisp outing from right-hander Sonny Gray certainly helps, too. Gray pitched eight innings for his sixth win of the […]

Posey’s 2-run HR, 3 RBIs power Giants past Braves, 4-2

SAN FRANCISCO — Buster Posey hit a two-run homer in the first inning and drove in three, Tim Hudson pitched seven strong innings and the San Francisco Giants won their fifth straight, beating the Atlanta Braves 4-2 Friday night. Hudson (3-4) gave up one run on five hits, striking out four and not walking a […]

LeBron on stopping him or Stephen Curry: ‘You can’t’

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — With a week to get ready for the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers have a check list of things to get done before Game 1. First, is to get All-Star guard Kyrie Irving healthier after he sat two games in the conference finals with knee and foot injuries. Then, there’s putting together a […]

Europe’s rift with FIFA deepens with Blatter’s re-election

ZURICH — Relieved and elated at being re-elected, Sepp Blatter seized on his fresh mandate to remind world soccer: “I am the president of everybody.” Across Europe, many hoped the 17-year reign of Blatter would be over by Friday night. Instead, it was extended to 2019 by defeating Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in […]

Saturday-Sunday TV, local sports schedules

Saturday’s TV sports Auto racing NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for FedEx 400, at Dover, Del., FS1, 7 a.m. NASCAR, XFINITY Series, pole qualifying for Buckle Up 200, at Dover, Del., FS1, 8 a.m. NASCAR, Sprint Cup, “Happy Hour Series,” final practice for FedEx 400, at Dover, Del., FS1, 10 a.m. NASCAR, XFINITY Series, Buckle Up […]

On to state: City jumpers, runners and Vacaville hurdlers dominate at SJS Masters track championships

ELK GROVE — Two city long jumpers leaped all the way from Elk Grove to Clovis.

Rodriguez High’s Katherine Jackson took home first place in the girls long jump and teammate Anthony Cable finished second in the boys competition at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Track and Field Championships, Friday, automatically qualifying for the CIF State Championships next Friday and Saturday at Buchanan High in Clovis.

Any athlete finishing in the Top 3 of an event or meeting the state’s at-large …

Contador has 38 seconds sliced off Giro lead; Aru wins stage

CERVINIA, Italy — Alberto Contador had 38 seconds sliced off his overall lead in the 19th stage of the Giro d’Italia on Friday, although the Spaniard remained well on course for the title. Italian rival Fabio Aru won the mountain stage with a late breakaway and moved back into second place overall, 4 minutes, 37 […]

Sharper pleads guilty in federal sexual assault case

NEW ORLEANS — Former New Orleans Saints player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in connection with allegations he drugged and assaulted women in four states, the latest development in the former Pro-Bowler’s fall from grace. Sharper, wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands and feet shackled together, pleaded guilty to one count […]

Stanford, San Jose St. to host Super Bowl practices

SANTA CLARA — The two Super Bowl teams will practice for next year’s game in the Bay Area on the campuses of Stanford and San Jose State. Stanford said Friday that the NFC champion will practice on its campus, as well as using the field house, weight room and conference rooms to prepare for the […]

Bob Baffert grows into racing’s grateful elder statesman

ARCADIA — Bob Baffert came blasting into thoroughbred racing in Southern California talking smack. Wearing a cowboy hat and boots, he had already conquered the quarter horse world and was ready to take aim at the bigger money and prestige offered by training regally-bred thoroughbreds. It wasn’t long before he piled up 11 wins in […]

McIlroy misses cut at Irish Open after even-par 2nd round

NEWCASTLE, Northern Ireland — Early exits are becoming a habit for Rory McIlroy, especially in his home country. The 26-year-old Northern Ireland native failed to make the Irish Open cut for the third straight year Friday, shooting an even-par 71 that failed to make up for an 80 in the opening round. It is the […]

Blatter wins re-election despite FIFA corruption scandal

ZURICH — In the end, nothing could stop Sepp Blatter. Not a far-reaching corruption scandal. Not a tarnished international image. Not a young prince who gave him a stronger-than-expected challenge. Despite the biggest crisis in FIFA’s 111-year history, Blatter emerged victorious once again Friday, winning re-election as president of world soccer’s governing body for a […]

California beats Coastal Carolina 9-3 in NCAA opener

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Daulton Jefferies limited Coastal Carolina to a run over seven innings and third-seeded California beat the second-seeded Chanticleers 9-3 on Friday in their NCAA regional opener. Jefferies (6-5) allowed three hits, including a solo home run by Tyler Chadwick in the second inning. The Golden Bears (35-19) scored two runs in […]

Warriors guard Klay Thompson diagnosed with concussion

OAKLAND — The initial hit caused Klay Thompson plenty of pain. The final diagnosis delivered another blow to him and the Golden State Warriors as they prepare for the NBA Finals. Two days after he got kneed in the head by Houston’s Trevor Ariza, the Warriors said Friday that Thompson has a concussion and will […]

