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July 1, 2015 - 5:50pm
5 min 7 sec ago

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Graham Rahal's team has been fined $10,000 because the Fontana winner left the pits with a fuel hose attached to his car Saturday.

Half of the fine issued Wednesday was suspended and one of the crew members was put on probation for three races.

Defending series champ Will Power was fined $25,000 and placed on probation for the rest of the season for directing improper language or gestures at a series official.

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July 1, 2015 - 5:29pm
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jaime Garcia has been pushed back again and won't start Thursday for the St. Louis Cardinals because of what the pitcher calls a left groin strain.

The left-hander and the team are confident he won't be placed on the 15-day disabled list. Garcia could start early next week in Chicago against the Cubs.

Manager Mike Matheny said the replacement for the opener of a four-game series with the Padres will be a minor league call-up....

July 1, 2015 - 5:14pm
5 min 7 sec ago

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Lionesses have received a royal pep talk from Prince William before England faces defending champion Japan in a World Cup semifinal on Wednesday.

England team spokeswoman Catherine Stewart confirmed William called and wished the players and coaches good luck during a team meeting earlier in the day. The sixth-ranked Lionesses have created a buzz back home after reaching the semifinal for the first time in four tournament appearances....

July 1, 2015 - 5:13pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — The United States' win over Germany is the most-watched men's or women's World Cup semifinal ever on American television.

The 2-0 victory by the second-ranked U.S. over the No. 1 Germans on Tuesday night averaged 8.4 million viewers on Fox. The network said Wednesday the previous high was 5.9 million for the 2006 men's semifinal between Germany and Italy.

The audience was up 47 percent from the 5.7 million for the Americans'...

July 1, 2015 - 4:55pm
5 min 7 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have reached an agreement with forward Tyson Chandler on a three-year, $52 million contract and agreed with Brandon Knight on a five-year, $70 million extension, people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the deals can't be finalized until July 9.

Chandler averaged 10.3 points and 11.5 rebounds while providing a defensive and locker...

July 1, 2015 - 4:54pm
5 min 7 sec ago

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Houston Texans defensive lineman Brandon Ivory has been charged in what police describe as a residential burglary in Tuscaloosa.

Authorities say the 23-year-old Ivory, a former Alabama standout, was arrested with another man Wednesday after two people said a pair of men busted down a door and took two Apple iPads and cash.

One of the suspects was allegedly armed with an assault rifle and the other had a knife....

July 1, 2015 - 4:48pm
5 min 7 sec ago

A person with knowledge of the details says the Boston Celtics have landed Amir Johnson with a two-year deal worth $24 million.

The veteran power forward agreed to leave Toronto and stay within the Atlantic Division on Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no deals can be signed yet.

Johnson averaged 9.3 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Atlantic champions last season, his sixth in Toronto. The 6-foot-9...

July 1, 2015 - 4:44pm
5 min 7 sec ago

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto says he has resigned, but the team is refusing to confirm his departure.

Dipoto told the Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register on Wednesday that he has quit after 3 1/2 years with the Angels, but manager Mike Scioscia and Angels spokesman Tim Mead repeatedly refused to confirm any changes ahead of a team meeting before their game against the New York Yankees.

Dipoto's...

July 1, 2015 - 4:44pm
5 min 7 sec ago

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Jori Lehtera to a three-year contract extension that will begin with the 2016-17 season.

The 27-year-old Lehtera had 14 goals and 30 assists in 75 games in his first NHL season, and ranked second on the team with a plus-21 rating. He had two assists in five playoff games.

Lehtera was a third-round draft pick in 2008 and spent the first seven seasons of his pro career in Europe....

July 1, 2015 - 4:38pm
5 min 7 sec ago

MIAMI (AP) — Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says his long layoff was a valuable life lesson, even if it was lousy for his career.

Now he's back, a more patient person for having made the taxing, tedious recovery from Tommy John surgery. He'll pitch for the first time since May 2014 when he faces the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

Fernandez has always been in a hurry. He pitched only 27 games in the minor leagues, joined the Marlins at age 20 and...

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