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August 21, 2014 - 7:18pm
5 min 12 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for a playoffs run.

One of the AL West leader's top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox

Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It's a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.

General manager Jerry Dipoto said...

August 21, 2014 - 7:13pm
5 min 12 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Denard Span scored from second on third baseman Jordan Pacheco's throwing error in the ninth inning, and the Washington Nationals stretched their winning streak to 10 games with a 1-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Five of Washington's last six wins have come in its final at-bat of the game, and the streak is tied for the franchise record. Kansas City is the only other team to win 10 consecutive games this year.

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August 21, 2014 - 7:01pm
5 min 11 sec ago

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Italian racer Elia Viviani used a powerful surge near the finish to capture Stage 4 at the USA Pro Challenge on Thursday.

Jens Voigt of Trek Factory Racing attacked midway through the stage and had the lead but was caught by the pack with the finish line almost in sight. Viviani, of Cannondale Pro Cycling, finished the 70-mile circuit race around Colorado Springs in 2 hours, 28 minutes, 52 seconds.

It was a rather calm...

August 21, 2014 - 6:57pm
5 min 11 sec ago

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Chiefs linebacker Joe Mays will have surgery on his wrist after hurting it in a preseason game against Carolina and could miss the start of the season.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team had not disclosed the surgery, which is expected to take place later this week.

The Chiefs play the Vikings in their third preseason game...

August 21, 2014 - 6:50pm
5 min 12 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have placed struggling right-hander Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a lat strain, and they have also put shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list.

The moves were made Thursday, a day after Castro left the team because of a family emergency. Bereavement leave rules require that Castro must be out for three days and can miss a maximum of one week.

Jackson lasted only 2 2-3 innings Wednesday,...

August 21, 2014 - 6:31pm
5 min 12 sec ago

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Kent State coach Paul Haynes says players grieving the death of center Jason Bitsko plan to honor him by wearing his number 54 on their helmets this season.

The 21-year-old Bitsko was found unresponsive in the bedroom of his off-campus apartment on Wednesday morning. The school says police believe he passed away from an undetermined medical issue.

Haynes said Thursday that Bitsko's death is a tragic loss and that his players will...

August 21, 2014 - 6:24pm
5 min 12 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs placed right-handed pitcher Edwin Jackson on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain and put shortstop Starlin Castro on the bereavement list Thursday

Jackson took his 14th loss of the season Wednesday, when he lasted only 2 2-3 innings and allowed seven earned runs. He is 6-14 this season with a 6.09 ERA.

Jackson dealt with a similar injury at the end of the 2013 season.

Castro left the...

August 21, 2014 - 6:16pm
5 min 12 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Chris Rock almost made the play of the day at Yankee Stadium.

Instead, the comedian wound up with a nice prize — a foul ball that nearly landed in his lap during Thursday's game between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees.

Rock was sitting in the front row behind Houston's dugout when Astros rookie Jon Singleton lofted a high foul popup toward the third-base side in the seventh inning. Rock raised his arms to catch it, holding a...

August 21, 2014 - 6:13pm
5 min 12 sec ago

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — No more rookie excuses for Thomas Tyner. Oregon's sophomore running back is ready to live up to the expectations that were heaped on him when he joined the Ducks last year.

As a true freshman Tyner was third on the Ducks with 711 yards rushing, and he scored nine touchdowns. He steadily improved and had a breakout in the Civil War rivalry game against Oregon State, with 22 carries for 140 yards and a score in Oregon's 36-35 victory....

August 21, 2014 - 6:10pm
5 min 12 sec ago

BOSTON (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired second baseman Gordon Beckham in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.

Beckham has struggled offensively this year, but he gives the AL West-leading Angels another sure-handed infielder with six seasons of major league experience. He turns 28 on Sept. 16.

The White Sox, who selected Beckham with the eighth overall pick in the 2008 draft, will receive a player to be named or cash in Thursday's trade....

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