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MLB and Reds discussing Rose role at All-Star Game

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews NEW YORK (AP) — Pete Rose’s role at the All-Star game in Cincinnati will be determined by Major League Baseball and the Reds after they determine what other obligations the banned career hits leader has. Rose began work as a studio analyst for...
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Kevin Harvick on top heading to NASCAR’s Coca-Cola 600

AP Photo/Chuck Burton CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick is right where he usually is when the Coca-Cola 600 rolls around on the schedule: On top and seeking even more success. The defending Sprint Cup champion leads the points race heading into NASCAR’s longest event...
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Manfred understands why minority interviews skipped

AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews NEW YORK (AP) — New baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he understands why the Milwaukee Brewers and Miami Marlins did not interview any minority candidates when they hired new managers this month. Then-Commissioner Bud Selig told teams in April...
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Royals reliever Madson takes long road back to big leagues

AP Photo/Orlin Wagner KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One or 2 percent. That was it. That was the chance that Ryan Madson gave himself of ever pitching again in the big leagues. Once a dominant closer with the Philadelphia Phillies, a telltale twinge in the right elbow that...
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Ex-Rangers manager Washington rejoin Athletics as coach

AP Photo/Charlie Riedel OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been hired as a major league coach for the Oakland Athletics, returning to the club where he was a coach for 11 years. The A’s announced the hiring of Washington on Thursday...
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Arizona completes 4-game sweep of Marlins 7-6

AP Photo/J Pat Carter MIAMI (AP) — A.J. Pollock beat out a run-scoring infield hit with two out in the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks completed their first four-game sweep in seven seasons by beating the Miami Marlins 7-6 Thursday. It’s the fifth...
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Curry, James unanimous selections to All-NBA first team

AP Photo/Ben Margot NEW YORK (AP) — Golden State’s Stephen Curry, the league MVP, and LeBron James are the only unanimous selections to the All-NBA first team. New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and Memphis center Marc Gasol joined Curry as newcomers on the team....

Former players: NFL teams ‘conspired’ to push painkillers

BALTIMORE (AP) — Hundreds of former players have filed a lawsuit claiming all 32 NFL teams, their doctors, trainers and medical staffs obtained and provided painkillers to players – often illegally – as part of a decades-long conspiracy to keep them on the field...
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FRENCH OPEN 2015: Nadal’s slump could open way for Djokovic

AP Photo/Paul White For years and years (AP) — a full decade, in fact – Rafael Nadal ruled the French Open the way no one had ever dominated any Grand Slam tennis tournament, winning 66 of 67 matches and collecting nine championships, including the last five in a row....
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Figo tells AP he is quitting FIFA presidential race

AP Photo/Matt Dunham LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Luis Figo dropped out of the FIFA presidential election on Thursday, calling soccer’s governing body a dictatorship under Sepp Blatter. The Portugal great and former FIFA world player of the year said in a statement sent to...