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June 30, 2016 - 5:41pm
3 min 18 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — The United States will play Cuba in a friendly for the first time since 1947 on Oct. 7 in Havana.

It will be just the second visit to Cuba in the last 69 years for the American men, who won 1-0 on Sept. 6, 2008 in a World Cup qualifying match. The exhibition game comes a month after the United States concludes the semifinal round of CONCACAF qualifying for the World Cup with matches against St. Vincent and the Grenadines and then against Trinidad and...

June 30, 2016 - 5:28pm
3 min 17 sec ago

CHICAGO (AP) — J.B. Shuck's two-out single scored the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning, Todd Frazier hit his 23rd home run and the Chicago White Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 6-5 Thursday.

Fernando Abad (1-2) got the first two batters in the eight before consecutive walks. Shuck's career high-tying third hit of the game to left scored Avisail Garcia from second.

Nate Jones (4-2) allowed a hit while getting four outs and David Robertson worked...

June 30, 2016 - 5:10pm
23 min 19 sec ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have bought out the final year of veteran defenseman James Wisniewski's contract.

General manager Ron Francis announced the move Thursday.

The 32-year-old Wisniewski was to make $3 million this coming season. Instead, he will receive $2 million over the next two years and will become an unrestricted free agent Friday when the NHL's free agency period starts.

The Hurricanes acquired...

June 30, 2016 - 5:09pm
23 min 19 sec ago

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Rio de Janeiro Olympics will become a tangible reality on Friday, when one of its so-called "Mega" souvenir shops opens on Copacabana Beach.

Bring plenty of cash, at least for anything more than a keychain that sells for 25 Brazilian reals ($8). A bikini with the Olympic logo will cost about $100, and a commemorative gold medal around $3,000.

Olympic merchandising is big business.

Rio's head of licensing...

June 30, 2016 - 4:56pm
23 min 19 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dustin Brown doesn't agree with the Los Angeles Kings' decision to strip him of their captaincy after eight seasons and two Stanley Cups.

Brown aired his displeasure in a phone interview Thursday, two weeks after the Kings appointed Anze Kopitar as their new captain.

Brown feels he was a strong leader while the Kings grew from a terrible team to a two-time NHL champion during his tenure. He was also disappointed when news of the...

June 30, 2016 - 4:54pm
23 min 19 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The Miami Marlins have acquired closer Fernando Rodney from San Diego to bolster their bullpen for the NL wild-card chase.

Manager Don Mattingly has yet to express a lack of faith in A.J. Ramos, who has converted 33 saves opportunities since last season, so Rodney likely will serve as a setup man. Mattingly was expected to discuss the deal Thursday.

Miami traded minor league pitcher Chris Paddack to the Padres. The Marlins are one-half...

June 30, 2016 - 4:49pm
33 min 19 sec ago

DETROIT (AP) — Jack Nicklaus will participate in a pro-am golf tournament to help raise money for Detroit schools.

Cornerstone Schools said Thursday it hopes to bring in $3 million from the tournament headlined by the golf great. The goal is $50 million, aimed at increasing the number of students to 5,000 at the not-for-profit schools.

More than 2,800 students are enrolled in preschool through 12th grade at one independent and four charter schools....

June 30, 2016 - 4:41pm
33 min 19 sec ago

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Coastal Carolina capitalized on two errors on the same play for four unearned runs in the sixth inning, and the Chanticleers won their first national championship in any sport with a 4-3 victory over Arizona in Game 3 of the College World Series finals on Thursday.

The Chanticleers (55-18) became the first program since Minnesota in 1956 to win the title in its first CWS appearance. Arizona (49-24) was trying for its second national title since 2012....

June 30, 2016 - 4:39pm
33 min 19 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies minor league pitcher Matt Imhof has lost his right eye after a freak accident with exercise equipment.

Imhof said in an Instagram post Thursday that he had surgery Tuesday to remove the eye. He said the first operation couldn't restore his vision and he opted to have a prosthetic put in.

The 22-year-old left-hander was a second-round pick in 2014 out of Cal Poly. He was pitching for Single-A Clearwater....

June 30, 2016 - 4:39pm
33 min 19 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities in New York City have cracked down on an internet gambling ring they say took in nearly a billion dollars in illegal wagers on pro football.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced corruption enterprise and other charges on Thursday against four men from California and New York.

Court papers say the ring took sports bets from thousands of gamblers on various websites. They say bets totaled $927 million for...

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