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Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes by 2 lengths for Pletcher

Tapwrit wins Belmont Stakes by 2 lengths for Pletcher

NEW YORK — The road to the winner's circle in the Belmont Stakes ran through the Kentucky Derby, even if the Derby and Preakness winners skipped the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Canada's Sharp, Marchand and Henderson in contention at Manulife LPGA Classic

Canada's Sharp, Marchand and Henderson in contention at Manulife LPGA Classic

CAMBRIDGE, Ont. — The wind picked up at the Manulife LPGA Classic on Saturday. So did the chances of a strong Canadian finish at the LPGA Tour event.
Preds leaning on Rinne to force Penguins back to Pittsburgh

Preds leaning on Rinne to force Penguins back to Pittsburgh

NASHVILLE — Pekka Rinne is a friendly, polite man off the ice. Slipping the puck past the Nashville Predators goaltender is one of the few ways to anger the 6-foot-5 Finn. Pucks bouncing past him on the NHL's biggest stage infuriate him.

Lance Stroll still has sights on top-10 at Canadian GP despite qualifying 17th

MONTREAL — Lance Stroll still has his eyes set on a top-10 finish at his first Canadian Grand Prix despite finishing 17th in qualifying.
Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton nips Vettel for pole position at Canadian Grand Prix

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton nips Vettel for pole position at Canadian Grand Prix

MONTREAL — Winning pole position at one of his favourite races was a thrill for Lewis Hamilton, but being presented afterward with a helmet once worn by his boyhood idol Ayrton Senna had the defending Canadian Grand Prix champion nearly in tears.
Defencemen help Penguins play fast in Stanley Cup Final

Defencemen help Penguins play fast in Stanley Cup Final

Ron Hainsey avoiding a big hit and carrying the puck from end to end isn't what the Pittsburgh Penguins ask of him or any other defenceman not named Kris Letang.
Luke Bryan opening Game 6 broadcast from honky-tonk roof

Luke Bryan opening Game 6 broadcast from honky-tonk roof

NASHVILLE — Country star and Predators fan Luke Bryan will open NBC's broadcast of Game 6 on Sunday night singing a song from the rooftop of the honky-tonk Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge.
AP source: Panthers offer coaching job to Bob Boughner

AP source: Panthers offer coaching job to Bob Boughner

SUNRISE, Fla. — Bob Boughner never made the Florida Panthers as a player. He's on the brink of joining them as their next coach.
Unseeded Ostapenko tops Halep at French Open for 1st title

Unseeded Ostapenko tops Halep at French Open for 1st title

PARIS — Unseeded Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia used bold strokes and an unbending will to come back and stun No. 3 Simona Halep 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in an enthralling French Open final Saturday for the first title of her career.

Canada's Andreescu, Branstine win French Open junior girls doubles

PARIS — Top-seeded Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine beat Olesya Pervushina and Anastasia Potapova of Russia 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday to capture the French Open junior girls doubles title.