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Alex Rodriguez invests in Professional Fighters League

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is taking a swing at mixed martial arts as an investor and board member for the Professional Fighters League. The PFL announced the addition of the former New York Yankees star to its board of directors Thursday. Rodriguez's investment is part of what the ...

Preakness tradition Alibi Breakfast back after 2 years off

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Black-Eyed Susan cocktails were flowing, D. Wayne Lukas was telling jokes and things finally felt fully back to normal at Old Hilltop. While the Kentucky Derby winner isn't at the Preakness, the tradition of the Alibi Breakfast returned Thursday to Pimlico Race Course ...

Lo van Pham honored to be first Asian American official

Lo van Pham's journey to the NFL began when he fell in love with sports upon arriving in Texas after living in refugee camps with his family. More than 40 years later, van Pham is set to become the first Asian American to officiate in the NFL. "I never dreamed about being the first of ...

Minority GM, coach candidates invited to meet NFL owners

Something wasn't working. Even though the NFL attempted to enhance opportunities for minority candidates to become head coaches in a league whose players are 70% Black, there was a disconnect. Same thing for front office positions, although more improvement had been seen in recent years in ...

Injured reliever Luke Jackson loses arbitration vs Braves

NEW YORK (AP) — Luke Jackson, sidelined for the season by Tommy John surgery, lost his salary arbitration hearing with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday. Jackson was awarded the team's $3.6 million offer rather than his $4 million request by Robert Herzog, Richard Bloch and Scott Buchheit, who ...

Tiger trouble: Woods winces way through opening 74 at PGA

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — By the time Tiger Woods walked toward the fifth tee box Thursday, the hot start to his return to the PGA Championship had turned cold, and what was quickly becoming a steamy day at Southern Hills had also become an agonizing grind. Two early birdies that had him in the ...

Santander’s 3-run HR in 9th leads Orioles over Yankees 9-6

BALTIMORE (AP) — Anthony Santander lined a three-run homer in the ninth inning off Lucas Luetge and the Baltimore Orioles avoided a four-game sweep by beating the New York Yankees 9-6 on Thursday. "I put myself in the pitcher's shoes in that situation," Santander said through a translator. ...

A happier Andretti returns to Indy 500 as part-time racer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti doesn't want to be at the track if he's not racing. He'll watch on television, though, and offer advice from 650 miles away. Andretti was at home in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, watching Andretti Autosport race the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last ...

‘Facing Nolan’ looks at Ryan’s longer-than-expected career

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Nolan Ryan was already striking out plenty of batters with his blazing fastball, and at age 22 pitched the last seven innings in the National League pennant-clinching game for the 1969 Miracle Mets and got what would be his only World Series ring. If not for the ...

Mets ace Scherzer likely out 6 to 8 weeks for oblique strain

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets pitcher Max Scherzer is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a strained oblique muscle in his left side, the latest blow to a New York pitching staff already missing ace Jacob deGrom. Scherzer, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, had an MRI on Thursday, a ...