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Football Hall adds 8..Thomas leads Bridgestone..Perry in command..Hamlin wins pole

CANTON, Ohio (AP) – The Pro Football Hall of Fame has welcomed eight new members. Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Brian Dawkins were enshrined in Canton, as are Robert Brazile, Jerry Kramer and Bobby Beathard. Terrell Owens was also inducted but declined to attend the ceremony.

AKRON, Ohio (AP) – Justin Thomas is the leader through three rounds of the PGA’s Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron. Thomas pulled away from the crowd with five birdies in the middle of his round. He completed a 3-under 67 that leaves him 14 under for the tournament, three shots ahead of Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter.

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) – Kenny Perry has a commanding five-stroke lead through two rounds of the 3M Championship in Minnesota. Perry tied a tournament record with a 12-under 60 that puts him at minus-18. Perry had two eagles and eight birdies at a wet TPC Twin Cities. Glen Day is second, three in front of Tom Gillies, Lee Janzen and Jerry Smith.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) – Denny Hamlin will start from the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glenn International. Hamlin drove the 2.45-mile layout at 125.534 mph to take the top spot in the No. 11 Toyota, ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch. Chase Elliott will start third in the No. 9 Chevy, followed by Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson.

UNDATED (AP) – Anaheim Ducks netminder John Gibson has agreed to an eight-year, $51.2 million contract extension that runs through the 2026-27 season. Gibson set career highs last season with 31 victories and a .926 save percentage while playing in 60 games. And the Vegas Golden Knights have avoided arbitration with forward William Karlsson by giving him a one-year, $5.25 million contract.

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