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Ex-WWE star Brian Christopher Lawler dead at age 46

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say former World Wrestling Entertainment star Brian Christopher Lawler has died after attempting suicide in his jail cell. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says the 46-year-old son of WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Jerry "The King" Lawler was found hanging ...

Mikey Garcia trounces Robert Easter, nabs IBF 135-pound belt

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mikey Garcia added the IBF lightweight belt to his WBC title on Saturday night, dominating the previously unbeaten Robert Easter for a clear unanimous decision victory. Garcia (39-0) knocked down Easter in the third round and controlled long stretches of the bout at ...

Wayne Rooney scores first MLS goal, DC United beats Rapids

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Rooney scored his first MLS goal to help D.C. United beat the Colorado Rapids 2-1 on Saturday night. United (4-9-5), who won for just the second time since May 19, took a 2-1 lead on an own goal in the 90th minute when Ulises Segura's cross ...

Bruce Lietzke, fun-loving PGA Tour winner, dies at 67

ATHENS, Texas (AP) — Bruce Lietzke, the fun-loving, fade-hitting PGA Tour winner whose practice regime — or lack of one — spawned an often-told spoiled banana story, died Saturday of brain cancer. He was 67. Lietzke's family said he died at his Athens ranch. "Our PGA Tour family lost a ...

Jhoulys Chacin dominant in Brewers’ 7-1 win over Giants

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin didn't have much control early and hit leadoff batter Andrew McCutchen with his third pitch. Then the Milwaukee right-hander settled down and helped the Brewers inch closer to first place in the NL Central. San ...

J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 32nd homer

By The Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — J.D. Martinez hit his major league-leading 32nd homer, Mookie Betts had two RBI doubles and the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 10-4 on Saturday night for their 17th win in 21 games. Betts raised his MLB-leading average to .346 and Jackie ...

Kathleen Baker sets world record in 100 back at US nationals

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — Kathleen Baker had settled for a first-place tie in the 200-meter backstroke. In the 100 back, she wanted the attention for herself. Setting a world record guaranteed it. The 21-year-old Olympian won in 58.00 seconds at the U.S. ...

LEADING OFF: Happ debuts for Yanks, Astros minus Altuve

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday: HAPPENING J.A. Happ makes his Yankees debut, three days after New York got him from Toronto in a trade for Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Billy McKinney. The 35-year-old lefty starts out at home against ...

Olympic champ Biles triumphs in return to competition

By WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The jitters were obvious and unmistakable. A step out of bounds on floor exercise. A hop back on vault. An uncharacteristic slip off the uneven bars. Simone Biles needed them. Maybe deep down, the Olympic gymnastics champion wanted them ...

Williams outduels deGrom, Pirates blank Mets 5-0

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trevor Williams embraced being penciled in against Jacob deGrom on Saturday after pitching opposite Corey Kluber in his last start. Then, as he did on Monday, Williams outdueled one of the better pitchers in the major leagues. Williams ...

Reds make it 2 straight over Phillies with 6-2 win

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds didn't exactly smash the ball, but they didn't have to while again beating first-place Philadelphia. Joey Votto drove in the go-ahead run with a sharp single that glanced off second baseman Cesar Hernandez's glove, helping Cincinnati to a 6-2 victory ...

Diamondbacks acquire infielder Eduardo Escobar from Twins

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired switch-hitting infielder Eduardo Escobar from the Minnesota Twins on Friday for minor league right-hander Jhoan Duran and outfielders Gabriel Maciel and Ernie De La Trinidad. The 29-year-old Escobar hit .274 with 15 home runs, 63 RBIs and a ...

Capela signs five-year, $90 million extension with Rockets

HOUSTON (AP) — Clint Capela has signed a five-year, $90 million extension with the Houston Rockets. Capela, who was a restricted free agent, started a career-high 74 games last season in helping Houston reach the Western Conference finals. The 6-foot-10 center averaged 13.9 points, 10.8 ...

Cubs get LHP Cole Hamels

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs are gambling a change of scenery will help Cole Hamels return to form. The Cubs acquired the veteran left-hander and cash from the Texas Rangers on Friday for right-hander Eddie Butler, minor league pitcher Rollie Lacy and a player to be named. Hamels is in ...

Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing Wednesday because of fluid in his left front ankle. Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify’s owners said caution over the horse’s ankle condition made it impossible to tell if he’d be healthy enough to race by the ...

Chasen Shreve saves Yankees in Subway Series win

NEW YORK (AP) — Aroldis Chapman had flamed out, throwing three of 19 pitches for strikes and enabling the Mets to cut a four-run, ninth-inning deficit in half. Chasen Shreve to the rescue. Yes, Chasen Shreve. Maligned last month, Shreve entered with the bases loaded, got Devin Mesoraco to ...

Warholm exploits Samba absence to win London 400 hurdles

LONDON (AP) — World champion Karsten Warholm used the absence of Qatar rival Abderrahman Samba to finally win a 400-meter hurdles at the Anniversary Games on Saturday. And in a Norwegian record, too. Warholm was runner-up to Samba in the previous Diamond League meetings in Rome, Oslo, ...

Column: Woods has a chance, but don’t get too excited

By Tim Dahlberg AP Sports Columnist CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — They crowded 15 deep against the metal railings down the left side of the 18th fairway, beers put aside and phones pulled out for the moment at hand. All day long they had heard the cheers rolling across the links of ...

3-way tie for British lead as Woods lurks

By Doug Ferguson AP Golf Writer CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — Jordan Spieth set the tone pulling driver on the 396-yard opening hole and sending it bouncing and rolling to 10 feet for eagle. Moments later, Tiger Woods sent the gallery into a frenzy with three straight birdies to get into ...

Michael Stich, Helena Sukova inducted into tennis hall

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Michael Stich and Helena Sukova have been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. They were enshrined Saturday during a ceremony on Newport's grass center court outside the hall. Stich won Wimbledon in 1991 and a gold medal ...