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MONACO (AP) — Casper Ruud finally got the better of Novak Djokovic, beating the top-ranked Serb 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 on Saturday to set up a Monte Carlo Masters final against two-time champion Stefanos Tsitsipas. Tsitsipas won the earlier semifinal against a tiring Jannik Sinner 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to hand the Australian Open champion only his second defeat of the season. Djokovic double-faulted on match point in his first career defeat in six matches against Ruud. He had never even taken a set off Djokovic before, including at last year’s French Open final. Djokovic trailed 4-1 in the deciding set but…

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods had played only 24 holes in one tournament before he arrived at the Masters, the product of a 48-year-old body battered by time and injury that cuts into his practice and competition. Phil Mickelson has finished better than 30th only once in five events on LIV Golf, notable because the circuit only has 54 players. Vijay Singh, who turned 61 in February, hasn’t cracked the top 10 this year again as part of the 50-and-older set on the PGA Tour Champions. All three of those past Masters champions, along with two-time winner Jose Maria…

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Either way, the final day of the NBA’s regular season should be wild. Oklahoma City, Minnesota and Denver all have a shot at No. 1 in the Western Conference. Every seed from No. 2 to No. 8 is up for grabs in the Eastern Conference. Sunday’s slate, with all 30 teams playing, will see nine seeds get decided, three first-round playoff matchups determined and three play-in matchups set as well. “There’s so many possibilities and different things that can happen that just you kind of have to lock in to your team or you’ll drive yourself crazy watching other games…

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LONDON (AP) — With some of Manchester City’s regular starters rested, Jeremy Doku and Mateo Kovacic made sure the defending champion didn’t miss a beat in the English Premier League title race. Kovacic and Doku scored in the second half as Man City pulled away for a comfortable 5-1 win over relegation-threatened Luton on Saturday despite manager Pep Guardiola perhaps having one eye on Wednesday’s game against Real Madrid. Gaurdiola rested a handful of players — including key midfielder Rodri — but saw the replacements fill in convincingly. Kovacic made it 2-0 in the 51st with a thunderous strike from…

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Kyle Larson will be the pole sitter for the third NASCAR Cup race in a row after a fast lap of 190.369 mph in qualifying Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway. This is the 250th pole ever for Hendrick Motorsports and the team’s fourth in a row. That stretch started when William Byron, the winner at TMS last year, won from the pole at the Circuit of the Americas road course three weeks ago in Austin, Texas. It is the 19th career pole for Larson but his first at Texas Motor Speedway, where last year he led…

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DETROIT (AP) — Twins shortstop Carlos Correa was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday, a day after sustaining an oblique injury in Minnesota’s 8-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Correa was hitting .306 with a homer and four RBIs in 11 games and had an .876 OPS. The two-time All-Star was replaced on the 25-man roster by catcher Jair Camargo, who was hitting .268 with two homers in 11 games for Triple-A St. Paul. Willi Castro is expected to get most of the playing time at shortstop. He is hitting .103 but got the final out Friday night after switching to…

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Tiger Woods is back at Augusta National on Saturday, playing another picturesque weekend at the Masters, just as the five-time champion always has when he’s been healthy enough to do it as a professional. After making the cut for a record 24th consecutive time, Woods began the third round 1-over par and still in the hunt for a record-tying sixth green jacket. He had plenty of ground to make up, seven shots adrift of overnight leaders Max Homa, Scottie Scheffler and Bryson DeChambeau, and with 21 players separating him from the top of the leaderboard. Yet provided his balky…

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NOTTINGHAM, England (AP) — Morgan Gibbs-White scored against his former club as Nottingham Forest earned only a 2-2 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday which did little to boost its hopes of staying in the English Premier League. Gibbs-White goaded the away fans after he made it 1-1 just before halftime and was then involved in his side’s second goal, but Matheus Cunha’s double for Wolves left Forest just one point above the relegation zone. Forest is still hoping to recoup some of the four points it was docked by the Premier League for breaking financial rules, with an appeal…

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LONDON (AP) — Brentford ended a nine-game winless skid with a 2-0 win over last-placed Sheffield United in the English Premier League on Saturday. Thomas Frank’s team had been slipping dangerously down the table but an own goal by Oliver Arblaster in the 63rd minute and Frank Onyeka’s stoppage-time strike eased concerns at Gtech Community Stadium. Brentford sits seven points above 17th-placed Luton with five games remaining. Sheffield’s winless slide extended to eight games and Chris Wilder’s team was 10 points from safety. Arblaster’s goal came when he tried to block Mikkel Damsgaard’s cross, sending the ball into the net…

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Thousands of fans lined the streets of downtown Hartford on Saturday to fete the UConn men’s basketball team following its second straight NCAA championship, its sixth in the past 25 years. The players and coaches paraded on a double-decker bus with an open-air top and lifted the national title trophy from the state Capitol to the XL Center, the arena in which the team plays about half its home games. The procession included marching bands, cheerleaders, first responders, top state politicians and other groups as fans shouted and waved UConn signs. The celebration followed Monday’s 75-60 win…

