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Walton's World: Big Bill brings unique musings to baseball

Aug. 17, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton brought his unique commentary and musings to the baseball booth Friday night. After nine innings, it was evident Chicago White Sox broadcasts might never be the same again. Walton was the guest analyst because Steve Stone is taking this weekend's...

Bellinger hits 41st homer, Dodgers beat Braves 8-3

Aug. 17, 2019 12:45 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers are hitting home runs at a record pace, and manager Dave Roberts loves every minute of it. "It makes me look really good, and it makes the Dodgers look really good," Roberts said. "These are guys that really understand situations, what a pitcher is trying to do to...

Harper homers in third straight game to lead Phillies to win

Aug. 16, 2019 11:33 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Just like their laid-back new hitting coach, Phillies batters suddenly are relaxed. But they are doing some serious damage. Bryce Harper homered for the third straight game, Roman Quinn and J.T. Realmuto also went deep and Philadelphia's resurgent offense remained red-hot in an 8-4...

Yastrzemski hits 3 HRs, Giants beat D'backs in 11 innings

Aug. 17, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Mike Yastrzemski never experienced a night like Friday. Not in his months in the major leagues, not in the minor leagues and not in Little League. "Not even in video games," the 28-year-old Yastrzemski said. Yastrzemski hit three home runs, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the 11th...

A's edge Astros 3-2 in 13 to inch closer in playoff chase

Aug. 17, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have been pretty good this season when hitting home runs, and added to their total with a pair of solo shots off Houston ace Justin Verlander. Manager Bob Melvin's team showed it can be pretty effective playing small ball, too. Robbie Grossman singled home the...

Analysis: Toughest schedule? So. Carolina can make the claim

Aug. 17, 2019 2:53 AM EDT

South Carolina has the type of brutal schedule that could help the Gamecocks be a better team that winds up with a worse record than last year. The Gamecocks host both of the participants in last year's College Football Playoff championship game: Clemson and Alabama. They also travel to Georgia, the runner-up in...

LEADING OFF: Dodgers-Braves, Giant debut, Houston hits skid

Aug. 17, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: STAR ATTRACTIONS The top two teams in the National League meet again when Cody Bellinger and the Dodgers visit Atlanta. Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-2) leads the majors with a 1.45 ERA. Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.24 ERA) gets the ball for the Braves....

NFL conditionally reinstates Patriots WR Josh Gordon

Aug. 16, 2019 7:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Josh Gordon's winding career has included several second chances following a trail of multiple drug suspensions that cast doubt whether the talented but troubled playmaker would ever get on an NFL field again. He's getting yet another opportunity. The NFL conditionally reinstated the Patriots...

AP sources: Alibaba exec to buy Nets, arena for $3.4 billion

Aug. 16, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — In a record sale for a U.S. sports franchise, the co-founder of Alibaba agreed to buy the remaining 51 percent of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center for about $3.4 billion, two people with knowledge of the details said Friday. Joe Tsai already had purchased 49 percent of the team from...

Matsuyama blisters Medinah with 63 for BMW Championship lead

Aug. 16, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Hideki Matsuyama has never missed the Tour Championship since his first full year on the PGA Tour. He played Friday like he doesn't want the streak to end. Outside the top 30 in the FedEx Cup for the first time at the BMW Championship, Matsuyama made five birdie putts from 15 feet or...

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Zimbabwe commission asks FIFA to fire soccer bosses

Aug. 17, 2019 7:00 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's government-run sports commission said it has asked FIFA to remove officials in charge of the country's soccer federation from office and appoint a temporary committee. The Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), which regulates sport in Zimbabwe, wants the Zimbabwe...

From tusks to tails, nations eye trade in endangered species

Aug. 17, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — From guitars to traditional medicines and from tusk to tail, mankind's exploitation of the planet's fauna and flora is putting some of them at risk of extinction. Representatives of some 180 nations are meeting in Geneva to agree on protections for vulnerable species, taking up issues...

Bicyclists set to race up the highest peak in the Northeast

Aug. 17, 2019 6:08 AM EDT

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Hundreds of bicyclists are set to take part in a grueling race up the highest peak in the northeastern United States. The Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb on Saturday is a 7.6-mile (12-kilometer) ascent to the summit at 6,288 feet (1,915 meters). Riders deal with a...

LEADING OFF: Dodgers-Braves, Giant debut, Houston hits skid

Aug. 17, 2019 6:01 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors today: STAR ATTRACTIONS The top two teams in the National League meet again when Cody Bellinger and the Dodgers visit Atlanta. Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-2) leads the majors with a 1.45 ERA. Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 6.24 ERA) gets the ball for the Braves....

Walton's World: Big Bill brings unique musings to baseball

Aug. 17, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton brought his unique commentary and musings to the baseball booth Friday night. After nine innings, it was evident Chicago White Sox broadcasts might never be the same again. Walton was the guest analyst because Steve Stone is taking this weekend's...

High bacteria level cancels water portion of Tokyo triathlon

Aug. 17, 2019 4:06 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — High levels of bacteria forced the swimming portion of a triathlon test event for the Tokyo Paralympics to be canceled on Saturday. It's the second setback in the triathlon for organizers of next year's Olympics and Paralympics. An Olympic triathlon running event was shortened from 10...

Orange County Fair Speedway celebrates centennial

Aug. 17, 2019 3:49 AM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Brett Hearn won't forget his first race at Orange County Fair Speedway. Hey, when you're a 16-year-old junior in high school, it has to be etched in the memory, even if it was in 1975. "I'd never shifted a shift car before with a clutch," Hearn recalled this week. "I went out on the...

A's edge Astros 3-2 in 13 to inch closer in playoff chase

Aug. 17, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have been pretty good this season when hitting home runs, and added to their total with a pair of solo shots off Houston ace Justin Verlander. Manager Bob Melvin's team showed it can be pretty effective playing small ball, too. Robbie Grossman singled home the...

Yastrzemski hits 3 HRs, Giants beat D'backs in 11 innings

Aug. 17, 2019 3:20 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Mike Yastrzemski never experienced a night like Friday. Not in his months in the major leagues, not in the minor leagues and not in Little League. "Not even in video games," the 28-year-old Yastrzemski said. Yastrzemski hit three home runs, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the 11th...

Bellinger, Muncy, Turner HRs power Dodgers past Braves 8-3

Aug. 17, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Cody Bellinger hit his 41st home run, Max Muncy and Justin Turner connected against reliever Sean Newcomb in the seventh inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Friday night in a matchup of NL division leaders. It was nothing new for the powerful Dodgers, who set a...