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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 ...

English soccer star Wayne Rooney signs with DC United

By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Wayne Rooney is coming to Major League Soccer with D.C. United, the latest star to take his talents across the pond to the United States. Rooney follows the lead of Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic and retired countryman David Beckham by leaving ...

Future starts now for Germany after shock World Cup exit

By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer KAZAN, Russia (AP) — Coach Joachim Loew failed in his bid to combine the experience of past World Cup winners and the youth of talented newcomers, but the future holds much promise for Germany. The powerful Mannschaft, the dominant force of world soccer ...

AP source: Paul George decides to become free agent

By TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer Paul George turned down one option and created a slew of new ones. George has decided not to exercise his $20.7 million option for next season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, a person with knowledge of the situation said Thursday. George will become an ...

Chinese court hands US football coach 4-year prison sentence

By GERRY SHIH, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court sentenced former American football player Wendell Brown to four years in prison Thursday for being involved in a bar fight, a punishment his lawyer and an activist called excessive. Brown, a native of Detroit who played for Ball ...

Dodgers hit 3 homers for 51 in June, beat Cubs 7-5

By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — After an anemic first couple months of the season, the Dodgers are powering balls out of the stadium at a near record rate. Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger each hit a solo home run, Joc Pederson added a two-run shot and Los Angeles defeated ...

LEADING OFF: Bregman crushing in the clutch, Kershaw vs Cubs

By The Associated Press A look at what's happening around the majors today: CLUTCH CITY Alex Bregman is red-hot at the plate as the Astros travel to Tampa Bay for a four-game series, and he's been especially good late in games. Bregman has homered in three straight, including a game-ending ...