State & National News

July 2, 2015 - 12:42pm
17 min 6 sec ago

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Gabriel Bourque has accepted his qualifying offer and has signed a one-year contract worth $866,250.

The 24-year-old Bourque has 30 goals and 44 assists in 220 career NHL games, all with Nashville. Bourque had three goals and 10 assists in 69 games this past season after collecting nine goals and 17 assists in 2013-14.

The Predators also announced the signings of forward Max Reinhart and free-agent...

July 2, 2015 - 12:34pm
17 min 5 sec ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have recalled star prospect Miguel Sano from Double-A Chattanooga.

The Twins say Sano will be in uniform for the game at Kansas City on Thursday night. The Dominican slugger was signed as a 16-year-old in 2009 and his debut with the Twins has been anticipated for years.

The 22-year-old Sano hit .274 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs in 66 games for the Lookouts this season.

The Twins have...

July 2, 2015 - 12:33pm
17 min 5 sec ago

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The judge presiding over the federal government's fraud lawsuit against Lance Armstrong has ruled that the cyclist's girlfriend will have to give sworn testimony.

Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington, D.C., also ruled that former teammate Floyd Landis must turn over records of investigations into his own previous doping case.

The decisions come in a case that could hit Armstrong with more than $100 million in damages....

July 2, 2015 - 12:32pm
17 min 5 sec ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with switch-hitting teenager Leodys Taveras, one of the top international free agents.

Texas announced the deal Thursday, the first day major league teams could sign such players.

Baseball America ranked Taveras as the third-best international prospect. MLB.com listed the speedy 16-year-old center fielder from the Dominican Republic as 18th in its ranking.

Rangers...

July 2, 2015 - 12:21pm
17 min 5 sec ago

The Milwaukee Bucks have landed their big man.

A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that that free agent center Greg Monroe has chosen the Milwaukee Bucks over other big-market suitors like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers. The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been officially announced.

Yahoo Sports first reported the deal, which is for three years and $50 million....

July 2, 2015 - 12:04pm
17 min 5 sec ago

GROSSE POINTE WOODS, Mich. (AP) — A 13-year-old Detroit area boy with a visual impairment due to albinism has been denied the use of an easier-to-see baseball during a national Little League tournament.

WJBK-TV and MLive.com report that the national organization told Ryan Huizdos' Grosse Pointe Woods team that the yellow baseball he uses while batting in local games is not approved.

Ryan played in last week's tournament, but had to swing at the...

July 2, 2015 - 11:34am
17 min 5 sec ago

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the New Orleans Pelicans and center Omer Asik have agreed on a five-year contract worth a minimum of $44 million and rising up to $58 million if incentives and benchmarks are met.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club and Asik have not publicly discussed the contract, which under league rules cannot be signed until July 9. The team will have the option of voiding...

July 2, 2015 - 11:33am
27 min 7 sec ago

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Every track that hosts a NASCAR national series race has asked its fans to refrain from displaying the Confederate flag at its events.

In a statement signed by International Speedway Corp., Speedway Motorsports Inc. and 30 tracks, the facilities vowed to have "welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment."

The statement released Thursday includes independent tracks such as Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in...

July 2, 2015 - 11:17am
37 min 2 sec ago

UTRECHT, Netherlands (AP) — Tour de France contender Alberto Contador's serious-looking face cracked into a beaming smile during a lighthearted moment at his pre-race news conference on Thursday, when he was joined by an unexpected guest.

It happened when two Dutch television journalists presented the Spanish rider with a canary in a cage, popping it down on the table right next to him.

Contador used to breed canaries when he was younger, something...

July 2, 2015 - 11:14am
57 min 8 sec ago

MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says it has bought winger Lucas Vazquez back from fellow Spanish club Espanyol and signed him to a five-year contract.

The 24-year-old Vazquez came up through Madrid's youth teams before playing last season at Espanyol on loan.

Espanyol had exercised a clause to purchase Vazquez, but Madrid then reached a deal with the Barcelona-based club to buy him back.

Vazquez is Madrid's third move to reinforce its...

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