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NAZ Suns’ coach Cody Toppert joins Phoenix staff as assistant under Kokoskov

NBA G League

PRESCOTT VALLEY — The Northern Arizona Suns will be in the market for another head coach this offseason as Cody Toppert was promoted to the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach under Igor Kokoskov on Thursday afternoon.

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Marte, Avila power Diamondbacks over Pirates 9-3

MLB

PITTSBURGH — The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't waste any time breaking this game open.

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NBA Draft: Suns get their coveted center Ayton to anchor young squad

NBA

PHOENIX — For most of their half-century in existence, the Phoenix Suns have coveted a big-time center.

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Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson tied for early lead at Travelers

PGA Tour

CROMWELL, Conn. — Jordan Spieth has no idea what it is like to play from behind at the Travelers Championship.

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No. 1 Sun: Phoenix takes Deandre Ayton first in NBA draft

NBA

NEW YORK — The Phoenix Suns made Deandre Ayton the first No. 1 pick in franchise history Thursday night, and his former high school teammate Marvin Bagley III followed.

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Preview: All-time NBA Draft picks

NBA

There’s a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft.

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Preview: Already a pro, Doncic set to join college stars in NBA draft

NBA

NEW YORK — Luka Doncic is about to become an NBA player, though he’s unlike the other top prospects who will be drafted.

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Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

MLB

PHILADELPHIA — It was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.

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Preview: Collin Sexton to begin pro career in NBA draft

NBA

NEW YORK — Collin Sexton isn’t asking for much. All the point guard wants out of Thursday’s NBA draft at Barclays Center is to be picked by a good team.

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Mickelson apologizes 4 days after hitting moving ball

PGA Tour

NEW YORK — Phil Mickelson has apologized four days after intentionally violating golf rules by hitting a moving ball on the green at the U.S. Open, saying his frustration got the best of him.

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AP Source: Hornets agree to trade Howard to Nets for Mozgov

NBA

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Goatee & goals turn this into Cristiano Ronaldo's World Cup

World Cup

MOSCOW — Cristiano Ronaldo walked out for warmups at sun-splashed Luzhniki Stadium with diamonds affixed to each earlobe and a new goatee sprouting from his chin — like a goat, get it? Greatest of All Time.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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