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Sports on TV/Local sports for Saturday-Sunday, July 4-5, 2015

Saturday’s TV sports Auto racing •Formula One, qualifying for British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, England, CNBC, 5 a.m. •Formula One, qualifying for British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, England, NBCSN, 9 a.m. (taped) •NASCAR, XFINITY Series, pole qualifying for Firecracker 250, at Daytona Beach, Fla., NBCSN, 11:30 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, pole qualifying for Coke Zero […]

Mariners hit 4 HRs in 9-5 win over A’s

OAKLAND — Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, Brad Miller and Logan Morrison all hit two-run homers and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 9-5 Friday night for their third win in four games. J.A. Happ (4-5) snapped a personnel four-game slide with six strong innings, giving up three runs and eight hits. He struck out five and walked none. […]

Peavy returns but Giants keep losing, 2-1 to Nationals

WASHINGTON — After winning three of the last five World Series, the San Francisco Giants are a confident bunch. So there was no panic in the visiting clubhouse on Friday night after their losing streak reached four games with a 2-1 loss to the Washington Nationals. “We couldn’t do much offensively,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy […]

Dempsey, Chandler score as US beats Guatemala 4-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— Clint Dempsey converted a penalty kick in his return from a suspension for a confrontation with a referee, Timmy Chandler scored his first international goal and the United States routed Guatemala 4-0 Friday night in an exhibition ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Just after goalkeeper Paulo Motta saved Jozy Altidore’s penalty kick […]

Wambach says she just wants to win her last World Cup

VANCOUVER, British Columbia. — With the title match looming, Abby Wambach isn’t mincing words. “All I care about is winning this World Cup,” she said. The star U.S. forward is playing in her fourth Women’s World Cup, and she says it will be her last. A victory Sunday in the final against Japan would be […]

Vegas, Langley share 2nd-round lead at Greenbrier Classic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Jhonattan Vegas hasn’t had much success since winning his second PGA Tour event as a rookie in 2011. The Greenbrier Classic could give him that needed boost. Vegas shot a 5-under-par 65 to tie Scott Langley for the lead after the second round Friday. They were at 9-under 131 on […]

This date in sports history for July 4

July 4 1910 — Jack Johnson knocks out Jim Jeffries in the 15th round at Reno, Nev., to retain the world heavyweight title and spoil Jeffries’ comeback. 1914 — The Harvard eight wins the Grand Challenge Cup to become the first American crew to capture the top event at the Henley Royal Regatta. 1919 — […]

England to face Germany for 3rd place in Women’s World Cup

EDMONTON, Alberta — Though Mark Sampson already knew what answer he’d get, England’s coach felt obligated to ask defender Laura Bassett whether she was emotionally ready for one more game at the Women’s World Cup. “She looked back in my eye, and said, ‘I’m in for the team,’” Sampson recalled Friday. “It was an easy […]

In Women’s World Cup viewership, new generation is older one

A generation of American women who grew up playing sports because of Title IX now makes up the television audience that advertisers covet. Today’s adults were young, impressionable fans when Brandi Chastain ripped off her jersey to celebrate the winning penalty kick at the 1999 Women’s World Cup, and even earlier when the buzz of […]

Sharks sign veteran forward Joel Ward to 3-year deal

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks signed veteran forward Joel Ward to a three-year contract Friday. Ward had 19 goals and 15 assists last season with Washington. He also had three goals and six assists in 14 playoff games. “Joel is a quality veteran player who can score but also plays an extremely hard-nosed […]

Nibali hopes to stick closer to Froome at the Tour de France

UTRECHT, Netherlands — Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali did not see much of rival Chris Froome the last time they raced each other. That’s because Froome was a dot on the horizon. At the Criterium du Dauphine race last month, Froome sent out a major warning to Nibali — and others — that he […]

Rio 2016 organizers unveil Olympic torch

BRASILIA, Brazil — Rio de Janeiro organizers unveiled the Olympic torch for the 2016 Games on Friday, saying it brings together “movement, innovation and Brazilian flavor.” Organizers said the torch’s design was inspired by Brazil’s “nature, and the harmonious diversity and energy” of the Brazilian people. The torch, crafted from recycled aluminum and resin with […]

Judge approves subpoena of phone records in Hernandez case

FALL RIVER, Mass. — Lawyers for former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez can take steps to identify an anonymous tipster who claimed that one of the jurors who convicted him of murder may have lied during jury selection, a judge ruled Friday. Judge Susan Garsh ruled that Verizon can be subpoenaed to determine the […]

2 points from loss, Serena wins at Wimbledon; Venus next

LONDON — Twice, Serena Williams stood merely two points from a loss at Wimbledon against a British opponent buoyed by a roaring, flag-waving Centre Court crowd. Twice, Williams was oh-so-close to the end of her bid for a fourth consecutive major title — and for the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam. And twice, […]

AP sources: Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan agree to 4-year deal

