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Paddack takes no-hitter into 8th as Padres beat Marlins 3-2

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and two relievers got the final four outs to complete a three-hitter and help the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Wednesday night. The Padres, who played ...

Pumpsie Green, 1st black player on Boston Red Sox, dies

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was 85. The Red Sox said Green, who lived in California most of his life, died Wednesday at in a ...

Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter join Celtics

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Enes Kanter took a playful swipe at him. Kemba Walker will try to replace him. Kyrie Irving is no longer with the Celtics, but his brief flameout in Boston is still on the minds of fans in the city and even, apparently, players who have yet ...

Oklahoma City Thunder’s rebuild will take some time

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Yosef Maaroof wanted one more Russell Westbrook memory in Oklahoma City. When he learned Thursday night the Thunder were planning to send Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, the 20-year-old Tulsa resident ...

Surging Aces have won 5 straight, sit atop power poll

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kayla McBride’s eyes light up when talking about the Las Vegas offense. With the addition of 6-foot-8 Liz Cambage in the offseason to join 6-5 A’ja Wilson in the Aces’ frontcourt, her life on the court as a shooter has gotten ...

A capsule look at top contenders for British Open

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer A capsule look at 10 top contenders for the British Open, to be played Thursday-Sunday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland (listed in predicted order of finish): RORY MCILROY Age: 30. Country: Northern Ireland. World ranking: 3. Worldwide victories: ...

Mickelson awarded for 25 straight years in top 50

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Phil Mickelson received a crystal award Tuesday at the British Open. No, it wasn't for most days without eating. One of the hallmarks of Mickelson's career is playing for so long at a consistently high level, and the ...

Column: Open returns, but only after ‘The Troubles’ subside

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Darren Clarke was a teenager working at a bar in his hometown of Dungannon when the call came in. The message was simple: Get out or get killed. It was a few days before Christmas in 1986 and Northern Ireland was at war ...

LEADING OFF: Cashner makes Boston debut, Bellinger’s bash

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: NEW SOX Andrew Cashner makes his Boston Red Sox debut at Fenway Park against Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays. Cashner was acquired Saturday from Baltimore for two 17-year-old prospects. The 32-year-old ...

Big 12’s 2nd day features 2 new coaches, 2 QBs

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The second day of Big 12 football media days will feature two new coaches and the only two quarterbacks who are appearing at the conference's two-day kickoff event. While new Kansas coach Les Miles is the only Big 12 head coach with a national championship at college ...

Federer, Nadal renew great rivalry in Wimbledon semifinals

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — After going more than 1½ years without playing each other anywhere, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be meeting at a second consecutive Grand Slam tournament when they face off in Wimbledon's semifinals. Last month, Nadal got ...

Bevin withdraws from Tour de France with broken ribs

COLMAR, France (AP) — Patrick Bevin of New Zealand has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of the sixth stage after breaking two ribs in a crash. Bevin is the first competitor to be forced out of this Tour. He crashed during Stage 4 on Tuesday and continued racing but his CCC team said ...

Column: Baseball has issues beyond a juiced ball

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist First the players, now the ball. Home runs are skyrocketing, and once again Major League Baseball officials claim they don't know the reason why. Then again, it might be that they're just not looking hard enough. Unlike the players, the ball still looks ...

Party of 5? Competitive NL Central in for taut second half

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Maddon didn't let the free time created by a rare ejection go to waste. Shortly after getting tossed by home-plate umpire Joe West on July 4 following an outburst in which the Chicago Cubs' manager appeared ready to take on any and all ...

Penguins center Matt Cullen retires after 21 seasons

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Penguins center Matt Cullen has retired after a 21-season career that included three Stanley Cup titles. The 42 year-old won a Cup with Carolina in 2006 and then consecutive titles with Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017. Cullen had 266 goals, 465 assists and 502 penalty minutes ...

Surging rookie Wolff headlines John Deere Classic field

By Luke Meredith AP Sports Writer Matthew Wolff made a name for himself by winning the 3M Open in his fourth PGA Tour start after turning pro. The 20-year-old who starred at Oklahoma State will try to make it two in a row this weekend at the John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. Wolff ...

Brown has triple double, Pistons beat 76ers 96-81

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bruce Brown had a triple double and the Detroit Pistons beat the Philadelphia 76ers 96-81 on Wednesday to remain unbeaten in the NBA Summer League. Brown, entering his second year with Detroit, had 11 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists to help the Pistons improve to 4-0. The ...

Federer, Nadal to play at Wimbledon for 1st time since 2008

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — All these years later, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will meet again at Wimbledon for the 40th installment of their terrific rivalry — and first at the All England Club since their memorable 2008 final. "Such a long time," ...

“Robot umpires” debut in independent Atlantic League

By Rob Maaddi AP Sports Writer YORK, Pa. (AP) — “Robot umpires” have arrived. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let a computer call balls and strikes Wednesday night at its All-Star Game. Plate umpire Brian deBrauwere wore an ...

Trade deadline looms as baseball resumes after break

By Jay Cohen AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians, looking up at Nelson Cruz and the surprising Minnesota Twins. Matt Chapman and the Oakland Athletics, trying to run down José Altuve and the Houston Astros. Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals, ...