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Warriors try again to close out Rockets, reach NBA Finals

One play. One fall. One bad break.

Nadal requests chair umpire not work his matches

Rafael Nadal has asked the ATP that chair umpire Carlos Bernardes not be assigned to his matches for the time being because of a dispute between the two at a tournament in February.

Girls tackle football league formed in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — The first known all-girls tackle football league has been formed in Utah featuring a star player who earned an invitation to the Super Bowl three years ago thanks to a highlight video of her exploits against boys.

MLB pitchers wanting to get a grip

Yankees manager Joe Girardi thinks Major League Baseball should avoid the sticky situation of pitchers being caught using foreign substances to get better grips on the ball by providing the tacky stuff for them.

Injuries, division rivals have Tigers in unfamiliar territory

Justin Verlander hasn’t appeared in a single game. Victor Martinez has hit only one home run, and Anibal Sanchez has allowed 11.

Swiss police detain soccer officials ahead of FIFA congress

Six soccer officials were arrested and detained by Swiss police on Wednesday pending extradition at the request of U.S. authorities after a raid at a luxury hotel in Zurich.

Ducks defenders giving Blackhawks fits

Anaheim stars Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are drawing a lot of attention in the Western Conference finals. When the Ducks’ defensemen join the attack, it presents a big problem for the Chicago Blackhawks.

SEC has new rules to help with concussions

DESTIN, Fla. — The Southeastern Conference is taking steps to better identify concussions.

U.S. Open toughest of four majors to qualify for

The names of golf’s two oldest championships are similar, and so are the concepts.

Sock posts upset on clay in Paris

Ah, the French Open, the time of year when a certain question is asked repeatedly by American tennis fans: Why can’t the country’s players, particularly the men, find success on red clay?

Rangers stay alive, force Game 7 against Lightning

Derek Brassard had a hat trick and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 shots in another season-saving performance as the New York Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 7-3 Tuesday night to force Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals.

LeBron, Cavaliers sweep Hawks

The championship LeBron James craves more than any other, the one he came back home to get, is four wins away.

SEC wants ‘level playing field’ with camps, transfers

The Southeastern Conference wants a level playing field.

Chiefs All-Pro LB Houston absent from OTAs

The Kansas City Chiefs kicked off the third phase of the offseason workout program Tuesday with the first set of voluntary organized team activities missing nine players.

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Blues retain head coach for another season

After careful deliberation, the St. Louis Blues are sticking with veteran coach Ken Hitchcock for another season.

Cueto to miss at least one more start

Reds starter Johnny Cueto will miss at least one more start after an MRI found inflammation in his pitching elbow.

Otto to run for US Congress

Democratic state House Rep. Bill Otto announced Tuesday he’s running to represent Missouri's 2nd Congressional District in suburban St. Louis, a seat held by Republican U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner since 2013.

Webster University students in London in financial limbo

Several Webster University students studying abroad in London unexpectedly lost their federal financial aid this past school year due to the school’s violation of Department of Education regulations.

$2M upaid bills for sweetener plant leave sour taste

Contractors get hearing on leins against Mamtek

Construction contractors who haven’t been paid for work on a failed artificial sweetener plant in Moberly will be in court this week to try to enforce liens on almost $2 million in unpaid bills.

Tuesday's MLB Capsules

Games played on May 26, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Scott Feldman outpitched Chris Tillman, Chris Carter keyed a seventh-inning rally and Houston beat Baltimore for its 10th win in 13 games.

Phillies GM Amaro apologizes to fans for disparaging comments

Embattled general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. apologized Tuesday to Philadelphia Phillies fans for saying they “don’t understand the game” and the “process” that goes into constructing a team.

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Lawyer says allegations B.B. king was poisoned 'ridiculous'

Two B.B. King heirs who’ve been most outspoken about the blues legend’s care in his final days have accused King’s two closest aides of poisoning him, but the attorney for King’s estate called the claims ridiculous and police said there was no active homicide investigation.

'Throwback Tuesday' – For some, spelling bee runs in families

At the annual National Spelling Bee barbecue, 15-year-old Anna Turner was one of many former spellers sporting the official T-shirt from the year she competed. But it wasn’t entirely by choice.

'Nose-to-tail' pgrade for 2 hurricane hunters

The hurricane planes known affectionately as “Miss Piggy” and “Kermit” are getting new Rolls-Royce engines, new wings and better radar.

