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Lightning win Game 5, deny Avs chance to take Stanley Cup

DENVER (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in the hunt for a third straight Stanley Cup title, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night in Game 5. Ondrej Palat scored with 6:22 remaining and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots in front of a raucous crowd hoping to celebrate the Avalanche’s first championship in 21 years. The Cup was all...

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Lightning win Game 5, deny Avs chance to take Stanley Cup

DENVER (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning spoiled Colorado’s party to stay in the hunt for a third straight Stanley Cup title, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Friday night in Game 5. Ondrej Palat scored with 6:22 remaining and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 35 shots in front of a raucous crowd hoping to celebrate the Avalanche’s first championship in 21 years. The Cup was all shined up and in the building, too.  It’s heading back to Tampa for Game 6 on Sunday night, with the Lightning down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Nikita Kucherov and Jan Rutta also scored for the Lightning. Valeri Nichushkin and Cale Makar had goals for Colorado.

Avs can’t close out Lightning in Game 5 loss at Ball Arena

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche were stymied in their quest to close out the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night. The Avalanche never led in their 3-2 loss that sent the series back to Tampa with Colorado holding a three games-to-two edge in the best-of-seven series. The odds are still against the Lightning winning a third consecutive crowd as no team since the 1942 Maple Leafs have won the Stanley Cup after losing three of the first four games in the Final.

Waiting game continues in Deshaun Watson discipline case

A decision regarding discipline for Deshaun Watson is still expected before training camp, though the league has yet to conclude its investigation and turn it over to a disciplinary officer, according to two people with knowledge of the case. Both people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Friday because the investigation is ongoing. The Cleveland Browns open training camp on July 22 for rookies with veterans due on July 26. Once the NFL completes its investigation, former U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson, who was jointly appointed by the league and the players’ union, will review the findings to decide whether Watson violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy and whether to impose discipline.

Emotional Freeman given ovation, ring in return to Atlanta

ATLANTA (AP) — Freddie Freeman wasn’t prepared for the flood of feelings that came in his anticipated return to Atlanta as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He struggled to begin a pregame news conference amid a rush of emotions and dabbed away tears throughout his public comments. He received his 2021 World Series ring from Braves manager Brian Snitker during a pregame ceremony on the field. Atlanta fans stood and cheered, some chanting “Freddie! Freddie!” Freeman answered by removing his cap and raising both arms to the fans.

Take two: Steve Clifford returns to Hornets as head coach

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Steve Clifford is heading back to Charlotte. Clifford has agreed to a multiyear contract to return as head coach of the NBA’s Hornets four years after being fired by team owner Michael Jordan, the team announced Friday night. Charlotte previously agreed to terms on a four-year contract with Golden State assistant Kenny Atkinson to become head coach, but he later informed the team he was not taking the job citing family reasons. The 60-year-old Clifford spent five seasons coaching the Hornets, compiling a 196-214 record with a team that included Kemba Walker, before being fired in 2018. He coached the Magic from 2018-21. Charlotte fired James Borrego in April.

Chun shoots 69 to lead by 6 at Women’s PGA Championship

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — In Gee Chun shot a 3-under 69 to lead by six strokes after the second round of the Women’s PGA Championship. Chun led by five after the first round, equaling the biggest 18-hole advantage in the history of women’s major championships. The Congressional Country Club course was a bit more forgiving Friday. She began with three birdies in the first five holes, but bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 kept her from pulling away further. Lydia Ko and Jennifer Kupcho were second.

Column: The bar where women’s sports come to play

On the 50th anniversary of Title IX, let’s celebrate another small step on the road to gender equality. Jenny Nguyen has opened The Sports Bra, a bar and restaurant in Portland, Oregon dedicated solely to women’s sports. Yep, this is a place where you can stop by to catch a WNBA game, or cheer on the hometown Portland Thorns soccer team. Nguyen got the idea some four years ago after watching the NCAA women’s basketball championship on a smallish screen with the sound turned down in a male-dominated sports bar. She decided women’s sports deserved a place of its own.

Verlander pitches Astros to 3-1 win, ends Yanks’ home streak

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched four-hit ball over seven innings, Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer and the Houston Astros beat the Yankees 3-1 to stop New York’s 15-game home winning streak. Hours after Aaron Judge agreed to a $19 million, one-year contract with the Yankees that avoided an arbitration hearing, New York was greeted with loud ovations by just its third home sellout crowd this season. Judge went 0 for 4 as the major league-best Yankees lost for just the fourth time in their last 23 games overall. Verlander averaged 95.5 mph with his fastball, up from 94.8 mph coming in during his first season since Tommy John surgery.

Ledecky stretches 22-medal record at worlds with 800 title

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky has extended her record haul of medals from the world swimming championships to 22 with her latest 800-meter freestyle win. Ledecky clocked 8:08.04 to win the event for the eighth consecutive time at a worlds or Olympic Games. It’s her 19th gold at a worlds and her fourth this week. She helped the United States win the 4×200 freestyle relay final on Wednesday, two days after she won the 1,500 freestyle, which came two days after she won the 400 freestyle on the first day of racing in Budapest. Ledecky has the most medals for a female swimmer in world championships history. Only Michael Phelps has more.

Serena Williams practices on Centre Court; 1st foe No. 113

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Serena Williams has held a practice session on Centre Court and will begin her Wimbledon comeback by facing Harmony Tan. Tan is a 24-year-old from France who is ranked 113th and owns a 2-6 career record in Grand Slam matches. The placement of Williams in the women’s bracket was the most anticipated aspect of the draw at the All England Club. She is making her first appearance in singles since getting injured in the first round at Wimbledon last year. Williams has won seven of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles at Wimbledon. Tan is making her debut at the grass-court tournament.

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