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Sano’s 3-run homer lifts Twins to 10-5 victory, split

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Miguel Sano belted a three-run homer, Felix Jorge pitched five-plus solid innings to win his major league debut and the Minnesota Twins held off the Kansas City Royals 10-5 on Saturday night for a split of a doubleheader. Brandon Moss, Alcides Escobar and Alex Gordon, ...

Earnhardt wrecks in what could be final Cup start at Daytona

By Mark Long AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s phone was “going crazy” all afternoon Saturday, with friends, family members and followers wanting to wish him well before what could be his final Cup Series start at Daytona International Speedway. “It ...

Home runs set record in June, topping even Steroids-Era high

By Ronald Blum AP Baseball Writer Justin Smoak’s opposite-field drive dropped over the left-field wall in Toronto, and an eye-popping record had been set: Batters reached a home run mark for a month, shattering the syringe-fueled high of the Steroids Era. Hitters went deep 1,101 times in ...

Wild announce 6 free-agent signings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have three new defensemen, three new forwards and a new goalie, too. Forwards Landon Ferraro and Cal O’Reilly signed two-year contracts Saturday and will be paid $700,000 if they’re playing in the NHL and $375,000 if playing in the AHL. Forward ...

Captain returns: Sabres land Pominville in trade with Wild

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — As pleased as Jason Pominville was upon hearing he was returning to the Buffalo Sabres, it was nothing compared to the excitement of his son, Jayden. “My little guy already has his (Sabres) jersey on right now,” Pominville said Friday, shortly after the former Sabres ...

Royals beat Twins 8-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jason Vargas picked up his American League-leading 12th victory, Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Minnesota Twins 8-1 on Friday night. Vargas (12-3) tied Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers for the major league lead in wins and ...

AP Source: Wolves to trade Rubio to Jazz

By Jon Krawczynski AP Basketball Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves reached an agreement with Utah on Friday to send point guard Ricky Rubio to the Jazz to clear salary cap space for a big run in free agency, according to two people with direct knowledge of the ...

Brazil’s 16-year-old baseball wonder turning MLB heads

By MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press IBIUNA, Brazil (AP) — A prospect with a 94 mph fastball gets a lot of attention, no matter where he is pitching — even when that prospect is a diminutive 16-year-old from a country with little baseball tradition. Eric Pardinho's blazing fastball has ...

Capitals’ Dmitry Orlov signs $30.6 million, 6-year deal

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Hockey Writer ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Dmitry Orlov developed into one of the Washington Capitals' best defensemen last season, and he's being rewarded with a long-term, big-money contract. The Capitals re-signed Orlov on Friday to a $30.6 million, six-year deal that ...

Federer, Nadal drawn for Wimbledon final, 11 years after 1st

By HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — Like a couple of old friends gathering for a reunion, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could face each other in the Wimbledon final more than a decade after their first such meeting. The draw at the All England Club on Friday established ...

Bulls waive veteran point guard Rajon Rondo

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls have waived veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. The Bulls bought out Rondo for $3 million Friday rather than exercise a $13.4 million option for next season. He signed a two-year deal to come to Chicago last summer. The 31-year-old Rondo was in and out of the ...

Pacquiao camp predicting “short and sweet” WBO title fight

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Manny Pacquiao isn't saying it publicly, preferring not to dwell too much on landing a knockout blow. His trainer, Freddie Roach, isn't pulling any punches, though. Roach reckons the WBO welterweight world championship fight against ...

‘Big 4’ given top 4 seedings at Wimbledon; Kerber also No. 1

LONDON (AP) — The "Big 4" of men's tennis were given the four highest seedings for this year's tournament at Wimbledon. No. 1-ranked Andy Murray, the defending champion, is the top-seeded player, followed by Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Nadal and Djokovic are also in the ...

LEADING OFF: Cubs visit White House, Francona to return

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ STOPPING BY Manager Joe Maddon and some of the Chicago Cubs will go for what the White House calls a "meet and greet" with President Donald Trump. Though it's not an official visit with the president, Maddon ...

Knicks, Phil Jackson part ways after dismal 3-year run

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are parting ways after he oversaw one of the worst eras in team history and feuded with star Carmelo Anthony. Days after Jackson reiterated his desire to trade Anthony and said he would listen to ...

Pacquiao going big, or going bust in the Battle of Brisbane

By JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Freddie Roach is ready to narrow down Manny Pacquiao's options following the WBO welterweight championship fight against Jeff Horn: Think about another shot at Floyd Mayweather, or think about retirement. The 11-time world champion is ...

LEADING OFF: Nationals take a look at K-Rod, Yankees ailing

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ CAN HE HELP? The NL East-leading Washington Nationals were angling to add Francisco Rodriguez to their biggest trouble spot — the bullpen. The Nats have seen a lot of late leads get away this season and ...

Giants score plenty to back Samardzija, snap five-game skid

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — For a night, the San Francisco Giants delivered the key hits with runners in scoring position. They got contributions from throughout the order, made things happen on the basepaths and did all the little things. Music blared in a ...

Transfer talk makes Sanchez better, Chile hopes

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Chile thinks transfer speculation around Alexis Sanchez will drive him to play even better against Portugal in the Confederations Cup semifinals. Sanchez has been linked with a move away from Arsenal and, far from distracting him, Chile teammate Marcelo Diaz said "he ...

LEADING OFF: Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, Barreto pop

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening all around the majors today: ___ WELCOME BACK Old-Timers' Day is always a popular event at Yankee Stadium, and former catcher Jorge Posada figures to draw a lot of attention when he attends for the first time. Tim Raines, set for induction ...