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  • Tony La Russa inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Tony La Russa, third all-time in victories as a manager, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. La Russa was enshrined Sunday in ceremonies at Cooperstown. La Russa won 2,728 times in his long career, behind only Connie Mack and John McGraw. He was picked as manager of the year four times and won 12 division titles, six pennants and World Series titles in 1989, 2006, and 2011. Signed by the Kansas City Athletics in 1962, La Russa's six-year major league career as an infielder was forgettable. He batted .199 with no home runs in 132 games.

  • Ex-UA golfer wins Cactus Tour event

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    FAYETTEVILE, Ark. (AP) — Former University of Arkansas All-American golfer Emily Tubert has picked up her first win as a professional on the Cactus Tour. Tubert shot a 7-over, 223 in the three rounds of the tournament that ended Saturday in Mission Hills, California. Tubert will take part in one more event this summer before attending the first stage of qualifying school in an attempt to earn her LPGA tour card.

  • Glavine is inducted into baseball Hall of Fame

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Tom Glavine, that rare athlete drafted by two professional leagues in different sports, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Glavine was enshrined Sunday at the Hall in Cooperstown. Glavine won 305 games and two Cy Young Awards, and posted five seasons with 20 or more victories. Only three left-handers have more wins — Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton and Eddie Plank. Drafted by the Braves in 1984, Glavine also was taken by the Los Angeles Kings in the NHL draft that year but chose to focus on baseball. Glavine was on the mound when the Braves won Game 6 to clinch the 1995 World Series and give the city of Atlanta its lone major sports title.

  • Red Bull's Ricciardo wins Hungarian Grand Prix

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull overtook Ferrari's Fernando Alonso near the end of the race to win a thrilling Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday for his second Formula One victory of the season and his career. Lewis Hamilton, who started from the pit lane after his engine caught on fire during qualifying, was third, holding off Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who started from pole position. Ricciardo finished the race 5.225 seconds ahead of Alonso. Hamilton was just 0.632 seconds further back and 0.504 seconds ahead of Rosberg.

  • Feisty Bobby Cox inducted into BB Hall of Fame

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Bobby Cox, who guided the Atlanta Braves to an unprecedented 14 straight division titles and 15 playoff appearances, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. A light-hitting infielder who appeared in 220 games for the New York Yankees in 1968-69, Cox found his niche in the dugout. He retired after the 2010 season with 2,504 victories in 29 seasons, fourth behind Connie Mack, John McGraw and fellow inductee Tony La Russa. The feisty Cox, who also spent four years in Toronto, was a four-time Manager of the Year, three in the NL and one in the AL, and holds the major league record with 159 ejections.

  • Pratt stars at track in role as honorary Hoosier

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Chris Pratt has caught passes from Andrew Luck, sampled the spicy shrimp cocktail at St. Elmo's and driven the pace car at the Brickyard 400. He plays an Indiana resident on TV, and he's fit right in as an honorary Hoosier at a trifecta of must-see landmarks in Indianapolis. "You can tell, I've been treated really well when I've come here," Pratt said. Pratt was at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday to drive the pace car and promote his newest movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy." The 35-year-old star of the TV show "Parks and Recreation" watched part of the race from Tony Stewart's pit box. He's still a race novice, though he did say he had heard of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, and Jeff Gord

  • Greg Maddux inducted in baseball Hall of Fame

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Greg Maddux, who won 355 games over a 23-year major league career, has been inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame. Nicknamed "Mad Dog," Maddux had stints with the Braves, Cubs, Padres and Dodgers and won four straight Cy Young Awards, leading the NL in innings each season. Known for his pinpoint control, Maddux walked just 999 in 5,008 1-3 innings and ranks 10th in strikeouts with 3,371. He also was a sharp fielder, capturing 18 Gold Gloves, and was an All-Star eight times. Maddux and fellow inductee Tom Glavine were mainstays of the Braves staff, helping Atlanta win 14 division titles in a row starting in the 1990s.

