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Kings, Koufos agree to 4-year, $33 million deal

A day after locking up a pair of guards, the Sacramento Kings invested in their front court.

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Posted: jul. 06, 2015 1:46 a.m. | | Kings, Koufos agree to 4-year, $33 million deal Comments 0 Comments

Williams matchup headlines Monday’s action at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — One five-time Wimbledon champion is guaranteed to reach the quarterfinals. Another is assured of elimination.

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Posted: jul. 06, 2015 1:46 a.m. | | Williams matchup headlines Monday’s action at Wimbledon Comments 0 Comments

Abby Wambach’s World Cup finale comes with coveted trophy

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Abby Wambach lifted American coach Jill Ellis after the final whistle. She ran to the stands for a hug from her wife. And then along with Christie Rampone, she became the first American to lift the Women’s World Cup championship trophy in 16 years.

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Posted: jul. 06, 2015 1:45 a.m. | | Abby Wambach’s World Cup finale comes with coveted trophy Comments 0 Comments

Gordon with praise before final Daytona race

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As rain delayed his final race at Daytona International Speedway, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon was showered with cheers during driver introductions Sunday.

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Earnhardt wins rain-delayed Daytona ahead of Dillon’s crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A horrific last-lap accident that left drivers fearing for Austin Dillon’s safety muted Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory in the rain-delayed race at Daytona International Speedway.

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Posted: jul. 06, 2015 1:44 a.m. | | Earnhardt wins rain-delayed  Daytona ahead of Dillon’s crash  Comments 0 Comments

Stockton 99 honors ‘Manteca Missle’ before Saturday’s Firecracker 100

By DALE BOSOWSKI

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Posted: jul. 06, 2015 1:44 a.m. | | Stockton 99 honors ‘Manteca Missle’ before Saturday’s Firecracker 100 Comments 0 Comments

Mountain House homers doom Northgate 9-10s

By DAVE CAMPBELL

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Posted: jul. 06, 2015 1:43 a.m. | | Mountain House homers doom Northgate 9-10s Comments 0 Comments

Ejections part of winless road trip

WASHINGTON (AP) — With his team frustrated from a poor road trip, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy thought home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi should’ve shown more restraint.

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Giant’s Posey elected to start All-Star Game

NEW YORK (AP) — The All-Star Game will have a Kansas City flavor, just not as much as it appeared last month.

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Posted: jul. 06, 2015 1:40 a.m. | | Giant’s Posey elected to start All-Star Game Comments 0 Comments

Bassitt’s strong start not enough for Athletics

OAKLAND (AP) — Athletics rookie Chris Bassitt recorded two quick outs in the sixth inning and was on the verge of heading back to the dugout when he hit Robinson Cano of the Mariners in the right foot with a 1-2 pitch.

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Lloyd’s hatty vaults US to 3rd title

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Carli Lloyd lives for the big moment. She had her biggest on Sunday night — and gave the United States its record third Women’s World Cup title.

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Accused man’s family thanks slain cop’s mom for her grace

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The family of a man accused of killing a New Orleans policeman has released a statement of sympathy and thanks to the dead man’s family.

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Rondo, Belinelli to solidify Kings’ backcourt

After missing targets at the start of free agency, the Sacramento Kings finally filled out their backcourt Friday.

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Sharks add veteran forward

SAN JOSE (AP) — The San Jose Sharks signed veteran forward Joel Ward to a three-year contract Friday.

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Wambach out to win Her final World Cup

VANCOUVER, British Columbia. (AP) — With the title match looming, Abby Wambach isn’t mincing words.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 10:41 p.m. | | Wambach out to win Her final World Cup Comments 0 Comments

US routs Guatemala in Gold Cup tune-up

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Clint Dempsey converted a penalty kick in his return from a suspension for a confrontation with a referee, Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal and the United States routed Guatemala 4-0 Friday night in an exhibition ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

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Serena escapes defeat; Venus next

LONDON (AP) — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd.

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Tour de-void of Americans

As the Tour de France drew near, Jonathan Vaughters was still poring over power outputs and training results, trying to determine the nine riders that he would send to represent Cannondale-Garmin at the start line in the Dutch city of Utrecht.

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Mavericks set to land Clippers center Jordan

DALLAS (AP) — DeAndre Jordan has chosen the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers in what turned into a tense boom-or-bust wait for Dallas in pursuit of the free-agent center.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 10:40 p.m. | | Mavericks set to land Clippers  center Jordan Comments 0 Comments

Busch involved in Daytona crash

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Busch was involved in a multi-car crash at Daytona International Speedway, where he returned Friday for the first time since he was injured at the track in February.

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Vegas, Langley lead Greenbrier Classic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — Jhonattan Vegas hasn’t had much success since winning his second PGA Tour event as a rookie in 2011. The Greenbrier Classic could give him that needed boost.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 10:39 p.m. | | Vegas, Langley lead Greenbrier Classic Comments 0 Comments

A-Rod gets ball from 3,000th hit

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit.

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NFL suspends 3 players for violating drug policies

Three-time All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates of San Diego will be suspended the first four games of the 2015 season along with New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain for violating NFL drug policies.

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Guzan, US seek to maintain momentum

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brad Guzan is intent on following his disappointing spring with a title in the CONCACAF Gold Cup

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 1:40 a.m. | | Guzan, US seek to maintain momentum Comments 0 Comments

Bradley replaces Dempsey as US captain

CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Bradley will be the U.S. captain for the CONCACAF Gold Cup rather than Clint Dempsey.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 1:40 a.m. | | Bradley replaces Dempsey as US captain Comments 0 Comments

Sharks sign 4 players on busy day

SAN JOSE (AP) — The San Jose Sharks signed former Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally to a two-year contract Thursday and forwards John McCarthy, Bryan Lerg and Micheal Haley to one-year deals.

