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  • Soler's 2 HRs, Baez double sends Cubs past Cards

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Chicago Cubs' kids roughed up an All-Star reliever who has been close to untouchable. Rookies Javier Baez and Jorge Soler had two RBIs apiece against Pat Neshek in a go-ahead eighth inning, leading the last-place Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. "That's baseball," Neshek said. "This game's not for the weak. You can't beat yourself up too much." The 22-year-old Soler homered twice and was 3 for 3 with three RBIs. He homered in his first career at-bat Wednesday and has seven hits in 11 at-bats over his first three games since being recalled from Triple-A Iowa. "I can't expect that we'll expect that every single day," manager Rick Renteria said. "That would be

  • Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — Tony Stewart took his seat on the podium — unshaven, his eyes glassy — and unfolded a sheet of paper. His voice quivered as he read, pausing to maintain his composure as he described the death of a driver he hit as "one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with." This was a far cry from the brash driver known around the track as "Smoke." Ninety minutes later, he climbed into his No. 14 car and sped toward the high-banked oval at Atlanta Motor Speedway, drawing a cheer from the crowd gathered around his garage. He quickly got up to speed, turning laps of nearly 190 mph, a racer back in his element. Ready or not, Stewart is back on the track.

  • Norman football scrimmage: Stillwater's Brandon Prather impresses in Top of the World scrimmage

    By Jacob Unruh | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    “That’s what they expect out of me,” said Prather, who only has an official scholarship offer from Central Oklahoma. “Trying to play through me will be a key thing this year.”

  • Mets call up 2B Herrera, youngest player in MLB

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A big season in the minors put Dilson Herrera on deck as Daniel Murphy's potential replacement at second base someday. That day came much sooner than anyone imagined. After a rapid rise through the New York Mets' system, Herrera arrived at Citi Field on Friday and went 0 for 3 with an error in a 4-1 win over Philadelphia. He was called up Thursday night from Double-A Binghamton when Murphy went on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 25, with a strained right calf. It's a temporary stopgap for now, but the 20-year-old Herrera could be New York's second baseman of the future. Not only did he become the youngest active player on a major league roster, according to STATS, he was the youngest play

  • Casady football: Cyclones rout Holland Hall in opener

    By BARRY LEWIS, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    Iowa State commitment Denver Johnson caught five passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns while left tackle Josh Wariboko-Alali was a dominant offensive force to help the Cyclones defeat the Dutch 33-7 in a Southwest Preparatory Conference and regular-season opener for both teams at Hardesty Field.

  • High school football: Douglass wins All-City Preview

    By Scott Wright | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The All-City Preview is hardly your average high school football scrimmage. It has game-like situations and game-like intensity. The latter was the quality that impressed Douglass coach Willis Alexander most in his team’s 21-0 win over John Marshall in the All-City finals Friday night at Moses Miller Stadium.

  • Cook terrific, Spartans beat Jacksonville St 45-7

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Connor Cook threw a long touchdown pass for Michigan State's first points of the season — and coach Mark Dantonio's immediate reaction was concern. That's because Cook needed to be helped off the field after a late hit to his left leg. "That looked pretty ugly out there, but he rebounded after that, and he went right back in the football game," Dantonio said. "I'm pretty sure he's fine, based on how he played." Cook shook off that early scare to finish with three touchdown passes, and No. 8 Michigan State rolled to an easy 45-7 victory over Jacksonville State on Friday night. Cook completed his first nine passes in a nearly flawless performance. He sat out the second half after going

  • Dodgers sit frustrated Puig vs Padres' Cashner

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers is out of the starting lineup because manager Don Mattingly says the outfielder seems frustrated. Says Mattingly: "I wouldn't call it rest today. I think it's probably more a frustration day. That's what we've seen of him lately." Mattingly says Puig's frustration, coupled with his 1-for-11 lifetime numbers against San Diego's Andrew Cashner, led to the decision for Friday night's game. Puig is in an 0-for-16 slump.

  • Many happy returns for Roger Federer at US Open

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — When Roger Federer smacked a backhand return winner off his opponent's 142 mph (229 kph) serve Friday night, he glanced at the speed readout, just to find out exactly how difficult what he'd done had been. Then, later in his 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over big-hitting Sam Groth in the U.S. Open's second round, Federer again checked out the digital display in Arthur Ashe Stadium after getting a 147 mph (237 kph) offering over the net en route to taking that point, too. The 17-time major champion said that while he couldn't know for sure what the precise speeds were, he's usually pretty good at guessing. "I'm aware of every serve, how hard it is after the point when he goes big, because I think it's interesti

  • Reds waste another solid start for Leake

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mike Leake's scoreless outing was enough to get a win last time out. This time, he left with a no-decision. Leake pitched seven innings of six-hit ball, but the Cincinnati Reds were shut down by Edinson Volquez in a 2-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. "I thought I pitched pretty well but (Volquez) was great," Leake said. "It's hard to win a game 1-0 and that's the position he put us in." Leake threw 82 pitches while lowering his ERA to 3.38. He pitched 6 2-3 innings in a 1-0 victory over Atlanta last Saturday in his previous start. The Pirates jumped on Jonathan Broxton (4-2) right after Leake left the game. Josh Harrison hit an RBI triple and scored on Jose Tabata's tiebreaking

  • Former Spain international Amor joins Adelaide

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Former Barcelona and Spain international Guillermo Amor has joined Adelaide United as the A-League club's technical director. Amor, who played 37 internationals for Spain, signed a one-year contract Saturday with the Reds after a one-month consultancy stint with his friend, Adelaide's Spanish coach Josep Gombau. Gombau's friendship with Amor goes back to their time as development coaches at Barcelona, where Amor made 311 La Liga appearances from 1988 to 1998. Amor also had club stints with Fiorentina and Villareal.

