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Ramírez homers again, Indians sweep Rangers in doubleheader

By Tom Withers AP Sports Writer CLEVELAND (AP) — José Ramírez homered again, Cleveland's bullpen combined on a four-hitter and the Indians beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 to sweep a doubleheader Wednesday and gear up for a big, four-game series in Minnesota. Ramírez's two-run homer helped ...

Special guest: Krzyzewski stops by USA Basketball practice

By Tim Reynolds AP Basketball Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gregg Popovich somehow only met Mike Krzyzewski for the first time about four years ago, when the two coaching greats saw their paths finally cross when they were together at a USA Basketball event. They're a whole lot closer ...

Making Micah: Parsons primed to be Penn State’s next star LB

By RALPH D. RUSSO AP College Football Writer STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Micah Parsons could hardly wait to see his face on the massive video board atop Beaver Stadium. He imagined how cool it would be to hear 107,000 fans roar when he was announced as a starting linebacker for Penn State — ...

Man City looking to make it a hat trick of league titles

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — One thing Pep Guardiola does not tolerate is complacency. After his formidable Manchester City side powered to the Premier League title with a record-equaling five games to spare in 2018, Guardiola insisted there should be no let-up in the remaining matches. City ...

LEADING OFF: Mets rolling, Yelich resting, Torres exits

By The Associated Press undefined A look at what's happening around the majors today: METS ON THE MOVE The Mets go for their 13th win in 14 tries and a four-game sweep when lefty Steven Matz (6-7, 4.60) faces Miami's Jordan Yamamoto (4-2, 3.94) at Citi Field. The hard-charging Mets are ...

Astros hits 4 HRs, make a winner of Greinke in debut

By The Associated Press undefined HOUSTON (AP) — Zack Greinke labored through six innings but wound up with a win in his Astros debut as Houston hit four home runs Tuesday night to beat the Colorado Rockies 11-6. Playing in front of a season-high crowd of 43,243, the AL West leaders won ...

Aussie rugby league star Holmes tackling NFL dream with Jets

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Pro Football Writer FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Valentine Holmes was as massive a star in Australia as he could have ever imagined. The standout winger and fullback for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks of the National Rugby League was recognized wherever he went, with ...

Nelson retires after memorable run with Rodgers, Packers

By Keith Jenkins AP Sports Writer GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Jordy Nelson’s NFL career ended in the same place where it began: Lambeau Field. Nelson signed a one-day contract with the Packers on Tuesday and announced his retirement after 11 seasons, 10 of which he spent in Green ...

Blue Jays to extend protective netting for 2020 season

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays will extend protective netting at Rogers Centre next season, joining other teams that have taken measures after foul balls injured fans. The team also announced Tuesday they'll extend the nets next season at their spring training home in Dunedin, ...

Raiders in spotlight as NFL preseason begins

By The Associated Press undefined The players stayed at camp in California, but owner Mark Davis and other top Raiders executives were on hand for the ceremonial topping off of the team's new $1.9 billion stadium in Las Vegas. The AP's Barry Wilner talks about how the team might fare in its ...