Islanders hire Cup-winning coach Trotz

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DALLAS (AP) Barry Trotz has gone from lifting the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals to coaching the New York Islanders in just two weeks.

Islanders president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello hired Trotz on Thursday, three days after he resigned from the Capitals, and gave him the kind of long-term security Washington wouldn't.

Immediately scooping up an accomplished, Cup-winning coach is the Islanders' latest step to try to keep face of the franchise John Tavares, who can become a free agent July 1.

Croatia dims Argentina's hopes with rout

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) Lionel Messi's frustrating international career may be coming to an early and anti-climactic finish after Argentina's worst loss in World Cup group play in 60 years.

With Diego Maradona watching from the stands, the 2014 runners-up were routed by Croatia 3-0 Thursday. The Croats are moving on to the round of 16. (MORE)

Suns expected to take Ayton at No. 1

NEW YORK (AP) It could be a big night for big men in the NBA draft.

Arizona's Deandre Ayton, Duke's Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr., Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr. and Texas center Mo Bamba are all expected to be high selections Thursday night in Brooklyn. All are 6-foot-10 or taller. (MORE)

France advances, takes out Peru with win

YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) Fast, exciting and now the youngest scorer in France's World Cup history.

Kylian Mbappe is the one. (MORE)

Judge, Andujar HRs help Yanks sweep M's

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Boone bristles at the notion his New York Yankees are all or nothing, built entirely on home runs.

"I think it's a silly argument," the manager said. "That does bother me, actually." (MORE)

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