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Padres’ Lauer continues mastery of Dodgers in 5-2 victory

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eric Lauer can boast about something not many major league pitchers currently can: an unbeaten record against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The San Diego left hander improved to 4-0 against the Dodgers as the Padres rallied for a 6-2 victory in ...

Marte, Pirates stop Mets’ 7-game win string with 8-4 victory

By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steven Matz's mastery of the Pittsburgh Pirates unraveled quickly. So did the New York Mets' seven-game winning streak. Five days removed from a five-hit masterpiece in which he shut out the Pirates on 99 pitches, Matz didn't make it out of ...

Greinke eager to watch and learn with AL West-leading Astros

By Kristie Rieken AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — Zack Greinke has admired the Houston Astros from afar. Now he gets to see them close up, and the newly acquired ace is looking forward to that opportunity. “Probably just being able to watch them play every day ... and just being able ...

Gonzalez enters hall with 3 DBs who tried covering him

By Barry Wilner AP Pro Football Writer CANTON, Ohio (AP) — At one end of the room sat Tony Gonzalez. All the way across it was Ed Reed. Sometimes in the past, that's as close to each other as the two new Hall of Famers cared to be. Same thing for Champ Bailey and Ty Law when it came to ...

Vegas gets rave reviews for thrilling WNBA All-Star weekend

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Coaches, players and WNBA executives were thrilled with the show Las Vegas put on for the All-Star Game last weekend. From a high-level game to first-class entertainment, the city got rave reviews. “It was electric. It was ...

Chapman rallies A’s past Brewers with two-run HR off Hader

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Chapman hit a two-run home run off struggling closer Josh Hader in the eighth inning to break out of a long slump and the Oakland Athletics beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-3 Thursday. The A’s trailed 3-2 when Robbie Grossman walked leading off the eighth against ...

Rodgers: Packers’ new-look defense has ‘a little more juice’

By KEITH JENKINS AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers are hoping this is the year — for the first time in nearly a decade — their defense becomes more of an asset than a liability. Green Bay made it a priority this offseason to upgrade the defense, which hasn't ...

An, Im share lead at 62 after 1st round of Wyndham

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Byeong Hun An and Sungjae Im each shot 8-under 62 on Thursday to share the lead after one round at the Wyndham Championship. Mackenzie Hughes, Rory Sabbatini, Patrick Rodgers and Johnson Wagner were a stroke back behind the South Korean leaders in the final PGA Tour ...

Jaguars rookie LB Williams out 4-6 weeks with knee injury

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars rookie linebacker Quincy Williams, a third-round draft pick who showed enough over the last three months to lock down a starting spot, will miss 4-to-6 weeks because of a torn meniscus in his right knee. The older brother of New York Jets rookie ...

Saints’ Brees describes “kinship” with Pelicans’ Williamson

By BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn't see himself and Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson as an odd couple from different generations and sports. Brees sees key parallels in the timing of each of their arrivals on New Orleans' pro ...

Cowboys’ Frederick returns after year lost to nerve disorder

By SCHUYLER DIXON AP Pro Football Writer OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Travis Frederick's first day in pads after a year of battling back from a nerve disorder wasn't particularly emotional for the Dallas Cowboys center. Those moments came earlier, like the first time Frederick hit his max on the ...

High-water mark: Dressel sets own standard with 8 medals

By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer GWANGJU, South Korea (AP) — Exhaustion and relief flooded Caeleb Dressel. Maybe now the comparisons with Michael Phelps can fade away. Dressel won eight medals, including six golds, at the world swimming championships, the biggest meet outside the Olympics. ...

Redskins near crossroads for new home to replace FedEx Field

By STEPHEN WHYNO AP Sports Writer RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — FedEx Field is just 22 years old but a concrete relic of stadiums past, with the clock ticking on its status as an NFL building. The Washington Redskins' training camp home away from home is only 6 years old and yet it's also on ...

World class: Lyles leads new cast eager to make their mark

By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Noah Lyles showed off his superior speed in the 200 meters at nationals. Then, his dance moves . Both are in world-class form. The 22-year-old Lyles, Christian Coleman, Rai Benjamin and Shakima Wimbley are part of the next wave of ...

LEADING OFF: Trade talks heat up, Nats host 1st-place Braves

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: TRADEWINDS Only eight games on the schedule, giving contending teams more time to talk about trades. The fourth-place Mets acquired Toronto ace Marcus Stroman for two minor league pitching prospects Sunday ...

More Tour frustration for France but future looking bright

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN and JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Writers PARIS (AP) — "Now or Never." That was the headline running across the front page of France's biggest-selling sports newspaper L'Equipe three weeks ago, amid nationwide hopes that a homegrown rider could finally win the Tour de ...

Wheeler leads Team Wilson to win at WNBA All-Star Game

By Doug Feinberg AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brittney Griner and the WNBA All-Stars put on quite a show in Team Wilson’s 129-126 victory over Team Delle Donne on Saturday. Griner had an All-Star record three dunks, including an impressive two-handed jam where she hung on the ...

2 dead in South Korea balcony collapse near swimming competition

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Members of the U.S. national water polo team were in a South Korean nightclub on Saturday when an internal balcony collapsed, killing two people and injuring 10 others. Hundreds were at the nightclub in the southern South Korean city of Gwangju when the incident ...

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 ...