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This date in sports history for July 30

July 30 1870 — Monmouth Park opens with a five-day race meet. 1930 — Uruguay beats Argentina 4-2 for soccer’s first World Cup in Montevideo. 1932 — The 10th modern Olympic Games open in Los Angeles. 1961 — Jerry Barber edges Don January by one stroke in a playoff to win the PGA title. 1968 […]

Former 41-pound fat cat in Texas slims down to 19 pounds

DALLAS — A former 41-pound cat dubbed Skinny has lost more than half of his weight to become the darling of a Dallas veterinary clinic. Dr. Brittney Barton says the orange tabby she adopted in 2013 has slimmed down to 19 pounds with exercise and a special diet. Barton calls Skinny the “resident cat” at […]

Shakira and Pique may have another athlete in the family

MIAMI — Shakira and pro soccer player Gerard Pique may have another athlete in the family. On Wednesday, Shakira, 38, posted a video to Twitter and Facebook of the couple’s youngest child, Sasha, who was born in January, in which she appears holding her son in front of a soccer ball. “Kick,” the Colombian star […]

‘Go Set a Watchman’ sales drop, but it’s still top seller

NEW YORK — Sales dropped sharply for Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” in its second week of publication. But it remained the best-selling book in the country for the week ending July 26, according to Nielsen BookScan. On Wednesday, Nielsen reported sales of 220,000 for “Watchman,” less than a third of Nielsen’s total for […]

Review: Mission accomplished for Cruise in new ‘MI’ flick

Jocelyn Noveck There’s some interesting talk in the cleverly satisfying script of “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” about the element of luck. As in: How much is luck a factor in the success of Ethan Hunt and his IMF cohorts? After all, in the last movie they merely saved us from a nuclear holocaust. Was it […]

New ‘Daily Host’ host says tenor will change, not targets

BEVERLY HILLS — Incoming “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah said politics and the media will remain targets of the program but the perspective will be distinctively his. “The show still has its voice. It’s just I’m at the helm taking things in a slightly different direction, but still trying to get to the same end […]

A’s trade Zobrist to Royals for pitchers

OAKLAND — The Kansas City Royals have made another big addition for the season’s stretch run, acquiring utilityman Ben Zobrist and cash from the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday for right-hander Aaron Brooks and minor league left-hander Sean Manaea. The 34-year-old Zobrist, an infielder and outfielder, batted .268 with six home runs, 20 doubles, two triples […]

Woods running out of time to salvage season

GAINESVILLE, Va. — Tiger Woods knows he’s played poorly over the past two years. Now, he’s facing the prospect of an early end to his season. Normally, the Quicken Loans National would be the beginning of a busy stretch of golf for Woods, including the year’s final major, a World Golf Championship and the FedEx […]

Assembly Speaker joins Chargers stadium discussion

SAN DIEGO — California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins joined San Diego politicians at a meeting with NFL officials on Tuesday, offering advice on completing a thorough environmental impact report for a possible new stadium for the Chargers. Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who has been heavily criticized by the Chargers, said Atkins “voiced her strong support for […]

Perlata strong as Brewers topple Giants

SAN FRANCISCO — Wily Peralta returned from the disabled list and shut down one of baseball’s hottest teams in his first start in more than two months, pitching the Milwaukee Brewers past the San Francisco Giants 5-2 on Tuesday night to snap the team’s three-game losing streak. Peralta (2-5) retired the initial six batters on […]

Gray dominates as A’s down Dodgers

LOS ANGELES  — Sonny Gray pitched a masterful three-hitter for his second shutout in July, and the Oakland Athletics snapped their four-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. Josh Reddick homered, doubled and singled for the last-place A’s, who traded Ben Zobrist, Scott Kazmir and closer Tyler […]

Harbaugh dreaming of football season

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Jim Harbaugh can usually sense when the start of the season is close. “For me, I know when I get my first football dream, then it’s my body clock telling me it’s time to compete,” Harbaugh said. “It’s like the bell in a boxing match.” The new Michigan coach met with […]

Baseball HOF to eliminate inactive voters

NEW YORK — Baseball’s Hall of Fame is cutting the number of voters in its annual election by eliminating writers who have not been active for more than 10 years. The change was announced Tuesday by the Hall’s board of directors. Until now, the electorate has included people who have been active members of the […]

Cardinals hire first female coach in NFL

TEMPE, Ariz. — Jen Welter accepts the title of trailblazer, embraces the chance to be a role model for girls and, perhaps most of all, can’t wait to get beyond the hype and on to work when the Arizona Cardinals open training camp this weekend. It’s only a six-week internship coaching inside linebackers for the […]

NFL upholds Brady 4-game suspension

NEW YORK  — Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for his role in using underinflated footballs during the AFC championship game has been upheld by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The league announced the decision Tuesday, with Goodell saying that the New England quarterback told an assistant to destroy Brady’s cellphone on or just before March 6. Brady […]

Urban Meyer immortalized in butter

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Winning another national championship has made Urban Meyer a butter man. The Ohio State University football coach and Buckeyes mascot Brutus are being honored with butter sculptures at this year’s Ohio State Fair, which opens Wednesday in Columbus. The life-size sculptures are joining the traditional butter cow and calf in a 46-degree […]

Mexico coach fired for punching reporter

MEXICO CITY — Mexican national team coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday following a television reporter’s claim that the man known as “El Piojo” punched him. The ouster came just two days after Herrera led Mexico to victory in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But Decio de Maria, who on Saturday becomes president of the Mexican […]

Niners move Hyde to non-football injury list

SANTA CLARA — Second-year running back Carlos Hyde, who will be counted upon to carry the load following Frank Gore’s departure, has been placed on the active/non-football injury list four days ahead of the start of training camp for the San Francisco 49ers. The team made the announcement Tuesday about Hyde, who had been dealing […]

Minor leaguer hits HR, misses home

BALTIMORE — When a player hits a home run, there’s really only one overriding rule when running the bases: Touch ‘em all. Elier Levya of the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds failed to do so after hitting a clutch home run Sunday, and his mistake proved costly in a 5-4 loss. Levya hit the ball over […]

Nadal wins opener at Hamburg Open

HAMBURG, Germany  — Top-seeded Rafael Nadal overcame a sluggish start to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 in the first round of the Hamburg Open on Tuesday. Nadal was playing his first match since losing to Dustin Brown in the second round of Wimbledon. The former No. 1 in the world has fallen to No. […]

Red Sox to retire Pedro Martinez’s jersey

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox are honoring Pedro Martinez. In a pregame ceremony to retire his uniform No. 45, the Red Sox have brought back some old teammates. They also have the 2004 World Series trophy Martinez helped the team win, ending an 86-year title drought. The on-field ceremony included the Hall of Fame […]

Today in History: July 29, 2015

Today is Wednesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2015. There are 155 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 29, 1890, artist Vincent van Gogh, 37, died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound in Auvers-sur-Oise, France. On this date: In 1588, the English attacked the Spanish Armada in the Battle […]

Using a spiral cutter to put a healthy twist on french fries

MELISSA D’ARABIAN, The Associated Press I’ve been watching the “zoodle” craze from the sidelines. Admittedly, I’ve been tempted to jump in. Noodles made from healthy zucchini using a super-cool spiral cutter? Yes, please! But truthfully, I’ve harbored fears that the fad (and my interest) would quickly fade, leaving me with one more gadget to add […]

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