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester City kept up the pressure on Arsenal and Liverpool with an emphatic 5-1 victory over relegation-threatened Luton on Saturday that put the defending champion back atop the English Premier League. An early own goal from Daiki Hashioka gave City the lead at Etihad Stadium before a fierce shot by Mateo Kovacic and a penalty by Erling Haaland put the game beyond doubt after the break. Luton earned a consolation goal through Ross Barkley in the 81st but Jeremy Doku and Josko Gvardiol added late goals to wrap up the win, which lifted City two points…

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WREXHAM, Wales (AP) — The sequel turned out to be just as good for Wrexham. The Welsh team co-owned by actor Ryan Reynolds clinched promotion to the third tier of English soccer thanks to a 6-0 home win over Forest Green on Saturday. That’s back-to-back promotions for the team since it was thrust into the spotlight following the investment by its Hollywood owners. It is two tiers away from the Premier League. Wrexham needed to both beat Forest Green and see MK Dons and Barrow drop points in order to secure automatic promotion to League One with two rounds to…

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — When William Byron first met Rick Hendrick a decade ago, the teenager who had learned racing on a computer wasn’t all that confident how things would work out as he revealed his goal to drive one day for the NASCAR team owner. There is certainly no lack of confidence now for Byron, who at 26 is getting race wins for NASCAR’s winningest team, and some significant ones at that. A week after Byron’s 13th career win in a 1-2-3 finish for Hendrick Motorsports at Martinsville as the team marked the 40th anniversary of its first victory, the series…

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MIAMI (AP) — Atlanta Braves ace Spencer Strider will miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the team said Saturday. Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas, performed the procedure on Friday, using an internal brace to repair the UCL. Strider complained about discomfort in his elbow after pitching four innings in Atlanta’s 6-5 win over Arizona on April 5. An MRI the next day revealed damage to his UCL, and the Braves prepared for the worst. “You never expect these things to be good or just a blip on the…

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Perhaps the top perk for the 60 players who survived one of the most wind-blown, grueling days at the Masters was getting a weekend at Augusta National far more agreeable. Flags were flapping, not crackling, when the third round began Saturday. It was shaping up to be a day more suited for scoring and surviving. “This weekend is going to be nice. Hopefully there will be some opportunities to make a run,” said Phil Mickelson, a three-time champion playing in his 31st Masters. He closed with a 65 last year to finish runner-up. Lefty knows about opportunities. Scottie Scheffler, Bryson…

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LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — I Am Maximus confirmed his status as a favorite by pulling away late to win a Grand National unaffected by any major protests on Saturday. About a dozen horses looked to be in contention as they cleared the final hurdle but none could match the finish of I Am Maximus, who had gone out as the joint favorite at 7-1 and pulled well clear on the final section. The result delivered a first Grand National win for jockey Paul Townend and a second for trainer Willie Mullins. Delta Work was second and Minella Indo third. Defending…

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The executor of O.J. Simpson’s estate says he will work to prevent a payout of a $33.5 million judgment awarded by a California civil jury nearly three decades ago in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Simpson’s will was filed Friday in a Clark County court in Nevada, naming his longtime lawyer, Malcolm LaVergne, as the executor. The document shows Simpson’s property was placed into a trust that was created this year. LaVergne told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that the entirety of Simpson’s estate has not been…

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Rafael Nadal was drawn to face Flavio Cobolli at the Barcelona Open in what would be the Spaniard’s first clay-court appearance this year in the buildup to the French Open. The 22-time Grand Slam champion had hip surgery last summer and this year has played only three competitive matches — in Brisbane before skipping the Australian Open. The 37-year-old Nadal pulled out of the Monte Carlo Masters before it started because of a lingering injury, saying “ my body simply won’t allow me.” Nadal, a 12-time champion in Barcelona, has not confirmed he will play but he spoke at the draw ceremony ahead of…

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BERLIN (AP) — Raphaël Guerreiro and Thomas Müller fired Bayern Munich to a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Cologne on Saturday, delaying Bayer Leverkusen’s Bundesliga title celebrations for another day. A Bayern defeat coupled with a loss for third-placed Stuttgart to Eintracht Frankfurt in the late game would have handed Leverkusen the championship. But Bayern’s win means Leverkusen can clinch its first ever Bundesliga title on its own accord on Sunday when it hosts Werder Bremen. Bayern, which drew with Arsenal 2-2 in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal in London on Tuesday, ended its two-game losing run in…

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Arizona Coyotes players have been informed the NHL club is expected to relocate to Salt Lake City, a person with knowledge of the meeting said Friday night. General manager Bill Armstrong flew to Edmonton, Alberta, to tell players about the team’s potential move to Utah before its game against the Oilers, according to the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to the AP that Coyotes players “were given an update on the current situation,” before adding that nothing regarding the franchise’s…

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