National Sports

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 ...

Woods creates buzz at Carnoustie with 66 at British Open

By STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) — For 20 minutes on a warm Saturday afternoon at the British Open, Tiger Woods' name was back atop a leaderboard at a major championship and Carnoustie was buzzing. Not much in golf compares with Woods on a charge. So when he ...

With Thomas and Froome 1-2, Sky controls the Tour de France

By ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer MENDE, France (AP) — With Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome sitting 1-2 in the overall standings, Team Sky has complete control over the Tour de France. The two British riders took advantage of their powers in the hilly 14th stage in the Massif Central, ...

Analysis: Few good options for NFL owners on player protests

By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer The controversy over NFL players protesting during the national anthem isn't going away, despite — or perhaps because of — team owners' efforts to stop players from using the forum to speak out on political causes. The league's attempt to turn ...

LEADING OFF: Cards’ Carpenter on tear; will Mets make moves?

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: WOOD WORK A day after hitting three homers and two doubles in just six innings, Cardinals slugger Matt Carpenter tries to torment the Cubs over a doubleheader. Carpenter drove in seven before getting pulled early in ...

Rodriguez, Marte power Pirates past Reds 12-1 after delay

CINCINNATI (AP) — Time on the disabled list did as much for Sean Rodriguez's bat as it did for his leg. Rodriguez homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte hit a grand slam and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their winning streak to a season-high seven games with a 12-1 rout of the ...