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FILE - A morel mushroom dwarfs a series of smaller mushrooms on Tuesday June 28, 2016. (Sam Friedman / The News-Miner)

Morel mushroom harvesting permits go on sale

Morel mushroom permits will go on sale May for commercial harvesting of mushrooms in the Jolly Mountain fire area, according to a news release from the Okanogon-Wenatchee National Forest.
In this March 4, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles head coach Bob Bradley walks on the pitch before an MLS soccer match against the Seattle Sounders in Seattle. LAFC is returning home for the opening of its brand-new downtown stadium this week. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

Around MLS: LAFC’s successful road trip paves way for stadium opening

LAFC is returning home for the opening of its brand-new downtown stadium. The club had to start with six matches on the road and did surprisingly well, especially for an expansion team. LAFC collected four wins and 12 points for the best start on the road in league history. The team hosts the Sounders on Sunday night at Banc of California stadium.
In this April 8, 2018 file photo, Jordan Spieth is congratulated by caddie Michael Greller after putting on the sixth hole during the fourth round at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. (Matt Slocum / Associated Press)

Jordan Spieth seeks third straight strong finish at Zurich Classic

Jordan Spieth suspects he could be on the cusp of a banner year. That’s why he’s trying to strike the right balance of fun and focus when he teams up with good friend Ryan Palmer in New Orleans this weekend for the Zurich Classic. Spieth will try to capitalize on momentum he’s gained with top-three finishes at the Houston Open and the Masters. This is the second year of the two-player team format at the Zurich, where the field includes defending champions Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, right, drives to the basket against Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier during the first quarter of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Boston, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. (Charles Krupa / Associated Press)

Eric Bledsoe, Bucks say point guard’s left hand is fine

Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe says an injury to his left hand didn’t affect his play in the loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. Bledsoe’s left thumb and hand were wrapped after the 92-87 loss on Tuesday night in Boston. Bledsoe has told coach Joe Prunty that he’s fine and ready to go for Game 6 on Thursday. The Celtics lead the series 3-2.
This image provided by FOX Sports shows the broadcast team of play-by-play announcers, match analysts, studio hosts and commentators for FOX Sports coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in Russia. Front row from left are; Sergey Gordeev, Cobi Jones, Kate Abdo, Stu Holden, John Strong, Alexi Lalas, Aly Wagner, Rob Stone, Mariano Trujillo and Jenny Taft. Second row from left are: Tony Meola, Fernando Fiore (center, standing behind Lalas), JP Dellacamera, Glenn Davis and Derek Rae. Third row from left: Maria Komandnaya, Ian Joy, Mark Followill, Rachel Bonnetta, Warren Barton and Rodolfo Landeros (upper right, seated). Top from left are Joe Machnik and Jorge Perez-Navarro. (Joe Pugliese / FOX Sports via AP)

Mostly American World Cup announcers for Fox despite no U.S.

Fox’s World Cup debut will have an American accent, even though the United States failed to qualify for the soccer tournament. And four of the six broadcast crews will call games from the network’s Los Angeles studios rather than Russia. Eight of 12 match commentators will be American, headed by the lead team of John Strong and Stu Holden. Aly Wagner will be the first female game analyst for a men’s World Cup on U.S. television.
Madrid’s Marco Asensio, top, celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the soccer Champions League first leg semifinal soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in Munich, southern Germany, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (Andreas Gebert / dpa via AP)

Real Madrid beats Bayern Munich 2-1 away to take control of semifinal

UPDATED: Wed., April 25, 2018, 3:23 p.m.

Real Madrid substitute Marco Asensio scored a second-half winner on Wednesday to end Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record at home this season and give his side a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal. Joshua Kimmich had put the home side in front, but Marcelo equalized before the interval against the run of play. The result puts the two-time defending champions in a favorable position before the second leg in Madrid next Tuesday.
This April 14, 2018 photo, shows the entrance to the Independiente soccer club’s training headquarters, in a suburb of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Independiente filed a complaint with prosecutors earlier this year when the allegations first surfaced about child abuse at the club, after one of the players broke down during a session with a club psychologist. (Luciano Matteazzi / Associated Press)

Argentina shocked by abuse of minors at top football clubs

The growing scandal at two of Argentina’s most popular and successful clubs has shocked many in this soccer-mad nation and prompted the Argentine Football Federation to order a monitoring of club boarding houses nationwide. But former players, sports psychologists and parents say that more needs to be done to protect the children who train in the hundreds of talent factories where Diego Maradona, Lionel Messi and other stars polished their skills growing up.
In this April 7, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang (58) and Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie (77) collide against the boards in the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Washington. Like tourists flocking to see the cherry blossoms in full bloom, the Pittsburgh Penguins making a trip to Washington for the playoffs has become a rite of spring. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Same series, different year: Penguins-Capitals meet again

The Penguins and Capitals say they are different teams as they meet in the second round of the playoffs for the third consecutive year. It’s still Sidney Crosby versus Alex Ovechkin, but plenty of things are different about the supporting casts. The Penguins won the previous three series, twice winning Game 7 in Washington on the way to capturing the Stanley Cup. Game 1 is Thursday night in Washington.
Boston Celtics guard Jaylen Brown (7) pressures Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, who looks to pass the ball during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series in Boston, Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The Celtics won 92-87. (Charles Krupa / Associated Press)

Tipoff: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks try to fend off elimination against Celtics

Giannis Antetokounmpo was criticized after Game 5 of Milwaukee’s Eastern Conference series against Boston for not doing more, particularly on the offensive end. The harshest critic was Antetokounmpo, himself. He’s vowing to be more aggressive in Game 6 on Thursday, knowing it’s win-or-go-home time for the Bucks.
In this March 31, 2018, file photo, San Jose Sharks center Tomas Hertl (48) vies for the puck with Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt (88) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Las Vegas. It took one trip to Las Vegas early in the season for the San Jose Sharks to realize that the fast start to the season for the expansion Golden Knights was no fluke. So it should come as little surprise to the Sharks that they have to get past Vegas in the second round of the playoffs starting Thursday night, April 26, to reach the Western Conference final for the fourth time in the past nine seasons. (John Locher / Associated Press)

Expansion Golden Knights face Sharks in 2nd round series

The San Jose Sharks knew early on this season that the expansion Vegas Golden Knights were not a fluke. Vegas used its blistering speed to race to a Pacific Division title and first-round sweep against Los Angeles. That sets up a second-round showdown between the Golden Knights and a Sharks team playing its best hockey after sweeping Anaheim.
United States’ Matt Miazga (3) and Paraguay’s Federico Santander struggle for possession of the ball during the first half of an international friendly soccer match in Cary, N.C., Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (Gerry Broome / Associated Press)

Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, Matt Miazga in top tier of U.S. Soccer player pool

Midfielders Weston McKennie and Tyler Adams have played their way onto the top tier of the U.S. Soccer player pool along with defender Matt Miazga. Interim coach Dave Sarachan says the trio would receive consideration for a World Cup roster if the Americans were headed to Russia in June. But the U.S. is rebuilding following its failure to qualify for the tournament. Veterans such as Clint Dempsey, Tim Howard, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley could return when competitive matches resume in 2019.
The Press Box, with Larry Weir