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SOONERS WIN OPENER OF SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES

OKLAHOMA CITY — Sydney Romero's three-run homer gave Oklahoma a 3-2 victory over Auburn and put the Sooners a win away from their third national championship in softball Monday. Romero, a freshman, sent a pitch from Auburn's Lexi Davis into the seats just left of centerfield with two outs in the third inning. Auburn's Jade Rhodes homered in the top of the seventh to cut Oklahoma's lead to 3-2. With one out and runners on second and third, Auburn's Courtney Shea sent a hard shot down the first-base line, but Oklahoma 1B Shay Knighten threw out pinch-runner Casey McCrackin at home. Tiffany Howard then popped out to end the game. Game 2 of the best-of-three series is tonight.

BASEBALL: Stanford baseball coach Mark Marquess is retiring after the 2017 season, which will be his 41st year leading the program. … Texas Tech and UC Santa Barbara advanced to the NCAA tournament super region.

NFL

Ex-Buc Talib out of hospital

Broncs CB Aqib Talib was released from a Dallas hospital amid reports suggesting he may have accidentally shot himself. The former Buc was discharged from Medical City Hospital after being treated for a gunshot wound to his right leg. It's unlikely he will practice again until training camp.

BEARS: Former Florida DE Jonathan Bullard, the team's third-round draft pick, agreed to a four-year contract.

BILLS: Former Clemson DE Shaq Lawson, the team's first-round pick, signed a four-year deal worth $10.3 million, the Associated Press reported.

PANTHERS: C Ryan Kalil signed a two-year extension, keeping the three-time All-Pro under contract through the 2018 season.

VIKINGS: All-Pro S Harrison Smith signed a contract extension. Terms were not disclosed.

ET CETERA

DOPING: Six Russian weightlifters, including 2014 world junior champion Larisa Kobeleva and European junior champion Nadezhda Ovchinnikova, have been banned for violations, the country's national anti-doping agency said. Also, the International Weightlifting Federation said it has been notified of 20 positive tests, including medal winners, among the retested samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

GOLF: Ian Poulter will serve as a vice captain of Europe's Ryder Cup team after a foot injury ended his chances of playing.

MMA: Brock Lesnar's opponent for his comeback fight at UFC 200 will be veteran heavyweight Mark Hunt.

OLYMPICS: Spain's Olympic Committee said 3,000 bottles of insect repellent will be available to its athletes to help them avoid the Zika virus during the Rio de Janeiro Games.

SOCCER: Ukraine's intelligence agency thwarted a plot to attack the European Championship tournament in France by arresting a heavily armed Frenchman who wanted to cross into the European Union, officials said. The Ukrainian Security Service didn't identify the man.

Times wires

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Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

Rays trade closer Alex Colome, outfielder Denard Span to Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG – In January, sure.In July, absolutely.But, now?And, once again, for someone who they hope helps in the future.The Rays made a shocking trade at a surprising time of year Friday, dealing All-Star closer Alex Colome and Tampa...
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Andre Dawson’s new and sometimes awkward career: funeral home owner

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By DAVE HYDESun Sentinel (TNS)The first time Andre Dawson drove a hearse, he turned to the woman in the casket and said, completely serious, "I'll do my best to make sure this isn't bumpy."The first time he told Hall of Fame baseball friends Tim Rain...
Published: 05/25/18
Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

Rays journal: Rays shut out by Orioles in opener

By Joey JohnstonTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP Ryan Yarbrough deserved better Friday. But the offense didn't offer much, allowing the Orioles to escape with a 2-0 victory before an announced crowd of 11,354 at Tropicana Field."It ...
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Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

Steve Yzerman’s summer plans: Make the Lightning better

TAMPA — Captain Steven Stamkos said the Lightning's window for contending for a Stanley Cup championship is not closing."I think it's wide open," he said Thursday, one day after the Lightning lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the C...
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The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Bucs’ influence inside the Vegas Golden Knights’ runaway success

The Stanley Cup final begins Monday in the unlikeliest of places: a city new to major pro sports and suddenly the center of the hockey world, Las Vegas, whose Golden Knights could become the first first-year expansion team to win a championship.And t...
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Did the NFL really need a national anthem policy?

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Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
Published: 05/25/18
Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

Rays trade Alex Colome and Denard Span to Mariners for prospects

The Rays made a major trade Friday afternoon, sending All-Star closer Alex Colome and OF Denard Span to the Mariners.The return is two minor-leaguers, RHP Andrew Moore and RHP Tommy Romero. The Rays also sent cash to the Mariners.Span, a Tampa produc...
Published: 05/25/18
Stand down on anthem, NFL

Stand down on anthem, NFL

Before we even get going, let me be clear about something.This is not a column making an argument about whether or not NFL players should be able to kneel in protest during the national anthem.That topic has been debated repeatedly, loudly and passio...
Published: 05/25/18
For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

For starters: Sergio Romo on mound tonight as Rays open series against Orioles

By JOEY JOHNSTONTimes CorrespondentST. PETERSBURG — For openers, the Rays will use RHP Sergio Romo, the 35-year-old career reliever, as tonight's starter against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.Romo is making his third career "sta...
Published: 05/25/18
Bucs’ Gerald McCoy welcomes Vita Vea to his rookie school

Bucs’ Gerald McCoy welcomes Vita Vea to his rookie school

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