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Dodger Stadium to get $100 million renovation for 2020

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to welcome the All-Star Game back to Dodger Stadium with a $100 million renovation of their landmark ballpark. The Dodgers unveiled the logo for next year’s Midsummer Classic along with their latest ...

Collecting easy for football hall, challenge is displaying

By Teresa M. Walker AP Pro Football Writer Visitors to the Pro Football Hall of Fame can see both the football Drew Brees threw in becoming the NFL's all-time passing yards leader and the uniform the Saints quarterback wore while making history. Hall of Fame officials had been monitoring ...

Fleetwood grabs British Open Lead Midway Through Second Round

England's Tommy Fleetwood has the early clubhouse lead in the second round of the British Open. Fleetwood made a birdie putt from 15 feet on the final hole to get into the clubhouse at 7-under 135 after rounds of 68-67. He was tied for the overall lead with J.B. Holmes, who was still playing ...

LEADING OFF: ‘Savage’ Yanks host Rockies, deadline watch

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: THAT'S SAVAGE The Yankees open a three-game home series against Colorado with a new rallying cry inspired by manager Aaron Boone's profane rant during a doubleheader sweep of the Rays on Thursday. Boone repeatedly ...

Pacquiao has plenty to say while he prepares for Thurman

By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Manny Pacquiao has had a whole lot more to say about boxing ever since he became a politician. The 40-year-old Filipino senator who once understandably shied away from lengthy conversations in English is more comfortable in the language. A ...

Woods tries not to make it a short week at Royal Portrush

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Tiger Woods arrived at Royal Portrush on Sunday morning. Now he tries to avoid leaving Friday afternoon from the British Open. Woods, Rory McIlroy and others who got off to a rugged start faced a daunting task trying to make ...

Edman’s grand slam lifts Cardinals over Reds 7-4

CINCINNATI (AP) — Tommy Edman expected to see a breaking ball on the first pitch of his sixth-inning at-bat, and he didn't waste it. The St. Louis rookie snapped a tie with his first career grand slam and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-4 Thursday night for their fifth win ...

Price, Eckersley feuding again after Eck’s comments to Globe

BOSTON (AP) — David Price ignited an old feud Wednesday with Red Sox TV analyst Dennis Eckersley after the Hall of Fame pitcher commented about a confrontation between the men in a story by The Boston Globe this week. Two years ago, Price confronted Eckersley on a team flight after Eckersley ...

Paddack takes no-hitter into 8th as Padres beat Marlins 3-2

By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) — Rookie right-hander Chris Paddack took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and two relievers got the final four outs to complete a three-hitter and help the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 Wednesday night. The Padres, who played ...

Pumpsie Green, 1st black player on Boston Red Sox, dies

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Former Boston Red Sox infielder Elijah “Pumpsie” Green, the first black player on the last major league team to field one, has died. He was 85. The Red Sox said Green, who lived in California most of his life, died Wednesday at in a ...

Kemba Walker, Enes Kanter join Celtics

By Jimmy Golen AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Enes Kanter took a playful swipe at him. Kemba Walker will try to replace him. Kyrie Irving is no longer with the Celtics, but his brief flameout in Boston is still on the minds of fans in the city and even, apparently, players who have yet ...

Oklahoma City Thunder’s rebuild will take some time

By Cliff Brunt AP Sports Writer OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Yosef Maaroof wanted one more Russell Westbrook memory in Oklahoma City. When he learned Thursday night the Thunder were planning to send Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, the 20-year-old Tulsa resident ...

Surging Aces have won 5 straight, sit atop power poll

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Kayla McBride’s eyes light up when talking about the Las Vegas offense. With the addition of 6-foot-8 Liz Cambage in the offseason to join 6-5 A’ja Wilson in the Aces’ frontcourt, her life on the court as a shooter has gotten ...

A capsule look at top contenders for British Open

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer A capsule look at 10 top contenders for the British Open, to be played Thursday-Sunday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland (listed in predicted order of finish): RORY MCILROY Age: 30. Country: Northern Ireland. World ranking: 3. Worldwide victories: ...

Mickelson awarded for 25 straight years in top 50

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Phil Mickelson received a crystal award Tuesday at the British Open. No, it wasn't for most days without eating. One of the hallmarks of Mickelson's career is playing for so long at a consistently high level, and the ...

Column: Open returns, but only after ‘The Troubles’ subside

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Darren Clarke was a teenager working at a bar in his hometown of Dungannon when the call came in. The message was simple: Get out or get killed. It was a few days before Christmas in 1986 and Northern Ireland was at war ...

LEADING OFF: Cashner makes Boston debut, Bellinger’s bash

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: NEW SOX Andrew Cashner makes his Boston Red Sox debut at Fenway Park against Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays. Cashner was acquired Saturday from Baltimore for two 17-year-old prospects. The 32-year-old ...

Big 12’s 2nd day features 2 new coaches, 2 QBs

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The second day of Big 12 football media days will feature two new coaches and the only two quarterbacks who are appearing at the conference's two-day kickoff event. While new Kansas coach Les Miles is the only Big 12 head coach with a national championship at college ...

Federer, Nadal renew great rivalry in Wimbledon semifinals

By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — After going more than 1½ years without playing each other anywhere, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will be meeting at a second consecutive Grand Slam tournament when they face off in Wimbledon's semifinals. Last month, Nadal got ...

Bevin withdraws from Tour de France with broken ribs

COLMAR, France (AP) — Patrick Bevin of New Zealand has withdrawn from the Tour de France ahead of the sixth stage after breaking two ribs in a crash. Bevin is the first competitor to be forced out of this Tour. He crashed during Stage 4 on Tuesday and continued racing but his CCC team said ...