State & National News

July 24, 2014 - 4:55pm
3 min 34 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns waived guard Dionte Christmas on Thursday.

The former Temple player averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 6.4 minutes in 31 games last season as a rookie. He averaged 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in five summer league games this month in Las Vegas.

Before joining the Suns, Christmas played in Israel, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Greece, Russia and Italy.

July 24, 2014 - 4:54pm
3 min 34 sec ago

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Running back Chris Johnson was a full participant at practice for the first time since joining the New York Jets after recovering from offseason knee surgery.

Johnson signed with the Jets in April and said Thursday his right knee feels good. He had surgery to repair torn cartilage after playing with the injury most of last year.

He ran for 1,077 yards, the second-lowest total of his career. He rushed for 2,006 yards in 2009 with...

July 24, 2014 - 4:51pm
3 min 34 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The pitching-poor Texas Rangers have signed right-hander Jerome Williams and plan to start him Friday night against AL West-leading Oakland.

The Rangers announced after Thursday's 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees that they had acquired the 32-year-old Williams.

Williams was released by Houston earlier this month after going 1-4 with a 6.04 ERA in 14 relief appearances.

Williams is 43-51 with a 4.45 ERA in nine...

July 24, 2014 - 4:49pm
3 min 34 sec ago

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jim Johnson just never got comfortable with the Oakland Athletics. A slow start for the two-time AL saves leader turned into a nightmare.

The Athletics designated the right-hander for assignment before Thursday's game with the Houston Astros.

"It started out bad for him and he just couldn't get into a spot where he could find himself and not have to think about some of the failures or whatever that were going on," A's manager...

July 24, 2014 - 4:46pm
3 min 34 sec ago

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Antonio Gates joined his San Diego Chargers teammates for the first practice of training camp a day after his 22-year-old sister died after battling lupus for three years.

The star tight end missed most of offseason workouts to be in Detroit with sister Pamela.

Gates lauded coach Mike McCoy for letting him deal with his sister's illness. Last season, Gates would often fly to Detroit after road games to be with his sister....

July 24, 2014 - 4:42pm
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North Division
WLPct.GB
Syracuse (Nationals)6145.575
Pawtucket (Red Sox)5748.543
Rochester (Twins)5748.543
Buffalo (Blue Jays)5153.4909
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees)5154
July 24, 2014 - 4:40pm
3 min 34 sec ago

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Australia's women set a world record in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on Thursday.

They clocked 3 minutes, 30.98 seconds to surpass the 3:31.72 recorded five years ago by the Netherlands.

July 24, 2014 - 4:40pm
3 min 34 sec ago

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Jarrod Lyle shot a 4-under 67 on Thursday in the Web.com Tour's Midwest Classic, the Australian's first U.S. event since his second bout with leukemia.

The 32-year-old Lyle, travelling with wife Briony and 2-year-old daughter Lusi, had four front-nine birdies in his bogey-free round at the Nicklaus Golf Club at LionsGate. He was three strokes behind leader Paul Haley II after the morning session.

Lyle also is set to play...

July 24, 2014 - 4:40pm
3 min 35 sec ago

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have designated right-hander Jim Johnson for assignment before Thursday's game against the Houston Astros.

Johnson, acquired in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles, was 4-2 with a 6.92 ERA in 38 games with the A's.

Brought in to replace Grant Balfour as the team's closer, Johnson faltered early, blowing his first two chances before losing his job.

He allowed four runs on three hits...

July 24, 2014 - 4:40pm
3 min 34 sec ago

CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Geno Smith was sharp in his first practice of training camp, a good start for the second-year quarterback who is hoping to retain his starting job.

With Michael Vick also in camp to push Smith and provide a veteran backup, Rex Ryan is pleased with the Jets' quarterback situation. On Thursday, Smith took the expected 75 percent of the snaps with the first-team offense, and completed seven of 10 passes in 11-on-11 team drills.

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