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Pats rookie Strange holding his own in first NFL camp

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Cole Strange didn't set any expectations for himself entering his first NFL training camp. His aim was simply to learn as much as he could and let the rest take care of itself. "Honestly, I guess I really didn't think that far ahead," Strange said Thursday. "It was ...

Boston Red Sox release outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox released Jackie Bradley Jr. on Thursday, ending the outfielder's second stint with the team. Bradley is batting .210 with three homers and 29 RBIs in 92 games this season. Bradley's release left the Red Sox with 39 players on their 40-man ...

Perez’s 3-run homer in 7th lifts Royals over Red Sox 7-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Salvador Perez hit a line drive, three-run homer run to break open a close game and finished with four RBIs, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night. Perez's blast in the seventh inning appeared to hit the wall below a ...

Orioles win 6-3 for 1st-ever season series sweep of Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles are still winning games after trading slugger Trey Mancini and closer Jorge López, and still hope to have plenty to play for this season. "I think our guys did a great job of of understanding what's still ahead of us," manager Brandon Hyde said ...

Andretti, Rossi penalized for illegal winning car at Indy

IndyCar on Wednesday fined Andretti Autosport $25,000 because the team used a water bottle to make weight in the car Alexander Rossi drove to end his 49-race losing streak. Rossi's car failed inspection following Saturday's win on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. IndyCar said ...

Lance Lynn, Jose Abreu lift White Sox over Royals 4-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Lance Lynn threw four-hit ball over six innings, Jose Abreu homered for the second consecutive game and Eloy Jiménez hit three singles as the Chicago White Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 Wednesday. Lynn (2-4) struck out eight for the third time this season while not ...

Busch to miss 3rd NASCAR race with concussion-like symptoms

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kurt Busch will miss his third consecutive race with concussion-like symptoms when he sits out Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. He said his vision and hearing "are still not 100% to drive." Busch was injured after crashing in qualifying on July 23 at Pocono ...

Former boxing world champion Johnny Famechon dies aged 77

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former boxing world champion Johnny Famechon has died in Melbourne after a lengthy illness. He was 77. The Sport Australia Hall of Fame announced Famechon's death in a statement on Thursday. Famechon was struck by a car while jogging in 1991 in Sydney which caused ...

Murphy’s 3 RBIs off Shohei Ohtani lead A’s past Angels, 3-1

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani couldn't connect at the plate, going 0 for 3 while twice leaving runners in scoring position. Although Ohtani was solid on the mound, he couldn't retire Sean Murphy in two key situations. Ohtani sometimes has to do it all by himself for the struggling ...

Soto cheered, Drury hits slam as Padres beat Rockies 9-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The sellout crowd came to cheer Juan Soto in his first game with the San Diego Padres. It went bonkers when Brandon Drury hit a grand slam on the first pitch he saw with his new team. Feeding off the energy of Soto and the crowd, the new-look Padres routed the Colorado ...

Juan Soto promises to bring ‘good vibes,’ winning to Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Juan Soto arrived at Petco Park promising to bring "good vibes" to the San Diego Padres and issuing a warning to opposing teams. The acquisition of the 23-year-old generational talent in perhaps the biggest deadline deal ever energized the Padres and their long-suffering ...

Urias wins his 8th straight decision, Dodgers top Giants 3-0

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Julio Urias won his eighth consecutive decision and Miguel Vargas drove in two runs in his major league debut as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Wednesday night. Urias (11-6) threw six scoreless innings, struck out six and didn't issue a ...

Closing arguments in Brittney Griner’s drug case in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Closing arguments in Brittney Griner's cannabis possession case in Russia are set for Thursday, nearly six months after the American basketball star was arrested at a Moscow airport in a case that has reached the highest levels of U.S.-Russia diplomacy. Griner faces up to 10 ...

Devils avoid arbitration, sign Bratt to 1-year, $5.4M deal

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils avoided arbitration with Jesper Bratt, signing the up-and-coming Swedish forward to a one-year, $5.45 million contract. General manager Tom Fitzgerald announced the signing Wednesday before the two sides were scheduled to go to arbitration. Bratt ...

Taylor knows his role with the Giants is to back up Jones

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Tyrod Taylor signed with the New York Giants, knowing the only way he would start at quarterback would be if Daniel Jones played poorly or got hurt. It's as simple as that for the well-traveled 32-year-old who is entering his 12th NFL season. Jones has been the ...

Castillo, early power send Mariners past Cole, Yankees 7-3

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Castillo pitched five-hit ball into the seventh inning in his Seattle debut, and the Mariners used a fast start to beat Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees 7-3 on Wednesday. Eugenio Suárez, Carlos Santana and Jarred Kelenic homered against Cole (9-4) during Seattle's ...

Confident Jets aim to go from worst to first on defense

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Sheldon Rankins is not one to sugarcoat things or mince words. Like, ever. So when the New York Jets defensive lineman was asked what he expects from the defense, he was straight-up honest. "I think the expectations, to a man, have to be (to) be the best defense in ...

Vogelbach’s slam, Alonso’s HR send Mets past Nationals 9-5

WASHINGTON (AP) — Daniel Vogelbach hit a grand slam and Pete Alonso connected for his 28th homer, helping the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 9-5 on Wednesday. New York won for the eighth time in nine games and opened a 3½-game lead over second-place Atlanta in the NL East. The ...

Ionescu helps New York rally past Los Angeles 64-61

NEW YORK (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu scored eight of her 20 points in the final 2:18 and the Liberty rallied from a 15-point deficit in the third quarter to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 64-61 on Wednesday night. The Liberty (13-18) earned two wins over the Sparks (12-19) in the span of 24 hours, ...

Defending champion, top-seeded Pegula upset at Citi Open

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top-seeded Jessica Pegula is out of the Citi Open after getting upset in straight sets Wednesday by Australian Daria Saville. Pegula, the defending champion of the tournament that serves as a hard-court tuneup for the U.S. Open, lost 7-5, 6-4, with a spot in the ...