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Machado downplays trade deadline rumors

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The Associated Press WASHINGTON — On the night of the All-Star Game, Manny Machado will proudly represent the Baltimore Orioles, the only team he’s played for in the big leagues. It just might be his final appearance in an Orioles uniform. With the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline ...

Fisher wants tougher Aggies team

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ATLANTA — Jimbo Fisher introduced himself to his new Texas A&M team with some insults and frank challenges. Right off the bat, the new coach told the Aggies they were soft in 2017, according to one of his players. Fisher also told his new players they better do things his way, or ...

Degenkolb masters cobblestones

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ROUBAIX, France — Richie Porte sat on the pavement grasping his right shoulder and grimacing in pain. A fan helped Chris Froome get going after he tumbled onto grass lining the road. Romain Bardet recovered from three punctured tires. And they were only the highest-profile riders to face ...

Bucs head to break after taking 5 from Brewers

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By Alan Saunders The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — One late-inning rally wasn’t enough for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Trailing and down to their final out on two occasions, the Pirates managed a 7-6 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers that gave them the first five-game sweep in the majors ...

Ratledge silver lining in setback for Curve

Altoona Curve

From Mirror reports ERIE — The Curve really had no shot to win Sunday’s game against Erie after falling behind 6-0 in the second inning, so utility man Logan Ratledge got yet another opportunity to showcase his pitching skills. Ratledge had quite a memorable day, first hitting a home ...

Macionsky, Perry get Valley win

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Special for the Mirror TYRONE — The team of Chris Perry and Mike Macionsky came to the last hole of this year’s Sinking Valley Classic not quite sure how they stood against the field. As they approached the 18th green, the duo learned they had a one-shot lead over the team of Artie Fink ...

Winning cures it all for France

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The Associated Press PARIS — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris’ Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked ...

Four early runs help Shirley’s advance in playoffs

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Corey Chamberlain had a pair of hits, and Parker Dibert drove in two runs as Shirley’s Cookies scored all the runs it needed in the first inning in a 4-3 triumph over Barton’s Plumbing & Heating to win its first round series, two games to one at Vets Field Sunday night. Garrett ...

Curve duo contribute to ‘W’

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From Mirror reports WASHINGTON — Curve third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes had an impressive showing in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park, belting a two-run homer and also drawing a 10-pitch walk. Hayes started at third base and batted ninth for the U.S. team, which beat the ...

Washington ready to celebrate in the spotlight

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By Stephen Whyno The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Mark Lerner’s first letter to then-commissioner Bud Selig after his family bought the Nationals asked to host the All-Star Game. “It’s something I’ve wanted from the moment we got the team,” Lerner said. Thirteen years ...

New league putting time limit on baseball

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By Noah Trister The Associated Press Limiting mound visits is one thing. But if you really want to control the length of a baseball game, there are other, more direct ways of doing it. One small league in Michigan is taking an unusual step. The United Shore Professional Baseball League ...

Play forces Meadows demotion

Professional Sports

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Austin Meadows had planned on spending the All-Star break relaxing at home with his family. His plans changed radically Sunday morning when the Pirates told him he was headed back to Class AAA Indianapolis. Meadows, who had started just once ...

Cards look for spark after firing

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The Associated Press ST. LOUIS — As the St. Louis Cardinals took stock of their situation a day after the firing of manager Mike Matheny, some players said they bear some responsibility for Matheny’s sudden dismissal. Matheny was fired late Saturday night after an 8-2 loss to the ...

Djokovic returns to the top of tennis world

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LONDON — Novak Djokovic acknowledged that he was worried. His coach was, too. Could Djokovic ever return to the top of tennis? To the heights he’d already reached? Could he put aside the time lost to a painful right elbow that required surgery and the disappointment of poor-for-him ...

Cynn goes the distance

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LAS VEGAS — The 2018 World Series of Poker champion is an Indiana resident and professional player who barely missed the cut for the final table two years ago. John Cynn won the series’ marquee no-limit Texas Hold ‘em main event Sunday in Las Vegas, surrounded by a cheering crowd that ...

Croatia upset by protest distraction

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MOSCOW — Protest group Pussy Riot, long a thorn in Vladimir Putin’s side, claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms as the Russian president and a global audience watched. Stewards ...

Wrecks highlight of stage

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ROUBAIX, France — Richie Porte sat on the pavement grasping his right shoulder and grimacing in pain. A fan helped Chris Froome get going after he tumbled onto grass lining the road. Romain Bardet recovered from three punctured tires. And they were only the highest-profile riders to face ...

Oklahoma aiming for fourth straight title

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FRISCO, Texas — Oklahoma won another Big 12 title and made it to the College Football Playoff again in its first season without coach Bob Stoops on the sideline. The Sooners, who have won the past three Big 12 titles with quarterback Baker Mayfield, will now be trying to do it again without ...

Truex Jr. thrilled with team

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SPARTA, Ky. — Martin Truex Jr. is feeling confident after his most dominant performance this season. That’s understandable, considering the defending Cup Series champion and his Furniture Row Racing team are slightly ahead of last season’s pace, with signs of even better things to ...

Romo rallies for Lake Tahoe victory in Nevada

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nev. — Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo rallied from four points back to win his first American Century Championship at Lake Tahoe on Sunday. Romo, who retired after the 2016 NFL season and is now an NFL analyst, had 27 points on the day to beat three-time ...