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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for states to allow gambling on sports across the nation, striking down a federal law that barred betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports in most states.


The justices voted 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, a 1992 law that forbade state-authorized sports gambling with some exceptions. It made Nevada the only state where a person could wager on the results of a single game.


Many states have hoped their cut of legalized sports gambling could help solve budget problems. Stock prices for casino operators and equipment makers surged after the ruling was announced.


The ruling, in a case from New Jersey, creates an opening to bring an activity out of the shadows that many Americans already see as a mainstream hobby. The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans illegally wager about $150 billion

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TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have fired Dwane Casey after the team was swept in the playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers for second straight season.


Toronto President Masai Ujiri on Friday said the move was a "very difficult but necessary step."


"As a team, we are constantly trying to grow and improve in order to get to the next level," Ujiri said in the statement released by the team.


Ujiri thanked Casey for what he has done for the organization, saying Casey was "instrumental in creating the identity and culture of who we are as a team."


The Raptors will hold a news conference Friday afternoon and are expected to provide more details on the decision to part ways with Casey.


The move comes two days after Casey was honored as coach of the year by the National Basketball Coaches Association.


Casey, 61, led the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 wins and a top seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time. He

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SAO PAULO (AP) — Neymar still has fears weeks out from the World Cup in Russia about the right foot he broke.

In an interview published on Friday, the Brazil and Paris Saint-Germain striker said treatment has worked "but there is always that fear of it (the injury) coming back."

"I need to lose that fear as quickly as possible to arrive at the World Cup at my best," Neymar said in an interview on Zico's YouTube channel. "In the beginning we are hesitant about making the complete movement."


He cracked the fifth metatarsal that connects to the little toe in his right foot, and a week later, on March 3, he underwent surgery in Brazil. The diagnosis was he would be out for up to three months.


This week, Neymar returned to Paris to continue his rehabilitation, and is not expected to play for PSG, who signed him for a record 222 million euros (now $265 million) last August from Barcelona.


The interview took place at his

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History is being made again in the Stanley Cup playoffs.


On the heels of the first back-to-back champions in two decades, the NHL will get a new champion in the salary-cap era that began in 2005. Among the Lightning, Capitals, Jets and Golden Knights, only Tampa Bay has won the Stanley Cup, making this the first time the final four teams have combined for one title or fewer.


Tampa Bay is in the Eastern Conference final for the third time in four years, and Washington has made the playoffs 10 out of the past 11 seasons. Yet after one of Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh lifted the Cup every time since 2009, this crop of new blood is refreshing.


"They're all good stories," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "The same old story sometimes can get old. Once in a while a new chapter is written, and it'll be good. This year there will be a new chapter."


The next chapter begins with the Capitals visiting the Lightning

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Leslie Robinson joined an exclusive club when she was drafted by the New York Liberty last month.


The Princeton star is just the third player with Ivy League experience taken in the WNBA draft, joining former Harvard standouts Allison Feaster and Temi Fagbenle. While Robinson is a longshot to make the Liberty, she's happy to have the opportunity.


"It's been great to learn from everyone and has been a really good experience so far," she said.


Coming from a conference known more for its academic achievements, Robinson is one of four Ivy Leaguers on training camp rosters this spring. She's joined by Princeton's Blake Dietrick (Atlanta), Fagbenle (Minnesota) and Columbia's Camille Zimmerman (Minnesota).


Dietrick played in three games in 2016 for Seattle, and Fagbenle appeared in 21 contests last season for the reigning WNBA champion Lynx. Fagbenle played for the Crimson before finishing her

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Washington Capitals kept trying to downplay their own forgettable playoff history, the one pockmarked with disappointment and despair. Still, they couldn't run from it.


No one bore the weight more than Alex Ovechkin. All the goals in the world — and the star forward is at over 600 and counting now — couldn't take the sting away from the endless cycle of postseason runs that ended far too soon.

"It's so hard to move forward some time," Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "It's always thrown in your face everywhere you turn. I know it's thrown in Ovi's face everywhere he turns and he's a great player in this league."

One who is finally headed to a conference final, with a team few expected to make it this far. The Capitals advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for only the third time since the franchise's inception in 1974 with a 2-1 overtime victory in Game 6 against Pittsburgh on Monday night,Read More
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CLEVELAND (AP) — Their doubters are dropping off as quickly as the competition.


