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Former U.S. women’s national team player Aly Wagner says the World Cup will captivate American audiences even without the home team there. Wagner, an analyst for Fox Sports during the tournament, appears on the AP’s “PodcastOne Sports Now” with co-hosts Tim Dahlberg and Jim Litke. Also, trainer Bob Baffert discusses his second Triple Crown, and the AP’s Tom Withers weighs in on LeBron James’ future.
PHILADELPHIA — Carson Wentz was having an MVP season before a torn ACL forced him to the sideline, where he watched Nick Foles lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory. Wentz has a mission to return for Week 1, but his return comes with interesting circumstances: He’s got no pressure to return right away because the Eagles can lean on the Super Bowl MVP to start the season. By Rob Maaddi. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 3 a.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY — U.S. softball officials say the sport needs to thrive outside the mainland United States and Japan to remain an Olympic sport long term. Softball was in the Summer Olympics from 1996 to 2008 but was left off the program in 2012 and 2016. It will return in Tokyo in 2020, and U.S. officials hope to convince Paris officials it needs to be a part of the 2024 Games. They say evidence of progress for other national teams will help their argument. By Cliff Brunt. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 12 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Coach Barry Trotz dropped a hint about returning to the Capitals amid uncertainty about his future. Trotz is a free agent who doesn’t have a contract with Washington for next season, a rarity for established NHL coaches. General manager Brian MacLellan says Trotz will be back if he wants to be and that’s now a distinct possibility. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 660 words, photos by 3 a.m.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tiger Woods returned to the U.S. Open for the first time in three years and hardly anyone noticed. Then again, it was late Sunday afternoon. Such a quiet moment is rare for Woods in his celebrated return to golf. Anticipation has been building for him to win again and add to his 14 majors. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 940 words, photos.
DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon, an injury that will sideline the Detroit slugger for the rest of the season. The two-time AL MVP will have surgery this week, the Tigers said. By Dave Hogg. SENT: 1100 words, photos.
RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil’s massive corruption probes have cleared only two of the 12 stadiums used at the World Cup four years ago. The privately owned arenas in Curitiba and Porto Alegre have gone through other problems, though. By Mauricio Savarese. SENT: 1350 words, photos.
BKL--ON BASKETBALL-HALL OF FAME GAME
The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and the WNBA are trying to think outside of the box to help generate more interest in the sport. Playing a regular season WNBA game in Knoxville, Tennessee as part of Hall of Fame weekend would certainly be a win-win situation for both entities. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. UPCOMING: 680 words, photos by 3 a.m.
GLF--ON THE FRINGE-TWO MAJORS
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Jordan Spieth considers himself lucky. As hard as he made it look, winning the U.S. Open three years ago felt easy. That made him a multiple major champion early in his career. Now, there’s a long list of top players trying to break out of the group with only one major. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 930 words, photos.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tiger Woods brought his yacht, Privacy, to a U.S. Open in New York and missed the cut for the first time in a major. That was 12 years ago when the Open was at Winged Foot. He can only hope for better results having docked his 155-foot yacht near Shinnecock Hills. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 1200 words, photos.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Lots of folks have become accustomed to seeing Jordan Spieth’s name atop leaderboards. That’s particularly true at golf’s majors. Spieth also got used to it. The fact that he’s not been a factor much since winning the British Open last summer has him frustrated. But he’s also optimistic heading into the U.S Open. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 670 words, photos.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Brooks Koepka scoffs when told this week’s U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills will be a far different challenge than the tournament he won last year at Erin Hills. Koepka scored his first major in Wisconsin. He sees little difference in this traditional layout at Southampton and the far newer Erin Hills. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 920 words, photos.
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Daddy’s little girl is waiting. Patrick Reed would like to deliver her a nice present. And on Father’s Day, no less. He brought his 4-year-old the Masters Trophy two months ago. Now he shoots for his second career major in the U.S. Open. By Terrin Waack. SENT: 630 words, photos.
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Khalil Mack is holding out from mandatory minicamp for the Oakland Raiders. Mack stayed away from the first day of the three-day minicamp. He is subject to a fine of about $80,000 if he doesn’t show up at all this week. By Pro Football Writer Josh Dubow. SENT: 420 words, photos.
RENTON, Wash. — Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas has officially commenced his holdout as the team began its three-day mandatory minicamp. By Curtis Crabtree. SENT: 470 words, photos.
A look at what’s happening around the majors. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 3 a.m.
NEW YORK — Mets general manager Sandy Alderson says his players are running out of time to turn around their season; he takes the responsibility as the person in charge of assembling the roster. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. SENT: 850 words, photos.
NEW YORK — Right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga will be brought up from Double-A by the New York Yankees to make his major league debut against Tampa Bay on Friday night. The 23-year-old Loaisiga returned in 2016 following Tommy John surgery. He fills the rotation slot that opened when Masahiro Tanaka injured both hamstrings. SENT: 480 words, photos.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State fans in gold and blue and holding signs that read “Dynasty” lined the streets as Oakland celebrated another Warriors title with a parade downtown. By Lorin Eleni Gill. SENT: 680 words, photos.
US--BODE MILLER-DAUGHTER DROWNS
LOS ANGELES — A 911 call reveals people pleading for help as they try desperately to save Olympic skier Bode Miller’s baby daughter from drowning in a backyard swimming pool. Emeline Miller died at an Orange County hospital Sunday, a day after being pulled from the pool in suburban Coto de Caza. The call was released Tuesday by the Orange County Fire Authority. By John Rogers. SENT: 550 words, photos.
ATLANTIC CITY, N.Y. — A day before New Jersey’s governor makes his state’s first legal wager on a sporting event, sports betting will be the main topic at a major gambling industry conference in Atlantic City. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 120 words, photos. Will be updated following afternoon conference sessions.
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Wednesday’s Time Schedule (EDT)
N.Y. Mets at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m.
Toronto at Tampa Bay, 1:10 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee, 2:10 p.m.
Boston at Baltimore, 3:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Arizona, 3:40 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Seattle, 4:10 p.m.
Washington at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
Colorado at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Miami, 7:10 p.m.
Minnesota at Detroit, 7:10 p.m.
Cleveland at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m.
Cincinnati at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.
San Diego at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m.
Houston at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
Texas at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Las Vegas at New York, 7 p.m.
Washington at Connecticut, 7 p.m.
Atlanta United FC at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.
Orlando City at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
D.C. United at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.
Seattle at New York, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Colorado, 9 p.m.
New England at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.