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Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler is introduced before Game 1 of a NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) **FILE**

Butler playing at another level in NBA playoffs for Heat

- Associated Press

Things have been working out just fine so far in this postseason for Jimmy Butler and the top-seeded Heat, who’ll look to take a 2-0 lead in the East title series when they play host to the second-seeded Celtics again on Thursday night. The Celtics are 3-0 after losses in these playoffs, winning those bounceback games by an average of 14.7 points.

Soccer player Megan Rapinoe waves to the crowd during the second quarter of a WNBA basketball game between the Minnesota Lynx and the Seattle Storm on Friday, May 6, 2022, in Seattle. Rapinoe's fiancee, Sue Bird, plays for the Storm. (Jennifer Buchanan/The Seattle Times via AP)

U.S. Soccer equalizes pay in milestone with women, men

- Associated Press

The U.S. Soccer Federation reached milestone agreements to pay its men’s and women’s teams equally, making the American national governing body the first in the sport to promise both sexes matching money.

Sonny Leon celebrates after riding Rich Strike to victory in the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 7, 2022, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) **FILE**

Rich Strike skipping Preakness reignites Triple Crown debate

- Associated Press

There won’t be a Triple Crown winner for the 42nd time in the past 44 years after owner Rick Dawson changed direction and opted not to enter Rich Strike in the Preakness off an 80-1 upset victory in the Kentucky Derby. That decision has reignited the old debate that the three Triple Crown races should be spaced out further.

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FILE - Alabama coach Nick Saban watches players warm up for the College Football Playoff championship NCAA football game against Georgia on Jan. 10, 2022, in Indianapolis. Saban called out Texas A&M on Wednesday night, May 18 for “buying” players in its top-ranked recruiting class with name, image and likeness deals, saying Crimson Tide football players earned more than $3 million last year “the right way.” (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

'We're done': A&M's Fisher fires back at 'narcissist' Saban

- Associated Press

Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher called Nick Saban a "narcissist" Thursday after the Alabama coach made "despicable" comments about the Aggies using name, image and likeness deals to land their top-ranked recruiting classes.