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Scouting director fired amid hacking scandal

ST.LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals said Thursday they have fired scouting director Chris Correa, the first known fallout from the hacking scandal that has resulted in a federal investigation into whether the team illegally got inside the player personnel database of the Houston Astros.

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Smoltz is 1st HOFer following TJ surgery

When John Smoltz is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in three weeks he’ll be the first player enshrined following Tommy John surgery.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 1:39 a.m. | | Smoltz is 1st HOFer following TJ surgery Comments 0 Comments

Game goes on for Angels

ANAHEIM (AP) — Although the Los Angeles Angels’ season hasn’t been particularly good, it has been interesting in a lot of bad ways.

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Tiger Woods starts well at Greenbrier Classic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start.

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Another early Wimbledon exit for Nadal

LONDON (AP) — 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.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 1:37 a.m. | | Another early Wimbledon exit for Nadal Comments 0 Comments

Fernandez outduels Cain in 2015 debuts

MIAMI (AP) — Matt Cain’s season debut Thursday came without the hype or souvenir masks accompanying the return of his counterpart, Jose Fernandez.

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Posted: jul. 03, 2015 1:28 a.m. | | Fernandez outduels Cain in 2015 debuts Comments 0 Comments

Kazmir dominates for 8 innings as A’s blank Mariners

OAKLAND (AP) — Scott Kazmir wanted to establish control of the inner half of the plate early on. From there, it was just a matter of commanding his pitches, expanding the zone and keeping the hitters off balance.

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Arum sues Haymon, Premier Boxing Champions

Boxing promoter Bob Arum filed suit Wednesday against Al Haymon and his financial backers, claiming they are violating federal law by acting as illegal promoters and monopolizing fighters and venues for fights.

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Posted: jul. 02, 2015 1:29 a.m. | | Arum sues Haymon, Premier Boxing Champions Comments 0 Comments

Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in free agency

Kevin Love has unfinished business in Cleveland and Tyson Chandler will be conducting his in Phoenix.

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Posted: jul. 02, 2015 1:28 a.m. | | Love stays, Chandler moves, dollars fly in free agency Comments 0 Comments

At hot-for-Wimbledon, Venus nears Serena showdown

LONDON (AP) — Venus Williams is no longer the player she once was, on account of the passage of time and the day-to-day ups and downs of an energy-sapping condition.

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Dipoto resigns after 3 1/2 years with Angels

ANAHEIM, (AP) — For 3 1/2 years, general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia managed to survive disputes and reconciliations in their arranged marriage with the Los Angeles Angels.

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US team to the Women’s World Cup

MONTREAL (AP) — It used to be that the U.S. women’s national team was known more for its fierce attack. For the Women’s World Cup in Canada, the Americans are finding success with a locked-down defense.

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Japan in World Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The pressure is off now that Japan gets the opportunity to defend its Women’s World Cup championship.

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Sharks sign D Paul Martin to open free agency

SAN JOSE,.(AP) — After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003, the San Jose Sharks went into the offseason with a clear focus on becoming tougher defensively.

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Posted: jul. 02, 2015 1:10 a.m. | | Sharks sign D Paul Martin to open free agency Comments 0 Comments

Bour homers in 9th to beat Giants

MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bour found a way to end the Miami Marlins’ flurry of double-play grounders Wednesday night — by hitting the ball over the fence.

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Draymond Green agree to 5-year, $85M deal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — No need to seek out an offer sheet in restricted free agency. Draymond Green is coming back to the Golden State Warriors on his own terms.

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Posted: jul. 02, 2015 1:09 a.m. | | Draymond Green agree to 5-year, $85M deal Comments 0 Comments

Butler leads Hahn, A’s past Rockies

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Billy Butler’s first triple in nearly three years was the talk of the clubhouse.

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US heads to World Cup final

MONTREAL(AP) — Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans.

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Sharks acquire goalie Martin Jones

SAN JOSE (AP) — Martin Jones was at the top of San Jose’s list as general manager Doug Wilson went into the offseason searching for a starting goaltender.

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De La Rosa pitches Rockies to win over Athletics

OAKLAND (AP) — Jorge De La Rosa pitched seven strong innings to carry the Colorado Rockies past the Oakland Athletics 2-1 Tuesday night for their first interleague win of the season.

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Man U-Quakes game switched to Avaya

SAN JOSE (AP) — Manchester United’s International Champions Cup game against San Jose has been moved from California’s Memorial Stadium to the Earthquakes’ smaller new soccer-specific stadium.

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Scioscia downplays reported rift

ANAHEIM (AP) — Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia downplayed a report of a renewed rift with general manager Jerry Dipoto on Tuesday, insisting the two are “a good team.”

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Curry overtakes James for NBA’s top jersey

OAKLAND AP) — Stephen Curry has surpassed LeBron James for the most popular jersey in the NBA.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 11:35 p.m. | | Curry overtakes James for NBA’s top jersey Comments 0 Comments

Bouchard, Halep lose Wimbledon openers; Federer, Nadal win

LONDON (AP) — A year ago at Wimbledon, Eugenie Bouchard and Simona Halep met in a semifinal showcasing two of tennis’ up-and-coming stars.

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Posted: jun. 30, 2015 11:35 p.m. | | Bouchard, Halep lose Wimbledon openers; Federer, Nadal win Comments 0 Comments

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