  • Race Team Alliance expects to add NASCAR teams

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Race Team Alliance chairman Rob Kauffman said Sunday the rest of NASCAR's full-time teams should soon be added to the group that is working on issues facing the sport. The RTA formed this month as an alliance of nine of NASCAR's top teams. Kauffman met with other owners this weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and says they are on board. The RTA wants to lower costs for NASCAR teams and create one voice on issues. NASCAR Chairman Brian France this week said the RTA wasn't necessary, and the sanctioning body believes listening "to one voice is just a bad idea." Kauffman declined to respond to the comment. He said he's always had a good relationship with NASCAR officials and everyone has the same

  • Penske considering V8 Supercars but mum on Ambrose

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske is considering having a car in Australia's V8 Supercar Series. But the team owner declined to say if Marcos Ambrose is in line for a position with the team, either as the driver or in a management role. The Brisbane Courier-Mail has reported that Penske was working with longtime Australian race team owner Dick Johnson to form a Supercar team for Ambrose. The Australian has been in NASCAR full time since 2006 and with Richard Petty Motorsports since 2011. "I'm not going to comment at this point," Penske said of Ambrose before the Brickyard 400 on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "We're looking at the opportunity, but we've got sponsorships we've got to deal with, and we're trying to put

  • Carl Edwards leaving Roush at end of 2014 season

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carl Edwards' 11-year run with Roush-Fenway Racing will end after this NASCAR season. Roush confirmed the decision Sunday, a move that had been long expected but could not be substantiated because Edwards refuses to publicly discuss contract negotiations. He's believed to be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing in a new fourth car, but his contract with Roush does not permit him to announce his plans until September. Matt Kenseth was bound by the same clause when he left Roush at the end of 2012 and had to wait months to announce he was moving to Gibbs. Edwards, speaking two hours before the start of the Brickyard 400, said he has a completed deal with another team but is not ready to talk about it.

  • Pads go on and Dolphins OL continues to struggle

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins put on full pads for the first time today at training camp and that still didn't help out the offensive line. Even though the added gear should have slowed down Miami's speedy defensive front, that group continued to find an edge both in passing and running situations. As a result, Miami's quarterbacks had to get rid of the ball quicker or in some cases take a sack. Not good news considering Ryan Tannehill was sacked a league-high 58 times last year. Coach Joe Philbin is being patient early with a brand new starting five that includes a rookie at right tackle in first-round draft pick Ja'Wuan James. But veteran left tackle Branden Albert, a Pro Bowler last year, had his own strugg

  • Excise officers arrest 18 at Indianapolis Speedway

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana State Excise Police says officers have arrested 18 people on 20 charges outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Cpl. Travis Thickstun says officers Police say they made the arrests Saturday night during NASCAR Nationwide race events and the Brickfest Music Festival at the Speedway. Thickstun says 16 people were charged with illegal possession or consumption of alcohol. He says a 38-year-old Indianapolis man was arrested for possession of Heroin after a plainclothes excise observing the man snorting heroin in a truck. Thickstun says another person was charged with possession of a controlled substance. The Speedway on Sunday was scheduled to host the Brickyard 400.

  • Reds activate Jack Hannahan, option Curtis Partch

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds have activated utility infielder Jack Hannahan from the 60-day disabled list. He has missed the entire season following offseason shoulder surgery. In another move before Sunday's game against Washington, the Reds optioned right-hander Curtis Partch to Triple-A Louisville to make room on the 25-man roster. Hannahan was in Cincinnati's starting lineup at first base. The 34-year-old Hannahan hit .300 over 12 games during a rehab assignment with Single-A Dayton and Triple-A Louisville. On Saturday, he joined the Reds and took batting practice and ground balls at first base. He is in his second season with the Reds. Partch is 1-0 with a 0.00 earned-run average in five games over four

  • Austria keeper Robert Almer joins Hannover

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    HANNOVER, Germany (AP) — Bundesliga club Hannover has signed Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer on a one-year contract. The 30-year-old Almer was a free agent after leaving Energie Cottbus, which was relegated from Germany's second division last season. Hannover said Almer, who has made 15 appearances for Austria, will join the team on Monday. The club's first-choice goalkeeper, Ron-Robert Zieler, was a backup for Germany at the World Cup.

