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July 30, 2016 - 4:02pm
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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
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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
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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
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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...

July 30, 2016 - 3:44pm
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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two Russian swimmers have filed an appeal against their exclusion from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says Saturday it received appeals from Vladimir Morozov and Nikita Lobinsev seeking to overturn their bans over doping allegations.

They were barred from the games by swimming's world governing body, FINA, in line with the new criteria for Russian athletes announced by the International Olympic...

July 30, 2016 - 3:41pm
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WOBURN, England (AP) — Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn took the Women's British Open lead Saturday at tree-lined Woburn, nearly four months after blowing a late lead in the first major championship of the year.

In early April in the ANA Inspiration in the California desert, Jutanugarn — at the time, best known for blowing a two-stroke lead with a closing triple bogey in the 2013 LPGA Thailand — bogeyed the final three holes to hand the title to Lydia Ko.

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July 30, 2016 - 3:41pm
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Chargers coach Mike McCoy caught himself while talking about the opening practice of training camp.

"It sure is nice to get back on the field with everybody and get all 90 guys — or 89, I should say — out here practicing," McCoy said Saturday.

The one missing, of course, is first-round draft pick Joey Bosa. He remains unsigned due to a dispute over how his signing bonus will be disbursed.

"He definitely needs to...

July 30, 2016 - 3:31pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bears signed outside linebacker Willie Young to a two-year contract extension on Saturday.

Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 30-year-old Young signed with the Bears two years ago after spending his first four seasons with division-rival Detroit. He had a career-high 10 sacks that year before tearing his Achilles tendon in December, but bounced back to play in 15 games with 6 1/2 sacks last season....

July 30, 2016 - 3:10pm
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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Cardinals coach Bruce Arians says he expects first-round draft pick Robert Nkemdeche to be sidelined for two weeks with a high ankle sprain.

The big defensive Arizona tackle was injured in the first day of rookie camp on Tuesday, but Saturday was the first time Arians has given a timeline for the rookie's return.

Cornerback Mike Jenkins, who signed with the Cardinals on July 19, left Friday's first training camp workout with a...

July 30, 2016 - 3:04pm
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LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — William Bryon continued his dominance in the NASCAR Truck Series at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, winning for the fifth time this season.

Byron added the Pocono victory to wins at Kansas, Texas, Iowa and Kentucky.

The 18-year-old Byron survived a race that saw nearly half of its 60 laps run under caution. He set a record for Truck Series wins in a season by a rookie. Kurt Busch had four wins in 2000.

Cameron...

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