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Home run robbers get praise — and swag for spectacular plays

It was late in the 2015 season when Baltimore’s Manny Machado smoked a pitch from Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer into center field at Camden Yards. Kevin Kiermaier sprinted to the wall, turned and leaped high above it before reaching back and snatching the ball . He banged off the wall and landed on his feet […]

Hudson, Cards take no-hit bid into 8th and blank Brewers 3-0

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Only when Dakota Hudson reached the dugout after being removed from the game did he realize something was different. “Guys were giving me hugs instead of handshakes,” the St. Louis Cardinals starter said. “I thought, what was going on? I didn’t know it was a no-hitter.” Hudson and two relievers combined […]

Vikings top Seahawks 25-19 behind crisp preseason passing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The pressure is on Minnesota’s offense to improve, and a more productive passing attack will depend partially on a diversified group of targets for Kirk Cousins. Some of that depth was on display Sunday night against Seattle. Rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. and backup wide receiver Brandon Zylstra each had touchdown […]

Former Packers RB Benson dies in motorcycle accident

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former NFL running back Cedric Benson, one of the most prolific rushers in NCAA and University of Texas history, has died in a motorcycle accident in Texas. He was 36. Benson’s attorney, Sam Bassett, said Austin law enforcement told him that Benson was killed in the wreck Saturday night. He had […]

Nationals match team HR record with 8, rout Brewers 16-8

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington manager Dave Martinez wanted his team to shake off any ill effects from Saturday’s marathon loss to Milwaukee by getting out to a fast start in the series finale. The Nationals carried out that order to perfection. The Nationals matched a team record with eight home runs — including two by […]

Nationals ride 4-game win streak into matchup with Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers (63-58, third in the NL Central) vs. Washington Nationals (65-55, second in the NL East) Washington; Friday, 7 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Brewers: Adrian Houser (5-5, 4.01 ERA) Nationals: Patrick Corbin (9-5, 3.41 ERA) LINE: Nationals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 runs BOTTOM LINE: Washington enters the game as winners […]

Jackson sharp, Rodgers sits as Ravens beat Packers

BALTIMORE (AP) — Lamar Jackson directed two scoring drives during a limited appearance, had an impressive touchdown run erased by a penalty and sparked the Baltimore Ravens to a 26-13 victory over the Green Bay Packers, who played Thursday night without quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers developed back stiffness and was a late scratch , a […]

Iowa becomes 11th state in US to allow sports gambling

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Six Iowa casinos began accepting bets on sporting events Thursday, making the state the 11th in the nation and first in the Midwest to allow such wagering. Casinos in Altoona, Bettendorf, Osceola and Waterloo offered betting on-site and through a mobile app, while casinos in Burlington and Council Bluffs offered […]

US Soccer, team talks break down; likely head to jury trial

Players for the World Cup champion women’s national team say mediation talks with the U.S. Soccer Federation in their dispute over equal pay are over. Molly Levinson, who represents the players in matters concerning the dispute, said in a statement Wednesday that the players look forward to a jury trial. “We entered this week’s mediation […]

UPDATE: Investigators: Earnhardt’s plane bounced, went off runway

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) — The plane carrying NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced multiple times during a crash landing and veered off the runway before ending up on a Tennessee highway, investigators said Friday. “It’s just the grace of the good Lord that a vehicle didn’t get struck by the plane,” Elizabethton […]

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