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Senegal beats Poland 2-1, 1st African win at World Cup

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Senegal midfielder Mbaye Niang saw the signal from the referee to re-enter following treatment for an injury and jogged along the center line. Then Niang noticed Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn't realized ...

Serbia won’t ease off against Switzerland at World Cup

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — Aleksandar Kolarov knows that after victory in its opening World Cup match his Serbia lineup cannot ease off the intensity against Switzerland. Two draws in its remaining matches could be enough to secure a spot in the round of 16 ...

Ronaldo and Portugal look to knock Morocco out of World Cup

By JENNA FRYER, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo was exceptional in Portugal's opening World Cup game and now has a chance to help his team knock Morocco out of the tournament. Ronaldo scored a hat trick in the opening Group B match against Spain, a 3-3 draw that so far ...

Five-time British Open champion Peter Thomson dies aged 88

By DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer Hailed as a hero to some and as golf royalty to others, Peter Thomson, a five-time winner of the British Open and the only player in the 20th century to win the tournament for three straight years, died Wednesday. He was 88. Thomson had been suffering from ...

Trout stays hot, Angels hold on for 5-4 win over Arizona

By DAN GREENSPAN, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — There is never a June gloom for Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout. Trout drove in two runs, Kole Calhoun and Ian Kinsler added solo homers and the Angels held on for a 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday ...

Cowboys stress numbers over No. 1 at receiver without Bryant

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Pro Football Writer FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Cole Beasley doesn't need a lot of prodding to bring up how much he thinks outsiders will overlook Dallas receivers now that the Cowboys have moved on from Dez Bryant. The new dean of the group sees opportunity rather than ...

The all-time NBA draft — the best pick from every slot

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer There's a definitive answer every year to the question of who is No. 1 in the NBA draft. But who is the No. 1 pick of all No. 1 draft picks ever? Or No. 1 among the list of No. 2 draft picks? Those are questions that have no definitive answer, except ...

LEADING OFF: Giants need hand in bullpen, Felix in the Bronx

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: NEED A HAND The Giants are looking for answers at the back of the bullpen after closer Hunter Strickland broke his hand Monday night punching a door in frustration. Strickland blew a save in a 5-4 loss to Miami, then ...

Astros winning streak ends at 12 games

HOUSTON (AP) — C.J. Cron homered early and Wilson Ramos hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 2-1 win on Tuesday night to snap a 12-game winning streak by the Houston Astros. Blake Snell (9-4) allowed just three hits and one run in seven innings, ...

Strickland breaks pitching hand punching door in frustration

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants closer Hunter Strickland broke his pitching hand punching a door in frustration after blowing the save and taking the loss in a 5-4 defeat to the Miami Marlins on Monday night. The right-hander had surgery Tuesday and ...

Clevinger strikes out 10 as Indians beat White Sox 6-3

By STEVE HERRICK, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Mike Clevinger has become a vital member of the Cleveland Indians' rotation. Clevinger struck out 10 and allowed one run in 7 2/3 innings, and Cleveland beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Tuesday night. Clevinger (6-2) beat Chicago for the ...

Nats get RHP Kelvin Herrera from Royals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting a jump on the trade deadline to add talent to the back of their bullpen, the Washington Nationals picked up right-hander Kelvin Herrera from the Kansas City Royals on Monday for three minor leaguers. The Nationals sent infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, outfielder Blake ...

Kershaw eyes return after sim game

CHICAGO (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has taken another step forward in his recovery from a strained lower back. Kershaw threw a three-inning simulated game before Los Angeles’ series opener against the Chicago Cubs on Monday night. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner ...

Late header gives England 2-1 win

By Rob Harris AP Global Soccer Writer VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Twice wrestled to the ground during the match, England captain Harry Kane finally evaded the Tunisian defense just as time was running out. Kane found an open area of space at the far post and used his head to meet Harry ...

Trotz resigns as coach of Stanley Cup-winning Capitals

By Stephen Whyno AP Hockey Writer Less than two weeks after lifting the Stanley Cup, Barry Trotz is a free agent and the Washington Capitals are looking for a new coach. Trotz stepped down as Capitals coach on Monday after a contract dispute over salary and term that leaves the newly ...

LEADING OFF: Astros go for team record-tying 12th win in row

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: HOT HOUSTON The Astros aim for their 12th straight victory, which would tie for the longest winning streak in franchise history set in 1999 and duplicated in 2004. Fresh off a 10-0 road trip to Texas, Oakland and ...

The interview remains critical in the NBA draft process

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The elevator stopped at the 16th floor of the swanky hotel, and after a few nervous steps down the hallway a soon-to-be professional athlete was ready to face perhaps the most unpredictable part of the NBA draft process. The ...

Koepka’s golf legacy secured after 2nd straight Open win

By BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — For a guy who has won all of three PGA Tour events, Brooks Koepka has a golf legacy that already is secure. That's how it should be for winning back-to-back U.S. Opens. Koepka became the first man to turn that impressive trick in ...

Texas Tech stuns Gators 6-3 in College World Series opener

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Texas Tech cleared the hurdle of winning a College World Series opener. It was a high one, too. Gabe Holt hit a tiebreaking single in the fifth inning and drove in an insurance run in the ninth, leading the Red Raiders to a stunning 6-3 win ...

Arkansas rides 8-run inning to 11-5 CWS win over Longhorns

By ERIC OLSON, AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Once Arkansas' offense got rolling against Texas in the sixth inning, nothing could stop the Razorbacks. Not even the weather. Five straight batters had reached base when the teams were pulled from the field for a weather delay. When play ...