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Power move: Brewers hit 4 HRs, blank Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) — Ryan Braun supplied the power at the plate and Jhoulys Chacin dominated on the mound to give the Milwaukee Brewers the lift they needed to tighten the NL Central race. Braun hit two of Milwaukee's four homers, Chacin struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings and the ...

Wisconsin gives West hope of challenging Big Ten East dominance

The Big Ten West might not be best, but it is getting closer to challenging the East Division's conference dominance. Wisconsin returns the entire offensive line and a 1,900-yard rusher from its record-setting 13-win team, and some see the Badgers as a contender for the College Football ...

Packers’ Rodgers expects to make preseason debut this week

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers is speaking with a heightened sense of urgency as he enters his 14th NFL season. No critical words from the Green Bay Packers quarterback on Monday, a week after expressing displeasure with the effort from some young players during a portion of ...

Bears, Roquan Smith agree to $18M contract

The standoff between the Chicago Bears and No. 8 overall draft pick Roquan Smith is over. A person familiar with the situation says the linebacker has agreed to a four-year contract that guarantees $18.5 million and includes an $11.5 million signing bonus. The person spoke Monday night on ...

Tigers beat Twins on Morris’ special day

DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Boyd pitched well on Jack Morris Day, but he was still worried about disappointing one of his idols. "I think he might be mad at me for only pitching six innings," Boyd joked after the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Sunday to win the weekend series. The ...

Harvick wins at Michigan for 7th victory of year

BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) — Kevin Harvick capped off his father-son weekend by dominating a race and putting 6-year-old son Keelan in the passenger seat to hold the flapping, checkered flag out of the window. "That was definitely way up there on the bucket list," Harvick said. Harvick broke a ...

Packers’ Adams goes deep in win

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Marcus Mariota is proving to be a quick study with a new coach installing yet another offensive system for the Tennessee Titans. Maybe Mike Vrabel will stick around for a while for Tennessee. The Titans had a memorable opening series in Vrabel's preseason debut as ...

Dalton sharp as Bengals beat Bears 30-27

CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton made the Bengals' new offense look like a comfortable fit. Working out of Cincinnati's reconfigured playbook, Dalton threw a pair of touchdown passes during a 30-27 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night at half-empty Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals ...

Renfroe powers Padres over Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hunter Renfroe's power surge is a welcome sight for the San Diego Padres. Renfroe's grand slam keyed a six-run rally that stunned the Milwaukee Brewers and gave the Padres an 8-4 victory on Thursday. Renfroe hit a home run for the fourth straight game, a blast into the ...

Woodland feels at home in Missouri, leads PGA with 64

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Gary Woodland fell in love with Bellerive when he first played it a month ago. It’s a big golf course that would play into the hands of a power player. It would be soft from the stifling heat and humidity of summer, allowing him to be aggressive. Woodland delivered his ...

Tigers give up HRs in loss to Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — After getting three big homers and nine innings of outstanding pitching to complete a series sweep, the Los Angeles Angels are headed into a day off with a rare feeling of contentment in their disappointing season. The Detroit Tigers are just grateful to be going home ...

Stafford has modest goals for Lions offense vs. Raiders

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Because he isn't likely to play more than a series or two in Friday's preseason opener, Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford has a few modest goals for the Lions offense. "Just execute and communicate at a high level," Stafford said Wednesday. "Get out there and communicate ...

Rodgers irked by effort from younger Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers expressed disappointment with the effort from some of the Green Bay Packers' younger players after a frustrating period at practice. It appears that some of the rookie wideouts are the focus of his displeasure. Rodgers was running the scout team during ...

Angels hit past Tigers, 11-5

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout couldn't play on his 27th birthday, thanks to a sore right wrist. Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels made sure the fans in the giveaway T-shirts bearing Trout's uniform No. 27 still went home in a celebratory mood. Ohtani hit a three-run homer ...

Simmons leads Angels past Tigers

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Andrelton Simmons homered and made more than one spectacular defensive play. Eric Young Jr. homered and made a phenomenal play with his glove as well. The Angels' star shortstop was more than willing to cede the spotlight to his journeyman teammate after a ...

McCarthy: Bakhtiari’s injury not ‘long-term’

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari avoided a serious injury after being carted off the field at practice during the weekend. Bakhtiari was hurt during the Family Night practice on Saturday at Lambeau Field. He walked to a cart with his left shoe removed ...

Lions remove DE Ziggy Ansah from PUP list

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Ziggy Ansah is back from the PUP list — and has little to say about his contract situation. The Lions removed the defensive end from the active/physically unable to perform list Monday, and he spoke to reporters for a bit. But Ansah didn't shed much light on how ...

Lewis urges harmony in Hall of Fame speech

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — One of the great leaders football has seen, Ray Lewis used his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech to call for more enlightened leadership in the United States. The last of the seven members of the class of 2018 on hand to be enshrined, Lewis eschewed notes and ...

Cejudo records UFC upset

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Henry Cejudo pulled off one of the most impressive upsets in mixed martial arts history at UFC 227. Cejudo ended Demetrious Johnson’s nearly six-year reign as the UFC flyweight champion Saturday night at Staples Center, earning a split-decision victory over the most ...

Elliott cops first Cup win

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Chase Elliott won the NASCAR Cup race at Watkins Glen, holding off Martin Truex Jr in a scintillating finish. It was Elliott's first career win, in his 99th Cup start, and 250th for Hendrick Motorsports. ALSO: NASCAR Hall of Fame member Bill Elliott is coming out ...