  • Brazilian club promises to punish racist fans

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Gremio has promised to help identify and punish those of its fans who taunted a player in the latest case of racism to taint the national game. The club said Friday it will analyze footage from television and security cameras in finding the fans responsible for monkey taunts directed at Santos goalkeeper Aranha in Thursday's Brazilian Cup match in Porto Alegre. Aranha has filed a police report to formalize his initial complaints about the slurs which were chanted by supporters behind his goal near the end of Santos' 2-0 win at Arena Gremio. Next week's return match has been suspended until a sports tribunal can analyze the case. Gremio could be excluded from the competition depending on

  • I.K. Kim increases Portland Classic lead

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — I.K. Kim increased her lead to three strokes Friday in the LPGA Tour's Portland Classic, shooting a 5-under 67 to reach 12 under. The South Korean player had seven birdies and two bogeys in her morning round in cloudy, calm conditions at Columbia Edgewater. She won the last of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2010, and had a victory this summer in a Ladies European Tour event in England. "I'm really pleased how I played the last two days," Kim said. "There is a lot of scores out there, so I think it will be a good week for all of us." Kim's best LPGA Tour finish this year is a tie for 13th in the Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic in April in California.

  • Mets get gift, beat Phillies 4-1 behind deGrom

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    NEW YORK (AP) — A gift from Grady Sizemore gave the Mets the boost they needed to reward Jacob deGrom with a win. The rookie pitched seven crisp innings and New York scored the tiebreaking runs when Sizemore dropped an easy pop fly, handing the Mets a 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. "Right now that's the kind of break that we need until we get it going offensively," Eric Campbell said. Campbell stole home on a double steal, and Travis d'Arnaud hit an RBI single to help the Mets stay out of the NL East cellar with their 12th victory in 17 games against the Phillies this year. Cody Asche had a run-scoring single for Philadelphia, which had won four straight and six of seven.

  • Harrison helps Pirates edge Reds 2-1

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — Edinson Volquez loves how Josh Harrison plays the game. He thinks the third baseman is the most valuable player in the National League. Harrison hit an RBI triple and scored on Jose Tabata's tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. Harrison had three hits while also making a number of sparkling defensive plays. Tabata, starting in right field for the injured Travis Snider, finished with two hits in the Pirates' sixth win in eight games. "He's unbelievable," Volquez said of Harrison, who began the season as the last man on the Pirates' bench but is now their leadoff hitter. "He can do everything. For me, he's the

  • Schumacher races to Top Fuel qualifying lead

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    CLERMONT, Ind. (AP) — Tony Schumacher raced to the Top Fuel qualifying lead Friday in the U.S. Nationals with a run of 3.777 seconds at 322.65 mph. Schumacher has nine victories in the NHRA's flagship event. Del Worsham topped the Funny Car field in the regular-season finale, points leader Jason Line took the Pro Stock lead, and Eddie Krawiec was the fastest in Pro Stock Motorcycle. After the event, the top 10 in each event will race for season titles in the six-race Countdown to the Championship playoffs. Worsham had a 4.044 at 313.73 in his Toyota Camry, Line finished in 6.623 at 208.78 in a Chevy Camaro, and Krawiec had a 6.930 at 193.57 on a Harley-Davidson.

  • Tailgating game plan

    BY DAVE CATHEY, Food Editor | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    The beginning of the football season for the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University signals the beginning of another tradition — tailgating.

  • Oklahoma State football: Game vs. Florida State in JerryWorld exactly where these Cowboys should be

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: 11 hr ago

    BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — Make no mistake, the ideal matchup of Oklahoma State vs. Florida State would have been last year when the Cowboys were loaded with seniors. But the Cowboys aren’t whining about Florida State being a mighty challenge. They’re embracing it.

  • District B-2 football preview: Alex learns what it takes to win title

    By Jonathan Greco, Staff Writer, jgreco@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    After breezing through the regular season unscathed and averaging 53.3 points per game, the Alex Longhorns were in the driver’s seat for a state title. They fell two wins short of that goal. Alex, which handily beat Ringwood and Davenport in the first two rounds of the postseason last year, stumbled in the state semifinals, losing 58-26 against Pond Creek-Hunter. If coach Matt Brand’s team took anything away from that playoff loss, it’s simply gaining the experience and knowledge of what it takes to win a state championship. “I think we were just as talented as the teams that won,” coach Matt Brand said. “But we were inexperienced compared to them.

  • RHP Matt Garza nearing return to Brewers' rotation

    Updated: 11 hr ago

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Milwaukee right-hander Matt Garza pitched a simulated game in what likely was his final test before returning from the disabled list to the Brewers' rotation next week. As long as Garza comes through the outing without further problems when he reports to AT&T Park on Saturday, he could start as soon as Thursday at home against St. Louis. Manager Ron Roenicke said Garza threw his fastball, slider and curveball effectively. He would throw a bullpen session in a few days leading up to his start like a normal routine. Garza has been sidelined since Aug. 4 with a left oblique strain. He is 7-7 with a 3.58 ERA in 23 starts this season for the NL Central leaders.