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Canadiens take Juraj Slafkovsky with top pick in NHL draft

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have selected Slovak winger Juraj Slafkovsky with the first pick in the NHL draft. He’s the first player from Slovakia to be taken No. 1. The previous best was Marian Gaborik going third in 2000. This was the first year in nearly a decade there was suspense about who was going to be the No. 1 pick right up...

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Canadiens take Juraj Slafkovsky with top pick in NHL draft

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens have selected Slovak winger Juraj Slafkovsky with the first pick in the NHL draft. He’s the first player from Slovakia to be taken No. 1. The previous best was Marian Gaborik going third in 2000. This was the first year in nearly a decade there was suspense about who was going to be the No. 1 pick right up until the player’s name was called. The Canadiens said they were considering Slafkovsky, Canadian center Shane Wright and American forward Logan Cooley. The New Jersey Devils surprisingly selected Slovak defenseman and Slafkovsky Olympic teammate Simon Nemec with the second pick.

Injured Nadal out of Wimbledon; Kyrgios advances to final

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Wimbledon a day before he was supposed to play in the semifinals because of a torn abdominal muscle. Nadal announced that he was pulling out of the Grand Slam tournament at a news conference Thursday. The 22-time Grand Slam champion was scheduled to face Nick Kyrgios for a berth in the final on Friday. Kyrgios advanced to his first final at a major tournament. He will meet either Novak Djokovic or Cam Norrie for the championship on Sunday.

At Wimbledon, Jabeur 1st woman from Africa in pro Slam final

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Ons Jabeur has reached her first Grand Slam final with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 victory over good friend Tatjana Maria at Wimbledon. Jabeur is a 27-year-old from Tunisia who is the first African woman and Arab woman to get to the title match at a major tennis tournament. Maria is a 34-year-old German who is ranked 103rd and never had made it past the third round of a Grand Slam event before. The third-seeded Jabeur next will face 17th-seeded Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan for the championship on Saturday. Rybakina overwhelmed 2019 Wimbledon champion Simona Halep 6-3, 6-3 in the second semifinal. She also will be making her major final debut.

WNBA’s Griner pleads guilty at her drug trial in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner pleaded guilty to drug possession charges on the second day of her trial in a Russian court in a case that could see her sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. Her abrupt guilty plea came amid a growing chorus of calls for Washington to do more to secure her freedom nearly five months after her arrest amid rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine. A senior Russian diplomat said earlier that no action could be taken by Moscow on Griner until the trial was over. Griner was detained at a Moscow airport while returning to play basketball in Russia. Police said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage.

Commanders owner Dan Snyder, House committee at odds

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dan Snyder’s attorney told the Committee on Oversight and Reform the Washington Commanders’ owner is willing to testify by video conference regarding the investigation into the team’s workplace culture following accusations of pervasive sexual harassment by team executives of women employees. In a letter sent to the committee and obtained by The Associated Press, attorney Karen Patton Seymour said Snyder is traveling outside the country and available for video testimony July 28 and 29. Seymour expressed concern because the committee countered with dates that conflict with her travel schedule and Snyder’s.

Tringale off to record start with 61 to lead Scottish Open

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Cameron Tringale has spent 12 years trying to get his first PGA Tour win. Maybe that can change in Scotland. Tringale had the lowest round of his tour career with a 61 in the Scottish Open for a three-shot lead. The tournament is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour for the first time. That means it would count as an official win on the U.S. tour, even the money from the $8 million purse. Tringale never felt better with the putter. Former U.S. Open champion Gary Woodland was second.

Pac-12 facing uncertain future after losses to Big Ten

The Pac-12 can make a case as the most successful conference in collegiate athletics, amassing more than 500 NCAA championships while leading the nation in titles 56 of the past 62 years. But when it comes to the biggest moneymakers, football and men’s basketball, the conference has come up short for years. The lack of success, particularly in football, combined with the conference’s media rights missteps put the Pac-12 on shaky financial footing, opening the door for two marquee schools to jump ship. Now the conference and its remaining member schools face an even more uncertain economic future.

Mayfield, Darnold expected to compete for starting QB spot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers now have two of the top three overall picks from the 2018 draft class on their roster, and both happen to be quarterbacks. The big question is which one will start this season for them. The Panthers view their starting QB job as an open competition between the newly acquired Baker Mayfield and incumbent Sam Darnold. Mayfield is 29-30 as an NFL starter through four seasons and has thrown for 92 touchdowns and 56 interceptions. Darnold is 17-32 as an NFL starter with 54 touchdowns and 52 interceptions.

US women beat Jamaica 5-0 at the W Championship

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Sophia Smith scored twice in the opening minutes and the U.S. women’s national team edged closer to a spot in the 2023 World Cup with a 5-0 victory over Jamaica on Thursday in the CONCACAF W Championship. With two victories at the W Championship, the United States was atop its group and in position to qualify for next summer’s World Cup, co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The Americans could clinch later Thursday with a win or draw for Haiti over Mexico.

Penguins re-sign Letang; Avalanche acquire goalie Georgiev

MONTREAL (AP) — Colorado, Chicago and Pittsburgh all made key moves ahead of the NHL draft with the Stanley Cup champion Avalanche making a deal to shore up their goaltending situation and the Penguins ensuring a long-time defenseman was sticking around. The Avalanche acquired goaltender Alexandar Georgiev from the New York Rangers for three draft picks. The Pittsburgh Penguins also signed veteran defenseman Kris Letang to a $36.6 million, six-year contract that carries a $6.1 million annual salary cap hit. The Blackhawks began their much-anticipated dismantling process by trading Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators. And the Minnesota Wild re-signed goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to a $7 million, two-year contract.

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