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Russia optimistic on US prisoner swap including WNBA star Brittney Griner

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said earlier this month they’re willing to pursue the talks a day after a Moscow court sentenced Griner to nine years in prison on drug charges.

tennis

Bernarda Pera stays on a roll with win over Katie Volynets at Thoreau Open in Concord

The 5-foot-9-inch Pera, a power-hitting lefthander, arrived in Concord days ago after back-to-back tournament wins Hungarian Grand Prix and the Hamburg European Open.

Inside the three pro pickleball leagues battling it out for supremacy

The PPA (Professional Pickleballers Association) will air an event on CBS on Saturday — the first national broadcast for the burgeoning sport. But the APP (Association of Pickleball Professionals) and MLP (Major League Pickleball) are right in the mix.

Kevin Paul Dupont | On Second Thought

Can the Florida Python Challenge make this invasive species hissssstory?

The annual Florida Python Challenge invites the brave (or crazy) to hunt down the species in an effort to preserve the Everglades, which are overrun with the creatures. Just watch out for the teeth.

Minor League Baseball

Cardinals minor leaguer Chandler Redmond hits a cycle of home runs

He is only the second player in baseball history to achieve the home-run cycle in a one game.

Thoreau Open

After remaking her game to add strength, Katrina Scott reaches quarterfinals of Thoreau Open

She overhauled her game during a months-long stay at the Kass Tennis Academy in Columbus during the 2020 COVID shutdown.

Little League New England Region final | Middleboro (Mass.) 10, Bangor East (Maine) 1

Middleboro routs Bangor East to earn trip to Little League World Series

Middleboro became the first team from Massachusetts since 2009 to punch its ticket to Williamsport, Pa., after scoring a 10-1 victory over Maine in the finals of the Little League New England Region tournament in Bristol, Conn.

Golf

Rickie Fowler and Jason Day barely made FedEx Cup playoffs, but they’re here and want to keep going

Fowler made it on the number — No. 125 — and needs his best golf of the last two years to get through to the next round.