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July 30, 2015 - 7:55pm
9 min 27 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former No. 1 and two-time major champion Victoria Azarenka has pulled out of next week's Citi Open hard-court tournament because of an injured right shoulder.

The tournament announced Azarenka's withdrawal on Thursday, saying that CoCo Vandeweghe will get a wild-card entry for the main draw.

Vandeweghe, an American ranked 32nd, reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last month, before losing to Maria Sharapova in three sets....

July 30, 2015 - 7:52pm
9 min 27 sec ago

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Tiger Woods got back to shooting in the 60s. But he didn't make it look easy.

Woods bogeyed three of his first four holes in the Quicken Loans National on Thursday, then ran off five birdies in six holes around the turn for a 3-under 68. That left him five shots back of leaders Retief Goosen and Ryo Ishikawa at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club.

Woods says he stayed patient after his early struggles. He says it's the first time he'...

July 30, 2015 - 7:47pm
9 min 27 sec ago

HOUSTON (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout returned to the lineup on Thursday night against the Houston Astros after missing two games because of an injured left wrist.

The All-Star center fielder was hurt trying to make a diving catch in the fourth inning on Sunday in a 13-7 victory over Texas. He remained in the game and later hit a grand slam.

Trout entered Thursday leading the majors with 31 homers and is hitting .315 with 64 RBIs....

July 30, 2015 - 7:45pm
9 min 27 sec ago

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens and restricted free-agent Alex Galchenyuk have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed Thursday.

Galchenyuk had career highs with 20 goals, 26 assists and 46 points last season. The 21-year-old Wisconsin native has 42 goals and 62 assists in 193 regular-season games and four goals and six assists in 22 playoff games.

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July 30, 2015 - 7:13pm
9 min 27 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Pirates have made another move to upgrade their bullpen, acquiring right-hander Joakim Soria from the Tigers for a minor leaguer.

The 31-year-old Soria was 3-1 with 23 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 43 appearances with Detroit this season. He didn't allow a run in 13 of his last 14 appearances. The deal was made a few hours after the Pirates got versatile reliever Joe Blanton from Kansas City for cash.

Pittsburgh gave up infielder...

July 30, 2015 - 7:13pm
9 min 27 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Pirates have made another move to upgrade their bullpen, acquiring right-hander Joakim Soria from the Tigers for a minor leaguer.

The 31-year-old Soria was 3-1 with 23 saves and a 2.85 ERA in 43 appearances with Detroit this season. He didn't allow a run in 13 of his last 14 appearances. The deal was made a few hours after the Pirates got versatile reliever Joe Blanton from Kansas City for cash.

Pittsburgh gave up infielder...

July 30, 2015 - 7:07pm
9 min 27 sec ago

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping bounce-back years for two key players will help kickstart a defense that fell off sharply in 2014.

Cornerback Cortez Allen and linebacker Jarvis Jones struggled to stay healthy last season.

Allen ended the season on injured reserve after signing a $25-million contract before the opener. Jones missed nine games with a dislocated wrist and wasn't near 100 percent when he returned....

July 30, 2015 - 6:59pm
9 min 26 sec ago

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Cole Hamels' locker was still intact in Philadelphia's clubhouse, as was Matt Harrison's in Texas' locker room.

An expected deal that would send ace left-hander Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman to the Rangers for Harrison and a package of prospects still wasn't announced Thursday. But players on both sides were already talking like they lost beloved teammates.

Phillies outfielder Ben Revere says it's "definitely deflating"...

July 30, 2015 - 6:55pm
9 min 26 sec ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers and right wing Jakub Voracek have agreed to a multiyear contract extension.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed Thursday.

The 25-year-old Voracek had 22 goals and career highs of 59 assists and 81 points last season.

The 6-foot-2, 214-pound Czech right wing joined Philadelphia in June 2011 in a trade that sent Jeff Carter to Columbus. Voracek has 124 goals and 248 assists in 531 career...

July 30, 2015 - 6:50pm
9 min 26 sec ago

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Bengals signed receiver Greg Little on Thursday at the start of training camp, giving him a second chance to show he can catch the ball consistently.

The former Browns star signed with Cincinnati last season when injuries depleted the receiving group. He played in six games and had only six catches for 69 yards. He didn't catch a pass during a first-round playoff loss at Indianapolis.

The Bengals waived receiver Cobi Hamilton, a...

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