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Cubs beat Braves 8-2 for 6th-straight win

By Charles Odum AP Sports Writer ATLANTA (AP) — The Cubs are on the roll that had been long expected from the defending World Series champions. Manager Joe Maddon said he likes the momentum created by a season-best six straight wins and feels even better about the positive energy in his ...

Ginobili indicates he will return to Spurs for 16th season

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — As the clock ticked down on the Spurs’ season and Manu Ginobili was pulled from the game, a thunderous roar from the home crowd guided him to the bench. Ginobili wore an appreciative but quizzical look on his face as he put a warmup shirt back on and prepared to head off ...

Crawford picks Timberwolves over Cavs, Warriors

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At 37 years old and having never played in the NBA Finals, Jamal Crawford certainly could have gone ring chasing when he received a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks. The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, who have met in ...

Century mark: Fowles, Moore lead Lynx past Wings 100-74

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sylvia Fowles had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Maya Moore added 23 points and the Minnesota Lynx cruised past the Dallas Wings 100-74. Fowles, Moore and Rebekkah Brunson combined for 42 of Minnesota’s 54 first-half points Wednesday as the Lynx took a 14-point lead. ...

Berrios, Twins top Yankees 6-1 for elusive home series win

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jose Berrios was coming off his worst start of the season, during which his personal trainer spotted some stiffness on the right side of his delivery. He loosened up. The Minnesota Twins did too, with an early burst. Miguel Sano hit a ...

Pirates rally past Brewers 4-3 in Marte’s return

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Starling Marte could feel the jitters as he darted out of the dugout and onto the field in a major league game for the first time in three months. The Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder dreaded what may await following an 80-game ...

Jerry Jones: Cowboys still exploring latest Ezekiel Elliott incident

By Schuyler Dixon AP Sports Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday the team is still gathering details over Ezekiel Elliott’s involvement in an altercation at a Dallas bar, the latest off-field incident for the star running back. Elliott, who was ...

Injuries mount in WNBA

Injured Griner, Delle Donne will miss WNBA All-Star game By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — It was a tough week of injuries in the WNBA with both Brittney Griner and Elena Delle Donne getting sidelined. Griner injured her left knee and right ankle on Friday night in ...

Yankees surge past Colon in 5th for 6-3 win vs. Twins

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bartolo Colon faltered in the fifth inning after a decent start by the burly 44-year-old, whose Minnesota debut ended with a two-run double by Gary Sanchez that sent the New York Yankees on their way to a 6-3 victory over the Twins on ...

Matthews wins Stage 16 in Tour, Froome keeps yellow jersey

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN and JOHN LEICESTER ROMANS-SUR-ISERE, France (AP) — Ahead of two grueling Alpine stages likely to decide the outcome of the 104th Tour de France, Chris Froome and his teammates have sent a clear message to their rivals with another impressive display of collective ...

American needs new coaches to lead drive for Power 6 status

By RALPH D. RUSSO NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — On the strength of rising-star coaches such as Justin Fuente, Tom Herman, Matt Rhule and Willie Taggart, the American Athletic Conference has positioned itself to at least make the case that it should be viewed as a peer to college football's most ...

Herman has to show Longhorns they are capable of winning

By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — When Tom Herman first met with Texas players after becoming their coach, he asked who had been part of a winning season with the Longhorns. Only three raised their hands. Then there are the high school players the Longhorns are ...

UCLA, Baylor, Wisconsin, Creighton in Hall of Fame Classic

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The annual Hall of Fame Classic will include UCLA, Baylor, Wisconsin and Creighton in a men's basketball showcase this November. The Badgers and Bears will meet in a semifinal matchup at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, on Nov. 20, following UCLA against ...

Zimmerman sets franchise HR record, Nationals beat Reds 6-1

By Joe Kay AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — The NL East leaders opened the second half of the season with a franchise record, a series sweep and a significant upgrade — exactly how the Nationals wanted to keep their momentum going. Ryan Zimmerman set the Nationals’ career home ...

Pierce signs with Boston to retire as member of Celtics

By Kyle Hightower AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Paul Pierce is retiring as a member of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics announced Monday that they have signed Pierce to a contract so the 10-time All-Star can retire with the team where he spent his first 15 seasons in the NBA. Pierce ...

Astros hold mock funeral for Beltran’s glove

HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Beltran hasn’t used his glove in a game in more than two months. So on Monday, the Houston Astros gathered around their teammate in center field and laid his mitt to rest, holding a mock funeral to send it off. The silly ceremony was held at Minute Maid Park before ...

Rosario, Escobar lift Twins past Yanks 4-2

By Jon Krawczynski AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario had two RBI doubles and Eduardo Escobar added the go-ahead, pinch-hit single in the eighth inning to help the Minnesota Twins to a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night. Brian Dozier had two hits and ...

No passing fancy: Lonzo Ball looks like ideal fit for Lakers

By KAREEM COPELAND, AP Sports Writer Lonzo Ball seems to be just what the Lakers needed. Yes, it's only summer league, but Los Angeles is mired in a playoff drought and in much need of some excitement. Enter the No. 2 pick in the draft. Ball has created a buzz around the Los Angeles ...

Red Sox manager Farrell says protest denied on play vs Yanks

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox manager John Farrell says Major League Baseball has denied Boston's protest over a bizarre play on the bases last weekend involving Matt Holliday of the New York Yankees. Farrell said he wasn't surprised the protest was denied, but disappointed that the play couldn't be ...

Redskins QB Cousins to play another season on franchise tag

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer Kirk Cousins will be the first quarterback in NFL history to play consecutive seasons on the franchise tag. Cousins and the Washington Redskins didn't sign a long-term deal by the deadline Monday. He will make $23.94 million on the franchise tag in 2017 ...