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US prevails in 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany

AP Photo/Graham Hughes MONTREAL (AP) — Julie Johnston thought she had blown it. Handed a yellow card for a foul in the box on Alexandra Popp, Johnston’s heart sank when German striker Celia Sasic stepped up to take the penalty kick. It missed. The United States went...

AP source: Anthony Davis, Pelicans agree to max extension

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed on a five-year extension worth more than $140 million. Davis tweeted: “NOLA, I am here to stay! Just getting started” shortly after free agency opened late Tuesday night, and a person with...
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Mariners rookie Montgomery loses no-hit bid in 7th vs Padres

AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi SAN DIEGO (AP) — Seattle Mariners rookie Mike Montgomery has lost his no-hit bid when Yangervis Solarte doubled for the San Diego Padres with one out in the seventh inning. Making his sixth major league start Tuesday night, Montgomery opened the...

Big names, big markets in pursuit as NBA free agency opens

Big names, big bucks and big markets in pursuit. NBA free agency has opened, with the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks among the teams in pursuit of some of the many players available. All-Stars LaMarcus Aldridge of Portland and Marc Gasol of Memphis lead the list of big...
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Sale ties strikeout record, White Sox edge Cardinals in 11th

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chris Sale matched a major league record by striking out at least 10 in eight straight starts, and the Chicago White Sox outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 in 11 innings Tuesday night on a home run by Tyler Flowers. Sale struck out...
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Keuchel dominates again to help Astros shut out Royals 4-0

AP Photo/Pat Sullivan HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel allowed seven hits in eight innings to lead the Houston Astros to a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. The performance comes after Keuchel (10-3) threw a six-hit shutout in a win over the New York...
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Angels’ Scioscia downplays report of rift with GM Dipoto

AP Photo/Jae C. Hong ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is downplaying a report of a renewed rift with general manager Jerry Dipoto, saying the two are “a good team.” Scioscia addressed the report by Fox Sports on Tuesday before the...
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White Sox ace Sale strikes out 10 for 8th straight game

AP Photo/Jeff Roberson ST. LOUIS (AP) — White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has struck out at least 10 for the eighth straight game, matching the best run in major league history. Sale reached the mark Tuesday night at St. Louis. Pedro Martinez also struck out 10 in eight straight...
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US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

AP Photo/Ryan Remiorz MONTREAL (AP) — Carli Lloyd buried a penalty kick, Hope Solo got another shutout and the United States beat top-ranked Germany 2-0 on Tuesday night to advance to the title match at the Women’s World Cup. Lloyd’s penalty kick in the 69th...

Trying to make hitting skid disappear, Maddon hires magician

NEW YORK (AP) — Hoping to make a hitting slump disappear, Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon tried a trick. Presto! He hired a magician. Known for his unusual, motivational and tension-cutting clubhouse activities while with the Tampa Bay Rays, Maddon thought a five-game...