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Baty homers first time up in majors, Mets beat Braves 9-7

ATLANTA (AP) — The first time Brett Baty stepped on the field in the big leagues, he simply took a look around. "I wanted to soak it all in," he said. Then came a moment he'll remember for a lifetime. Baty homered in his first major league at-bat, Starling Marte went deep twice and the New ...

Las Vegas beats short-handed Phoenix 79-63 in WNBA playoffs

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kelsey Plum had 22 points, Chelsea Gray scored nine of her 17 points in the fourth quarter and the top-seeded Las Vegas Aces beat the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 79-63 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the WNBA playoffs. Las Vegas created some separation with a ...

Tony Gonsolin wins 15th as Dodgers nip Brewers 2-1

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tony Gonsolin pitched seven scoreless innings for his 15th victory, Austin Barnes and Max Muncy homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Wednesday night. Gonsolsin (15-1) matched the Astros' Justin Verlander for the major league lead in wins. ...

Valdez, Alvarez lead Astros to 3-2 win over White Sox

CHICAGO (AP) — The Houston Astros got back in the win column after blowing late leads in consecutive losses — not exactly shocking considering they own the best record in the American League. Framber Valdez threw solid seven innings, Yordan Alvarez drove in a run and scored one, and ...

Donaldson hits walk-off slam in 10th, Yankees beat Rays 8-7

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning as the clock struck midnight, and the struggling New York Yankees salvaged an 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep. Gleyber Torres singled leading off the 10th of Jalen Beeks ...

Coach Dino Babers could use turnaround season at Syracuse

Dino Babers enters his seventh season at Syracuse with high hopes there won't be a repeat of last year when the Orange were poised for a solid finish, then flopped. "We think we have a really stable foundation right now," Babers said. "We think that we have the type of team now that can go ...

Jets’ Brown aims to prove he’s still a top-notch left tackle

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Duane Brown was simply exploring his job prospects two weeks ago, visiting the New York Jets to see if they might be a good fit. A few days later, right tackle Mekhi Becton went down with a season-ending knee injury — and signing Brown suddenly became a priority ...

Venus Williams back in US Open after being given wild card

NEW YORK (AP) — Venus Williams will be back in the U.S. Open this year after being given a wild card on Wednesday into what could be younger sister Serena's final tournament. Venus Williams won back-to-back U.S. Opens in 2000 and 2001, and this year marks 25 years since she reached the 1997 ...

Liberty score final 13 points, beat Sky in playoff opener

CHICAGO (AP) — Sabrina Ionescu had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists, Natasha Howard also scored 22 points and the seventh-seeded New York Liberty beat the defending champion Chicago Sky 98-91 on Wednesday night in the opening game of the WNBA playoffs. New York scored the final 13 ...

Baty homers first time up in majors, Mets beat Braves 9-7

ATLANTA (AP) — Brett Baty homered his first time up in the big leagues, Starling Marte went deep twice and the New York Mets defeated the Braves 9-7 Wednesday night to snap Atlanta's eight-game winning streak. After being outscored 18-1 in the first two games of the series, the NL ...

Coming home: Cristobal, new staff look to bring Miami back

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Much was rightly made of Mario Cristobal coming home to take over as coach of Miami, not just his hometown school but also his alma mater. It's not a coincidence that Cristobal's staff is loaded with coaches and analysts who have deep ties to Miami. Longtime NFL ...

Former Yankees, Phillies manager Joe Girardi to join Cubs TV booth

CHICAGO (AP) — Former Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi has joined Marquee Sports Network as a game analyst for the Chicago Cubs, one of his former teams. Marquee said Wednesday that Girardi will be in the booth with Jon Sciambi and former big league pitcher Jim Deshaies for this ...

Carl Nassib happily back with Bucs after being selective

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Carl Nassib has a new number with one of his old teams, and the outside linebacker couldn't be happier playing with Shaq Barrett again even if their Tampa Bay reunion came Wednesday in a different city. "Shaq was killing it today," Nassib said. "I mean he's an All-Pro ...

Players-only private meeting was all about a better PGA Tour

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Tiger Woods showed up for a private meeting of top PGA Tour players dressed in jeans and a long-sleeved plaid shirt. By the sound of his impact, he might as well have been wearing a Sunday red shirt. "I think it's pretty apparent that whenever we all get in the room, ...

Yankees place RHP Holmes on injured list with back soreness

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees placed All-Star closer Clay Holmes on the injured list Wednesday because of back soreness, part of a flurry of moves for the struggling AL East leaders. "Not real concerned," manager Aaron Boone said. "We're hoping that it's just the 15 days." New York ...

USA Gymnastics: Abortion laws to play role in site selection

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — USA Gymnastics will take abortion laws into consideration when it comes to selecting venues for competitions. USA Gymnastics president Li Li Leung said Wednesday there is "no question" abortion laws will play a factor in whether a state is chosen to host events like the ...

Report: LIV draft contract has restrictions and major bonus

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A draft contract to play for Saudi-funded LIV Golf includes clauses that require players be available to recruit other players to the league and to get permission before granting exclusive interviews, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. The Journal said it ...

Jaguars release veteran NT Malcom Brown, save $3M in 2022

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Coming off a career year and still well shy of his 30th birthday, Malcom Brown should be able to help an NFL team this season. It just won't be Jacksonville. The Jaguars released the veteran defensive tackle Wednesday, a move that will save the franchise $3 million ...

Cronenworth hits grand slam, Padres beat Marlins 10-3

MIAMI (AP) — Jake Cronenworth hit a grand slam in the first inning, Ha-Seong Kim also drove in four runs, and the San Diego Padres beat the Miami Marlins 10-3 on Wednesday. Kim went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Juan Soto reached base three times and scored twice for the Padres, who avoided a ...

AP sources: Talks on possible Watson settlement progress

Talks between the NFL and NFL Players Association on a discipline settlement for Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson have progressed. However, it's uncertain whether the two sides will reach a deal, two people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Wednesday. The ...