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Texas, Oklahoma reportedly eye SEC invite…Kraken picks

UNDATED (AP) — The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Big 12 powers Texas and Oklahoma have reached out to the Southeastern Conference about potentially joining the league. The report cites a source the paper did not identify, only to say it was a high-ranking official with knowledge of the situation. The paper said an announcement could come in the next couple of weeks.

SEATTLE (AP) — Carey Price remains property of the Montreal Canadiens after the Seattle Kraken passed on the netminder in the NHL expansion draft. Instead, the Kraken selected Panthers netminder Chris Driedger  and gave him a three-year, $10.5 million deal. Seattle took on some big contracts, selecting Flames defenseman Mark Giordano and Islanders forward Jordan Eberle.

UNDATED (AP) — USA Basketball expects to have its full 12-man roster available for Sunday’s Olympic opener against France. Zach LaVine (lah-VEEN’) has been cleared to exit the health and safety protocols that stemmed from a coronavirus testing-related issue. Khris Middleton, Jrue (jroo) Holiday and Devin Booker are expected to arrive in Tokyo on Saturday after competing in the NBA Finals.

TOKYO (AP) — The U.S. is 2-0 in Olympic women’s softball following a 1-0 victory over Canada. Monica Abbott struck out nine in a complete-game one-hitter. Amanda Chidester singled home the game’s only run. Center fielder Haylie McCleney combined with second baseman Ali Aguilar to throw out the potential tying run at the plate following Canada’s only hit of the game.

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