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NEW YORK (AP) — Pitchers will be ejected and suspended for 10 games for using illegal foreign substances to doctor baseballs in a crackdown by Major League Baseball that will start June 21. The move announced by the commissioner’s office comes in response to record strikeouts and a league batting average at its lowest since 1968.

NEW YORK (AP) — James Harden is now listed as questionable by the Brooklyn Nets for tonight's NBA Eastern Conference semifinal game against the Milwaukee Bucks. That series is tied at two apiece. Kyrie Irving won't play because of a sprained ankle he suffered in Game 4.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick says he doesn’t expect cornerback Stephon Gilmore to participate in any of the team’s remaining mandatory minicamp workouts this week. It’s an indication the former defensive player of the year could be a holdout as the team prepares to open training camp next month. Gilmore also has skipped the team’s voluntary workouts in recent months. He is entering the final season of a five-year, $65 million deal.

BERLIN (AP) — Garbine Muguruza and Victoria Azarenka are among the winners in the first round of the German Open. Muguruza saved both of the break points she faced in a win over Sorana Cirstea. That sets up a second-round meeting between Muguruza and Elena Rybakina. The seventh-seeded Azarenka had to break back twice in the second set on her way to a win over Andrea Petkovic.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Anyone hopeful of a Bryson DeChambeau-Brooks Koepka pairing at the U.S. Open will have to wait. The USGA has them on opposite sides of the course at Torrey Pines, one playing in the morning and one in the afternoon. DeChambeau is grouped with U.S. Amateur champion Tyler Strafaci and Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama. Koepka is playing with former PGA champions Collin Morikawa and Justin Thomas.(backslash)

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