Golf

Piercy leads by 2 after 1st round of 3M Open

[ad_1] BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Scott Piercy went on a late birdie binge en route to a 9-under 62 and the first-round lead at the inaugural 3M Open on Thursday. Adam Hadwin and Hideki Matsuyama are each two shots back after a 7-under 64 at the TPC Twin Cities. Seeking his fifth career tour win and first since the 2018 Zurich Classic, Piercy birdied one of his first seven holes
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Nadal gets just what he needed from Kyrgios in Wimbledon win

[ad_1] LONDON -- By the middle of the fourth set of Thursday's second-round match at Wimbledon evening, the ending seemed inevitable. Nick Kyrgios was clinging to his serve, the last thing he had left, like a shipwrecked sailor clutching a life preserver. Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal lashed and pounded him, unrelenting as an angry sea.It seemed only a matter of time before the 24-year-old Australian would be dislodged and pulled under
Nascar

Fireworks finale: Daytona prepares for last race in July

[ad_1] DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — There are few venues on NASCAR’s schedule quite like Daytona International Speedway in July. Sweltering summer heat and humidity with rain and lightning always lurking. Kiddie pools and American flags everywhere. A usually intense night race on a slippery surface. An over-the-top fireworks display afterward. It’s a one-of-a-kind celebration at NASCAR’s most famous track. It also could be history following Saturday night’s 400-mile race
Hockey

Maple Leafs sign deals with Cody Ceci, Alex Kerfoot

[ad_1] TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed two of their newest acquisitions to contract extensions. Defenseman Cody Ceci agreed to a one-year extension for $4.5 million, while forward Alex Kerfoot was locked up for four more years with an average annual value of $3.5 million on the deal. Ceci was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators on Monday, while Kerfoot came over in a deal
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No. 4 recruit, forward Johnson, commits to Duke

[ad_1] Top-five rising senior Jalen Johnson announced his commitment to Duke on Thursday.Johnson chose the Blue Devils over Kentucky, Arizona and Wisconsin.A 6-foot-8 small forward from Nicolet High School (Wisconsin), Johnson is ranked No. 4 in the 2020 class. He is the top small forward in the class. He averaged 17.0 points and 9.2 rebounds on the Nike EYBL circuit this spring and summer for Phenom University.#TheBrotherhood😈 I'M COMING‼️ pic.twitter.com/ryxNzkXY4J—
Nascar

Keselowski sends message to Daytona field: ‘I’m not lifting’

[ad_1] DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Brad Keselowski says he was sending a message by intentionally running into William Byron during practice Thursday for the upcoming Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. Keselowski was upset about Byron’s blocking a year ago at Daytona and retaliated during the second of two practice sessions Thursday. Byron’s No. 24 Chevrolet sustained enough damage that his team switched to a backup car before
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Kyrgios won’t apologize for aiming ball at Nadal

[ad_1] LONDON -- Nick Kyrgios refused to apologize for attempting to hit Rafael Nadal with a ball during their hotly contested Wimbledon second-round clash Thursday.During the third set of a match littered with drama at the All England Club, Kyrgios aimed a forehand at the 18-time Grand Slam champion, but Nadal deflected it with his racket. Nadal glared at the Australian but ultimately kept his cool.Nadal won 6-3, 3-6, 7-6
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Florida’s famous cheerleader, Mr. Two Bits, dies

[ad_1] GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The University of Florida's most famous cheerleader has died.George Edmondson Jr., better known as Mr. Two Bits while riling up crowds at Florida home games for 60 years, died Tuesday at age 97, the school announced Thursday."George's passion and love for the Gators produced one of college football's enduring traditions," Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a release from the school. "The fact that Mr.
Golf

Liu breaks her personal best for early lead in LPGA event

[ad_1] ONEIDA, Wis. (AP) — Yu Liu of China broke her personal best on the same course with a 10-under 62 that gave her a one-shot lead among early starters Thursday in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Liu shot a career-low 63 a year ago in the second round of the Thornberry Creek tournament. On a soft Thornberry Creek at Oneida course, she led by one shot over Yealimi Noh