• Chechen leader makes Salah honorary citizen
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    Chechen leader makes Salah honorary citizen

    Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov has made Egypt's talismanic striker Mohamed Salah an honorary citizen of the southern Russian region at a farewell banquet held for the eliminated World Cup side. Rights groups and Western governments allege that authorities in Chechnya repress their political opponents

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    LPGA Tour Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Scores

    Jun 23 (OPTA) - Scores from the LPGA Tour Walmart NW Arkansas Championship on Friday -8 Gaby Lopez (Mexico) 63 -7 Aditi Ashok (India) 64 Nasa Hataoka (Japan) 64 Moriya Jutanugarn (Thailand) 64 Minjee Lee (Australia) 64 Mirim Lee (Korea Republic) 64 Catriona Matthew (Scotland) 64 Lizette Salas (USA) 64

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    Athletics: Thompson overhauls Fraser-Pryce to claim Jamaican title

    By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Olympic 100 meters champion Elaine Thompson left it late before coming through in the closing stages to run down a fast-starting Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and win the Jamaican championships title on Friday. Thompson, who had a poor start crossed the line

  • Pair of ex-NHL players sues league for lack of concussion warnings
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    Pair of ex-NHL players sues league for lack of concussion warnings

    The National Hockey League is being sued by two former players, Daniel Carcillo and Nick Boynton, who allege the league withheld information about the long-term health dangers from concussion-related injuries. The lawsuit was filed by attorneys Thomas A. Demetrio and William T. Gibbs in U.S. District

  • NASCAR notebook: Sonoma holds fond memories for Truex
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    NASCAR notebook: Sonoma holds fond memories for Truex

    Martin Truex Jr.'s 2013 victory at Sonoma Raceway holds a special place among the 17 wins the reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion has accumulated since his full-time debut in 2006. "A long time, very long -- don't remind me," said Truex, a featured guest at a Sonoma

  • NCAA baseball roundup: Oregon State one win from championship series
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    NCAA baseball roundup: Oregon State one win from championship series

    Oregon State routed Mississippi State 12-2 on Friday to move one win away from the College World Series championship series at Omaha, Neb. Trevor Larnach paced Oregon State's 15-hit attack with three knocks and three RBIs while Nick Madrigal, Adley Rutschman and Zak Taylor each drove in two runs

  • NFL notebook: Hall of Famer Kelly out of hospital
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    NFL notebook: Hall of Famer Kelly out of hospital

    Hall of Fame quarterback and Buffalo Bills icon Jim Kelly was released from the hospital a day after undergoing a scheduled follow-up procedure Thursday in New York City in his ongoing recovery from oral cancer surgery in March. The operation intended to help rebuild the upper portion of Kelly's

  • NHL notebook: Sabres draft Swedish D Dahlin with top pick
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    NHL notebook: Sabres draft Swedish D Dahlin with top pick

    The Buffalo Sabres selected Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 overall pick of the NHL draft on Friday night at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Dahlin, 18, is the reigning Swedish Junior Hockey Player of the Year after playing last season for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League.

  • NBA notebook: Cavs GM optimistic after talks with Team LeBron
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    NBA notebook: Cavs GM optimistic after talks with Team LeBron

    Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman senses positive momentum as Cleveland prepares to pitch LeBron James on sticking around. Altman entered the NBA draft Thursday without knowledge of James' intentions in free agency. James has until midnight on June 29 to exercise the 2018-19 season option in

  • Major League Baseball notebook: MLB suspends Osuna 75 games
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    Major League Baseball notebook: MLB suspends Osuna 75 games

    Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna accepted a 75-game suspension from Major League Baseball on Friday in connection with an assault charge. The 23-year-old right-hander was arrested May 8 and charged with one count of assault in Toronto. Osuna is due in court on July 9 and will plead not guilty

  • Former Spur Bowen sounds off on Leonard saga
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    Former Spur Bowen sounds off on Leonard saga

    Former San Antonio Spurs regular Bruce Bowen didn't hold back in taking Kawhi Leonard to task in an interview with Sirius XM NBA Radio on Thursday. Bowen called out Leonard for sitting out all but nine of the Spurs' games last season due to a controversial bout with quadriceps tendinopathy.

