National Sports

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 ...

Djokovic wins 4th Wimbledon by beating Anderson in 3 sets

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic is back at his best and the Wimbledon champion for a fourth time, grabbing a lead right away against a weary Kevin Anderson in the final and winning 6-2, 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Sunday. Anderson nearly managed to extend the match, ...

Degenkolb masters cobblestones as Porte crashes out of Tour

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer ROUBAIX, France (AP) — John Degenkolb won a three-man sprint to conclude the action-packed cobblestoned Stage 9 of the Tour de France on Sunday, while overall contender Richie Porte crashed out of the race. Yellow-jersey holder Greg Van Avermaet crossed ...

Kerber set for sustained success after Wimbledon title

By SAM JOHNSTON, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The changes Angelique Kerber has made on the court helped her win a first Wimbledon title. She believes the changes she made off the court will ensure her second coming as a dominant force in the women's game endures. The 30-year-old German ...

Pacquiao wins 60th career fight with seventh-round knockout

By EILEEN NG, Associated Press KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao won by knockout for the first time in nine years to claim the World Boxing Association welterweight title, and made a proclamation. "This is it. I am back in boxing," the 39-year-old Pacquiao said after his ...

From young Mbappe to aging keeper, the World Cup in records

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Kylian Mbappe's breakout performances, 11 own goals and very few red cards despite all Neymar's dives. Here is a look at the records set and broken during the World Cup in Russia, and what it tells us about the ...

LEADING OFF: Cards move on from Matheny, skidding Braves

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: ST. LOUIS STUNNER The Cardinals will play their first game under interim manager Mike Shildt after firing Mike Matheny late Saturday night. Matheny's stunning dismissal comes with the team 47-46 and 7 1/2 games back ...

Truex repeats as NASCAR Cup winner at Kentucky Speedway

By GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — No matter which driver led Martin Truex Jr., the advantage always seemed temporary as he positioned himself to make a pivotal move. Distance usually followed his passes, particularly after his final one that sealed his dominance. Truex ...

Peraza’s 5 hits lead Reds past Cardinals, who fire Matheny

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jose Peraza's best game at the plate turned out to be Mike Matheny's last in the Cardinals' dugout. Peraza had a career-best five hits, Scooter Gennett drove in two runs and the Reds waited out a pair of rain delays before beating St. ...

Double trouble: Indians botch Romine’s double as Yankees win

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — When he got back to the dugout, Austin Romine was greeted with smiling faces and laughter. "Why does everyone have fun watching a catcher round the bases?" he said. Romine chuckled, too. New York's backup catcher came all the way around ...