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Swedish defender Dahlin expected to go first in NHL Draft

New York (AFP) - Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin is expected to be taken by the Buffalo Sabres with the first selection of the 2018 National Hockey League Draft, which begins Friday in Dallas.The 18-year-old for Swedish league side Forlunda was the youngest Olympic hockey player since 1984 when he took

Drellich: Every move Red Sox, Yankees make has new meaning

The Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has a newfound sense of urgency. A feeling that every move counts and will count, be it at the trade deadline in a month and a half, or when Alex Cora determines his second baseman on a nightly basis.It's not because these franchises hate each other,

Jose Altuve leads all vote-getters in All-Star balloting

The latest update to the All-Star voting is in and it reveals that Astros second baseman Jose Altuve is the leading vote-getter in all of baseball. Altuve, on his way to his sixth All-Star appearance and fourth starting selection in a row, has has 1,572,101 votes. Altuve leads the Majors with a

‘01 Lakers vs ‘18 Warriors: Who you got?

The 2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers went 56-26 in the regular season in defense of the previous season's championship. But the team, led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal, stormed through the playoffs, and lost just once en route to a second straight title."I'll take that '01 [Lakers] team against anybody

Panthers sign first-round WR Moore

Carolina Panthers rookie wide receiver D.J. Moore signed a four-year contract on Monday, including the standard fifth-year team option granted all first-round draft choices.Moore was the 24th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after setting a Maryland single-season record with 80 receptions.Financial terms were not immediately available.Based on the

Go get ’em, Gramps! Pettitte debuts at Yanks Old-Timers’ Day

NEW YORK (AP) — Back on the Yankee Stadium mound for the first time in five years, Andy Pettitte looked completely in control as he warmed up, throwing fastballs, curves and sliders. Then he grooved a pitch down the middle, resulting in a grounder that was misplayed by at first

Shaq’s advice to LeBron: Don’t chase rings

Shaquille O'Neal says he hopes LeBron James doesn't make the same mistake he did in the back end of his career.Namely, don't go team-hopping in search of more championships."My problem toward the end of my career was I was trying to shut everybody up and I was greedy (to win

Candidates for the Bruins’ top pick in the 2018 NHL draft

It's difficult enough to project players to be taken in the first round of an NHL Draft, so it gets really dicey when that's extended to the second round and beyond. But the Bruins will have to wait until the 57th overall pick before taking a player next weekend at the

Loaisiga wins MLB debut, Didi homers, Yankees blank Rays 5-0

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash turned to bench coach Charlie Montoyo early in the game and mentioned how closely Jonathan Loaisiga resembled a former Yankees great and future Hall of Famer.Cash just hopes this 23-year-old prospect doesn't develop the same nasty stuff closer Mariano Rivera

QBs Sam Darnold, Josh Allen learn from greatest at US Open

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Sam Darnold and Josh Allen are spending their weekend watching greatness, and for once it's not other football players.They're at Shinnecock Hills for the U.S. Open.Selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft - Darnold by the New York Jets, Allen by the Buffalo

GM Cashman confirms Yankees seeking starters

It's no secret the New York Yankees are looking to add starting pitching ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, with managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner saying earlier this week the area is a concern.General manager Brian Cashman verified that intent Friday, telling reporters he's reached out to about 20

Report: Raiders wide receiver Bryant could face another suspension

Martavis Bryant is facing a potential one-year suspension just six weeks into his fresh start with the Oakland Raiders.According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Bryant could be facing a third suspension for substance-abuse violations.Acquired by the Raiders for a third-round pick during the 2018 NFL Draft, Bryant is in all

NFL notebook: Haley says Taylor is far ahead of Mayfield

Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley sees no controversy at quarterback in Cleveland. Tyrod Taylor is the clear starter over No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield."He has a long way to go," Haley, the first-year offensive coordinator, told reporters when asked about Mayfield as minicamp ended Thursday. "I'd say it's clear that

Panel: Sports bets on phones have huge growth promise

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — When a New Jersey racetrack and a casino start taking bets on sporting events Thursday, they will be part of an industry primed for tremendous growth, much of it taking place on smartphones, according to a panel of national gambling experts.Speaking Wednesday at the east

A look at Bruins free agents: Nick Holden

The unfortunate part of Nick Holden's stint with the Bruins last season is that he never really was able to consistently show what he could do in a Black and Gold sweater. Holden, 31, played 18 games for the Bruins after arriving via a deal with the New York Rangers

Steinbrenner says Yankees exploring rotation upgrade

NEW YORK (AP) — Hal Steinbrenner says his New York Yankees may need a starting pitching upgrade if they're going to reach their first World Series since 2009.Steinbrenner, the Yankees managing general partner, said Wednesday the club will explore the trade market for an arm, especially considering the recent loss

Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack holds out of minicamp

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- Khalil Mack is holding out from the mandatory minicamp for the Oakland Raiders.Mack stayed away from the first day of the three-day minicamp on Tuesday. He is subject to a fine of about $80,000 if he doesn't show up at all this week.Mack is entering the

Bruins may look to make a splash by signing Kovalchuk

Clearly, the Bruins fell short in the offensive depth department during this spring's postseason run. Now it seems like they're making significant plans to address that shortcoming. According to a report from TSN's Darren Dreger, the B's are one of the interested suitors for the services of free agent winger Ilya

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