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Spanish state prosecutor charges Ronaldo with tax fraud

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish state prosecutor accused Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo of defrauding Spain's tax office of 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million) in unpaid taxes on Tuesday. In a statement, Madrid's regional state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four accounts of tax fraud from ...

Crosby, Pens cap amazing year with 2nd straight Stanley Cup

By TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Even Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to be challenged trying to top this. Crosby was awarded his second consecutive Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and goalie Matt Murray made 27 ...

Bradley’s stunning early goal helps US to 1-1 tie at Mexico

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MEXICO CITY (AP) — Michael Bradley watched Hector Moreno's pass to Javier Hernandez in the center circle and thought back to the videos he had seen of the star pushing the ball back. So even before Chicharito tapped the ball toward Hector Herrera, Bradley ...

Nadal up to No. 2; Djokovic slides to No. 4, worst since ’09

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer PARIS (AP) — French Open champion Rafael Nadal moved up two spots to No. 2 in the ATP rankings on Monday, his highest placing since October 2014. Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, slid from No. 2 to No. 4 in the new rankings, his lowest status in 7½ years. He ...

Nova stars as Pirates beat Locke, Marlins 3-1

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Elias Diaz is filling in quite nicely for injured catchers Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart. Diaz drove in two runs, Ivan Nova pitched six shutout innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Jeff Locke and the Miami Marlins 3-1 on ...

Pitcher? Hitter? Both? MLB draft marked by two-way players

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Brendan McKay's fastball-firing left arm has made him the possible No. 1 overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Thing is, so has the Louisville slugger's bat. The Cardinals star is one of college baseball's greatest two-way ...

LeBron says he’d want Magic, Jordan as his 3-on-3 teammates

By DOUG FEINBERG, AP Basketball Writer LeBron James most likely won't be playing in the new 3-on-3 competition at the 2020 Olympics. And it's even less likely that Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson will participate. But a trio of MJ, Magic and LeBron in a 3-on-3 tournament would be, let's just ...

Pulisic scores twice, US beats Trinidad 2-0 in qualifying

By PAT GRAHAM, AP Sports Writer COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — After sliding to score a goal with his left foot, Christian Pulisic got back up, raced for a corner and glided across the grass on both knees. Just a teenager showing exuberance. Pulisic rescued the United States with a pair of ...

LEADING OFF: Russell’s ‘serious allegation,’ Pedroia returns

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors Friday: ___ RUSSELL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ALLEGATIONS It's unclear when All-Star shortstop Addison Russell will return to the Chicago Cubs amid domestic violence allegations. His wife, Melisa, posted a photo Wednesday on ...

Blowouts more common than close games in Stanley Cup Final

By The Associated Press Charles Barkley and hockey fans across the country have tuned in to watch the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators, no matter the score — and the score hasn't always been close. Barkley said the NHL playoffs were more entertaining ...

LeBron not faulting Warriors for building powerhouse team

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James knew what might happen when Kevin Durant merged with the Warriors, a 73-win team out for revenge. James understood the potential of this Golden State goliath with more firepower than perhaps anything the NBA has seen ...

No questioning Durant’s decision now as Warriors near title

By Brian Mahoney AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant never demanded he’d get to take the biggest shot of the NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors made no promises and he knew there were no guarantees. When they met last summer in New York to discuss the biggest decision ...

Penguins crush Predators 6-0 to take 3-2 lead in Stanley Cup

By Will Graves AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — The night started with a catfish throw. It ended with haymaker after haymaker — both literal and proverbial — from the ever resilient Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending champions provided an emphatic and repeated reminder of what ...

Warriors set to make their claim as NBA’s best ever

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — One victory left for the Golden State Warriors to claim another title. Not the one as NBA champions. The one as the best team ever. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and the rest of the Warriors will be able to make that boast if they win ...

Sooner surprise: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops retires at 56

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Like a well-executed blitz, Bob Stoops shocked the college football world. Oklahoma's football coach abruptly announced his retirement Wednesday after leading the Sooners to 10 conference championships and a national title in 18 ...

Cavs’ best effort not good enough to beat the Warriors

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James and Kyrie Irving couldn't be stopped. J.R. Smith finally got started. The Cleveland Cavaliers were so much better than in the previous two games. They're just not good enough to beat what may be one of the NBA's best ...

Malkin, Rinne among contenders in wide-open Conn Smythe race

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Nashville coach Peter Laviolette was so concerned that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin would take criticism to heart that he wanted everyone to stop talking about it. No shots for the Pittsburgh Penguins' top stars in Game 3 led to one of Crosby's best games ...

Lincoln Riley, 33, takes over as Oklahoma’s football coach

By CLIFF BRUNT, AP Sports Writer NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Just three years ago, Lincoln Riley was the offensive coordinator at East Carolina. Now, he'll take the reins at Oklahoma, one of the most powerful programs in college football. The 33-year-old Riley has stepped in for the retiring Bob ...

LEADING OFF: Rockies visit Wrigley; Price vs Pineda, Yanks

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ MEASURING STICK The surprising Rockies, who lead the National League with 38 wins, get a tough test when they open a four-game series at Wrigley Field against the World Series champion Cubs. Colorado is a ...

Red Sox announcer Remy apologizes for ‘no-translator’ remarks

By Ben Walker AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy apologized Wednesday for his on-air remarks a night earlier that pitchers such as Yankees star Masahiro Tanaka shouldn’t be allowed to have translators on the mound. “I sincerely apologize to those ...