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Romano squeeze highlights big inning, Reds beat ChiSox

CINCINNATI (AP) — Fitting for Independence Day, the Cincinnati Reds saved all their fireworks for the fourth. Starting pitcher Sal Romano's suicide squeeze capped Cincinnati's six-run fourth inning, and the Reds rallied to beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 on Wednesday night. "It was nice to ...

Red Sox sweep slumping Nationals with 3-0 win; Yankees top Braves 6-2

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in two runs, Eduardo Rodriguez struck out six in six innings and the Boston Red Sox beat the Washington Nationals 3-0 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Rodriguez (10-3) allowed three hits and walked one. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for ...

Defending champ Joey Chestnut sets record with 74 hot dogs

NEW YORK (AP)  Joey “Jaws” Chestnut extended his reign as champion eater at the Nathan’s Famous July Fourth hot dog eating contest Wednesday, downing a record 74 wieners and buns in 10 minutes to take home the coveted Mustard Belt for the 11th time. Miki Sudo held on to her title as the ...

Superfight won’t uproot grounded UFC heavyweight star Miocic

By Greg Beacham AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Stipe Miocic has been the UFC’s heavyweight champion for more than two years, calmly dominating the most tumultuous division in mixed martial arts during a record three title defenses. Yet deep in his core, the longest-reigning ...

35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP)  As Roger Federer was winning 35 consecutive service points at Wimbledon on Wednesday — yes, 35 in a row — a Centre Court spectator cheered him on while wearing a red shirt with white lettering that said, "PeRFect." The Swiss great comes ...

England could end run of knockout futility against Colombia

By JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — A mostly meaningless final group game could end up defining England's World Cup. With two very different paths through the draw on offer and qualification in the bag, England coach Gareth Southgate rested players for the match against ...

AP source: LeBron speaks with Cavs as free agency opens

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Before any decision, LeBron James had a discussion with the Cavaliers. James was in contact with the team when NBA free agency opened on Sunday, a person familiar with the contact told The Associated Press. Shortly after the 12:01 EDT a.m. ...

LEADING OFF: Steamy starts, Price-Severino at Yankee Stadium

By The Associated Press Here's a look at what's happening around the majors today: HIGH HEAT It's expected to be a hot box at many ballparks, with game-time temperatures likely to climb over 100 degrees in Texas for White Sox-Rangers, near triple digits in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Yankee ...

Myers, Lucchesi lead Padres over Pirates, 4-3

By BERNIE WILSON, AP Sports Writer SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers helped give the San Diego Padres an early lead and closer Brad Hand barely held onto it. Myers homered, doubled and drove in three runs, and rookie Joey Lucchesi threw five scoreless innings to lead San Diego to a 4-3 victory ...

Sale pitches 7 stellar innings, Red Sox rout Yankees 11-0

By The Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Sale pitched his latest Bronx gem, Rafael Devers went 5 for 5 with a first-inning grand slam and the Boston Red Sox held the New York Yankees to two hits during an 11-0 rout Saturday night to take back baseball's best record. Sale (8-4) allowed ...

Martin Truex Jr. trying for 3rd straight win at Chicagoland

By JAY COHEN, AP Sports Writer JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. just celebrated his 38th birthday. He has won two of his last three races. He is spending this weekend at one of his favorite tracks. So yes, life is quite good at the moment. Truex appears to be picking up some momentum ...

Righty Velasquez makes strong lefty throw, Phils edge Nats

By AARON BRACY, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — If his right arm isn't healed in time for his next start, maybe Vince Velasquez can pitch with his left. Ambidextrous, indeed. Hit on his pitching arm by a line drive, Velasquez made a dazzling throw with his left hand, and Philadelphia ...

Lorenzen’s pinch-hit grand slam leads Reds over Brewers 12-3

By JOE KAY, AP Sports Writer CINCINNATI (AP) — When Brewers pitchers went over the strengths and weaknesses of Cincinnati's hitters to prepare for their series, they included reliever Michael Lorenzen in the mix. They need to do more studying. Lorenzen hit the second grand slam by a Reds ...

Ronaldo, Portugal unable to continue great run at World Cup

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo couldn't carry the team by himself this time. The five-time player of the year, who scored four goals in his opening two matches at the World Cup, was eliminated from the tournament on Saturday after Portugal lost to ...

Ronaldo, Portugal unable to continue great run at World Cup

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t carry the team by himself this time. The five-time player of the year, who scored four goals in his opening two matches at the World Cup, was eliminated from the tournament on Saturday after Portugal lost to Uruguay 2-1 in the round of ...

Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles

By Ronald Blum AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — Lionel Messi stared, hands on hips, pain etched across a face once boyish and filled with limitless joy, now obscured by a brown beard and hardened by expectations for his nation unmet. Four hours later and 950 miles (1,530 kilometers) away, ...

Brazilians finally see less diving from Neymar at World Cup

By TALES AZZONI, AP Sports Writer SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Brazilians finally got to see the Neymar they like, one that spends less time diving and more time trying to help the national team at the World Cup. After two disappointing performances in Russia, Brazil's star forward played well in ...

Colombia advances while Senegal is eliminated by tiebreaker

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer SAMARA, Russia (AP) — Yerry Mina scored on a header in the 74th minute and Colombia defeated Senegal 1-0 Thursday to advance to the World Cup knockout stage. Senegal became the first team ever eliminated by a new tiebreaker — number of yellow ...

Japan advances on yellow cards despite losing at World Cup

By PAN PYLAS, Associated Press VOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — Japan advanced to the knockout round at the World Cup on a tiebreaker, fewer yellow cards than Senegal. The Japanese lost to Poland 1-0 Thursday in their final group match, but they still reached the round of 16 because Colombia beat ...

Defending champion Pliskova upset by Sabalenka

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Defending champion Karolina Pliskova was upset by Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in the Eastbourne International quarterfinals on Thursday. The second-seeded Czech player, who has reached the final in the past two years, lost 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) in 2 hours, 12 ...