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De La Rosa pitches Rockies to 2-1 win over Athletics

OAKLAND — After 21 years in the majors, Colorado reliever LaTroy Hawkins isn’t trying to trick anyone with pitch sequences. The 42-year-old doesn’t have to worry about deception when he’s still able to reach 95 mph with his fastball. Hawkins retired all three batters he faced for his first save since April, and the Rockies […]

US heads to World Cup final with 2-0 win over Germany

MONTREAL — Carli Lloyd remembers putting the ball on its spot and shutting out the noise of more than 51,000 anxious fans. Then she blasted that ball into the back of the net. Lloyd’s penalty kick got the United States on the board, and the Americans went on to a 2-0 victory over top-ranked Germany […]

Fairfield Pacific looking to make history at District 53 All-Stars begin play

FAIRFIELD — Only one Little League – Suisun American – has ever won three straight District 53 championships, but two-time defending champ Fairfield Pacific is looking to match that feat. District play opens on Wednesday with the 11-12 Division at Fairfield Atlantic’s Laurel Creek Park facility, the 10-11 Division at Benicia’s Community Park and the […]

Giants finish month under .500 with 5-3 loss to Marlins

MIAMI — The San Francisco Giants ended June the way they started it — with a loss. A 5-3 defeat at Miami left the Giants with a 12-14 record for the month. Even so, manager Bruce Bochy said, it could have been worse for the injury-plagued World Series champions. “I’m not happy with it, but […]

Sharks acquire goalie Martin Jones from Bruins

SAN JOSE — Martin Jones was at the top of San Jose’s list as general manager Doug Wilson went into the offseason searching for a starting goaltender. As soon as Jones was dealt from rival Los Angeles to Boston, Wilson saw his opportunity to get him. Jones was traded for the second time in five […]

Baseball Capsules for 6/29

INDIANS 7, RAYS 1 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rookie Cody Anderson took a bid for a perfect game into the seventh inning in his second major league start, and the struggling Cleveland Indians snapped a three-game losing streak with a 7-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. Anderson (1-0) didn’t allow a baserunner until […]

Mike Trout powers Angels past Yankees 4-1 with bat and glove

ANAHEIM — Mike Trout and C.J. Cron homered, Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun added run-scoring doubles, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 4-1 Monday night for their fifth victory in seven games. Trout hit his 20th homer of the season in the third inning against CC Sabathia (3-8). The reigning AL […]

Reddick, Davis, Butler homer for A’s in 7-1 win over Rockies

OAKLAND — Josh Reddick and Ike Davis hit two-run homers in the first inning to back seven scoreless innings from Kendall Graveman, and the Oakland Athletics snapped a three-game losing streak by beating the Colorado Rockies 7-1 on Monday night. Billy Butler also homered off David Hale (2-3) and scored three runs as power-starved Oakland […]

Lakers’ Nance was ‘terrified’ of Kobe’s response to tweet

EL SEGUNDO — Larry Nance Jr.’s elation at getting drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers lasted about two minutes before he was reminded of a tweet he sent out in 2012 criticizing Kobe Bryant. Nance was overjoyed when Bryant said he wasn’t bothered. Still, Nance acknowledged Monday that he was “terrified” to speak to Bryant […]

Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan to retire after next season

Bo Ryan has been the fire-breathing face of Wisconsin basketball for 14 seasons, pushing the Badgers to never-before-seen heights. After 14 NCAA Tournament appearances, seven Sweet 16s, four Big Ten titles, two Final Fours and a berth in last year’s national championship game, the hard-charging 67-year-old Ryan has only one more season left in him. […]

Chile beats Peru 2-1 to reach Copa America final

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chile kept alive its hopes of winning the Copa America for the first time with a 2-1 win over 10-man Peru in the semifinals of the South American tournament on Monday. Striker Eduardo Vargas scored the winner with a long-range shot in the 64th minute, sending the home-crowd favorites to their first […]

Sharks agree to 5-year deal with D Brenden Dillon

SAN JOSE — The San Jose Sharks agreed to a five-year, $16.35 million contract with pending restricted free agent defenseman Brenden Dillon on Monday. Agent Jarrett Bousquet said the two sides reached an agreement before Dillon could become a restricted free agent later this week. ESPN first reported the deal. The Sharks acquired Dillon during […]

Man convicted of rape wants to play football in college

NELSONVILLE, Ohio — A former high school football player found delinquent in the rape of a 16-year-old girl wants to play at the community college level. A statement from Hocking College spokeswoman Michelle O’Brien confirmed that Trent Mays will be attending the college for the fall 2015 semester and will be on the football team, […]

Pronger, Lidstrom, Fedorov, Ruggiero among Hockey Hall picks

TORONTO — Chris Pronger always seemed destined for the Hockey Hall of Fame. Going in this year is unprecedented, however, since he is still under contract as an NHL player. His inclusion took a bylaw change that specifies a player’s final game must be three full seasons ago. The fearsome defenseman last played in 2011 […]

LA Kings terminate Mike Richards’ contract for “breach”

EL SEGUNDO — The Los Angeles Kings terminated Mike Richards’ contract Monday, claiming the underachieving forward committed a “material breach” of its terms. The move is a surprising tactic in the Kings’ prolonged attempt to get out from under the last five seasons of the 12-year, $69 million deal signed by Richards with Philadelphia in […]