DALLAS — DeAndre Jordan has chosen the Mavericks over the Los Angeles Clippers in what turned into a tense boom-or-bust wait for Dallas in pursuit of the free-agent center. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that the NBA rebound leader agreed to terms Friday. One said the deal was worth $80 […]

NASCAR distances itself from Donald Trump after remarks

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR is the latest corporation to distance itself from Donald Trump. On the same day one of its top sponsors called on NASCAR to take a stance against Trump, the motorsports series said it will not hold its season-ending awards ceremony at the Trump National Doral Miami. “We looked at everything we […]

A-Rod, Yanks settle dispute, he gets ball from 3,000th hit

NEW YORK — Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees settled their dispute over a marketing payment with a deal announced Friday that gives $3.5 million to charitable groups, saves the team $5.5 million and gets A-Rod the home run ball from his 3,000th hit. At the time Rodriguez and the Yankees signed their $275 million, 10-year […]

Giants designate playoff star Travis Ishikawa for assignment

WASHINGTON — The San Francisco Giants have designated postseason star Travis Ishikawa for assignment. The team also activated pitcher Jake Peavy from the disabled list and placed right-hander Tim Hudson on the DL with an injured shoulder. Ishikawa’s game-ending home run in Game 5 of the NLCS last October carried San Francisco into the World Series. The […]

AP Source: Kings, Rondo, Marco Belinelli agree to 3-year, $19M deal

After missing targets at the start of free agency, the Sacramento Kings finally filled out their backcourt Friday. The Kings reached agreements with point guard Rajon Rondo and shooting guard Marco Belinelli, securing the two positions the team coveted most this summer. Rondo’s deal is for one year and $10 million, a person with direct […]

14-U Babe Ruth All-Stars fall short in championship games

FAIRFIELD — To say it was a pair of rough final outings for the 14-U Northern Solano Babe Ruth All-Stars is an understatement. Needing to defeat Vallejo only once for a NorCal District 3 championship, Northern Solano fell 14-1 in the first game and 13-3 in the second at Allan Witt Park, Thursday. Pitching was […]

Kazmir helps A’s blank Mariners 4-0

OAKLAND — Scott Kazmir pitched eight sparkling innings, Marcus Semien homered for the first time in nearly two months, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Thursday night. Josh Phegley had a two-run single and Mark Canha added an RBI triple for the A’s, who ended a five-game losing streak against the […]

Fairfield Expos get another win in WABF tournament

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Expos American Legion baseball team picked up another win in the WABF Tournament, defeating Santa Rosa Connie Mack 7-2 at Laurel Creek Park, Thursday. JP San Antonio was 2 for 3 with two RBIs for the Expos, while Carter Bins was 2 for 3. Andreyes Palacios was 2 for 3 with […]

Minor League notebook: Negron looking to make way back to Reds

FAIRFIELD — The 2015 has been a struggle for the Cincinnati Reds and especially for Kristopher Negron. The former Vanden High great was optioned to the Louisville Bats of the Triple-A International League on June 25 to make room for closer Aroldis Chapman, who was coming off the paternity list. In 42 games, the versatile Negron […]

Guzan, US seek to maintain momentum against Guatemala

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Brad Guzan is intent on following his disappointing spring with a title in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Guzan earned the starting job at Aston Villa over Shay Given early in the 2012-13 season but was replaced by Given in April, losing a chance to start in the FA Cup final, which the […]

American Pharoah to race at Monmouth Park in Haskell

OCEANPORT, N.J. — American Pharoah is headed to the Jersey Shore. As expected, racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 37 years will make his next start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational on Aug. 2 at Monmouth Park. Owner Ahmed Zayat said on Thursday the decision to run in the 1 1/8-mile Haskell was based on […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for July 3, 2015

TV sports Auto racing •Formula One, practice for British Grand Prix, at Silverstone, England, NBCSN, 6 a.m. •NASCAR, XFINITY Series, practice for Firecracker 250, at Daytona Beach, Fla., NBCSN, 11 a.m. •NASCAR, Sprint Cup, practice for Coke Zero 400, at Daytona Beach, Fla., NBCSN, noon •NASCAR, XFINITY Series, final practice for Firecracker 250, at Daytona […]

This date in sports history for July 3

July 3 1905 — Marvin Hart wins the vacant world heavyweight title with a 12th-round knockout of Jack Root in the final bout of an elimination tournament in Reno, Nev. James Jeffries, who refereed the bout, had retired in March, leaving the title vacant. 1912 — Rube Marquard of the New York Giants runs his […]

Gates, Richardson, McClain each get 4-game NFL suspensions

Three-time All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates of San Diego will be suspended the first four games of the 2015 season along with New York Jets defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson and Dallas linebacker Rolando McClain for violating NFL drug policies. Gates’ suspension is over the league’s ban on performance-enhancing drugs, while Richardson and McClain will be […]

Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic, trails Langley by 4

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start. Woods rebounded from a dismal U.S. Open with a 4-under-par 66 in Thursday’s opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, four shots behind leader Scott Langley. Helped by a morning rain that softened the Old White TPC course in West Virginia, […]

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