Amtrak to install long-sought cameras in locomotives

Amtrak said Tuesday it will install video cameras inside locomotive cabs to record the actions of train engineers, a move that follows a deadly derailment earlier this month in which investigators are searching for clues to the train engineer’s actions before the crash.

Obama urges phone-records program renewal

President Barack Obama called on the Senate Tuesday to extend key Patriot Act provisions before they expire five days from now, including the government’s ability to search Americans’ phone records.

Appeals panel won't lift hold on Obama immigration action

A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s executive action that could shield as many as 5 million immigrants illegally living in the U.S. from deportation.

Man charged with homicide in central Missouri man's death

A 27-year-old man is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of a central Missouri man.

Cardinals' Gonzales sidelined by shoulder injury

Cardinals pitching prospect Marco Gonzales won't throw for about three weeks and will get a cortisone injection for a shoulder injury.

Jason Vargas activated from disabled list, to start for KC

Jason Vargas is being activated from the 15-day disabled list and is going to start for the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night against the New York Yankees.

Missouri Senate hires attorney for 'harassment complaint'

The Missouri Senate has hired a lawyer in response to a "workplace harassment complaint."

Minor flooding on parts of Missouri River

Minor flooding continues along parts of the Missouri River, and the water level is expected to remain high through the week.

NCAA announces field for baseball championships

There was joy in Springfield, not so much in Columbia.

Florida seeks repeat title in softball

One of five SEC teams advancing to WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY — Defending champion Florida leads five Southeastern Conference schools in the field for the eight-team Women’s College World Series.

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Peralta’s blast sends Cardinals past Diamondbacks

The St. Louis Cardinals reminded Jhonny Peralta it was getting close to dinner time. Then he did something about it.

Guthrie roughed up by Yankees, Royals lose 14-1

Jeremy Guthrie knew he wasn’t at his best Monday. Still, the Kansas City starter didn’t think he was this bad.

Rockets remain alive

Harden scores 45 points in win against Warriors

HOUSTON — James Harden scored a playoff career-high 45 points and the Houston Rockets led from start to finish to avoid elimination in the Western Conference finals with a 128-115 victory against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 on Monday night.

Pace driver Jeff Gordon says he will never race in Indy 500

The closest Jeff Gordon will ever come to leading the Indy 500 will be in the pace car.

Montoya gives IndyCar the Indianapolis 500 it needed

Extra! Extra! Juan Pablo Montoya still had to pay $2 to read all about it.

Monday's MLB Capsules

Games played on May 25, 2015

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ROUNDUP: Brett Gardner, Brian McCann and Chase Headley homered during an eight-run first inning and the New York Yankees quickly erased the memory of a lost weekend, romping past the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals 14-1 Monday.

Venus Williams ousted at French Open

PARIS — A loss by Venus Williams in the first round at a Grand Slam is no longer the rarity it once was.

UCLA No. 1 seed in baseball

OMAHA, Neb. — UCLA is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA baseball tournament for the first time.

Obama pays tribute to fallen at Arlington

President Barack Obama on Monday saluted Americans who died in battle, saying the country must “never stop trying to fully repay them” for their sacrifices. He noted it was the first Memorial Day in 14 years without U.S. forces engaged in a major ground war.

Twister kills 13 in border city

12 missing in Texas

A tornado raged through a city on the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, destroying homes, flinging cars like matchsticks and ripping an infant away from its mother. At least 13 people were killed, authorities said.

Police: Man fires BB gun at 11-year-old, said boy shot his son

A Pennsylvania man shot an 11-year-old boy in the chest with a BB gun on a playground because he said the boy had previously shot his own young son with the same kind of weapon.

Pressure cooker in suspicious DC vehicle destroyed

A bomb squad safely destroyed a pressure cooker found in an unattended vehicle parked on the National Mall near the U.S. Capitol and the vehicle’s owner was found and arrested, a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman said.

Couple missing 2 weeks drank rain, ate oranges in bid to stay alive

An elderly husband and wife stranded for two weeks in Southern California’s high desert ate oranges and a pie and drank rain water that they collected in cups, but the 79-year-old husband died at some point before the couple’s rescue, authorities said Monday.

Media CEOs are highest-paid American executives

They’re not Hollywood stars, they’re not TV personalities and they don’t play in a rock band, but their pay packages are in the same league.

Lawmakers fail to ramp up ethics laws for state officials

Like most years, Missouri state lawmakers in the 2015 legislative session introduced a number of bills aimed at clamping down on ethics laws considered some of the loosest in the nation.

South African rhino survives horrific attack by poachers

The rhino’s rescuers gave her a name: Hope.