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July 30, 2016 - 5:01pm
23 min 51 sec ago

CLEVELAND (AP) — Outfielder Billy Burns was traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday for outfield prospect Brett Eibner.

Oakland also placed left-hander Rich Hill on the 15-day disabled list with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand, a move retroactive to July 20.

Burns, who has been playing at Triple-A Nashville, hit .234 with 12 RBIs in 73 games with Oakland this season. Eibner batted .231 with three...

July 30, 2016 - 5:00pm
23 min 51 sec ago

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings are keeping kickoff returner/wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson out of practice, following an injury around his left shoulder.

Patterson was on the field Saturday as a spectator. He fell hard on his shoulder Friday while trying to make a catch. He was in immediate discomfort but appeared to be in good spirits later.

Running back Adrian Peterson has been held out of full-team drills at the start of training...

July 30, 2016 - 4:42pm
23 min 51 sec ago

SPRINGFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The PGA Championship was halted because of thunderstorms Saturday, raising the possibility of a third straight Monday finish in a major at Baltusrol.

Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb, tied for the lead at 9-under par, were 40 minutes from teeing off in the third round when clouds gathered, the sky rumbled and the horn sounded to suspend play. The course was pounded with rain, and more than two hours later, the round had not resumed....

July 30, 2016 - 4:41pm
23 min 51 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Australian star Penny Taylor is calling it a career.

The 35-year-old tells The Associated Press she will retire from playing basketball at the end of the WNBA season. She helped lead the Phoenix Mercury to three WNBA titles and guided Australia to a world championship in 2006.

Lately, Taylor's body has been breaking down a bit, starting with a torn ACL that forced her to miss the 2012 Olympics and 15 months of playing time. This...

July 30, 2016 - 4:23pm
23 min 51 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Right tackle Anthony Davis has been reinstated by the NFL after an 11-month retirement that he planned to come back from all along.

The San Francisco 49ers made the announcement Saturday ahead of their first day of training camp Sunday under new coach Chip Kelly.

Davis was the 49ers' first-round draft choice, the 11th overall pick, in the 2010 draft out of Rutgers. He was affected by a concussion late in the 2014 season....

July 30, 2016 - 4:14pm
23 min 51 sec ago

TORONTO (AP) — J.A. Happ won his eighth straight decision, Devon Travis homered and the Toronto Blue Jays used a seven-run fifth inning to beat the Baltimore Orioles 9-1 Saturday and take sole possession of the AL East lead for the first time since early April.

Kevin Pillar had two hits and drove in four runs to match his career high. Major league RBIs leader Edwin Encarnacion drove in his 89th run.

Toronto, which won for the 16th time in 22 games,...

July 30, 2016 - 4:02pm
23 min 51 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants right fielder Hunter Pence was activated Saturday and in the starting lineup against the Nationals after missing 48 games with a strained right hamstring that required surgery.

San Francisco hopes Pence will bring some much-needed life to a club that had lost 11 of 13 since the All-Star break.

Newly acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez made his first start since joining the team in a trade from Minnesota on Thursday and having...

July 30, 2016 - 3:52pm
23 min 51 sec ago

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Washington Nationals have acquired All-Star closer Mark Melancon from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Washington sent reliever Felipe Rivero and pitching prospect Taylor Hearn to the Pirates for Melancon, who supplants Jonathan Papelbon as Washington's closer.

Melancon, a 31-year-old right-hander, has 30 saves and a 1.51 ERA this season. He is making $9.65 million and is eligible for free agency after the World Series....

July 30, 2016 - 3:48pm
23 min 51 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant singled sharply to left field with no outs in the seventh inning Saturday for the Chicago Cubs' first hit off the Seattle Mariners' Wade Miley.

Dexter Fowler walked leading off the inning, and Bryant singled on a 2-2 pitch.

After a sacrifice, Javier Baez's RBI groundout put the Cubs ahead 1-0.

Bryant had been Chicago's only baserunner before the seventh, reaching when third baseman Kyle Seager booted...

July 30, 2016 - 3:46pm
23 min 50 sec ago

Bob and Mike Bryan will not defend their Olympic doubles title in Rio, citing health concerns.

The twins announced their withdrawal on their Facebook page Saturday, saying that as "husbands and fathers, our family's health is now our top priority." They didn't mention the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.

The Bryans won gold at the 2012 London Games. The Americans are the No. 2 doubles team and have won 16 Grand Slam title, a men's...

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