  • Athletics: Year's fastest Lyles ready to be a 'big dog'
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    Athletics: Year's fastest Lyles ready to be a 'big dog'

    (Reuters) - Young Noah Lyles always wanted to be the next great sprinter after Usain Bolt retired and the 20-year-old American took a big step toward that goal with the year's fastest 100 meters at the U.S. championships in Iowa on Friday. The 200m specialist, who felt compelled to prove himself

  • Golf: Weary Spieth rues not sticking to 'game plan' at Travelers
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    Golf: Weary Spieth rues not sticking to 'game plan' at Travelers

    (Reuters) - Jordan Spieth blamed mental mistakes for his poor second round at the Travelers Championship on Friday as a former British Open champion said the current holder of the Claret Jug needs a break before defending the title. Playing his sixth tournament in seven weeks, Spieth ran up a triple

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    Golf-Weary Spieth rues not sticking to 'game plan' at Travelers

    Jordan Spieth blamed mental mistakes for his poor second round at the Travelers Championship on Friday as a former British Open champion said the current holder of the Claret Jug needs a break before defending the title. Playing his sixth tournament in seven weeks, Spieth ran up a triple bogey en-route

  • '10-second' rule denies Johnson share of lead with Harman
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    '10-second' rule denies Johnson share of lead with Harman

    (Reuters) - Two-times major champion Zach Johnson fell foul of the "10-second rule" on Friday but managed to stay close to the lead as the American ended the second round one stroke behind pacesetter Brian Harman at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. "I'm really happy with

  • Lyles equals year's fastest 100m, Rodgers withdraws
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    Lyles equals year's fastest 100m, Rodgers withdraws

    (Reuters) - Noah Lyles equaled the fastest 100 meters time in the world this year when the 20-year-old ran 9.89 seconds in the semi-finals of the U.S. championships in Iowa on Friday. The performance gave Lyles a share of the world lead with 33-year-old compatriot Mike Rodgers, who pulled out of Friday

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    Swiss mental toughness turned game around, coach says

    Switzerland's never-say-die attitude and will to win was the key to turning around a match in which they had been pummelled by Serbia for much of the first half, Switzerland coach Vladimir Petkovic said on Friday. Switzerland beat Serbia 2-1 in the World Cup Group E showdown in Kaliningrad thanks

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    Serbia must take hard road after painful loss to Switzerland

    By Steve Keating KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Serbia had two paths into the World Cup knockout round and following a 2-1 loss to Switzerland on Friday will have to navigate the more treacherous route around a Brazilian road block. Victory over Switzerland would have sent Serbia through with a game

  • Russia's Kadyrov honors Egypt's Salah at gala dinner: press service
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    Russia's Kadyrov honors Egypt's Salah at gala dinner: press service

    Ramzan Kadyrov, the Kremlin-backed head of Russia's southern Chechnya region, hosted a dinner in honor of Egypt's football team and presented the Liverpool star forward Mohamed Salah with an award, the Chechen leader's press service said on Friday. Rights groups and Western governments allege

  • USOC close to naming new chief
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    USOC close to naming new chief

    (Reuters) - The United States Olympic Committee is close to naming a new chief executive officer with an announcement expected in the coming weeks, officials said on Friday. The USOC has been looking for a CEO since the departure of Scott Blackmun, who resigned in February following months of criticism

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    Hend zooms to BMW lead as Fleetwood barely makes cut

    (Reuters) - Long-hitting Australian Scott Hend tamed strong winds to take the second-round lead as Tommy Fleetwood barely made the cut at the BMW International Open in Germany on Friday. Hend, a two-times winner on the European Tour, fashioned a stellar five-under-par 67 on the Gut Laerchenhof course

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    Golf-Hend zooms to BMW lead as Fleetwood barely makes cut

    Long-hitting Australian Scott Hend tamed strong winds to take the second-round lead as Tommy Fleetwood barely made the cut at the BMW International Open in Germany on Friday. Hend, a two-times winner on the European Tour, fashioned a stellar five-under-par 67 on the Gut Laerchenhof course in Pulheim

  • Shaqiri snatches last-gasp win for Swiss over Serbia
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    Shaqiri snatches last-gasp win for Swiss over Serbia

    By Steve Keating KALININGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - Switzerland hit back with a thunderous strike by Granit Xhaka and a last-minute breakaway goal by Xherdan Shaqiri to claim a famous 2-1 win over Serbia on Friday in a swashbuckling World Cup Group E match tinged with Balkan rivalry. The Swiss looked

  • Rhode Island legalizes sports betting, gets 51 percent of revenues
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    Rhode Island legalizes sports betting, gets 51 percent of revenues

    By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed a $9.6 billion budget for fiscal 2019 on Friday that legalizes sports betting and gives the state 51 percent of the revenues from the wagers. The budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 counts on $23.5 million of new

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    Argentina identifies fans filmed fighting at World Cup

    Argentine authorities have identified four Argentine fans filmed fighting with two fans of Croatia at Thursday's World Cup soccer match between the two countries in Russia, the Argentine security ministry said in a statement on Friday. A video filmed during the match and circulated widely on social