Only one team has advanced to the conference finals in these NBA playoffs, and it's the same squad that looked vulnerable during a chaotic regular season, beatable in the postseason and was one loss from a possible franchise collapse.

The ending's been postponed. The Cleveland Cavaliers aren't nearly finished.

On Monday night, the Cavs completed their second straight four-game sweep of the Toronto Raptors, the East's top team and the one that was supposedly built to dethrone them, with a 128-93 win in Game 4 that has perhaps changed Cleveland's outlook.

LeBron James, whose future hangs over this city like a looming thunderstorm, scored 29 points with 11 assists and eight rebounds on 12 of 19 shooting — an ordinary performance by his standards — as the Cavs won their 10th straight over the Raptors with one of their most complete gamesRead More

LONDON (AP) — The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the Olympic Stadium in London next year.


"We are bringing you one of the best rivalries in baseball," MLS Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday.


Boston will be the home team for both of MLB's first games in Europe on June 29 and 30, 2019. The stadium will have a capacity of 55,000 in a baseball configuration.


MLB said it also "committed to playing in London in 2020 and our intention is to establish a long-term footprint in the city" as American sports further embrace British fans.


The NFL has played regular-season games in London since 2007, holding 18 games at Wembley and three at Twickenham. Three more NFL games are scheduled for this year, including one at Tottenham's new stadium.


The NBA and NHL have also held regular-season games in London.


"The stadium infrastructure in this city gives Major League Baseball

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers were full of surprises this season.


They won more games than expected. They proved more competitive than projected. Heck, they even forced the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs into a decisive seventh game all while receiving the stamp of approval from the world's best player.


Not bad for a team that was supposed to be sitting home and plotting draft strategy long ago.


"This was one of the most amazing seasons of my career," forward Thaddeus Young said. "We played for one another, not as individuals. It's tough (being eliminated), but this is a great group of guys. We all gave our blood and sweat to the game and each other."


And it could be just the start.


The Pacers' future looks far brighter now than it did 12 months ago after they were swept out of the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cavaliers.


Back then, there questions about Paul George's future in Indiana

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Derby viewers will be able to follow horses closer on the backstretch when NBC Sports introduces a new camera angle for the marquee event in horse racing's Triple Crown.


Coverage of Saturday's 144th Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs will include views from a camera suspended above the backstretch that will pan the 20-horse field. Similar to what the network uses in NASCAR broadcasts, the camera travels up to 80 mph.


NBC Sports coordinating producer Rob Hyland says in an email to The Associated Press that the closer camera angle will showcase the horses' speed. Hyland adds: "We expect that this camera will provide a unique look at the horses and their jockeys as they position themselves heading into the final turn."


NBC will use at least 50 cameras for the Derby and provide an aerial angle of the race.

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James walked sluggishly down a corridor inside Quicken Loans Arena following Game 7 surrounded by the usual squadron of security personnel, some business associates and his publicist.


Each step seemed a challenge. His eyes were heavy. He ached from head to toe. He wanted to lie down.


James was moving on to the second round of the NBA playoffs — almost on his hands and knees.


"I don't think he's appreciated enough for just how much energy he puts into every single game to do what he does," Cavaliers forward Kyle Korver said of James. "It's just unbelievable."


Pushed to his physical limits by the Indiana Pacers, and barely helped by Cleveland teammates until they finally showed up when it mattered most Sunday in a 105-101 win, James willed the Cavs into the next round, where they'll face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors for the third straight postseason.


If the Indiana series was any indication,

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DENVER (AP) — Colorado had speed and youth. Nashville brought experience and know-how.

It was plain to see which won out — this time.


Mattias Ekholm ignited the offense early with the first goal by a Nashville defenseman in the series, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots and the top-seeded Predators advanced to the second round with a 5-0 victory over the Avalanche in Game 6 on Sunday night.


Austin Watson , Filip Forsberg , Nick Bonino and Viktor Arvidsson also scored to help the Predators move on to face Winnipeg. They were 3-1-1 against the Jets in the regular season.

