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    Fans waved a German flag and chanted Dirk Nowitzki’s name when he walked the red carpet into Symphony Hall for the Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony. It was all part of the international flavor at the proceedings. France's Tony Parker and Spain's Pau Gasol were also members of the Class of 2023. The San Antonio Spurs were well represented. They were led by longtime coach and five-time NBA champion Gregg Popovich. 

      Phil Mickelson was in the hunt at LIV Golf. That was before Cameron Smith ran off three birdies to pull away in LIV Golf-Bedminster. Smith had a 67 and those late birdies have allowed him to build a four-shot lead over Mickelson and Dean Burmester at Trump National. Smith is going for his second LIV title. 

        Lucas Glover is playing so well that he felt frustrated after a 66 in the FedEx St. Jude Championship. That gives him a one-shot lead over Taylor Moore going into the final round of the PGA Tour postseason opener. Glover now has rounds of 66 or lower in six of his last seven rounds on tour. He was down about missing a few short chances coming in. Tommy Fleetwood is two shots behind. Jordan Spieth and Max Homa are three back. 

          Anthony Edwards led a balanced effort with 15 points, Jalen Brunson added 11 points and eight assists, and the U.S. World Cup team beat Slovenia 92-62 on Saturday in an exhibition game. Austin Reaves and Tyrese Haliburton each scored 10 for the Americans, who improved to 2-0 on their five-game slate of exhibitions before getting to the Philippines for the World Cup. 

            Lilia Vu moved into position to become the first American this century to win multiple women’s majors in the same year. She’s got company atop the leaderboard in home favorite Charley Hull at the Women’s British Open. The final major of the year has come to life at Walton Heath thanks to a third-round collapse from overnight leader Ally Ewing. Her five-shot advantage lasted nine holes before being swallowed up by a slew of chasers. Vu (67) and Hull (68) share the lead on 9 under. One shot back is Yin (67) and Hyo Joo Kim (68).

              Chase Briscoe grew up dreaming about winning races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Now he may need one. With three races left before the playoffs, the Indiana native — like many other Cup drivers — are chasing that elusive win to qualify for NASCAR's playoff round. Austin Cindric, Briscoe's teammate, Kevin Harvick, and 2020 Cup champion Chase Elliott are among the others still trying to assure themselves of a playoff spot.

                The last six weeks have been a whirlwind for Shane van Gisbergen. He revised his racing schedule, changed his travel plans, linked up with old acquaintances and, yes, continues to clarify the pronunciation of his last name. Winning his Cup debut on the streets of Chicago changed everything for the newest racing sensation from New Zealand.

                The Iceman became the Ironman of IndyCar. Capped it off with a win, too. Scott Dixon overcame a first-lap spin and then held off hard-charging Graham Rahal over the final 10 laps to win Saturday’s Indianapolis Grand Prix by 0.4779 seconds. Dixon extended his record to 19 consecutive seasons with a win. The victory on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the first of the season for Dixon, who passed Tony Kanaan when he started the race for most consecutive starts. 

                Australia has edged France on penalty kicks to reach the Women’s World Cup semifinals for the first time. Cortnee Vine took Australia’s 10th penalty from the spot and calmly converted to give the Matildas a 7-6 win in the shootout after the quarterfinal match finished 0-0 after regulation and extra time. The Australians missed two earlier chances to clinch a dramatic shootout but ultimately it didn’t matter as they ended a long curse for tournament hosts.

                PHILADELPHIA — Besides being one the league’s batting leaders for the first-place Philadelphia Phillies, our next guest also happens to be one of the game’s more colorful players. Folks, take a look at this video of him chewing gum. Please welcome, No. 29, John Kruk. — David Letterman, Sept. 23, 1993 No one disliked extra innings more than John Kruk, which explains why he had little interest ...

                Bills safety Damar Hamlin is preparing for the next step to resume his career by suiting up in Buffalo's preseason-opening game against the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday. The game will mark the first time Hamlin appears in a competitive setting since the 25-year-old went into cardiac arrest and needed to be resuscitated on the field in Cincinnati in January. Coach Sean McDermott told The Associated Press that Hamlin is scheduled to play.

                Cameron Smith was determined to erase memories of his worst finish of the year last week. He did just that at LIV Golf-Bedminster. Smith shot 66 and has a one-shot lead over Charles Howell III at Trump National. Smith finished 35th last week at The Greenbrier. This is his first time playing the Trump course at Bedminster. The Australian didn't join LIV Golf until a month after the circuit played at Trump National last year.

                Lucas Glover is handling the mud and slop one day and oppressive heat the next. Glover shot a 64 and has a one-shot lead over Jordan Spieth in the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Spieth had four bogeys in his round of 68. There are 16 players within four shots of the lead. That includes the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy. Glover is coming off a win last week in the Wyndham Championship.

                IndyCar championship leader Alex Palou has changed his mind again and informed McLaren Racing he will not be joining the team at the end of this season. In a letter sent to the Arrow McLaren Racing employees by boss Zak Brown, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, Brown wrote that Palou “has no intention of honoring his contract with our Arrow McLaren IndyCar team for the 2024 season and beyond.”


                There’s a golfer hailing from America’s South and with a passion for hunting who is running away with the British Open thanks to precise driving and a red-hot putter. Ally Ewing is putting up a good impression of Brian Harman as she goes for a first major title this week at Walton Heath. The No. 39-ranked Ewing rolled in six birdies in her first 11 holes and shot 6-under 66 to establish a five-stroke lead at the end of the second round of the Women’s British Open.

                Some of the best competition in the NFL this summer takes place on practice fields. More teams are holding joint practices and holding their star players out of preseason games. It’s been a growing trend since the preseason schedule was shortened to three games. A total of 27 teams are scheduled to participate in joint sessions this year, up from 23 last season. Thirteen teams are holding joint practices with two clubs, up from seven last year. The joint sessions allow coaches to prepare their starters for the season in a more controlled atmosphere with less fear of injury.

                Gregg Popovich didn't want to be inducted into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame until the players that helped his teams win NBA championships had already gone in. With Tony Parker joining him, the NBA's winningest coach is ready to be celebrated for an impact on the sport that is now global. Popovich, a five-time NBA champion, Olympic gold medal-winning coach and the league’s all-time leader in coaching wins, will join fellow NBA champions Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki and Tony Parker, along with longtime coaching mentee Becky Hammon as headliners of the 2023 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

                Salma Paralluelo has scored deep in extra time to give Spain a 2-1 win over Netherlands and send the sixth-ranked nation into the semifinals of the Women’s World Cup for the first time. The teenager struck in the 113th minute of an epic clash between European heavyweights whose men’s teams also have storied World Cup histories. The 19-year-old made her break down the left hand side, pivoted momentarily and from a difficult angle sent the ball into the back of the neck for an historic match-winner.

                Collin Morikawa is pledging $1,000 for every birdie he makes the next three PGA Tour events to help with relief for the deadly fires in Hawaii. For him, it’s personal. Morikawa's grandparents were born in Lahaina and owned a restaurant there. Lahaina is a historic town on Maui and a popular tourist destination. It was the hardest hit by fires that have claimed at least 36 lives and destroyed fabled Front Street.

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