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Bowman will have to use spare

LOUDON, N.H. — Alex Bowman will drive teammate Jimmie Johnson’s spare car today after wrecking his backup in the final practice at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bowman, one of five drivers already in backups for the Cup race, struck a wall coming out of a turn in Saturday’s practice. ...

Royals snap Indian winning streak

CLEVELAND — Hunter Dozier homered in the first inning and Jakob Junis pitched two-hit ball through six innings as the Kansas City Royals beat Cleveland 1-0 on Saturday night, snapping the Indians’ six-game winning streak. Dozier sent a 349-foot shot to right off Adam Plutko for his 15th ...

Musgrove does it all

PITTSBURGH—Joe Musgrove scattered two hits over six innings, collected his first double of the season and scored on a textbook head-first slide to beat a throw by Philadelphia right fielder Bryce Harper and lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-1 win on Saturday night. Musgrove (7-8) tied a ...

Heat is on at MLB parks

At Wrigley Field, misters in the back of the bleachers tried to cool the crowd. At Yankee Stadium, only one player took batting practice on the field. In Cleveland, rules were relaxed on what fans could bring into the park. Even for a sport that promotes high heat, Saturday was a scorcher ...

Ireland gets a charge out of Lowry

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland — The noise was unlike anything Shane Lowry had ever heard on a golf course, no surprise at the first British Open in these parts in 68 years and an Irishman atop the leaderboard at Royal Portrush. Lowry didn’t get rattled Saturday. He only got better. Two ...

Heat wave across half the US

NEW YORK — Americans from Texas to Maine sweated out a steamy Saturday as a heat wave canceled events from festivals to horse races and pushed New York City to order steps to avoid straining the electrical system. The National Weather Service said “a dangerous heat wave” sent temperatures ...

Going slow turkey from Trump

This summer, I’m taking a tip from the Chantix turkey. You may have seen the ads for Chantix, a drug claiming to help people stop smoking gradually. The turkey character is seen trying to quit cigarettes in a calm, slow manner rather than going “cold turkey.” The mellow Galliforme calmly ...

False accusations don’t excuse the real thing

On a high wall overlooking the central court of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the words of novelist James Baldwin are etched in stone: “The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by ...

This birthday is like no other

For almost a year, I’ve thought about writing this column, in this week. In four days, I will turn 62, which was the age of my mother when she died. If you’ve lost a beloved parent too young, I doubt I need to describe for you my roiling mix of emotions. If you haven’t, please forgive ...

Pogopalooza bounces into Pitt

PITTSBURGH — Pogopalooza, known as the World Championships of Pogo, is bouncing into Pittsburgh this weekend. Extreme pogo stick athletes from around the world are coming to town to show off their huge tricks and flips to compete for world titles in such categories as High Jump and Best ...