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Dodgers beat Giants 5-4 in 14 innings on Gonzalez’s single

LOS ANGELES — Adrian Gonzalez singled in the winning run with the bases loaded in the 14th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers over the San Francisco Giants 5-4 early Tuesday in the opener of a crucial series between the NL West’s top two teams. The first-place Dodgers’ lead increased to 4 ½ games over […]

Los Angeles poised to vote on 2024 Olympic plan

LOS ANGELES — A month after Boston’s bid for the 2024 Olympic Games collapsed, Los Angeles appears on the verge of stepping in as the replacement U.S. candidate. The City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to authorize Mayor Eric Garcetti to execute agreements related to its 2024 bid, which outlines over […]

Mark Canha hits 3-run HR as Athletics beat Angels 11-5

OAKLAND — Mark Canha hit a three-run homer, Jake Smolinski’s three-run double highlighted a decisive third inning and the Oakland Athletics beat the Los Angeles Angels 11-5 on Monday in another quirky night at the Coliseum when part of the outfield wall fell down and delayed the game. Danny Valencia added a two-run double in […]

Heyward’s double keys rally as Cardinals beat Nationals 8-5

ST. LOUIS — Jason Heyward decided to cut loose for a change. The usually reserved St. Louis outfielder celebrated in grand fashion after his two-run, tie-breaking double in the seventh inning keyed a five-run rally that helped the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 8-5 on Monday night. Heyward screamed loudly and gave an […]

Local Report: Boys soccer, volleyball

Prep boys soccer Fairfield boys score late for first win of season VACAVILLE — The Fairfield High boys soccer team scored two goals in the second half to earn it’s first win of the season in a 2-0 nonleague victory over Will C. Wood, Monday. Alexis Avelar put the first goal on the board, scoring […]

Dodgers acquire minor league Ruggiano from Seattle

LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers acquired minor league outfielder Justin Ruggiano and cash considerations from Seattle on Monday night for a player to be named later. Ruggiano batted .296 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs in 49 games with the Mariners’ Triple-A Tacoma affiliate this season. Ruggiano appeared in 36 games with Seattle, hitting […]

Giants acquire OF De Aza in trade with Red Sox

LOS ANGELES — The San Francisco Giants have acquired outfielder Alejandro De Aza in a trade with the Boston Red Sox. De Aza is batting .261 with seven homers and 32 RBIs in 90 games this season, splitting time with Baltimore and Boston. The Red Sox acquired the 31-year-old De Aza in a June 3 […]

Ross shuts down Rangers, hits RBI single in 7-0 Padres win

SAN DIEGO — Tyson Ross had it all working Monday night: pitching, hitting and sportsmanship toward a good friend and former teammate. Ross held Texas to three hits in seven innings and hit an RBI single, and the San Diego Padres won 7-0, handing the Rangers just their third loss in 10 games. The dominating […]

Rockies rally in 9th to beat Diamondbacks, 5-4

DENVER — Ben Paulsen hit a two-out, two-run single and Colorado rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Arizona. Charlie Blackmon had three hits and finished a home run short of the cycle for the Rockies, who snapped a three-game home losing streak. The Rockies were held in check by […]

Suarez, Duvall smack 2-run homers to life Reds over Cubs, 13-6

CHICAGO — Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall hit two-run homers in a four-run sixth inning and Cincinnati took advantage of two late Chicago errors. Duvall, who was called up from Triple-A earlier Monday, snapped a 5-5 tie with his pinch-hit homer off Cubs reliever Justin Grimm (2-4), who surrendered all four runs in one-third of […]

Ortiz hits 495th HR to lift Red Sox over Yankees, 4-3

BOSTON — David Ortiz hit his 495th home run and Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits and threw out a runner at the plate to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night. Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox. It was their […]

Keuchel AL’s 1st 16-game winner as Astros whip Mariners, 8-3

HOUSTON — Dallas Keuchel allowed one run and struck out eight in seven innings to become the American League’s first 16-game winner and lead Houston to a win over Seattle. Rookie Carlos Correa, who returned after missing four games with a hamstring injury, hit a two-run homer and Jed Lowrie and Hank Conger added solo […]

Solid pitching, hitting help Rays double up Orioles, 6-3

BALTIMORE — Chris Archer pitched six shutout innings, and Tampa Bay hit three home runs in a victory over fading Baltimore. Asdrubal Cabrera and Evan Longoria connected off Wei-Yin Chen (8-7), and Tim Beckham added a solo shot against Brad Brach. Logan Forsythe had three hits for the Rays, coming within a home run of […]

Salazar puts up 10 Ks as Indians beat Blue Jays, 4-2

TORONTO — Jerry Sands singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Danny Salazar struck out 10 and Cleveland won its sixth straight game, beating Toronto. Salazar (12-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He reached double digits in strikeouts for the fifth time this season and the first time since […]

Marlins ride big 8th inning to blank Braves, 4-0

ATLANTA — Martin Prado and Justin Bour each had an RBI double in the eighth inning and Miami extended Shelby Miller’s winless streak to 19 starts with a victory over Atlanta. Miller, an All-Star with a sparkling 2.56 ERA, began the night with the worst support in the majors, and the Braves, losers in six […]

