AVP signs deal with players, Walsh Jennings still out

BOSTON (AP) -- The AVP said it has reached an agreement with "practically all the players" on a contract that will carry it through the 2020 Summer Games, even as a holdout by five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh threatens to deprive the domestic beach volleyball tour of its biggest name. "I respect her decisions, and I wish her well," AVP owner Donald Sun told The Associated Press. "But in the meantime, we're just geared up.

Keni Harrison wins 100-meter hurdles at Drake Relays in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Hurdler Keni Harrison responded to the disappointment of not making the 2016 U.S. Olympic team by breaking a world record a few weeks later. Now she wants to prove that was no fluke, and she's off to some start. Harrison cruised to victory in the women's 100-meter hurdles Saturday at the Drake Relays. She won in a world-leading 12.

Japan's Haru Nomura keeps leads in wind at LPGA in Texas

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Haru Nomura of Japan still had fun on another windy day on the LPGA Tour in North Texas. Despite a 1-over par 72 with a late double bogey in the third round, she actually doubled her lead Saturday. "I have fun, yeah," said Nomura, who at 8-under 205 takes a two-stroke lead into the final round. "I like windy and tough conditions, and from fairway to green. Yeah, I love it.

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Sharapova's return ends in semifinal defeat to Mladenovic

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Maria Sharapova's first tournament since her controversial return to tennis ended Saturday after losing to Kristina Mladenovic of France in the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals. Mladenovic beat former top-ranked Sharapova 3-6, 7-5, 6-4. In her fourth match following a 15-month doping ban, the Russian was left to rue missing 13 of her 16 break-point opportunities as Mladenovic rallied to win in 2 hours, 38 minutes.

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NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS Pens chase Holtby, dismantle Caps...Sens rally to beat Rangers in 2OTs UNDATED (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins gave the Washington Capitals yet another reminder that it is better to be the defending Stanley Cup champions than the reigning Presidents' Trophy winners. The Pens are heading home after taking the first two games of their second-round series with the Caps.

Bengals getting backlash over drafting RB Joe Mixon

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Bengals are facing a backlash over their decision to draft running back Joe Mixon, who punched a woman in the face while at Oklahoma. Cincinnati added to its reputation for embracing players with troubled histories when it took Mixon in the second round. Even before Mixon arrived in town on Saturday, the choice was getting panned.

Vonn sets sights on Olympics, records, racing against men

DENVER (AP) -- Always the consummate planner, Lindsey Vonn has every detail scribbled in a calendar from now until her season starts in November. Workouts, upcoming trips, ski camps, appointments -- all of the ordinary stuff. The bigger-ticket items? Now those are simply memorized.

Merritt cruises to 400-meter win at Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Drake Relays served as a reunion of sorts for the 1,600-meter relay team from the U.S. that won gold at the Rio Olympics. True to form, the anchor of those Olympic champions came out on top in Iowa. LaShawn Merritt held off Rio relay teammate Tony McQuay and 2012 silver medalist Kirani James of Grenada to win the men's 400 on Friday. Merritt came in first in 45.41 seconds.

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Liberty coach Laimbeer: Shoni Schimmel taking time off

NEW YORK (AP) -- Liberty guard Shoni Schimmel has missed the first few days of training camp and isn't expected with the team any time soon. "Shoni has decided to take some time off," New York Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer said. She suffered a concussion in late August that sidelined her for the remainder of the season. As far as how much time Schimmel is planning to take, Laimbeer didn't want to say.

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Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent by about 3 p.m. All times EDT: -- PHILADELPHIA -- After a wild first night of trades and unexpected picks, the second and third rounds of the NFL draft should be tamer. Or not. Second round starts 7 p.m. -- PHILADELPHIA -- Nearly two-thirds of the NFL's 32 teams are interested in hosting upcoming drafts.

Sharapova wins again, reaches semifinals at Porsche GP

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) -- Maria Sharapova won again to move into the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals after beating Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-3, 6-4 on Friday. In her third match following a 15-month doping ban, Sharapova converted five of her six break points. "I'm really enjoying myself," she said. The five-time Grand Slam champion will next face Kristina Mladenovic of France, who overcame Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-3, 6-2.

Lexi Thompson shoots 69 in first round since rules violation

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Lexi Thompson was pleased with her first LPGA Tour round since a rules violation cost a likely victory in the first major tournament of the year. And her Thursday round even included a consultation with a rules official. Thompson shot a 2-under 69, leaving her four strokes behind leader M.J. Hur in the North Texas LPGA Shootout. "I'm glad to be back in competition," Thompson said.

Nastase responds to backlash about Serena Williams comments

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- Ilie Nastase responded to the backlash from his comments about Serena Williams and his Fed Cup outburst, saying his remarks about the pregnant tennis great were "spontaneous" and his tirade inexcusable. The 70-year-old tennis Nastase posted a statement on Facebook a week after he speculated about the skin color of the baby Williams is expecting. "At the press conference I was asked what opinion I had about Serena being pregnant.

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Olympians descend on Des Moines for Drake Relays

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Dozens of Rio Olympics standouts will return to the track this weekend for the Drake Relays. The conditions won't feel anything like sunny Brazil. Stars like LaShawn Merritt, Omar McLeod, Jenny Simpson, Kristi Castlin and others will be greeted with temperatures in the upper 40s, steady wind and good chances for rain during Friday and Saturday's sessions.

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Bouchard: 'Cheater' Sharapova should be banned for life

ISTANBUL (AP) -- If Eugenie Bouchard had her way, Maria Sharapova would have been banned from tennis for life. The 2014 Wimbledon finalist from Canada, called Sharapova a cheater upon the Russian's return from a 15-month doping suspension. Sharapova has already been slammed by other players who are unhappy that the five-time Grand Slam champion has been given wild-card entries to some tournaments.