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World Cup Roundup: Suarez scores to help Uruguay advance at World Cup

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Luis Suarez put both Uruguay and host Russia into the second round of the World Cup while eliminating Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the same time. Suarez scored the winning goal in his 100th international appearance for Uruguay, knocking in a corner kick from Carlos ...

MLB Roundup: Stanton hits walk-off homer, Yankees rally past Mariners, 7-5

NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton lined a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees erased a five-run deficit to beat the Seattle Mariners 7-5 on Wednesday night. Gary Sanchez tied the score with a two-run homer in the eighth, and the Yankees ...

College World Series Roundup: Oregon State ousts North Carolina

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Brett Daniels walked in the go-ahead run after Adley Rutschman tied it with a three-run double in the eighth inning, and Oregon State knocked North Carolina out of the College World Series with an 11-6 win Wednesday night. It was a stunning turnabout after the Tar Heels ...

Yankees hit four homers in win over Mariners

By MIKE FITZPATRICK The Associated Press NEW YORK — In their first road test against baseball’s top team, the upstart Seattle Mariners were no match for the Yankees’ pitching and power. Domingo German tossed two-hit ball over a career-high seven innings and Giancarlo Stanton hit one ...

Cavs enter NBA draft unsure of LeBron’s decision

By TOM WITHERS The Associated Press CLEVELAND — LeBron James won’t be picking any players during Thursday’s NBA draft. At least not directly. With the trajectory of their franchise riding on where he decides to play next season and beyond, the Cleveland Cavaliers will enter this ...

Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image

By ANGELA CHARLTON The Associated Press MOSCOW — Chilly, gray, threatening. To many outsiders, that’s the image Russia conveys to the world. But that’s not the Russia World Cup fans are discovering. A Moscow subway security guard gives a visitor a thumbs-up sign. A waitress in ...

World Cup Roundup: Russia on brink of last 16 at World Cup

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Russia scored three goals in a 15-minute span early in the second half to set up a 3-1 win over Egypt on Tuesday, moving the host nation to the brink of the World Cup’s knockout stage. Mohamed Salah won and converted a penalty for a consolation goal on his ...

World Cup: No Russian? No Problem. There’s an app for that

By LUIS ANDRES HENAO The Associated Press SAMARA, Russia — Randall Garcia and his wife were on a bus in the Russian city of Samara when a local resident stared at the couple and pointed his phone at them. The screen read: “Good luck Costa Rica!” Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, or ...

College World Series Roundup: Kowar fans 13 to lift Florida past Texas

OMAHA, Neb. — Jackson Kowar struck out a career-high 13 in 6 2/3 innings, Jonathan India hit a three-run homer and defending national champion Florida eliminated Texas from the College World Series with a 6-1 win on Tuesday. Kowar (10-5) held the Longhorns scoreless on five hits, mixing his ...

MLB Roundup: Rockies snap home skid by beating Mets, 10-8

DENVER (AP) — A show of power helped take the edge off the Colorado Rockies’ recent pitching problems. Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Ian Desmond homered in succession during a six-run third inning, German Marquez pitched effectively for six innings and Colorado snapped an eight-game ...

The Fastball Paradox: With velocity up, fastballs on decline

By JAKE SEINER The Associated Press NEW YORK — Over five seasons as ace of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole threw one of the game’s hardest, heaviest fastballs, and he threw it often. The pitch helped him make millions of dollars. It put him in contention for major awards. Hitters ...

Genuflecting to presidential power

By GEORGE F. WILL Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., wonders: “Is there any doubt that America would view a foreign nation firing missiles at targets on American soil as an act of war?” His question might be pertinent to why the Singapore summit happened, and what, if anything, was changed by it. The ...

Blind to the real problems

By WALTER E. WILLIAMS For several decades, a few black scholars have been suggesting that the vision held by many black Americans is entirely wrong. Dr. Shelby Steele, a scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, said: “Instead of admitting that racism has declined, we (blacks) ...

Bias and the beholder

By CAL THOMAS Would you consider a jihadist biased against Jews? Could a member of a white supremacist group be accused of bias against non-whites? The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, and FBI Director Christopher Wray claim the 500-plus-page report found no ...

Fixing a massive plumbing leak, 55 stories underground

NEWBURGH (AP) — New York City is in the midst of a plumbing repair job of monumental proportions. Hard-hat workers are toiling deep underground, 55 stories beneath the Hudson River, to eliminate gushing leaks in an aging tunnel that carries half the city’s water supply over 85 miles from ...

Corruption retrial begins for ex-New York Senate leader, son

NEW YORK — Ex-New York Senate leader Dean Skelos and his son returned to a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday for the start of their retrial on corruption charges. U.S. District Judge Kimba M. Wood told prospective jurors that Skelos and his son, Adam, were facing public corruption charges and she ...

Vice President Mike Pence arrives to protests in upstate

SYRACUSE (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday he doesn’t want to see children taken from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border but repeated the administration’s position that “loopholes” in immigration laws are to blame. “The truth is our weak immigration laws have had ...

State news in brief

Ex village mayor gets jail time STILLWATER (AP) — A former mayor is going to jail for downloading child pornography videos. The Times Union reports that 63-year-old Rick Nelson, former mayor of Stillwater, New York, was sentenced Tuesday to 5 to 15 years in state prison. Saratoga County ...

5 charged after fatal Texas crash

By RYAN TARINELLI The Associated Press DALLAS — Five people have been charged in a “smuggling scheme” following the fatal crash of an SUV that was fleeing Border Patrol agents and sheriff’s deputies in South Texas, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The U.S. Attorney’s Office ...

Ted Cruz’s flip-flop on family separation shows threat to GOP

By WILL WEISSERT The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — Ted Cruz has staged a dramatic about-face on the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies, laying bare how politically damaging the issue of separating children from parents accused of crossing the border ...