Hamlin wins the pole at Dover International Speedway

DOVER, Del. — Denny Hamlin was in the clear, in his head and on the track. Hamlin put a weekend of illness behind him, turning a lap of 160.121 mph Friday at Dover International Speedway to win his first pole of the season. He suffered from a migraine headache and dehydration in the Coca-Cola 600 […]

Texas votes to end high school steroids tests after 8 years

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas lawmakers voted Friday to dismantle the state’s high school steroids testing program after eight years and more than $10 million spent collecting thousands of samples that turned up only a handful of cheaters. Once lauded as a model for the nation, the program instead turned into a target for critics who […]

So far, so very good for Roger Federer at the French Open

PARIS — One of Roger Federer’s 5-year-old twin daughters had her nose buried in a comic book. The other was glued to a mobile phone. Shame, really, that they didn’t look up, because the tennis their father wove on the French Open center court verged on art. The canvas for Federer’s strokes, the backhand as […]

World Series of Poker braces for thousands of players

LAS VEGAS — From playing Tuesday night poker matches in a garage with a $20 buy-in to being one among thousands hunched over green-felt tables shuffling a stack of poker chips everyone wishes will grow, 54-year-old Nick Luis Damico was one of likely many World Series of Poker first-timers navigating the annual championship Friday in […]

Dwight Howard suspended for 1 game after foul upgraded

HOUSTON — Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was suspended without pay for one game Friday after getting his fourth flagrant foul point in the postseason. Howard will serve the suspension in the first game next season that he is physically able to play. The foul in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals was ruled […]

Nationals’ Werth out indefinitely with broken wrist

CINCINNATI — Washington’s Jayson Werth is out indefinitely after another test found that he broke his left wrist two weeks ago. The outfielder was hit on the wrist by a pitch from the Padres’ Odrisamer Despaigne on May 16 and has been unable to swing a bat. With the injury still bothering him, he went […]

This date in sports history for May 29

May 29 1922 — The Supreme Court rules organized baseball is primarily a sport and not a business and therefore not subject to antitrust laws and interstate commerce regulations. 1946 — Two-year-old fillies Chakoora and Uleta become the first thoroughbreds to complete a transcontinental flight. They’re flown from New York to Inglewood, Calif., by the […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Friday, May 29, 2015

TV sports Auto racing •NASCAR, XFINITY Series, practice for Buckle Up 200, at Dover, Del., FS1, 7 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for FedEx 400, at Dover, Del., FS1, 8 a.m. •NASCAR, Truck Series, pole qualifying for Lucas Oil 200, at Dover, Del., FS1, 9:30 a.m. •NASCAR, XFINITY Series, final practice for Buckle Up 200, […]

Thompson’s father says son ‘on track’ to return for finals

OAKLAND — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson is feeling better and on track to return for the NBA Finals next week after taking a knee to his head from Trevor Ariza that caused “concussion-like symptoms.” That’s according to Thompson’s father, former NBA player Mychal Thompson. He told The Associated Press on Thursday night that his son’s […]

Signups for Friday, May 29, 2015

Editor’s note – To have an announcement run in Signups, send information to [email protected] PARADISE VALLEY WOMEN’S 18-HOLE GOLF GROUP REGISTRATION — Registration for the current season is ongoing. The group meets for play every Monday at 8 a.m. For more information, call 864-0486. RANCHO SOLANO WOMEN’S GOLF CLUB REGISTRATION — Open to women 18 […]

Bowditch shoots 62, leaving Spieth 7 shots back at Nelson

IRVING, Texas — Steven Bowditch considers the AT&T Byron Nelson his home tournament — just maybe not to the extent Jordan Spieth does. The Australian matched his low round on the PGA Tour with an 8-under 62 on Thursday to take a two-shot lead over another Texan, Jimmy Walker. Spieth was seven shots back in […]

Athletics rally to beat Yankees 5-4

OAKLAND — The Oakland Athletics came out on the right side of a one-run game for a change. Ben Zobrist drew a bases-loaded walk from David Carpenter in the seventh inning to break a tie and the A’s rallied from a three-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 on Thursday night. “We haven’t […]

Belt homers, doubles in Giants’ 7-0 win over Braves

SAN FRANCISCO — Brandon Belt worked on going the other way and that hitting approach has been playing big dividends. Belt’s opposite-field, solo home run in the seventh inning broke up a scoreless pitching duel and the San Francisco Giants won their fourth straight, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Thursday night. “I hit it […]

Defiant soccer chief resists calls to resign amid scandal

ZURICH — As defiant as ever, Sepp Blatter resisted calls to resign as FIFA president Thursday and deflected blame for the massive bribery and corruption scandal engulfing soccer’s world governing body. “We, or I, cannot monitor everyone all of the time,” Blatter said in his first public remarks on the crisis that has further tainted […]

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