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  • Crowded at the top

    ERIN, Wis. — Justin Thomas managed to stand out in a U.S. Open where par is going out of style.

    All it took was a 9-under 63, the lowest round to par in a major long known as the toughest test in golf. Thomas capped off his record day on the 667-yard 18th hole at Erin Hills with the prettiest 3-wood he ever hit, stopping 8 feet away on a green where some players struggled to land a wedge.

    He made the eagle to get his name in the record book Saturday.

  • Rays bounce back, beat Tigers

    DETROIT — After seeing their team trounced by the Detroit Tigers, Chris Archer and Jesus Colome pitched in to stop them.

    Archer threw six strong innings and Colome got the final five outs as the Rays held off Detroit 3-2 on Saturday.

    Daniel Robertson drove in Tampa Bay’s first two runs, then scored the tiebreaker in the seventh inning. Detroit had won the first two games of the series, outscoring the Rays 18-7.

  • Rickie Fowler leads US Open on day of highs and lows


    Doug Ferguson

    AP Golf writer

    ERIN, Wis. — Erin Hills made its debut as a U.S. Open course Thursday with a most gracious welcome for Rickie Fowler, who matched the record to par in the opening round with a 7-under 65 on the longest course in major championship history.

    Fowler had a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and Xander Schauffele. And they plenty of company.

  • Lightning trade Drouin to Canadiens


    Stephen Whyno 

    AP Hockey writer

    The Tampa Bay Lightning got the young defenseman they have been looking for, acquiring Mikhail Sergachev from the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday in exchange for highly skilled forward Jonathan Drouin.

  • NCAA suspends Pitino


    Gary B. Graves

    AP Sports writer

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The NCAA has suspended Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino for five Atlantic Coast Conference games following its sex scandal investigation.

  • Jays bounce back with win over Rays

    TORONTO — Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night.

    Kendrys Morales homered among his two hits and drove in four runs for the Blue Jays, who won after giving up a three-run lead in the top of the eighth.

    Trailing 6-3, the Rays tied it on Logan Morrison’s 19th homer, a two-run shot off reliever Joe Smith (3-0) and Derek Norris’ sacrifice fly.

  • Mike Evans eager to help Bucs end playoff drought

    TAMPA — Mike Evans wants to do anything he can to help transform the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a playoff team.

    The fourth-year pro is Jameis Winston’s favorite target and has established himself as one of the NFL’s top receivers over the past three seasons. He also is a terrific blocker who contributes even when he’s not catching passes or scoring touchdowns.

  • Rays rout Blue Jays

    TORONTO — Rookie Jacob Faria dazzled again and Logan Morrison hit his 18th home run of the season to help the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1 on Tuesday night.

    Six days after his big-league debut, Faria (2-0) became the third Rays pitcher all-time to win his first two career games, joining Jeremy Hellickson and Joe Kennedy. The victory was Tampa Bay’s sixth in its last seven games.

  • ‘Expert’ left tackle Branden Albert practices with Jaguars for 1st time

    JACKSONVILLE — Calling himself “one of the best experts at playing left tackle in the universe right now,” Branden Albert practiced with Jacksonville for the first time Tuesday since the Jaguars traded for him in March.

    Albert was admittedly out of shape during his first workout. Although he made it through the two-plus-hour practice without any noticeable issues, he asked for a couple of minutes to cool off before answering questions.

  • Florida beats Wake Forest 3-0

    GAINESVILLE — JJ Schwarz hit a towering, two-run homer and Tyler Dyson followed with five scoreless innings of relief and Florida beat Wake Forest 3-0 Monday night to earn the final spot in the College World Series.

    Right-handed ace Alex Faedo, selected by Detroit with the 18th overall pick in the MLB draft early in the game, tossed the final two innings for his first career save. Faedo had made 43 starts since his previous relief appearance in April 2015.