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Mercury spoil Ionescu milestone, top Liberty 76-62

PHOENIX (AP) — Diamond DeShields scored 25 points, Shey Peddy added 20 and the Phoenix Mercury cruised past the New York Liberty 76-62 on Saturday night, despite missing guards Diana Taurasi and Skylar Diggins-Smith. Sabrina Ionescu picked up an assist just 29 seconds into the game on a ...

Colts already seeing impact of Bradley’s defensive scheme

WESTFIELD, Ind. (AP) — DeForest Buckner always appreciated watching Gus Bradley's defenses. It was the scheme Buckner thrived in with San Francisco, the scheme that created Seattle's "Legion of Boom," and the scheme that finally led the Raiders back to the playoffs last season. So when ...

NASCAR’s Kyle Busch thankful family escaped mall shooting

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Busch's tumultuous year took another turn. Busch, his wife and their two children escaped the Mall of America in Minnesota after shots were fired, three days before racing at Michigan International Speedway. "If you look at that dark cloud that's over me lately, ...

Wu, Im tied at storm-delayed Wyndham and face long Sunday

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The largest cut since the PGA Tour went to top 65 and ties, followed by two delays for storms in the area, kept the Wyndham Championship from finishing the third round Saturday and set up a long final day of the regular season. Brandon Wu holed out from 147 yards on ...

Rays pitching coach injured on visit to mound

DETROIT (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays already have 15 players on the injured list. Now pitching coach Kyle Snyder might be on the shelf, too. Snyder injured himself walking toward the mound to visit ace Shane McClanahan during the seventh inning of a 9-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on ...

Suddenly consistent Kyrgios moves into Citi Open final

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nick Kyrgios found the consistency that has long eluded him, reaching a second consecutive tournament final for the first time in his career with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Mikael Ymer at the Citi Open on Saturday night. Kyrgios, the runner-up at Wimbledon to Novak ...

Chargers rookie Zion Johnson builds his game with calmness

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Chargers rookie Zion Johnson carries himself with an aura of calmness, a trait not necessarily associated with offensive linemen. That mentality has been evident during training camp. Johnson's continual progress has bolstered the first-round draft ...

Revolution pull away in second half, beat Orlando City 3-0

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Matt Polster scored in the first half, Wilfrid Kaptoum and defender Henry Kessler added second-half scores and the New England Revolution breezed to a 3-0 victory over Orlando City SC on Saturday. Polster's netter in the 20th minute was all goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic ...

Contreras hits 2-run HR in 8th as Cubs beat Marlins 2-1

CHICAGO (AP) — Willson Contreras pounded his chest and pointed toward the roaring crowd. It was quite a return to Wrigley Field for a player many thought would be gone by now. Contreras hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning in his first home game since the trade deadline, Justin Steele ...

Gibson perfect thru 6, Schwarber’s HR lifts Phils over Nats

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Gibson retired his first 18 batters and pitched one-run ball over eight innings, Kyle Schwarber hit his NL-leading 34th homer and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Friday night. Rhys Hoskins, J.T. Realmuto, Nick Castellanos and Darick Hall ...

Mancini hits 2 HRs, Astros roll past Guardians 9-3

CLEVELAND (AP) — Trey Mancini hit two home runs, including his first career grand slam, and drove in five runs, leading the Houston Astros over the Cleveland Guardians 9-3 on Friday night. Astros manager Dusty Baker tested positive for COVID-19 prior to the game. Baker held his usual pregame ...

Rays draw club-record 13 walks, rally to beat Tigers 5-3

DETROIT (AP) — Brandon Lowe hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning for the Tampa Bay Rays, who walked a franchise-record 13 times while rallying to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 on Friday night. "How many?" asked a surprised Taylor Walls, who drew three of the walks from the ninth ...

Cease pitches 6 strong innings, White Sox beat Rangers 2-1

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dylan Cease pitched six strong innings following a relatively rough start, Eloy Jimenez hit a tiebreaking solo home run and the Chicago White Sox beat the Texas Rangers 2-1 on Friday night. The first start in August for Cease (12-4) resembled those of the past eight ...

Orioles hold off Pirates 1-0 for 4th straight victory

BALTIMORE (AP) — Dean Kremer took a shutout into the seventh inning before eventually giving way to the Baltimore bullpen. This season, that must be a pretty comfortable feeling. "It's been fun to watch them all season," Kremer said. "They've got a little bit of everything. Anything you can ...

Acuña, Rosario lead Braves past Mets 9-6 in NL East showdown

NEW YORK (AP) — Maybe those Mets fans out in right field should just leave Ronald Acuña Jr. alone. Razzed at Citi Field with 40,000-plus on hand, Acuña matched his career high with four hits and robbed Pete Alonso of a two-run homer as the Atlanta Braves built a big early lead and beat New ...

Jays’ miscues lead to Gordon run in 10th, Twins win 6-5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Gordon hit a three-run homer and scored in the 10th inning for Minnesota after a pair of miscues by Toronto catcher Danny Jansen, giving the Twins a 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Friday night. Gordon, who had three hits in the game, was the automatic runner to start ...

Lauer works 7, Tellez and Taylor homer as Brewers top Reds

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Lauer pitched seven strong innings, Rowdy Tellez and Tyrone Taylor homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers shook out of their post-trade deadline funk with a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. NL Central-leading Milwaukee had lost three straight since dealing ...

DeJong lifts Cardinals over Yanks 4-3 in Carpenter’s return

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong hit a two-run double with two outs in the eighth inning, lifting the Cardinals over the New York Yankees 4-3 Friday night in Matt Carpenter's return to St. Louis. Carpenter drew a standing ovation in his first visit back to the city where he played 11 seasons, ...

Bogaerts has 4 hits, Red Sox beat Royals 7-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Xander Bogaerts had four hits, Alex Verdugo doubled twice and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 7-4 Friday night. Verdugo had three hits as Boston evened the four-game series at a win apiece. Josh Winckowski (5-5) allowed one run on five hits over five ...

Perdomo’s bat, stellar defense lift D-backs over Rockies 6-5

PHOENIX (AP) — Geraldo Perdomo is a .200 hitter for the Arizona Diamondbacks who carries himself with the confidence of a .300 hitter. The fake-it-till-you-make-it approach worked wonders Friday night. The shortstop hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the eighth inning, then made a terrific ...