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Detroit Tigers just miss shutout, beat Milwaukee 8-3

Detroit Tigers shortstop Willi Castro throws out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Keston Hiura at first base during the first inning on Tuesday in Detroit. The Tigers won 8-3 as Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run homer and knocked in four runs. Spencer Turnbull pitched six scoreless innings of three-hit ...

All Puerto Rican players can wear 21 on Clemente Day

NEW YORK (AP) — All Puerto Rican players will be allowed to wear No. 21 on Wednesday during Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Day celebration. The move to wear the number, similar to MLB's celebration of Jackie Robinson's No. 42 each April 15, started with the Pittsburgh Pirates. ...

Remaining Tour riders cleared of virus but not director

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer The remaining Tour de France riders were cleared to continue racing ahead of Tuesday's Stage 10 after undergoing COVID-19 tests, but the Tour director tested positive and left the race. Less than two hours before the stage started, Tour organizers and ...

BYU rolls past Navy 55-3 in season-opener with no fans

By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — BYU coach Kalani Sitake did a fine job of keeping his players safe from COVID-19 while getting them ready to open a new football season. Ken Niumatalolo wished he could have done the same thing at Navy. Tyler Allgeier ran for 132 ...

Brown helps Celtics rout Raptors to take 3-2 lead in series

By The Associated Press undefined LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The game plan from Boston coach Brad Stevens was simple: Start things off with an increased effort on defense to set an immediate tone. The Celtics did exactly as he asked — and put the reigning NBA champions on the ...

George, Leonard lead Clippers to 113-107 win over Nuggets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Kawhi Leonard blocked a dunk at the rim with one finger. It was part of a defensive effort that deserved a big hand for propelling the Los Angeles Clippers down the stretch. Paul George scored 32 points, Leonard added 23 along with a big late block and the ...

NFL stunner: Jags waive Fournette after failing to trade him

By MARK LONG AP Pro Football Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived running back Leonard Fournette, a stunning decision that gets the team closer to purging Tom Coughlin's tenure. The team spent months trying to trade the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL ...

Kentucky Derby, Louisville prepare for weekend without fans

By GARY B. GRAVES AP Sports Writer LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The fastest two minutes in sports will also be the quietest in Kentucky Derby history. Churchill Downs scraped plans earlier this month for 23,000 physically distanced, masked fans to attend Saturday's rescheduled Tripled Crown race ...

LEADING OFF: Trade deadline, A’s sidelined by COVID-19

A look at what's happening around the majors today: ___ DEADLINE DAY The Padres, Cubs and Braves were among the clubs that added players in a burst of deals a day before Monday's trade deadline. San Diego added first baseman Mitch Moreland from Boston, Chicago picked up slugger Jose ...

Isles beat Flyers 3-2, move within win of conference final

By The Associated Press undefined TORONTO (AP) — Jean Gabriel Pageau scored the go-ahead goal 7:18 into the third period and the New York Islanders moved within one win of advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night. Brock ...

Bell, Polanco homer off Woodruff as Pirates beat Brewers 5-1

By STEVE MEGARGEE AP Sports Writer MILWAUKEE (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Josh Bell has joked for years during batting practice at Miller Park about hitting the promotional vehicle parked well above the wall in right-center field. Bell finally did it Sunday. His towering shot in the ...

Ineos riders’ dominance under threat at Tour de France

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN AP Sports Writer NICE (AP) — The dominant force at the Tour de France for most of the last decade, the Ineos team of defending champion Egan Bernal is seeing its dominance challenged, and this year's race could well be the one marking a major shift of power in ...

Multi-position players boost options in pandemic season

By AARON BEARD AP Sports Writer RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's Trey Morrison entered preseason camp set to play nickelback, only to start working at free safety with the goal of being ready to play anywhere in the secondary on short notice. That's because the 18th-ranked Tar Heels, ...

9 NFL teams cancel practice in response to Blake shooting

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Empty practice fields made for loud and powerful statements at nine facilities across the NFL. The Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, New York ...

Reds sweep Brewers as teams resume play following protest

By JIM HOEHN Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wade Miley allowed one hit over four scoreless innings to help the Cincinnati Reds to a 6-0 victory and doubleheader sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night, one day after both teams opted not to play to protest racial injustice. The ...

Cam Newton slowly making his way into Patriots’ culture

By KYLE HIGHTOWER AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Cam Newton isn't concerned with whether he's the front-runner to be the Patriots' starting quarterback. For now, strengthening the bonds he's building with his new teammates and getting a deeper grasp of the playbook is what's ...