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Leach signs 2-year contract extension with Mississippi State

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State coach Mike Leach has signed a two-year contract extension through 2025 after leading the Bulldogs to their second consecutive bowl appearance. MSU football spokesman Brandon Langlois on Wednesday confirmed the extension, which was initially reported ...

Haase’s two-run HR allows Tigers to hold off Giants 3-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Eric Haase hit a two-run homer to break a 1-all tie in the sixth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the San Francisco Giants 3-2 on Wednesday. It was Haase's fifth home run of the season and his second in the last three games. Miguel Cabrera also drove in a ...

LA Kings get Kevin Fiala in trade with Minnesota Wild

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Kings acquired high-scoring forward Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday in exchange for their first-round pick in the upcoming draft and prospect Brock Faber. Fiala is a restricted free agent, but the Kings are expected to sign the Swiss star ...

Duvall, Wright lead Braves over Phillies, now 21-5 in June

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Adam Duvall homered, Kyle Wright tossed seven sharp innings and the Atlanta Braves kept rolling this month, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 on Wednesday night. The Braves improved to 21-5 in June, matching the team record for most wins in a calendar month since the ...

AP source: Timberwolves, Prince reach 2-year, $16M extension

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves are bringing back reserve forward Taurean Prince, who became a vital part of the second unit in his first season with the club. Prince and the Timberwolves have agreed to a two-year, $16 million contract extension, according to a person with ...

Host Saint John wins Memorial Cup junior hockey title

SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (AP) — Vincent Sevigny and Cam MacDonald scored early and the host Saint John Sea Dogs won the Memorial Cup, beating the Ontario Hockey League champion Hamilton Bulldogs 6-3 on Wednesday night. Saint John won its second Memorial Cup title in four appearances, ...

Dodgers hit 3 homers, knock off nemesis Rockies 8-4

DENVER (AP) — Freddie Freeman, Will Smith and Cody Bellinger homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of Germán Márquez's struggles and early injury exit to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-4 on Wednesday night. Trea Turner added a two-run double and Julio Urías pitched into the ...

Contreras homers, Morel also goes deep as Cubs beat Reds 8-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Christopher Morel unleashed a laser from center field toward the plate. In a flash, the Cubs let loose. Chicago catcher Willson Contreras pointed toward the dugout and let out a roar. Screaming pitcher Justin Steele pounded his glove several times. Morel's rocket throw to cut ...

Ohtani Ks 11, extends scoreless streak in 4-1 win over WSox

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Whether Shohei Ohtani is unleashing his 101 mph fastball or dispensing his large array of breaking balls, the Angels' two-way ace has overpowered every opponent during his shutout surge through June. Ohtani still had to dig deep into his nearly bottomless bag of ...

Naylor’s 2-run HR in 10th gives Guardians 7-6 win over Twins

CLEVELAND (AP) — Josh Naylor flipped his bat wildly when the ball soared over the fence and flung his helmet 20 feet in the air as he approached home plate. Then he headbutted Cleveland manager Terry Francona. Naylor hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning, completing a ...

NFL inisists on indefinite suspension at Watson hearing

The NFL and Deshaun Watson's legal team presented their arguments before a disciplinary officer for a second day Wednesday, with both sides holding firm as the hearing is scheduled to continue in Delaware on Thursday. The league is insisting on an indefinite suspension and Watson's side is ...

NBA free agency opens Thursday, starting deal-making season

Let the talking begin. The trading, too, and eventually the signing. Free agency officially opens Thursday in the NBA, with teams able to begin negotiating at 6 p.m. Eastern with players who are not under contract — although, in reality, free agency and the slew of offseason movement is ...

Judge, Stanton homer to bail out Taillon, Yanks top A’s 5-3

NEW YORK (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton has seen trailing teams lose their fight a few times in his 13 big league seasons. Just not with these New York Yankees. "We find a way to figure it out every night," Stanton said. "We're just like, pushing the envelope, boom-boom-boom, until the game's ...

Verlander dominates, Castro homers, Astros beat Mets 2-0

NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has that look: four or five days of stubble when he takes the mound, a focused glare, a game-day demeanor that if not quite ornery is admittedly intense. "I can't be that guy that rolls in on start day and is just kind of like loosey-goosey and having fun ...

AP source: Harden declines $47M option with Philadelphia

James Harden is taking less with hopes the Philadelphia 76ers can do more. A person familiar with the situation said Harden chose not to exercise his $47.4 million option for next season and will become a free agent — but with no designs on leaving Philadelphia. Harden made the decision to ...

Analysis: If this was it for Williams at Wimbledon, it works

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — If this turns out to have been the last time the world gets to watch Serena Williams at Wimbledon — and she says she doesn't know, so how could the rest of us? — it would not be how she would want to depart, naturally. Yet it still would be, in some ways, a ...

St. Pete mayor reopens talks on future of Rays stadium site

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of St. Petersburg, Florida, is reopening talks about the future of the Tropicana Field site where baseball's Tampa Bay Rays play their home games. Mayor Ken Welch said Wednesday that two previous proposals for the 86-acre (348,000-square-meter) downtown ...

Tellez’s 2 HRs, Davis’ super catch send Brewers over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Rowdy Tellez hit two home runs and Milwaukee center fielder Jonathan Davis made a spectacular catch, sending the Brewers over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Wednesday. Tellez has five home runs and eight RBIs in his past six games. Tellez hit his 15th homer, a ...

Sept. 11 families plan protest as LIV tees off in Oregon

NORTH PLAINS, Ore. (AP) — LIV Golf's first U.S. event was set to begin Thursday, with a group of survivors and families who lost loved ones in the Sept. 11 terror attacks planning to gather at a nearby park to speak out against the Saudi Arabia-funded tour. Brett Eagleson was 15 years old ...

Mets’ deGrom, Scherzer take next steps toward rejoining Mets

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets aces Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer took their next steps Wednesday toward returning to New York's rotation. DeGrom, sidelined since last July 7, threw 27 pitches to hitters in Port St. Lucie, Florida, and could progress to a minor league injury rehabilitation ...