Colon breezes through 8 as Mets defeat Phillies, 3-1

NEW YORK — Bartolo Colon breezed through eight snappy innings and New York got homers from Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto, extending its dominant run against Philadelphia. After throwing seven shutout innings last Wednesday at Philadelphia during New York’s four-game sweep, the 42-year-old Colon (12-11) was one better this time. He struck out nine, walked […]

Column: Scott Dixon a fitting champ as IndyCar grieves

SONOMA — With a dominating drive on a day worth double points, Scott Dixon once again proved he is one of the greatest IndyCar drivers in open-wheel history. Dixon overcame long odds to grab his fourth championship by winning the season finale at Sonoma Raceway. The victory pulled him from third in the standings into […]

With a 4th win, Jason Day creates a temporary Big 3

EDISON, N.J. — Jordan Spieth was gone, but not forgotten, certainly not by Jason Day. In his debut as the No. 1 player in the world, Spieth had back-to-back rounds over par for the first time all year and missed the cut. He already was assured of losing the No. 1 ranking back to Rory […]

Seattle still the clear favorite in NFC West

If the Seattle Seahawks become the first team to win three straight NFC titles, they’ll likely do so as champions of their division yet again. But the reigning conference champs see a challenge waiting in the NFC West. “When I first got here Arizona wasn’t so good, but now they’re starting to become good. I […]

Others improved, but enough to dethrone Pats in AFC East?

NEW YORK — The AFC East got a lot more entertaining with one wacky, drama-filled offseason. Rex Ryan brought his bluster to Buffalo. The New York Jets cleaned house, welcomed home one of the franchise’s best players and saw their quarterback socked in the jaw by a teammate. Miami paid big bucks to bolster an […]

Sbaragli wins 10th Vuelta stage, Dumoulin keeps overall lead

CASTELLON, Spain — Kristian Sbaragli of Italy outsprinted his rivals to win the 10th stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Monday, while Tom Dumoulin of Netherlands retained the overall leader’s red jersey. Sbaragli crossed the line inches ahead of second-place John Degenkolb of Germany and Jose Joaquin Rojas of Spain. All three finished on the […]

Murray faces Kyrgios at US Open in match full of intrigue

NEW YORK — Andy Murray is facing one of tennis’ top young players in the first round of the U.S. Open, a guy who just missed out on a seed. The third-seeded Murray’s meeting with Nick Kyrgios was going to be intriguing based simply on talent, though that’s not why the 20-year-old has folks talking […]

Williams into US Open 2nd round when injured opponent stops

NEW YORK — Even before Serena Williams set foot in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Monday night, her path through the U.S. Open to complete a true Grand Slam became a lot easier thanks to losses by other top women. And when it was the No. 1-seeded American’s turn to play her first-round match, she was […]

No settlement: Goodell, Brady await ‘Deflategate’ ruling

NEW YORK — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady attended last-minute settlement talks between the NFL and its players union Monday before a judge announced he would decide the dispute over deflated footballs with a ruling in a day or two. Everyone involved “tried quite hard” to reach a deal […]

Sports on TV/Local sports for Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2015

Monday’s TV sports Baseball MLB •N.Y. Yankees at Boston, ESPN, 4 p.m. •San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers, CSNBA, 7 p.m. •L.A. Angels at Oakland, CSNCA, 7 p.m. •San Francisco at L.A. Dodgers or Texas at San Diego, MLB, 7 p.m. Tennis •U.S. Open, first-round, at Flushing, N.Y., ESPN, 10 a.m. •U.S. Open, first-round, at Flushing, […]

Maria Sharapova pulls out of US Open for 2nd time in 3 years

  Maria Sharapova pulled out of the U.S. Open for the second time in three years Sunday, withdrawing on the eve of the tournament because of a lingering right leg injury. The U.S. Tennis Association announced the withdrawal via a press release at about the same time that Sharapova, who won the title in New […]

Under new TV contract, US Open returns to Sunday men’s final

  NEW YORK — For the first time since 2007, the U.S. Open men’s final could be played on a Sunday. That is the traditional final day of a Grand Slam tennis tournament, including in New York — until five straight years of rain, followed by a two-year schedule change partly prompted by that wet […]

Turner Field US flag at half-staff after fan dies in fall

  ATLANTA — The U.S. flag flew at half-staff at Turner Field on Sunday, one day after a fan died following his fall from the upper deck into the lower-level stands during a game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees. Mary Beth Hauptle, an investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner, identified the […]

Pharoah looks good after loss; no decision on racing plans

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — They were waiting for their horse, ready to take pictures with cellphones and ready to feed him snacks. On the morning after a startling upset at the Travers Stakes, a small gathering of fans visited racing’s biggest celebrity. This group on Sunday morning was considerably smaller than the throng of 15,000 […]

Pieters wins Czech Masters for 1st European Tour victory

VYSOKY UJEZD, Czech Republic — Thomas Pieters shot a 3-under 69 on Sunday to win the Czech Masters by three strokes for his first European Tour victory. Pieters overcame a bad start with a double bogey on the third hole by making four birdies the rest of the way to hold off Pelle Edberg of […]

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