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Illinois boy, 15, dies in crash at Michigan dirt bike race

Jun. 24, 2019 8:02 AM EDT

ARBELA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old Illinois boy has died after a crash during a dirt bike race in Michigan. The Tuscola County sheriff's office says in a statement that the crash happened Saturday at Baja Acres in Arbela Township, about 65 miles (105 kilometers) northwest of...

Closing arguments set for missing Chinese scholar case

Jun. 23, 2019 11:48 PM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Closing arguments are set for the federal death penalty trial of a former University of Illinois doctoral student charged with kidnapping and killing a 26-year-old visiting scholar from China. Monday's closings follow a week and a half of testimony. If jurors convict Brendt Christensen,...

Mets' Callaway, Vargas have confrontation with reporter

Jun. 23, 2019 10:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at a reporter, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging him during a confrontation in the team's clubhouse after a loss Sunday. The dustup with beat writer Tim Healey of Newsday occurred after the Mets blew a late lead in a 5-3...

Parker scores 22, Sky end Sun's streak 93-75

Jun. 23, 2019 8:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Cheyenne Parker scored 22 points and the Chicago Sky ended the Connecticut Sun's seven-game winning streak with a 95-73 victory Sunday. Tied at 27 after one quarter, the Sky scored the first 11 points of the second quarter and kept rolling, outscoring the Sun 29-8 in the period for a 56-35...

Baez HR, Cubs win 5-3; Alonso sets Mets mark for rookie HRs

Jun. 23, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Baez hit a milestone homer to win a game after Pete Alonso went deep once again to set a team record. Baez cracked the 100th homer of his career, a three-run drive in the eighth inning as the Chicago Cubs overcame another home run by Alonso to beat the New York Mets 5-3 on Sunday....

Alonso hits 27th HR, passes Strawberry for Mets rookie mark

Jun. 23, 2019 4:12 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Pete Alonso has hit his 27th home run, passing Darryl Strawberry for the New York Mets rookie record in just his 77th game. Alonso hit a solo drive against Chicago Cubs starter Cole Hamels in the fourth inning at Wrigley Field on Sunday. The 24-year-old slugger entered the day second in the...

Yelich: Giannis winning NBA MVP in Milwaukee would be 'cool'

Jun. 23, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Christian Yelich first met Giannis Antetokounmpo last month in downtown Milwaukee. The encounter happened inside a hallway at Fiserv Forum after Antetokounmpo and the Bucks eliminated the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The meeting of the Milwaukee stars occurred about...

Mazara homers twice as Lynn, Rangers edge White Sox 6-5

Jun. 23, 2019 1:44 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A four-run deficit in the first inning didn't mean much to Nomar Mazara and Lance Lynn. Mazara hit two home runs, Lynn shook off a rough start and retired 17 of the last 18 batters he faced, and Texas beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 on Saturday night. "Nothing (Lynn) does kind of...

Real Salt Lake, Chicago Fire play to 1-1 tie

Jun. 22, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (AP) — Albert Rusnak scored on a penalty kick in the 33rd minute to help Real Salt Lake tie the Chicago Fire 1-1 on Saturday night. The free kick was set up when Mohammed Adams was called for a hand ball in the penalty area. Rusnak has six goals this season. Chicago struck early when...

Alonso hits record 26th HR, Mets rout Cubs 10-2

Jun. 22, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie slugger Pete Alonso said he began the season not thinking about hitting homers or setting milestones. That's becoming more difficult with every prodigious swing. Alonso hit his 26th homer to set the NL record for most homers before the All-Star Game as the New York Mets routed the...