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Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain slides home to score the game-winning run on a double by Eric Hosmer during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. The Royals won the game 3-2. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

4 Royals elected to start All-Star Game; Reds’ Frazier, too

Sunday, July 5, 2015

NEW YORK — The All-Star Game will have a Kansas City flavor, just not as much as it appeared last month. And the hometown Reds can celebrate a starter, too, despite Cincinnati’s sorry season. Houston second baseman Jose Altuve passed Kansas City’s Omar Infante in the final days of voting, leaving four Royals as starters for the All-Star Game. Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier leapfrogged St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter and will be in the NL starting lineup for the July 14 game at Great American Ball Park, according to final results announced Sunday. AL champion Kansas City will be represented in the starting lineup by …

NASCAR fans defend, display Confederate flags at Daytona

Sunday, July 5, 2015

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Steven Rebenstorf has numerous flags flying atop his canopy tent inside Daytona International Speedway. The Confederate flag is front and center. It’s been like that for years. And the 57-year-old Rebenstorf has no plans to take it down — not even if NASCAR decides to ban the embattled flag …

Danny Lee wins Greenbrier Classic in 4-man playoff

Sunday, July 5, 2015

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Danny Lee was overcome with nerves after qualifying for a four-man playoff at The Greenbrier Classic. By the time he walked to the first playoff tee, he was ready. Lee earned his first PGA Tour victory when he parred the second hole of Sunday’s sudden-death playoff, eliminating David …

Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic

Thursday, July 2, 2015

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start. Woods rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in Thursday’s opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, four shots behind …

New sports uniforms level the playing field for Muslim girls in Minnesota

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS — Girls in stylish athletic wear walk the runway as the sounds of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry blare from speakers. The crowd claps and cheers as the young models strike poses with basketballs, lacrosse sticks and …

Rafael Nadal makes another early exit at Wimbledon

Thursday, July 2, 2015

LONDON — On the final point of the first set of his latest Wimbledon disappointment, Rafael Nadal swung his mighty, lefty forehand — and whiffed, accidentally whacking his right leg with his racket. It was a painful, embarrassing …

England wakes to more heartbreak for national soccer team

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MANCHESTER, England — England’s national teams keep finding ways to make agonizing exits from major soccer tournaments. Penalty-shootout defeats? There have been six of those by England’s men alone since the World Cup semifinals in 1990. Refereeing injustices? …

US files formal extradition request for 7 FIFA officials

Thursday, July 2, 2015

GENEVA — The United States has submitted a formal request for Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of a corruption probe that has rocked soccer’s world governing body. Switzerland’s Federal Office of Justice …

Bruins busy on first day of free agency

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

BOSTON — Boston Bruins rookie general manager Don Sweeney went into the first day of NHL free agency intent on improving his team’s feeble offense, which ranked 22nd in the league. Sweeney added two wingers Wednesday he thinks will be a major part of the solution next season: …

Phil Kessel trade to Penguins highlights start of NHL free agency

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

On the first day of NHL free agency, a blockbuster trade stole the spotlight. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday in the biggest move of the day, while a handful of prominent defenseman found new homes in free agency. Mike Green signed …

Kevin Love stays, Tyson Chandler moves, dollars fly in NBA free agency

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix. The first full day of NBA free agency featured skyrocketing salaries and a flurry of moves, though no decision yet from LaMarcus …

Own goal gives Japan 2-1 win over England in World Cup semi

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

EDMONTON, Alberta — Laura Bassett scored into her own net during second-half stoppage time, giving Japan a 2-1 victory over England in a Women’s World Cup semifinal. The decisive goal Wednesday came when Japan’s Nahomi Kawasumi drove up …

Rick Porcello’s struggles continue, Blue Jays rout Red Sox

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

TORONTO — Even by the standards of his current wretched run, Rick Porcello hit a new low Wednesday. Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate, Mark Buehrle won his fourth straight decision and the Toronto Blue …