National Sports

Holy homers! AL tops NL 8-6 in 10th

WASHINGTON (AP) — Houston teammates Alex Bregman and George Springer hit back-to-back homers in the 10th inning, and the American League beat the National League 8-6 in a power-crazy All-Star Game. There were 10 homers on the night at Nationals Park, shattering the previous All-Star Game ...

McLemore returns to Kings in trade

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have acquired guard Garrett Temple from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guard Ben McLemore, center Deyonta Davis, a future second-round pick and cash considerations. Temple, 32, scored a career-high 8.4 points per game and shot 39.2 percent ...

Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives contract extension

By Janie McCauley AP Sports Writer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has received a contract extension following the franchise’s repeat championship and third title in four years during his tenure. Kerr and general manager Bob Myers, who are close friends ...

Delle Donne, Parker to captain 2018 WNBA All-Star Game

NEW YORK (AP) — Elena Delle Donne and Candace Parker will captain the WNBA All-Star teams in two weeks. Maya Moore was the top vote getter, but told the league she was unable to perform the captain duties, giving Parker the chance as the third-place finisher in the voting done by fans, ...

Players open to expanded DH, wild card, but MLB not keen

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball players are open to extending the designated hitter to the National League and to expanding the winner-take-all wild-card playoff to a multi-game series. Management has little interest. The American League has used the DH since ...

Cambage scores WNBA-record 53 points for Wings

DALLAS (AP) — Elizabeth Cambage scored 53 points to set a WNBA record Tuesday, leading the Dallas Wings to a 104-87 victory over the New York Liberty. The 6-foot-8 Australian reached 50 points on a three-point play with 2:19 remaining and broke Riquna Williams’ WNBA record of 51 points, ...

Harper wins 2018 HR Derby over Schwarber in thrilling fashion

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper thrilled the home crowd and surely made his father proud, winning the All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday night with an exceptional display of power that carried him past Kyle Schwarber of the Chicago Cubs 19-18. Harper hit ...

Bell, Steelers failed to reach deal on new contract

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Le’Veon Bell’s next season with the Pittsburgh Steelers will almost certainly be his last. The Pro Bowl running back and the defending AFC North champions failed to reach an agreement on a new contract by Monday’s deadline, meaning he will play under the franchise tag ...

33yo Ronaldo at Juventus: Age isn’t important

TURIN, Italy (AP) — At the age of 33, many football players are past their peak. Cristiano Ronaldo vows to show he is not one of them. Juventus signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last week for 112 million euros ($131.5 million) — an Italian league record sum — and the world player of the ...

Harper to bat 6th, Scherzer vs. Sale to start All-Star Game

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper will get to enjoy at least one more grand celebration as a hometown fan favorite at Nationals Park when he trots out to right field at the beginning of the All-Star Game. Harper is batting sixth in his fifth All-Star start, the lowest he has been in the ...

Green Bay Packers says missing playoffs hurt bottom line

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers’ profit fell by nearly 50 percent in the last fiscal year as the team missed the playoffs for the first time in a decade. President and CEO Mark Murphy says the outlook for the Packers remains strong as the NFL’s only publicly owned team ...

Cubs sweep Padres with 7-4 win

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs are on top of the National League at the All-Star break. Lester won for the eighth time in nine starts, Jason Heyward drove in two runs and the Cubs beat the sloppy San Diego Padres 7-4 on Sunday for a ...

Dozier’s grand slam in 10th gives Twins 11-7 win over Rays

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Brian Dozier wrapped up a wild back-and-forth finish with the game-winning grand slam for Minnesota. After 3½ months of setbacks and slumps, the Twins finally have some momentum heading into the All-Star break. Dozier drove in five ...

Singh tops Maggert in playoff at Senior Players Championship

By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (AP) — Vijay Singh hit a perfect approach to set up the winning playoff birdie. His celebration as the ball rolled into the cup was nowhere near as spectacular. Singh closed the door on Jeff Maggert on the second playoff hole to win ...

Futures Game a showcase of potential Machado trade chips

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Touki Toussaint was about to settle down for his pregame nap when Atlanta Braves director of player development Dom Chiti called. "When I saw his name pop up, I did kind of get nervous," Toussaint said. "You see that name pop up, you're ...

Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese descent. Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian. Immigrants, sons of immigrants and ...

Big Papi manages just fine, perfect fit in new All-Star role

By BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — David Ortiz drew so many pals and well-wishers, it took him nearly three minutes just to climb a few dugout steps. He then swung behind the batting cage, gave Vladimir Guerrero a playful pat, and spotted another Hall of Famer along the ...

Bell’s double in 10th gives Pirates 5-game sweep of Brewers

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — One late-inning rally wasn't enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trailing and down to their final out on two occasions, the Pirates managed a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that gave them the first five-game sweep in the majors in ...

Cardinals win in interim manager Shildt’s debut

BY STEVE OVERBEY, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mike Shildt wasn't sure what to expect in his first day as interim manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. He certainly didn't foresee the treatment he received in a wild post-game celebration that occurred following the Cardinals' 6-4 win ...

France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2

By GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — With Vladimir Putin watching from the stands, France won its second World Cup title in a match that was interrupted by an on-field protest during the second half that Russian punk band Pussy Riot later took credit for. Nineteen-year-old ...