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Friday's Sports In Brief

NHL DRAFT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Connor McDavid is now officially a No. 1 overall draft pick.

The long-expected move became reality Friday night when the Edmonton Oilers grabbed the center who will immediately face the burden of enormous expectation. Not only will he be playing in the place where Wayne Gretzky became a superstar, but he also already draws comparisons to Sidney Crosby and even LeBron James.

McDavid averaged nearly three points per game this past season for his Ontario Hockey League junior team in Erie, Pennsylvania. He registered at least one goal or assist in 27 consecutive games, the longest such stretch in the OHL in nearly a decade.

He becomes the fourth No. 1 pick heading to Edmonton in the last six drafts. None of the other three have experienced the NHL playoffs.

Buffalo took Hobey Baker winner Jack Eichel of Boston University with the No. 2 pick, another no-surprise move. Eichel had 26 goals and 45 assists in 40 games this past season.

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NBA

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hundreds of mourners packed a Philadelphia funeral home Friday to honor Harvey Pollack, the longtime NBA employee and statistics icon who died Tuesday at age 93.

Friends, family and colleagues described a man who loved basketball, statistics and, most of all, his family. Pollack began his career in 1946 with the Philadelphia Warriors and worked the last 28 years as the 76ers' director of statistical information.

Among the six people who eulogized Pollack were Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

''Iconic is sometimes overused or overstated, but in this instance I think it is appropriate,'' Erving said in describing Pollack.

Erving went on to read the poem ''If'' by Rudyard Kipling as a tribute to Pollack.

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BASEBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - A Major League Baseball umpire who came out as gay last winter has applauded the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

Dale Scott called Friday's decision ''one of the biggest civil rights victories that this country has seen.''

The 55-year-old Scott has been a big league umpire since 1986 and has worked three World Series and three All-Star Games.

Scott married his partner, Michael Rausch, in November 2013 at Palm Springs, California. They met after Scott's first season in the majors and have been together for almost three decades.

''I was hoping maybe a 6-3 decision, but nonetheless they got it right and I'm very proud today,'' Scott said in a text message to The Associated Press.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Friday.

Scott wasn't at a game Friday. He was hit by a line drive on the left thigh Wednesday and is recovering.

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NASCAR

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) - NASCAR's most popular driver is calling the Confederate flag ''offensive to an entire race'' while voicing his support for it being removed from the grounds of the South Carolina state capitol.

NASCAR this week said it backs South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's call to remove the Confederate flag from the State House, and said it disallows the flag symbol in any official NASCAR capacity.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. said he's long felt that the flag has no place in present day use.

The flag issue was heightened last week after nine people were slain at a South Carolina church and the man charged in the case was seen in photos posing with the flag.

Teammate Jeff Gordon says Hendrick Motorsports has long prohibited any merchandise that uses the Confederate flag symbol.

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BASEBALL

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - An emotional Ryne Sandberg resigned as Phillies manager in his third season as Philadelphia struggles with the worst record in the major leagues.

Sandberg quit Friday with a 119-159 career record over parts of three seasons leading Philadelphia. His only full season was in 2014, when the Phillies finished with a 73-89 record.

''With some changes at the top looming, I did not want to be in the way of anything happening and progress going forward,'' Sandberg said.

Third base coach Pete Mackanin will take over as interim manager. He's 53-53 in parts of two seasons with Pittsburgh in 2005 and Cincinnati in 2007.

The Phillies are expected to hire a new president soon. Pat Gillick is handling that role this season, but the 77-year-old Hall of Fame executive wants to return to a consulting position.

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WOMEN'S WORLD CUP

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) - The fields are heating up, there are little black rubber pellets everywhere, and feet are covered with blisters.

The artificial turf at the Women's World Cup is taking a toll.

Australian forward Michelle Heyman told reporters that when the temperature rises, the fields are like walking on ''hot coals.''

The use of artificial turf for this year's tournament in Canada has been a contentious issue since it was included in the nation's bid in 2011.

The ball bounces and rolls differently on a plastic pitch, causing turf burns on players and making recovery times longer. The men's World Cup has always been played on grass.

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PRO FOOTBALL

MONTREAL (AP) - Michael Sam is ready to resume his pro football career.

The Alouettes said Friday that Sam has returned to Montreal and is expected to attend team meetings Sunday before resuming practice Monday.

The openly gay defensive lineman left the Canadian Football League team during training camp without explanation, and the Alouettes placed him on their suspended list after his departure. The 25-year-old former Missouri star signed with Montreal in May.

Sam was selected in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL draft by the St. Louis Rams, becoming the first openly gay player chosen by an NFL team. He was later cut by the Rams and from the Dallas Cowboys' practice squad.

At Missouri, Sam earned SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2013 before turning pro.

Montreal opened the season Thursday night with a 20-16 home loss to the Ottawa Redblacks.

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BOXING

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Huge crowds and high rollers in Las Vegas for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight helped Nevada casinos make more than $1 billion off gamblers in May.

It was the first time casinos have hit that total in more than a year.

Nevada Gaming Control Board statistics released Friday show a 3.3 percent year-over-year increase in May. The bump came despite the loss of a Strip casino at the beginning of the month, when the Riviera Hotel and Casino shut down.

Gamblers wagered $12.5 billion on table games, slots and sports bets in May.

The fight also helped boost a category of sports gambling known as ''other'' to a record total of $81.2 million. That category excludes baseball, basketball, football and horse racing.

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