Samoa beats Tonga 30-10 in Pacific Nations Cup

APIA, Samoa (AP) Samoa made an explosive beginning but faded and needed a late, breakaway try to quell a second half comeback and beat Tonga 30-10 on Saturday in the last match of the Pacific Nations Cup.

Taking advantage of an early penalty try, Samoa sprang out to a 17-3 lead after only 16 minutes and took a commanding 23-3 lead to halftime.

But in a repeat of last week's match against Fiji, when they led 16-3 nearing halftime only to lose 26-16, Samoa faded badly after halftime.

Arizona-born Matthews goes 1st in NHL draft; Finns follow

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) On the heels of the NHL expanding into Las Vegas, the Toronto Maple Leafs pinned their future on Arizona-born center Auston Matthews with the first pick in the NHL draft.

The 18-year-old from Scottsdale sparked an international-themed parade to the podium Friday night that featured a draft-record 12 Americans selected in the first round. The Finns made a big splash, too, with three of the top five picks. (MORE)

Red Wings trade Russia-bound Datsyuk's contract to Coyotes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Detroit Red Wings gained salary-cap relief by trading veteran star Pavel Datsyuk's contract to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night at the NHL draft.

The 37-year-old Datsyuk said last week that he will return home to Russia to play in the Kontinental Hockey League next season. He has a year remaining on his contract and will count $7.5 million against Arizona's salary cap. (MORE)

Simone Biles on top again at US gymnastics championships

ST. LOUIS (AP) Simone Biles can start packing for Rio de Janeiro whenever she likes.

The reigning world champion looked in Olympic form during the first night of the U.S. women's gymnastics championships Friday. Biles scored 62.900 points to top the field by a wide margin and left little doubt she's ready to head to Brazil in August as the heavy favorite to become the fourth straight American all-around winner. (MORE)

IndyCar Texas race will resume without Daly, Newgarden

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (AP) Conor Daly and Josef Newgarden will not be allowed to participate in the Aug. 27 resumption of the rain-delayed IndyCar Series race in Texas.

The league announced its plans Friday for how it will restart the Firestone 600, which earlier this month was postponed once and then completed only 71 of its scheduled 248 laps the following day. (MORE)

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