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Lightning rebounds and beats Avalanche 6-2 in Game 3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Steven Stamkos, Pat Maroon and Ondrej Palat each had a goal and an assist, and the Tampa Bay Lighting scored four times in the second period and beat the Colorado Avalanche 6-2 in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Anthony Cirelli, Nicholas Paul and Corey Perry also scored to help the two-time defending champion Lightning bounce back after playing poorly while losing the first two games on the road. Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman had two assists and Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 37 shots. Stamkos, Paul, Maroon and Perry scored in the second period, when the Lightning chased Colorado goaltender Darcy Kuemper while running away to cut their series deficit to 2-1. Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals and Mikko Rantanen had two assists for the Avalanche. Game 4 is Wednesday night.

On Golf: US Open a reminder of what really matters in golf

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — The US Open began with Phil Mickelson speaking but barely saying anything. It ended with Matt Fitzpatrick at a loss for words in his proudest moment. More than anything, the US Open was a reminder of what matters. It was more than a diversion from the disruption caused by the Saudi-backed rival league. It was a challenging, historic golf course and an eclectic mix of players. The LIV Golf chatter is sure to pick up. It helps golf that the British Open in St. Andrews is only a month away.

WNBA’s Griner wife says scheduled AP call never happened

WASHINGTON (AP) — WNBA star Brittney Griner tried to call his wife nearly a dozen times through the U.S. Embassy in Russia on the couple’s fourth anniversary Saturday, but they never connected because the embassy phone line was not staffed. That’s according to Cherelle Griner, who told The Associated Press that the couple hadn’t spoken on the phone in the four months since Griner was arrested in Russia on drug-related charges. That must have changed on Saturday, when a long-awaited call was finally to take place. But the day came and went without any contact, leaving an anguished Cherelle Griner to wonder what was wrong.

Machado out of Padres roster, not in IL with sprained ankle

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres All-Star slugger Manny Machado was out of the lineup a day after spraining his left ankle and interim manager Ryan Flaherty was optimistic his former teammate wouldn’t need to be on the injured list. Flaherty said Machado had “purple and blue” coloring in his ankle, but was moving pretty well. Flaherty says there’s “pretty good optimism” with the situation. Machado sprained his left ankle in Sunday’s opening round at Colorado while trying to beat a player on the ground. He stretched his left leg to base as the pitch came in from pitcher Antonio Senzatela and his cleats slid off the bag.

Column: FINA Ban Casts Storm Clouds Over Transgender Athletes

Swimming fired the first major salvo against transgender female athletes. This will surely pave the way for other sports to impose similar bans ahead of the Paris Olympics in 2024. AP Sports columnist Paul Newberry said hopefully this will not end a thoughtful and intelligent debate , backed by science, nuance and empathy. Transgender women have already faced enormous discrimination, marginalization and political attacks. But for now, swimming’s governing body FINA has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events, while issuing a vague promise to establish some sort of “open” category.

Orlando still evaluating all options with No. 1 draft pick

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The college basketball season ended nearly three months ago, the NBA draft lottery was held over a month ago, and the draft itself is later this week. It looks like the process should end. Orlando Magic president Jeff Weltman sees it differently. He says the real work has only just begun. The Magic have yet to decide what they will do Thursday night when the draft rolls around and they have the first pick. Other teams have called to assess what the asking price would be if they wanted to trade for this selection.

Title IX: Owner of the WNBA among women athletes running businesses

SEATTLE (AP) — WNBA co-owner Ginny Gilder said fighting for equal treatment as a rower at Yale 46 years ago radicalized her. Gilder says what she learned from experiencing discrimination for the first time in her life helped her succeed in the business world. As Title IX marks its 50th anniversary this year, Gilder is one of countless women who have benefited from the enactment and execution of the law, translating those opportunities into becoming leaders in their professional careers. According to Gilder, any WNBA success is due to the law, pointing out that “we wouldn’t exist as a league without Title IX.”

EXPLAINER: What is Title IX and what impact has it had?

Title IX is best known for its role in gender equity in athletics and sexual harassment on campus. But historic US law covers a wide variety of educational topics and contexts – and these continue to evolve. The law was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Richard Nixon on June 23, 1972. That means Title IX is 50 years old — but it remains a vital part of the ongoing fight for equality, including for the community. LGBTQ.

Title IX: Ann Meyers Drysdale Recounts How the Law Shaped Her Life

Ann Meyers Drysdale was the first woman to receive an athletic scholarship at UCLA. The Hall of Famer, longtime TV basketball analyst and mother of three, explains how Title IX shaped her life and career in a story for The Associated Press, and what needs to be done over the next 50 years to ensure the law continues to have a positive impact on girls and women.

BEGINNING: Padres optimistic Machado won’t need IL stint

Manny Machado was missing from the roster a day after spraining his left ankle, but Padres interim manager Ryan Flaherty is optimistic the All-Star third baseman won’t need to be on the roster injuried people. Machado, who is enjoying an MVP-caliber season, was injured Sunday in Colorado while trying to beat a player on the ground. His cleats slipped off the top of first base and he fell to the ground. Machado is batting .328 with 12 home runs and 46 RBIs. He has largely carried the Padres’ offense in the absence of All-Star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who remains absent while rehabilitating his surgically repaired left wrist.

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