  • UK Deputy PM wants Russia stripped of World Cup

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's Deputy Prime Minister wants Russia stripped of the right to host the 2018 World Cup to punish President Vladimir Putin for "belligerent behavior" in the Ukraine crisis. While calling for tougher sanctions against Russia, Nick Clegg told The Sunday Times newspaper that it is "unthinkable" for President Vladmir Putin to have the opportunity to exploit football's biggest sporting event to enhance his own status. Clegg's intervention comes after some lawmakers in Germany called for the World Cup to be moved because of Russia's alleged involvement in shooting down a Malaysia Airlines plane over Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

  • Sagan Tosu closes gap on Urawa Reds in J-League

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Yohei Toyoda scored a second-half goal Sunday as Sagan Tosu beat Cerezo Osaka 1-0 to keep the pressure on leaders Urawa Reds in the J-League standings. Toyoda converted a pass from Kim Min-woo in the 67th minute for his ninth goal of the season as Tosu improved to 34 points, two back of Urawa, which was held to 1-1 draw by Kashima Antlers. Shinzo Koroki scored in the 20th minute for Urawa but Gaku Shibasaki equalized 10 minutes later to give the seven-time champions a share of the points. In other matches, Kentaro Moriya scored in the second half as third place Kawasaki Frontale beat Albirex Niigata 1-0 to improve to 33 points. Defending champion Sanfrecce Hiroshima and Ventforet Kofu finished 1-1 as did

  • Horsey wins Russian Open in playoff

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    MOSCOW (AP) — David Horsey of England defeated Ireland's Damien McGrane in a playoff on Sunday to win the Russian Open, his first European Tour title in three years. Horsey rallied after making double-bogey on the 12th hole with an eagle on the 17th and then par on the final hole to finish level with McGrane at 13-under 275 at the end of regulation. The Englishman then two-putted for par on the 18th hole in the playoff, while McGrane found a greenside bunker and took a bogey. McGrane made seven birdies in the final round, but failed to close out his first victory in six years by bogeying the final hole in his round of 66. Scotland's Scott Jamieson shot a 69 to finish third at 12-under 276.

  • Andujar beats Monaco in Swiss Open final

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    GSTAAD, Switzerland (AP) — Pablo Andujar of Spain won his first title in more than two years on Sunday, beating Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-3, 7-5 in the Swiss Open final. It was the 71st-ranked Andujar's third career title, all on clay courts. He also won at Casablanca, Morocco, in 2011 and 2012. Andujar got the only break in the first set to take a 5-3 lead and then held serve to close out the set. Monaco, ranked No. 105 two years after being in the top 10, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second and served for the set up 5-3. But Andujar reeled off four straight games, clinching the match by holding serve at love.

  • Italian FA candidate criticized for racist comment

    Yesterday

    ROME (AP) — A leading candidate for Italian football federation president is facing fierce criticism and calls to step aside following a racist comment. Amateur leagues president Carlo Tavecchio caused a stir on Friday when he discussed the presence of foreign players in Italy. "In England they select players based on professionalism, whereas we say that 'Opti Poba' is here, he was eating bananas before and now he's starting for Lazio and that's OK," Tavecchio said, using a hypothetical name and situation. Tavecchio apologized and claimed he is not racist but the players' and coaches' associations both expressed outrage. The Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper also called for the 71-year-old Tavecchio to stand down i

  • Arsenal signing Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina

    Yesterday

    LONDON (AP) — Goalkeeper David Ospina is signing with Arsenal after helping Colombia reach the World Cup quarterfinals. The 25-year-old Ospina is moving to the Premier League club after making 189 Ligue 1 appearances during six years at French side Nice. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Ospina has "good experience and a proven record of performing with Nice and Colombia. He will add strength to our squad and we are very pleased that he will be joining us." Ospina will be competing for a place with Wojciech Szczesny after Lukasz Fabianski left Arsenal for Swansea earlier in the summer transfer window. Financial details of Ospina's move were not disclosed.