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July 27, 2016 - 6:50pm
7 min 56 sec ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers slugger Prince Fielder will have his season-ending surgery Friday to repair a herniated disk in his neck.

The surgery will be performed in Dallas by Dr. Drew Dossett, who two years ago did a cervical fusion of two disks just below the area that is bothering Fielder now.

Dossett had recommended the second surgery after seeing Fielder on Monday. That confirmed the recommendation of Dr. Robert Watkins, who examined...

July 27, 2016 - 6:46pm
7 min 56 sec ago

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Cardinals signed linebacker Donald Butler and released linebacker Quayshawn Nealy on Wednesday, two days before their first training camp practice.

The terms of Butler's contract weren't disclosed.

The 6-foot-1, 242-pounds inside linebacker spent six seasons with San Diego after being drafted in the third round out of Washington in 2010. He had 54 tackles, a fumble recovery, a forced fumble, a half-sack and five...

July 27, 2016 - 6:28pm
7 min 56 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jay Bruce homered in his career-high fifth straight game, connecting off Madison Bumgarner and leading the Cincinnati Reds over the slumping San Francisco Giants 2-1 on Wednesday.

Bruce connected for his 25th homer of the season. His sixth home run during his five-game streak broke a 1-all tie in the seventh inning.

The NL West-leading Giants have lost nine of 11 since the All-Star break. The last-place Reds are 8-4 over that...

July 27, 2016 - 6:27pm
7 min 56 sec ago

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Long time Montana women's basketball coach Robin Selvig announced his retirement Wednesday.

Selvig, who turns 64 next month, announced his decision on the university's website and said he will be at the school until the end of August.

He coached at Montana for 38 years and won 865 games — tied for seventh on the Division I career list. Selvig built the Lady Griz into one of the better mid-major programs in the country. They had...

July 27, 2016 - 6:24pm
7 min 56 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Moore pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, Evan Longoria hit a two-run homer and the Tampa Bay Rays won at Dodger Stadium for the first time, 3-1 over Los Angeles on Wednesday.

Luke Maile had an RBI double in a three-run fourth inning as Tampa Bay wrapped up a nine-game West Coast road swing by snapping a four-game skid.

The Rays were swept in a three-game series at Chavez Ravine in 2013, the only other time they've...

July 27, 2016 - 6:17pm
7 min 55 sec ago

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Colorado Rockies reinstated left-hander Chris Rusin from the 15-day disabled list prior to the series finale against the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday.

Rusin will take the spot of righty reliever Jason Motte, who was put on the 15-day DL with a right rotator cuff strain. Rusin was 2-4 with a 4.12 ERA in 12 games before being sidelined by a strained left shoulder.

Rusin made three rehab appearances for Triple-A Albuquerque, going...

July 27, 2016 - 6:12pm
7 min 55 sec ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have acquired right-hander Lucas Harrell and left-hander Dario Alvarez from the Atlanta Braves for a minor league infielder.

The AL West-leading Rangers announced the trade Wednesday. Travis Demeritte was sent to the Braves.

The Rangers had one open spot on their 40-man roster, and designated Triple-A Round Rock infielder Matt Duffy for assignment to create another spot.

Harrell is 2-2...

July 27, 2016 - 5:54pm
7 min 55 sec ago

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Dallas defensive end Randy Gregory is facing a longer suspension over another violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy, and owner Jerry Jones says he doesn't expect to see the troubled player at training camp in California.

With Gregory already suspended for the first four games this season, Jones said Wednesday that the Cowboys haven't heard from the league about a possible 10-game ban for another failed drug test. A day after reports that...

July 27, 2016 - 5:49pm
7 min 55 sec ago

Top-20 player Belinda Bencic says on Twitter that she is pulling out of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, another blow to a Swiss tennis team that lost Roger Federer this week, too.

Bencic, who is No. 16 in the WTA rankings, says Wednesday that she is "not completely ready" to compete at the Summer Games, although her injured left wrist has healed.

The wrist problem forced the 19-year-old Bencic to quit during her second-round match at Wimbledon on June...

July 27, 2016 - 5:32pm
7 min 55 sec ago

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have spent much of their first full day in West Virginia helping the community where they're opening training camp recover from disastrous flooding.

Much of the Saints' efforts were focused on a park where there are playing fields, public tennis and basketball courts, and a playground.

Right tackle Zach Strief says, "If any organization understands what it means to clean up from a natural...

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