National Sports

Lorenzen’s pinch-hit grand slam leads Reds over Brewers 12-3

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — When Brewers pitchers went over the strengths and weaknesses of Cincinnati's hitters to prepare for their series, they included reliever Michael Lorenzen in the mix. They need to do more studying. Lorenzen hit the second grand slam by a Reds ...

Ronaldo, Portugal unable to continue great run at World Cup

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't carry the team by himself this time. The five-time player of the year, who scored four goals in his opening two matches at the World Cup, was eliminated from the tournament on Saturday after Portugal lost to ...

Ronaldo, Portugal unable to continue great run at World Cup

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t carry the team by himself this time. The five-time player of the year, who scored four goals in his opening two matches at the World Cup, was eliminated from the tournament on Saturday after Portugal lost to Uruguay 2-1 in the round of ...

Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Lionel Messi stared, hands on hips, pain etched across a face once boyish and filled with limitless joy, now obscured by a brown beard and hardened by expectations for his nation unmet. Four hours later and 950 miles (1,530 kilometers) away, ...

Brazilians finally see less diving from Neymar at World Cup

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazilians finally got to see the Neymar they like, one that spends less time diving and more time trying to help the national team at the World Cup. After two disappointing performances in Russia, Brazil's star forward played well in ...

Colombia advances while Senegal is eliminated by tiebreaker

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Yerry Mina scored on a header in the 74th minute and Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 Thursday to advance to the World Cup knockout stage. Senegal became the first team ever eliminated by a new tiebreaker — number of yellow ...

Japan advances on yellow cards despite losing at World Cup

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Japan advanced to the knockout round at the World Cup on a tiebreaker, fewer yellow cards than Senegal. The Japanese lost to Poland 1-0 Thursday in their final group match, but they still reached the round of 16 because Colombia beat ...

Defending champion Pliskova upset by Sabalenka

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Defending champion Karolina Pliskova was upset by Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the Eastbourne International quarterfinals on Thursday. The second-seeded Czech player, who has reached the final in the past two years, lost 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) in 2 hours, 12 ...

English soccer star Wayne Rooney signs with DC United

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Rooney is coming to Major League Soccer with D.C. United, the latest star to take his talents across the pond to the United States. Rooney follows the lead of Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic and retired countryman David Beckham by leaving ...

Future starts now for Germany after shock World Cup exit

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Coach Joachim Loew failed in his bid to combine the experience of past World Cup winners and the youth of talented newcomers, but the future holds much promise for Germany. The powerful Mannschaft, the dominant force of world soccer ...

AP source: Paul George decides to become free agent

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Paul George turned down one option and created a slew of new ones. George has decided not to exercise his $20.7 million option for next season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. George will become an ...

Chinese court hands US football coach 4-year prison sentence

By GERRY SHIH, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court sentenced former American football player Wendell Brown to four years in prison Thursday for being involved in a bar fight, a punishment his lawyer and an activist called excessive. Brown, a native of Detroit who played for Ball ...

Dodgers hit 3 homers for 51 in June, beat Cubs 7-5

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — After an anemic first couple months of the season, the Dodgers are powering balls out of the stadium at a near record rate. Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger each hit a solo home run, Joc Pederson added a two-run shot and Los Angeles defeated ...

LEADING OFF: Bregman crushing in the clutch, Kershaw vs Cubs

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CLUTCH CITY Alex Bregman is red-hot at the plate as the Astros travel to Tampa Bay for a four-game series, and he's been especially good late in games. Bregman has homered in three straight, including a game-ending ...

Pirates rally for 4 runs in 9th to beat beleaguered Mets 5-3

NEW YORK (AP) — After bringing in Felipe Vazquez with his team trailing by two in the eighth inning, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was asked by bench coach Tom Prince whether the closer would stay in the game if his turn to bat came up in the ninth. "At the time, I counted off and said this ...

Encarnacion, Chisenhall HR; Bieber sharp as Tribe top Cards

By JOE HARRIS, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a rough debut, Cleveland Indians rookie Shane Bieber has found his routine. Edwin Encarnacion and Lonnie Chisenhall hit back-to-back homers, Bieber pitched six strong innings and the Indians beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-1 on Wednesday ...

Messi, Argentina get going, beat Nigeria 2-1

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Lionel Messi and Argentina finally came alive at the World Cup. Messi scored an exquisite 14th-minute goal to give the two-time champions the lead Tuesday, but it wasn’t until Marcos Rojo’s 86th-minute strike that Argentina was assured of a place in the ...

Rays’ Eovaldi limits Nationals to 1 hit in odd 1-0 victory

By MARK DIDTLER, Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Nathan Eovaldi took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before an unusual combination of relievers in the ninth completed a three-hitter as the Tampa Bay Rays beat Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals 1-0 Tuesday. Eovaldi ...

A guide to the World Cup when you know nothing about soccer

By LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — So, there's this thing called the World Cup ... The group stage of the most widely watched sporting event in the world is about to conclude, and you want to be part of the action going forward. The problem is, you know nothing about soccer ...

Draws that help both teams may become more common

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Fans hated the battle of backpasses that the Denmark-France World Cup match devolved into , and they likely will watch more teams collude when soccer's showcase expands to 48 teams. The sellout crowd at Luzhniki Stadium started booing early in ...