"I'm very impressed the way (the Avalanche) played. They played very modern hockey, with a lot of speed," said Rinne, who notched his fourth career postseason shutout as the Predators won the series 4-2. "Great game. Great team effort. We didn't give them any life."


Nashville removed any sort of drama with two goals in the opening period and two more in

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James has been the first-round king for 12 years.


On Sunday night, he needed Kyle Korver's 3-point shooting to put him in position to extend his reign.

The two combined for all of Cleveland's points in a late 10-2 run, helping the Cavaliers to a 104-100 victory over the Indiana Pacers to even the series at 2. James drew boos from the crowd after flipping the ball up the court to run out the clock.

"You don't ever want to go down 3-1 against anybody, no matter if it's the first round or if you're fortunate enough to get all the way to the finals," James said. "It's just too difficult."

James finished with 32 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and another crowning achievement — his 100th career playoff game with 30 or more points, second all-time to Michael Jordan.

This has been no typical series for James, who started the playoffs with an NBA-record 21 consecutive wins in the first round.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — When Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal fouled out with about five minutes left in a tied Game 4 against the Toronto Raptors, he couldn't believe the call.


He raced to the other end of the court. When he returned to his team's sideline, he threw a red towel, before being held back by teammates.


"I was beyond emotional. Beyond mad. Frustrated. Pretty much any synonym you can add," Beal said. "I told my team that we were going to win, regardless. Especially if we've got John still in the game, I love our chances."


That would be John Wall, and Beal was exactly right. Wall took over down the stretch after his backcourt mate was done for the day, scoring or assisting on 10 of Washington's last 14 points as the No. 8 seed Wizards came back to beat the No. 1 Raptors 106-98 Sunday night and even their Eastern Conference first-round playoff series at 2-all.


"When Brad went out," Wall said, "I knew I

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Sidney Crosby tormented the Flyers just as he has from the start of his NHL career. Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin were clutch when needed in pivotal games. And Matt Murray? Oh, just two shutouts and the type of outings that show more zeros on the board are possible in the second round — and maybe, beyond.


But with the game on the line and facing a Game 7 on home ice where they already lost twice, the Pittsburgh Penguins turned to a blossoming postseason star to lead the way.

Jake Guentzel was just the player to bail out the Pens.

He scored the tying and go-ahead goals in Game 6, then scored two more — all four in succession — to put the game away and lift the Penguins to an 8-5 Game 6 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

The Flyers are headed home, as usual, with a Stanley Cup drought that dates to 1975.

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Mike Richards joins Dr. Hockey to discuss who he believed will win this years Stanley Cup. 

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Rob Riggle shares a story from when he practiced with the Seattle Seahawks. ICYMI tune into the full episode for more from Rob Eric Stronestreet and Travis Kelce. 

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Andrew Bernstein and Jonas Walder from Legends of Sport Podcast welcome BJ Armstrong a basketball LEGEND and fellow podcast host of In the Key. The trio talked all things basketball... sharing stories and insight!
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lance Armstrong has reached a $5 million settlement with the federal government in a whistleblower lawsuit that could have sought $100 million in damages from the cyclist who was stripped of his record seven Tour de France victories after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs throughout much of his career.


The deal announced Thursday came as the two sides prepared for a trial that was scheduled to start May 7 in Washington. Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis filed the original lawsuit in 2010 and is eligible for up to 25 percent of the settlement.

Seeking millions spent sponsoring Armstrong's powerhouse teams, the government joined the lawsuit against Armstrong in 2013 after his televised confession to using steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs and methods. Armstrong had already retired, but the confession shattered the legacy of one of the mostRead More
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BJ Armstrong from In the Key predicts who's going to win in the Pelicans vs. Trailblazers game... also who is going to win the series.
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Jeff Ross and his cousin Ed stop by Not Just Sports with Suzy Shuster and Rich Eisen to talk F1 racing, doing stand-up in prison, and the upcoming roast of Bruce Willis. 


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Lauren Sanchez and Suzy Shuster of Locker Room Talk are joined by Boxer Mike Lee to talk Coachella, relationships, his life journey, etc! 

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Tune into the full show to hear Travis Kelce talk about his childhood, Rob explains how he tried out for the Seattle Seahawks, and the three play Kansas City Trivia for a chance to win a bottle of vodka! 

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