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Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Tillman scratches his head after Los Angeles Angels' Howie Kendrick scored a run on a sacrifice fly by Hank Conger in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Rays Remain Red-Hot

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

St. Petersburg, Fla. — Alex Cobb struck out 12 in eight innings and Ben Zobrist drove in two runs Tuesday night, leading the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. It was the Rays’ 11th win in 12 games. Zobrist hit his ninth home run in the sixth inning for the only run off Milwaukee starter …

In Brief: At Long Last, Lakers Have a Head Coach

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

El Segundo, Calif. — Byron Scott is taking over the Los Angeles Lakers with the vocal support of his fellow Showtime greats. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes attended Tuesday’s introductory news conference for Scott, the 25th head coach in franchise history. Scott boldly predicted a quick return to NBA title contention for the Lakers, who are coming off their worst season …

Journeyman Hopes He Can Stick With Pats

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — Sealver Siliga knows about trying to stand out in a crowd. The youngest of 11 siblings finally found steady work with the New England Patriots after being let go by three NFL teams. Now he’s part of a large group of defensive tackles trying to stay with the club. Siliga …

Flood of Braves Brings Life Back to Cooperstown

Sunday, July 27, 2014

New York — Cooperstown will have a Southern accent this weekend as 40,000 people — about 16 times last year’s total — visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame for its annual induction ceremony in central New York state. Former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, …

Kiteboarders Object to Sport’s Ban Off of Cape Cod’s Shore

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Boston — Kiteboarders are pushing back against bans in the protected waters off Cape Cod, but federal officials say the prohibitions are necessary because the kites scare away piping plovers and other threatened or endangered shorebirds from their …

Caution: Reconstruction Ahead

Sunday, July 27, 2014

San Francisco — The San Francisco Giants boosted their rotation for the stretch run by acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers. The 2007 NL Cy Young …

Nibali Set to Win Tour, Two Frenchmen on His Wings

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Perigueux, France — Finally cracking broad smiles after weeks of no-nonsense racing, Vincenzo Nibali confirmed he will win the Tour de France after another impressive ride in a dramatic penultimate stage on Saturday. Nibali all but ensured he will be crowned Tour champion for the first time thanks …

Furyk Closes on Canadian Title

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Montreal — Jim Furyk moved into position for his third Canadian Open victory, shooting a 5-under 65 on Saturday to take a three-stroke lead at Royal Montreal. The 44-year-old Furyk, the 2006 winner at Hamilton and 2007 champion at Angus Glen, had a 15-under 195 total after opening …

Thomas: Cheaters Have No Place in Cooperstown

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Cooperstown, n.y. — The Hall of Fame Class of 2014 includes three players who did things the right way and never had to apologize. While Frank Thomas, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine are celebrated today in Cooperstown, many of their peers from the Steroid Era will be watching …

Harvick Charges to Indianapolis Pole

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Indianapolis — The season-long rivalry between Hendrick Motorsports and Team Penske heads into the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Kevin Harvick will try to crash their party. Harvick, Jeff Gordon and Brad Keselowski swept the top …

Love Steps Back From Team USA

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Kevin Love has told Team USA he will not be able to play for it this summer because of his current unsettled situation with the Minnesota Timberwolves. USA Basketball’s Jerry Colangelo announced it on Saturday morning, two days before the national team is set to begin workouts in …

Smith Seeks A Start

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Foxborough, Mass. — After missing last season with a knee injury, Will Smith is thrilled to be back on the field. Now, the 33-year-old defensive end has a job to win. “It feels good,” Smith said Saturday, after the first training camp day in full pads. “It’s been …

Injuries Hit Squads Hard

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Spartanburg, s.c. — Carolina Panthers rookie running back Tyler Gaffney will have season-ending surgery after tearing the lateral meniscus in his left knee. Gaffney was Carolina’s sixth-round draft pick out of Stanford and was expected to provide some depth in the backfield. Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Saturday …