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Rodgers absent as Packers conduct voluntary OTAs this week

Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers was one of several notable veterans missing as the Green Bay Packers began voluntary organized team activities this week. Packers coach Matt LaFleur confirmed Tuesday that Rodgers isn’t expected at all this week. Rodgers indicated last month he plans to join the Packers for their mandatory minicamp in June. Rodgers skipped all the OTAs as well as the minicamp last year during a standoff with team management. He has said on multiple occasions that his relationship with team officials has improved over the last year.

NFL revamps Rooney Rule to include quarterbacks coaches

The NFL has expanded the Rooney Rule again, this time to include quarterbacks coaches in a further effort to diversify the coaching ranks. The change was announced Tuesday at the owners meeting in Atlanta by Jonathan Beane, the NFL’s senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. The oft-criticized Rooney Rule, adopted in 2003 to enhance opportunities for minorities to gain head coaching jobs and enhanced several times to include front office positions, now will requires one minority or female candidate from another team to be interviewed for quarterbacks coach. Previously, the rule covered head coach, general manager and all coordinator jobs.

Watson accuser felt 'scared' and threatened by Browns QB

One of the women accusing Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct while she gave him a massage says she felt “scared” and threatened by a comment he made following a therapy session. Appearing on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” Ashley Solis provided graphic details of an encounter with the three-time Pro Bowler. She also says she felt frightened after an encounter with Watson, who told her he knew she didn't want anyone “messing” with her career. Watson is facing civil lawsuits by 22 women alleging various sexual acts during massages he received while playing for the Houston Texans. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning back in East finals

The Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to the Eastern Conference finals for the sixth time in eight years after sweeping the Florida Panthers in four games. The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions are trying to become the first team to three-peat as NHL champions since the New York Islanders won four straight titles from 1980-83. Andrei Vasilevskiy had 49 saves, posting his sixth shutout in his last seven series-clinching victories. He's allowed just four goals over his last five games. The Lightning will meet either the Carolina Hurricanes or New York Rangers in the East final.

Boston, Miami in tight series, though games are anything but

The Eastern Conference finals between the Heat and Celtics are as close as can be, heading back to Miami all tied up at two wins apiece. But the individual games have been anything but. Boston scored 18 of the first 19 points in Game 4 on the way to a 102-82 victory. The Celtics led by as many as 32 in the third quarter. That's a big gap, even for a series that has been full of them. Game 5 is Wednesday night.

AP source: Timberwolves agree to deal with Nuggets' Connelly

A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Denver Nuggets President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly has agreed to take a similar role with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Connelly steadily built the Nuggets into a perennial playoff contender behind draft picks such as two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic. Connelly will be looking to do the same with a Timberwolves team led by Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards. The person talked to the AP on condition of anonymity because the move had not been announced,

Curry, Warriors go for sweep of Doncic, Mavs in West finals

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors have won nine consecutive games in the Western Conference finals. They can make it an even 10, eliminate Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks and return to the NBA Finals with a victory in Game 4 in Dallas on Tuesday night. The Warriors are trying to get back to the NBA Finals for the first time since five consecutive trips from 2015-19. The Mavericks are playing beyond the first round for the first time since winning their only title in 2011. No NBA team has rallied from 3-0 down in the playoffs.

Heat's Herro (groin) ruled out ahead of Game 4 vs. Celtics

Heat guard Tyler Herro has been ruled out of Game 4 of Miami's Eastern Conference finals matchup with the Boston Celtics with a strained left groin. Herro missed the final eight minutes of the Heat’s Game 3 victory because of the injury. He is averaging 13.5 points and 4.1 rebounds during the playoffs. Jimmy Butler sat out the entire second half with swelling in his right knee. He is questionable for Game 4 along with Kyle Lowry (strained left hamstring), Max Strus (strained hamstring), Gabe Vincent (strained left hamstring) and P.J. Tucker (left knee irritation). The Heat say all will warm up with the intent to play. Boston's Jayson Tatum (nerve impingement) is probable. Marcus Smart (sprained right ankle) and Robert Williams III (left knee soreness) are questionable.

Justin Thomas takes PGA from uninspiring to unforgettable

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Justin Thomas wrapped his arms around the 27-pound Wanamaker Trophy after winning his second PGA Championship, and thousands of fans ringing the 18th green amid the setting sun at Southern Hills showered him in adulation.

Nats win 8-2; Brewers' Peralta exits with shoulder tightness

Lane Thomas hit two RBI doubles and the Washington Nationals broke out of their hitting slump in an 8-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers lost right-hander Freddy Peralta to shoulder tightness in the fourth inning. Peralta left after allowing a run-scoring double to Thomas during the Nationals’ six-run outburst in the fourth. That marked the Nationals’ highest-scoring inning of the season and matched the biggest run total the Brewers had allowed in a single inning this year.

Wisconsin's season comes to an end

GAINESVILLE, FL -- The Wisconsin softball team saw its season come to an end on Sunday afternoon after falling to No. 14 Florida, 11-0.The Badgers earned their way into the Regional Finals by walking off Georgia Tech in an elimination…

Justin Thomas wins 2nd PGA Championship title in playoff

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Justin Thomas has won his second PGA Championship, rallying from shots seven back on Sunday to force a playoff with Will Zalatoris, then beating him with two birdies and a par in their three-hole aggregate at…

Watson closes in on PGA Championship lead before late fade

It’s been a long time since Bubba Watson contended for the PGA Championship. And he was right there for a while on Saturday. An up-and-down third round at blustery Southern Hills put Watson tantalizingly close to the lead until he faded late with some trouble finding fairways and greens over the back nine. A putter that was razor sharp in a round of 63 on Saturday blunted down the back stretch. Still, a 3-over 73 was good enough to keep the 43-year-old within sight of the youth movement at the lead heading into Sunday’s final round.

McCutchen, Urías homer, Woodruff goes 6 in Brewers' 5-1 win

Andrew McCutchen hit a leadoff home run, Luis Urías added a solo shot and a defensive gem, and Brandon Woodruff allowed one run in six effective innings to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 5-1 win over the Washington Nationals. Urías defensively owned the first inning when he snagged a liner and fielded a groundout. For the final out, Urías raced back for a looping fly ball into short left-center field and made a sliding catch with his back to diamond. Josh Hader got his 15th save of the season, while the Nationals' Patrick Corbin took the loss.

Early Voting holds off Epicenter to win Preakness Stakes

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maybe extra rest isn’t such a bad thing for a racehorse after all. In the Preakness Stakes that was run without the Kentucky Derby winner because Rich Strike’s owner felt he needed more time off after his 80-1 upset,…