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June 25, 2016 - 3:07pm
9 min 42 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have optioned rookie right-hander Aaron Blair to Triple-A Gwinnett and recalled left-hander Matt Marksberry.

Blair allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings in Friday night's 8-6 loss to the New York Mets. Blair's ERA climbed to 7.99 as he allowed at least six runs for the third time in five June starts.

Marksberry was 2-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 22 games, all in relief, for Double-A Mississippi and Gwinnett this season. He...

June 25, 2016 - 2:56pm
9 min 42 sec ago

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — Organizers of an event that encouraged fans to bring their guns to a summer league baseball game in Michigan say they have received no reports of trouble.

"2nd Amendment Education Night" was held Friday at C.O. Brown Stadium as the Battle Creek Bombers hosted the Rochester (Minnesota) Honkers.

Bombers general manager Tony Iovieno tells WOOD-TV there were no security problems among the crowd that included many with holstered...

June 25, 2016 - 2:55pm
9 min 42 sec ago

SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — As spectacular as it was, Xherdan Shaqiri's beautiful bicycle kick goal just wasn't enough.

The Switzerland forward scored the goal of the tournament against Poland on Saturday, jumping with his back to the net before sending a left-footed volley inside the post from near the edge of the area.

The goal made it 1-1 in the 82nd minute, but Poland managed to win a 5-4 in a penalty shootout and advance to the European...

June 25, 2016 - 2:55pm
9 min 42 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the Colorado Avalanche for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.

The 29-year-old Holden had six goals and 16 assists and 24 penalty minutes this past season.

Holden was second on Colorado in hits and ranked fourth in average ice time this past season. In addition, he was one of five players on Colorado who skated in all of the team's 82 games.

Holden...

June 25, 2016 - 2:36pm
9 min 42 sec ago

HOUSTON (AP) — The county that owns the Houston Astrodome is considering a plan to build a two-level parking garage inside the derelict domed stadium.

The hope is to kick-start retrofitting and repurposing of the 51-year-old Houston icon that has stood vacant for 17 years.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, who is the county's top elected administrator, is proposing raising the Astrodome floor to create a garage to accommodate 1,800 cars. Emmett...

June 25, 2016 - 2:30pm
9 min 42 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The New York Mets have signed shortstop Jose Reyes to a minor league contract.

Reyes, 33, played primarily at shortstop for the Mets from 2003-11, but may be used in a utility role in his reunion with the team.

Reyes was cut by Colorado after serving a 59-day suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. He became a free agent on Saturday. The Rockies are responsible for the $39 million remaining on his...

June 25, 2016 - 2:21pm
9 min 42 sec ago

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Forward Trevor Lewis has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.

The club announced the deal Saturday.

Lewis has been a key player on the Kings' depth lines for the past six seasons, playing a defensive game during Los Angeles' run to Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014. He scored two goals in the Kings' Cup-clinching victory over New Jersey in 2012.

The 29-year-old...

June 25, 2016 - 2:06pm
9 min 42 sec ago

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has been arrested in central Florida after authorities say he pulled a gun on his wife.

An Osceola County Sheriff's Office arrest report says the 33-year-old Jackson had been visiting family in Kissimmee when the incident occurred early Friday. Jackson's wife told the deputy that Jackson had returned to their rental home drunk and began yelling at her, eventually pulling the gun and threatening...

June 25, 2016 - 2:06pm
9 min 42 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — Gareth Bale was the creator of the only goal — an own-goal — to put Wales into the European Championship quarterfinals with a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland on Saturday.

Bale's cross was aimed at teammate Hal Robson-Kanu but it was inadvertently tipped into the net by Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley in the 75th minute.

"We knew it was going to be an ugly match. Obviously no disrespect to Ireland, but they make it difficult to...

June 25, 2016 - 12:55pm
1 hour 29 min ago

SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Jeff Gordon is open to succeeding Michael Strahan as Kelly Ripa's new "Live" co-host — so long as he could continue his new job as a NASCAR analyst.

Gordon is calling his final race of the season Sunday for Fox Sports and then will head into the first significant downtime of his professional career. The four-time NASCAR champion is in his first year in the broadcast booth. He insisted Saturday he'll be back next year when Fox resumes coverage of the...

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