State & National News

July 28, 2014 - 3:28am
18 min ago

When Detroit reliever Willie Hernandez won the MVP in 1984, he pitched in 80 games. Only 33 of those appearances were save opportunities.

The current trend in bullpen management — in which the best relievers are used primarily in the ninth inning to close out victories — didn't start until later. Now many teams take specialization a step further, assigning the closer to the ninth inning and another setup man to the eighth.

Is this the best way to run...

July 28, 2014 - 3:20am
18 min ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Only final arguments and a ruling remain in the trial to determine whether Donald Sterling's estranged wife can sell the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.

Lawyers for Sterling plan to argue Monday that Shelly Sterling had no right to make the deal with Ballmer, even though Donald Sterling had given her written authority to pursue a sale.

The attorneys also say she tricked Donald Sterling...

July 28, 2014 - 3:00am
18 min ago


Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 7:05 p.m.


Great Lakes at Peoria, 11 a.m.

West Michigan at Kane County, noon

Quad Cities at Bowling Green, 12:05 p.m.

July 27, 2014 - 11:31pm
18 min ago

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Big Macher won the $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes by a half-length Sunday at Del Mar.

Ridden by Tyler Baze, Big Macher ran six furlongs in 1:08.82 and paid $21.20, $6.20 and $4.40.

Big Macher won in his return from a layoff since April because of a quarter crack in his foot.

Goldencents returned $2.40 and $2.20, while Seeking the Sherif was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $4.20 to show in the...

July 27, 2014 - 11:27pm
18 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Manager Don Mattingly hardly considers a late-July sweep in San Francisco a turning point to put his Dodgers in the driver's seat atop the NL West.

Yet coming off consecutive series losses at St. Louis and Pittsburgh, Los Angeles needed some sort of spark as August approaches. The Dodgers found it in the ballpark of their biggest rival, and left the Bay Area in first place following an emphatic three-game swing.

Carl Crawford hit...

July 27, 2014 - 11:24pm
1 hour 7 min ago

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July 27, 2014 - 10:52pm
18 min ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Saul scored in the fifth round of penalty kicks to lift Spanish League champion Atletico Madrid past Major League Soccer's San Jose Earthquakes after they played to a scoreless tie Sunday in the final sporting event at Candlestick Park.

Atletico captain Raul Garcia blasted a penalty kick off the post in the 39th minute. The Spanish club was given the kick after Brandon Barklage was whistled for his challenge on Mario Suarez.


July 27, 2014 - 10:48pm
4 hours 38 min ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed tight end Kyle Rudolph to a five-year contract extension.

The Vikings announced the deal Sunday night. The deal, which was first reported by Fox Sports, is worth $36.5 million with just $20 million guaranteed. Incentives can push the deal to $40 million.

Rudolph missed eight games because of a broken left foot last season. He caught 30 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns last year, but was...

July 27, 2014 - 10:48pm
1 hour 7 min ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — John Jaso drove in three runs, helping Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 Sunday night.

Jaso had a run-scoring single during Oakland's five-run second inning and added a two-run double in the fifth.

The Athletics' first three batters — Jaso, Stephen Vogt and Yoenis Cespedes — each had a double and a single, and Josh Reddick added three singles.

Kazmir (12-3) moved into a tie...

July 27, 2014 - 10:40pm
4 hours 47 min ago

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