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Prospect Grissom homers in debut, Braves beat Red Sox 8-4

BOSTON (AP) — Vaughn Grissom was rounding third when it sank in. He had just cleared the Green Monster for his first big league hit, and he gave himself an emphatic clap before finishing his home run trot. "That was like a 'We made it' moment, I guess," the Braves' top prospect said after ...

Drury, Nola homer in big rally, Padres beat Giants 13-7

SAN DIEGO (AP) — This is the team the San Diego Padres envisioned having when they acquired Juan Soto, Josh Bell and Drury at last week's trade deadline. Yes, there was a five-game losing streak, including losing three games at the rival Los Angeles Dodgers last weekend and a flummoxing ...

Taveras career-high 5 RBIs, Rangers beat Astros 8-4 in 10

HOUSTON (AP) — Leody Taveras drove in a career-high five runs, including a bases-clearing double as part of a five-run 10th inning as the Texas Rangers beat the Houston Astros 8-4 on Wednesday night. Marcus Semien hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly off Phil Maton (0-2) to put Texas ahead 4-3 ...

Royals rookie Melendez delivers in 8-3 win over White Sox

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — MJ Melendez hit a tiebreaking homer in the seventh inning to send the Kansas City Royals past the Chicago White Sox 8-3 on Wednesday night. Melendez and Salvador Perez both had three hits and two RBIs for the Royals. Kyle Isbel drove in two runs and scored ...

Castro ditches phone, brings bat, Pirates beat D-backs 6-4

PHOENIX (AP) — Rodolfo Castro had two hits to spark the offense one night after a smartphone faux pas, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Castro mistakenly left his phone in the back pocket of his baseball pants during Tuesday's game, ...

Pujols, Arenado homer as Cardinals beat Rockies 9-5

DENVER (AP) — Albert Pujols and Nolan Arenado homered and combined for seven hits, and Jose Quintana made his second strong start for St. Louis in the Cardinals' 9-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night. Pujols and Arenado had run-scoring hits in the Cardinals' five-run first ...

Dodgers defeat Twins 8-5 to extend winning streak to 10

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chris Taylor hit the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning, Joey Gallo added a three-run shot in the seventh and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their season-high winning streak to 10 games with an 8-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday night. It is the first ...

Transfer of power: Riley rebuilds USC with veteran arrivals

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Brett Neilon looks around Southern California's locker room, the Trojans' sixth-year center sees a few teammates who were with him all the way from the heights of a Pac-12 title to the depths of this storied football program's worst season in 30 years. Neilon also ...

Broncos now sport the NFL’s richest, most diverse ownership

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The Denver Broncos now sport the wealthiest owner in the NFL and the league's most diverse ownership group. Four of the six members of the Walton-Penner ownership group which was welcomed into the NFL fraternity this week, are either women or minorities. Walmart heir ...

Korir joins Jepchirchir in defending NYC Marathon title

NEW YORK (AP) — Albert Korir is joining fellow Kenyan runner Peres Jepchirchir in attempting to defend his title at the New York City Marathon. Korir won the 50th edition of the five-borough race last November, two years after finishing second. He'll be joined in the men's field by 2021 ...

High note: Mets closer Díaz trumpets saves in sound of Citi

NEW YORK (AP) — Trumpets blare, the bullpen door pops open — here comes Edwin Díaz, baseball's most dominant closer. Cue the fiesta at Citi Field. Once the regular target of angry boos, and decried a rotten egg in the Big Apple, Díaz has become the toast of the town with the New York ...

Serena’s Legacy: Plenty of wins, plenty of stands on issues

A couple of days before Serena Williams claimed the 22nd of her 23 Grand Slam singles titles at Wimbledon in 2016, she was asked what she makes of it when people refer to her as one of history's greatest female athletes. Her reply: She prefers being characterized as "one of the greatest ...

14 HBCU medical students chosen for NFL diversity initiative

NEW YORK (AP) — There will be 14 students from Historically Black College and University medical schools working for the first time on the staffs of NFL clubs this season. The students are coming from the four HBCU medical schools in the country and will be working with eight different ...

Jets’ Lawson over jitters, eager to play after lost season

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — There was something about being back in a stadium — with pads on his shoulders and fans in the stands — that caught Carl Lawson a bit off guard. It was only a practice, with the New York Jets taking the field last Saturday night for their annual scrimmage. But ...

Injured Carpenter expects to return this season for Yankees

SEATTLE (AP) — New York Yankees sparkplug Matt Carpenter said Wednesday he expects to return this season and won't need surgery on his broken left foot. Carpenter saw a specialist in Seattle on Wednesday morning before the Yankees' series finale against the Mariners. Carpenter fouled a pitch ...

New York stays in playoff chase after 91-73 win over Wings

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 13 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, Sami Whitcomb added 15 points and the New York Liberty stayed in the playoff race with a 91-73 victory over the Dallas Wings on Wednesday night. New York (14-20) moved into a tie with Atlanta for the ...

Browns place Grant on IR after he tore Achilles in practice

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl return specialist Jakeem Grant Sr. was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after tests confirmed he tore his left Achilles tendon during practice. Grant will miss the season, forcing the Browns to find another option to fix their lackluster return ...

Goal-setting Pitts eager to build on brilliant rookie season

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Kyle Pitts likes to set goals. He's not much for talking about what's on the list — "that's confidential," he quipped — but one thing is definitely on his mind after a brilliant rookie season. Getting to end zone more often. Pitts was held to a single ...

FedEx Cup playoffs are here and LIV Golf a lingering topic

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Perhaps it was only fitting that a violent thunderstorm hit the TPC Southwind right about the time a federal judge in California ruled against a motion that would have allowed three players who cashed in on LIV Golf to play for $75 million in bonus money on the PGA ...

Serena loses 1st match since saying she’s prepared to retire

TORONTO (AP) — Serena Williams wore her game face when she stepped out into the stadium for her first match since telling the world she is ready to leave professional tennis. Greeted by a standing ovation, the 23-time Grand Slam champion didn't smile. She didn't wave. She took a sip from a ...