National Sports

LEADING OFF: Harper, Archer, Beltre could go on deadline day

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: DEADLINE DAY Teams have until 4 p.m. EDT to swing a trade without waivers, meaning it could be the last chance for contenders to land some top targets. Could Bryce Harper really be on the move? Will the Rays find a ...

Pirates get closer Keone Kela from Rangers for 2 prospects

PHOENIX (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired hard-throwing closer Keone Kela from the Texas Rangers for minor league starter Taylor Hearn and a player to be named. The deal was announced late Monday night after the Rangers' 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. "It was a challenging ...

Thames, Yelich lead Brewers to 5-2 win over Dodgers

By DOUG PADILLA, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers fans nearly filled their home stadium Monday night for a reboot of "Mannywood," and then the Milwaukee Brewers stepped in to spoil the party. Eric Thames hit a three-run home run and Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to ...

LEADING OFF: Newcomb, Turner face fallout after tweets

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: TWEET TROUBLE Atlanta pitcher Sean Newcomb and Washington shortstop Trea Turner will face the fallout from their tweets, a day after they apologized for offensive posts from 2011 and 2012. The 25-year-old Newcomb ...

At Stoneman Douglas, football season comes with heavy hearts

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Sports Writer PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — The first practice of the new season was over, and the only sound on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School was dozens of football players screaming in delight. At 2:15 a.m., they were having a water balloon ...

Hendricks helps Cubs down Cardinals 5-2

BY STEVE OVERBEY, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kyle Hendricks followed another difficult first inning with one crisp finish. Hendricks retired his last 17 batters, and the Chicago Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-2 on Sunday night to salvage the finale of their weekend series. Ben ...

Newcomb falls 1 out short of no-hitter, Braves beat Dodgers

By The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Sean Newcomb came within one strike of pitching the first no-hitter by the Atlanta Braves since 1994, denied when Chris Taylor sharply singled in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Newcomb had a 2-2 count with two outs in the ninth ...

Michael Andrew caps breakout US Nationals with 50 free win

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Michael Andrew is swimming in deeper waters now, having qualified for his first major international senior meet with a breakout performance at the U.S. national championships. Andrew earned his fourth victory, upsetting current world ...

Resurgent Sounders beat New York City FC 3-1

By The Associated Press CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Zlatan Ibrahimovic had his first MLS hat trick, scoring the tying and go-ahead goals in a 4-minute span in the second in the LA Galaxy's 4-3 victory over Orlando City on Sunday night. The 36-year-old Swedish star tied it at 3 in the 67th minute ...

John Isner wins BB&T Atlanta Open for 5th time in 6 years

ATLANTA (AP) — John Isner won the BB&T Atlanta Open for the fifth time in six years Sunday, beating fellow American Ryan Harrison in the final for the second straight year. The top-seeded Isner beat the eighth-seeded Harrison 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 at Atlantic Station to join Jimmy Connors, John ...

Wild playoff race creates tough deadline decisions

By NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer There are 11 teams within six games of a playoff spot in the National League, which could make for a thrilling last two months of the regular season. It also means some front offices are facing tough decisions as the non-waiver trade deadline looms. It's ...

Caesars launching sports betting in 2 states

By WAYNE PARRY, Associated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Two Atlantic City casinos owned by Caesars Entertainment will start taking sports bets this week, and another two in Mississippi will do so in mid-August. Caesars Entertainment tells The Associated Press its Bally's casino in ...

Ex-WWE star Brian Christopher Lawler dead at age 46

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say former World Wrestling Entertainment star Brian Christopher Lawler has died after attempting suicide in his jail cell. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the 46-year-old son of WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler was found hanging ...

Mikey Garcia trounces Robert Easter, nabs IBF 135-pound belt

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mikey Garcia added the IBF lightweight belt to his WBC title on Saturday night, dominating the previously unbeaten Robert Easter for a clear unanimous decision victory. Garcia (39-0) knocked down Easter in the third round and controlled long stretches of the bout at ...

Wayne Rooney scores first MLS goal, DC United beats Rapids

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Rooney scored his first MLS goal to help D.C. United beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1 on Saturday night. United (4-9-5), who won for just the second time since May 19, took a 2-1 lead on an own goal in the 90th minute when Ulises Segura's cross ...

Bruce Lietzke, fun-loving PGA Tour winner, dies at 67

ATHENS, Texas (AP) — Bruce Lietzke, the fun-loving, fade-hitting PGA Tour winner whose practice regime — or lack of one — spawned an often-told spoiled banana story, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 67. Lietzke's family said he died at his Athens ranch. "Our PGA Tour family lost a ...

Jhoulys Chacin dominant in Brewers’ 7-1 win over Giants

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin didn't have much control early and hit leadoff batter Andrew McCutchen with his third pitch. Then the Milwaukee right-hander settled down and helped the Brewers inch closer to first place in the NL Central. San ...

J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 32nd homer

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 32nd homer, Mookie Betts had two RBI doubles and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 10-4 on Saturday night for their 17th win in 21 games. Betts raised his MLB-leading average to .346 and Jackie ...

Kathleen Baker sets world record in 100 back at US nationals

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Kathleen Baker had settled for a first-place tie in the 200-meter backstroke. In the 100 back, she wanted the attention for herself. Setting a world record guaranteed it. The 21-year-old Olympian won in 58.00 seconds at the U.S. ...

LEADING OFF: Happ debuts for Yanks, Astros minus Altuve

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: HAPPENING J.A. Happ makes his Yankees debut, three days after New York got him from Toronto in a trade for Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Billy McKinney. The 35-year-old lefty starts out at home against ...