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McCutchen leads Pirates past Giants, 7-4

SAN FRANCISCO — Andrew McCutchen had four hits and drove in two runs, Pedro Alvarez drove in a pair and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the 10th time in 12 games, beating the San Francisco Giants 7-4 Tuesday night. Jordy Mercer hit his first home run of the season and Neil Walker drove in a run as […]

Student seeks court order to don eagle feather at graduation

SAN FRANCISCO — A Native American student who sued his California school district because it’s refusing to let him wear an eagle feather to his high school graduation asked a judge for an order permitting the sacred item. The judge didn’t rule on the case Tuesday and Christian Titman’s lawyers and school officials were discussing […]

Michigan stays alive as Wagner shuts out Florida 1-0 in WCWS

OKLAHOMA CITY — Haylie Wagner hadn’t started in more than two weeks. She was ready when called upon. The senior threw a complete-game shutout, and Michigan beat Florida and ace Lauren Haeger 1-0 on Tuesday night in the Women’s College World Series to force a deciding third game for the national championship. Wagner earned the […]

Rams hire Jeff Garcia as offensive assistant

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams have added former Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia to the coaching staff as an offensive assistant. Garcia will primarily assist wide receivers coach Ray Sherman. The move was announced on Tuesday. Garcia was with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL last year, and previously tutored NFL quarterbacks Mark Sanchez, Tyrod Taylor and Matt […]

Zobrist’s grand slam lifts A’s to 5-3 win over Tigers

DETROIT — Ben Zobrist figured his line drive with the bases loaded was hit hard enough to go over the right fielder’s head. When it cleared the wall as well, the Oakland Athletics had the lead. Zobrist’s grand slam highlighted a five-run seventh inning for Oakland as the Athletics rallied for a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. It […]

California sea lions recover from chlorine contamination

LAGUNA BEACH — Fourteen of 17 sea lions injured by chlorine contamination at a rehab center have been returned to the ocean off Southern California. Mary Beth Steen of the Pacific Marine Mammal Center says a crowd of spectators cheered as the mammals were released into the waves Tuesday morning at Laguna Beach. Police believe […]

California execution process tied to ruling in Oklahoma case

SACRAMENTO — The state corrections department and families of murder victims have reached an agreement, announced Tuesday, that would tie California’s execution procedure to a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The settlement filed in Sacramento County Superior Court late Monday resolves a lawsuit that was filed by crime victims to force the state to more quickly […]

California’s biggest drought guzzlers, savers in April

SACRAMENTO — California’s state Water Resources Control Board reported that communities reduced water use by 13.5 percent in April, the same month Gov. Jerry Brown declared unprecedented cutbacks for cities and towns. His administration is now mandating a collective 25 percent water reduction in statewide urban water use between June 2015 and February 2016 compared […]

Left tackle Donald Penn optimistic about Raiders in 2015

ALAMEDA — Donald Penn isn’t getting much sleep at home these days, not with a 2-month-old daughter to take care of. The Oakland Raiders’ veteran left tackle has been trying to catch up at nights following the team’s offseason workouts. Even then, there hasn’t been much time to rest. With a new offensive system to learn and […]

Kings F Carl Landry has surgery on right wrist

SACRAMENTO — Sacramento Kings forward Carl Landry had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. The Kings said Landry underwent the operation on Tuesday in New York and will miss approximately four to five months. Landry dealt with a sore wrist this past season, missing five games in January. An initial evaluation […]

Former Giant Kevin Frandsen back in organization at Triple-A

SAN FRANCISCO — Infielder Kevin Frandsen has reported to Triple-A Sacramento after signing a minor league contract with his original San Francisco Giants club. Giants general manager Bobby Evans said Tuesday that Frandsen joined the River Cats. The 33-year-old Frandsen is a native of San Jose who last played in the majors for Washington in […]

IndyCar mandates closure panels to keep cars on the ground

INDIANAPOLIS — IndyCar has mandated the use of closure panels to the rear wheel guards for the remaining three superspeedway races after three cars went airborne during preparation for the Indianapolis 500. The panels will be required for both Chevrolet and Honda and will debut Saturday night at Texas Motor Speedway. They also will be […]

A’s reinstate O’Flaherty off DL, send down Castro

DETROIT — The Oakland Athletics have reinstated reliever Eric O’Flaherty from the disabled list and optioned reliever Angel Castro to Triple-A Sacramento. O’Flaherty has been dealing with a strained left shoulder. The left-hander has made eight appearances for the A’s this season. Castro has appeared in four games for Oakland this year. He made his […]

American Pharoah owner named defendant in libel suit

NEWARK, N.J. — The owner of Triple Crown contender American Pharoah is facing more legal troubles. Ahmed Zayat has been sued for libel based on comments he made recently regarding another lawsuit over gambling debts. Attorney J. Joseph Bainton filed the lawsuit in Newark Monday. Bainton represents a Florida man who sued Zayat over more […]

Warriors All-Star G Klay Thompson cleared to play in finals

OAKLAND — Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson has been cleared to return after his concussion and play in the NBA Finals. The Warriors announced after practice on Tuesday that Thompson completed the NBA’s concussion protocol and will be ready to play Game 1 on Thursday night against Cleveland. “I feel great, honestly,” Thompson said […]

AP Source: Panthers-Newton 5-year deal worth $103.8 million

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Quarterback Cam Newton has agreed to franchise record $103.8 million, five-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers. Newton will earn $67.6 million over the first three years, the most money ever paid to an NFL player during the first three years of a contract, said a person familiar with negotiations. The person […]

Veteran Blackhawks, young Lightning open Stanley Cup Final

TAMPA, Fla. — The Chicago Blackhawks headed south this week to secure a dynasty, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are the only obstacle left. Jonathan Toews and his teammates have raised the Stanley Cup twice in the past five seasons, compiling a wealth of big-game accolades in seven years as an elite team. They are just […]

Las Vegas Bowl to keep Saturday slot, game set for Dec. 19

LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Bowl will stick with the Saturday-before-Christmas schedule established in 2012. ESPN Events announced Monday that the 24th Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl will be played at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 19 at Sam Boyd Stadium and will be televised on ABC. The game matches the top choice from the […]

Federer loses to pal Wawrinka in Paris; Tsonga into semis

PARIS  — Stumbling on his way to the net, Roger Federer dropped his racket and fell to his knees on the red clay. Hardly the sort of grace and precision the world has come to expect from the 17-time Grand Slam champion. There were other unusual sights in Federer’s 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (4) loss in […]

NFL looking for more international games in Mexico, Germany

NEW YORK — Commissioner Roger Goodell casually mentioned last month the NFL’s interest in adding more international games. He mentioned potential contests in Germany, Mexico and Brazil. Sure, the league has been thoroughly satisfied with its series of game at Wembley Stadium, with three more London matches set for the 2015 season. The appetite for […]

Goodell makes it official: He will hear Brady’s appeal

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made it official Tuesday: He will hear Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension. The league suspended the Patriots quarterback for his role in the use of deflated footballs by New England in its AFC championship game victory over Indianapolis in January. The players’ union said Goodell should […]

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