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Golden eagle populations struggling in Utah and the West

SNOWVILLE, Utah (AP) — Dustin Maloney is in sagebrush country in remote northern Utah west of Snowville on a grueling hiking trip full of dust and heat and sweat. He's got one eye looking for snakes and the other on the ground so he doesn't lose his step and take a perilous fall. A team is ...

New commissioners thrust into conference realignment chaos

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Conference realignment is back on the table in college sports just as three Power Five conferences are breaking in relatively new commissioners. While the Big 12 is trying to keep Oklahoma and Texas from being poached by the ...

Adam Hadwin, Ryan Armour shoot 65s to share 3M Open lead

By BRIAN HALL Associated Press BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Adam Hadwin missed the weekend cuts in his last three tournaments, continuing a disappointing stretch as he dropped to 120th in the FedEx Cup standings. The 33-year-old Canadian has put himself in position to get back in contention for the ...

Bettman: Plan is to hold ’22 NHL draft in person in Montreal

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Hockey Writer SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday night the plan is to hold the 2022 NHL draft at Bell Centre in Montreal, which is where the 2020 event was scheduled to take place before the pandemic forced the festivities online. The 2021 draft ...

Guardians chosen as new name for Cleveland’s baseball team

By TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — While riding his bike over a bridge across the Cuyahoga River near Progressive Field, Indians owner Paul Dolan rarely paid much attention to the eight giant stone figures that seem to guard the city. They have new meaning, After more than ...

Number of NFL players in vaccination process up to 80%

By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer The number of NFL players in the COVID-19 vaccination process has reached 80%, with nine teams having 90% or more of their players in that category. Dr. Allen Sills, the league's medical director, said Friday that nearly all Tier 1 and Tier 2 team ...

Sweden stuns US 3-0 in women’s soccer at Olympics

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer TOKYO (AP) — Sweden didn't have to bunker down on defense against the Americans this time. Stina Blackstenius scored a pair of goals and the Swedes stunned the United States at the Olympics with a 3-0 victory Wednesday in the women's soccer ...

LaVine cleared, USA Basketball awaits 3 NBA Finals players

By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball Writer USA Basketball expects to have its full 12-man roster available for Sunday's matchup against France, the first game for both teams in the Tokyo Olympics. Zach LaVine has been cleared to exit the health and safety protocols that stemmed from a coronavirus ...

Repeat? Spain reigned, US upset last time Japan hosted hoops

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer When major international basketball last came to the Tokyo area, the U.S. sent LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. All great players. Just not good enough. "We lost," Paul said. The 2006 world championship was perhaps the last ...

Let the fashion policing begin on opening day of Tokyo Games

By LEANNE ITALIE Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Let the fashion policing begin. The Olympics in Tokyo open Friday, when the world's athletes will march behind their flag-bearers. And when they do, the peanut gallery on what they're wearing will be open, too. Olympic gear makes for lively ...