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Alvarez, Tucker help Astros to 8-2 interleague win over Mets

HOUSTON (AP) — Astros manager Dusty Baker considered giving Yordan Álvarez another day off after he sat out one game with a minor hand injury. But the slugger told Baker he was ready, so Álvarez was penciled into the lineup Tuesday night. "And ready he was," Baker said. Álvarez hit a ...

Fanatics founder Michael Rubin selling stake in 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Fanatics founder Michael Rubin is selling his stake in the company that owns the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils. Rubin, worth an estimated $8 billion according to Forbes, said on social media posts he was "s hifting from part-owner " of the teams run by Harris ...

US Open tennis increases wheelchair field, adds junior event

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Open will double the size of its men's and women's wheelchair singles and doubles tournaments, and add a junior championship at this year's tournament. The expansion announced Wednesday means there will be 16 men and 16 women in the singles draws, along with eight ...

Max Fried beats Braves in arbitration, gets $6.85 million

ATLANTA (AP) — Pitcher Max Fried won his salary arbitration case against the World Series champion Atlanta Braves and was given his $6.85 million request instead of the team's $6.6 million offer. Walt De Treux, Robert Herman and John Woods made the decision Wednesday, a day after listening ...

Astros’ Siri posts, deletes profane tweet after admiring HR

HOUSTON (AP) — A day after Houston outfielder José Siri called his bat-flip home run celebration against the New York Mets "an error," he seemingly backtracked Wednesday with a profane tweet that was later deleted. While not addressing the incident directly, Siri's tweet said: "(expletive) ...

Major League Baseball allows teams to sell CBD sponsorships

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball teams have been told they can sell CBD sponsorships. CBD stands for cannabidiol and is a chemical compound found naturally in cannabis plants. The commissioner's office informed teams that a sponsor would need to be certified by the NSF, a global health ...

NFL seeks arbitration for Flores’ racial discrimination suit

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL and six of its teams have filed for arbitration in the lawsuit that alleges they engaged in racial discrimination. If the league's request is successful, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would be the arbitrator. The league and the teams filed papers late Tuesday with a ...

Smith? Holmgren? Banchero? Magic own No. 1 pick in NBA draft

NEW YORK (AP) — Paolo Banchero thinks he should be No. 1. Jabari Smith Jr. is sure he won't go beyond No. 2. Chet Holmgren would be happy with either. The freshmen have been considered the top three players available, in some order, in the NBA draft. The Orlando Magic will determine who goes ...

Korda set to defend title at Women’s PGA Championship

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — It was just one year ago that Nelly Korda won the Women's PGA Championship, securing her first major and reaching No. 1 in the world. "It feels like forever ago, honestly," she said. A lot has happened — both good and bad — since then for Korda. She also won an ...

Paul Maurice hired as new coach of the Florida Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Paul Maurice is the new coach of the Florida Panthers, agreeing on a deal Wednesday to take over a club coming off a season where it had the best record in the NHL and rewrote the franchise's record book. The 55-year-old Maurice will be introduced Thursday morning, the ...

PGA Tour in ‘arms race’ of dollars and leaning on loyalty

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Commissioner Jay Monahan says the PGA Tour can't win an "arms race" against Saudi-funded LIV Golf when the weapon is money. His response Wednesday was to boost prize money in eight elite events and rely on loyalty and legacy among his players. Monahan delivered another ...

López throws 7 solid innings, Marlins beat Rockies 7-4

MIAMI (AP) — Pablo López allowed one unearned run in seven solid innings and the Miami Marlins beat the Colorado Rockies 7-4 Wednesday night. Garrett Cooper, Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Jorge Soler hit home runs for Miami. The Marlins, who played their second home game of the season with the ...

Kadri scores in OT in return, Avs move to brink of title

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored at 12:02 of overtime and the Colorado Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to move within a victory of dethroning the two-time defending champion Lightning. Playing for the first time since June 4 due to a ...

Judge homers twice, Yankees come back to beat Rays 5-4

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Aaron Judge hit his major league-leading 26th and 27th home runs, Jose Trevino delivered a two-run shot that put New York ahead in the eighth inning and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 on Wednesday night. Judge's 22nd career multi-homer game helped the ...

Motocross instructor indicted on federal child porn charges

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A motocross instructor who visited states from New York to Georgia has been charged with producing child pornography, federal officials said Wednesday. Ryan Meyung, 30, is accused of engaging six minors in sexually explicit conduct to produce sexual abuse images and ...

Cavaliers exercise 4th year option on forward Dean Wade

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Cavaliers exercised the fourth-year contract option on forward Dean Wade, who made 28 starts last season and became a solid contributor during the team's resurgence. The Cavs announced the move with Wade on Wednesday. Wade averaged 5.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and ...

Freeman’s homer, 2 RBIs power Dodgers to 6th win over Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) — Freddie Freeman homered and drove in two runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers extended their winning streak against Cincinnati this season to six games, beating the Reds 8-4 on Wednesday night. Freeman, who tied a season high with five RBIs in an 8-2 win in series opener on ...

Guardians score 4 in 9th to rally past Twins 11-10

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Oscar Gonzalez tied the game with a two-run single and scored on Owen Miller's go-ahead sacrifice fly as the Cleveland Guardians rallied for four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Minnesota Twins 11-10 on Wednesday night. Gonzalez homered earlier and finished with four ...

Scheffler, McIlroy highlight strong field at Travelers

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — It has been an exhausting couple of weeks for the top players on the PGA Tour as they've dealt with the usual rigors of a U.S. Open and the unusual stress of losing some big names to the upstart LIV Golf series. But six of the world's top 15 ranked players, including ...

Refsnyder hits 2-run homer as Red Sox sweep Tigers, 6-2

BOSTON (AP) — Rob Refsnyder hit a two-run homer in the third inning and the Boston Red Sox posted their third series sweep of the season, powering past the Detroit Tigers 6-2 on Wednesday night. Jarren Duran and Alex Verdugo each added a two-run double as Boston won for the eighth time in 10 ...