Back from irregular heartbeat, Dempsey hopes for 4th Cup

PANAMA CITY (AP) Clint Dempsey's big, owlish eyes brightened and he smiled widely. Seven months after he was sidelined by an irregular heartbeat, he not only returned to the U.S. national team at age 34 but helped the Americans to a critical victory in World Cup qualifying with just the second hat trick of his international career.

"There's moments where you're sitting at home and you're praying and hoping things will work out," he said brightly in his Texan twang. "So I'm just blessed that I can keep going. It's what I love to do, and hopefully there's some more time left."

His career came to a sudden stop last Aug. 26 when Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders announced their star forward was being evaluated for an irregular heartbeat. After two unspecified procedures, Dempsey returned for Seattle's opener on March 4, keyed Friday night's 6-0 rout of Honduras and hopes to play a big role in Tuesday night's qualifier against Panama.

Rafael Nadal rallies to win 3rd-round match at Miami Open

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Rafael Nadal recovered from a dismal start Sunday to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the third round at the Miami Open.

The comeback left Nadal unusually pumped up for an early-round match. When he closed out the victory, he threw an uppercut, leaned back and screamed at the sky as the stadium crowd roared. (MORE)

Johnson wins Match Play to sweep World Golf Championships

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Dustin Johnson won the Dell Technologies Match Play with more drama than he needed to cap off an otherwise dominant week that made him the first player to sweep the four World Golf Championships.

The scorecard will show Johnson never trailed in any of his seven matches over 112 holes, ending with a 1-up victory over Jon Rahm for his third straight victory that left no doubt who was No. 1 in the world. (MORE)

Surging Hurricanes set for back-to-back vs. Wings

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A scheduling quirk caused by a postponed game a few months ago greets the Detroit Red Wings and Carolina Hurricanes this week.

It is turning out to be a crucial time for the Hurricanes, who have pulled a surprise of their own by racking up a 10-game points streak. (MORE)

Shadab strikes twice in 1st over in international cricket

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) Teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan took two wickets in his first over in international cricket as Pakistan beat the West Indies by six wickets on Sunday in the first Twenty20 of a four-match series.

Pakistan restricted the T20 world champions to 111-8 before replying with 115-4 in 17.1 overs at the Kensington Oval. (MORE)

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