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Stamkos returns for Lightning in Game 7 against Penguins (Yahoo Sports)  

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos skates during hockey practice at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Sunday May 15, 2016. The Lightning were preparing for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos picked an interesting time to make his 2016 playoff debut.


Braves outfielder Hector Olivera suspended through Aug. 1 (Yahoo Sports)  

Atlanta Braves' Hector Olivera bats against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 21, 2016, in Bradenton, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

The Atlanta Braves' dismal season took another turn for the worse Thursday when outfielder Hector Olivera was suspended through Aug. 1 for his arrest on domestic violence charges. The suspension, announced by commissioner Rob Manfred, is without pay and covers 82 games, retroactive to April 30. Olivera was arrested April 13 at a hotel outside Washington, D.C., charged with assault and battery of a woman and he was immediately placed on leave.


Royals place Moustakas on DL with torn ACL (Yahoo Sports)  

Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon, left, and third baseman Mike Moustakas collide during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, May 22, 2016, in Chicago. The White Sox won, 3-2. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

The Kansas City Royals placed third baseman Mike Moustakas on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Moustakas said he will seek a second opinion on the injury. ''We're still talking with the doctor, get a second opinion, see where we're at,'' Moustakas said.


Ravens forfeit 1 week of workouts (Yahoo Sports)  

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Keenan Reynolds, center, runs a drill with teammates during an NFL football rookie minicamp at the team's practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Saturday, May 7, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Baltimore Ravens have forfeited one week of offseason practices for violating the labor agreement on such workouts. The NFL also fined coach John Harbaugh $137,000 Thursday, while the team was fined $343,000 under current collective bargaining agreement guidelines. When the Ravens had rookies and first-year players don pads at a minicamp, it was a violation of the CBA rules.


Baylor demotes Starr, fires coach amid sex assaults scandal (Yahoo Sports)  

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2015, file photo, Baylor coach Art Briles yells from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Lamar in Waco, Texas. Baylor University's board of regents says it will fire Briles and re-assign university President Kenneth Starr in response to questions about its handling of sexual assault complaints against players. The university said in a statement Thursday, May 26, 2016, that it had suspended Briles

Ken Starr, who zealously pursued charges against a sitting U.S. president in a White House sex scandal, was stripped of his job as president of Baylor University on Thursday after a scathing review found that under his leadership, the school did little to respond to accusations of sexual assault involving members of its vaunted football program. The report didn't identify specific cases, but two football players have been convicted of sexual assault since 2014.


Marlins' Fernandez strikes out 12 Rays in sixth straight win (Yahoo Sports)  

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Guyer reacts after striking out against Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez during the seventh inning of an interleague baseball game Thursday, May 26, 2016, in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Marlins won the game 9-1. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Jose Fernandez was in top form for the Miami Marlins. ''I've been feeling so strong and I'm pacing myself the way I should be in the games,'' Fernandez said Thursday after striking out 12 in seven innings in a 9-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The 23-year-old right-hander won his sixth straight start for the Miami Marlins, striking out seven of the last 10 batters he faced and striking out every hitter in the Rays lineup at least once.


Stephen Curry, LeBron James named first-team All-NBA (Yahoo Sports)  

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK- MAY 24: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors talks with the press after the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs on May 24, 2016 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

Stephen Curry has knocked down another honor. The dead-eye point guard who led the Golden State Warriors to a record 73 wins in the regular season was named to the All-NBA first team Thursday. Curry was joined on the first team by Cleveland's LeBron James, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, San Antonio's Kawhi Leonard and the Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan.


Sister Act: Serena, Venus Williams both win 6-2, 6-1 at Open (Yahoo Sports)  

Nadal win over Argentina's Facundo Bagnis was his 200th at a Grand Slam event. (AP Photo)

First it was Serena Williams' turn to overpower an opponent 6-2, 6-1 on Court Suzanne Lenglen. Shortly after that was over Thursday, her older sister Venus entered the very same French Open arena and won by the very same score. Back in 2002, when neither was yet 22, the American siblings contested the final at Roland Garros, one of their eight all-in-the-family Grand Slam title matches - and they haven't played each other at any stage in Paris since.


AP Source: David Fizdale accepts offer as Grizzlies coach (Yahoo Sports)  

MIAMI, FL - MAY 22: David Fizdale, assistant coach of the Miami Heat, directs his team against the Indiana Pacers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2013 NBA Playoffs on May 22, 2013 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Memphis Grizzlies have their new coach: David Fizdale. The Miami Heat assistant has accepted the Grizzlies' offer to be their next coach, a person familiar with the negotiations said. Fizdale as accepted the offer after he met with Memphis controlling owner Robert Pera on Wednesday in California, the person said, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Grizzlies have not commented on the negotiations.


Coach Steve Kerr: Warriors on brink but ready to rally (Yahoo Sports)  

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 24: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors controls the ball against Dion Waiters #3 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the third quarter in game four of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 24, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Steve Kerr gave his Golden State players a much-needed mental day off with time to rest their weary bodies, and he got back to work trying to figure out how to save the season against a powerful Thunder team that shows no signs of slowing down. Back to the basics, back to doing the little things that got the Warriors this far. After a record 73 wins in the regular season, the Warriors are on the brink as they go into Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night in Oakland trailing the Thunder 3-1 after a second straight lopsided loss in Oklahoma City.


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