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Rizzo hits slam, Cubs beat Padres

CHICAGO (AP) — Before Friday's game against San Diego, 9-year-old Matteo Lambert of Vienna, Virginia, met Anthony Rizzo in the Chicago Cubs' dugout and gave him a note asking for a "moonshot" on behalf of group running a 5K in Grant Park this weekend to raise money for kids with ...

Lowry, Holmes share lead as McIlroy misses cut

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Everyone in the massive grandstand rose to cheer and celebrate a bold performance by Rory McIlroy, who longed for such support and affection on his walk toward his final hole at Royal Portrush in the British Open. Except this was Friday. And now McIlroy ...

LPGA: Clanton, Suwannapura team to take 5-shot lead

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Cydney Clanton and Jasmine Suwannapura shot a 7-under 63 in alternate-shot play Friday to open a five-stroke lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour's first-year team event. Clanton and Suwannapura birdied five of the last seven holes on the front ...

Ohio State, other Big Ten East powers facing uncertainty

CHICAGO (AP) — The two most important spots on a football team are the coach and the quarterback. Ohio State has questions at both. The Buckeyes aren't the only powerhouse program with uncertainty in the Big Ten's East Division. Michigan and Michigan State each have a new offensive ...

British Open back at Royal Portrush and puts on quite a show

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods had his worst score to start a British Open. Brooks Koepka quickly got into contention again. Emiliano Grillo made a 1. David Duval made a 14. The Open returned to ...

Arcia, Brewers hold off Diamondbacks, 5-1

PHOENIX (AP) — Lorenzo Cain has a flair for dramatic catches. He's made his share, and Thursday night's big play might have been one of his best. The Milwaukee Brewers center fielder leaped against the wall in right-center near the 413-foot sign, raised his glove over the yellow home run ...

Darvish finally wins at Wrigley, Cubs top Reds

CHICAGO (AP) — Yu Darvish finally had a reason to celebrate at Wrigley Field. Darvish tossed six innings of two-hit, shutout ball to earn his first win at the iconic ballpark as a Cub and lead Chicago past the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 on Wednesday. Kris Bryant and Addison Russell homered for ...

McIlroy knows this Open is different

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — On the final day of practice for the final major of the year, Rory McIlroy ripped a shot out of the light rough and began walking toward the green when he stopped in the middle of the fairway for a quick interview with Sky Sports. That's normal for McIlroy ...

Little League softball: Escanaba beats Kingsford, 9-8

ESCANABA — It was a far cry from the first matchup as the Escanaba Minor All-Star softball team (ages 8-10) escaped elimination in the district tournament with a 9-8 win against Kingsford. In Sunday’s tournament opener, Esky routed Kingsford 18-8 in four innings. “(Kingsford) ...

Yelich hits grand slam, Brewers rout Braves, 13-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Earlier in the day, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said his team had to find a way to make more plays in order to claw out of its midseason slump. Milwaukee then went out and did it Tuesday night. Christian Yelich hit his second career grand slam, Keston Hiura and Lorenzo ...

Woods trying to get up to speed for British Open

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Tiger Woods was on the practice range when the gates at the British Open opened Tuesday, and before long he was on the tee and ready to go. He just didn't go for very long. Woods played a full round at Royal Portrush when he arrived Sunday morning, and then ...

Mercado, Indians sink Tigers 8-6

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians wanted to bounce back from a disappointing series against the Minnesota Twins. Oscar Mercado made certain they did. Cleveland's rookie outfielder hit his second home run of the game — a leadoff blast in the seventh inning — and the Indians ...

Cubs win 8-3, sweep Pirates

CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Heyward, Albert Almora Jr. and Kyle Schwarber hit home runs and the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-3 on Sunday for a three-game sweep. The NL Central leaders posted their first series win since taking all three from St. Louis on June 7-9. Robel Garcia had ...

Dolphins’ Caldwell out with health issue

DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins assistant coach Jim Caldwell will take a leave of absence to address health issues that he says "require my full attention." Caldwell was hired in February to be the Dolphins' assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. He was expected to help in the ...

Packers’ profit drops 98 percent to $724,000

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers reported a profit of just $724,000 in their latest fiscal year, which included their second straight season without a playoff appearance, a large contract extension for quarterback Aaron Rodgers and change in head coach from Mike McCarthy to Matt ...

Federer tops Nadal in Wimbledon semis

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — After waiting 11 years to get another shot against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Roger Federer was so, so close to the finish line. One match point slipped away when Federer missed a forehand return. A second came and went on a backhand return. Later, serving for a ...

Party of 5: Competitive NL Central in for taut 2nd half

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Maddon didn't let the free time created by a rare ejection go to waste. Shortly after getting tossed by home plate umpire Joe West on July 4 following an outburst in which the Chicago Cubs manager appeared ready to take on any and all comers from the Pittsburgh dugout ...

Westbrook going to Rockets for Paul

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Russell Westbrook and James Harden are together again, and Chris Paul is leaving Houston to make that reunion happen. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Oklahoma City Thunder have traded Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Paul in a swapping of top point ...

Women’s World Cup champ’s hotel room burglarized

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The celebration was cut short for a member of the World Cup champion U.S. women’s soccer team after she discovered someone had burglarized her hotel room in Los Angeles. Allie Long tweeted on Thursday it happened after the team was honored at The ESPYS on Wednesday ...

Trade deadline looms as baseball resumes after break

CHICAGO (AP) — Francisco Lindor and the Cleveland Indians, looking up at Nelson Cruz and the surprising Minnesota Twins. Matt Chapman and the Oakland Athletics, trying to run down Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros. Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals, chasing Ronald Acuna Jr. and the ...