State & National News

July 3, 2015 - 1:26pm
11 min 7 sec ago

HAVANA (AP) — Cuba is confirming that two baseball players have defected while in the United States for a series of games against U.S. collegians.

Official sports website Jit said Friday that third baseman Luis Yander La O left the team in North Carolina, where the Cuban team has been playing tuneups ahead of the Pan American Games in Toronto.

An earlier report from Jit said outfielder Yadiel Hernandez also defected.

The 25-year-...

July 3, 2015 - 1:19pm
11 min 7 sec ago

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with center Connor McDavid on a three-year, entry-level contract.

The 18-year-old star spent the last three seasons with the OHL's Erie Otters. He was selected by the Oilers with the first overall pick in the NHL draft last month.

McDavid, from Newmarket, Ontario, had 120 points (44 goals, 76 assists) in 47 games with Erie last season.

McDavid helped Canada win...

July 3, 2015 - 1:08pm
11 min 7 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — Having spent this week coaching her, two-time All-Star Steve Finley says the French 16-year-old making history as the first woman on Major League Baseball's international registration list is "very coachable" and has "good baseball I.Q."

Speaking to The Associated Press, Finley wouldn't hazard a guess at whether Melissa Mayeux will one day make it to the big league, as she hopes. He says it's unfair to ask whether a player so young is the real deal and that...

July 3, 2015 - 1:05pm
11 min 7 sec ago

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona says it has agreed to loan its defender Martin Montoya Torralbo to Inter Milan for a season.

In a statement Friday, it says the two clubs have agreed the loan can be renewed automatically if the 24-year-old Montoya Torralbo plays regularly.

Barcelona says the Italian club can opt to buy the player at the end of the second season.

Montoya Torralbo progressed through the ranks at Barcelona, making...

July 3, 2015 - 12:34pm
11 min 7 sec ago

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Tour de France champion Vincenzo Nibali did not see much of rival Chris Froome the last time they raced each other.

That's because Froome was a dot on the horizon.

At the Criterium du Dauphine race last month, Froome sent out a major warning to Nibali — and others — that he is in great form, clinching overall victory on the back of two dashing stage wins in the mountains. Nibali, meanwhile, finished 12th....

July 3, 2015 - 11:45am
41 min 6 sec ago

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Rio de Janeiro organizers have unveiled the Olympic torch for the 2016 Games, saying it brings together "movement, innovation and Brazilian flavor."

Organizers said on Friday the torch's design was inspired by Brazil's "nature, and the harmonious diversity and energy" of the Brazilian people.

The torch, crafted from recycled aluminum and resin with a satin finish, innovates with different segments that open up when the Olympic...

July 3, 2015 - 10:33am
1 hour 31 min ago

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Pop violinist Vanessa-Mae exploited weak International Ski Federation rules and got help from Alpine race officials "smitten" by her celebrity to qualify for the Sochi Olympics, according to sport's highest court.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared the musician last month of rigging low-level races in Slovenia, and lifted her four-year ban.

In a detailed ruling published on Friday, the court said the 6,055 euros...

July 3, 2015 - 10:10am
1 hour 51 min ago
All Times EDT
BASEBALL

Miami at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.

San Francisco at Washington, 6:05 p.m.

Cleveland at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m.

Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 7:08 p.m.

Houston at Boston, 7:10 p.m.

Milwaukee at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.

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July 3, 2015 - 10:01am
2 hours 11 min ago
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All Times EDT
EASTERN CONFERENCE
WLTPtsGFGA
D.C. United1055352317
New England676242526
Toronto FC762232219
New York65523
July 3, 2015 - 10:01am
2 hours 11 min ago
BC-SOC--MLS Glance
Major League Soccer
At A Glance
By The Associated Press
All Times EDT
EASTERN CONFERENCE
WLTPtsGFGA
D.C. United1055352317
New England6762425...
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