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    SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The “early returns are really good” on Brock Purdy after his first throwing session since March 10 elbow surgery, according to 49ers general manager John Lynch. Purdy, with his ulnar collateral ligament repaired by an internal brace, appears slightly ahead of schedule in his comeback from an injury that led to the 49ers’ NFC Championship Game defeat in Philadelphia four ...

      When the Steelers selected inside linebacker Mark Robinson in the seventh round of the 2022 draft, they knew it was going to take some time for him to develop. Robinson played just one season of major-college football at Ole Miss, and that was the only time he ever played inside linebacker. Robinson's previous college experience was at running back at Southeast Missouri State and Presbyterian, ...

        Standing a few feet from a golf green, Deshaun Watson made a pitch for DeAndre Hopkins to join him in Cleveland. The Browns quarterback said that he has spoken to Hopkins, his close friend and former Houston teammate, and encouraged the three-time All-Pro wide receiver to consider a reunion. Hopkins is a free agent after the Arizona Cardinals released him last week. Watson said he has been in contact with Hopkins, his teammate for three seasons.

          The Las Vegas Aces celebrated last season’s championship over the weekend and are looking once again like the dominant team in the league. The Aces unveiled the championship banner on Saturday before dismantling a short-handed Los Angeles team. An easy win over Minnesota the next day has Las Vegas at 4-0, winning by an average of 24.75 points. Las Vegas sits atop the AP WNBA Power Poll once again.

            SEATTLE — Bill Boone of Mukilteo has a shadow box on his wall to display the Mariners' jersey of Bret Boone — got to give props to your namesake, right? — and an inset photo of Lou Gehrig. It speaks to Boone's love of baseball, and also to the diagnosis that rocked his life in March of 2020. After being puzzled by weakness in his arms for over a year, Boone received the devastating news that ...

              Daris Steen had been dating his future wife, Samantha, for months before he realized her father was Sgt. Rodney M. Davis. That they were even having dinner at his Los Angeles home all those years ago was unexpected because she had stayed away from men who served in the military. But when Steen started talking about his time in the U.S. Marine Corps and pointed to his ribbons hung on a nearby ...

              Perhaps it’s the injuries. Perhaps it’s the poor performances in nationally televised games against the Chargers and Packers last December. Perhaps it’s a case of demanding to see Tua Tagovailoa repeat his fabulous start to last season. Whatever the reason, the Dolphins quarterback continues to be disrespected on social media, even by some of his biggest advocates. The biggest slight came ...

              A New Hampshire stadium is being recognized for playing a largely unheralded role in helping racially integrate baseball. Much of the attention has been on Jackie Robinson, who broke the major league color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers. But a year earlier, Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella and Cy Young award-winning pitcher Don Newcombe helped make the Nashua Dodgers, a minor league affiliate of the Brooklyn Dodgers, the first racially integrated baseball team in the United States.

              Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and Caleb Martin gave Miami 26 points and 10 rebounds in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals to help the Heat beat the Celtics 103-84 and turn back Boston’s attempt at an unprecedented comeback. The Heat recovered after blowing a 3-0 lead in the series and advanced to the NBA Finals for the second time in four seasons. They will face the Western Conference champion Nuggets. Game 1 is in Denver on Thursday night.

              William Karlsson scored two goals and had an assist as the Vegas Golden Knights advanced to their second Stanley Cup Final with a 6-0 rout over Dallas. The Stars had extended the Western Conference Final to six games after losing the first three. William Carrier, Keegan Kolesar and Michael Amadio each had a goal and an assist for the Knights. 

              Ryan Blaney pulled away late to win the rescheduled Coca-Cola 600 on Monday at Charlotte Speedway, giving team owner Roger Penske a sweep of the Memorial Day weekend’s top races in the United States. Josef Newgarden won a record-extending 19th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday for Team Penske. It marked the first time Team Penske has earned a sweep of the two races in the same year.

              Josef Newgarden walked around Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday as the Indy 500 champion. The years of frustration that had followed the two-time IndyCar series champion were finally relieved. In an interview with The Associated Press, Newgarden insisted that whether he won the most important race of the year would not define his career. But it's an easier statement to make having that large Indy 500 winner's ring on his finger.

              It’s called “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” because the Indianapolis 500 is supposed to be one of the most dramatic and difficult races in the world. Sure, it’s an automobile race. But it’s also very much entertainment, even if Marcus Ericsson vehemently disagrees. The controversial ending to the 107th running of the Indy 500 gave Josef Newgarden the win. Newgarden drives for Roger Penske, who owns the race and Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

              Recent allegations by WNBA player Dearica Hamby that her coach harassed her for being pregnant have shined a renewed spotlight on one of the biggest challenges that female professional athletes face. Juggling the demands of parenthood with those of a professional sports career is just one of myriad challenges female athletes face in an industry rife with pay disparities, harassment and bullying.


              Late, great Hall of Famer Franco Harris was the best running back in Steelers history. As Art Rooney Sr. once said, "We never won before Franco got here. We never lost much after he did." Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis is No. 2 on that list. There have been few better team leaders in Steelers history. He willed his teammates on the road to a win in Super Bowl XL against Seattle. And No. 3 during ...

              Charlotte Motor Speedway has announced the Coca-Cola 600 has been postponed until Monday due to wet weather. The Cup Series race will begin at 3 p.m. ET on Monday. NASCAR has moved the Xfinity Series up to an 11 a.m. start. The Xfinity Series race had been scheduled to run Saturday but was also postponed. 

              Josef Newgarden finally won his first Indianapolis 500 with an audacious pass of defending race winner Marcus Ericsson in a 2.5-mile sprint to the finish. Newgarden gave team owner Roger Penske his 19th win and first since buying Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race had been red-flagged for the third time in the closing laps, setting up a one-lap race to the end.

              PITTSBURGH — Bill Cowher was a Hall of Fame coach. Mike Tomlin will be a Hall of Famer soon after he retires. Pittsburgh has been lucky with terrific football coaches. The Steelers are 3 for 3 with Hall of Fame-caliber men since Chuck Noll was hired before the 1969 season. Think about that for a second. Three greats in 53 consecutive seasons. Noll was the best of the bunch. There is no ...

              Derrick White scored on a putback with 0.1 seconds left and the Boston Celtics moved to the brink of the greatest comeback in NBA playoff history, holding off the Miami Heat 104-103 to force a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals. Jayson Tatum scored 31 points, Jaylen Brown scored 26 and Marcus Smart added 21 for the Celtics.

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