Russell ready to restore Lakers glory alongside Nance, Brown

EL SEGUNDO — D’Angelo Russell was the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, and he chose the No. 1 jersey with the Los Angeles Lakers. The point guard from Ohio State clearly isn’t trying to hide from those enormous expectations resting on his 19-year-old shoulders. When he accepted that gold uniform from general manager […]

Athletes adjusting to cameras all over arenas, stadiums

When LeBron James pulls into the parking lot at Quicken Loans Arena, there are cameras waiting. They follow him into the arena, record him walking down the hall to the locker room. They are there when he’s changing into his uniform. They are there in the huddles during timeouts and there during the halftime meetings […]

2002 champ Hewitt loses in 1st round at his last Wimbledon

LONDON — The last Wimbledon singles contest of 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt’s career was a back-and-forth, 4-hour tussle in which he saved three match points before finally succumbing 11-9 in the fifth set. He might have lost. He did not go gently. Felt fitting. Even to Hewitt himself. “Pretty much sums up my career, I […]

Column: IndyCar must balance daredevil vs. dangerous racing

Jenna Fryer   NASCAR returns this week to Daytona International Speedway, where 43 drivers are likely to race bumper to bumper for 400 white-knuckle miles. Very few of them will enjoy the race. Fans will most likely love every moment. IndyCar finds itself in the same situation following one of its most breathtaking races in […]

Michael Sam, 1st openly gay NFL draftee, rejoins CFL team

MONTREAL — In the city where Jackie Robinson made the jump to the big leagues — and a country where gay marriage has been legal for a decade — Michael Sam has come to restart his football career. The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team, Sam returned to practice with the Montreal […]

One day at a time, Cardinals adding to best record in majors

ST. LOUIS — Mike Matheny has zero interest in scanning the daily statistics that show just how efficiently the St. Louis Cardinals are dealing with the opposition. Matheny prefers that his players ignore all that, too, just as they have the hacking investigation involving the Houston Astros that seems to have quieted down. The players […]

Warriors exercise Speights’ contract option for next season

OAKLAND — The Golden State Warriors have begun the process of keeping their championship roster intact. The Warriors exercised their $3.8 million option Monday on reserve big man Marreese Speights for next season. The team had until Tuesday to pick up the final year on Speights’ contract or he would become a free agent. The […]

Serena Williams’ Wimbledon starts slow; Venus wins 6-0, 6-0

LONDON — As has become customary for Serena Williams of late, she got off to a rocky start. In her first-round match at Wimbledon on Monday, Williams dropped three of the first four games. She slipped and nearly did the splits, tumbling to the turf. She was warned for using foul language. And, as has […]

New coaches, talented freshmen to add intrigue to SEC hoops

Southeastern Conference basketball coaches are confident their league won’t take a step back in the post-Billy Donovan era. Donovan left for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder in April after leading Florida to two national titles and four Final Four appearances in his 19-year tenure. Donovan was replaced by Louisiana Tech’s Michael White, one of four […]

5 Royals lead in All-Star voting, balloting ends Thursday

NEW YORK — Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson and Seattle designated hitter Nelson Cruz have moved ahead in fan voting for starting spots in the All-Star Game, leaving five Kansas City Royals still in the lead. Major League Baseball released the results Monday, and voting continues through Thursday night. MLB said more than 500 million […]

US-Germany semifinal features world’s top goalkeepers

MONTREAL — The Women’s World Cup semifinal clash between top-ranked Germany and the second-ranked United States will feature two of the best goalkeepers in the game: Nadine Angerer and Hope Solo. The two women will be the last line of defense Tuesday night for their teams, with is each seeking a spot in the final […]

Boston 2024 Olympics organizers update $4.6B bid

BOSTON — The group trying to bring the 2024 Olympics to Boston released the most detailed look yet at its bid for the Summer Games on Monday, unveiling a $4.6 billion plan it says would create thousands of jobs and housing units, expand the city’s tax base and leave behind a vastly-improved regional transit system […]

Wade elects to become free agent, may leave Heat

MIAMI — Dwyane Wade will become a free agent Wednesday, and his 12-year stay with the Miami Heat could be ending. The three-time champion and 11-time All-Star announced his decision Monday through a spokesperson. ESPN was first informed of the decision. Wade could have exercised an option to earn $16.1 million with the Heat next […]

Maggert wins US Senior Open for 2nd senior major title

SACRAMENTO — Jeff Maggert is moving into an elite class on golf’s senior circuit. Maggert won the U.S. Senior Open on Sunday for his second major victory on the Champions Tour this year. He closed with a 5-under 65 at sun-drenched Del Paso Country Club, edging defending champion Colin Montgomerie by two strokes. The victory […]

The Week Ahead: Time for Little League All-Stars and WABF tourney

FAIRFIELD — Fairfield Pacific Little League begins its quest for three straight District 53 11- and 12-year-old All-Star championships and the Fairfield Expos host their annual Western Amateur Baseball Federation Tournament. It’s all part of a busy week on area diamonds. Monday The unbeaten Northern Solano Babe Ruth District 3 15-year-old All-Stars play for the […]

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