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CBS Sports hires former NFL ref Steratore as rules analyst

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS Sports has hired former referee Gene Steratore as a rules analyst for its NFL broadcasts. Steratore retired this offseason after leading the officiating crew at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. He says that after 15 years of officiating in the NFL, "it's time to hang up my ...

Trade action slow on first night of NHL draft

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer DALLAS (AP) — Rasmus Dahlin went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres, Commissioner Gary Bettman was booed relentlessly by the crowd all night and trade chatter didn't amount to a whole lot of movement. With the exception of one trade by the Stanley Cup ...

Sabres won’t issue qualifying offer to defenseman Antipin

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Victor Antipin won't be back in Buffalo after general manager Jason Botterill says the Sabres won't issue the Russian-born defenseman a qualifying offer. The decision means Antipin will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The ...

Gaudreau buys stake in his former USHL team in Dubuque, Iowa

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Hockey Writer "Johnny Hockey" is getting an additional title: part owner. Calgary Flames star forward Johnny Gaudreau is a member of an NHL-laden ownership group that purchased an equity stake in the U.S. Hockey League's Dubuque Fighting Saints on Thursday. The group ...

Ibrahimovic, Rippon, Bird featured in ESPN Body Issue

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, WNBA star Sue Bird, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and 63-year-old golfer Greg Norman are among the athletes who will be featured in ESPN the Magazine's 10th anniversary Body Issue. The issue hits newsstands on June ...

Strange’s advice for Koepka: Study up on Willie Anderson

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Curtis Strange has some advice for Brooks Koepka ahead of next year's U.S. Open: Study up on Willie Anderson. Koepka's one-shot victory at Shinnecock Hills made him the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years, dating to ...

Salary-cap increase makes for ‘more fun’ NHL offseason

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Thanks, Vegas. The Stanley Cup Final run of the expansion Golden Knights contributed to what is expected to be a healthy increase for the salary cap, giving NHL teams more freedom to make deals. With elite center John Tavares, top defenseman John Carlson ...

Bills running back McCoy shows no signs of slowing at 30

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — When he was much younger and brasher, LeSean McCoy recalled informing the league's older running backs of how he was going to one day chase them down in the record books. A month shy of his 30th birthday, the Buffalo Bills veteran ...

The Latest: Fowler hopes some Brady magic rubs off

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open, golf's second major championship of the year (all times local): 1 p.m. Rickie Fowler couldn't have found a better athlete than Tom Brady to play a round of golf with two days before the U.S. Open. After all, Brady owns five Super Bowl ...

Tiger’s last major win 10 years ago a testament to willpower

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer Hank Haney first noticed something wrong when Tiger Woods got up from the dinner table to get something to drink and stopped suddenly, bent over with his eyes closed and then held the position until he could keep walking. "I remember thinking, 'That's not a ...

Incognito tells AP he’s training 2 weeks after gym outburst

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Richie Incognito tells The Associated Press he's back home training in Arizona and feeling great, two weeks after the former Buffalo Bills offensive lineman spent three days in a mental hospital following an alleged outburst at a south ...

Bills center Eric Wood still adjusting to retirement

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) — Though Eric Wood can finally say he's retired, the now-former Buffalo Bills center is unaccustomed to discussing his career in the past tense. On Monday, for example, Wood was still referring to this spring as "the offseason," while ...

Jets’ birthday boy Darnold turns 21, making ‘ton of strides’

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The big day finally arrived, and Sam Darnold had the perfect plan for celebrating his 21st birthday. "Playing football," the New York Jets rookie quarterback said with a huge grin. The birthday boy is now officially of the ...

Islanders fire GM Snow, coach Weight, Lamoriello is new GM

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer Lou Lamoriello moved quickly to shake up the New York Islanders by firing coach Doug Weight and general manager Garth Snow and naming himself the team's new GM just two weeks after taking over as president of hockey operations. Lamoriello made the moves ...

Baffert savors journey with another Triple Crown in reach

By BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The only thing Bob Baffert wanted to do in horse racing was win the Triple Crown. Been there, done that in 2015 with American Pharoah. Now, the white-haired trainer is back with another chance to saddle a colt to a sweep of the Kentucky ...

Police: Incognito threw weights before hospitalization

By TERRY SPENCER and JOHN WAWROW, Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Police took veteran NFL guard Richie Incognito to a mental hospital after he allegedly threw weights and tennis balls at gym employees and another patron and told officers the government is spying on him, ...

Now 25 years in, Bettman is never off as NHL commissioner

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer NEW YORK (AP) — There is usually another guest at the table when Gary Bettman and his wife, Shelli, go out to dinner with other couples during the NHL playoffs. Friends come to accept the glow of the TV screen set up so Bettman can keep an eye on games, ...

Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones has knee surgery

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones has had knee surgery that will prevent him from participating in the team's series of spring practices. Coach Sean McDermott wouldn't discuss the nature of the injury or which knee was operated on in providing the update Thursday, ...

Incognito becomes a free agent after being cut by Bills

By JOHN WAWROW, AP Sports Writer ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Richie Incognito's playing days might not be over after all. The veteran guard is free to resume his career after the Buffalo Bills released him from their reserve/retired list on Monday. The move represents the latest twist in ...

Sharks closing in on 7-year deal with Kane

By JOSH DUBOW, AP Sports Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks are closing in on a seven-year contract with Evander Kane that will keep the high-scoring forward off the free-agent market. A person familiar with the negotiations says the contract is expected to be finalized on ...