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Preview: Cavs enter NBA draft unsure of LeBron’s plans

NBA

CLEVELAND — LeBron James won’t be picking any players during Thursday’s NBA draft. At least not directly.

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Preview: After electric year in college, Trae Young awaits NBA draft’s call

NBA

Trae Young went into college basketball feeling like he had something to prove to his doubters. A year later, here he goes again.

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Preview: Arizona’s Deandre Ayton top choice among bigs in NBA draft

NBA

There’s been little question that Arizona’s Deandre Ayton is the best of a potential-filled group of bigs at the top of Thursday’s NBA draft.

Yavapai College student-athletes earn NJCAA academic honors

Local Sports in Brief

Meredith Clark, Lauren Ulibarri and Spencer Coffin received NJCAA first team All-Academic honors for earning a 4.0 grade point average during the 2017-18 school year.

Kobritz: North America snags the World Cup

Beyond the Lines

The World Cup, the greatest sporting spectacle on the planet, is coming to North America. The combined U.S., Mexico and Canada proposal, dubbed the “United Bid,” for the 2026 World Cup was overwhelmingly approved last week by delegates from 199 countries. The United bid prevailed over rival Morocco by a 2-1 margin.

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Trout stays hot, Angels hold on for 5-4 win over Arizona

MLB

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Mike Trout drove in two runs, Kole Calhoun and Ian Kinsler added solo homers and the Los Angeles Angels held on for a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

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Bucks’ Sterling Brown sues Milwaukee over stun-gun arrest

NBA

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown sued the city of Milwaukee and its police department Tuesday, saying officers’ use of a stun gun during his arrest for a parking violation constitutes excessive force and that they targeted him because he is black.

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Kowar strikes out 13 in Gators’ 6-1 CWS win over Texas

College Baseball

OMAHA, Neb. — Jackson Kowar struck out a career-high 13 in 6 2/3 innings, Jonathan India hit a three-run homer and defending national champion Florida eliminated Texas from the College World Series with a 6-1 win on Tuesday.

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Early penalty helps Japan beat Colombia 2-1 at World Cup

World Cup

SARANSK, Russia — Japan did what no other Asian team had ever done at a World Cup — beat a South American squad on the biggest stage in soccer.

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Jordan will still have input on Hornets draft day decisions

NBA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan hired proven general manager Mitch Kupchak this offseason to help turn around a franchise mired in mediocrity since he became the Charlotte Hornets' majority owner eight years ago.

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Los Angeles Sparks retake top spot in AP WNBA power poll

WNBA

NEW YORK — Almost every WNBA team will go through a challenging road trip because of the FIBA World Cup in September that is compacting the season.

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Howard: Go green with local used tennis ball program

My Point

Did you realize that there are over 130 million used tennis balls that could be recycled each year if you and I took the time to get them to the proper locations to help the cause?

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Goldschmidt’s HR, Dyson’s catch lead Arizona past Halos, 7-4

MLB

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Paul Goldschmidt hit an early two-run homer and Zack Greinke pitched seven-hit ball into the seventh inning of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ 12th victory in 16 games in June, 7-4 over the struggling Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

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Oregon St. rallies after delay to beat Huskies 14-5 at CWS

College Baseball

OMAHA, Neb. — Oregon State kept things loose in the clubhouse during a weather delay that stretched to 4 ½ hours at the College World Series.

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Bagley, Porter headline top forwards in NBA draft

NBA

Marvin Bagley III dominated at Duke, while fellow freshman Michael Porter Jr. barely saw action at Missouri due to injury. Yet they’ll likely be the first forwards to hear their names called during Thursday’s draft.

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Minnesota gets regular PGA Tour stop in 7-year deal

PGA Tour

BLAINE, Minn. — The PGA Tour will soon be making a regular stop in Minnesota.

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Forget stylish attacking moves, this is set-piece World Cup

World Cup

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — The possession football championed by coaches like Pep Guardiola is supposed to produce aesthetically-pleasing goals

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Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen’s this week

ATP Tour

LONDON — Andy Murray is excited to be returning at the pre-Wimbledon Queen’s Club event this week after the former top-ranked player in the world experienced the “lowest point” of his career during an 11-month absence from tennis.

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Tough course or easy, Brooks Koepka repeats as US Open champ

PGA Tour

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — One was about power. The other was about patience.

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Mexico beats defending champion Germany 1-0 at WC

World Cup

MOSCOW — Defending World Cup champions have been finding it hard to get out of the group stage lately, and Germany is proving no exception.

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Nimmo, Cabrera hit HRs in 9th, rally Mets past D-backs 5-3

MLB

PHOENIX — For the first time in nearly two months, the New York Mets have won two in a row.

So Yeon Ryu wins Meijer LPGA Classic by two strokes

LPGA Tour

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — So Yeon Ryu found her winning touch at Blythefield Country Club. Ryu won the Meijer LPGA Classic on Sunday, closing with a 5-under 67 for a two-stroke victory over Caroline Masson.

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Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Iowa, leads 182 of 250 laps

NASCAR

NEWTON, Iowa — Justin Allgaier won all three stages and the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Sunday at Iowa Speedway for his second victory of the season.

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Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

World Cup

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia.

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Preview: Prescott All-Stars favored in 11U tourney at Ziegler Field

Little League

PRESCOTT — The 2018 Arizona District 10 Little League 11-and-Under All-Star Tournament features only three teams, including Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. Nevertheless, the tourney should be competitive.

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