National Sports

Flaherty, Carpenter help Cardinals shut down Cubs 5-0

By DAVID SOLOMON, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — John Brebbia pitched in 70 major league games before earning his first career win. When the wait was over, the individual accomplishment was an afterthought compared to the exhilaration of stopping his team's archrival from earning its ...

Allgaier wins Xfinity race at Iowa, leads 182 of 250 laps

By LUKE MEREDITH, AP Sports Writer NEWTON, Iowa (AP) — Justin Allgaier won all three stages and the NASCAR Xfinity Series race Sunday at Iowa Speedway for his second victory of the season. Racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in JR Motorsports' No. 7 Chevrolet Camaro, Allgaier led 182 of 250 laps ...

Franco HR, 4 RBIs as Phillies hold off Brewers 10-9

By RICH ROVITO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Maikel Franco didn't know he'd be in Philadelphia's starting lineup until he arrived at Miller Park. The Milwaukee Brewers likely wish he'd been on the bench. Franco homered and drove in four runs and the Phillies held off Milwaukee's ...

Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

By DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia. The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany ...

Parity comes to World Cup, where top nations fail to win

MOSCOW (AP) — Parity has come to the World Cup. Five of the top six nations in the FIFA rankings have played, and none has won. Only two of the top dozen teams have victories. Top-ranked Germany lost to No. 15 Mexico, second-ranked Brazil tied No. 6 Switzerland, No. 4 Portugal drew ...

Mexico’s Marquez in ‘great shape’ at fifth career World Cup

By CARLOS RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Mexico defender Rafael Marquez is feeling "in great shape" after becoming only the third man in history to play at a fifth career World Cup. The 39-year-old came on in the 74th minute of Mexico's 1-0 win over Germany on Sunday, following ...

Mexico shakes with excitement over Germany World Cup win

By AMY GUTHRIE MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of exuberant Mexican soccer fans took to the streets Sunday to cheer their national team's long-shot win against Germany in Mexico's first match of the 2018 World Cup soccer tournament. The 1-0 stunner, with Hirving Lozano scoring the winning ...

Kolarov scores from free kick, Serbia beats Costa Rica 1-0

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer SAMARA, Russia (AP) — With a curling free kick that decided the outcome of the match, Aleksandar Kolarov immediately drew some comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Serbia captain's left-footed strike proved to be the difference in a 1-0 victory over ...

Fear of failure to motivate France’s stars against Australia

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer KAZAN, Russia (AP) — With a group of players worth more than a billion dollars, anything other than a win against Australia will be deemed as a failure for France in its World Cup opener. The amount of individual talent within the France squad is ...

US Open begins on old course with a new look

By DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. Open has begun on a century-old golf course with a new look. Harold Varner hit the opening tee shot on a gorgeous Thursday morning at Shinnecock Hills, using a fairway metal to hit a fairway that was some 60 yards wide in ...

Chris Sale dominates, Red Sox beat Orioles 5-1

By The Associated Press BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Sale took a two-hitter into the seventh inning before being ejected, and the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles with a 5-1 victory Wednesday. After issuing two walks to open the seventh in a 5-0 game, Sale ...

QB DeShone Kizer gets a fresh start with Green Bay Packers

By GENARO C. ARMAS, AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — DeShone Kizer has already had quite the NFL career after just one year in the league. But what a year it was starting for the winless Cleveland Browns as a rookie. Now Kizer is in a completely different situation with the Green ...

LEADING OFF: Freeman leads Braves, Verlander dominates

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: FANTASTIC FREEMAN Freddie Freeman didn't get down on himself after his 16-game hitting streak ended on June 4. Instead, the Atlanta slugger just picked right back up where left off — extending his latest streak to ...

Kemp and Chirinos ejected after home plate collision

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers and catcher Robinson Chirinos of the Texas Rangers have been ejected in the third inning after a home plate collision that led to a benches-clearing confrontation between the teams. With two outs, Enrique Hernandez singled to right and ...

Taillon sharp, Pirates beat Diamondbacks 5-4

By JOHN MARSHALL, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates had what looked like an out turn into a home run. They made a couple of questionable decisions, endured some nerve-wracking moments in the ninth inning. But they're leaving Arizona with a win, which is all that really ...

Jury clears Red Sox in suit brought by woman hurt by foul

BOSTON (AP) — A jury has ruled in favor of the Boston Red Sox in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says she suffered severe facial injuries when she was struck by a foul ball at Fenway Park. The jury Wednesday found that the team and principal owner John Henry were not negligent. Stephanie ...

Germany looks to become 1st repeat Cup champ in half-century

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — After raising the World Cup eight miles from Copacabana Beach four years ago, Germany hopes to lift the trophy four miles from the Kremlin on July 15 and become the first repeat champion in more than a half-century. The soccer world gathers at ...

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

By ROB HARRIS and GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writers MOSCOW (AP) — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament. The ...

Wentz eager to return, but Foles allows Eagles to wait

By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Carson Wentz was having an MVP-caliber season before a torn ACL forced him to the sideline, where he watched Nick Foles lead the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory. Wentz has a mission to return for Week 1 and is ...

LEADING OFF: Cabrera done, Trout takes aim in Seattle again

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: MIGGY'S DONE Miguel Cabrera's season is over, leaving Detroit without its biggest star at a time when there wasn't much else for Tigers fans to latch onto. Cabrera ruptured his left biceps tendon on a swing Tuesday ...