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St. Louis Cardinals' Dexter Fowler swings into a two-run single off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito, during the first inning in Game 1 of a double-header baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Cards beat White Sox 5-1 in return from coronavirus outbreak

Aug. 15, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Dexter Fowler helped St. Louis get off to a fast start in its return from a coronavirus outbreak, hitting a two-run single in a four-run first inning, and the Cardinals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Saturday in the opener of a doubleheader. Playing its first game since July 29, St. Louis...

FILE - In this March 20, 2020 file photo, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry watches during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in New Orleans. The Pelicans have fired Gentry, Saturday, Aug. 15,  after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.  (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza, File)

Pelicans fire Alvin Gentry after 5 seasons as team's coach

Aug. 15, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Alvin Gentry on Saturday after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. The Pelicans went 30-42 this season, finishing with just two victories in their final eight games despite the presence of top overall draft choice Zion...

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Lillard wins Bubble MVP, Williams picked as top coach

Aug. 15, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Portland’s Damian Lillard has been unanimously selected as the top player of the NBA’s seeding games at Walt Disney World, after averaging a league-best 37.6 points in the eight games. Phoenix’s Monty Williams, who led the Suns to a perfect 8-0 record in...

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) watches the puck cross the line on what would be ruled no goal due to goalie interference as Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86), Hurricanes' Jordan Martinook (48) and Bruins' Torey Krug (47) look on during third-period NHL hockey first-round Stanley Cup playoff action in Toronto, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bruins goalie Rask opts out of playoffs to be with family

Aug. 15, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask has opted out of the team’s playoff run to be with his family. The defending Eastern Conference champions announced the decision Saturday morning, less than two hours before Game 3 of their playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes. “I want...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg heads to the dugout after leaving the game during the first inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles, Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

World Series MVP Strasburg on IL with nerve issue in hand

Aug. 15, 2020 1:15 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg was put on the 10-day injured list by the Washington Nationals on Saturday because of the recurring nerve issue in his throwing hand that delayed his start to the 2020 season and cut short his second appearance after just 16 pitches. The team classified...

Cincinnati Reds' Nicholas Castellanos, right, slides safely into second base while avoiding the tag of Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman, center, during the third inning of a baseball game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Reds player tests positive, 2 games with Pirates postponed

Aug. 15, 2020 1:48 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds became the third Major League Baseball team to have games called off because one of its players tested positive for COVID-19. The last two games of a series between the Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates at Great American Ball Park were postponed Saturday after one Cincinnati...

The St. Louis Cardinals workout before a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Column: Baseball holding its own, a third of the way through

Aug. 15, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

In Los Angeles the other night, the cutouts behind home plate had extra big smiles on their faces as Mookie Betts smashed three home runs at Dodger Stadium. On the same night, Yu Darvish took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs jumped off to their best start in more than a...

They're still here: Cardinals back after long virus absence

Aug. 15, 2020 2:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — After weeks of uncertainty, John Mozeliak watched the St. Louis Cardinals drop off their rental cars and prepare for work. His cell phone was filled with encouraging baseball messages instead of questions of concern. For Mozeliak, the club's president of baseball operations, it was a very...

Marco Andretti se prepara para salir a la práctica en el Indianapolis Motor Speedway el viernes 14 de agosto del 2020 previo a la calificación del fin de semana en las 500 millas de Indianápolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Marco Andretti leads Honda onslaught in Indy 500 qualifying

Aug. 15, 2020 2:34 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti led a top speed sweep for Andretti Autosport in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 as the Honda-powered team claimed the first four spots on the leaderboard and eight of the top nine. “Money,” Andretti said after posting a four-lap average of 231.351 mph. ...

Bencic out of US Open; 3 of 4 '19 semifinalists won't play

Aug. 15, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Belinda Bencic became the latest top tennis player to pull out of the U.S. Open, meaning three of the four female semifinalists in 2019 will not be at the Grand Slam tournament this year. Bencic wrote on social media on Saturday that she “made the difficult decision to skip the US...

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Young, hot-shooting Aces beat Mystics for 7th straight win

Aug. 15, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jackie Young had 16 points to lead five Las Vegas players scoring in double figures and the Aces beat the Washington Mystics 88-73 on Saturday for their seventh consecutive win. Dearica Hamby had 14 points and five assists, Sugar Rodgers and A'ja Wilson scored 12 points apiece, and...

Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron (37) and Anders Bjork (10) try to block a shot from Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86) as Bruins goaltender Jaroslav Halak (41) looks on during first period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff game in Toronto on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020.  (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Rask-less Bruins top Hurricanes 3-1, take 2-1 lead in series

Aug. 15, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Jaroslav Halak stopped 29 shots after goaltender Tuukka Rask opted out of the NHL playoffs and Charlie Coyle provided plenty of offense, scoring once and setting up another goal to help the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 and take a 2-1 lead in their first-round series. Rask's...

St. Louis Cardinals' Dexter Fowler swings into a two-run single off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Lucas Giolito, during the first inning in Game 1 of a double-header baseball game Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Cards beat White Sox 5-1 in return from coronavirus outbreak

Aug. 15, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Dexter Fowler helped St. Louis get off to a fast start in its return from a coronavirus outbreak, hitting a two-run single in a four-run first inning, and the Cardinals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-1 on Saturday in the opener of a doubleheader. Playing its first game since July 29, St. Louis...

Zita Robinson, left, who's 77 and diabetic, looks at her granddaughter, 8-year-old Traris

The Latest: Arizona nearing 4,500 deaths from coronavirus

Aug. 15, 2020 3:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona reported 933 confirmed coronavirus cases and 69 deaths on Saturday. That increases the state’s totals to more than 192,000 cases and 4,492 deaths. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases decreased from 2,550 to 1,021 per day from July 30 to Aug. 13. The seven-day rolling...

FILE - In this March 20, 2020 file photo, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry watches during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in New Orleans. The Pelicans have fired Gentry, Saturday, Aug. 15,  after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.  (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza, File)

Pelicans fire Alvin Gentry after 5 seasons as team's coach

Aug. 15, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans fired coach Alvin Gentry on Saturday after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. The Pelicans went 30-42 this season, finishing with just two victories in their final eight games despite the presence of top overall draft choice Zion...

Green Bay Packers' Kenny Clark stretches during NFL football training camp Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Packers sign DT Kenny Clark to four-year contract extension

Aug. 15, 2020 3:21 PM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay’s Kenny Clark says he has always wanted to prove the value of nose tackles as complete players. Now the Packers have given him a contract that showcases that. The Packers announced Saturday they had signed the 24-year-old Clark to a contract extension without...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo, Atlanta Falcons offensive guard Chris Lindstrom (63) sits on the bench during the first half an NFL preseason football game against the New York Jets  in Atlanta.  After being limited by a foot injury to only five games in his rookie season,  Lindstrom is being counted on to be a fixture at right guard and provide better protection for quarterback Matt Ryan in 2020.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

Lindstrom: Falcons' O-line must 'do better' to protect Ryan

Aug. 15, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Chris Lindstrom had to spend far too much of his rookie season imagining how he would prepare for a game. The Atlanta Falcons' right guard is more than ready for a full season of reality. Lindstrom, the No. 14 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft by Atlanta, broke his right foot in the...

Bencic out of US Open; 3 of 4 '19 semifinalists won't play

Aug. 15, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Belinda Bencic became the latest top tennis player to pull out of the U.S. Open, meaning three of the four female semifinalists in 2019 will not be at the Grand Slam tournament this year. Bencic wrote on social media on Saturday that she “made the difficult decision to skip the US...

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) makes a basket as Philadelphia 76ers guard Furkan Korkmaz (30) and forward Norvel Pelle (14) defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Surprising Suns ready to build off bubble success

Aug. 15, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Coach Monty Williams could sense a few eye rolls earlier this summer when the Phoenix Suns and their extremely mediocre 26-39 record were invited to the NBA's bubble. A few months later, the Suns are the talk of the league after winning all eight games in Florida and nearly making a run all...

Si Woo Kim, of South Korea, drives on the second hole during the third round of the Wyndham Championship golf tournament at Sedgefield Country Club on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Kim shoots 62 for 2-shot lead after three rounds at Wyndham

Aug. 15, 2020 3:00 PM EDT

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Si Woo Kim had a hole in one on the way to a 62 for a two-shot lead over Doc Redman and Rob Oppenheim through three rounds of the Wyndham Championship on Saturday. Kim, who's at 18-under after 54 holes, made history three years ago when at 21 he became the youngest winner of The...