National Sports

Anderson pitches A’s to 6-0 win over Indians

By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — Brett Anderson's first start in two months wasn't pristine. But it was productive and another positive for the ascending Athletics. Anderson came off the disabled list and worked into the sixth inning before turning things over to Oakland's ...

Kingham pitches, hits Pirates to 4-1 win over Phillies

By WES CROSBY, Associated Press PITTSBURGH (AP) — With the Pittsburgh Pirates struggling to score runs, rookie pitcher Nick Kingham came through to give himself some run support. Kingham pitched six solid innings and drove in two runs, helping the Pirates avoid a three-game sweep with a 4-1 ...

LEADING OFF: Lester eyes NL-best 12th win, A’s stay hot

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CHICAGO'S ACE Jon Lester has put together some ace-worthy seasons during his 13-year major league career, including four All-Star appearances and a runner-up finish in the Cy Young voting two years ago. The Chicago ...

Diamondbacks set franchise record with 20-5 rout of Padres

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Five home runs, 18 hits, 20 runs. The Arizona Diamondbacks have never had a better offensive night than they did Saturday against the San Diego Padres. David Peralta drove in three runs and matched his career best with five hits and the ...

Cormier stops heavyweight Miocic to win 2nd UFC title belt

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Daniel Cormier knocked out the UFC heavyweight champion, argued with a professional wrestler and left the octagon dancing with glee and perfect balance, thanks to one championship belt on each arm. There will never be another Saturday night ...

Reynolds drives in career-best 10, Nationals win again

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Mark Reynolds homered twice and drove in a career-high 10 runs, Max Scherzer won for the first time since June 5, and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 18-4 on Saturday night. Washington has won three straight and scored a combined 35 ...

Red Sox score season high in runs, rout Royals 15-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andrew Benintendi and the Red Sox easily made up for David Price's bad outing. Benintendi homered, doubled, walked a career-high four times and scored four runs, and Boston routed the Kansas City Royals 15-4 on Saturday night. Mookie Betts had four hits, raising his ...

Suns’ Booker signs 5-year, $158 million deal

By BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer PHOENIX (AP) — Devin Booker, the high-scoring guard at the heart of Phoenix's rebuilding plans, has signed a five-year, $158 million maximum contract with the Suns. Booker, 21, tweeted a photo of himself smiling as he signed the contract Saturday night, moments ...

Erik Jones gets 1st Cup win in crash-filled race at Daytona

By MARK LONG, AP Sports Writer DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Erik Jones survived several gnarly wrecks, defending Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. on his bumper late and the pressure of overtime at NASCAR's most famous track. Maybe these so-called "Young Guns" do know how to find victory ...

After so much humiliation, England a source of pride, unity

By ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer SAMARA, Russia (AP) — So often the source of letdowns and embarrassments, England's soccer team is a unifying force among players and the nation. At least in some sections of the country riven by economic, political and social divisions that led to ...

Slab Head, Rocky and 37 headline unlikely World Cup final 4

By RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer MOSCOW (AP) — English fish and chips against Croatia's famous fish risotto. France's vin et fromage versus Belgian beer and waffles. Players nicknamed Slab Head, Rocky and 37. Welcome to the final four of a new-look World Cup, perhaps the most improbable of ...

Dana White confirms Brock Lesnar will make UFC comeback soon

By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brock Lesnar is coming back to the UFC next year, and new heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier wants to fight him. UFC President Dana White confirmed the long-anticipated mixed martial arts return of the popular professional wrestler ...

Alessandrini scores twice, Galaxy rout Crew 4-0

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Romain Alessandrini scored two goals as a substitute to help the Los Angeles Galaxy beat the Columbus Crew 4-0 on Saturday night. Ola Kamara opened the scoring in the 42nd minute, making a run through the middle of the area to finish Ashley Cole's low cross. Zlatan ...

Croatia ends Russia’s run, advances to World Cup semifinals

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Nyet this time. Although Russia made it further at this year’s World Cup than most anyone expected, it was Croatia that advanced to the semifinals with a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday following a 2-2 draw. The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked team in the ...

Djokovic slams Wimbledon crowd after being booed

By Mattias Karen Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic shrugged off a bad call by the chair umpire that cost him a break in his Wimbledon win over home favorite Kyle Edmund on Saturday. He was less forgiving when it came to the way he was treated by the crowd at the All England ...

England reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0

By Steve Douglas AP Sports Writer SAMARA, Russia (AP) — England achieved something David Beckham's generation never managed: It reached the semifinals of the World Cup. Harry Maguire and Dele Alli scored with headers in a 2-0 win over Sweden on Saturday, earning England's youthful team a ...

LaVine signs $80 million offer from Kings

By The Associated Press Zach LaVine has signed a four-year, $80 million offer sheet with the Sacramento Kings. A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the terms to The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because neither the Kings nor the ...

Hey, Serena, you’ve won 7 Wimbledon titles; could 8 be next?

By Howard Fendrich AP Tennis Writer LONDON (AP) — It’s hard to blame Serena Williams for having some trouble keeping track of all of her many titles at the All England Club. “I don’t necessarily have to win another Wimbledon in my career,” she was saying Friday, making a point ...

Belgium eliminates Brazil, advances to World Cup semifinals

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Neymar used Brazil’s famed yellow jersey to shield his anguish. The Belgians, clad in red and dancing in a celebratory circle nearby, couldn’t hide their relief. Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 28 years, holding off five-time champion ...

France reaches World Cup semifinals, beats Uruguay 2-0

NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia (AP) — Antoine Griezmann’s fluke goal helped France earn a place in the World Cup semifinals. Griezmann scored with a shot that bounced off the hands of the opposing goalkeeper and into the net, giving France a 2-0 victory over Uruguay on Friday. The 1998 champions ...