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Houston’s Harden wins NBA MVP over James and Davis

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Third time was the charm for James Harden. The Houston Rockets star was voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player after twice being runner-up, beating out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA ...

LEADING OFF: Rangers-Twins get testy, Reds on grand run

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CAREFUL Texas has won seven in a row, and things got a little testy Saturday during a 9-6 victory at Target Field. Jurickson Profar tied a Rangers record when he was hit by pitches three times. Profar stole second ...

Ciman, Diomande help LAFC to 2-0 win over Crew

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Laurent Ciman returned from a two-game absence and scored in the opening minutes to help Los Angeles FC beat the Columbus Crew 2-0 on Saturday night. Ciman, the last player cut from the Belgian national team as it prepared for the World Cup, sent a free kick from 40 yards ...

Font, Rays shut down Yanks; DeSclafani slams Reds past Cubs

By The Associated Press ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wilmer Font worked into the sixth inning to get his first major league win, Willy Adames homered and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-0 on Saturday. Font (1-3) allowed three hits, one walk and struck out four over 5 2/3 ...

Bauer strikes out 11 as Indians defeat Tigers 4-1

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer is piling up the strikeouts. And, the Cleveland Indians are piling up the wins. Bauer (7-5) struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings to beat Detroit for the fourth time this season, leading Cleveland past the Tigers 4-1 on Saturday ...

NHRA: Clay Millican breaks Top Fuel track record in Norwalk

NORWALK, Ohio (AP) — Clay Millican broke the Top Fuel track speed record Saturday in rain-shortened qualifying at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals Millican had a 3.750-second run at 332.67 mph in the lone qualifying session of the day. He has six No. 1 qualifiers this season. "Our ...

LEADING OFF: Giants need hand in bullpen, Felix in the Bronx

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: NEED A HAND The Giants are looking for answers at the back of the bullpen after closer Hunter Strickland broke his hand Monday night punching a door in frustration. Strickland blew a save in a 5-4 loss to Miami, then ...

Clevinger strikes out 10 as Indians beat White Sox 6-3

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Clevinger has become a vital member of the Cleveland Indians' rotation. Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings, and Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Tuesday night. Clevinger (6-2) beat Chicago for the ...

Bieber gets first major league win as Indians beat Twins 4-1

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Shane Bieber was relaxing in the clubhouse at Triple-A Columbus on Saturday when he received an important message. The rookie right-hander was needed in the big leagues. Bieber capped a whirlwind few hours by pitching one-run ball into ...

Suarez homers, Votto drives in 2 as Reds edge Pirates 8-6

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Billy Hamilton is well aware of his struggles at the plate. The Cincinnati Reds centerfielder has tried to stay positive even as his average and his spot in the batting order dropped at an alarming rate, trying to focus on being a more ...

Mahle, Duvall lead Reds over skidding Royals 7-0

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Tyler Mahle is pitching well in June. Then again, most everyone is pitching well against the Kansas City Royals this month. Mahle allowed three hits while working into the seventh, Adam Duvall hit a ninth-inning grand slam and the Cincinnati Reds beat the skidding ...

Covey pitches White Sox past Bauer, Indians 3-2

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Dylan Covey has come a long way since his major league debut last year. All the way to an increasingly interesting prospect for the rebuilding Chicago White Sox. Covey carried a shutout into the eighth inning, continuing his impressive June and ...

Several things to watch as a busy NBA offseason begins

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — The NBA offseason has arrived, which means nothing will happen for the next four months other than a draft, three summer leagues, free agency, the creation of a new schedule, coaching hires, trades, roster reworkings and possibly ...

Molina leads Cardinals to 13th straight win over Reds, 6-4

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Yadier Molina stood on second base and heard the Cardinals fans chanting his name in celebration. He's usually in the middle of things whenever St. Louis wins at Great American Ball Park. And lately, that's been every single time. Molina ...

Candelario’s homer in 12th gives Tigers 4-2 win over Indians

By DAVE HOGG, Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — A bit of bad luck ended Jeimer Candelario's first chance to end the game in extra innings. On his second opportunity, he made sure luck wouldn't be a factor. Candelario hit a 2-0 fastball from Cody Allen deep into the right-field stands in the ...

Homers by Iannetta, Gonzalez send Rockies over Reds 9-6

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — Chris Iannetta and Carlos Gonzalez gave the Rockies a lead big enough that their struggling bullpen could hold on. Iannetta hit a two-run homer off Anthony DeSclafani in his return to the mound, and Gonzalez added an impressive three-run sho t ...

Kluber gets 9th win, Indians beat Brewers 3-2

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber is looking like a Cy Young Award winner again. Cleveland's ace scattered seven hits in seven strong innings and moved into a tie for the American League lead with his ninth win, and the Indians beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 ...

Warriors, Cavs stars say they’re not going to White House

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Stephen Curry and LeBron James spoke their minds last year. They have not changed their minds this year. No matter whose team wins the NBA championship, neither superstar will be at the White House anytime soon. On the day when the ...

Cavaliers facing critical Game 3 vs. Warriors in NBA Finals

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — For LeBron James, losing is no longer an option. With Cleveland down 2-0 to Golden State in the NBA Finals, James knows better than anyone that he and the Cavaliers are facing a must-win situation in Game 3 on Wednesday night at Quicken ...

On call: Cavs turning to seldom-used Hood against Warriors

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Rodney Hood's most significant moment in these playoffs came while sitting on the bench. Well, he's getting up and getting in the NBA Finals. Looking for an offensive weapon to negate Golden State's size and ability to switch assignments on ...